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According to a new study by researchers from Yale University (US), much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure. This discovery raises the possibility of developing future cosmetics products to protect the skin in a new way. [Read more ]

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According to a new study by researchers from Yale University (US), much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure. This discovery raises the possibility of developing future cosmetics products to protect the skin in a new way. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

February 23, 2015 Expert selections

Soap bubbles

Whether in traditional or moulded bars, cold-saponified, liquid, presented as flakes, superfatted, perfumed, or coloured… soap used to be and is still very popular in all its forms and it proves quite useful in the bathroom. It is economical, claimed to be eco-responsible, and it sometimes bears poetic names. It is also convenient because it can be easily taken on a trip and keep fresh. Here is a selection of soaps by CosmeticOBS. [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

We know it by various names, including Lyral®, but on cosmetics labels it is officially listed as Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde. Deemed too allergenic by scientific experts, it is on the verge of being banned for use in cosmetic products in Europe. Yet we still see it frequently in formulas, and this could be the case for several years to come! [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

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

Forget extreme makeovers! Robert Jones, makeup artist extraordinaire, outlines step-by-step how even the ugliest duckling can become a swan - with makeup alone!This stunning book is also full-color guide to applying wedding makeup, with countless stunning before-and-after pictures of regular women throughout. [Read more ]


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