COVID-19 and APAC's cosmetics industry: All our coronavirus one place

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COVID-19 and APAC's cosmetics industry: All our coronavirus one place

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Here's your comprehensive round-up of all our COVID-19 coverage from CosmeticsDesign-Asia.

Ramping up momentum: Olay targets millennials with new digital campaign in bid to drive SEA e-commerce growth


Skin care brand Olay has partnered with Shopee for a new digital campaign targeted at the millennial consumer demographic as part of its strategic e-commerce growth plans for South East Asia.

Health is beauty: Aussie brand Life of Skin exceeds first month target by 64% with timely launch of ‘healthy’ skin care range


Newly launched Australian skin care brand Life of Skin is tapping into healthy beauty and sustainability trends that have accelerated during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19 lasts on skin for 9 hours, but ethanol sanitiser inactivates in 15 seconds – Japan scientists


The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causing the COVID-19 outbreak was found to survive on human skin for as long as nine hours, although it can be inactivated by ethanol within 15 seconds.

‘Let your skin breathe’: HK brand OSCO aiming for global expansion on the back of rising interest in anti-pollution products


Hong Kong based natural skin care brand OSCO Skincare is eyeing international opportunities as it predicts demand for anti-pollution cosmetics will grow, partly because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Skin-telligent solutions: Perfect Corp develops new skin analysis tool as COVID-19 accelerates digital skin care services


Taiwan-based beauty tech firm Perfect Corp is eyeing opportunities in digital skin care services as novel coronavirus (COVID-19) measures like social distancing are creating demand for contactless solutions.

‘Renewed enthusiasm for self-care’: COVID-19 pushing L’Occitane Japan to centre product strategy on skin and home care


L’Occitane Japan to focus on skin care and home care products to tap into the rising interest for self-care and wellness since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Luxury platform: Shopee aiming to be ‘top premium beauty destination’ with launch of dedicated prestige ecosystem


E-commerce platform Shopee is eyeing untapped opportunities in South East Asia’s luxury beauty market as the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic pushes more premium brands to carve out an online business.

Targeted exfoliation: Dermalogica launches multifunctional mask that offers personalised solutions with ‘touch-activated’ delivery


Cosmeceutical brand Dermalogica has launched a new multi-functional product that can be personalised to suit different skin needs and concerns that have emerged during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Big opportunities for small players: Beauty start-up ABX taps into gaps in retail left by larger competitors


Singapore-based start-up Asian Beauty X (ABX) has identified pockets of opportunities to expand in the offline retail space in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

PODCAST – ‘Just be a sponge’: Sephora Accelerate finalist on undertaking prestigious programme amid COVID-19


In the latest episode of Indie Pioneers, we sit down with Jasmine Kang, founder of anti-acne skin care brand Skinlycious as she prepares to pitch her brand to a panel of industry experts on Sephora Accelerate’s Final Demo Day.

Eco retail-tainment: Sustainability ‘key’ to long-term growth in travel retail – L’Oréal


L’Oréal Travel Retail has emphasised the importance of sustainability for long-term growth in the region’s travel retail market to meet consumer demand for more ‘meaningful’ shopping experiences.

Come together: More consumers want to buy brands that support social causes during pandemic – iStyle


A new survey by Japanese beauty retail company iStyle Inc has found that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has influenced more than half of its consumers to buy from brands that advocate social causes.

The other essential mask: COVID-19 pandemic encouraging daily use of facial sheet masks in Asia


The usage of facial sheet masks in Asia are expected to increase and become a daily necessity in the wake of the changing beauty habits induced by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Human connection: 100% of consumers eager to shop at brick-and-mortar stores again – A.S. Watson


People are craving the face-to-face interaction of shopping in-person despite the pandemic-induced growth of e-commerce, according to a new report by A.S. Watson

Mask-friendly make-up: Covestro eyes potential for bio-based film former in APAC colour cosmetics market


Polymer specialist company Covestro has introduced a new partially bio-based and biodegradable film former that it believes can answer to the demand for more natural yet high-performing transfer-proof make-up in the Asia Pacific market.

Health is wealth: Luxury clean beauty brand taps potential among older health-obsessed consumers


Newly launched luxury clean beauty brand MISEICO is eyeing potential among older consumers that prioritise health above all else.

'Brand first, products second': L’Oréal APAC boss stresses importance of brand trust in times of crisis - Exclusive


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is pushing French cosmetics conglomerate L’Oréal Group to find innovative ways to reinforce the trust relationship between its brands and consumers, a leading executive told us in an exclusive interview.

‘Massive increase’: Real-u Skincare sees demand for acne products rising amid COVID-19


Australian skin care brand Real-u Skincare has seen sales boosted in recent months over pandemic-induced ‘maskne’ phenomenon

Better for the planet: NZ packaging firm aims to help beauty brands cut down ‘heaps’ of waste driven by e-commerce boom


New Zealand-based company The Better Packaging Co. is eyeing growth in the beauty industry as companies face an acceleration in e-commerce — and plastic waste generation – in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Decoding behaviour: How beauty companies are deploying AI marketing tools to gain consumer insight


Beauty companies such as Estée Lauder, John Masters Organics and Neogence are increasingly using AI-powered marketing tools to identify patterns within consumer behaviour and then tailor their engagement with them.

Land of plenty : Nivea, Eucerin set for boost as Beiersdorf eyes strong potential in China’s skin care market


German personal care major Beiersdorf is working to strengthen its skin care portfolio and tap into the massive potential it sees in China’s competitive personal care market.

Aussie takeover: BWX furthers expansion of Sukin into the US market on the back of growing interest in A-beauty

26-Aug-2020 By Amanda Lim

Australian cosmetics firm BWX Limited is eyeing stateside opportunities for natural beauty brand Sukin as interest in Aussie-style skin care gains momentum.

‘Quick to act’: G&M Cosmetics launches two online flagships in Philippines to secure retail position


Australian cosmetics firm G&M Cosmetics has launched two online flagship stores in the Philippines in order to reinforce its position in a retail market that has been bogged down by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Luxury in time of crisis: By Terry and Luxasia embark on Asia expansion despite pandemic


Luxury beauty brand By Terry and distributing partner Luxasia are counting on a digitally-led approach to weather the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and achieve their ambitions for the brand in Asia.

New face of retail: Pandemic accelerates L’Oréal’s drive to push retail boundaries with ‘phy-gital’ initiatives


The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is pushing cosmetics conglomerate L’Oréal Group to explore retail strategies within the virtual realm.

Mask move: Herbalife launches vitamin-based skin care in response to growing interest in skin health


Herbalife Nutrition has expanded its outer nutrition range with vitamin-based sheet masks to meet the increasing consumer need for products to maintain skin health in Asia Pacific in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

New ‘must-have’: Hygiene obsession accelerates development of touchless applicators


The shifting mentalities towards hygiene are pushing beauty companies to develop touchless applicators that address consumers’ contamination concerns.

Kickstarting growth: Soul Good Project eyes overseas expansion on back pandemic-driven demand for skin care


Singapore-based beauty brand Soul Good Project has turned to crowdfunding to fuel its plans to expand internationally as demand for skin care grows in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Taking on tea tree oil? Antimicrobial properties of mānuka oil expected to raise its profile in cosmetics post-pandemic


Australian company Down Under Enterprises believes it will see an increase in demand for mānuka oil given its ability to offer all-rounded protection against bacteria when combined with tea tree oil.

Safety and comfort: Derma and natural beauty trends are here to stay post-COVID-19


Consumers will increasingly seek out the safety of cosmeceuticals and the comfort of natural products in the long-term due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disruptions, says ingredients company BASF.

Building a lasting defence: B&B Labs eyeing growth in microbiome beauty category during COVID-19


Malaysian skin care brand B&B Labs has tapped microbiome beauty as the next area for growth as it foresees demand to rise due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Spotlight on ‘skin beauty’: Skin care and health to play vital role as Shiseido’s seeks to shake off COVID-19 impact


Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Company has revealed plans to tap into its expertise on skin care and skin health to facilitate its recovery from the heavy blows of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impact.

‘Luxury Ayurveda beauty’: Forest Essentials sets sight on becoming ‘global leader’ as interest rockets


India-based Forest Essentials is furthering its global expansion plans on the back of increased interest in its Ayurvedic beauty products amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

Crowd support: Social commerce crucial for brands to overcome recessionary behaviours in pandemic economy


The adoption of social commerce is becoming more crucial for beauty brands as consumers are expected become more selective about their purchases amidst the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

L’Oréal outperforms in China: CEO hails strength of e-commerce, digital marketing and brands


French cosmetics conglomerate the L’Oréal Group has outperformed the market in China thanks to the strength of e-commerce, digital marketing and brands, according to its CEO.

Launching in a lockdown: Micro-influencers prove to be big help for Singapore-based beauty brand


A Singapore-based beauty brand has credited its partnership with micro-influencers in helping it gain brand awareness online during the tough conditions of launching in the midst of a country-wide lockdown.

WATCH — First line of defence: Gallinée and Greentech on the growing relevance of microbiome beauty in APAC


The skin microbiome has been a leading subject in the personal care industry in recent years, but with more emphasis on health during these unprecedented times it has become more relevant than ever before.

Facial in a kit: Zyu Skincare seizes lockdown opportunity with DIY facial treatment kit


A Singapore-based skin care brand has launched a DIY facial experience kit aimed at beauty consumers without access to professional treatment during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mask face: Evonik eyes potential in APAC for active as sensitive skin issues flare amid COVID-19


Evonik is targeting the Asia Pacific region with its natural-based sensitive skin active, noting that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has contributed to the rise of sensitive skin issues.

Persistent threat: Kao expecting recovery from COVID-19 impact to be ‘extremely slow’


Japanese personal care giant Kao has revised its full-year outlook following its announcement of the losses incurred in the first half of the year.

Support local: Singapore beauty retailer aiming to expand its portfolio of local halal, vegan and organic brands in light of COVID-19


The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is pushing Singapore-based retailer The Min List to stock more homegrown brands to support fellow local businesses and reduce logistical issues brought about by the pandemic.

‘No signs of subsiding’: Kao 1H operating profit dips 13.8% as cosmetics sales tumble due to COVID-19


Japanese company Kao Corporation has reported a 13.8% decline in operating profit as net sales decreased across personal care for the first half of 2020 due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Digital push: Sa Sa International strengthen online efforts to brace against tough market conditions


Hong Kong-based cosmetics retailer Sa Sa International is placing more attention on its online channels in order to help the company reduce cost and make up for it battered brick-and-mortar outlets.

Going live in Japan: Shiseido and Isetan Mitsukoshi ride contactless shopping wave with live streaming launch


Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Company has partnered with Isetan Mitsukoshi Group to conduct live commerce sessions locally for the first time for its flagship brand, SHISEIDO.

Bricks still matter: L’Occitane says physical store network remains ‘vital’ despite sluggish sales


L’Occitane Group believes the long-term success of its online and omnichannel initiatives still rely on the presence of brick-and-mortar stores, despite sales being hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immunity boosters: Need to reinforce skin defences driving demand for superfoods, adaptogens in beauty


The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the obsession with health and protection will drive the demand for beauty products that can protect and strengthen the skin’s defences.

Charting a new course: Pandemic pushes India-based personalised beauty brand to refocus expansion goals


India-based personalised beauty brand Freewill has been forced to rethink its plans for expansion after the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic derailed its international goals.

Hand saviour: Shiseido to start selling sensitive skin-friendly sanitisers in Japan from August


Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido will begin selling its own hand skin-friendly hand sanitisers in its home market from August onwards to continue its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Clean and sustainable: Azelis highlights India’s pandemic-driven demand for ‘clean’ skin care products


Azelis is predicting a shift towards products highlighting safety, transparency, and sustainability in India, amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis – with skin care set to become a cornerstone of consumers’ health and wellness concerns.

Pandemic playbook: How China’s beauty industry weathered the COVID-19 crisis


China’s personal care brands are engaging with consumers through new retail experiences and technology in order to weather through the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Hands-on experiences: DIY beauty trend gaining prominence as at-home wellness gains traction


Beauty brands have the opportunity to innovate and develop do-it-yourself products as consumers are increasingly looking such products for well-being entertainment during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Optical opportunities: Nanovetores sees potential in the APAC eye care market amid COVID-19 pandemic


Brazilian ingredient company Nanovetores aiming to reinforce its presence in Asia on the back of the growing need for antioxidant eye care products driven by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Testers are over, but can the ‘touch-and-try’ cosmetics business rely on virtual testing post-pandemic?


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has marked the end of in-store cosmetic testers, but one firm doubts the abilities of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and similar technology to completely replace them.

Soap star: CHLITINA uses popular Chinese TV series as platform to boost brand amid COVID-19


Taiwan-based beauty salon franchise CHLITINA has turned to a popular Chinese soap opera series to keep brand top of mind amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

‘Lead with education’: Dermalogica ready to welcome consumers back to salons with new safety protocols


Professional beauty brand Dermalogica has leveraged on its past experiences to develop new safety measures for safe re-opening of salons in South East Asia and Hong Kong.

Timely launch: India’s Twenty Beauty aiming to roll out 1,000 make-up vending machines in light of COVID-19


Indian colour cosmetics brand Twenty Beauty is planning to install 1,000 make-up vending machines in its home market to help consumers shop with ease and safety amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

‘Mindful hedonism’: Fragrance set to play a more powerful role in personal care as well-being comes to forefron​t


Personal care brands need to leverage on the emotional power of fragrances in order to meet the rising expectations of consumers in the rapidly urbanising Asia Pacific region.

Touchy subject: How the need for indulgence can drive India’s salon sector forward post-COVID-19


India’s professional beauty businesses can tap into the consumers’ need for self-indulgence as the sector moves forward from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

New China regulations: Final CSAR rules revealed after delays caused by COVID-19


China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has published the final version of its Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR), which will take effect on January 1, 2021.

Irreplaceable experiences? CEO of SUGAR Cosmetics affirms confidence in Indian’s offline retail market


The CEO of Indian brand SUGAR Cosmetics says the company will continue to invest in brick-and-mortar stores following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Beauty impact: China moves to ‘regulate’ live streaming e-commerce in July as sector accelerates in wake of COVID-19


China plans to implement new rules to regulate live streaming e-commerce, a popular marketing tool for beauty and personal care firms, which has accelerated in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Opportunity meets preparation: How L’Oréal withstood the COVID-19 crisis in the SEA region


Beauty and personal care giant L’Oréal has revealed how it weathered the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in South East Asia by strengthening its digital capabilities and enhancing its understanding of consumer needs.

COVID-19 ‘wake-up call’: Singapore’s Liht Organics sees global potential amid clean beauty clamour


Singapore-based organic make-up brand Liht Organics is pursuing global expansion plans to capitalise on consumers' increasing focus on clean beauty products during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Translating tradition: How beauty brands can tap China’s cultural heritage to appeal to young consumers


Beauty brands have a huge opportunity to tap into Chinese heritage and products more relevant for the country’s youth, with COVID-19 spurring younger consumers to ‘show solidarity’ with brands that reflect local culture.

Green impact: O’right sees ‘perfect opportunity’ to succeed in Japan as sustainability awareness rises


Taiwan green beauty brand O’right is set to make its entry into Japan’s competitive market despite COVID-19, where it hopes to capitalise on rising sustainability awareness and make its mark alongside international players.

Digital adoption: India’s post-COVID-19 landscape pushing retailer Nykaa to focus on e-commerce business


India’s beauty brands must learn to rely less on traditional channels and make the move to becoming ‘digital-first’ brands as uncertainty reigns supreme in the nation’s brick-and-mortar retail space.

Hands-free beauty in India: COVID-19 worries may spur demand for beauty products with contactless applications


Skin care brands in India have an opportunity to create products in contactless application formats to help Indian consumers avoid touching their face during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

K-beauty’s post-COVID-19 future: Clean, hygienic and healthy beauty trends set to soar


Beauty brands looking into South Korea’s post-pandemic personal care market can tap into upcoming trends triggered by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Beauty tech in demand: COVID-19 pushing Benefit Cosmetics to adopt more AR beauty tools


LVMH-owned Benefit Cosmetics says it is ‘actively exploring’ new digital tools like Augmented Reality (AR) tech to be able to engage and connect with consumers in a post-COVID world.

Online Crux: Singaporean brand mySKINBAR looks to web consultations amid COVID-19 restrictions


The outbreak of the novel coronavirus is pushing Singapore-based skin care brand mySKINBAR to accelerate its plans to develop digital initiatives such as its online skin consultations.

Handy guide: Philippines FDA sets mandatory cosmetic labelling requirements for sanitisers


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has detailed a set of cosmetic labelling requirements for rubbing alcohol and hand sanitisers in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Quality alternatives’: Singaporean zero-waste beauty brand Oasis sees demand soar during COVID-19 lockdown


Singapore-based zero-waste personal care brand has seen a spike in sales since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis forced the country to go into lockdown in early April.

Coming clean: Australia TGA warns against inappropriate claims made by hand sanitiser manufacturers


Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has warned manufacturers that hand sanitiser products cannot include inappropriate claims, such as the prevention of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Keeping going: Singapore’s Suu Balm stays optimistic despite COVID-19 retail impact


Singapore-based Suu Balm has taken a hit from the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, but remains positive about the future, especially in the online area.

Government boost? Vietnam’s booming e-commerce sector fosters new opportunities for cosmetic brands


Beauty brands looking to tapping into the growing Vietnam market may have more opportunities following the government’s announcement that it plans to focus on developing its e-commerce sector.

Heroes' tribute: Symrise develops ‘renewable fragrance’ for COVID-19 frontliners in China, Singapore


Fragrance producer Symrise has developed a unisex eau de cologne created with sustainable ingredients for those on the frontline of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis around the globe, including those in China and Singapore.

Shiseido and Bobbi Brown among brands in SEA turning to livestreaming amid COVID-19


A growing number of cosmetic brands are turning to livestreaming in South East Asia as a way to supplement the loss of physical interaction with consumers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘At a turning point’: China beauty brick-and-mortar stores will recover if retailers reinvent themselves


China’s retail sector took a dire hit this year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak but one industry expert believes we have not seen the back of beauty in brick-and-mortar if it learns to adapt quickly to the times.

Innovate or hibernate? Beauty tech start-up developing AI hair analysis to avoid COVID-19 slump


A Singapore-based beauty tech start-up has been using the downtime from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to develop an AI-powered hair analysis tool which it believes will be in demand when the market recovers from the outbreak.

Aussie Hair Folli pushing for China expansion as economy sees quick bounce-back from COVID-19


Newly launched hair care band Hair Folli is gearing up to launch its products in China as the market has been reporting rapid recovery from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

China, colour and COVID-19: Merck breaks down how pandemic outbreak has changed make-up market


Cosmetic ingredient supplier Merck believes the market will see a shift in China’s colour cosmetic trends to more attention-grabbing, long-lasting and skin-loving in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Shiseido APAC ‘revving up’ on digital offerings to combat COVID-19 market conditions


The Asia Pacific arm of Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is reinforcing its digital presence in the region in light of the current climate brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Meitu develops ‘forever free’ virtual make-up try-on system to support recovery from COVID-19


Chinese beauty tech company Meitu has launched a free augmented reality (AR)-powered tool to help cosmetic companies try and increase the sales of make-up during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

L’Occitane’s ‘sweet spot’: Company aims to develop hand care category as sales take off during COVID-19


L’Occitane International is looking to boost development in the hand care category to keep up with demands generated by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Sweet success for NZ’s The Bonbon Factory with sanitisers, but fears economy will hit core range


New Zealand’s The Bonbon Factory has reported 300% growth in sales in the first three weeks of April, contributed by its latest product, a hand and trolley sanitiser.

CEO of Endota hopeful that COVID-19 pandemic will make prioritising wellness ‘non-negotiable’


Founder and CEO of Endota Spa is optimistic that wellness will become more of a priority rather than a trend in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) developments.

Opportunity for transformation: Shiseido lays down ‘worst-case scenario’ plans to beat COVID-19


Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido has announced new strategies to tackle impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak if the economy does not recover by early 2021.

Shiseido sales shrink: Global spread of COVID-9 causes Q1 operating profits to plunge 83% for J-beauty giant


J-beauty behemoth Shiseido Company saw its first-quarter net sales decrease by 15.8% while net profit and operating profit fell by 95.8% and 83% respectively as a result of the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Back to science: Will COVID-19 encourage consumers to change their tune about parabens?


Preservatives have long been vilified as a ‘harmful’ ingredient, but a deeper understanding of hygiene and contamination brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may well validate their usage.

Fragrance with benefits: Focus on inner well-being during COVID-19 accelerating scent trend


The founder of a Singapore-based fragrance firm believes the functional fragrance trend is set to boom as more consumers prioritise their inner well-being in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Desire for beauty is eternal’: L’Oréal continues to be optimistic about Indonesia’s potential despite COVID-19


L’Oréal Indonesia says it remains ‘bullish’ about the lucrative Indonesian market in spite of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

'We need comfort': Perfumery Maison 21G launches scented hand sanitisers to soothe and protect

07-May-2020 By Amanda Lim

Perfumery Maison 21G has unveiled a line-up of four alcohol-based scented hand sanitisers designed to protect and comfort, in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Disruption needed: Prestige beauty sector will need to ‘redefine’ itself post-COVID-19


Luxury cosmetic brands need to stay fluid in the face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to make up for the lack of advantages in today’s market.

‘A testament to agility’: Unilever ANZ begins local production of Lifebuoy to cope with demand


Unilever ANZ has moved production of Lifebuoy products back to Australia to help meet the local demand for products such as hand sanitisers in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Return to the skies: Shiseido travel retail revs up with a slew of new skin care releases targeted at Chinese jetsetters


Shiseido Travel Retail is preparing to meet the demand of Chinese travellers with a wide range of multi-functional skin care launches as they begin to start travelling post-lockdown.

Taking on COVID-19: Kao working to ‘drastically ramp up’ production of hygiene-related products


Personal care conglomerate Kao Corporation has said it will be boosting the production of products such as hand soap and hand sanitisers as demand outstrips supply.

China’s position in global supply chain will not be weakened by COVID-19 pandemic – Global Cosmetics VP


Cosmetic manufacturer Global Cosmetics believes that China will remain a major supply chain hub for the cosmetic industry, despite the disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Demand surge: Aussie supplier racing to meet rising orders for lemon myrtle amid COVID-19 pandemic


Australian Native Products has seen a surge in requests for Australian lemon myrtle as demand for sanitising products surge due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Post-pandemic future: Beauty industry will see more emphasis on digital, collaboration and sustainability after COVID-19


The novel coronavirus outbreak will have lasting impact on the beauty industry when it comes to digital strategies, cross-collaborations and sustainability.

Tackling COVID-19: Packaging, exports and training key hurdles for the cosmetics sector


Overcoming challenges to exports and training are two of the top priorities the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association of Singapore (CTFAS) is striving to help members overcome in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Remarkable’ rebound: L’Oréal China’s strong Q1 results show appetite for beauty ‘remains intact’ despite COVID-19 – CEO


French cosmetics company L’Oréal reported that its sales in China have seen progressive signs of recovery since the country was hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, potentially signalling that the cosmetics market is headed for a quick recovery post-pandemic.

The COVID-19 impact: Vietnam personal care market jumps by double-digits


The first four weeks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak saw double-digit growth in Vietnam’s personal care market and one expert believes it will continue rising well after the pandemic eases.

COVID-19 and conscious beauty: Emerging trend will get a boost in the aftermath of pandemic


The market is set to see a boom in conscious beauty, with one firm believing that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will have a clear and lasting impact on the emerging trend.

‘Working Together’: Cosmetics Europe launches COVID-19 response platform


European trade association Cosmetics Europe wants to raise the profile of the collaborative struggle against the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through an online resource portal, accessible to industry and the wider public.

Decoding COVID-19 impact: Colour cosmetics to slow, personal hygiene and skin care to soar?


Beauty products considered safe, trustworthy and comforting will see a sharp rise in demand in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with one firm also believing that colour cosmetics could dip, while hygiene and skin care will drive forward.

Skin-friendly hand sanitisers: Holista Colltech and Skin Elements partner for new launch amid COVID-19 pandemic


Biotech firm Holista Colltech and skin care specialist Skin Elements – both of which are listed on the Australian stock exchange - have announced a deal to launch a natural and alcohol-free hand sanitiser.

Improving remote connections amid COVID-19: Perfect Corp offers beauty companies free training tools


Taiwan-based AI/AR firm Perfect Corp is offering cosmetic firms complimentary use of its augmented reality training service, YouCam A.R.T., to help them connect their teams, as working remotely becomes the new normal.

COVID-19: Debenhams prepares for ‘light touch’ administration


Department store group Debenhams has filed a Notice of Intent to appoint an administrator in the UK – a move it says should protect business through the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Essential oils and COVID-19: Industry warns no sufficient evidence for efficacy amid sales surge


The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has seen a surge in demand for essential oils with claims of antiviral and antibacterial effects, although the industry has warned there are no sufficient evidence of its efficacy against the pandemic.

PODCAST: A global beauty view on COVID-19 - market impact, industry response and trends to watch


The ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has gripped markets worldwide, and with no concrete end in sight, CosmeticsDesign’s editors discuss market impacts, industry response and what might still be to come.

Digital acceleration: A.S. Watson underlines importance of its digital investments amid COVID-19 outbreak


The investments poured into the digital transformation of its front and backend systems have put retailer Watsons in a strong position to tackle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to its Group COO.

‘The focus now is survival’: Indie brand Rock & Herb ramping up online efforts in response to COVID-19


Singapore-based beauty brand Rock & Herb will be concentrating its marketing dollars on digital marketing as it rides out the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Sales greatly declining’: Shiseido braced for Europe and Americas COVID-19 downturn as China shows signs of recovery


The Shiseido Company is bracing for impact as the novel coronavirus spreads through Europe and the Americas, while its China business shows encouraging signs of recovery.

Hindustan Unilever rebukes claims it raised soap prices to profit from COVID-19 crisis


Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has clarified ‘misleading reports’ that it increased prices of its soaps amid India’s looming battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

‘Preventative’ and ‘safe’ beauty rise amid COVID-19 concerns: Mintel


Beauty products considered preventative and safe will see a sharp rise in demand during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, driving clear and lasting change across personal care, says Mintel.

Bouncing back: A.S. Watson’s China business sees improvement following COVID-19 outbreak


Health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson has observed a strong recovery in China after over a month of store closures due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

‘Permissible and forgivable’: Malaysia clarifies that alcohol-based hand sanitisers can be used by Muslims


Malaysia’s minister of religious affairs has given the green light for Muslim consumers to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Helping hand? Thailand suspends plans to regulate hand sanitisers amid COVID-19 shortage concerns


Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has repealed a notification to classify alcohol-based hand sanitisers as ‘medical devices’ in order to ease up the shortage on hand sanitisers, in the wake of recent COVID-19 developments.

19 ways the beauty industry is responding to CoronaVirus


It wasn’t until 2020 that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) became a factor of import in the cosmetics and personal care industry. But by now, no matter where in the world you are, the virus has changed things. Here Cosmetics Design looks at how our...

Shifting cosmetic priorities: COVID-19 spurs demand for ‘healthy’ beauty products in China


Chinese consumers will shift their attitudes towards beauty products that promote health on the label following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Keeping the team together: Luxasia implements measures to safeguard jobs amid COVID-19 crisis


Omnichannel luxury beauty and lifestyle brand distributor, Luxasia, has made safeguarding the livelihood of its employees a primary focus in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

COVID-19: LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics to produce hydroalcoholic gel for France


International luxury goods major LVMH will produce hydroalcoholic gel at all its cosmetics and perfume sites across France to tackle a country shortage amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Indie brand FrankSkincare amps up online efforts and pop-up stores to counter COVID-19 retail impact


Singapore-based organic beauty brand FrankSkincare says it will rely on online channels and pop-up stores to tide through the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

China over-reliance? Corum says COVID-19 presents opportunity to reconsider supply chain strategy


Ingredient supplier to rethink their supply chain strategy in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Hair care will see quickest recovery from COVID-19 outbreak in China– Kantar Worldpanel


China’s hair care category will bounce back the fastest compared to skin care and colour cosmetics in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, according to a new report.

Sa Sa shutting shops: Temporary closures of 21 doors in Hong Kong and Macau as coronavirus bites


The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced the cosmetics retailer Sa Sa to temporarily suspend operations of 21 stores in Hong Kong and Macau as part of cost-saving measures.

No worries: L’Oréal Group confident it can outperform beauty market in 2020 despite COVID-19 impact


L’Oréal Group CEO cautioned that the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) would cause a temporary slowdown but remained confident that the company would still be able to outperform the market in 2020.

Brace for impact: Estée Lauder plots path to recovery from COVID-19 outbreak


Estée Lauder Companies’ CEO says the firm stands ready to invest to aid recovery from the impact of the China novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus round-up: How the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the APAC personal care industry


Our round-up of how the APAC cosmetics industry has been impacted by fall out of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, featuring Shiseido, Estée Lauder, Kosé Corporation and PCHi2020

Coronavirus woes: Kosé slashes profit forecasts as it braces for the impact of the epidemic


Japanese cosmetics firm Kosé Corp has decreased its sales and earnings outlook in the wake of the China coronavirus outbreak.

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