Naturals & Organics

Green labelling to be on the agenda at Organic Monitor Masterclass

Green labelling to be on the agenda at Organic Monitor Masterclass

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Organic Monitor aims to encourage green labels and certification schemes in North America with its next Masterclass, giving an update on green standards, market developments, and addressing the technical issues associated with developing natural and organic...

How sustainable is the EU's production scheme?

How sustainable is the EU's production scheme?

By Michelle Yeomans

How much is Europe investing in the bioeconomy today, and just what state are those sectors in? The scientific and technical arm of the EC now has a dedicated website to regularly assess progress in this area.

How personal care can soothe minds: the future of scents for stress relief

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How personal care can soothe minds: the future of scents for stress relief

By Michelle Yeomans

According to Datamonitor Consumer, the global economic downturn has resulted in a world of stress-overloaded consumers which is opening up areas for cosmetic manufacturers thanks to a well-established connection between personal care and stress relief.

Scientists develop sunscreen from cod fish bones

Something fishy? No, it’s just sunscreen

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

After eating a nice piece of fish, few of us would think of using the leftovers as the basis for an effective sunscreen but that is the basis of some new research coming out of Portugal.

Argan oil boosting Morocco’s economy

Argan oil boosting Morocco’s economy

By Lucy Whitehouse

With Argan oil a key ingredient in many products in the continually growing natural cosmetics segment, Morocco’s economy is enjoying a boost from strong sales of the raw ingredient.

Natural shift as consumers opt for sensitive skin care

Natural shift as consumers opt for sensitive skin care

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

It is the common belief that most of us have sensitive skin, and now, according to Mintel's Global New Products Database (GNPD), ‘ultra-gentle’ face care products are the most sought after.

P&G promises no deforestation in palm oil sourcing

P&G promises no deforestation in palm oil sourcing

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Sustainability, and particularly palm oil, has been under the microscope of late, and after the Greenpeace saga at its Ohio headquarters earlier this year, Procter and Gamble has announced advancement in its global sustainability goals.

British brand Bulldog expands US range

British brand Bulldog expands US range

Bulldog, a personal care brand aimed specifically at men, has announced it is expanding its American range with three new products this month; an eye roll-on, a body lotion and a sensitive face wash. 

Green concerns gathering momentum for industry

Green concerns gathering momentum for industry

By Lucy Whitehouse

Whether green is always best for the consumer and the environment will form the focus of this year’s Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, confirming the rising profile of green concerns within the industry.

Demand for independent accreditation is rising, says NSF expert

Demand for independent accreditation is rising, says NSF expert

By Lucy Whitehouse

In a move which responds to increasing industry focus on regulatory compliance, the NSF, a public health and safety organization, have launched a program to help manufacturers confirm the safety and quality of their products.

R&D responding to renewed attention on ingredients

R&D responding to renewed attention on ingredients

By Lucy Whitehouse

Rising consumer awareness of ingredients, fueled by the recent influx of product databases, is driving a focus on formulation right back to the industry’s research and development level.

CCFTA defends companies against ‘toxic’ accusations

CCFTA defends companies against ‘toxic’ accusations

By Chris BARKER

The Canadian industry organization for cosmetics companies, the CCFTA, has defended top cosmetics companies such as L’Oreal and J&J against accusations of using “toxic” chemicals in their products.

Datamonitor skin care trends

**COSMEGRAM** - Our monthly specialised cosmetics infogram

Datamonitor outlines skin care trends for Cosmetics Design

By Michelle Yeomans

This month the market researcher's interactive report exclusively for Cosmetics Design readers is focused on the key consumer insights and product trends currently impacting the global skin care sector.

Marine biotech is ‘land of opportunity’ for cosmetics

Marine biotech is ‘land of opportunity’ for cosmetics

By Chris BARKER

Marine biotechnology offers a ‘land of opportunities’ for personal care and cosmetics products producers, particularly in North America and Europe, according to a recent report by market research firm Technavio.

Antarctic cyanobacteria. (Credit: Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Tricking biological clock could boost microalgae production

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A group of scientists have discovered a way to trick algae's biological clock to remain in its daytime setting, which dramatically boosts the amount of valuable compounds that the marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light.

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