Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cranked up the volume in
2004, with most of the major global retail companies, including
many of the leading players in the personal care and cosmetics
industry, making significant investments...
In Poland, strong economic growth, low taxes and accession to the
European Union have helped to attract increasing levels of
investment from leading cosmetic and personal care companies
looking to increase their footing in Europe's...
Luzenac Group, the leading France-based talc producer, has
announced the extension of its business unit organisation model
worldwide, from the beginning of this year. The four new global
business units are centred on Luzenac's...
Proctor & Gamble says that it is developing a new formula for a
baby balm it produces that has been linked to several cases of
cramp. In the meantime, the product, which has sold 4 million jars
since its launch in Europe back...
Biotechnology specialist Proteus has collaborated with Degussa to
develop a thermostable esterase biocatalyst that is said to provide
new applications for poorly soluble ingredients used in cosmetic
Baltic Cosmetic Holding has been established by a capital company
to muscle in ton the rapidly growing and highly profitable beauty
service markets of the Baltic States and is eyeing expansion on the
Kruzas Nordic Cosmetics Distribution, a new cosmetics distribution
company serving the Baltic states and Russia, went into operation
from 1 January, 2005. An amalgamation of two existing distribution
companies, it is aiming to be...
Nimbus Group has entered into a letter of intent with Fragex, a
French developer of cosmetics and fragrances for major
international brands based in Paris, to acquire a 51 per cent
majority stake in the French company, in a move that...
France-based Dermscan has signed a new partnership agreement
withCIDC, Centre International de Développement Clinique - the
International Centre forClinical Development. The move gives the
company a panel of multiethnic volunteers...
Mentor, a global supplier of medical products, says it has
initiated an initial study of its proprietary botulinum toxin type
A product, focused on the cosmetic applications for the US market.
The company says that the study aims...
In the US Suncoast Naturals says that its subsidiary, OptiLiving,
has agreed to sell its Caribbean Pacific line of natural suncare
and skincare products to Mosaic Nutriceuticals Corporation in a
cash, debt and stock transaction valued...
A government funded project in Thailand has devised a way of using
Tumeric in cosmetic products. The discovery is set to bring a host
of functions, including antioxidant and skin whitening properties
at a fraction of the cost.
In the US Oden Corporation and Emerson's Micro Motion division are
re-launching Oden's patented Mass/Blend Continuous Stream Liquid
Blending Systems. The system features straight tube Coriolis metres
that are said to increase...
Essential oils for aromatherapy have been found to kill deadly MRSA
bacteria, according to latest scientific research. The findings
mean that the oils could have new applications for a host of every
day personal care products used...
With the market for teeth whitening products beginning to pick up
in Europe, the more advanced US market is already embracing the
next step in dentistry treatments, as pressed ceramics becomes the
preferred veneer, reports Simon Pitman.
Results of a UK study have highlighted how over the counter (OTC)
benzoyl peroxide lotion is as good as prescription antibiotics for
the treatment of mild to moderate facial acne, reports Simon
Tennis star Andy Roddick has signed an exclusive license agreement
with Parlux Fragrances to launch a signature fragrance under his
own name. Parlux expects to launch the fragrance before spring 2006
and it is said that Roddick will...
High profile entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the man behind the
Easy brand, has turned his hand to men's cosmetics with the launch
of a nine product range for the UK market. The launch aims to
muscle in on the growing male...
France-based clinical test centre Laboratoire Dermscan has upped
the capacity of its 3-D optical measuring service, which provides
head-to-toe analysis for pre-clinical and clinical trialing for
thecosmetics industry. Simon Pitman...
Japanese cosmetic manufacturer Shiseido has announced that its
research has discovered that adenosine contains hair re-growth
properties, and that it is expecting to market as a hair growth
product in Japan from next Spring.
As Elizabeth Arden reveals that strong Internet sales are helping
to push sales of its Britney Spears fragrance, experts reveal that
selling online is set to become the way forward for future
fragrance sales, reports Simon Pitman.
The anti-ageing market is currently by far the fastest growing
segment in the cosmetics markets. But with the population getting
older - and scientists even predicting that individuals could soon
attain longevity of 1,000 years -...
French cosmetic ingredients maker Lessonia is extending its range
of seaweed-based ingredients into cocoa-based ingredients. The
company is launching a range of cocoa exfoliators, together with a
line of herbal spa cocoa-based products....
Avon is cutting back on non-cosmetics lines such as jewellery and
toys and concentrating on its international markets in an effort to
stem the effects of a slow US market, which the company forecasts
will not pick up during the course...
Health Canada has confirmed that the labelling of all ingredients
on cosmetics products will become compulsory in the course of the
next two years, bringing the country in line with the United States
and Europe. Simon Pitman reports.
Kimberly-Clark is extending its Huggies brand in the US with the
launch of a complete line of bath and body products. The move aims
to capitalise on the value of the Huggies brand in an effort to
extend its reach into the under-penetrated...
Industry bodies have hit back at claims by a US study team that a
chemical commonly used as a preservative in a variety of cosmetic
products may damage unborn foetuses, saying that doses are far too
small to have such an effect.
Toothpaste maker Colgate-Palmolive says it is axing more than 4,000
of its global work force and closing a third of its 78 factories in
a restructuring plan that aims to save the company up to $300
million a year. Simon Pitman reports.
Eastman Chemical is expanding its cosmetic packaging with two new
polymer bottle lines, one that brings a range of colours, another
that brings increasing flexibility for bottle design. The expansion
is in answer to increasing demands...
The UK is likely to be the first market in Europe to be hit by the
US fad for oral convenience whitening products. Researchers say
that as British consumers consistently follow American consumer
patterns, the big cosmetic companies...
Encynova, a provider of precision pumps, announces the new 2-1
Development Unit, which is said to provide increased process
development versatility for a variety of chemical-based liquid
metering applications. Simon Pitman reports.
In the US, BMK, a general merchandise distributor, has purchased
Baltimore-based Rita Ann Distributors, one of the nation's largest
cosmetics distributors, from AmerisourceBergen Corporation,
extending its presence in that sector.
Japanese company Showa Denko K.K. has developed a new type of
stabilised vitamin C, which is claimed to be the first effective
wrinkle treatment of its kind. The company will start selling the
product in January 2005 as an additive...
Many US cosmetic companies are gearing up for new legislation being
introduced on 9 December that states all antiperspirants containing
aluminium or aluminium compounds must clearly label the ingredients
on the packaging. Simon Pitman...