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  • US Government Shutdown Imperils Reform Hopes

    Happy New Year! A new US Congress has been sworn in and, at press time, it is facing major political challenges over the border wall and ensuing federal government shutdown. Guess what will also suffer? The OTC Reform Act. As of Jan. 8, 2019, both th…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 02.01.19

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Oral Care

    Eastern Europe Leads Gains in Oral Care

    Despite efforts by oral care brands to encourage consumers to extend their product portfolio, many Europeans do not follow a regular brushing routine as frequently as professionals would advise. Yet, across the region there has been a robust increase…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 02.01.19

  • Hair Care
    Razor Sharp

    Razor Sharp

    Karen Young, founder of Oui Shave, is out to shake up a multibillion-dollar category.
    01.02.19

  • Actives | Skin Care

    Some Gut Feelings Regarding the Microbiome

    The body harbors trillions of microorganisms. In fact, they all add up to three to four pounds of biomaterial; which is to say, about the weight of our brain. Until recently, bacteria were identified by the nutrients necessary for their growth and mu…
    Paolo Giacomoni, PhD, Insight Analysis Consulting 01.01.19

  • The Microbiome’s Impact On Skin Care Formulations

    Interest in human skin microflora is a relatively new research topic in the beauty care market, reflecting the growing demand for “healthy beauty.” Ongoing research continues to peel away layers of the skin microbiome to reveal its protec…
    Navin M. Geria, AyurDerm Technologies, LLC 01.01.19

  • Skin Care in Brazil Has Room to Grow

    The facial care market has considerable potential in Brazil, although the country is not among the top 5 in the world, according to Euromonitor International, which ranks China, Japan, the US, South Korea and Germany, all ahead of South America&rsquo…
    Daniela Ferreira, Correspondent 01.01.19

  • The Bath & Shower Routine Is Getting Transformed

    Taking a shower or bath has long been a daily ritual that people take for granted and many tend not to pay much attention to the products they use. However, their indifferent attitudes are changing and Europeans are seeking products that complement t…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 01.01.19

  • Surf’s Up: Hawaii Makes Waves With Ban of Sunscreen Filters

    Following publication of my June 2018 column, “Will Hawaii Bring Down the Sunscreen Industry?,” there have been several major developments. On July 3, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the first bill in the US that bans sunscreens containi…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 12.03.18

  • Eastern Europe Leads Gains In the Oral Care Segment

    Despite efforts by oral care brands to encourage consumers to extend their product portfolio, many Europeans do not follow a regular brushing routine as frequently as professionals would advise. Yet, across the region there has been a robust increase…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 12.03.18

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | OTC/Medicated | Skin Care

    Thick to Thin, the Impact of Menopause on Skin

    Menopause can significantly affect a woman’s health but, whereas the psychological effects of menopause are often unfathomable, the cutaneous ones are well known. In anatomical regions exposed to environmental factors such as the forearm or the…
    Paolo Giacomoni, PhD, Insight Analysis Consulting 11.08.18

  • Actives | Color Cosmetics | Functional Ingredients | Hair Care | Personal Cleansers | Pigments | Polymers | Preservatives | Skin Care | Sun Care | Surfactants

    ‘Beauty of the Technology’ Showcase at Annual Meeting

    Held in conjunction with the SCC’s annual meeting next month in New York City, the Technology Showcase provides researchers and companies with an opportunity to engage with meeting attendees in a “refreshing and exciting“ environmen…
    11.01.18

  • Actives | Skin Care

    2018 Henry Maso Award Lecturer Is 3D Printing Expert

    Professor Michael McAlpine of the University of Minnesota is the 2018 Henry Maso Award Lecturer. He will present at the annual scientific meeting next month. Dr. McAlpine is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at t…
    11.01.18

  • Functional Ingredients | Hair Care | Personal Cleansers | Polymers | Skin Care | Surfactants

    New Seminars On Natural Oils, GMOs, Surfactants

    The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) has unveiled three new education seminars that will be held on Dec. 10, 2018 in New York City—the day before the start of the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase in the city. These new…
    11.01.18

  • Efficacy Challenges

    Thick to Thin, the Impact Of Menopause on Skin
    Paolo Giacomoni, PhD, Insight Analysis Consulting 11.01.18

  • Cannabidiol Gets High Marks for Cosmetics Formulas

    Cannabis products are gaining momentum in the beauty industry. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound that won’t get you high—that’s the job of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—but the stuff does get high marks fr…
    Navin M. Geria, AyurDerm Technologies, LLC 11.01.18

  • Makeup Sales Soar In Eastern Europe

    The European makeup market is one of the most successful categories in beauty, fueled by innovation in product concepts, formulations and packaging. It is a magnet for new indie brands, many only available online, that feed into consumer demand for p…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 11.01.18

  • In-Cosmetics Latin America Inspires the Beauty Industry

    In-Cosmetics Latin America took place on Sept. 19-20 at São Paulo’s Expo Center Norte. The event attracted 4,844 attendees (4,011 unique visitors) and featured 150 personal care ingredients companies from 22 countries, including major gl…
    Daniela Ferreira , Correspondent 11.01.18

  • Thick to Thin, the Impact of Menopause on Skin

    Menopause can significantly affect a woman’s health but, whereas the psychological effects of menopause are often unfathomable, the cutaneous ones are well known. In anatomical regions exposed to environmental factors such as the forearm or the…
    Paolo Giacomoni, PhD , Insight Analysis Consulting 11.01.18

  • Functional Ingredients | Personal Cleansers | Surfactants
    Soap Star

    Soap Star

    Rinse Bath & Body Inc. continues to grow.
    10.01.18

  • OTC Sunscreen Filters Are on Life Support

    The status of the 24 over-the-counter (OTC) ultraviolet absorbers approved for use since 1978 is on life-support.  If my treatise here does not move the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Personal Care Product Council (PCPC), cosmetic sc…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 10.01.18