International

  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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,…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Canadian Biotech Company Enters Skin Care Market

    October 3, 2007
    CANADA: SemBioSys, a Canada-based biotechnology company, has formed a new business unit to serve the personal care industry. The Botaneco business unit will manufacture and market branded lines of high performance, naturally-derived base emulsions an…


  • Mary Kay Launches New Subsidiary in India

    October 3, 2007
    INDIA: Mary Kay Inc. has launched a new subsidiary, Mary Kay Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd., based in Gurgaon near New Delhi. Mary Kay Inc. will invest approximately $20 million in India during the next five years, with the first phase focused on New Delhi, Ch…


  • Carlos Cramer Aromaticos Opens New Plant in Brazil

    September 11, 2007
    BRAZIL: Carlos Cramer Productos Aromáticos, a family-run flavor and fragrance company with operations in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and Colombia, opened a new plant in Brazil. The latest move coincides with the acqui…


  • Cognis Sponsors Global Communications Project

    September 11, 2007
    PORTUGAL: The awards ceremony for the fourth Global Communications Project—an international competition for public relations and communications students—was held in Lisbon, Portugal in June. This year, global specialty chemicals supplier…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…