International

  • Murale To Compete with Sephora

    October 7, 2008
    CANADA: Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., Canada’s largest drug store retailer, plans to open the doors of Murale, its new retail shop concept, next month in Ottawa and Montreal. Billed as “distinctive, expressive and highly suggestive of art an…


  • Kao To Boost Asian Marketing Efforts

    October 7, 2008
    JAPAN: Kao Corp. plans rev up its marketing activities in Asia to increase sales of household goods and cosmetics there by 20% in fiscal 2010. The goal is to increase profitability in the region, which is lower than in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Acco…


  • Yuskin Sells Skin Care Cream In Iran

    October 7, 2008
    IRAN: Yuskin Pharmaceutical Co. has launched Yuskin A skin care cream in Iran, marking its first foray into the country. The company plans to export the product, which is manufactured at its facility in Yokohama, Japan. Yuskin currently sells product…


  • 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 “…