International

  • New Additive Helps Cosmetics, Lotions Penetrate Skin

    December 4, 2007
    JAPAN: Nippon Fine Chemical Co. has developed an oil-based agent that helps hair care products and lotions penetrate hair and skin more easily. The new agent has a three-dimensional molecular structure, composed of dicarboxylic acid, which increases…


  • Cosmetic Changes in China

    December 4, 2007
    CHINA: After arriving in the Chinese market last year, Oriflame, Europe’s largest cosmetic direct sales company, says it is now trying to apply for direct selling licenses in more provinces. It got its first direct selling license from the Mini…


  • Domestic Cosmetic Shipments Decrease

    December 4, 2007
    JAPAN: Domestic shipments of cosmetics dropped 1.2% to $11.2 billion in 2006 from the previous year. Shiseido Co. remained the industry leader due to its aggressive product releases as part of its “Megabrand Strategy,” which concentrates…


  • Aveda Supports Nepals Forest With Holiday Gift Project

    December 4, 2007
    INDIA: As part of the 2007 Holiday Gift Collection, Aveda is introducing a gift box wrapped entirely in Lokta paper from Nepal, a craft that has survived more than 500 years. Aveda joined a partnership of Non Government Organizations (NGO) and lo…


  • Sircuit Branches Out

    December 4, 2007
    AUSTRALIA: Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, Inc. has added Australia and New Zealand to its distribution roster by partnering with Inskin Cosmetics Group Pty. Ltd. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Sircuit is considered to be the leader in the formulation of advanced…


  • Toothpaste Shipments Rise in Past Year

    December 4, 2007
    JAPAN: Domestic shipments of toothpaste in 2006 rose 2.4% to $733 million. The more expensive, high-value-added products, designed to be effective in preventing dental diseases and bad breath, showed strong sales, causing the average unit price of to…


  • Kitchen Detergents Market Temporarily Drops

    December 4, 2007
    JAPAN: Domestic shipments of kitchen detergents dropped 4.2% to $391 million in 2006. However, the decline in market price appeared to be coming to an end as demand for detergents for washer/dryers as well as high-performance products was expanding.…


  • Beiersdorf Acquires major Stake in C-Bons Hair care

    November 2, 2007
    CHINA: Beiersdorf AG announced that it has, through its Austrian 100% affiliate Beiersdorf CEE Holding GmbH, entered into an agreement with C-Bons Holding (International) Limited, Hong Kong, and Global Source Investments Limited, British Virgin Islan…


  • Simple Green to Build in Israel

    November 2, 2007
    ISRAEL: U.S. cleaning supplies manufacturer Simple Green is slated to build a factory in the Holon industrial zone. The factory will begin operating during the first quarter of 2008. The company has four factories, two in the U.S., and one each in Ne…


  • Celanese Dedicates New Emulsions Facility in Nanjing

    November 2, 2007
    CHINA: Celanese formally dedicated its 10th global polymer emulsions facility in Nanjing, China, as part of the inaugural celebration of its integrated chemical complex. Though the plant is new, Celanese has been serving the region for more than…


  • Chinas High-End Brands Work with Mass Market

    November 2, 2007
    CHINA: Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. and other big-name brands are expanding their traditional marketing channels to include drugstore chains, where cosmetics sales are soaring despite a slump in the overall domestic market Although they have long relied…


  • 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…