Low consumer spending and rising unemployment dampened western
Europe's largest market for hair care products in 2004, with a
shift towards economy products and discount outlets contributing to
a small decline in market value,...
A new consumer code from the UK's Direct Selling Association has
been launched by the Office of Fair Trade. The ruling will impact
cosmetic and personal care businesses such as Avon who rely on
door-to-door sales as the main...
The European Commission has given its aproval to the creation of a
joint venture between Sephora and the Spanish retail stores El
Corte Inglés - a move that is in line with plans to expand its
retail base throughout Europe.
Basic Research has said it is working with the FDA following a
warning letter sent by the goverment regulation body stating that
marketing claims for its anti-wrinkle treatment, StriVectin-SD,
could mean the product's status...
Danisco has announced plans to restructure its fragrance plant in
Seillans, France. The restructuring, which will mean job cuts, is
due to the general recession in the fragrance market during the
past four years.
French cosmetics ingredients producer Coletica has confirmed that
it has received an offer from Engelhard Corporation to buy a
majority stake in its share capital, in a move that will give the
company a much-needed cash injection,...
Oriflame's less than impressive debut as a public listed company
and falling profits has prompted major boardroom changes,
highlighted by the appointment of Magnus Brännström as the
company's new CEO, Simon Pitman reports.
Cosmetics ingredients company Lessonia is launching a number of new
products at the forthcoming In-Cosmetics show, including a number
of innovative cranberry-based products employed for their
David and Victoria Beckham have signed a global licensing agreement
with US-based Coty Beauty. The deal will see the couple's Beckham
Beauty House launch a male fragrance under David Beckham's name in
both European and US...
The Brazilian cosmetics and toiletries industry is continuing to
demonstrate strong growth, after the country's industry body
revealed that sales have outstripped global growth in 2004. The
performance is being driven by the...
Inamed a global health care company, and its partner Ipsen, a
European pharmaceutical group, are to distribute rights of Ipsen's
botulinum toxin Type A product in selected international markets,
Nicara a recent UK start up skincare company, has launched a new
range of spa products, based on natural botanical ingredients. The
range is further evidence of the further growth of this small but
increasingly popular ingredients...
US Cosmetics giant MAC has confirmed that singer Diana Ross has
signed up to promote the company's 2005 Beauty Icon launch. The
deal comes after the singer allegedly postponed signing the
contract because she was not happy with...
Cosmeceuticals, or supplements that target skin health and beauty,
are seeing fast growth in Europe since emerging as a new concept
but much of the growth so far has come from a handful of brands,
reports Dominique Patton.
In the US a woman lawyer is suing two cosmetic companies, including
global leader Estee Lauder, over what is said to be false
advertising claims relating to anti-ageing products marketed by the
The cosmetics and personal care sector is being driven by health
awarenes, spurred on by both the media and governments. A recent
report on the subject suggests that the line between cosmetic and
medical products will become increasingly...
Contrary to many reports that men's grooming is a major boom sector
a recent report indicates that British men are more interested in
keeping the contents of their bathroom cabinets down to a minimum.
Simon Pitman reports.
With clinics in the UK reporting a huge influx of clients seeking
Botox treatments in the run up to Christmas, specialists are now
reporting that an increasing number of younger people are now using
it as a preventative treatment....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 -...
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...
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.
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.
London-based Reflexion Cosmetics, a company which was formed to
acquire businesses in the UK toiletries and cosmetics sector has
announced pre-tax losses for its first six month period in trading,
as it still waits to make its first...
A new high-end make-up line for ethnic consumers, Haute Face, is
being launched in the US and Europe in a bid to muscle in on the
burgeoning market for ethnic personal care products. Simon
Salon hair care product sales in both the US and Europe will
continue to perk up the stagnant hair care segment in the coming
years as more and more hairdressing businesses clue into greater
potential earnings. Simon Pitman reports.
Swiss company Cosmetochem International has signed a new
distributor for its botanical extracts and actives in the US and
Latin American markets. The deal is part of the group's aim to
increase sales in the Americas by as much...
In the US The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded Obagi Medical
Products' Nu-Derm System Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 sunscreen
with its Seal of Recommendation. The product won the award due to
its effective combination of active...