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e.l.f. results show affordable cosmetics shine

By Simon Pitman

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite worldwide, the latest financial results for e.l.f. Beauty underscores how inexpensive cosmetic products are proving to be a winner.

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SCC announces 2023 prestigious award winners

By Simon Pitman

The Society of Cosmetics Chemists has announced it annual prestigious awards for cosmetic chemist professionals, ahead of the 77th Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held in New York City.

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Majority of TikTok Shop sales are beauty and personal care

By Olivia DeSmit

According to Nielsen IQ, 85% of TikTok Shop sales in September were from the health and beauty category. Within that category, the top selling products were facial skin care, vitamins and supplements, fragrance, whitening kits and lip cosmetics.

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World’s largest AR mirror lets consumers try on makeup

By Olivia DeSmit

Maybelline and FFFACE.ME partnered to launch the world’s largest augmented reality mirror in Kyiv, Ukraine. The 4,000-square-meter mirror enables a virtual try-on of Maybelline’s new mascara product.

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Why skin cycling can bring an added dimension to bodycare

By Simon Pitman

The drive towards more targeted and personalized claims in bodycare products is opening the door to the fast-growing trend for skin cycling, according to the latest research from market intelligence provider Mintel.

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New hypochlorous ingredient provides gentle and effective cleansing

By Olivia DeSmit

Clinisoothe+, a newly launched skin purifying formulation with hypochlorous acid, promises effective results. The formula, discovered by researchers at Clinical Health Technologies, includes sodium hypochlorite converted into high-purity hypochlorous.

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Antimicrobial enzyme first step in replacing petrochemicals: Q&A

By Olivia DeSmit

Curie Co, an industrial biotech company, is on a mission to replace petrochemicals with biomaterials that are affordable and effective. The first step of that is the launch of an antimicrobial enzyme, which functions as a catalytic preservative. It’s...

Aprés Nail broadens soft gel portfolio

Aprés Nail broadens soft gel portfolio

By Cassandra Stern and Simon Pitman

After being hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the market for soft gel nail extensions has bounced back fast. Cosmetics Design spoke to leading player Aprés Nail to find out how the company has managed to tap into this.

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Madison Reed builds on successful omni-channel approach

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

Direct-to-consumer beauty players ruled the waves during the COVID-19 Pandemic, but as consumers flocked back to physical stores after lockdown many players in this category found themselves racing to realign their retail strategies.

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Perfect Corp raises the bar on digital beauty engagement

By Simon Pitman

Perfect Corp has made a huge impact in the immersive and exploratory digital consumer beauty experience with its suite of YouCam apps, and is now taking things to the next level with the introduction of an AI-powered app.

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What it takes to get gender neutral beauty right

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

The gender-neutral skincare market has been one of fastest growing sub categories in recent years, but a flood of sophisticated and well curated brands means that competition is now tough in this space.

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Non-medicated shampoo can help promote healthy scalp: Henkel study

By Olivia DeSmit

Shampoos without antimicrobials can contribute to a healthy scalp, a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found. The study showed two different commercial shampoos resulted in increased structural bacterial diversity on the scalp, showing...

Olaplex’s Oladupé is a faux brand designed to tackle the duping problem

Olaplex takes on dupe brands at their own game

By Simon Pitman

Fueled by social media, the rise of dupe beauty and personal care brands is impacting a broad range of premium players, but hair care brand Olaplex is fighting back in a unique way.

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Traditional Mexican medicine plant has potential for cosmetics

By Olivia DeSmit

A plant in Mexico that is traditionally used for medicine has a cosmetic application, researchers found. The study, published in Separations, details the presence of BIS, a well-renowned cosmetic and dermatologic ingredient, and methoxylated flavones,...