Geisha makeup is meeting the modern cosmetics industry and
returning to the Japanese market with the launch of one of the most
expensive lipsticks in the world.
After announcing a difficult first quarter Clarins warned
shareholders that new product launches and a strong Euro may affect
future margins, according to press reports.
A continuing focus on developing markets and an overhaul of its
production and logistics operations has led to a better than
expected jump in profitability during the first quarter.
High sales in international markets helped Estee Lauder secure
double-digit growth in the third quarter but the increase was not
enough to prevent the company from suffering a dip in profits.
Disappointing first quarter fragrance sales have impacted
International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) first quarter results,
although the company's flavors division has continued to perform
A market slow down in retail sales throughout North America meant
that premium cosmetics player Elizabeth Arden has posted a third
Unilever has pledged to use only palm oil certified as sustainable
by 2015, while also supporting calls for a moratorium on further
deforestation for palm oil in Indonesia.
Symrise has reported a sales increase for the first quarter of 2008
led mainly by emerging markets but bottom line figures suffered due
to higher energy and raw material costs.
Canada-based Faces Cosmetics says it has initiated a network of
retail franchises in South America, which will start off in
Cosmederm Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with
Health Sciences to market its anti-aging and anti-itch products in
the Asia Pacific region.
Unfavourable exchange rate trends and declining European sales led
France-based Clarins Group into stagnant waters during the first
Sweden-based direct sales giant Orilflame says it has managed to
boost its profits thanks to double digit sales growth during the
Rising raw material costs and a decline in operating profit has led
Japanese personal care firm Kao to forecast low sales growth
for the coming year.
Evonik is adding two new ingredients to their nature-derived
portfolio in collaboration with India-based Sabinsa.
Canada-based Ceapro is bringing its range of organic active
ingredients to South Korea as part of its rapid expansion plan.