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Consumer group expects sharp rise in organic certification

07-Jan-2008 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) expects the number of organic certified personal care products in the US to rise sharply during 2008 as consumers pick up on the importance of certification.

Indian spend on big brands remains low

07-Jan-2008 - Despite significant growth in the Indian cosmetics and toiletries market in recent years, per capita cosmetics consumption still remains the lowest in Asia, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce...

Cuban cosmetics company targets France

04-Jan-2008 - Suchel Camacho, one of Cuba's leading cosmetic and fragrance manufacturers, says it plans to expand its reach into global markets with a new line of natural-based products.

Holiday retail sales look unsteady as inflation bites

03-Jan-2008 - Although official retail figures showing holiday spend in the US are not out until the middle of January, it looks as though personal care companies are facing up to further...

Transdermal Cosmetics poised for big US launch

03-Jan-2008 - The maker of what is claimed to be the first ever anti-ageing cream to deliver collagen to the skin, Transdermal Cosmetics, is set to make a big launch on the...

Prestige skin care and make-up look strong for 2008

02-Jan-2008 - The prestige beauty market continues to out-perform an otherwise flat market as US consumers rush to treat themselves to expensive anti-aging creams and metallic effect color make-up.

Sun care for sports enthusiasts

20-Dec-2007 - A sun care range designed specifically for outdoor sports enthusiasts will be rolled out in the New Year, illustrating further segmentation within the sector.

Palm oil price fears rise with flood waters

20-Dec-2007 - Severe flooding in Malaysia looks likely to affect palm oil supplies for November and December, sparking a shortage that would drive up prices.

Marketing efforts step up in time for Christmas

19-Dec-2007 - Marketing machines have been put into top gear as companies look to grab the maximum number of beauty dollars during the spending frenzy of Christmas.

Calls for investigation into cumulative risks of phthalates

19-Dec-2007 - Interest group calls for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform a cumulative risk assessment on phthalates, as the only way to ensure public safety.

Dermitage taps into interactive online trend

17-Dec-2007 - California-based Dermitage has launched a new, more interactive website to market its cosmeceutical range, tapping into the trend for websites that involve consumers with more product details.

Nicole Kidman wins damages over favorite fragrance claim

17-Dec-2007 - A UK newspaper has had to pay significant libel damages and make a public apology after it wrongly claimed that Nicole Kidman had broken her contractual agreement with Chanel No...

Snake venom-based anti-ageing cream launched in UK

14-Dec-2007 - Planet Skincare is readying for the February launch of an anti-ageing moisturiser early next year that will contain the award-winning ingredient Syn-ake, based on snake venom.

HBA Spring Conference explores well-being and packaging design

13-Dec-2007 - The schedule for the HBA Spring Conference has been unveiled with the focus being on packaging design and the well-being trend.

Mary Kay opens new facilities in Mexico

13-Dec-2007 - Mary Kay has opened a new distribution centre and headquarters in Mexico after twenty years of trading in the country - a move that celebrates the success of direct selling...

Hammonds launches enhanced processing pump

12-Dec-2007 - Texas-based industrial processing machinery provider Hammonds Industries has launched a new metering pump aimed at dispensing polymers, petroleum products and other liquids used by the cosmetics industry, with digital accuracy.

China can't improve product safety alone

12-Dec-2007 - Companies outsourcing to China need to go well beyond price and delivery terms to ensure that their products are not toxic, warned the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) as trade...

Cream Perfume Company goes organic

12-Dec-2007 - Niche becomes even more niche, as the California Cream Perfume Company taps into a key industry trend with the launch of it first certified organic fragrance range.

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Union formed to encourage ethical trade in natural ingredients

06-Dec-2007 - The Union for Ethical BioTrade could help cosmetics companies negotiate the regulatory 'minefield' of trading with local producers in Africa, South America and Asia, whilst ensuring ethical trade that benefits...

Cosmetics consumers looking for reassurance

06-Dec-2007 - Faced with a constant barrage of health scares and growing fears about the environment, the consumer is seeking reassurance when buying cosmetics, said marketing expert Micheal Gutsatz at the Natural...

Countdown to harmonisation of organic and natural standards

04-Dec-2007 - Representatives of Europe's leading natural and organic certification bodies told delegates at the Natural Beauty Summit that they are on course to develop a common standard by June 2008.

Estee Lauder group president resigns

03-Dec-2007 - Estee Lauder has announced the resignation of group president Philip Shearer who currently holds responsibility for some of the company's most prestigious brands including Clinique and Aveda.

FDA extends feedback period on new sunscreen regulations

03-Dec-2007 - The FDA has extended the feedback period on the sunscreen regulations proposed this summer, in response to calls from industry for time to complete laboratory tests.

High double-digit growth expected in nanotech cosmetics market

03-Dec-2007 - The market for cosmetics using nanotechnology is expected to grow significantly over the coming years despite continued concern about the safety of the technology.

Mintel lifts the lid on cosmetics trends for 2008

30-Nov-2007 - Eco-friendly, ethical personal care products are likely to prove one of the biggest worldwide trends in 2008, alongside toiletries that smell good enough to eat, masstige personal care products, mineral...