Wal-Mart sustainability programme faces criticism
Wal-Mart's sustainability programme, which is forcing manufacturers
worldwide to reduce their environmental impact, has come under
heavy criticism from a coalition of international labour and
civic organisations for being "unsustainable".
Cosmetics test centre will cater for Asian market
A new testing centre for cosmetic products and ingredients has been
opened in Bangkok by Dermscan Asia, in order to meet the demands of
this growing market.
Symrise to expand plant-based actives
Symrise is combining its plant extracts under the new product line
'Actipone', with the intention of expanding the range of natural
active ingredients designed for use in cosmetics.
Cosmetics tops stolen goods list
Cosmetics are proving popular among shoplifters, topping a list of
the most frequently stolen goods in North America and prompting
calls for greater use of tagging and tracking devices.
Big companies named in palm oil warning
Procter & Gamble and Unilever are among the personal care
companies implicated in the environmental time
bomb planted by the farming of the natural
ingredient palm oil, according to a new report.
Cosmetics on agenda for US-EU trade talks
The first meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) takes
place in Washington this week, with the freeing up of cosmetics
trade on the cards.
Chinese consumers embrace the natural trend
Demand is growing for natural cosmetics in China, driven by a
traditional preference for natural ingredients and the fear of
toxic chemicals in consumer goods.
India's consumer elite avoids the natural trend
The Indian market for natural cosmetics is thriving; however
products are seen as cheap alternatives popular with low-income
consumers, causing concern for the future growth of the sector.
Multinationals flex naturals muscle
The increasing participation of multinationals in the natural and
organic cosmetics sector, and the current lack of legislation, may
be marginalising the smaller companies who have been operating in
the sector for many years, according...
Trend for natural cosmetics growing in emerging markets
Emerging markets, particularly Brazil and Russia, are becoming
increasingly open towards natural and organic cosmetics, with both
domestic and international players getting involved in the trend.
Cyanotech's Bioastin obtains structure/function claims
Hawaii's Cyanotech Corporation has obtained four new
structure/function claims for its Bioastin following FDA review, as
it looks to make consumers more familiar with the benefits of
Shiseido uses improved solar power to cut costs
Shiseido has fitted solar panels to the roof of its New Jersey
facility to help save the company $100,000 a year, indicating that
financial and environmental goals are not necessarily incompatible.
Duty-free cosmetics sales are back from the brink
A year ago the future of duty-free sales of cosmetic products in
Europe was looking glum amid suggestions of a total sales ban, but
things are looking brighter now, according to the European Travel
Retail Council (ETRC).
Dairy boosts growing beauty foods market
Dairy is leading the current pack of beauty enhancing food and
drink products, which is expected to grow and diversify over
the coming years.
Call for international co-operation within the cosmetics industry
The International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) is
calling for increased international cooperation within the
industry, in areas such as nanotechnology and alternatives to