Regulation & Safety

Symrise teams up to launch palm oil project

Symrise teams up to launch palm oil project

By Lucy Whitehouse

The global fragrance and ingredients player is working alongside Natura, a Brazilian cosmetics manufacturer, and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) to support sustainable agriculture in the Amazon region.

RSPO 2017 impact report

RSPO 2017 impact report

By Lucy Whitehouse

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has released its impact update for 2017. We take a look at the highlights.

ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics: industry reacts

ISO guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics: industry reacts

By Lucy Whitehouse

With the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) having recently released the second of its two part guidelines for technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetics, we take a look at how the industry is responding.

FatFace Cosmetics goes Cruelty Free

FatFace Cosmetics goes Cruelty Free

By Simon Pitman

Clothing and accessories retailer FatFace has firmed up its offerings in the cosmetic and beauty category by confirming Cruelty Free status for the brand.

BASF joins Forum For Sustainable Palm Oil

BASF joins Forum For Sustainable Palm Oil

By Simon Pitman

BASF has confirmed its participation in the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) as a supporting member, in a move aimed at signaling the company’s ongoing efforts to support sustainable palm oil.

Dangerous counterfeit perfume prosecutions in UK

Dangerous counterfeit perfume prosecutions in UK

By Lucy Whitehouse

A couple in the UK have been prosecuted for selling counterfeit perfumes containing dangerous levels of methanol, with the products in question, if genuine, totalling a value of £175,000.

Soil Association on COSMOS certification: 'Consider long-term strategy'

Special Newsletter: Natural and organic labelling

Soil Association on COSMOS certification: 'Consider long-term strategy'

By Lucy Whitehouse

We caught up with the Soil Association, the UK's leading farming charity and organic certification body, on the COSMOS certification, the current state of the natural and organic beauty market, and what brands need to do to stay ahead of the competition.

How to stop confusing consumers with organic and natural labelling

Special Newsletter: Natural and Organic Labelling

Why consumers struggle with natural and organic labelling and how to fix it

By Simon Pitman

Natural and organic labelling claims, certification and branding are confusing enough even for industry professionals, so imagine how consumers feel. We spoke to Ecovia Intelligence-founder Amarjit Sahota to find out how things can be simplified.

Welsh government to ban use of microbeads

Welsh government to ban use of microbeads

By Sian Gardiner

Wales has become the latest country to outlaw the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics, following the same decision by the UK government in September 2016.

Boots UK on sustainability

Boots UK on sustainability

By Lucy Whitehouse

Sustainability continues to be a lead issue on the beauty industry agenda. We spoke to Boots UK about why it’s essential to get right.

Fair Hair Care stamp targets ethical hair extensions

Fair Hair Care stamp targets ethical hair extensions

By Simon Pitman

Hair extensions have often been in the spotlight over allegations of poor business practices, which is why the Fair Hair Care organisation is stepping in with the aim of setting higher standards.

Free from claims mistruths

exclusive interview

Free from claims part II: Removing mistruths

By Natasha Spencer

We continued our conversation with Belinda Carli, Director, Institute of Personal Care Science on how the cosmetics industry needs to change its narrative to stop communicating unnecessarily fearful messages.

Preserving control: how to keep on top of preservative regulations

Preserving control: how to keep on top of preservative regulations

By Lucy Whitehouse

As the authorities continue to take a tough line on the additives used in beauty products, the ripple effects can be felt right back through the emerging trends in formula design and cosmetovigilance, says ProductLife Group’s Diaraf Yaradou.

Nars cruelty free and China

Nars loses cruelty-free status?

By Natasha Spencer

As Nars moves into the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory, previously loyal supporters opt to boycott the famed brand.

BASF steps up sustainable palm oil efforts

BASF steps up sustainable palm oil efforts

By Lucy Whitehouse

With 20 of its production sites worldwide now accredited in line with RSPO standards, BASF has announced ‘good progress’ has been made in its efforts to move away from palm oil that is not certified sustainable.

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