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All products in this selection are suitable for vegans. Some are officially Vegan-labelled by the Vegan Society, an American charity founded in 1944 to facilitate, support, and promote the vegan lifestyle. The others bear the ‘Suitable for vegans’ or ‘Vegan-Friendly’ mentions. None of them contains any ingredient of animal origin (including milk, eggs, honey, and other products from the hive). And they are all recommended by the CosmeticOBS experts. [Read more ]
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Cosmetic products cannot be evaluated in terms of efficacy or safety alone. A lot of research now focuses on sensory analysis techniques, which identify, characterize, and quantify the emotional effects of beauty and personal care products. At the IFSCC’s 28th congress, several works were presented and their conclusions were similar: cosmetics don’t just change our physical appearance, they also have a strong influence on well-being and even on social judgment. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

All products in this selection are suitable for vegans. Some are officially Vegan-labelled by the Vegan Society, an American charity founded in 1944 to facilitate, support, and promote the vegan lifestyle. The others bear the ‘Suitable for vegans’ or ‘Vegan-Friendly’ mentions. None of them contains any ingredient of animal origin (including milk, eggs, honey, and other products from the hive). And they are all recommended by the CosmeticOBS experts. [Read more ]


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Trends

Mintel, the independent market research firm, presented eight hair cosmetics to follow at the last Beyond Beauty trade show in Paris. From all-in-one to customized hair care, a styling product, or a covering brush, they are all innovative in terms of concept, texture, distribution system, or packaging. Here is a showcase of the latest hair trends. [Read more ]


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Dossiers

September 29, 2014 Dossiers

Parabens: the dossier

They stir up controversy since several years in the cosmetics world. They fuel public anxiety. They are a constant food for journalists’ reports; they draw the politicians’ attention to regulate them; they draw the attention of the scientists who study them. They are a recurrent worry for the formulators who have to use them … or to replace them, thanks to the pressure of the marketing departments, which prefer the "without" instead of the "with" mention … Parabens: a broad topic, all the pieces of information of which are gathered in this report. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

What is sillier than a peanut? And what is more harmless than the oil derived from it? Except… peanut proteins are highly allergenic, to the point that even applying a cosmetic product containing them on the skin may induce undesirable reactions. And this motivated a request for European scientific experts to carry out a safety assessment. [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

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

This ebook has been written according to the same principles, with the same selection criteria, and by the same team as the 2015-2016 Guide to the Best Cosmetics. The only difference is that it does not consider price as a criterion, which means that it constitutes a guide to the cosmetic products with the best quality, the ‘best of the best’. [Read more ]


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