South East Asia

Thai-based Shouvy launches skin whitening range

Thai-based Shouvy launches skin whitening range

By Natasha Spencer

Hailed as Thailand’s latest brand to “whiten, lighten, and brighten the skin”, Shouvy leverages the popularity of APAC’s skin whitening trend with Thailand’s prosperous cosmetics market.

Cosmax increases sales by 42% through strategic approach

Cosmax increases sales by 42% through strategic approach

By Natasha Spencer

Through its global expansion, focus on home shopping convenience and collaborations with pharmaceutical and fashion brands, the South Korean cosmetics ODM increased sales by 42% to 757 bn won (€621.58 mn) in 2016.

AmorePacific business results

AmorePacific: Do business results indicate move away from Korea?

By Natasha Spencer

As AmorePacific displays a positive picture of its 2016 business results, we consider whether the conglomerate’s efforts to up its presence in APAC counterparts Thailand and Singapore is an attempt to offset economic and political difficulties.

L’Oreal Thailand opens green distribution centre

L’Oreal Thailand opens green distribution centre

By Natasha Spencer

As L’Oreal Thailand opens its green distribution centre at TPARK Bangna, the sustainability-driven facility is Asia’s first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver level green distribution centre, reported business publication...

Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia account awarded to Optimedia

Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia account awarded to Optimedia

By Natasha Spencer

FMCG leader, Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia, has selected Malaysian advertising and marketing company, Optimedia, to become its media agency partner, according to a report published by Asia’s news outlet, Marketing.

Eurofragance opens Singapore fragrance facility

Eurofragance opens Singapore fragrance facility

By Natasha Spencer

Spanish fragrance designer and manufacturer, Eurofragance, inaugurates its Singapore plant as part of its corporate strategy to access growth opportunities in APAC.

Creating new halal markets

The evolution of the halal trend part I: Creating new target markets

By Natasha Spencer

As the number of facial skin care products with Halal claims in APAC continues to rise steadily, we asked Sharon Kwek, Senior Beauty and Personal Care Innovation and Insight Analyst at Mintel about latest developments and how the market in APAC compares...

What’s next for natural ingredients in APAC?

Gastronomia part 2: What’s next for natural ingredients?

By Natasha Spencer

With companies taking inspiration from the food and drinks industry, we asked Sharon Kwek, Senior Beauty and Personal Care Innovation and Insight Analyst at Mintel how the sector is impacting ingredient selection, emerging product lines and consumer control.

Natural ingredient trend

Gastronomia part 1: natural products with a DIY twist

By Natasha Spencer

As consumers continue to opt for natural  ingredients, we spoke to Sharon Kwek, Senior Beauty and Personal Care Innovation and Insight Analyst to find out how this popular trend is developing and the new product launches in APAC leading the way.

Anti-pollution product launches in APAC

Anti-pollution product launches Part I: Why APAC is the region of choice

By Natasha Spencer

As market research company, Mintel, finds over a third of all anti-pollution products in 2016 have been launched in APAC, we spoke to Sharon Kwek, Senior Beauty and Personal Care Innovation and Insight Analyst at Mintel to find out why brands are specifically...

Halal fragrances in APAC

Halal fragrances to lead growing ethical sector, report states

By Natasha Spencer

Increasing awareness among consumers about halal-certified products boosts the demand for Halal cosmetics and the fragrance sector, in particular, which is expected to generate the largest CAGR during the forecast period.  

Emogreen wins functional ingredients award

Seppic’s Emogreen wins functional ingredients award

By Natasha Spencer

As Seppic Asia’s Emogreen won the best prize in the functional ingredients category of the Best Ingredient Awards Innovation at in-cosmetics Asia 2016, we spoke to Marty Lumain, Asia Pacific Beauty Care Marketing Manager at Seppic about the product and...

R&D investment in Asia-Pacific

How brands can evolve in personal care market part III

By Natasha Spencer

Part III: Using science and nature to launch productsIn the final part of our interview, we spoke to Vito Consiglio, Vice President, Personal and Home Care, Ashland, about how Ashland is responding to regional trends and consumer demands by investing...

Active Derm Singapore skin care products online

Active Derm Singapore skin care products go online

By Natasha Spencer

The Singaporean skin care producer has launched its variety of skin and hair care products online in a move that reflects Asia-Pacific's (APAC) focus on e-commerce and digital marketing.

Ashland’s new brand identity in APAC

How brands can evolve in personal care market part I

By Natasha Spencer

Part I: Brand IdentityAs the personal care industry in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region continues to develop and compete with its US and European counterparts, we take an in-depth look at one of the leading brands focusing on the APAC marketplace.In this...

Croda invests in laboratories in Asia Pacific

Croda invests in three new laboratories in APAC

By Natasha Spencer

Croda International, the British speciality chemicals company, has furthered its plans to open three new laboratories in Greater China, Republic of Korea and Indonesia.

in-cosmetics Asia 2016

Personal care brands prepare for in-cosmetics Asia 2016

By Natasha Spencer

in-cosmetics Asia 2016 is set to reveal the latest trends to dominate the Asia-Pacific (APAC) marketplace and will highlight what the personal care and ingredients sectors can expect to see going into 2017.

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.

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...

Luxury cosmetics for airlines

Aviation and Luxury: The New Cosmetics Collaboration?

By Natasha Spencer

As Etihad Airways announces its collaboration with leading fashion and beauty brands, we spoke to Vivienne Rudd, ‎Director of Global Insight and Innovation, Beauty & Personal Care at Mintel on how luxury is coupling up with aviation.  

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...