International

  • Officials Investigate Detergent Ingredient Dumping

    October 7, 2008
    INDONESIA: According to a report in the Jakarta Post, the Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI) is investigating two alleged incidents of illegal importing involving Thai chemical substance producers and Chinese detergent manufacturers. In late Au…


  • P&G Raises Joy's Wholesale Price 10% in Japan

    October 7, 2008
    JAPAN: Procter & Gamble Japan KK increased wholesale prices of Joy dishwashing detergents by 10%. While some manufacturers have responded to higher costs by selling reduced package sizes at the same price, P&G’s move could prompt the pr…


  • Utena Embarks on Overseas Sales Effort

    October 7, 2008
    JAPAN: Cosmetic firm Utena plans to sell skin and hair care products in eight foreign markets by the end of its fiscal year (February 2009). The company, which already operates in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong, wil…


  • Natures Essence Opens Salon Shops

    October 7, 2008
    INDIA: Healthcare and beauty products manufacturer Nature’s Essence plans to open 100 salon/retail centers in India, and franchise 75 of those outlets. At press time, the first three shops were scheduled to open in Delhi.…


  • 80s Supermodel Helvin Launches At-Home Skin Care Device

    October 7, 2008
    UNITED KINGDOM: Marie Helvin, the 1980s supermodel, brought London’s Oxford Street to halt on Sept. 15 as she put herself on display in a Selfridges’ window to launch Stop, a new at-home skin care device from Ultragen Ltd. The $700 hand-h…


  • Are Aussie Men Pretty Boys?

    October 7, 2008
    AUSTRALIA: According to report in The Courier-Mail, sales of male cosmetics in Australia topped $34 million last year, with volume up 13.6%. While the majority of the products are basic—moisturizing, sun protection and anti-aging products&mdas…


  • Drug Store Firm Starts New Cosmetics Chain

    October 7, 2008
    JAPAN: Drug store operator Matsumotokiyoshi Holdings Co. plans to open another chain focusing primarily on cosmetics and beauty products to prepare for increased competition it may face next spring when supermarkets and other retailers begin to sell…


  • Japanese Women Take to At-Home Beauty Products

    October 7, 2008
    JAPAN: More Japanese women are buying home-use beauty care products that mimic more expensive treatments available at beauty salons. Devices promising similar effects to those at beauty parlors are posting big gains, according to reports. Some of the…


  • Nivea Features New Mens Product in TV, Print Campaign

    October 7, 2008
    INDIA: Nivea India is supporting its male grooming business with a new television commercial and print campaign. The spots feature its new whitening product, Nivea for Men Whitening & Oil Control. Part of German personal care giant Beiersdorf, Ni…


  • International

    October 1, 2008
    Pierre Fabre Donates Equity Interest to Fabre Foundation FRANCE: In what is being called an effort to secure the long-term independence of Pierre Fabre SA, Pierre Fabre has donated 100% of the equity of Pierre Fabre Participation, a holding compan…


  • J&J Acquires Chinas Dabao Cosmetics Co. Ltd.

    September 11, 2008
    CHINA: Johnson & Johnson (China) Investment Co., Ltd. has acquired Beijing Dabao Cosmetics Co., Ltd., which touts a wide range of personal care brands in the country, including brands such as Sod Milk, Beauty Day Cream and Sod Protein Milk.…


  • Lion Corp. Commits to Eco First Program

    September 11, 2008
    JAPAN: In response to the Eco First Program being promoted by the Ministry of the Environment, Lion Corp. has unveiled its medium- to long-term environmental protection goals, which stress environment-friendly products as part of Lion’s “…


  • Lauder Takes Stake in Forest Essentials

    September 11, 2008
    INDIA: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. has purchased a minority stake in Forest Essentials, a privately held Indian company that manufactures, markets and sells beauty products based on Ayurvedic formulations. Terms of the agreement were not d…


  • Cosmoprof Asia is Nov. 12-14

    September 11, 2008
    HONG KONG: Cosmoprof Asia will be held Nov. 12-14 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. The show will cover 48,000 square meters with exhibitors from 40 countries and regions as well as 17 national and group pavilions. Show organizers…


  • Cognis Sells Stake in Oleochemical JV

    September 11, 2008
    SINGAPORE: Cognis has sold its 50% stake in Cognis Oleochemicals, a joint venture with Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd, to PTT Chemical International Private Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of PTT Chemical Public Company Limited. The deal was valued at…