Asia in Focus

The hottest ingredient launches at in-cosmetics Korea

The hottest ingredient launches at in-cosmetics Korea

By Belinda Carli, director of The Institute of Personal Care Science

Following up from the inspirational in-cosmetics Korea 2017, what were some of the key trends we’ve seen emerging in this region, and actives being launched set to dominate in the coming year? And which of these trends are we likely to see migrate to...

South Korea trade surplus

South Korea’s trade surplus shows K-beauty global power

By Natasha Spencer

As South Korea’s cosmetics industry saw a trade surplus of over three trillion won (€2.3 bn) — how much exports exceed the cost of the country’s imports — K-beauty is now fiercely expanding into European markets.

Brenntag acquires Chinese Wellstar Group

Brenntag acquires Chinese Wellstar Group

By Natasha Spencer

German chemical distributor, Brenntag, enhances its Asia Pacific presence through acquiring Hong Kong Wellstar Enterprises and its subsidiaries.

Scent Strategy in India

Active beauty in India part II: Start a scent strategy

By Natasha Spencer

With consumers seeking sweat-covering scents, we caught up again with Charlotte Libby, Global Colour Cosmetics and Fragrance Analyst at Mintel to explore how brands can create a strong strategy to maximise success.

Nars cruelty free and China

Nars loses cruelty-free status?

By Natasha Spencer

As Nars moves into the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory, previously loyal supporters opt to boycott the famed brand.

Fragrance in India

Active beauty in India part I: Fragrance focus

By Natasha Spencer

As the active beauty trend generates supporters in India, we spoke to Charlotte Libby, Global Colour Cosmetics and Fragrance Analyst at Mintel on how the trend is now attracting the attention of scent developers.

THAAD impacts K-Beauty cosmetics growth

THAAD impacts K-Beauty cosmetics growth

By Natasha Spencer

As the political tensions resulting from the deployment of the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system continue, we spoke to Ju Rhyu, Founder of Inside the Raum and the former Director of Marketing of K-Beauty e-tailer Peach & Lily, to...

Trend predictions in APAC: What’s in store?

Trend predictions in APAC: What’s in store?

By Natasha Spencer

Belinda Carli, Director of the Institute of Personal Care Science, takes us through the latest consumers’ needs and preferences evolving in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) cosmetics industry.

CDIB Capital invests in L&P Cosmetics

CDIB Capital invests in L&P Cosmetics

By Natasha Spencer

South Korean facial skin care name, L&P Cosmetics, receives an undisclosed sum from CDIB Capital, the private equity arm of China Development Financial.

APAC tourists choose Japanese beauty

APAC tourists choose Japanese beauty

By Natasha Spencer

Loyal customers throughout Asia-Pacific are strengthening Japan’s export market through repeat purchases made after returning from their travels.

in-cosmetics Korea 2017

in-cosmetics Korea to celebrate country’s €10 bn domestic market

By Natasha Spencer

As Korea Customs Service reports a 44% increase in cosmetics imports from Korea in 2015 to 2016, and as the K-cosmetics market is expected to reach €10.95 bn this year, in-cosmetics Korea gets set to delve into the country’s latest trends.

China's business future

Global business support spurs China’s growth

By Natasha Spencer

As China remains a dominant make up producer, particularly in areas of innovation such as lip care, the next ten years are expected to bring increased overseas investment, governmental backing and worldwide business opportunities.

Mobile commerce in Japan

Is Japan missing the mobile commerce trick?

By Natasha Spencer

The country has a reputation as an advanced pioneer in multiple leading technological sectors, yet Euromonitor International revealed in its report ‘Three Reasons Why Japan Is Falling Behind in Mobile Commerce’ how the APAC nation is inferior when it...

PCHi gears up for 2018

PCHi gears up for 2018

By Natasha Spencer

Although the Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) trade show only closed its doors two months ago, 85% of its 2018 booths have already been booked. 

Cosmetic imports to Vietnam exceed €1 billion

Cosmetic imports to Vietnam exceed €1 billion

By Natasha Spencer

Trade Map of the International Trade Center (ITC) and the World Bank (WB) reveals that the value of imported cosmetics entering the Vietnam market has more than doubled from below $500 mn (€469 mn) in 2011 to over $1.1 bn (€1.03 bn) in 2016.

Frutarom acquires Vietnam’s Western Flavors

Frutarom acquires Vietnam’s Western Flavors

By Natasha Spencer

Natural speciality fine ingredients business, Frutarom, has agreed to acquire Vietnamese Western Flavors and plans to build a new flavours plant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to help expand the business throughout the country and the wider APAC region.

China's ecommerce is creating a buzz

China’s e-commerce boom part IV: Creating a buzz overseas

By Natasha Spencer

Mintel revealed in a recent blog how "online shopping for imported products lacks the excitement of shopping when travelling overseas", so we asked Matthew Crabbe, Director of Research, Asia-Pacific at Mintel, how companies can get Chinese consumers...

PETA on cruelty-free

PETA part III: Cruelty-free communication is critical

By Natasha Spencer

In our final article looking into how PETA’s campaign has led to Trading Standards being asked to investigate possible illegal marketing from a host of multinational beauty names, we ask Dr Julia Baines, Science Policy Adviser at PETA UK what cruelty-free...