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  • The Ongoing Challenges of Category I UV Filters and FDA

    The movement toward the total elimination of oxybenzone and octinoxate as Category I UV filters continues. The latest developments include a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives on July 1 by Francis Rooney (R-FL) and Debbie Mucarsel-Pow…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 08.02.19

  • Green & Sustainable Beauty Gains a Following in Europe

    European consumers are becoming increasingly eco-conscious and making product choices based on a brand’s sustainability credentials. In addition to natural and organic ingredients, other attributes are moving up the agenda, including vegan form…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 08.02.19

  • Another FDA Delay Is Coming Our Way

    What are the odds that the US Food and Drug Administration will issue the Final Monograph on November 26, 2019? The Sunscreen Innovations Act (SIA) of November 26, 2014 mandates its release within five years from that date. Additionally, the FDA rele…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 06.03.19

  • A Review of Europe’s Entire Body of Work

    The body is considered as the “new face” among certain European consumers and is indicative of those who now pay as much attention to their bodily skin as their facial skin. Innovation in body care is strong with a focus on indulgent and…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 06.03.19

  • Skin Care

    Eighth Wonder

    In a short period of time, luxury skin care line Eighth Day has made its way from its founder’s cosmetic surgery practice to Neiman Marcus.
    04.01.19

  • NYSCC Suppliers’ Day Awards Night Is May 7

    NYSCC has announced that the Suppliers’ Day 3rd Awards Night—and its first event collaboration with the CEW for the Beauty Awards 2019—will be held May 7. A curated panel of judges from leading beauty and personal care brands wil…
    04.01.19

  • SCC Issues Call for Papers for 73rd Annual Meeting

    The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) has issued a call for papers for podium presentations at the Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, which will be held December 17-18, 2019 at the Sheraton New York Times Square.  Now in it…
    04.01.19

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Polymers | Sun Care

    FDA Proposal: Part I Is the Wait Finally Over?

    On Feb. 26, 2019, the US FDA published a “proposed” rule that would put into effect a final monograph for non-prescription OTC sunscreen drug products.1 It is being published to comply with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 04.01.19

  • No Great Barrier to Entry for These Sunscreens

    Sustainable sun care is becoming a hot topic following media reports that sunscreen formulas damage coral reefs. While the market leaders focus their efforts on other issues such as improving formulations, much of the response has come from smaller b…
    Imogen Matthews, Consultant 04.01.19

  • Actives | Skin Care

    Eighth Wonder

    In a short period of time, luxury skin care line Eighth Day has made its way from its founder’s cosmetic surgery practice to Neiman Marcus.
    04.01.19

  • 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