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Industry is ‘divided’ by proliferation of natural standards

09-Mar-2011 - The huge rise in the number of international and regional standards for organic and natural cosmetics in Europe is leading to confusion and division, according to market researcher Organic Monitor.

COSMOS organic and natural standard open for certification

25-Feb-2011 - The COSMOS organic and natural standard for cosmetics products, developed by five of Europe’s biggest standard bodies, is now open for applications.

NSF wades into natural standard debate

21-Feb-2011 - NSF International has voiced its views on its partnership with Natrue and responded to the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) claims that the collaboration is confusing.

NPA brands Natrue/NSF announcement ‘confusing’

17-Feb-2011 - The Natural Products Association (NPA) has responded to the announcement that Natrue and NSF International are working together to develop the first American natural standard for cosmetics by branding it...

Steps taken towards global definition of ‘natural’ cosmetics

11-Feb-2011 - Natrue has taken steps towards a globally recognised definition for the use of the term natural in personal care products by partnering with US certifier NSF International.

Cosmetics companies can do much more for sustainability, Organic Monitor

04-Nov-2010 - As the dust settles from the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Paris, the organisers claim that cosmetic companies need to look beyond green formulations and embrace sustainable packaging.

Mobile phone platforms and associated barcodes can engage consumers, Mintel

03-Nov-2010 - Brands should capitalise on the growing consumer awareness of mobile technology and take quick response (QR) codes beyond their niche positioning, by using them to provide information and enhancing the...

Chemical companies must follow natural trend

26-Oct-2010 - As more companies follow the natural trend, search for natural emulsifier alternatives and seek to remove silicone from their formulations, the development of natural sensory ingredients has taken on increased...

Reformulating products to be ‘truly natural’ is key to Asian success

19-Mar-2010 - Lack of regulations and labeling requirements for natural personal care products in Asia means the market is dominated by synthetic ingredients positioned as natural, according to market research company, Kline.

Investors to target natural personal care companies in 2010

15-Feb-2010 - Natural personal care companies are expected to be a key target for investors in 2010, according to Organic Monitor’s latest Strategic Insights report.

USDA crackdown on misuse of ‘organic’ not imminent, say standards holders

12-Nov-2009 - US organic standards holders are not expecting an imminent USDA crackdown on the misuse of the term ‘organic’ in the cosmetics and personal care sector.

Seaweed extract may help improve the appearance of ageing skin

21-Oct-2009 - Australian company Marinova claims that recent studies support the use of its organic seaweed extract in anti-ageing cosmetics.

Private label drives growth in organic and natural markets

29-Sep-2009 - Private label natural and organic products are gaining market share in Europe but far from stealing sales from established brands they are pushing the growth of the sector.

First Fairtrade beauty products hit UK shelves

25-Jun-2009 - Fairtrade certification is well known in food and drink, but now for the first time in the UK, beauty products have begun to carry the Fairtrade Foundation mark.

Cosmos organic standard launched after lengthy consultation

09-Jun-2009 - The Cosmos standard for natural and organic cosmetics has been released after six years of debate between some of Europe’s biggest certification bodies.

‘Good enough to eat’: the trend for food ingredients in cosmetics gains pace

09-Jun-2009 - A rising number of cosmetics companies are now formulating products from ingredients normally found in the kitchen. This is the latest trend to emerge from escalating interest in organic and...

Clarins and Alban Muller show support for sustainable ingredients sourcing

09-Jun-2009 - Two of the biggest names in European natural personal care have lent their support to L’Herboretum, a French project to encourage sustainable natural ingredient development.

Major retailer launches private label organic range

01-Jun-2009 - Leading UK health retailer, Holland and Barrett, has launched a range of private label organic cosmetics called Dr Organic.


Being organic or natural won't necessarily make a product green

26-May-2009 - Contrary to popular belief, organic and natural cosmetic ingredients are not necessarily more environmentally friendly.

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Natural ingredients are not necessarily safer or more effective, say cosmetic chemists

22-May-2009 - Cosmetic chemists fought hard against the idea that natural ingredients are inherently safer than their synthetic counterparts at this week’s cosmetic science symposium.

Natrue works on equivalency agreement with US naturals body

22-May-2009 - Natrue, a European certifier of natural cosmetics, is working on a mutual recognition agreement with the Natural Products Association (NPA) in the US.

dispatches from suppliers' day

Organic preservatives come at a cost, but formulators are now willing to pay

19-May-2009 - At Suppliers’ Day in New Jersey last week spoke to Kris Kudrnac of K3 Corporation who explained how the industry is experiencing a “mad rush” for natural and organic...

Organic certification boom results in confusion and lawsuits

19-May-2009 - Several new organic and natural standards have been launched over the last 18 months on both sides of the Atlantic. talked to Amarjit Sahota, director of Organic Monitor, to...

Dispatches from suppliers’ day

Organic ingredient launches only just starting to match marketing buzz

14-May-2009 - Organic alternatives to certain synthetic ingredients have been elusive. Peter Boncelet from Earth Supplied Products explains why organic cosmetics have yet to fully live up to the marketing hype but...

Symposium for cosmetic chemists to be held in UK in May

01-Apr-2009 - Cosmetic chemists prepare to investigate the new generation of anti-ageing products and the potential of natural ingredients at the upcoming UK SCS annual symposium.

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