There is no doubt that 2014 was another exciting year in the cosmetics industry with much happening, and here we select our top stories of the last 12 months, touching on some of the hottest topics in EMEA.
A team of researchers in the UK say their work investigating the area of sunscreen photoallergy in children points to a link with photosensitivity.
Research conducted into natural ingredients in products targeting dry skin has demonstrated evidence of a link between the topical application and the subsequent development of food allergies.
LETI Laboratories says it is targeting the US market for professional skin care by forming a partnership with US-based professional skin care specialist DermWORX.
L’Oreal says it will aid investigation into hair dye coma woman
L’Oreal says it will fully co-operate with an investigation that is being launched into a British woman who fell into a coma after using one of its hair dye products.
Cell-based alternative to animal testing found to detect allergies
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have found a cell-based alternative to animal testing that could be used to detect allergies and the strength of the response in cosmetics products.
Study aims to reveal the global extent of fragrance allergies
A global study sponsored by the US-based Research Institute for Fragrance Materials has been initiated to unravel the true extent of contact allergies caused by fragrances.
Trichocare Diagnostics readies hair dye allergy test
UK-based Trichocare Diagnotics says it has applied for marketing authorisation for the sale of its Colourstart hair dye allergy test as a medical product.
Cosmetics Directive amended to flag up hair dye allergy dangers
The European Commission has changed the labelling requirements for formulations that contain certain hair dye ingredients.
Commission calls for data on peanut oil and wheat proteins
The European Commission is calling for scientific data on the use of peanut oil and hydrolysed wheat proteins in cosmetics, after some member states expressed concern over the ingredients.
Eyelash enhancer's risks not communicated on website, says FDA
Allergan’s online promotional materials for its eyelash enhancer Latisse do not adequately show the potential risks of the product, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
Scientists claim fragrance and hair care ingredients cause eczema
A study conducted by the University of Gothenburg suggests that a significant number of individuals have allergic skin reactions to the fragrance ingredient linalool.
Experts throw new light on fragrance allergies
Scientists from the German Federal Institute (BfR) for risk assessment say that the inhalation of personal care fragrances could trigger skin allergies in sufferers.
US concern over fragrance use hits Europe
Hospital authorities in Gothenburg, Sweden, are mulling plans to
ban perfumes and heavily fragranced personal care products in a
move that mirrors similar moves by public authorities in the US.
Medical research suggests permanent makeup may disfigure
US researchers investigating a big rise in the number of adverse
reactions to permanent makeup treatments suggest allergies to
the ink used in the treatment is the cause.
Probiotics again linked to lower eczema risk
Probiotic supplementation during pregnancy and then for the infants
after birth could reduce the incidence of eczema, suggests a new
clinical trial from Sweden.
Skin sensitive products drive body colour cosmetics market
Skin sensitive products are set to become market drivers in the
body colour cosmetics category, according to a new forecast report.
Call to ban hair dye ingredient over allergies
Allergic reactions to hair dyes are reaching new heights as more
and more young people become preoccupied with altering their
outward appearance, according to a recent study by the British
Medical Journal this week.
Clarins comes under fire over peanut ingredient
Leading skin care and beauty company Clarins has come in for
criticism from a US-based toxicology organisation over allegations
that ingredients used in its products may cause users serious
New product launches muscle in on allergies
A look at some of the latest skincare products on the market bears
testimony to the growing demand for products that are both natural
and fragrance-free, reports Simon Pitman.
Need for fragrance allergens to be labelled
A professor is demanding that the US government builds on its
recent ruling that major allergens in food products be clearly
visible on product labels, by passing a similar piece of
legislation for fragranced products.