Scientists scrutinize sun seekers in study
Detailed research at a Hawaiian beach has broken down the sun seeker into three different groups with distinct skin types and attitudes to sun protection.
PCHi pledges to be China’s leading personal care event
PCHi is readying to open its doors in February 2009 and organisers say that an increased focus on communication will contribute to the event’s success.
Rhodia strengthens Asian presence with Shanghai centre
Rhodia has opened a new research and development centre in Shanghai in an attempt to strengthen its presence in the region.
New Zealand company launches natural line in US
ecostore is taking its Antipodean natural-based personal care range to the United States, in the hope of tapping into huge growth in that market.
Soliance launches organic cosmetic oils
Ingredients provider Soliance has sourced a range of new organic certified oils from Indonesia, aimed at the fast growing market for natural hair and skin products.
Chemical giants open billion dollar silicone complex in China
Dow Corning and Wacker have joined forces to open silicone manufacturing facilities in China at the cost of around $1.2bn.
Fenchem ups cosmeceutical focus with carotenoids launch
China-based food and cosmetics ingredients provider Fenchem says it is increasing its cosmeceuticals focus with a newly launched carotenoid line.
Waste reduction urged as demand for recyclables drops
A push for waste minimisation and the production of high quality marketable recyclables is being promoted by stakeholders as demand and prices for recycled materials the UK drop significantly.
Homeopathic beauty tipped for global success after legal breakthrough
Homeopathic remedies are often dismissed with sneers by the scientific community but current beauty trends and recent regulatory developments could put them firmly on the global cosmetics map.
Certificate system enables more support for sustainable palm oil
The first shipment of sustainable palm oil is set to arrive in Europe next week; but even if manufacturers do not use the oil directly they can still buy into the movement with certificates that allow them to state their support, explained the RSPO president.
Unilever results benefit from increased prices
Unilever’s strong third quarter sales were driven mainly by increased prices as sales volumes suffered in some regions.
Dupont launches new overmoulding packaging technology
Dupont recently unveiled a new overmoulding cosmetic packaging technology at the Luxe Pack Exhibition in Monaco.
Evonik extends its personal care ingredients range
Evonik extends its personal care range with a number of new ingredients presented at In-Cosmetics Asia this week.
Palm oil groups aim to ship sustainability to Europe
The palm oil industry is claiming a major triumph in terms of sustainability ahead of an incoming shipment of the product to Europe next week, which is seen by some as a milestone for ethical sourcing.
Flagship brand Nivea drives Beiersdorf results
Good performance from Nivea helped keep Beiersdorf’s results up although costs relating to its Chinese operations may affect profits before the year is out.
Amerchol launches polymers to boost UV protection
Amerchol will launch a family of UV protection boosting ingredients at In-Cosmetics Asia.
Fragrance sales continue to disappoint for IFF
International Flavors and Fragrances has reported a drop in profits this quarter due to higher input costs and a shift to lower margin products.
Boots Alliance reports strong growth but beauty fails to shine
British health and beauty player Boots Alliance says that preliminary results for the first six months of the year ending in September show sales up 11.7 per cent.
NuSkin continues to march on a high growth path
Skin care specialist NuSkin continues to generate strong sales growth in the latest quarter despite concerns about lower consumer spending.
Global luxury market faces recession
The global luxury market is facing its first recession in six years, according to a recent report from Bain and Company.
Reckitt Benckiser results defy credit crunch
An increased advertising spend and new product launches have helped UK cosmetics player Reckitt Benckiser to weather tough economic conditions.
Estee Lauder drops annual expectations due to uncertain times
Estée Lauder has lowered expectations for the year in the light of ‘extraordinary uncertainty’ in the global economy.
Shiseido ups forecast but warns of tougher times ahead
Shiseido has upped its profit forecast for the first half of the year but the company warned that business conditions will be tougher in future quarters.
UK contract manufacturer eyes international expansion
Swallowfield has unveiled its new Paris operation, which it says forms part of its plan to expand beyond the domestic UK market and into the international arena.
Clinique launches innovative male skin care line
Estee Lauder says the latest technology contained in its newly launched Clinique men’s skin care range is one of the most significant innovations in the category.
Demand for lactic acid driven by cosmetics and green packaging
Cosmetics and biodegradable packaging are set to drive global demand for lactic acid, according to a recent report.
Avon warns authorities of internal investigation
Avon has informed federal authorities of an internal investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding expenses in China.
Knowledge gap may deter Asian companies from investing in naturals
Interest for natural and organic cosmetics in Asia is growing but it is international companies who are cashing on the trend.
XanGo launches Intuitive skin care line in North America
The launch of Glimpse Intuitive Skin Care claims to carve out a new niche in ‘mangosteen topical nutrition’ within the naturals personal care category.
LVMH believes growth will continue despite current crisis
Perfume and cosmetics sales help luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH report a strong third quarter.
FMC announces across-the-board price increases
FMC BioPolymer has announced a 15 per cent increase in all of its products as of next month, to off-set costs that its savings program does not cover.
Soliance strengthens position in the US
French active cosmetic ingredients company Soliance has created a new US subsidiary as a means of expanding its business into the North American market.
Prestige market picks up after tough start to the year
The US market for prestige beauty products is perking up after a sluggish start to the year according to a global market report from the NPD Group.
Kyowa-Daiichi team up for North American approach
Daiichi Fine Chemical Co. (DFK) hopes to strengthen its presence in the North American supplement and speciality chemicals markets through a new distribution agreement with parent company Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co.
China introduces law to reduce cosmetics packaging
Chinese authorities have introduced a new law aimed at cutting down on the amount of packaging on a host of consumer goods, including personal care.
France leads the way on Fairtrade personal care
A new market report highlights the fact that strong development in the French natural and organic cosmetic market has given way to the largest market for fair-trade products.
EU-China talks tackle regulation and trade barriers
Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals were high on the agenda at trade talks between the EU and China in Beijing this week.
Emballage 2008 to open doors in Paris
One of Europe’s leading packaging shows, Emballage 2008, is due to open its doors in Paris on November 17, highlighting some of the latest innovations for personal care.
Fenchem strives to raise REACH awareness
China-based cosmetics ingredients supplier Fenchem is taking steps to fullfil requirements for REACH registration and certification.
Attendance at In-Cosmetics India rockets
Reflecting the massive potential for development in the Indian market, attendance at the recent In-Cosmetics event in Mumbai increased by 54 percent, its organizers claim.
Carrot and stick approach draws bioplastic firms to Germany
Germany is attracting manufacturers of eco-friendly packaging thanks to the creation of an investment friendly environment, according to European Bioplastics.
Du Pont presents latest packaging products at Luxe Pack
Du Pont will present fresh packaging design concepts and new sustainable materials at the Luxe Pack trade show in Monaco next month.
Germany is still considered a leader in natural beauty
Germany is still one of the strongest markets for natural beauty and personal care products, according to organisers of the natural trade show Vivaness.
Signum signs deal to push anti-inflammatory ingredient
An anti-inflammatory skin care ingredient gets a boost as parent company Signum Biosciences signs a deal with a Japanese cosmetics manufacturer.
Nanotech trade body criticises study on sunscreen skin penetration
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has hit back against a recent study which suggested sunburn may exacerbate skin penetration from nano-sunscreens.
Naturex forms foundation to support sourcing communities
Naturex has set up its own corporate foundation to support local communities in parts of the world where it sources plant raw materials, as it looks to long term sustainability and putting its corporate values into action.
India market brimming with up-market potential
Although the Indian market remains weighted towards basic personal care and cosmetics products, a growing and increasingly affluent middle class is behind the switch to more sophisticated products.
Nestle expands further into beauty from within
Nestle has stepped into the beauty food and beverage market with a juice drink destined for cosmetics counters rather than supermarket shelves.
Serdex secures membership with Ethical BioTrade
Active ingredients supplier Serdex says it has fulfilled the necessary requirements to make it the first member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade.
US personal care companies hone in on Asia market
Fighting off a stagnant domestic retail market, more and more US personal companies are turning to the Asian markets to further boost their business operations.