International

  • Beauty Sector Benefits Chinese Economy

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Between 1983 and 2004, the sales volume of China’s beauty businesses increased 260 times, according to the country’s first annual report on the beauty sector, recently released by four Chinese economists—He Fan, Ba Shusong, Z…


  • Shiseido Measures UV Hair Damage

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: Shiseido Co. has developed a way to measure damage to hair based on the condition of protein inside it. With the new technology, the firm has clarified the connection between ultraviolet ray exposure and hair damage, and aims to develop a rang…


  • EBRD Cuts Stake in Kalina

    December 9, 2005
    RUSSIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reduced its stake in Kalina, one of Russia’s biggest producers of cosmetics and personal hygiene products, to about 6% from more than 10%. Investment company Renaissance Ca…


  • Hair Growth Marketers Target Women

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: The market for hair growth agents is being revitalized with the recent launch of three new products. Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. released RiUp Lady, a modified version of its popular RiUP hair growth agent for men. Karoyan Gush for women and men…


  • Sephora Opens First Store in China

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Sephora, the cosmetic unit of luxury goods retailer LVMH, opened its first Chinese store in Shanghai, China’s largest business and financial center. Sephora is expected to open three shops in Shanghai this year and double that number…


  • Hair Dye, Cancer Link Fades Under New Study

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Hair dye use does not increase the risk of cancer, a comprehensive study co-authored by a Montreal-based researcher shows. The new analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the results of 79 studies. It…


  • Himalaya Drug Launches Herbal Baby Care Products in Oman

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: The Himalaya Drug Company launched a range of herbal baby products for consumers in Oman. Himalaya’s herbal-based products have been specially formulated to meet the growing requirement for delicate baby care products. The products are b…


  • Dutch Cosmetics Association Reports Slight Growth in 2004

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: The Dutch Cosmetics Association (NCV) reported that in 2004, the Dutch cosmetics market showed a slight growth of 0.4%. Retail sales totaled almost $2.8 billion. Per capita spending in 2004 was $168.…


  • Colgate Will Not Recall Toothpaste in China

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Toothpaste producer Colgate said it would not recall its products amid reports in the Chinese media that its toothpaste contained a chemical that might cause cancer under certain conditions. Colgate-Palmolive (Guangzhou) Co. issued a statement…


  • Unilever Arabia Seeks to Boost Its Leading Position

    December 9, 2005
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Unilever Arabia is working toward achieving sales of $700 million by 2007 and has branded this goal “Good to Great 777,” highlighting seven must win battles. The emphasis on innovation in powerful brands…


  • China To Investigate J&J Baby Products

    December 9, 2005
    BEIJING: Johnson & Johnson, which is involved in a controversy in India over ingredients in its baby care products, rushed to assure Chinese consumers that it was complying with government norms. Still, the Chinese health ministry said it was mak…


  • Cosmetic Sampling Salons Popular in Japan

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: Young women are flocking to cosmetic sampling salons set up by cosmetic magazine publishers and writers. Visitors can try new cosmetics from various brands at the salons, which are mostly located in upscale areas of central Tokyo. Manufacturer…


  • CIBA Unveils New R&D  Center in Shanghai

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Ciba Specialty Chemicals marked the opening in April of its R&D center with an inauguration ceremony that included a senior management delegation from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, government officials from Shanghai, the Swiss Ambassador to…


  • Henkel Expands with Household Insecticides

    December 9, 2005
    GERMANY: Henkel is planning a big push in household insecticides after acquiring leading brands in the U.S. and South Korea. Deutsche-Presse-Agentur quoted chief executive Ulrich Lehner as saying the company was reviewing whether to spread the new br…


  • FDA in India Serves Notice to Wipro

    December 9, 2005
    MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) served a notice to Wipro for allegedly “misbranding and mislabeling” its baby oil. “We have served notice to Wipro for misbranding and labeling deficiency or mislabeling…