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The epidermis gets thicker and sebaceous secretions intensify when reaching teenage years. That is when the first dilated pores, blackheads and acne appear. It is thus the ideal period to start taking care of one’s face skin on a daily basis. And the programme involves morning and evening cleansing, hydration, protection, and purifying skincare if needed. It is also when girls start using make-up. Here is a Teenager selection by the experts at CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques. [Read more ]
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By 2020, the world’s citizens should be aware of biodiversity, according to the United Nations’ 2020 targets. The UEBT Biodiversity Barometer helps measure progress. The global research organization Ipsos surveyed 38,000 consumers in 13 countries between 2009 and 2014. The Barometer 2014 was unveiled on April 8th, during the Beauty of Sourcing with Respect Conference in Paris. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

The epidermis gets thicker and sebaceous secretions intensify when reaching teenage years. That is when the first dilated pores, blackheads and acne appear. It is thus the ideal period to start taking care of one’s face skin on a daily basis. And the programme involves morning and evening cleansing, hydration, protection, and purifying skincare if needed. It is also when girls start using make-up. Here is a Teenager selection by the experts at CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques. [Read more ]


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Trends

In a move that would seem to satisfy the dreams of the small child in all of us who hated brushing their teeth, Crest (Procter & Gamble) has recently launched the Crest Be product line, which includes “unexpected flavors with refreshing cleansing benefits”. One of those unexpected flavors is Mint Chocolate Trek, a bold and unique offering, especially considering that the chocolate is not usually the first thing that consumers associate with hygiene. Will it work? [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

What are the differences between our good old kitchen salt and the salt used in cosmetics? A few dermatological properties and… a generous quantity of marketing arguments too! Here is a small grain of salt in salty formulas and sales leaflets… [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

In journalism, thinness is what we call a “chestnut tree”, which means, a topic that periodically reappears each season (spring), just like chestnuts fall from trees each autumn. And here we are again! So, what’s new under orange-peel skin? A few new cosmetic products – there has never been a lack of new launchings in this field! – and even a few recommended by CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques… but always with the same “effective” actives… and the same advice for a healthier life to go with them! [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Temperatures are getting warmer, sun rays less shy, buds are peeping out in the trees and gardens are blooming: yes, spring is here! With the big cleanings going with it, from the bottom of your wardrobes… to the pores of your skin! Cleansing, getting rid of impurities, refining texture, eliminating the dead cells accumulated for a week, a month or… sometimes the whole winter (!), refreshing complexion: this season marks the time for spring exfoliation, but it is better to do it on your face the way it should be done. Here are the right gestures, some advice, and the scrub selection by the experts at Cosmetic OBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques. [Read more ]


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Learning to read labels

Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Triclosan, BHT… and of course, Parabens! There is no shortage of “controversial” cosmetic ingredients, which are sometimes (but not always) pointed out with arguments that deserve our attention. So which ones should be taken seriously? Which ones should we keep a particularly vigilant eye on? For instance on the 25 following ones… which it may even be wiser to avoid. [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 15, 2014 Cosmetics glossary

AFNOR

The AFNOR association and its affiliates form an international public interest group focused on promoting public interest concerns and better economic growth. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

These top-to-toe tips will help you make small changes to your beauty regime that reap big benefits, both in the way you look and how you feel. With direct remedies for beauty problems as well as advice on everything from getting perfectly groomed nails to battling cellulite, "1001 Little Beauty Miracles" offers short, simple ways to improve and maintain your natural good looks. Impress your friends with your knowledge of sensationally simple ways to get gorgeous fast. Even if you are an ungroomed, nail-biting, hair-yanking, exercise phobic, these corner-cutting ideas will set you on the path to looking your finest with the minimum of fuss. [Read more ]


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