• L’Occitane Joins Alibaba’s Tmall

    January 6, 2015
    CHINA: French skin care brand L’Occitane has opened on Alibaba’s Tmall site, joining Estée Lauder and others. The online storefront opened Dec. 1. Alibaba had a $25 billion initial public offering of stock in September 2014.…

  • eSalon Brings Direct-to-Consumer Hair Color To UK

    January 6, 2015
    UNITED KINGDOM: eSalon, a US-based company that sells custom hair color shipped directly to consumers, is moving into the UK with a localized site ( and a customer service team. The company also announced that it has immediate plans to…

  • EU, Fragrance Industry Seek Competitiveness Via Legislation

    January 6, 2015
    BELGIUM: Members of the European Parliament and the EU Commission joined members of the fragrance industry in addressing the challenges facing European industry to increase competitiveness and consumer confidence through better legislation. Julie Gir…

  • LVMH Joins Foundation For Research on Biodiversity

    January 6, 2015
    FRANCE: LVMH has joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB) in France. This recognition follows LVMH Group’s commitment to the National Strategy for Biodiversity, the French equivalent of the Strategic P…

  • ‘Creator Space’ Helps BASF Mark 150th Anniversary

    January 6, 2015
    GERMANY: BASF, which turns 150 this year, has planned its anniversary program. In addition to celebrations and a historical retrospective, BASF has prepared a global co-creation program with partners on the topics of energy, food and urban living. As…

  • New Boutique for Hayari Paris Opens on the Left Bank

    January 6, 2015
    FRANCE: Hayari Couture is opening a flagship location on the Left Bank at St. Germain de Pres. The Hayari Couture shop will be located in a historic building in the Cour du Commerce Saint André, which dates back to the French Revolution. Besi…

  • Naturex Opens Chilean Subsidiary

    January 6, 2015
    CHILE: Naturex is strengthening its position in Latin America in response to growing local demand for natural ingredients, the company announced. Following the January 2014 acquisition of Chile Botanics and its factory in Linares, the group is now o…

  • Bona Increases Distribution In Canada

    January 6, 2015
    CANADA: Hardwood floor care company Bona US has increased its distribution in Canada. Bona retail products have been available in select markets for the past few years; however, this latest effort will markedly increase availability as well as o…

  • Safe ‘N’ Beautiful Wins Greek Export Award

    January 6, 2015
    ATHENS: Safe ‘N’ Beautiful, creator of Snails, a non-toxic, washable nail polish line for kids, has won a Greek Exports Award 2014 in the New Export Business category. Held at a gala dinner on the closing night of the Greek Exports Confe…

  • Will ‘Right-for-Me’ Makeup Fuel Spanish Market?

    January 6, 2015
    SPAIN: According to a new report from Canadean, the Spanish makeup market is declining, with a forecast negative CAGR of -1.4% in value and -1.8% in volume over 2013-2018. To attract consumers, producers must tap into the most influential motivation…

  • Cosmetics GMP Certification For All Clariant Dedicated Sites

    January 6, 2015
    GERMANY: Clariant has successfully completed global ISO22716 and EFfCI Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification for all 22 of its dedicated cosmetics ingredients sites, including core-toll manufacturers. The achievement supports its…

  • Taking Cleaners to the Cleaners

    Taking Cleaners to the Cleaners

    January 2, 2015
    LG revamps its Styler steam cleaning clothing machine.

  • P&G, Argentine Authorities Clash Over Taxes

    December 5, 2014
    ARGENTINA: The country continues to be a battleground for Procter & Gamble.  The company temporarily suspended operations there after the country’s tax authority, which has accused the company of tax fraud, said it started meetings wit…

  • Health Concerns Driving Natural/Organic Sales

    December 5, 2014
    UNITED KINGDOM: A new consumer insights report by Organic Monitor reveals the major trigger for consumers to switch to natural and organic products is health concerns. A whopping 90% of UK buyers of natural and organic personal care products said &l…

  • Birchbox Moves into Canada

    December 5, 2014
    CANADA: Birchbox has begun operations in Canada, marking the sixth country the company has expanded into since launching in the US in September 2010.  With data and insights gleaned from the success of the other four international markets it ha…