Biotech is helping to revolutionise the formulation of cosmetic and personal care products, with huge leaps in the technology serving to enhance product efficacy, reduce costs and lowering the impact on the environment.
Natural and organic labelling claims, certification and branding are confusing enough even for industry professionals, so imagine how consumers feel. We spoke to Ecovia Intelligence-founder Amarjit Sahota to find out how things can be simplified.
Biotechnology is nothing new. People have been modifying natural systems to make and alter products for thousands of years. What is new is the scale and specificity of biotech. Today, molecularly identical ‘natural’ ingredients are available virtually...
Just days after a parliamentary committee released a review in favour of a ban in the UK, the government has announced any personal care products containing microplastic will be prohibited from sale by the end of 2017.
Four key trends are set to define the Asia Pacific skin care market in the coming period, according to recent research by Euromonitor International. In this mini-series, Cosmetics Design takes a closer look at each: this time, we consider ethical.
The first ever in-cosmetics summit kicked off in London with a big focus on reformulation, given that the industry has had to redesign many of its products due to market demand, differing climates, cultural preferences, trends, and health and safety concerns.
A new study has linked high levels of chemicals that we come across every day in the environment, plastics, and other household items, with women experiencing menopause 2-4 years earlier – however none of the concerning ingredients studied are used in...
This year the most relevant news in the cosmetics industry spanned the region and a telling array of topics: the environment in China, novel skin care ingredients, animal testing in India, influential industry trends across the region, and digital strategy...
France’s Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) has issued a fine to 11 personal and home care companies, which includes L’Oréal, Unilever, and Beiersdorf, over allegations of a conspiracy to rig the prices of products such as shampoo.
Consumer Reports 'ShopSmart' says it has found numerous body care products with potentially harmful ingredients, such as coal tar color, triclosan, and formaldehyde releasing chemicals following a year long investigation.
European cosmetic companies, including L'Oréal and Beiersdorf are keeping an eye on the current political crisis in Ukraine, but are reporting no disruption to their operations in and exports to the country.
Representatives of congress have introduced the 'Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act', which they propose will close major loopholes in the federal law that currently allows companies to use ingredients in cosmetics known to damage...
In a bid to clarify and understand the impact of chemicals used in cosmetics, a group of scientists have devised a list of the ‘Top 20’ questions in order to better manage the risks of these chemicals on the environment.
The personal care industry in China makes important contributions to research and development, employment of women, environmental sustainability, charitable contributions, and international trade, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Market research firm Global Industry Analysts (GIA) has predicted the global personal care products market to reach $333bn by 2015, driven by increasing product innovations, growing disposable incomes and better market penetration.
Latin American countries, particularly Brazil and Mexico, are predicted to show stellar growth in the beauty and personal care market over the next five years, according to a conference at the HBA Global Expo in New York.
Lack of regulations and labeling requirements for natural personal care products in Asia means the market is dominated by synthetic ingredients positioned as natural, according to market research company, Kline.