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Top-hitting trend articles in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

Trends in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

Top-hitting trend articles in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

By Simon Pitman

In our final post of 2015 the Cosmetics Design team is bringing you a selection of the biggest trends that we have covered over the course of the year, as well as trend projections for 2016.

US Senate passes microbead ban

US Senate passes microbead ban

By Deanna Utroske

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the bill—which would definitively ban the use of microbeads in beauty products and personal care formulations—that was unanimously passed last Friday and now is in the hands of President Obama.

Natural cosmetics have never been so hot in Asia, says trend expert

Asia in Focus

Natural cosmetics have never been so hot in Asia, says trend expert

By Michelle Yeomans

Rising concerns around 'chemical pollution' coupled with an ancestral interest in traditional medicine has seen demand for holistic based or natural cosmetics - a segment that continues to go from strength to strength this year in Asia.

‘Free-from claims are based on fears and should stop’

‘Free-from claims are based on fears and should stop’

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Cosmetics and personal care products should avoid using ‘free-from’ claims on their packs when referring to certain chemicals, as they just trade off fear, according to an industry panel who were speaking about reformulation at the in-cosmetics summit...

A milestone moment for natural personal care

A milestone moment for natural personal care

By Deanna Utroske

The independent California Baby brand celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and is doubling down to be an even more influential leader in the natural space with products for consumers of all ages.

liquid silk and silk powder (photo courtesy of Silk Therapeutics)

State-of-the-art silk protein patent granted

By Deanna Utroske

Specialty biotechnology company Silk Therapeutics announced late last month that the US Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent for its non-GMO, stable liquid silk protein. Cosmetics Design connected with that company’s CEO, Greg Altman, to get the...

Creating personal care products with the help of plants

Creating personal care products with the help of plants

By Deanna Utroske

Rebecca Blahosky of Botanic Innovations spoke with Cosmetics Design reporter Deanna Utroske at the SCC Suppliers Day event in Long Beach, California, this month about sourcing and formulating with ingredients derived from fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds.

A closer look at the 10 ways naturals are changing beauty

A closer look at the 10 ways naturals are changing beauty

By Deanna Utroske

Yesterday, Cosmetics Design ran coverage of a new report from JWT Intelligence on the impact consumer naturalism is having on the cosmetics and personal care industry. Here we zoom in a bit on 10 natural and organic micro trends that matter.

The lowdown on all that's new in the natural and organic market

Special Newsletter - Natural & Organic

The lowdown on all that's new in the natural and organic market

By Simon Pitman

As the global market for natural and organic cosmetics and personal care continues to mature into a mainstream trend that now permeates every category, our latest special newsletter takes a look at the latest developments.

Kahina Giving Beauty is an all-natural skin care line inspired by Morocco and made in the US using 100% organic and fair trade argan oil.

Part 2 Of 2

Developing naturals for an upscale market

By Deanna Utroske

Cosmetics Design caught up with Katharine L’Heureux, founder of Kahina Giving Beauty, to take a closer look at where the naturals category is headed, how big brands are getting involved, and what formulators can do to keep pace.

Katharine L’Heureux, Founder, Kahina Giving Beauty

Part 1 of 2

Packaging naturals for an upscale market

By Deanna Utroske

Well ahead of any trend, Katharine L’Heureux, the enterprising founder of Kahina Giving Beauty, saw the opportunity to elevate natural skin care. She spoke with Cosmetics Design about distinctive packaging, where the naturals category is going, and how...

Safety First! How consumers read beauty and personal care labels

Safety First! How consumers read beauty and personal care labels

By Deanna Utroske

A newly released Harris Poll shows that well over half of women shopping for beauty and personal care products read the label before making a selection and that many are looking for formulations that exclude particular ingredients.

Avon pledges to clean up palm oil supply chain

Avon pledges to clean up palm oil supply chain

By Deanna Utroske

The direct-sales beauty company just updated its Palm Oil Promise document with stringent objectives and supplier guidelines that are more socially responsible when it comes to environmental and human rights concerns.

Ingrid Jackel steps in as CEO at Yes To

Ingrid Jackel steps in as CEO at Yes To

By Deanna Utroske

The natural skin and hair care company is positioning itself for innovation and growth with this latest appointment; Jackel most previously led one of the fastest growing cosmetic businesses in the mass category.

Derma e skin care launch targets anti-pollution trend

Derma e skin care launch targets anti-pollution trend

By Simon Pitman

The Purifying skin care range from derma e is a new line of skin care products that incorporates some interesting ingredients, but what really makes it interesting is its focus on anti-pollution.

Sesame fated to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA

Sesame fated to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA

By Deanna Utroske

US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have asked the administration to require the ingredient be listed in the interest of consumer safety. 

Credo cosmetics opens a flagship store

Credo cosmetics opens a flagship store

By Deanna Utroske

Sephora changed mass-market beauty, and now one of the company’s early leaders is expanding his promising online naturals venture beyond the web to a California storefront. 

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

By Deanna Utroske

This week J&J, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, and Seventh Generation along with numerous other interested companies and investors ran a letter on the non-profit sustainability site ceres.org urging the RSPO to adjust its certification standards. 

Bio-identicals, the next step in sustainability

Bio-identicals, the next step in sustainability

By Deanna Utroske

Ingredient labs are producing high tech biomimetic materials, and one personal care industry expert predicts these next-generation naturals will trump organics before long. 

Sourcing and distributing naturals can be tricky business

Sourcing and distributing naturals can be tricky business

By Deanna Utroske

AAK, the Swedish vegetable oil company, supplies products to the cosmetics industry and beyond. Henrik Vingaard, AAK’s director of sourcing and trading for Europe and West Africa spoke with Cosmetics Design about supply chain sustainability.   

The flip side of synthetic biology

The flip side of synthetic biology

By Deanna Utroske

Local farm economies voice concern over the globally unregulated biotech industry and its impact on the people and ecosystems in developing countries.

Trilogy skin care of NZ launches in US market

Trilogy skin care of NZ launches in US market

By Deanna Utroske

The company has seen its fair share of success in the global natural skin care market, and will now be readily available to consumers in the States through online marketplaces and at specialty retailers.

Sourcing hemp oil for skin and hair care products

Sourcing hemp oil for skin and hair care products

By Deanna Utroske

The hemp seed company Hippie Butter partnered this month with Algae International Group, and will receive marketing and investment support as well as organically certified hemp from that company’s American Seed & Oil subsidiary.

Raphael Bemporad, co-founder of BBMG

How to get your green marketing strategy bang on

By Simon Pitman

We spoke to Raphael Bemporad co-founder of BBMG, a consultancy specialized in green brand strategies, who lifts the lid on the importance of tapping into 'aspirational' consumers as a means of getting the right message out effectively.