International

  • China Bans Sale of Gel After Finding Excessive Methanol

    October 3, 2007
    CHINA: Reports say that China’s Ministry of Health has banned the sale and use of eight hair gel products that contain excessive and harmful methanol content. The ministry conducted a sample survey on hair gel products sold wholesale…


  • Naturex Receives Certfication

    October 3, 2007
    FRANCE: The Naturex French plant has been audited by Bureau Veritas, the worldwide leader in environment certification services, and received the ISO 14001 certification. The ISO 14001 is an internationally-established norm that specifies the m…


  • Risdon Acquires Decorpart Asia Suzhou Limited

    October 3, 2007
    CHINA: The Risdon Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Decorpart Asia Suzhou Limited, a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) of the PD Group Limited of Nelson, Lancashire, England. A purchase price was not disclosed. Decorpart Asi…


  • Saudi Ministry Bans Chinese Toothpastes

    October 3, 2007
    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia has removed from shelves seven brands of toothpaste produced in China. All had traces of diethylene glycol, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The banned brands are Best, Smile2, Shine, Acura2,…


  • Device Shows Made-Up Images

    October 3, 2007
    JAPAN: A new technology that displays a customer’s face made up with their selected lipstick or eyeshadow is spreading to department store cosmetic counters. A customer turns to a camera where the Real-Time Makeup Simulator’s built-in…


  • Shiseido Targets Middle Class

    October 3, 2007
    CHINA: Shiseido Co. is revving up sales of off-the-shelf cosmetics in China in a bid to tap the country’s burgeoning middle class. It plans to develop supermarket sales of its Aqua Label skin care line, a mainstay in Japan. The products are pri…


  • Cognis Presents Green Solutions for the Market

    October 3, 2007
    GERMANY: At this year’s SEPAWA congress, Oct. 10-12 in Wuerzburg, Germany, Cognis Care Chemicals showcased a range of green solutions for the home and personal care market. A broad range of active ingredients, emollients, emulsifiers, surfactan…


  • Better Brushing Boosts European Oral Care Sales

    October 3, 2007
    EUROPE: The efforts of government agencies and product marketers to convince Europeans of the importance of better oral care appears to have paid off as sales of oral care products jumped more than 6% in 2006, according to a newly-published study by…


  • NHI Launches Database With Malaysian Government

    September 11, 2007
    MALAYSIA: NHIOnDemand, a global provider of integrative information, announced today the launch of its five- year collaborative project with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. The new website, GlobInMed.com, featuring Natural Health Information (…


  • Mary Kay Expands Into Malaysia

    September 11, 2007
    MALAYSIA: Mary Kay has opened its headquarters in Malaysia with plans of expanding its beauty business. The local Mary Kay company, which currently has over 4,000 beauty consultants/dealers regionally, plans to cut a 40% commission to its dealers fro…


  • China Bans Diethylene Glycol As Toothpaste Ingredient

    September 11, 2007
    CHINA: Domestic enterprises are now forbidden from using diethylene glycol (DEG) as an ingredient in toothpaste after a number of countries banned the sale of toothpaste containing this chemical, according to the General Administration of Quality Sup…


  • Drom, Quorum Merge To Form Drom Brazil

    September 11, 2007
    BRAZIL: Drom Fragrances is expanding its presence in the South America market with an eye to the future. The fragrance creator from Munich, Germany, has acquired Quorum Holding of São Paulo, Brazil. Quorum was established in 1994 and is no…


  • Companies Placing Luxury SKUs In Mass Market

    September 11, 2007
    JAPAN: Department stores and specialty shops are no longer the only place to find high-end cosmetics. Mass marketers are now privy to the placement of high-end SKUs, as seen in Japan. Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. launched a high-end line of skin care pro…


  • Bell Exhibits at NCA Show

    September 11, 2007
    MEXICO: Sunburnt Spice, Hawaiian Ginger and Paperwhite Blossom were among the nine new fragrances Bell Flavors & Fragrances showcased at the NCA Candle Show, held June 25-29 in Cancun, Mexico. Using a tropical theme complete with palm trees, the…


  • Risdon Builds Facility in China

    September 11, 2007
    CHINA: Risdon International Inc. has received a certificate of approval from the People’s Republic of China to build a manufacturing facility there. The green field plant will produce metal cosmetic packaging components. The certificate of appr…