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June 13, 2019 | Cosmetics news

On the CosmeticOBS editors' agenda

Very regularly, the CosmeticOBS editorial team attends different types of events: congresses, exhibitions, press presentations, conferences… Just as regularly, it offers exhaustive reports to its subscribers, with its articles, summaries, videos… So get ready to know…

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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 ...

L'Oréal Paris
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 ...

Asos Beauty
06 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Asos to launch its own brand of makeup

The global fashion retailer Asos announced the launch of its very first in-house makeup collection. It will include 46 products that will go on sale on its website starting in the week of September 18. Simply christened "Asos Make-Up", the online retailer's first ever makeup collection clearly targets the 20-30 age group with vivid ...

05 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

10th Natural Cosmetics Conference: Ensuring future success for the industry pro

In a few weeks, the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will open its doors in Berlin for the anniversary edition. The Conference will be held for the 10th time, once again in cooperation with the NürnbergMesse, organizer of the Vivaness. The event will provide information about current topics of the natural ...

04 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Tell me how you put on perfume, I will tell you who you are

Putting on perfume is a daily, even routine gesture, but it reveals so much of our personality. At least that is what Aptar, world leader in distribution systems for the perfumes & cosmetics industry, has aimed to demonstrate. The company developed a Codex to define the different ways we put ...

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03 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics news

Procter & Gamble gets transparent about cosmetic ingredients

Procter & Gamble is embracing the cultural shift towards transparency within the beauty industry by pledging to share all its fragrance ingredients with the general public. The beauty giant, which counts Olay, Aussie, Herbal Essences and SK-II as part of its brand portfolio, has announced that it will share "all ...

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30 Aug. 2017 Cosmetics news

Tracking down banned substances

Under European regulations, about 1,400 substances are banned in cosmetics. Theoretically, they are prohibited in all product formulas. In practice, some of them can still be found in various products, even if it is in a very small quantity – trace amounts. Dr Frédéric Lebreux, General Manager of Biorius (specialized in regulatory ...

24 Aug. 2017 Cosmetics news

The effective brand management at the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference 2017 pro

The 10th edition of the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference, to be held September 26-27 in Berlin, will focus on the future-oriented strategic direction of natural and organic cosmetics. The Conference will provide insights on what is relevant for effective brand management in an increasingly competitive market and which challenges retail is facing ...

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23 Aug. 2017 Cosmetics news

England: the ban of plastic microbeads in cosmetics to come

On 31 July 2017, the United Kingdom notified the WTO a draft regulation aimed to ban microbeads as an ingredient in rinse-off personal care products in England. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will take the same action but in their own legislative processes. The provision would enter into force from 1 January 2018.

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24 July 2017 Cosmetics news

25% of online shoppers have been duped into buying fake cosmetics

According to a research from MarkMonitor®, specialized in enterprise brand protection, counterfeit goods still pose a significant risk to the health of consumers. More than one-quarter of respondents (27%) said they had unwittingly purchased non-genuine consumer goods online. This included everyday items, such as make-up (32%), skincare (25%), supplements (22 ...

17 July 2017 Cosmetics news

Sustainable cosmetics: a summit and awards in November in Paris pro

The ninth European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will be hosted in Paris on 6-8th November in Paris. It comprises four dedicated conference sessions and a technical workshop. The 2017 Sustainable Beauty Awards will be co-hosted alongside the summit and the entries are now open.

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03 July 2017 Cosmetics news

Cosmebio: good results and trophies

Cosmebio, the natural ecological and organic cosmetics professional association, organized their General Assembly on June 22, 2017. It was an opportunity to show participants how healthy both their label and the organic cosmetics market are – the association is a prescriber on the segment –, and to award the Trophies of the ...

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28 June 2017 Cosmetics news

Beauty Forum Paris reinvents traditional shows

The second edition of Beauty Forum Paris, organized by the Health & Beauty Group, will be opened to professionals in the Aesthetics, Wellness, and Spa sectors on October 8-9 at the Palais des Congrès, in Paris. The event was scheduled at an ideal moment of the year to make an update ...

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27 June 2017 Cosmetics news

2016 DGCCRF inspections: 15% of cosmetic products are hazardous

As the cosmetics market surveillance authority, the DGCCRF (French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control) supervises the safety and loyalty of cosmetic products marketed in France. It acts through an annual control plan which involves controlling all the industry’s players throughout the year. It has ...

15 June 2017 Cosmetics news

Banned cosmetics found on the market: why? How come?

That is what we can call a buzz. On June 7, the UFC-Que Choisir Association denounced the presence on the market of 23 cosmetic products containing ingredients banned for several months – outlaw products. The brands concerned, L’Oréal, among others, defended themselves by claiming they had ceased placing these products on ...

29 May 2017 Cosmetics news

Sun exposure: too many misconceptions, not enough caution!

How are the French doing with their perceptions and knowledge of the hazards related to sun exposure? Do they know everything they need to? Have received ideas persisted? According to a recent survey, despite repeated awareness campaigns over the past few years, there is still a considerable lack of knowledge ...

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24 May 2017 Cosmetics news

In-Cosmetics 2017: a catalogue of new actives (5/5) pro

The 2017 London edition of the in-cosmetics show was an opportunity for cosmetic ingredient suppliers to showcase their new actives launched over the past six months: many technical innovations for an anti-pollution or anti-aging effect, for preservation, or for various skin and hair care aspects, but marked by the desire to preserve ...

22 May 2017 Cosmetics news

When Symrise recreates the scent of the lily of the valley

Even today, neither steam distillation nor extraction with volatile solvents can correctly capture the essential oil of the lily of the valley. Many players in the perfume sector have been focusing on the synthetic molecules used to capture its scent. Lilybelle®, presented by Symrise, stands out from classic synthetic molecules ...

22 May 2017 Cosmetics news

10th Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference 2017 pro

During the last decade, the natural and organic cosmetics market has developed rapidly. Worldwide, the industry is booming, but also confronted with challenges. The 10th edition of the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will focus on the future-oriented strategic direction of natural and organic cosmetics. The Conference will provide insights on ...

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17 May 2017 Cosmetics news

In-Cosmetics 2017: a catalogue of new actives (4/5) pro

The 2017 London edition of the in-cosmetics show was an opportunity for cosmetic ingredient suppliers to showcase their new actives launched over the past six months: many technical innovations for an anti-pollution or anti-aging effect, for preservation, or for various skin and hair care aspects, but marked by the desire to preserve ...

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10 May 2017 Cosmetics news

In-Cosmetics 2017: a catalogue of new actives (3/5) pro

The 2017 London edition of the in-cosmetics show was an opportunity for cosmetic ingredient suppliers to showcase their new actives launched over the past six months: many technical innovations for an anti-pollution or anti-aging effect, for preservation, or for various skin and hair care aspects, but marked by the desire to preserve ...

10 May 2017 Cosmetics news

US: Johnson & Johnson once again sentenced in a cancer-case linked to the use of talc

On May 4, a Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and Imery's Talc to pay $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who developed ovarian cancer following years of genital talcum powder use. In February 2016, another jury in the same state has ordered the cosmetic company to pay $72 million to ...

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03 May 2017 Cosmetics news

In-Cosmetics 2017: a catalogue of new actives (2/5) pro

The 2017 London edition of the in-cosmetics show was an opportunity for cosmetic ingredient suppliers to showcase their new actives launched over the past six months: many technical innovations for an anti-pollution or anti-aging effect, for preservation, or for various skin and hair care aspects, but marked by the desire to preserve ...

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26 April 2017 Cosmetics news

In-Cosmetics 2017: a catalogue of new actives (1/5) pro

The 2017 London edition of the in-cosmetics show was an opportunity for cosmetic ingredient suppliers to showcase their new actives launched over the past six months: many technical innovations for an anti-pollution or anti-aging effect, for preservation, or for various skin and hair care aspects, but marked by the desire to preserve ...

26 April 2017 Cosmetics news

Blue light: contemporaneous pollution

A recent obsession of the cosmetics industry, blue light has become public enemy number one: it is harmful for health and contributes to skin aging. But, where does it come from and how does it act on the body? CosmeticOBS enlightens you in this article.

26 April 2017 Cosmetics news

Organization of the very first French national championships of… beards!

Attention all bearded men proudly sporting hair worthy of the greatest rock stars. A tailor-made competition will be held in Paris on June 17, 2017. Exclusively reserved for men, these championships will reward both the most attractive beards and the beards best taken care of.

21 April 2017 Cosmetics news

Black mask against black spots: the FEBEA rings the alarm bell

If you spend time on social networks, you can't ignore the"black mask anti-blackhead". Plebiscited by a large number, this product, supposed to purify the skin, is in the news. Indeed, many cases of irritation, burns and allergies have been reported by users.

19 April 2017 Cosmetics news

Animal testing: cosmetic brands suspected of fraud

Although selling beauty products tested on animals is banned by European cosmetics regulations, it seems several major groups have not been following the rule. Indeed, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has reported products marketed in the UK bear the same name in China, a country where animal ...

19 April 2017 Cosmetics news

Beauty: social networks influence 72% of consumers

Instagram and Facebook have published reports on the effect of their networks on how their users consume cosmetics. From the greatest brands to more modest companies, not to mention bloggers and even ordinary people, everyone contributes to sharing beauty on the web.

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17 April 2017 Cosmetics news

The 4 Gold ingredients of in-cosmetics Global 2017 pro

The in-cosmetics Global show held on April 4-6 in London rewarded the best cosmetic ingredients launched over the past six months in several categories. Here is a detailed report on the four winners in the following categories: Active Ingredients, Functional ingredients, Green ingredients, and Make-Up.

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10 April 2017 Cosmetics news

The Awards of in-cosmetics Global 2017 pro

The in-cosmetics Global, which was held on 4-6 April in London, awarded the best cosmetic ingredients launched in the last six months in several categories. In total, around 100 entries were received from suppliers based across the globe.

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29 March 2017 Cosmetics news

2017 U'Cosmetics competition: prizewinners

On March 16, the jury of the U’Cosmetics competition, which was dedicated to mineral cosmetics this year, attributed their awards to the teams that presented the most interesting projects in two categories: Innovative Concept and Formulation. Beware, they may be the cosmetics we will all use tomorrow! And the ...

22 March 2017 Cosmetics news

Free cosmetics testing: when trials turn into con tricks

The European Consumer Centre France has sounded the alarm, informing the DGCCRF (French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control) of a number of consumer complaints about cosmetics available for testing online. These free tests actually concealed costly fraudulent subscriptions.

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14 March 2017 Cosmetics news

A portal to report adverse effects

On March 13, the French Minister of Social Affairs and Health launched a new online portal to declare adverse effects with a negative impact on health. Open to the general public and professionals, it comprises a section dedicated to cosmetic products.

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27 Feb. 2017 Cosmetics news

What does CETA change for cosmetics? pro

On February 15, the European Parliament approved CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Europe and Canada. Although it still remains for the 38 national and regional Parliaments of the European Union to give it the green light, most of the measures provided for should start being provisionally applied as ...

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22 Feb. 2017 Cosmetics news

Connected beauty: 5 apps to decipher cosmetics

It is not always easy to know what our beauty products contain. Although brands must indicate the ingredients used on the packaging (INCI list), their names are not always meaningful to consumers. Several mobile applications were developed to clarify these labels.