Asia in Focus

Halal cosmetics in Asia

Strong R&D developments expected for halal cosmetics

By Natasha Spencer

As the halal cosmetics trend remains prominent within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, the upcoming in-cosmetics Asia event in Bangkok will explore the growing halal cosmetic products market and how it is set to develop in the future.

Male personal care in Asia-Pacific

Male personal care: The market to watch

By Natasha Spencer

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to account for the highest growth rate in the overall male personal care market throughout 2016 to 2022, due to increasing consumer demand from countries including China and India.

Japan bans 19 ingredients used in soap

Japan bans 19 ingredients used in medicated soaps

By Natasha Spencer

Following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision that antibacterial wash manufacturers must ban 19 ingredients from their products within one year, Japan has announced it has already put this in motion.

Marketing pollution protective cosmetics products

How Pollution Protection is transforming APAC cosmetics Part II

By Natasha Spencer

Anti-pollution products are one of the most sought after trends within the APAC region and with innovative developments, consumer attitudes and events all focusing on pollution protective cosmetics products, it is adopting sophisticated marketing campaigns.

Pollution protective cosmetics products

How Pollution Protection is transforming APAC cosmetics Part I

By Natasha Spencer

As consumers are increasingly searching for ways to protect their skin from pollution, we spoke to Christina Ho, Regional Skin Care Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific at cosmetics manufacturer Croda to discover how protecting skin from pollution aggression...

Japanese natural cosmetics

What’s influencing the Japanese naturals market?

By Natasha Spencer

As consumers seek natural and organic cosmetic products, we deliver the second part of our interview with Jorge Larranaga, Senior Manager Manufacturing Division at Number Three in Japan on what developments in the cosmetics and associated industries are...

Formulation challenges in Asia

Industry insight into formulation challenges

By Natasha Spencer

With innovation and product development needed to access new markets and regions, stable formulations that offer long-term benefits and production efficiency are high on the agenda.

AmorePacific sustainability

AmorePacific prioritises product sustainability

By Natasha Spencer

As sustainability continues to grow in the natural and organic sector, we spoke to Jun-Seong Park, Heritage Material Research Team Leader/Manager, R&D Unit at AmorePacific, who emphasises that “product sustainability must be ensured to achieve sustainable...

Natural hair care in Japan

Hair care products lead Japan’s naturals market

By Natasha Spencer

As the global natural cosmetics sector is one of the fastest growth segments within the beauty industry, we spoke to  Jorge Larranaga, Senior Manager, Manufacturing Division at Number Three in Japan to find out why the Japanese market is no exemption.

Skin whitening in India grows

Skin whitening in India gathers pace

By Natasha Spencer

As the Indian skin-whitening market focuses on beauty-enhancing claims around health, David Tyrrell, Global Analyst at Mintel says “brands need to take the ethical high-ground when talking about fairer skin care solutions”.

K-beauty influence only in Korea

Does K-beauty impact remain within Korea?

By Natasha Spencer

As consumer research shows K-beauty’s popularity is not reflected in Thailand, we round up our analysis of the influential Korean trend by looking at how it has reached its current levels of demand in Korea and why these may not be imitated in other countries.

Anti-pollution products at in-cosmetics Asia 2016

What does pollution mean for your skin?

By Natasha Spencer

This is the question in-cosmetics Asia 2016’s New Spotlight On feature will examine when it will display a range of anti-pollution products and the latest innovative ingredients helping to redress the topic.

A look at Shiseido’s developments in Asia in 2016

A look at Shiseido’s developments in Asia in 2016

By Michelle Yeomans

Shiseido has rapidly expanded across the Americas and Europe this year with focused efforts on travel retail, R&D hubs and partnerships with major beauty players. Here though, we’re taking a look at how the Japanese cosmetics player has still managed...

Baby skin care products enjoying boom in China

Baby skin care products enjoying boom in China

By Lucy Whitehouse

Thanks to the relaxing of its historic 'one-child policy' in January this year, China is set to see a boom in its baby and child-specific markets, with baby personal care one of the segments set to lead the charge.

In-cosmetics Korea opens its doors next week!

In-cosmetics Korea opens its doors next week!

By Lucy Whitehouse

In-cosmetics is set to open its doors next week in Korea for the second year running, gathering together the industry in one of the world's leading markets for beauty and personal care innovation.

Lancome shuts stores in Hong Kong amid China tensions

Lancome shuts stores in Hong Kong amid China tensions

By Lucy Whitehouse

Lancome has found itself in the middle of a wave of global scrutiny for its decision to cancel a promotional music concert in Hong Kong, apparently as a result of political pressure from mainland China, and has now taken the step of shutting several of...

Major trends for in-cosmetics Korea revealed

Major trends for in-cosmetics Korea revealed

By Lucy Whitehouse

Industry hot topics of anti-ageing, anti-pollution, halal cosmetics and dominant marketing trends are all top of the agenda for the upcoming in-cosmetics Korea event.

UAE beauty brands target Asia

UAE beauty brands target Asia

By Lucy Whitehouse

United Arab Emirates cosmetics firms are reportedly eyeing up expansion into Asia, with moving into the region proving a hot topic at this week’s Beautyworld Middle East event.

Shiseido's global innovation plan

Shiseido's global innovation plan

By Lucy Whitehouse

Shiseido, Japan-headquartered beauty giant, has announced that its strategy for innovation going forward will be structured around a ‘hub-and-spoke’ system, as it turns towards fully global R&D.

Hong Kong no longer beauty retail hotspot, says Euromonitor

Hong Kong no longer beauty retail hotspot, says Euromonitor

By Lucy Whitehouse

Market research firm Euromonitor has released its latest report on beauty and personal care in Hong Kong, which reveals that the industry has seen steep decline in its growth within the country over the past year.

ASEAN delegation heads to Korea for insight on cosmetics growth

ASEAN delegation heads to Korea for insight on cosmetics growth

By Lucy Whitehouse

Officials from various of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are taking part in a delegation to South Korea this week, in a bid to learn more about the ongoing booming success of the country’s beauty industry.

Unilever Indonesia set to enjoy stronger performance

Unilever Indonesia set to enjoy stronger performance

By Lucy Whitehouse

Personal care giant Unilever has seen its sales slow in Indonesia, but with the domestic market now picking up across the board, commentators suggest the Dove and Axe parent-company’s fortunes are about to turn.