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A new report by Corporate Europe Observatory reveals the conflicts of interest and the links between the industry and European experts in charge of the assessment of chemical substances, such as parabens or nanomaterials used in cosmetics. According to this association, two-third of scientists has industry links, and that can have a huge impact on European citizens' health. [Read more ]
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A new report by Corporate Europe Observatory reveals the conflicts of interest and the links between the industry and European experts in charge of the assessment of chemical substances, such as parabens or nanomaterials used in cosmetics. According to this association, two-third of scientists has industry links, and that can have a huge impact on European citizens' health. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

Today, almost 1,600 cosmetic products covering more than 300 different brands and over 160 product categories are recommended by the CosmeticOBS experts. These products have obtained an overall average of at least 15/20, and/or are recommended in the various editions of the ‘Les Meilleurs Cosmétiques’ series (Médicis editions) and/or ‘Les Cosmétiques Premium’ (CosmeticOBS editions), or on the CosmeticOBS websites. [Read more ]


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Trends

Shampoos, hair tonics, anti-aging hair care, and UV protection are the great basics of the daily hair care ritual of Asian women, who are real trendsetters in cosmetics. Here are some explanations and selections of innovative products made by the Information & Inspiration agency at the 2014 Beyond Beauty show in Paris. [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

These preservatives, like many others, regularly draw the attention of the cosmetics media. For several years they have been cause for worry and the subject of alerts issued by dermatologist organisations or heath authorities due to their strong allergenic potential. Today they are in the sights of the European regulatory authorities, who intend to limit their use and even prohibit them for certain 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

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

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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