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June 17, 2019 | Congress reports

Portrait of the new cosmetic consumer pro

Seducing the consumer? This is the question to which all brands would like to have the answer. Consumers are becoming increasingly difficult to attract because their habits are changing. During a day of conferences on the theme of “clean beauty”, the cosmetic ingredient distributor Ami Ingredients tried to analyse the profile of cosmetic users in order to help professionals in the cosmetics industry to better catch them!

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19 Sept. 2017 Congress reports

Customizable cosmetics: regulatory prerequisites pro

At the 2017 Cosmed International Congress, Vanessa Picot, Cosmetics Inspector at ANSM, made an update on what ANSM has been working on and on the latest inspections, focusing on the ongoing campaign on customizable cosmetics. She also detailed the supervisory authorities’ expectations as regards the PIF and GMPs for these particular products.

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18 Sept. 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics claims in China pro

All marketing departments dream about a ‘World’ claim that could be used the same way on all markets. And everyone knows how inaccessible this dream seems to be, and how delicate it is to choose the right words that will stick to a cosmetic product everywhere it is exported. To ...

11 Sept. 2017 Congress reports

Reconstructed skin: a new approach to cosmetics tests? pro

Already prohibited by the European Regulation in the cosmetics industry, animal testing is more and more disparaged and often criticized among the general public. Although giving up these protocols to switch to more ethical experimentation methods may prove complicated and costly, the first Inexo Symposium was held on July 7 in ...

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06 Sept. 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics claims in Russia pro

All marketing departments dream about a ‘World’ claim that could be used the same way on all markets. And everyone knows how inaccessible this dream seems to be, and how delicate it is to choose the right words that will stick to a cosmetic product everywhere it is exported. To ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
29 Aug. 2017 Congress reports

Safety assessment report: ANSM expectations (2/2) pro

On June 29, 2017, at the meeting organized by ANSM (French National Agency of Medicine and Health Products Safety), which gathered cosmetics safety assessors, the inspection Agency presented the non-conformities found in safety reports during their latest inspections, and explained which points are to be improved and which deviations are to ...

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28 Aug. 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics market and trends in Russia pro

Everyone knows the cosmetics industry is one of the most flourishing in the world. However, trends and consumers’ desires vary from one country to another. At the Cosmed International Congress organized on June 9, 2017, Business France provided an overview of the cosmetics landscape in different regions of the world. Our ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
26 July 2017 Congress reports

The three major trends impacting the cosmetics market – by Euromonitor pro

At the 2017 Cosmetics Europe Week, Ildiko Szalai, of Euromonitor, provided an overview of the cosmetics market condition on the global level. Beyond satisfactory overall results, the analyst highlighted the major impacting trends to identify lessons learnt and development prospects for cosmetics companies.

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19 July 2017 Congress reports

Sun protection: should we go for an SPF100+? pro

SPF30, SPF50, SPF50+… A common assumption is that the protection they provide is not that different from what gross figures suggest. At the Sun Protection Conference held in London on June 6-7, 2017, Dr Joshua Williams, of Johnson & Johnson, went against this idea, presenting studies showing the advantages of ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
18 July 2017 Congress reports

Safety assessment report: ANSM expectations (1/2) pro

On June 29, 2017, at the meeting organized by ANSM (French National Agency of Medicine and Health Products Safety), which gathered cosmetics safety assessors, the inspection Agency presented the non-conformities found in safety reports during their latest inspections, and explained which points are to be improved and which deviations are to ...

17 July 2017 Congress reports

Babies do have a sensitive skin: Mustela proves it

Today, the notion of high skin sensitivity in adults is well-known, but in children, no study had demonstrated it so far. Out of almost 700,000 publications in the scientific literature on this type of epidermis, not a single one focuses on babies’ skin. And yet, more and more parents go ...

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12 July 2017 Congress reports

Safety assessment: 0 deviation for 0 controversy? pro

On June 29, 2017, ANSM (French National Agency of Medicine and Health Products Safety) invited cosmetics safety assessors to their premises for an information and exchange meeting. It was an opportunity for both the supervisory authority and the industry to make an update and express their mutual expectations on a complex ...

12 July 2017 Congress reports

The importance of the environment in CSR

According to the European Union, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a ‘concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis.’ The second edition of Rencontres du Bien-Être, a wellness congress organized by the FEBEA (French Federation ...

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11 July 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics: what consumers really think about them pro

When NGOs, consumer associations, or the general press talk about cosmetics, it is often to denounce the hazards associated with the use of certain ingredients. How are these alarmist messages received by those who use these products on a daily basis? How do consumers perceive their cosmetic products? That is ...

05 July 2017 Congress reports

When beauty and data become one

Customer data has been a real gold mine for companies for a few years. It represents significant trade and marketing advantages if it is efficiently used. Of course, the cosmetics industry is also concerned, since it gathers and processes considerable volumes of data. At the e-Beauty conference organized by Journal ...

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04 July 2017 Congress reports

No, anti-inflammatory ingredients do not have any impact on the SPF! pro

At the Sun Protection Conference held in London on June 6-7, 2017, Dr Ludger Kolbe, of Beiersdorf, provided scientific studies to respond to a recurring controversy in the field of sun protection: the influence of anti-inflammatory ingredients on the SPF determination and the skin’s erythemal response under the effect of ...

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28 June 2017 Congress reports

Sunscreen products: what if they protected without doing any harm? pro

Sun exposure is recognized for being a factor of skin affections and cancers. However, UV rays are also responsible for biological mechanisms whose positive action has been demonstrated on a great number of other, just as serious diseases. As a matter of fact, the protective filters used in sunscreens inhibit ...

28 June 2017 Congress reports

Distance selling, e-commerce and duty free: what is the regulatory framework? pro

If the different distance selling channels are known to consumers and make it easier for them to shop, most often, distributors are not aware of the rules applicable to this type of transactions. At Cosmed’s regulatory congress held in Paris on June 8, 2017, Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, lawyer at the Court ...

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26 June 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics Europe: risk, always risk, nothing but risk! pro

As usual, the 2017 edition of the Cosmetics Europe Week started with a speech delivered by the President of the European association. Loïc Armand also gave CosmeticOBS an interview, during which he presented the key figures of the European cosmetics industry, made an update on the actions taken over the past twelve ...

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21 June 2017 Congress reports

Sun exposure: the right balance

Attention is often drawn to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays on the skin and health. At the Sun Protection Conference held in London on June 6-7, 2017, Professor Robyn Lucas, epidemiologist at the Australian National University (ANU), highlighted the other, more beneficial side of sun exposure, pleading ...

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19 June 2017 Congress reports

Claims, CMRs, nanos: 3 announcements from the European Commission pro

At the Rencontres Réglementaires organized by Cosmed in Paris on June 8, 2017, Salvatore d'Acunto, the Commission’s Head of Unit for Health Technology and Cosmetics (Grow D4), provided an overview of the recent news in this field and made a few updates and announcements that caught the audience’s ...

19 June 2017 Congress reports

When the selfie generation influences the cosmetics industry

The population aged 25-35, also known as the selfie generation, represents a chunk of people who are hyper-connected and deeply concerned about their image and how it is conveyed on social media. As a result, they are increasingly more demanding with the cosmetics they use. At the Comet conference held in ...

14 June 2017 Congress reports

Chinese e-commerce: a new Eldorado for French cosmetics!

French cosmetics are much valued in China, where they are considered prestigious. Their reputation is firmly established, and yet, French companies’ presence on the Chinese territory is still a little tentative. Other than overcoming regulatory barriers to settle there in the long term, it is definitely necessary to adapt to ...

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14 June 2017 Congress reports

UEBT Biodiversity Barometer 2017 pro

Since 2009, UEBT assessed awareness of biodiversity, and interest in ethical sourcing of ingredients in 16 different countries. Nine years of research, among 59,000 people, and hundreds of leading companies, have provided several valuable insights that may guide companies and governments in their approaches towards people and biodiversity.

12 June 2017 Congress reports

Natrue: how is it doing after 10 years? pro

On May 30, 2017, Natrue, an organization representing organic and natural cosmetics, celebrated its 10th anniversary. On this occasion, its members and the press were gathered in Brussels to provide an overview of the association’s progress and the objectives to be reached for the years to come. CosmeticOBS was there: here ...

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06 June 2017 Congress reports

Australian regulations: cosmetic or therapeutic? pro

As the US with OTCs, Australia set up a specific status for some products that Europe considers as "simple" cosmetics. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), Dr ...

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04 June 2017 Congress reports

Biodiversity: a pledge for innovation and consumers' confidence pro

Biodiversity is a source of inspiration and innovation, essential to connect to consumers turning to natural ingredients. The outcomes of the 2017 Biodiversity Barometer research which were presented during the 9th annual conference on Biodiversity, organized by UEBT – Union for Ethical BioTrade – on June 1st in Paris, prove it once again.

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31 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: tailor-made products pro

To be personalized and made upon request, tailor-made products still need to meet GMP quality requirements. And yet, how can those be implemented at points of sale, whose typology is so different from that of plants? At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized ...

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24 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: subcontracting pro

Production subcontracting is common in the cosmetics industry, and it is specifically dealt with in standard ISO 22716 on GMPs. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), Pascal ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
17 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: pest management pro

Fighting against the invasion of rodents and insects in cosmetics companies’ production premises is an obligation imposed by GMP standard ISO 22716, and also a guarantee of the quality of the products manufactured. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French ...

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03 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: metrology pro

Measuring instruments are sensitive devices which are to be regularly inspected to meet legal metrology requirements, but also the quality requirements laid down in Good Manufacturing Practices. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals ...

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24 April 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: water treatment pro

Is the water used to manufacture and formulate cosmetic products quality water? Which processes are used to obtain it, and what controls should be carried out as regards the GMP standard? At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by the IFIS (French ...

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12 April 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: cleaning premises and equipment (2/2) pro

At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), Françoise Durand, of Anios, and Bertrand Cormary, of the Pierre Fabre Group, provided details on the prerequisites and level of ...

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12 April 2017 Congress reports

Mineral cosmetic ingredients: oils and stones pro

At the 8th edition of the U’Cosmetics colloquium dedicated to mineral cosmetics, several speakers presented their specificities in terms of ingredients. Three of them focused on new approaches to flagship mineral ingredients: oils and stones, including the most precious.

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10 April 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: cleaning premises and equipment (1/2) pro

Giving the floor a sweep or hosing it down is not enough to fulfil the objectives set out in standard ISO 22716 on Good Manufacturing Practices – far from it! At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for ...

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03 April 2017 Congress reports

Mineral cosmetic ingredients: powders and pigments pro

At the 8th edition of the U’Cosmetics colloquium dedicated to mineral cosmetics, several speakers presented the specificities of mineral ingredients. Tifenn Boutard, of subcontractor ABC Texture, focused on makeup pigments and powders.

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27 March 2017 Congress reports

Mineral cosmetics… What is that about? pro

What exactly are mineral cosmetics? At the 8th edition of the U’Cosmetics colloquium organized on March 16, 2017 by the students of University UCO Bretagne Nord in Guingamp, Brittany, Jean-Claude Le Joliff, creator of cosmetics library La Cosmétothèque, endeavoured to define the outline of what this cosmetics branch covers.

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15 March 2017 Congress reports

Neurocosmetics: a revolutionary approach to cosmetics? (2/2) pro

At the Jean-Paul Marty Days, Fabrice Lefevre, Marketing & Innovation Director of Givaudan Active Beauty, presented the result of his group’s latest research work, using various examples. After addressing the issue of their action on physiological stress, he showed how new cosmetics molecules could be efficient as regards themes ...

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06 March 2017 Congress reports

Neurocosmetics: a revolutionary approach to cosmetics? (1/2) pro

At the Jean-Paul Marty Days, a two-day scientific congress organized by the SFC (French Society of Cosmetology) in Paris in late 2016, Fabrice Lefevre, Marketing & Innovation Director of Givaudan Active Beauty, presented the result of his group’s latest research work, using various examples. A scientific movement towards health and ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
20 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

Packaging in the era of mass personalization pro

Today, personalization is one of the major trends impacting the world of cosmetics. Tailor-made products, products to be composed yourself with bases, depending on the day’s needs, and home manufacturing machines have been receiving much media coverage these days. And personalization is now intended for the greatest number possible ...

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13 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

Seeing packaging beauty differently pro

Viewing beauty from a different angle, wondering whether we have really seen it all, and if it would not be useful to consider other innovative approaches… It is actually crucial for the cosmetics industry to keep surprising and seducing ever-more demanding consumers, which also applies to packaging. Astrid Rutkowski, of ...

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08 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

Child-Resistant Packaging: for which products and how? pro

For certain pharmaceuticals placed on the market, it has been mandatory for many years to use Child-Resistant Packaging that cannot be opened by toddlers. What is less known is that this obligation may also apply to a few cosmetics. At the PCD show held in Paris in January 2017, Philippe Kern ...

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01 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

The ideal pump-bottle by WestRock pro

WestRock is an American packaging supplier. To anticipate trends and market expectations, the company regularly conducts consumer studies. Sandy Grégory, of the Marketing Department, presented the results of one of these studies at the PCD show held in Paris in January 2017: she explained how they led to the development of ...