OT Over Time - a new company founded by former Procter & Gamble
employees - thinks it has found a niche market in the highly
competitive personal care sector. The US company is to target
'tween' boys between 9 and 16...
UK chemical stalwart Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) will spin
off the food ingredients arm of its struggling flavour and
fragrance business Quest to Irish ingredients group Kerry. The move
is part of Quest's attempt to refocus...
Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) - the world's leading luxury
products group - has achieved a 9 per cent increase in annual
operating income despite the difficult economic environment of
2003. The US company's perfumes...
L'Oréal may be seeking to acquire Alberto-Culver to ward off
competition in the US hair-care market. With the acquisitions of
Clairol in 2001 and Wella last year, Procter & Gamble has made
it clear that it is trying to usurp...
Arch Personal Care Products - a division of Arch Chemicals - has
been working closely with GeneLink, a manufacturer of DNA
collection kits, to formulate 'genetically-guided' skin care
formulations. The company claims that...
Airspray has signed a packaging agreement with Procter & Gamble
to produce F2 instant-foam dispensers for P&G's latest Pantene
Pro-V product launch. European-based Airspray already supplies
dispensers to Wella, L'Oréal...
In the last five years an increase in average price has allowed
dollars to exceed unit sales in skincare and make-up in the US,
reports the NPD Group. The sale of prestige beauty products rose by
two per cent to €6 billion in 2003...
Avon Products is to closely follow developments in China this year
for a change in direct-selling legislation. Avon - the world's
largest direct seller of cosmetics to consumers - says it is ready
to resume direct-sales in the...
An animal treatment used by vets and farmers over 100 years ago,
has been re-engineered to become a personal care product. The balm
- once used to treat chapped udders - has been found to be
beneficial in the treatment of nappy rash...
Beauty giant L'Oréal has posted its nineteenth consecutive year of
double-digit growth. Battling an economic slowdown and adverse
curency movements, the group's strength in emerging markets and
product launches allowed for...
Demand for cosmetic and toiletry chemicals is to increase 5 per
cent a year to $6.8 billion in 2008, reports a new US study.
Advances will be driven by the growing use of active ingredients
designed to enhance appearance and counter...
Rieke Dispensing has launched a new 10ml pump, which is said to be
capable of handling a variety of liquid products from free-flowing
liquids to highly viscous creams, as well as those containing small
Airspray, the maker of cosmetic dispensers for Unilever, Wella and
L'Oréal - achieved strong sales growth last year despite the
weakening of the US dollar, aided by its currency-risk management
and galloping volume growth.
L'Oréal has opened a new manufacturing plant in India with a
production capacity of up to 100 million units per year. The new
factory is to supply India - where L'Oréal sales grew by 33.4 per
cent in 2003 - and other neighbouring...
France's perfume and cosmetics industry has reported a domestic and
global sales increase of 1.6 per cent for 2003. Findings show that
the French remain the world's top users of cosmetics and fragrances
with half a milion...
Kanebo, the second-largest cosmetics maker in Japan after
industry-leader Shiseido, has decided to abandon plans to sell its
core cosmetic unit to Kao. Instead the company is to ask the
Japenese government to help slash its debt in...
Palomar Medical Technologies has launched its new pulsed-light and
laser system - StarLux - at the American Academy of Dermatology's
(AAD) annual meeting. The system includes the Lux1064 YAG laser
handpiece to treat vascular...
Revlon has announced it is to eradicate $780 million of debt by the
end of 2004's first quarter. The troubled US company - reporting a
net loss of $153.8 million for 2003 - has signed an agreement to
reduce debt by 50 per cent.
Claims that products are 'dermatologically tested' are
confusing and potentially misleading, say researchers. Health
Which? findings show that there needs to be an industry-wide
definition for what the claim actually means.
Unison Capital has put forward a management offer - believed to
match Kao's withstanding bid of €3 billion - for Kanebo's cosmetic
operations. However the revelation has not unnerved toiletries
manufacturer, Kao, who started...
CyBio subsidiary CyBio Screening and BioTeSys have teamed up to
produce a new biochemical testing system for the biological
profiling of cosmetic ingredients. The new system offers a
government-approved alternative to animal testing.
Airspray International today announced the launch of the first
dual-chambered foam mechanism to be made for consumer products.
Entering the market in the company's third quarter, the Dual Foamer
opens up new design possibilities...
Palomar Medical Technologies - a leading researcher and developer
of light-based systems for hair removal - has announced an 85-fold
increase in net profits for its year end financial results. Over
the past eight years the trend towards...
The owners of the Gesparal Holding company, the Bettencourt family
and Nestlé, are to become direct shareholders of L'Oréal. The
company, which currently owns 53.8 per cent of L'Oreal's Capital
and 71.7 per cent of...
Avon Products has attributed its fourth quarter earning and sale
growth figures to the company's success in Europe. Sales in the EU
rose 30 per cent to €440 million and operating profit rose by 50
per cent. Strong international...
L'Oreal researchers have proven that iron deficiency is a factor in
female hair loss, a condition found to affect as much as 10 per
cent of women aged 35-60. The SU.VI.MAX study findings might help
health and beauty care professionals...
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) cosmetics are expected to flood the
market this year following the heatwave in Europe last summer.
Cosmetic brands - such as Artdeco and Nivea - have already
announced their plans to introduce new 2004...
Boots Healthcare and the NeoStrata Company - founder of alpha
hydroxyacid (AHA) and poly hydroxyacid (PHA) technology
- have co-developed a new treatment cream to prevent acne.
Clearasil Ultra Treatment is the first mass-marketed...
Hair dye - previously associated with arthritis, foetal damage and
bladder cancer - has once again been placed under the spotlight.
This time a new study asserts that dye formulation has been found
to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin...
Poland's public finance committee has recommended the government to
keep the excise taxes on cosmetics. The decision - reached by a
marginal vote - makes the country the only EU member state to
harbour such a duty.
The remedial powers of beer sediment were discovered in ancient
Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Today the German company Dayenne claims
that brewer's yeast - Saccharomyces cereviseae - may be used
in biological cosmetics to maintain...
L'Oreal has managed to reach its financial year sales target, helped by the concentration of products launched in its first and last quarter. However, the cost of achieving this growth may translate into low earnings for its 2003 second half results...
Beiersdorf, the German manufacturer of Nivea cosmetics, has
reported a fall in turnover for the first time in many years. In
its results to year end, the company reveals that turnover fell by
1.5 per cent to €4.67 billion in real...
The Gerresheimer Group, an international manufacturer of glass
packaging for perfume and cosmetics, is to expand its opal-glass
production in Belgium. New high-performance smelting and production
facilities were commissioned by the...
Eyes, hair and skin could all benefit from a regular diet of
spinach, finds a cluster of scientists linked together through a
network of food companies. But could the green vegetable be the
latest ingredient for cosmetic products?
Diamond Packaging is to be honoured for its creativity at the
International Mobius Advertising Awards. The company's Trix Remix
Counter Display and Sampler - produced for L'Oreal USA - warded off
competition from 33 other...
Scientists at the Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC) in
India - who analysed reputed brands of lipsticks and beauty creams
- have warned that a majority of beauty products can potentially
cause harm to the skin when exposed...
Vernix caseosa, the white substance that surrounds new born babies,
is set to be the ultimate new moisturiser reports the New Scientist
magazine today. Believed to keep skin perfectly hydrated and
acid-balanced its molecular structure...
The European Commission has announced it is to further assess the
risk of chemicals released from consumer products. The statement
comes following findings earlier this week that suggest cosmetic
chemicals may be linked to breast...