International


  • Murad Opens Counters in Hong Kong

    CHINA: Murad International opened two custom counters in Hong Kong’s No. 1 department store, Seibu. The store openings follow on the heels of the debut of Murad products in London, Denmark, Mexico and the Philippines. Murad also plans to sh…
    11.14.05

  • Unilever Researchers Uncover the Secret

    ● THE UK: Scientists at Unilever’s Port Sunlight research center said they have pinpointed the optimum hairwashing technique, step-by-step. The researchers conducted tests on more than 500 volunteers to rate various wetting, lathering…
    11.14.05

  • Unilever Indonesia Plans Expansion

    ● INDONESIA: Unilever Indonesia executives plan to increase the company’s exports to 15% of its total sales, from a current 6%, during the next three to five years. Plans are in the works to complete a new plant in Cikarang, West Java…
    11.14.05

  • Chemcolour is Michelmans Newest Agent

    ● NEW ZEALAND: Michelman Inc. has named Chemcolour Industries NZ Ltd. as its exclusive agent for New Zealand. Chemcolour supplies raw materials and products to a range of industries including coatings, printing inks, plastics, rubber, texti…
    11.14.05

  • Cowgirl Enters the South Korean Market

    ● SOUTH KOREA: The Cowgirl Company, Boulder, CO, and Jhang and Associates, signed an agreement making Jhang the exclusive importer of Cowgirl skin care products to South Korea. “This is very exciting for us, as Asian women are eager f…
    11.14.05

  • Clariant Masterbatches Sites

    ASIA: Clariant Masterbatches has earned ISO 9001-2000 registration at four of its facilities in Asia. The plants include sites in Shanghai, China; Shah Alam, Malaysia; Butterworth, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. Executives said the recognition requi…
    11.14.05

  • Aloecorp Expands Presence in Mexico

    MEXICO: Aloecorp, Broomfield, CO, has formed a distributor partnership with ASI Group. The ASI Group will represent Aloecorp’s Active Aloe and Certified Plus lines of gel, whole leaf, spray dried and freeze dried powder aloe vera materials in M…
    11.14.05

  • Unilever Contracts with Caleb Brett for Testing

    THE UK: Unilever HPC R&D, Port Sunlight, has awarded Caleb Brett a $2.4 million, three-year contract. Under the agreement, Intertek Caleb Brett will establish a state-of-the-art laboratory within Unilever’s Port Sunlight facility near Liver…
    11.14.05

  • Benefits of Natural Cosmetics Touted in Japan

    JAPAN: Several Japanese companies recently released natural cosmetics lines. Nihonsakari Co. has marketed Komenuka Bijin, a line of cosmetics containing rice bran, while Mon Chemical Institute Inc. has developed a range of Apony Skin Care cosmetics u…
    11.14.05

  • Canadian Regulations Hurt Cosmetics Business

    CANADA: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2002 evaluation of the Canadian regulatory system found that the system was sophisticated and at the forefront of regulatory development. According to some experts, however, th…
    11.14.05

  • Mitsubishi Explores Cosmetic Uses for Fullerenes

    JAPAN: Mitsubishi Corp. plans to establish a research and development subsidiary that will be responsible for finding cosmetic and health uses for fullerenes, which are spherical carbon molecules produced through nanotechnology. Research will focus o…
    11.14.05

  • Automatic Nail Painter is a Hands-Off Experience

    JAPAN: Citizen Mechatronics Co. has developed a “nail art” device that can automatically paint a variety of decorative patterns onto fingernails. The machine uses acrylic paints, offers 48 standard patterns and can be used to create orig…
    11.14.05

  • Hindustan Lever Rebounds with Power Brands

    INDIA: Consumer goods manufacturer, Hindustan Lever Ltd. is poised to increase quarterly profit sales of home and personal care products. Due to poor monsoon seasons in recent years, sales dwindled as consumers opted to spend their spare money on tra…
    11.14.05

  • Cowshed Items Revamped with Humorous Names

    l THE UK: British beauty brand Cowshed has been updated with new products, packaging, price points and more humorous names. The line has also been introduced in the U.S. and is sold exclusively by the Soho House in New York. The line now consists of…
    11.14.05

  • Lotte Offers Fast Dissolving Breath Mint

    l JAPAN: Lotte Co. recently released a new film-type breath mint called Cool Shock. Cool Shock is made from gelatin, rather than starch, which allows the mint to dissolve quickly. The stylish and futuristic thumb-size carrying case, which holds 24 sh…
    11.14.05

  • Kao Corp. Offers Affordable Cleaning Robot

    l JAPAN: Kao Corp. has introduced a cleaning robot that is far less expensive than comparable devices. Rather than using a vacuum, the robot employs a special cleaning sheet to wipe hair and dust away from floors. The round device cannot be stopped b…
    11.14.05

  • Skin Lightening Ad Dropped in India

    INDIA: A recent television ad for Fair & Lovely, a skin lightening product, was pulled from the air for featuring a father who wished for a son instead of a dark-skinned daughter. The All India Democratic Women’s Association filed a lawsuit…
    11.14.05

  • Shiseido Launches Toiletries in China

    CHINA: Shiseido Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, launched seven toiletry products, including Aquair hair care products, in July. Executives said under the plan, the company will…
    11.14.05

  • HBA South America

    BRAZIL: HBA South America and FCE Pharma, which was held at the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo in May, welcomed more than 16,000 attendees. This figure was up 22% from last year, according to organizer VNU Business Media do Brasil. Duri…
    11.14.05

  • CPL Aromas Help Create Austin Reed Woman

    l THE UK: The CPL Aromas fine fragrance development team produced the fragrance for Austin Reed Woman, a contemporary floriental scent infusing fruity top notes, a white floral heart and a warm, powdery base. It is distributed by European Designer Pr…
    11.14.05