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The polyethylene microbeads contained in our cosmetic products are controversial because of their environmental impact. They are not biodegradable, and they end up into the ocean, ingested by fish. A few alternatives are now available: Charles-Henri Morice, Ingredient Product Manager at Lessonia, came to present and compare them at the last Beyond Beauty show in Paris. [Read more ]
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The polyethylene microbeads contained in our cosmetic products are controversial because of their environmental impact. They are not biodegradable, and they end up into the ocean, ingested by fish. A few alternatives are now available: Charles-Henri Morice, Ingredient Product Manager at Lessonia, came to present and compare them at the last Beyond Beauty show in Paris. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

Time to get back to work with your hair too! On the hair care list recommended by our experts: gentle shampoos with mare’s milk or keratin, a hair conditioning balm with argan, a nourishing shea base, and a repairing mask with pracaxi oil to cleanse, repair and beautify your hair, which probably got a bit damaged this summer. And of course, a dry shampoo: this new practice is convenient under any circumstance. You can now easily look after your locks! [Read more ]


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Trends

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 'Trends' section: the BB Creams, the Asian habits on moisturization,the sensitive skins' market, theorganic cosmetics market by 2025, andanti-inflammaging cosmetics. [Read more ]


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Dossiers

Many customers are worried, due to their potential toxicity towards our body. The manufacturers, too, are concerned, as they use them for their many cosmetic properties: they have to face new regulatory requirements ... though they do not have all the needed means as of now. Since 11 July 2013, it is mandatory to include them specifically in the list of ingredients. They are questioned since several years. A file inside the core of the world of the infinitely small: nano-ingredients. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

The hazelnut is a choice active for our personal hygiene and beauty products. Its leaves or flowers are used in the form of extracts. Its fruit is reduced to powder, and acts as an exfoliating agent in scrubs… but it is actually when it is transformed into oil that it is of the most interest to us. And though rather discreet on labels, hazelnut oil is widely used in our cosmetic products. [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

Formula, tolerance, safety, pleasure, labelling, price... A list of six criteria has been defined by our experts to evaluate the different aspects of cosmetics.Checklist. [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Red spots on the face are a pathology that affects some people with sensitive skin, and they are becoming the reason for more and more dermatologist visits. Focus on what rosacea sufferers should avoid and which cosmetics to use. [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

May 16, 2014 Cosmetics glossary

ASSAF

The ASSAF (French association of soap makers using cold saponification) gathers professionals seeking to make people discover soap making with cold saponification, give it more value and optimize its know-how. This method preserves the fat content of soaps, thus resulting in products that are richer in glycerine and softer for the skin. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

In Montpellier, 1748: Jean-Louis Fargeon is born into a family of perfumers and soon becomes apprenticed to his father's modest perfumerie. But he dreams of the glittering court of Versailles and of becoming perfumer to the young queen, Marie Antoinette. [Read more ]


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