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The sea is a rich source of cosmetic ingredients. But there are not just algae, sand, sludge, salt, or water in the marine world! Invertebrates, a family of species which gathers most animal organisms living in this environment, might represent a new solution for cosmetic applications, especially in the perfume, sun care, or anti-aging sectors. Let’s immerse ourselves into a bone-free, but not futureless world! [Read more ]
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Deoxyarbutin, α-Arbutin, β-Arbutin: the safety of these three cosmectic depigmentating and skin bleaching agents will be evaluated by the SCCS. The request from the European Commission was published on 26 March 2015. The problem is that these three substances may release or transform in hydroquinone, banned in cosmetic products in Europe. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

Whether we enjoy these sensorial experiences ourselves or offer them to our close relations, massage manoeuvres on the body and face provide softness and wellness, for everyone, from a very early age. Spray oils or oils to be warmed up, balms, and butters are used to make modelling movements easier, for therapeutic use or for no particular purpose. Their fats and relaxing or toning actives are optimized with the massage and nourish the epidermis, while softening it and protecting it from drying. Here is the massage selection by the CosmeticOBS experts. [Read more ]


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Trends

In the daily flow of new cosmetics launches, no doubt this is the one that recently stood out the most. Although the name of this Soin fraîcheur revitalisant – revitalizing and refreshing care – does not really sound innovative, it has a much more original target: the masculine sex. Of course, it is not the first to be designed for this very intimate area, but it has to be said, this cosmetic segment remains one of the most controversial. What if it were because consumers are not ready just yet? [Read more ]


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Dossiers

February 18, 2015 Dossiers

Perfumes: the dossier

It belongs to the French industrial heritage and makes women and men dream all around the world. And in an age where consumers demand total transparency, it has been in the hot seat for some of its allergenic substances and well-kept trade secrets. Perfume is all this, and much more… It is a product in its own right, but it is also part of the composition of our cosmetics, which it adorns with its sensory hints. Latest news, Industrial Property, Allergens, Regulations, INCI Names… they are all in this fragrant file full of scents. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

The sea is a rich source of cosmetic ingredients. But there are not just algae, sand, sludge, salt, or water in the marine world! Invertebrates, a family of species which gathers most animal organisms living in this environment, might represent a new solution for cosmetic applications, especially in the perfume, sun care, or anti-aging sectors. Let’s immerse ourselves into a bone-free, but not futureless world! [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

A thorough look at the ingredients is the only way to "comprehend" a cosmetic product (far more true and precise than any sales points or advertising!). However, it is not that easy: quite often, first, lay your hands on a powerful magnifier. Then you have to learn how to decipher the label. Underneath some clues to help you understand the list of ingredients... [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

February 11, 2015 Cosmetics glossary

Triman

The Triman logo system was enforced on January 1, 2015, as a result of the French ‘Grenelle Environnement’ initiative. It helps consumers identify the recyclable packaging subject to sorting instructions. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

This book presents the latest advances in cosmetic dermatology. Beginning with an introduction to the physiology, structure and function of skin and hair, the following chapter discusses non-invasive imaging techniques. The next sections describe skin colour types, pigmentation, then the treatment of various dermatological conditions including pigmentary disorders, ultra-violet induced skin damage, dry skin, sensitive skin, acne, and skin aging. Two complete chapters are dedicated to hair and the scalp. This useful reference includes more than 100 photographs, illustrations and tables, to enhance learning. Key points: Presents latest advances in cosmetic dermatology. Covers treatment of different dermatological disorders. Includes two chapters on hair and scalp. [Read more ]


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