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Could Kao snap up P&G’s Wella hair care unit?

28-Apr-2015 - Procter & Gamble has reportedly published sale documents for its’ Wella hair care brand, and although the company has yet to comment on the speculation, Japanese giant Kao is among those...

'Brands MUST stay out of China in order to speed up change,' says HSI

22-Jan-2015 - Yesterday, Cosmetics Design spoke to Alain Khaiat about cosmetic brands opting out of China over animal testing. On his advice that the bigger players ‘cannot afford not to be present’, the HSI disagrees,...

Can cosmetic brands afford to opt out of China over animal testing?

21-Jan-2015 - While the ruling to end mandatory animal testing for most cosmetics in China came as good news on June 30 - the law only refers to domestic firms, meaning international...

Multifunctional and customisation set to re-shape the cosmetics world

28-Jan-2014 - The growing multifunctional and customisation trends are about giving consumers more choice and greater versatility, while providing manufacturers with a greater number of premium level SKUs.

China’s cosmetic market landscape looks set for big changes

22-Jan-2014 - The cosmetic and personal care market in China has seen phenomenal growth in recent years, something that many international players have been able to capitalize on, but are the good...

Don’t forget the real reason why natural ingredient certification is so important!

12-Nov-2013 - With all the complexity and bureaucracy surrounding natural and organic ingredient certification it’s easy to forget the real reason for why it exists, which is simply to ensure safety and...

“A trusted cosmetics brand is more likely to succeed as a nutricosmetic,” says industry expert

07-Jun-2012 - According to beauty from within expert Mai Nygaard, as beverages take up the position of biggest trend within the sector, consumers are more likely to embrace a beauty food if it...

Fragrance brands will continue to push the boundaries because ultimately; sex sells

23-Nov-2011 - Since the dawn of advertising it has utilised sexual imagery in to sell products, and when it comes to fragrance products it seems money certainly talks as companies are prepared...

Companies should act early on new international biodiversity legislation

24-Nov-2010 - Recent international talks in Nagoya, Japan, have resulted in the adoption of an international regime that will force companies to change the way they source their natural ingredients…although, not immediately....

The wider picture on sustainability

01-Feb-2010 - Everyone is talking about sustainability these days, but jumping on this wagon without considering the broader implications can lead to trouble.

The time is now for niche players to target the developing markets

12-Oct-2009 - With the growth of cosmetics sales continuing in most of the major developing markets new opportunities continue to proliferate for niche cosmetic players, but now is the time to get...

New Procter & Gamble head has a job on his hands

24-Jun-2009 - Robert Macdonald becomes CEO of Procter & Gamble (P&G) as its brands face fierce competition from discounters and private label alternatives.

Cosmetics industry cannot afford to ignore ethical claims

01-Jun-2009 - As more and more cosmetics companies gain kudos thanks to increasingly rigorous ethical sourcing and trading claims, companies that ignore the phenomenon stand to lose out.

Failure of Danone beauty yogurt is a learning opportunity

09-Feb-2009 - Danone pulled beauty yogurt Essensis from French shelves last week and left behind a lesson in how not to market edible cosmetics.

Vanity fayre: cosmetic foods are not nutraceuticals

24-Jul-2006 - Functional foods are generally defined as products imbued with additional nutrients with health-promoting properties. But the industry needs to be wary of foods that present no actual health benefit from...

The evidence on nanotechnology

25-Jul-2005 - Nanotechnology creates substances with new chemical properties that we do not yet understand. A science with such huge potential deserves closer attention to the possible risks, before it falls the...

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