International

  • Benefit Opening London Boutiques

    December 2, 2005
    LONDON: Benefit, the LVMH-owned cosmetics company, opened its first freestanding store in the Westbourne Grove neighborhood of London. The 1,100-square-foot store features a waxing treatment room and brow bar. A second store will open shortly in Lon…


  • Japanese Shampoo Makers in Close Combat

    December 2, 2005
    JAPAN: Personal product makers compete fiercely in Japan’s shampoo market, where more than 300 brands are released each year. Unilever Japan KK holds the top spot, followed by Kao Corp and Procter & Gamble of the U.S. Unilever’s Lux…


  • Blyths Purple Tree Launches in Canada

    December 2, 2005
    OAKVILLE, ONTARIO: Sue Warden, host and executive producer of Sue Warden Creative Decor and Sue Warden Craftscapes, along with author and creative consultant, Marie Browning, joined forces to launch a new business designed to inspire Canadian…


  • Colgate Wins Lawsuit Against Procter & Gamble

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: A Shanghai court ordered P&G China (Procter & Gamble) Co. Ltd. and its local distributor, Guangzhou Haolin Trading Co. Ltd., to apologize publicly in newspapers and pay almost $50,000 in compensation to Colgate-Palmolive for disp…


  • Growing Cosmetic Market in Vietnam Attracts Companies

    November 22, 2005
    VIETNAM: Several foreign cosmetic companies have recently announced plans to expand into Vietnam, capitalizing on the growing consumer demand for makeup and skin care products. Last year, Phuong Phat Co., sole distributor of brands such as Kenzo, Gu…


  • Arch Chemicals Opens New Facility

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Arch Chemicals, Inc. opened a facility in Suzhou, China, that will supply Biodynes specialty tissue respiratory factor (TRF) skin care ingredients for use by cosmetics companies in Asia. “We opened our new personal care production faci…


  • Price Cuts Lift P&Gs Market Share

    November 22, 2005
    INDIA: Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) price cut strategy in India resulted in a jump in market shares in both detergents and shampoos, according to company executives. The company recorded a 45% growth in shampoos, with its value market share…


  • Losses Force Unilever Out of Ethiopia

    November 22, 2005
    ETHIOPIA: Unilever announced that it is closing its Ethiopian office due to losses the company has incurred in the past four years. Although Unilever opened its Ethiopian office four years ago in a joint venture arrangement with local trading house A…


  • Hindustan Battles P&G In Laundry Bar Segment

    November 22, 2005
    INDIA: Hindustan Lever (HLL) plans to launch the Surf Excel detergent bar to take on rival P&G’s Tide bar launch. Leading brands in the Indian detergent bar market include Rin, Wheel, Nirma and Ghadi. Hindustan Lever’s Rin Shakti and…


  • Beauty Direct Moves Into New Zealand

    November 22, 2005
    NEW ZEALAND: Internet retailer Beauty Direct announced plans to establish New Zealand’s first listed pharmacy group. The company will pay up to $38.4 million to acquire a 49% stake in 17 Liphe Pharmacy stores and a Unichem store. Collectively,…


  • McIntyre Group Gives Seminar in Thailand

    November 22, 2005
    McIntyre Group Ltd. gave a one-day seminar to the Cosmetic Chemists of Thailand in Bangkok last October. The seminar was held at the Conrad Hotel. Shown: seminar attendees and McIntyre Group employees.…


  • Schlecker Expands into Poland

    November 22, 2005
    POLAND: German cosmetics chain Schlecker has opened several stores in Poland as part of an expansion plan. The company aims to open 1000 stores across Europe. Schlecker will look for 120-square meter minimum spaces in cities with more than 6000 resid…


  • Lubrizol to Close UK Plant

    November 22, 2005
    THE UK: The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it plans to close its Bromborough, England-based manufacturing facility. Lubrizol will begin to phase out production in the second quarter and should finish by late 2006. During this time UK production…


  • Harmony Commodities Launches Herbline

    November 22, 2005
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Harmony Commodities LLC launched the first range of products in its Herbaline Essentials Ayurvedic skin care range. The 10 SKU line is available at www.ayurvedicare.net and in Dubai pharmacies, spas and salons. The products are…


  • Singapore Love Potion Heads Overseas

    November 22, 2005
    SINGAPORE: Romancing Singapore EDP has been used in a government-backed campaign to get citizens in the “mood for love” and boost the city-state’s declining birth rate, according to industry sources. Now it will be exported to Asia,…