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Unlocking the potential of social media in cosmetics

Unlocking the potential of social media in cosmetics

Raphael Viton and Nick Kinports

Social networking sites like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook are all places where companies can open up a dialogue with their consumers, but according to innovation agency Maddock Douglas few cosmetics firms are taking full advantage of their marketing potential.

Published: 05-Jun-2009

Parabens' bad press based on flawed science, says industry insider

Parabens' bad press based on flawed science, says industry insider

Dene Godfrey

Technical Sales Manager - Preservation Systems - S Black

The removal of parabens by some cosmetic manufacturers is a reaction to “outrageous claims” made by the media and pressure from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), not consumer pressure, according to Dene Godfrey from S Black.

Published: 28-May-2009

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

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

Kris Kudrnac

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

Published: 19-May-2009

Organic ingredient launches only just starting to match marketing buzz

Organic ingredient launches only just starting to match marketing buzz

Peter Boncelet

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 suggests that chemistry is starting to catch up.

Published: 14-May-2009

Claims about ethical sourcing should be backed up by third parties, says IUCN official

Claims about ethical sourcing should be backed up by third parties, says IUCN official

Industry and NGOs addressed ethical ingredients sourcing at the Sourcing with Respect conference held in Munich on April 24. At the event, organised by the Union for Ethical BioTrade, Katie Bird spoke to Juan Marco Alvarez from the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) about the need of the private sector to back up their claims by third parties.

Published: 29-Apr-2009

Cosmetics industry left behind by international negotiations on biodiversity

Cosmetics industry left behind by international negotiations on biodiversity

Maria Julia Oliva

Negotiations on the trade in biodiversity-based products that will impact how cosmetic companies source their natural ingredients were continued earlier this week in Paris.

Published: 09-Apr-2009

Beauty goes 3D at in-cosmetics 2009 in Munich

Beauty goes 3D at in-cosmetics 2009 in Munich

Lucy Gillam

Exhibition Director

The relationship between the worlds of beauty and architecture is the "in-focus" for this year’s in-cosmetics, set to open its doors in Munich, April 21. Parallels between food and beauty, and cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are familiar, but now it is architecture’s turn to come under the spotlight in the event that aims to foster product development and innovation. CosmeticsDesign-Europe spoke to exhibition director Lucy Gillam who said that even in a global recession when marketing budgets are tightening, visitor and exhibitor numbers for the event are looking good.

Published: 11-Mar-2009

Cosmetics Compact: Getting to the root of grey hair

Cosmetics Compact: Getting to the root of grey hair

Cosmetics Compact brings you the highlights of the sites’ top science. This week we explore why hair turns grey and look at possible mechanisms to fight against the culprit hydrogen peroxide.

Published: 06-Mar-2009

Cosmetics Compact: Essential oils can transform into allergens

Cosmetics Compact: Essential oils can transform into allergens

Cosmetics Compact brings you highlights of the sites' top science. This week, essential oils are in the spotlight as a Swedish researcher suggests they can become allergenic compounds on contact with air or skin enzymes.

Published: 13-Feb-2009

Bathroom energy drain sparks new product ideas

Bathroom energy drain sparks new product ideas

Eric Scheid

Packaging Purchasing - Henkel

Above the buzz of conversation at the busy PCD Congress in Paris, CosmeticsDesign.com spoke to Eric Scheid from Henkel to find out how studying the life-cycle of cosmetics can spark green product ideas into life. A shower gel starts life on the factory floor and travels miles to reach consumers but it is in the bathroom where the product does most damage to the environment. Scheid quantifies this damage and explains how waterless soap and new packaging designs can reduce the energy soaked up in the morning wash.

Published: 10-Feb-2009

Cosmetics Compact: Industry fights back against moisturiser, skin cancer claims

Cosmetics Compact: Industry fights back against moisturiser, skin cancer claims

Dodgy statistics and unrealistic models were some of the criticisms thrown at the scientists whose study claimed a link between moisturiser use and tumour formation in mice with a high risk of skin cancer.

Published: 27-Jan-2009

Beauty analyst unmasks the hottest ingredient trends

Beauty analyst unmasks the hottest ingredient trends

Nica Lewis

Head Consultant of Mintel Beauty Innovation - Mintel

Mintel beauty analyst Nica Lewis looks into her cosmetics crystal ball and picks out the ingredients poised to shape the industry in the year ahead.

Published: 26-Jan-2009

Industry needs a universal way to communicate UVA protection, says Professor

Industry needs a universal way to communicate UVA protection, says Professor

Brian Diffey

Emeritus Professor at Newcastle University

Unlike the SPF value, there is no universal index to convey a product’s UVA protection to the consumer. Brian Diffey, an emeritus Professor of Photobiology at the University of Newcastle, argues that harmonization is long overdue and gives details on a new method he has published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Published: 12-Jan-2009

Soil Association defends anti-nanotech stance

Soil Association defends anti-nanotech stance

Francis Blake

Standards and Technical Director - Soil Association

Soil Association has taken a stand against nanotechnology. Standards and Technical Director Francis Blake explains why the organic certifier said no to nano but is prepared to make exceptions.

Published: 03-Nov-2008

Natrue head tackles natural certification

Natrue head tackles natural certification

Julie Tyrrell

Secretary General - Natrue

Julie Tyrrell, the head of Natrue, explains why the Brussels-based lobby group decided to launch a natural cosmetics label onto an already crowded marketplace. Tyrrell also reveals the reasons behind Natrue’s break away from the talks on the harmonization natural and organic standards.

Published: 21-Oct-2008

Your latest Podcast from CosmeticsDesign

Your latest Podcast from CosmeticsDesign

Welcome to your latest news bulletin from CosmeticsDesign.com. In the next three minutes Katie Bird will take you through a distinctly green week in the world of cosmetics. The top stories include the new green chemistry bills in California alongside research on green consumer loyalty and fairtrade cosmetics.

Published: 09-Oct-2008

HBA event director discusses trade show highlights

HBA event director discusses trade show highlights

Jill Birkett

Event director - HBA Global Expo

Welcome to your latest edition of PodCast News. On September 9 the cosmetics world will be descending on New York for the HBA Global Expo. In this four-minute bulletin Guy Montague-Jones from CosmeticDesign.com will interview the event director of HBA Global Expo Jill Birkett to uncover the highlights of this year’s show.

Published: 27-Aug-2008

Latest PodCast from CosmeticsDesign.com

Latest PodCast from CosmeticsDesign.com

Welcome to your latest edition of PodCast News. In this four-minute bulletin hear why L'Oreal has been criticised for its latest hair dye advert, learn how half of all new sunscreen products fall short of full protection and unravel the mysteries surrounding brand loyalty with Katie Bird.

Published: 11-Aug-2008

First PodCast from CosmeticsDesign.com

First PodCast from CosmeticsDesign.com

Welcome to this first edition of PodCast News. In this four-minute bulletin, hear how cheaper brands are prospering as recessionary clouds gather, learn why a former L'Oreal USA executive believes his employers acted illegally and unwrap the challenges of green packaging with Guy Montague-Jones

Published: 01-Aug-2008