UK chemical stalwart Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) will spin
off the food ingredients arm of its struggling flavour and
fragrance business Quest to Irish ingredients group Kerry. The move
is part of Quest's attempt to refocus...
L'Oréal may be seeking to acquire Alberto-Culver to ward off
competition in the US hair-care market. With the acquisitions of
Clairol in 2001 and Wella last year, Procter & Gamble has made
it clear that it is trying to usurp...
In the last five years an increase in average price has allowed
dollars to exceed unit sales in skincare and make-up in the US,
reports the NPD Group. The sale of prestige beauty products rose by
two per cent to €6 billion in 2003...
Avon Products is to closely follow developments in China this year
for a change in direct-selling legislation. Avon - the world's
largest direct seller of cosmetics to consumers - says it is ready
to resume direct-sales in the...
Demand for cosmetic and toiletry chemicals is to increase 5 per
cent a year to $6.8 billion in 2008, reports a new US study.
Advances will be driven by the growing use of active ingredients
designed to enhance appearance and counter...
L'Oréal has opened a new manufacturing plant in India with a
production capacity of up to 100 million units per year. The new
factory is to supply India - where L'Oréal sales grew by 33.4 per
cent in 2003 - and other neighbouring...
France's perfume and cosmetics industry has reported a domestic and
global sales increase of 1.6 per cent for 2003. Findings show that
the French remain the world's top users of cosmetics and fragrances
with half a milion...
Claims that products are 'dermatologically tested' are
confusing and potentially misleading, say researchers. Health
Which? findings show that there needs to be an industry-wide
definition for what the claim actually means.
CyBio subsidiary CyBio Screening and BioTeSys have teamed up to
produce a new biochemical testing system for the biological
profiling of cosmetic ingredients. The new system offers a
government-approved alternative to animal testing.
Palomar Medical Technologies - a leading researcher and developer
of light-based systems for hair removal - has announced an 85-fold
increase in net profits for its year end financial results. Over
the past eight years the trend towards...
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) cosmetics are expected to flood the
market this year following the heatwave in Europe last summer.
Cosmetic brands - such as Artdeco and Nivea - have already
announced their plans to introduce new 2004...
Poland's public finance committee has recommended the government to
keep the excise taxes on cosmetics. The decision - reached by a
marginal vote - makes the country the only EU member state to
harbour such a duty.
The European Commission has announced it is to further assess the
risk of chemicals released from consumer products. The statement
comes following findings earlier this week that suggest cosmetic
chemicals may be linked to breast...