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July 24, 2019 | Congress reports

Labelling of essential oils and products containing them pro

Due to their multiple properties, and the almost as many regulations on which they may depend, essential oils, but also the products containing them, are often quite delicate to label. During the Aromadays, organised by Cosmed in Avignon on 4 and 5 July 2019, Nelly Van Chinh and Nadège Testa, from Naturakem, gave instructions for using compliant labelling.

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02 April 2013 Congress reports

Eco-design and cosmetics: the environment-friendly water drop?

The principle of eco-design is not new in cosmetics: it has been discussed since the 1970s. But it is increasingly being talked about today, and as a necessary step. Many companies have committed themselves to this approach… yet quite complex and not so simple to implement. This was the theme of ...

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07 March 2013 Congress reports

Nanomaterials and cosmetics: risks and opportunities

Obviously, nowadays, nanos are questioned: definition, notification, specific French declaration, safety, how consumers will understand the mandatory labelling… In 2013, for his lecture during the 33rd Morning Meetings on Cosmetics, Professor Philippe Piccerelle chose an emotional title. In fact, if the audience of this professional breakfast sees the risks, they were less ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
26 Feb. 2013 Congress reports

Nanos: seven key points to understand

Nano-particle, nano-ingredient, nanomaterial, nano-object … though tiny, nanos are topical. They are talked about, and should be even more talked about when the “nano” word itself will be displayed on the cosmetics’ labels (on July 11, 2013). They are talked about … but what are they, in fact? Seven questions/answers to understand ...

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04 Feb. 2013 Congress reports

DGCCRF surveys: 2012 report and 2013 plans

In France, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) is not the only authority competent for cosmetics. The DGCCRF can also program inquiries and perform checks of the market and of companies. Axel Thonier, the Deputy Director for Industry, Health, Housing in the DGCCRF, has given many pieces ...

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30 Jan. 2013 Congress reports

Cosmetics: why organic is not working

Organic cosmetics are ubiquitous in media, with an always positive green image. However, the sector is valued at 3% of the overall cosmetics market, and its growth prospects are low. The large groups are currently losing money with their organic brands, going sometimes up to giving up, as Clarins did with ...

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24 Jan. 2013 Congress reports

Some precautions to take… for the principle!

Potentially harmful substances and principle of precaution are not good friends. Especially when the former are more and more questioned by the consumers or authorities, while the latter is more and more often applied with its most stringent consequences. What are the risks for the industry? How can they guard ...

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10 Jan. 2013 Congress reports

A response to a crisis: the good approach

A crisis may occur any time. The topic is not the economic crisis, but a media hype, a crisis in the consumers’ confidence, an accidental crisis on a product …These kinds of crises that may, one day to the next, even one hour to the next, wipe out years of ...

24 Dec. 2012 Congress reports

Export: the beauty world, and its markets

On December 11, the Cosmetic Network team of Ubifrance organized the first Rencontres Internationales de la Beauté (International Meetings on Beauty). A full day of meetings, talks, lectures, for a better knowledge of the main beauty markets, and to help cosmetic companies develop on the international market. This was a time ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
21 Dec. 2012 Congress reports

The right sunscreen formula pro

What is the ideal formulation for a sunscreen? Which kind of formulation? Which filters to use? Which ways to use to blend them in the product? Which kind of protection is looked for? What are the directions for the coming changes and to enhance the protective efficiency? Several lecturers during ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
19 Dec. 2012 Congress reports

Green chemistry: know more

Green chemistry, green chemistry: this concept, paradoxical at first sight (how could chemistry be "green"?), is more and more trendy, and could be an obligatory step for the entire industry, including the cosmetic one. The 31st Morning Meetings on Cosmetics was dedicated to this topic, and Michelle Vincent, a journalist and ...

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13 Dec. 2012 Congress reports

Skin and sun: Ten Questions/Answers for the right protection pro

Which sun protection shall one choose? Which SPF? In a sunscreen or in a moisturizing care with an SPF? Why are they so many messages about “anti-sun prevention”? What are the impacts on vitamin D? … Many questions when the topic is sun protection. The first Cosmetic Days Convention, organized by ...

03 Dec. 2012 Congress reports

Chartres Convention: safety evaluation, let's work together!

During the 10th Cosmetic Valley's Parfums et Cosmétiques – Enjeux règlementaires (Perfumes and Cosmetics –Regulatory constraints) Convention, held in Chartres (Cosmetic Valley, France) on November 28 and 29, the main topic was safety assessement, of cosmetic products, ingredients and substances, in the new Regulation frame. The leitmotiv: let us work together, share resources, organise ...

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29 Nov. 2012 Congress reports

Anti-oxidants and cutaneous pathologies: which prospects for cosmetics?

The oxidative stress (and the formation of free radicals) is a major factor of aggression against the human cells, and is strongly linked to many skin diseases. A logical option to fight against its effects is to use anti-oxidants, by oral intake or by application on the skin. However, there ...

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27 Nov. 2012 Congress reports

Skin and sun: risky relationships

Our skin has with the sun (and its UV radiation) relationships that are sometimes happy, sometimes dangerous, always complex and never harmless. Jean-François Doré, a researcher in the French National Institute for Medical Research, has lectured on the current scientific knowledge, during the 5th meeting of the French Society of Anti-oxidants ...

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20 Nov. 2012 Congress reports

Hydration: which active ingredients, for which action?

Hydration, so useful for our skins, so present in cosmetic products sales points, may be improved, thanks to specific active ingredients. There is currently plenty of choice. Which ones to choose, and for which purpose? This was the topic of a lecture by Christine Lafforgue, from the Dermopharmacology and Cosmetology ...

09 Nov. 2012 Congress reports

Cosmetics and marketing in these digital times

How can the Internet resources be used in order to support the development, then, the launch of a new cosmetic product, active ingredient or service? How to use the social networks, the open innovation communities, wikis, the blogosphere … to sum it up: the web 2.0, to their maximum advantage? This ...

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03 Oct. 2012 Congress reports

Cosmetic efficiency, emotionally ups and downs speaking

Clinical assessments, instrumental measures, tests with consumers, sensory analyses: all these methods are used to evaluate the efficiency of a cosmetic product. Well known … and maybe soon outdated, with the coming up of a new method, based on the emotional approach. A method as scientific and promising, Stéphanie Vernier Esnault ...

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28 June 2012 Congress reports

GMP: the points to address pro

From 2010 to 2011, the number of GMP inspections has almost doubled in France. The point, for the authorities, is to check how companies comply with the ISO 22716 standard, the sole true reference in this area, before the implementation of the Regulation on cosmetics, in which GMP is mandatory. The Regulatory Meetings organized by ...

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31 May 2012 Congress reports

Interactions between packaging, contents and regulation

The interactions between packaging and formulations are still, and again, a major topic! Which exchanges between these intertwined components can be looked for? What is released by one of them, absorbed by another? What are the consequences of the potential damage done to any of them? Right, the packaging/contents ...

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04 May 2012 Congress reports

Active ingredients: the innovation and its challenges, by Karl Lintner

Innovation is at the core of the today’s cosmetic, up to the point when one wonders what the latter would be without the former … Active ingredients, the basis for formulae and sales points, obviously are at the forefront of this theme. With as many constraints as challenges to fight ...

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23 Feb. 2012 Congress reports

Cosmetics and health: a relationship for the future … worth investigating! pro

In no way, this is a suggestion to go from a product-on-the-border to a medical device. Obviously, it is important to balance where allegations and claims may go to. Nevertheless, once these two points are over, Dr Christine Lafforgue sees in this theme a real niche market for the cosmetic ...

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23 Feb. 2012 Congress reports

Cosmetics: health products, for real

The Matinales de la Cosmétique (The Breakfast Meetings - Cosmetics), the professional conferences organized every month by Sylvain-Romain Cotte ( SRC Consulting ), held in February 2012 was about a very interesting topic: the relationship between cosmetics and health. “Reality or utopia?” Dr Christine Lafforgue, the speaker, asked as a preamble of her paper. True ...

Allergen-free essential oils
31 Jan. 2012 Congress reports

When "Allergen-free" is essential for essential oils pro

“Allergen-free.” The mention is still frequently found on cosmetic labels, a sign of strong consumer demand and the willingness of manufacturers to try to provide answers. But how can we achieve this hypoallergenicity so prized when we are organic and/or when we work on our perfume compositions or active ...

18 Dec. 2011 Congress reports

Cosmetic and LEDs: Tomorrow's advancement?

A renowned anti-ageing specialist, Dr Claude Dalle has come to explain the numerous attendance of the latest Breakfast Meetings - Cosmetics what he sees as a … bright future, which comes with three letters: LED. From our TV sets to our skins, this technique opens up vast prospects, promising both reliable healing ...

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28 Nov. 2011 Congress reports

Trivial, our cosmetics?

A cosmetic is often considered as a wellness product, used for our pleasure, lightweight as a thin layer of powder. To sum it up, beauty is not always taken seriously. Indeed, it is a real industry that is doing quite well at the same time. This was reminded by Marc-Antoine ...

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26 Nov. 2011 Congress reports

Endocrine disruptors: a first sum up of the current scientific knowledge

The 9th Congrès Parfums et Cosmétiques of the Cosmetic Valley (Conferences on Perfumes and Cosmetics), held in Chartres on 23 and 24 November 2011, is the time for professionals to look at the regulatory environment. A wide topic: the regulatory environment includes very different points, such as animal tests, the registration of raw materials on the ...

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18 Oct. 2011 Congress reports

Innovation and Regulation: a love/hate relationship!

Regulation is a regular topic, nowadays, throughout the cosmetic industry, thanks to the future European Regulation enforcement. Is it a positive step forward, for consumers and for the industry, being at the same time a means to better up the quality criteria? On the contrary, is it a brake on ...

10 Oct. 2011 Congress reports

Second Round Table on Fair Trade in the Perfumes and Cosmetics fields

On Thursday 6 October 2011, the 2nd Round Table on Fair Trade was held in Paris, set up by and for the professionals of the Perfumes and Cosmetics fields. It was an opportunity to assess the current situation of fair trade and to anticipate on its priorities to come. Here is a report.

19 Sept. 2011 Congress reports

How can cosmetic innovation and regulation requirements be compatible?

This question is more and more essential for cosmetics manufacturers. It is heard in professional conferences/exhibitions as well as in Research and Development Departments. "How can we be innovative, creative, imagine new ideas and new products when the regulation is more and more stringent?" is the formulae designers’ complaint ...

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04 July 2011 Congress reports

Eco-design of cosmetic products: a civic issue, though uncertain

To design, to manufacture and to market a cosmetic product so as to minimize its impact on our environment: this is no longer a trendy idea, more a strong movement, a necessary change for a responsible cosmetic industry. Eco-design, a nice concept, is, nevertheless, an idea difficult to catch, and ...

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16 May 2011 Congress reports

Cosmetic industry and journalism: jarring notes by a complex duo

The cosmetic industry needs journalists to "market" its product to the public at large. Journalists need the contacts they have with the players of the cosmetic world to write their papers for this same audience. A duo that cannot be put apart, each of the members knowing it is impossible ...

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21 March 2011 Congress reports

Cosmetics: the future is in "reasoned" formulations

What will our cosmetics be like in the future? How will they be designed? How will they be modified to meet marketing needs, to meet regulations requirements, to meet customers’ expectations? These questions were the topic of the 15th "Breakfast Meeting - Cosmetics"  "Matinales de la Cosmétique"), organized by Sylvain-Romain Cotte (SRC ...

09 June 2010 Congress reports

Biopiracy and cosmetics: trends and ethics

Continuation of our reports of the Sessions of the Mornings of the , the breakfasts of the professionals of the sector of the beauty and the perfumery. It is a complex and recent problem which was evoked Tuesday June 15 in Paris, during the 7th edition: it was indeed question of intellectual property of ...

09 May 2010 Congress reports

Towards a new cosmetics: regulatory trends and issues

Continuation of our reports of the Morning Sessions of the , always more"tendency"! For this 6th session in April, the sun is shining in the Matinales garden located in the heart of Paris. On the program, technological innovation at the service of Beauty, a major current theme and yet curiously so ...

Registration document for the 6th and 7th sessions of the Matinales de la Cosmétique? (attention the places are limited !)
01 April 2010 Congress reports

The ethical commitment of cosmetic brands

The appeal of brands for ethical billboards is a fairly recent phenomenon, dating back to the early 1980s. Today, ethics is becoming a brand driver: consumers see it as an opportunity to make a useful purchase, to"do good" around them, while offering themselves the product of their choice. What about ...

Registration document for the 5th and 6th sessions of the Matinales de la Cosmétique? (attention the places are limited !)
10 March 2010 Congress reports

To which label should you devote yourself for your cosmetics?

Organic, Natural, Ethical, Ecological…? Which label should a cosmetics manufacturer choose today to ensure a promising marketing and commercial environment for its products? Should it choose among the existing offer or prefer the new one still under development? This question was the subject of the 4th session of the Matinales de ...

04 Feb. 2010 Congress reports

GMP in the Breakfast Meetings - Cosmetics

GMP, i.e. the Good Manufacturing Practices, is a major issue for cosmetics companies. Codified to become an international standard, they are now, atop ensuring security for consumers, a new competitive criterion for the brands, which some have already decided to emphasize through a certification process. GMP was also the ...

Philippe Masson's message to the cosmetics industry: find your way back to your dream and be subjective!
06 Nov. 2009 Congress reports

Cosmetics of tomorrow: for your pleasure!

The 3rd and 4th of November 2009 in Chartres the convention "Perfumes and Cosmetics - Legal Stakes" was held, organized by Cosmetic Valley. Two full days enriched with rather austere contents (it’s the subject that counts!), highlighted by the brilliant speech of Philippe Masson … wherein this biologist, toxicologist, cosmetic expert, teacher and CEO of ...

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12 Oct. 2009 Congress reports

Do we wash our babies too much?

It is customary to wash babies in the first moments of their life in the maternity ward, then to repeat the process at least once per day afterwards. But what if our desire for hygiene and cleanliness is going too far? This question, which might seem to go against what ...