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Are you looking to know which markets are the most lucrative, emerging and how the developed markets are getting on? Or maybe what segments are doing best or which areas are tipped for future growth?

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FDA approves Mexoryl in L'Oreal sunscreen

25-Jul-2006 - The FDA's controversial decision not to approve Mexoryl, an ingredient that provides valuable protection from the sun's UVA rays, looks uncertain after US regulators decided to approve a L'Oreal sunscreen...

An image-conscious growing Hispanic population spells big prospects

21-Jul-2006 - Personal care manufacturers would do well to target the US Hispanic community, with growth prospects developing as second generation Hispanics assimilate to US consumer culture but retain fastidious personal care...

New study suggests sunbathers do not use sunscreens correctly

19-Jul-2006 - A new study by UK charity Restoriation of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT) suggests that most sunscreen users do not use products adequately enough to fully protect themselves form cancer-causing...

Avon goes full throttle in China

18-Jul-2006 - Avon Products China says it has now employed 114,000 sales staff in China and is in the process of hiring a further 31,000 recruits just four months after it was...

Questex plunges into cosmetics trade shows with acquisitions

18-Jul-2006 - US media group Questex has moved into the cosmetic and toiletry field with the acquisition of three North American trade show events focusing on specific aspects of the industry.

Australia makes its mark on the men's grooming market

13-Jul-2006 - Having soft launched a new range of men's grooming products on the Australian retail market, Eyre BioBotanics says it is readying to unleash the naturals-based line on the North American...

UK initiative encourages recycled PET beauty packaging

12-Jul-2006 - Leading UK beauty retailer Boots has participated in an initiatives to encourage the adoption of more sustainable PET packaging for a broad range of its personal care products on sale...

US cosmetics growth spells opportunities for ingredients suppliers

11-Jul-2006 - Favorable demographics are helping to drive strong growth in the US cosmetics and toiletry industry, with the needs of the graying baby boomer generation, males and different ethnic groups leading...

Japanese moisturizer gets US medical endorsement

11-Jul-2006 - A popular Japanese moisturizer has been endorsed by a US dermatologist for the treatment of dry skin related conditions such as eczema and other forms of dermatitis-related conditions.

Body Shop International donates to Fairtrade chocolate

07-Jul-2006 - Body Shop International has donated its shares in Fairtrade chocolate enterprise, The Day Chocolate Company - giving the money back to the cocoa farmers who originally founded the business.

Procter & Gamble turn to mobile phones to boost Crest sales

04-Jul-2006 - Tapping into the growing marketing opportunities provided by mobile phones, Procter & Gamble is launching a promotional campaign that uses the services of a UK-based company to create a text-messaging...

Jamaican scientists develop natural cosmetic products

04-Jul-2006 - The Jamaican government's plan to rapidly expand into the nutraceutical and cosmeceutical industry has culminated in a three year program carried out by the Jamaican Scientific Research Council (SRC) to...

Niche products continue to drive hair styling growth

30-Jun-2006 - The rise and rise of niche hair styling products is continuing to drive modest growth in the category, but this belies big changes in consumer spend patterns, demographic shifts and...

Groundbreaking soap makes the jump from Asia

30-Jun-2006 - Japanese film and packaging manufacturer Aicello is about to launch a new form of soap on the US market that has proved to be a big hit in Japan and...

US women go for the bronzed look

29-Jun-2006 - Better awareness of the perils of sunbathing is one of the reasons why US women are increasingly choosing bronzers in their makeup routine, a trend that has led to sales...

Ascendia relaunches baby toiletries brand

27-Jun-2006 - In an attempt to tap into significant opportunities in the baby personal care sector bought about by shifting demographics, Ascendia Brands is relaunching its Baby Magic baby toiletries range by...

Southern Cosmetics fights spam to protect its investors

27-Jun-2006 - California-based Southern Cosmetics has introduced a spyware and spam analysis program that claims to have protected the company from the potential threat of spam campaigns spreading rumors concerning business dealings...

Beauty industry blamed for making women feel bad about themselves

26-Jun-2006 - According to a new survey from YouGov, women are pointing the finger at marketing and advertising campaigns conducted by the beauty industry featuring unrealistic female images for giving them a...

Brazilian cosmetic industry eyes up US market

23-Jun-2006 - The Brazilian cosmetics industry is targeting the US market in an effort to increase imports, with a business promotion event in Miami, Florida, together with the promotion of its participation...

EU and US step up fight against counterfeiters, importers

22-Jun-2006 - EU and US officials will take joint action worldwide against counterfeiting and intellectual property theft, an illegal trade that includes millions of items of fake foodstuffs and drinks.

Sex wins Americans back round to deodorant

21-Jun-2006 - After two years of falling deodorant sales, it appears Americans have been won back to deodorant by a sex-infused marketing campaign by leading global brand Axe.

Advitech finalises France deal, secures financing

19-Jun-2006 - Advitech has secured two-part interim financing totalling C$350,000 to assist in ongoing commercialisation of its psoriasis product from sweet whey, Dermylex. The boon for the Canadian company coincides with the...

French naturals market shows industry-leading growth

19-Jun-2006 - The French market for naturals is showing the highest growth rates in Europe, attracting international companies eager to carve out a slice of what is already Europe's leading cosmetic and...

Crest launches new multi-purpose toothpaste

16-Jun-2006 - P&G-owned Crest says that its latest toothpaste, Crest Pro-Health, is the culmination of ten years of development work and should prove to be one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching...

Swiss skin care specialist expands into US market

15-Jun-2006 - Feelgoods International says it is focusing future expansion on the US market, having developed its name as a provider of facial cosmetic products in both the Swiss and German markets...

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