The COVID-19 pandemic is driving independent Singaporean perfumery, Sifr Aromatics, to digitise its business with an e-commerce platform and an online-based bespoke perfumery service that it aims to launch this year.
Skin care brand Bio-essence is eyeing opportunities for products catering to sensitive skin and pandemic-related concerns like ‘maskne’, which it believes will continue driving the market.
Japanese beauty MNC Shiseido says it is aiming to reduce its reliance on inbound tourists in Japan as it works on restoring growth in its home market by reinforcing its relationship with local consumers and business partners.
COVID-related delays and demand for planet-safe products are among the challenges that sunscreen makers will have to tackle in terms of testing in 2021.
‘A marathon, not a sprint’: Product innovation and aggressive marketing key for success post-COVID-19 – Unilever’s Lifebuoy
Unilever-owned brand Lifebuoy says it will double down on product innovation and aggressive marketing tactics in order to maintain the sales boom seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foundation for growth: CHLITINA lays groundwork for three-year plan in Vietnam to seize growth potential
Taiwanese beauty company CHLITINA is focusing on strengthening its network in the Vietnam market for the next three years to capitalise on its advancing beauty scene.
Shiseido is adamant that human contact is still essential to drive beauty sales but believes it can be enhanced greatly by tools such as Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, according to its chief digital officer.
A Taiwan-based tech start-up is helping smaller beauty brands create ready-to-market products and packaging remotely with the help of its desktop vacuum forming machine, the FORMART 2.
A desire to find comfort in the familiar and nostalgic is one reason why consumers are identifying with a brioche-scented novelty hand wash launched by a popular Singapore bakery.
South Korean cosmetics company CTK Cosmetics has launched a virtual beauty innovation platform to provide contactless and speedy service to its customers regardless of any physical constraints.
In this episode of Beauty Broadcast, we discuss the upcoming shifts, challenges and game-changing tech that will influence the beauty industry as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to underscore the significance of the online channel, with expert insights from AIONCO and Mintel.
Performance-driven: Aussie skincare brand Ultraceuticals expanding across the US after enduring pandemic setbacks
Australian cosmeceuticals brand Ultraceuticals is moving at full speed with US expansion, with plans to expand nationwide by July, after bouncing back following a series of COVID-19 delays.
An Australian firm has developed an alcohol-free disinfectant that uses native plant extracts, which it claims can help kill the COVID-19 virus within 90 seconds without damaging even the most sensitive skin.
PODCAST: A global beauty view on COVID-19 – hottest acquisitions, flashy innovations and biggest challenges
CosmeticsDesign editors break down the beauty and personal care acquisitions, product innovations and challenges that have arisen under the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Healthy hair, healthy scalp: Holistic health trends in hair care further fuelled by COVID-19 - Mibelle
Mibelle Biochemistry believes the scalp health trend is ‘here to stay’ and will become even more specialised, with the Swiss firm predicting that Asian consumers will continue to prioritise holistic health and wellness.
The beauty needs and habits brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are pushing companies to rethink packaging and address the shift towards digital experiences, hygiene, sustainability and more.
Layer of defence: Kao confirms fine fibre tech’s protective abilities against pollution and mask irritation
Kao has conducted new research into its fine fibre technology and confirmed its ability to protect the skin against pollution and mask irritation.
Make-up losing shine in Japan but interest in skin, hair and body care products booms amid pandemic
Demand for skin, hair and body care products continued to increase throughout 2020, but interest in make-up continued to fall, according to Japanese beauty retail company iStyle Inc.
Critical state: Kao must make ‘bold upfront investments’ in digital to secure growth of cosmetics division – CEO
Japanese personal care major Kao Corporation is prioritising investments in digital technology as part of its plans to radically reform its cosmetics unit which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hair healer: K18 aims to help salons battered by COVID-19 increase profitability with fast-acting treatments
Professional hair care brand K18 has recently launched in Singapore where it hopes to help hair salons affected by COVID-19 increase profitability with its hair treatments that work in just four minutes.
‘Flywheel’ effect: Philips expects boom in at-home IPL hair removal systems in 2020 to lead to higher penetration in APAC
Philips Electronics has seen a boom in demand for at-home IPL hair removal systems in 2020 and believes this will lead to higher adoption rates across Asia-Pacific.
In this episode of Beauty Broadcast we discuss the future of APAC’s make-up category as it recovers from the COVID-19 downturn, with expert insights from SUGAR Cosmetics and Asian Consumer Intelligence.
Sniffing out opportunities: Aman turns attention to fragrance, skin care and supplement range amid COVID-19 travel restrictions
Luxury hotel and resort group Aman has shifted focus to further develop its fragrance, skin care and dietary supplement range amid prolonged travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
Game of Two Halves: Singapore skin brand seeks to bounce back from pandemic with new product and strategy
Singapore-based sensitive skin brand Two Halves is ready to shake off the COVID-19 impact with new products and a renewed focus on building brand awareness and online distribution in the new year.
Skin beauty revival: Shiseido outlines plans for key brands as it seeks to recover from COVID-19 slump
Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Company has highlighted its plans for its key brands like SHISEIDO and ELIXIR as it focuses on building a powerful portfolio centred on skin beauty.
‘Class of its own’: Singapore’s RE:ERTH launches hand treatment powered by Lamellar tech for long-lasting moisturisation
Singapore-based skin care brand RE:ERTH has launched a hand treatment using its Lamellar technology to retaining moisture in hands for longer periods of time.
Bridging the gap: SK-II turns to personalisation to forge closer consumer connections via e-commerce
Procter & Gamble-owned skin care brand SK-II is reinforcing its e-commerce business with personalised beauty initiatives to deepen its bond with consumers in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shiseido’s struggles: Japanese giant reports net sales declines in Q4 and 2020 against tough COVID-19 conditions
Japanese cosmetics major Shiseido Company saw its financial performance continue to dip in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 18.6% decrease in net sales and an 86.9% loss in operating profits for the full year of 2020.
New retail standards: A.S Watson highlights the five trends that are shaping the future of its retail business
Health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson has identified a set of trends that it believes will influence the future of the retail industry and its business.
Personal care giant Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has shed light on how it is striving to bridge the divide between offline and online retail to help smooth the consumers’ shopping journey.
Losing its colour? Data suggests Japanese consumers have developed new make-up needs and preferences
Reviews on cosmetics portal @cosme have revealed several new make-up needs and concerns that have emerged in Japan during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and suggests how beauty brands can adapt to these trends.
‘Coming back in full force’: Malaysia’s Nita Cosmetics ramps up NPD to catch return of make-up demand
Malaysian make-up brand Nita Cosmetics plans to launch two new products every month this year as a sign of its confidence in the recovering make-up category.
‘Prestige first’: Shiseido sells off personal care division for $1.5bn to focus on high-end skin care
Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido Company has announced the decision to sell its low-cost personal care business to CVC Capital Partners in a deal worth 160 billion yen ($1.5bn) in order to focus on its more high-end cosmetic brands.
POND’S aiming to double e-commerce business over the next five years as it works to scale up business in SEA
Unilever-owned POND’S says its goal is to double its e-commerce business over the next five years as it aims to ramp up growth in the South East Asian region.
Expedited deliveries: Retailer A.S. Watson says speedy service key to fulfilling needs of SEA beauty consumers
Health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson is aiming to set a new standard for fast deliveries to fulfil the increasingly demanding needs of SEA beauty consumers.
In this episode of the Beauty Broadcast, we dive into the hand care category with B&B Labs and Corum to discuss how COVID-19 has influenced the category and its chances of continuing to thrive post-pandemic
Chinese on-demand retail and delivery firm Dada Group is working to expand its beauty category in 2021 to keep up with consumer need for quick and speedy delivery services.
A beauty first: Fashion retailer FJB bets on skin care brand Dr. Barbara Sturm in effort to diversify business
South East Asian fashion retailer FJ Benjamin Holdings (FJB) has recently expanded into beauty with the addition of cult skin care Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics to tap into the growing demand for skin care amid COVID-19.
Protective barrier: Kao looking into development of lactic acid-based anti-bacterial hand care based on latest research
Kao Corporation aiming to develop lactic acid-based hand care products with long-lasting antimicrobial properties based on latest research into the hand barrier.
Pandemic-driven: COVID-19 creates resilient beauty trend and accelerate clean beauty movement in APAC - DSM
Resilient beauty is a new trend set to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to ingredient manufacturer DSM.
Beauty trends in Japan are shifting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with accelerated interest in skin care and skin microbiome especially, according to the annual @cosme Best Cosmetics Awards.
Wellness makeover: Singapore fragrance firm reveals new brand purpose to champion mental health through scent
Singapore-based fragrance house Scent by SIX has recently redefined its brand purpose as a mental wellness champion that advocates the use of fragrance to ‘heal, soothe and delight’.
Mask impact: Amorepacific research demonstrates how skin is affected by long-term use of protective face masks
Amorepacific has illustrated how wearing a protective face mask can adversely affect the skin – in what is believed to be a first-of-a-kind study on non-healthcare workers.
Care and protect: B&B Labs launches microbiome-friendly hand care range to keep up with increasingly discerning consumer needs
Malaysian cosmeceutical brand B&B Labs has introduced a microbiome-friendly hygiene range to tap into the trend of hand care premiumisation that has arisen in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Japanese derma beauty brand Dr.Ci:Labo is aiming to expand the brand’s international presence via the travel retail channel on the back of the heightened awareness of safety and health.
Shifting strategies: Ange Gardien adapts make-up line to be more ‘practical and relevant’ during pandemic
Singapore-based beauty brand Ange Gardien has launched a colour cosmetic range adapted to the consumer needs and concerns brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
‘Beauty is back’: MyGlamm goes all out for growth by launching India’s largest experience-driven beauty store
MyGlamm has unveiled a 3,000sqft experiential flagship store in Mumbai to further the company’s growth ambitions in India’s fast recovering beauty market.
Above the mask: Covid-19 hits halal cosmetics and fragrances, but opens opportunities for new product lines
The global halal cosmetic and fragrance markets have taken a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has also created opportunities for new product lines such as hand creams, face cream, eye care, and sanitisers.
Conscious pharmacy: Singapore dermatologist to roll-our e-Pharmacy concept for democratised access to cosmeceuticals
A Singapore-based dermatologist is set to unveil an e-Pharmacy by the end of this year to offer consumers a fully integrated virtual experience to cosmeceuticals.
Singapore homegrown firm Skin Inc has developed what it believes to be the world’s first hand serum and sanitiser duo product to kill bacteria and viruses at the same time as nourishing the skin.
The Estée Lauder Companies is seeing positive signs of recovery in its fragrance division in Asia Pacific, but the gains failed to offset the global profits slump across the division.
PODCAST: A global beauty view on COVID-19 – business resilience, learnings so far and future strategies
The beauty and personal care world has faced significant upheaval on a global scale during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but it has also emerged as resilient and innovative despite consumer and retail trends morphing at great speed.
‘Focus on Australia-made’: COVID-19 export hurdles push Aussie brand Aromababy to refocus on domestic market
Australia-based baby care brand Aromobaby has shifted its focus on local opportunities and its direct-to-consumer business in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Beauty retail and media firm istyle Inc. has partnered with the Alibaba Group to directly export cosmetics into China to support the expansion of Japanese brands in the market.
Japanese cosmetics conglomerate Shiseido Company has announced a refill service for its flagship serum and a new planet-friendly lip palette with the launch of its new Sustainable Beauty Actions (SBAS) initiative.
Kao Corporation has reported that the resurgence novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has resulted in a JPY7.2bn (USD69m) drop operating profit in its cosmetics division.
Japanese beauty retail and media firm istyle Inc is tapping into live commerce to reach Chinese consumers that have been unable to travel to Japan due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Technology needs need to be the new normal for cosmetics brands when delivering retail-tainment – to simultaneously enhance the customer experience and ensure their safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, insists a senior exec at Lancôme.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 forefront
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Chinese consumers will shift their attitudes towards beauty products that promote health on the label following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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.
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.
Ingredient supplier to rethink their supply chain strategy in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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
Japanese cosmetics firm Kosé Corp has decreased its sales and earnings outlook in the wake of the China coronavirus outbreak.