• Budget-Conscious Europeans Bring Home a Spa Experience

    Imogen Matthews, Consultant September 27, 2013
    Spa products for use at home are a category that has benefited hugely from the economic downturn, as consumers use spas and salons less often but are reluctant to give up the whole pampering experience. Not only are spa-inspired products proving popu…

  • Drastic Action Needed For Older Consumers

    Drastic Action Needed For Older Consumers

    Imogen Matthews September 4, 2013
    An aging population determined to hold onto their looks has driven growth of anti-aging products across Europe. Non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, chemical peels and dermal fillers are on the rise, a trend that is also reflected within the skin…

  • Hair Care Sales Slow In Much of Europe

    Hair Care Sales Slow In Much of Europe

    Imogen Matthews August 2, 2013
    Hair care products, such as shampoos and conditioners, are  widely used by most consumers in Western Europe, so any sales gains in these categories are unspectacular. Rather, the potential for growth is higher in Central and Eastern Europe, wher…

  • Europeans Don’t Sweat the AP/Deo Market

    Imogen Matthews, Consultant July 10, 2013
    The majority of Europeans regard the use of a deodorant or antiperspirant as a necessary part of their personal hygiene routine, leaving manufacturers little room to drive volume growth in this mature market. However, demographic factors, such as ge…

  • Body Care Shows Modest Growth

    Imogen Matthews June 6, 2013
    The European body care market has posted only modest value growth of 7% during the past five years, topping $4.8 billion in 2012, according to the latest Datamonitor research. A major reason is that most women do not consider body care as a “mu…

  • It Was a Tough Year For Fine Fragrance

    Imogen Matthews, Consultant May 3, 2013
    Fragrance company executives in Western Europe are most likely relieved to have 2012 behind them, after the market flat-lined at $12.8 billion, according to Euromonitor. Both premium and mass fragrance struggled to reach parity with 2011, which was a…

  • Poor Weather, Economy Cloud European Sun Care

    Poor Weather, Economy Cloud European Sun Care

    Imogen Matthews April 3, 2013
    Sales of sun care products in Europe are strongly linked to the weather, which has been dominated by gray skies and cool temperatures during the past few summers. Coupled with a bleak economic outlook resulting in fewer consumers taking holidays ab…

  • When It Comes to Grooming…It’s Time to Man Up!

    When It Comes to Grooming…It’s Time to Man Up!

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 March 13, 2013
    It has been a very mixed year for the male grooming market across the Big 5. As with most other cosmetics sectors in the past year, male grooming sales have been uneven. On the whole, the segment is growing, but that is not to say that male custome…

  • Europe’s Big 5 Puts Its Best Face Forward

    Europe’s Big 5 Puts Its Best Face Forward

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets February 12, 2013
    Facial skin care is always a thriving market but there have been some ups and downs in the past year, despite the fact that product innovation remained high. Henkel’s new Diadermine Lift + Tono Perfecto C…

  • Soaking Up Success In Euro Bath Market

    Soaking Up Success In Euro Bath Market

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 January 24, 2013
    It has been a successful year for the bathroom products category in the Big 5 (Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain) with all countries reporting an increase in value sales. That’s quite an achievement, especially when one realizes how much t…

  • Polished to Perfection

    Polished to Perfection

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 January 22, 2013
    There is no doubt that it has been a vintage year for the nail care market in Europe. The past two years in particular have seen nail care products taking off in a big way. Gone are the days of the simple French manicure or the infrequent, special-…

  • Color Cosmetics Are Somewhat Pallid

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 November 6, 2012
    Following last year’s successful string of results, it has been a rather pallid year for the color cosmetics category in the Big 5 with all countries, apart from the UK, slipping in value terms. The UK was the only country that didn’t see…

  • Splurge or Scrimp?

    Splurge or Scrimp?

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 September 28, 2012
    The spa market in the Big 5 reported mixed fortunes in the past 12 months. While it is always difficult in this sector to gauge figures due to many data companies not tracking spa in the same way as they would other personal care categories, product…

  • Injectable Interest

    Injectable Interest

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 August 31, 2012
    The aesthetics market in the Big 5 has seen an interesting and fruitful year—certainly for those involved in making money in the sector. Consumer interest has continued apace and the number of treatments and procedures to facilitate this has gr…

  • Are Tresses in Trouble? Sales Remain Static

    Are Tresses in Trouble? Sales Remain Static

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 August 1, 2012
    It has been a very mixed year for the hair care market in the Big 5 with the overall category (including shampoos, conditioners and styling products) posting a variety of gains and losses, but nothing very consistent and all a bit pallid. France and…

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