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May 23, 2018 | Ingredients datasheets

Datasheet: UV-filters and sunscreens pro

Sun protection is guaranteed by synthetic filters and/or mineral sunscreens. Some of them protect against UVBs, others against UVAs, and a few against both types of UV rays. Some of them can be used in the form of nanoparticles, while others are suspected of acting as endocrine disruptors, of having a more or less strong allergenic potential, or of being harmful for aquatic environments… Those that are authorized in cosmetics are assessed by European scientific experts and their conditions of use are detailed in Annex VI of the Cosmetics Regulation. But all this does not prevent the recurring controversies on their possible hazards… Here is a presentation of the main substances used, together with their characteristics, regulations, and data ...

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May 21, 2018 | Congress reports

Exporting to the United States: regulatory pre-requisites pro

Under American regulations, cosmetics are divided into two different categories, contrary to what is implemented in Europe. As a result, it is crucial to get familiar with these differences and comply with US requirements before exporting your products there. At Cosmed’s congress dedicated to international cosmetics regulations, Béatrice Moreau, Manager at Registrar Corp, presented the essentials in terms of US regulations.

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May 22, 2018 | Cosmetic regulations

Northern Ireland: the ban of plastic particles in cosmetics to come pro

Following the action already taken by England, Wales and Scotland (as by many other Member States and third countries), Northern Ireland now notify the WTO of its draft regulation aimed at to prohibit microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture of rinse-off personal care products.

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May 23, 2018 | Cosmetic trends


Of course, night is supposed to be the moment when we sleep, but it is also ideal to take care of your skin, and the cosmetics industry has understood that perfectly well. New textures, new sizes… brands vie with inventiveness by offering targeted creams to apply at night.

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May 17, 2018 | Focus on French Launches

‘Longwear’ brows

On le sait, le sourcil n’est plus un détail et la tendance va crescendo. Été oblige, pour éviter d’avoir à le retravailler complètement en vacances, un certain nombre de marques opte pour les encres, les effets tatoo, smudge-resistant et sans transfert, ou carrément les teintures de sourcils à réaliser chez soi. Pratique car ainsi, on n’a plus à passer par la case institut…

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They are the cosmetics See all articles

April 16, 2018 | They are the cosmetics

And Couraud beautified woman

Olivier Couraud, founder of the brand Olivier Claire, is one of these human beings you gladly call ‘quite a character’. Why is that so? Simply because he is filled with the burning desire to beautify and comfort women, with a big W. He chose cosmetics to express his original vocation. Here is a portrait.

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Nov. 22, 2017 | Dossiers

Endocrine disruptors: the dossier

Endocrine disruptors are substances which are likely to interact with the hormone system, with implications for health, cancer development, and human reproduction. They are everywhere, in particular in cosmetic products, and they both raise a lot of concern and provoke many reactions, whether from the general public or political and health authorities. This dossier provides an update on what should be known about endocrine disruptors.

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May 21, 2018 | Cosmetics glossary


If you want to sculpt your own face, make it glow, and brighten your complexion without too sophisticated makeup, draping is the ideal technique. Similarly to strobing, this trend consists in highlighting your face contours by illuminating specific areas like the arch of the eyebrows and the cheekbones. The only difference lies in the product used: no highlighter, just some blush.

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