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May 23, 2019 | Cosmetics news

Laboté, in harmony with essential oils

For the past two years, the cosmetics brand Laboté has been offering personalized, up-to-the-minute facial skincare products. Lucille Battail, founder of the brand, has just released her first body product: a nourishing oil enriched with a bouquet of essential oils.

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17 Jan. 2018 Cosmetics news

Savon de Marseille: a slippery name

Not everything can be called ‘Savon de Marseille’. As the battle is raging among all manufacturers, a new corporation of craftsmen, the ‘Association Savon de Marseille France’ (ASDMF), has burst onto the scene to defend its right to use the oh-so coveted name.

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16 Jan. 2018 Cosmetics news

Sisley makes a move on hair care

The French luxury beauty label Sisley, which is known for its upmarket skincare, makeup and fragrance solutions, is making its debut into the haircare industry, with the launch of a new brand. Sisley has unveiled ‘Hair Rituel by Sisley' - a six-piece product collection for hair and scalp.

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08 Jan. 2018 Cosmetics news

BEUC: 'The European Commission’s approach to CMR substances is unlawful' pro

We thought their fate was settled, at least for a good part of them, with the publication expected soon of a Regulation 'Omnibus'. But the process of management of substances classified CMR in cosmetics is still debated. The BEUC (European Consumer Organisation) has just published an open letter to the ...

02 Jan. 2018 Cosmetics news

La Phocéenne de Cosmétique acquires the Lovéa brand

The announcement was made in a press release on January 2, 2018. These two French SMEs are joining forces to gain market power in a market dominated by a few giants…

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20 Dec. 2017 Cosmetics news

U’Cosmetics 2018 embraces recycling

For the 9th annual event, the students of the Catholic University of the West, in Guingamp, Brittany, invite you to discover the world of upcycling, a trend that consists in the valorization of by-products, unused biomass, and co-products. The two parts of the event to take place on March 15, a ...

E3M association launches the ‘Aluminium-free Movement’
11 Dec. 2017 Cosmetics news

Back to the aluminium battle?

Aluminium keeps raising concerns, whether it is contained in drugs, vaccines, or convenience goods, including cosmetics. AT THE END OF 2017, at a symposium they organized, the E3M association relied on scientific presentations to revive the anti-aluminium flame and called for ‘necessary citizen vigilance’ before announcing they were about to launch ...

04 Dec. 2017 Cosmetics news

Anti-aging: give way to benevolence…

Enjoy your age, be positive about time, practice Happy aging, slow lifting, youth coaching, or positive cosmetics… It is no longer time to fight, but to be supportive. This new kindly approach to the skin’s youth has every chance of seducing consumers, but also to change our perspective on ...

27 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

The importance of having beautiful hair for men

In the ‘my hair, my fight’ series, it is now time for men’s behaviour to be gone through with a fine-toothcomb. If these gentlemen often have the reputation not to take care of themselves (except for elementary hygiene rules), a study conducted by Dove last summer deconstructed these clichés ...

22 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

DIY cosmetics: a child’s play?

DIY is real trendy right now, it is absolutely everywhere. The web is teeming with recipes, tutorials, and all kinds of other tips to prepare your own beauty products yourself. What is the promise? Having safe skincare products, knowing what ingredients they contain, and saving money, while having fun. Beyond ...

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21 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

Focus on Germany with Business France pro

Business France organizes a Cosmetic Workshop dedicated to Germany on Friday, December 1st. This informative seminar will be focused on the German market and regulatory framework and will help participating companies make an update on the conditions for placing cosmetic products on the market in this country. You still have a ...

20 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

A short guide to hair removal

Hairs die hard. There are plenty of techniques to finally get rid of hairs, but not all of them are adapted to every body part. What type of hair removal for what area? What technique? With or without cosmetics? You will find everything you need to know below.

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17 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

Beauty giants get serious about sustainability with new initiative

Clarins, Coty, L'Oréal and Groupe Rocher have teamed up on a new initiative to encourage sustainability within the beauty industry. The four cosmetics giants worked with EcoVadis, a collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools, on the concept, which has been titled the "Responsible Beauty Initiative" (RBI).

14 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

The right lip care gestures and products in winter

The autumn season is here: the sun goes down earlier, the ground is strewn with tree leaves, and temperatures are falling. Gloves, scarves, and coats are basics to brave the cold, but what about the mouth? This sensitive part directly exposed to the cold also suffers. Of course, to protect ...

14 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

Cosmed Technology Day 2017 pro

Every two years, Cosmed organizes a technology day dedicated to professionals in the cosmetics sector. This year's conference day will be held in Toulouse on November 30, 2017, and will focus on current events and the harmonization of practices in the safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients and finished products.

13 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

How Millennials take good care of their hair

What are Millennials’ hair habits? That is the question American customizable hair care brand Cloud 10 decided to answer. To this aim, in August 2017, they surveyed a panel of 1,000 women aged 18-35, from the United States, and belonging to different social classes.

08 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

15th Perfumes & Cosmetics Congress: the programme pro

As every year, the Perfumes & Cosmetics Congress is held in Chartres on 15 & 16 November 2017, Organized by the Cosmetic Valley, this event is the flagship event for players in the cosmetics industry. Two days of conferences are planned to allow industry and the referral authorities to discuss regulatory issues and problems.

08 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

Connected beauty: cosmetics applications are taking smartphones by storm

68% French people have a smartphone, and several studies have shown they use it four hours a day on average. Given this real 3.0 addiction, skincare brands have decided to play the game: they are now seeking to capture the market of smartphone apps.

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07 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

BASF and Poietis sign new agreement on 3D bioprinting technology pro

Two years after concluding an agreement on research and development in cosmetics, BASF and Poietis announced the signature of a framework agreement on further development and services in the field of 3D bioprinting technology. The main goal is to further improve the 3D laser-assisted bioprinted skin models that have been co-developed since ...

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06 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

5 ways to enter China's e-commerce market pro

They are increasingly using it to sell in China. But how western health & beauty brands can enter China’s $800bn e-commerce market? Here is five ways to start, according to Profitero.

06 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

SEPPIC launches Xylishine, hair repairing and moisturizing ingredient pro

The SEPPIC's new active ingredient, Xylishine, is a bio-inspired (that imitates nature) association of natural sugars mainly from wood and from the brown algae, Pelvetia canaliculata. It is a hair moisturizer that enhances the shine of all hair types.

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06 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

An 'Opium' at €2,000 for 15 ml, anyone?

To celebrate '40 years of success and audacity', Yves Saint Laurent Beauté has called on artist and gilder Manuela Paul-Cavallier to transform the bottle of its iconic 'Opium' fragrance into an exceptional creation. With a striking gold finish, the anniversary edition goes on sale in a very limited quantity this 6th November ...

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01 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

New training partnership for SFC and B2B4C Connexions

B2B4C Connexions will manage and carry out the professional training courses offered by the Société Française de Cosmétologie (SFC) from 1 January 2018. Together, the two organizations are developing a new catalogue of pragmatic training courses that are in line with market challenges.

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01 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

ADF&PCD PARIS 2018: an appointment with packaging pro

Modern packaging conveys emotions and provides real added value. Emerging technologies make packaging ever more attractive, but behind the apparent simplicity of an end product lies a whole world of innovations at work, constantly on the watch, and in a state of perpetual evolution. Paris will once again, in 2018, be ...

01 Nov. 2017 Cosmetics news

Christmas 2017: beauty Advent calendars are here

Still 53 days before Santa Claus shows up with his sack… Instead of crossing out the days on a makeshift calendar until the fateful day, why not make things a bit more pleasant? Beauty Advent calendars started flourishing in stores a few years ago, and have been causing mass hysteria ever since!

30 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Beauty increasingly linked to health

“Health Is The Future Of Beauty” is an exclusive study carried out by Ipsos for L’Oréal Active Cosmetics in five countries (USA, Germany, France, Brazil, China), among 5000 women, to understand the numerous connexions existing between health and beauty. The results of this global survey show that beauty today is becoming ...

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27 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

140 cosmetic references containing prohibited substances withdrawn from the market

Last June, the French UFC-Que Choisir magazine denounced the presence of 23 cosmetics containing prohibited ingredients on the market. The two main targeted substances were preservatives: Isobutylparaben and Methylisothiazolinone. Following this announcement, the DGCCRF (French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control) had announced they would launch investigations ...

25 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

A study on the biological effects of screen-emitted light on skin pro

Artificial visible light is everywhere in our modern life. Our mode of social communication confronts us with screens of all kinds and their use is on the rise. Curious to discover the potential consequences of such an environment on skin health, Gattefossé initiated a two-year investigation with Cytoo to determine ...

25 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Hair loss: the story of a social burden

Whether men or women, young or older people, everyone can be affected by hair loss. Alopecia may be punctual or, on the contrary, irreversible. As the Toppik redensifying powders intended to fill in sparse areas are arriving in France, the issue of the malaise related to hair loss is put ...

18 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Instagram: beauty brands’ best friend?

With 600 million monthly users, today, Instagram stands out as one of the most influential social media. And this craze made brands follow suit, as almost eight million of them have created an Instagram account. Given the application’s polished aesthetics, it is no surprise the beauty industry plays a major ...

10 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Cosmetics market and trends in South Korea

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. This ...

10 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Counterfeit cosmetics: a five-point guide to understand it all

Every year, many consumers buy counterfeit beauty products, knowingly or not, at prices defying any competition. However, behind these ‘good deals’, there are a few parameters to take into account to measure the dangerousness of such practices. FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies) has set up a workshop to raise ...

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09 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Dove apologizes for racist advertising

The cosmetics brand Dove, owned by Dutch giant Unilever, apologised and acknowledged that it had"missed out" after posting an advertisement online that led to numerous accusations of racism.

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09 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Skin microbiota evaluation: the methods pro

Since the discovery of the intestinal microbiota, the question of the skin microbiota (micro-organisms, bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts), is under every lip. 100 trillions of bacteria are living in our bodies and everybody wants to know more about the impact of the cosmetics use on the skin bacteria ecosystem and how ...

09 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Skin diseases: dermatologists are concerned about French people’s skins

Almost a third of French people suffer from skin diseases: the French Society of Dermatology (SFD) has just unveiled the results of a survey launched in 2015 to assess the prevalence of skin diseases, but also their psychological, societal, and economic impact, as well as their consequences on the professional lives and ...

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05 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

Greece condemns major cosmetic brands for price fixing

The Greek Competition Commission has sentenced six cosmetics companies, including the American Estée Lauder and the French L'Oréal and Christian Dior, to some 19 million euros for price fixing. L'Oréal denies any accusation of illegal competition will appeal.

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03 Oct. 2017 Cosmetics news

A controversy surrounding the standard on natural cosmetics

The second part of standard ISO 16128 was published in late September 2017. This means the ‘Guidelines on technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products’ have become the world reference in this field – within a very contentious context, at least in France. To make an objective judgment on ...

26 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Why French women are getting more and more interested in organic cosmetics

French organic cosmetics brand Phyt’s has just launched their first mobile application. What for? To make it possible for consumers to book an appointment for an aesthetic treatment at home or at work. Phyt’s seized the opportunity to unveil the results of a survey they commissioned to OpinionWay ...

26 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Unilever making up to S.Korean skincare company

Anglo-Dutch food and consumer products giant Unilever said Monday it was buying a leading South Korean cosmetics and skincare company for 2.27 billion euros ($2.69 billion), seeking to boost its Asian presence.

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20 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

ISIPCA launches a MOOC "Perfume" in English

Reference school in the international perfume, cosmetic and aromas businesses, ISIPCA puts online the second version of its MOOC "From the art to smell to the sensory marketing" in English version: a rich, dynamic on-line free course resolutely opened on the current perfume knowledge. That you are fascinated, professional, or ...

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15 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Sales of women's fragrances boosted by new products

Is 2017 the year of change for women's perfumery? That is what the latest figures released by The NPD Group tend to show. In France, sales of new fragrances for women (i.e. fragrances launched less than 12 months ago) increased by 39% in value in perfumeries and department stores over the January-July 2017 period, compared ...

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14 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

A fashion and beauty show from L'Oréal on Champs-Élysées

The cosmetics giant is set to get the French capital buzzing at the upcoming Paris Fashion Week (September 25-October 3), turning the city's Avenue des Champs-Elysées into a giant catwalk. October 1, L'Oréal Paris will be staging its first ever fashion and beauty show on the famous Parisian thoroughfare, in partnership ...

11 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Cosmetics market and trends in China

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 ...