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Red carpet

January 28, 2015 Expert selections
When packaging flushes and red powders its nose in cosmetics, it creates garnet-coloured tubes, carmine bottles, cherry sprays, vermilion cases, crimson catchwords, or scarlet nail polish. From the darkest to the most dazzling, every shade of red comes to adorn our beauty products, without ever crossing the total look red line! Time to get ready for Valentine’s Day, and celebrate passion by rolling out the red carpet to a glamorous selection… [Read more ]
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During its meeting on 16 December 2014, the SCCS has adopted its Opinion on Vetiveryl acetate. Conclusion: inadequate data which not allow a safety assessment, a genotoxic potential… the substance in not safe for use in cosmetic products. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

January 28, 2015 Expert selections

Red carpet

When packaging flushes and red powders its nose in cosmetics, it creates garnet-coloured tubes, carmine bottles, cherry sprays, vermilion cases, crimson catchwords, or scarlet nail polish. From the darkest to the most dazzling, every shade of red comes to adorn our beauty products, without ever crossing the total look red line! Time to get ready for Valentine’s Day, and celebrate passion by rolling out the red carpet to a glamorous selection… [Read more ]


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Trends

According to a Canadean survey of 2,000 UK adults, nearly 93% of male and female consumers think that men should not wear make-up. When men do use make-up, they seek discreet options that provide them with functional benefits, such as masking skin impurities, and are not overly concerned about beauty. [Read more ]


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Dossiers

Trends, markets, regulations, actives, treatments, routines, physiology, bibliography… from shampoos to colouring, from new beauty gestures like smoothing to spray masks, major hair care actives, alopecia, and scalp discomfort, find out all our articles about hair and its cosmetics listed per category and dates of publication. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

Cosmetics are often reproached for being too chemical, not natural enough… And yet there are many interesting opportunities for the industry to transform into a beautiful fruit basket, as faraway countries provide us with so much richness, in the form of vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, fatty acids, or sugars our skins are crazy about… even if each of them has their own specificities, and even if their carbon balance is less positive than our local actives’. [Read more ]


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Test bench

Maybe, you think that nothing is simpler than soap? That its formula is too simple to be worth a look after? Think about it! From the "true" soap to the "soap-free soaps", including Marseille soaps, Aleppo soaps, perfumed bath soaps, oil-enriched or dermatological bar soaps… and more, probably. There is enough to be confused and to dither prior to choose among all these bars. Clues about nine formulae, by the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques experts. [Read more ]


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Choosing your cosmetics well

One could logically think that all the ingredients that should particularly be avoided by people with oily skins (occlusive, comedogenic, too irritant or drying, and likely to cause ‘rebound effects’…) are excluded from the composition of cosmetics specifically formulated for them. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. And checking the list of ingredients helps make a better choice. Here is a short list of the actives to be avoided by people with oily skins. [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Using cosmetics, mainly toothpaste and mouthwash, on a daily basis, is essential for a good oral hygiene. And specific actives favour a fresh and healthy breath, in addition to a few right gestures to optimize their efficacy. [Read more ]


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Learning to read labels

CosmeticOBS makes you look back on its best publications all summer. If you have missed them, you can now make up for lost time. Here is the programme for the 'Learning to read labels' section:25 ingredients... to keep an eye on, the list of ingredients, the durability, and the 'Natural' mention. [Read more ]


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All about babies

From birth to the age of 3, our baby’s skin is often dry, reactive and delicate. It requires particular attention, and should as seldom as possible be exposed to cosmetic ingredients likely to cause allergies or irritations. Few cosmetics are needed for the bath, washing, and face or bottom care. Here are the essential daily products, and those to be used for specific needs selected by the experts at Cosmetic OBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics glossary

Thelogo "RecommendedbyL'Observatoire des Cosmétiques”isdedicated to the products prized by the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques experts. These cosmetics won an overall mean mark equal to or above 15/20, and/or are recommended in theworksof the collection"TheBestCosmetics" (Medicis editions) or "Premium Cosmetics" (CosmeticOBS editions) or on the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques websites. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

In her timely guidebook, Boomer therapist Marcia Newman brings a fresh response to an anti-aging American culture that targets women to find their value in remaining youthful looking. Five Gifts of Pro-Aging was born out of Marcia’s own aging crisis and her three decades of working with women who increasingly find themselves obsessed with the insatiable practice of nip, tuck, highlight, laser, and fill. Through humor and her no-nonsense style, Marcia provides valuable tips, motivational questions, and personal stories to help you age more consciously and comfortably. [Read more ]


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