Cosmetics news

On 31 July 2017, the United Kingdom notified the WTO a draft regulation aimed to ban microbeads as an ingredient in rinse-off personal care products in England. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will take the same action but in their own legislative processes. The provision would enter into force from 1 January 2018. [Read more ]
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July 5, 2017 Congress reports
When beauty and data become one

Customer data has been a real gold mine for companies for a few years. It represents significant trade and marketing advantages if it is efficiently used. Of course, the cosmetics industry is also concerned, since it gathers and processes considerable volumes of data. At the e-Beauty conference... [Read more ]

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July 3, 2017 Cosmetics news
Cosmebio: good results and trophies

Cosmebio, the natural ecological and organic cosmetics professional association, organized their General Assembly on June22, 2017. It was an opportunity to show participants how healthy both their label and the organic cosmetics market are – the association is a prescriber on the... [Read more ]

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June 28, 2017 Cosmetics news
Beauty Forum Paris reinvents traditional shows

The second edition of Beauty Forum Paris, organized by the Health & Beauty Group, will be opened to professionals in the Aesthetics, Wellness, and Spa sectors on October 8-9 at the Palais des Congrès, in Paris. The event was scheduled at an ideal moment of the year to make an update... [Read more ]

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June 27, 2017 Cosmetics news
2016 DGCCRF inspections: 15% of cosmetic products are hazardous

As the cosmetics market surveillance authority, the DGCCRF (French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control) supervises the safety and loyalty of cosmetic products marketed in France. It acts through an annual control plan which involves controlling all the... [Read more ]

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June 21, 2017 Congress reports
Sun exposure: the right balance

Attention is often drawn to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays on the skin and health. At the Sun Protection Conference held in London on June 6-7, 2017, Professor Robyn Lucas, epidemiologist at the Australian National University (ANU), highlighted the other, more beneficial side of... [Read more ]

June 19, 2017 Congress reports
When the selfie generation influences the cosmetics industry

The population aged 25-35, also known as the selfie generation, represents a chunk of people who are hyper-connected and deeply concerned about their image and how it is conveyed on social media. As a result, they are increasingly more demanding with the cosmetics they use. At the Comet... [Read more ]

June 15, 2017 Cosmetics news
Banned cosmetics found on the market: why? How come?

That is what we can call a buzz. On June7, the UFC-Que Choisir Association denounced the presence on the market of 23cosmetic products containing ingredients banned for several months – outlaw products. The brands concerned, L’Oréal, among others, defended... [Read more ]

June 14, 2017 Congress reports
Chinese e-commerce: a new Eldorado for French cosmetics!

French cosmetics are much valued in China, where they are considered prestigious. Their reputation is firmly established, and yet, French companies’ presence on the Chinese territory is still a little tentative. Other than overcoming regulatory barriers to settle there in the long term, it... [Read more ]

May 29, 2017 Cosmetics news
Sun exposure: too many misconceptions, not enough caution!

How are the French doing with their perceptions and knowledge of the hazards related to sun exposure? Do they know everything they need to? Have received ideas persisted? According to a recent survey, despite repeated awareness campaigns over the past few years, there is still a considerable... [Read more ]

May 22, 2017 Cosmetics news
When Symrise recreates the scent of the lily of the valley

Even today, neither steam distillation nor extraction with volatile solvents can correctly capture the essential oil of the lily of the valley. Many players in the perfume sector have been focusing on the synthetic molecules used to capture its scent. Lilybelle®, presented by Symrise, stands... [Read more ]

May 10, 2017 Cosmetics news
US: Johnson & Johnson once again sentenced in a cancer-case linked to the use of talc

On May 4, a Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and Imery's Talc to pay $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who developed ovarian cancer following years of genital talcum powder use. In February 2016, another jury in the same state has ordered the cosmetic company to pay $72 million... [Read more ]

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May 1, 2017 European Commission
Cosmetic ingredients: from safety assessment to regulations

How is the safety of cosmetic ingredients assessed? Which process is involved in the decision to authorize or prohibit their placing on the market? How are the specific rules to restrict their use defined? For the sake of transparency, the European Commission has published a document to answer... [Read more ]

April 26, 2017 Cosmetics news
Blue light: contemporaneous pollution

A recent obsession of the cosmetics industry, blue light has become public enemy number one: it is harmful for health and contributes to skin aging. But, where does it come from and how does it act on the body? CosmeticOBS enlightens you in this article. [Read more ]

April 26, 2017 Cosmetics news
Organization of the very first French national championships of… beards!

Attention all bearded men proudly sporting hair worthy of the greatest rock stars. A tailor-made competition will be held in Paris on June 17, 2017. Exclusively reserved for men, these championships will reward both the most attractive beards and the beards best taken care of. [Read more ]

April 19, 2017 Cosmetics news
Animal testing: cosmetic brands suspected of fraud

Although selling beauty products tested on animals is banned by European cosmetics regulations, it seems several major groups have not been following the rule. Indeed, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has reported products marketed in the UK bear the same name in China, a... [Read more ]

April 19, 2017 Cosmetics news
Beauty: social networks influence 72% of consumers

Instagram and Facebook have published reports on the effect of their networks on how their users consume cosmetics. From the greatest brands to more modest companies, not to mention bloggers and even ordinary people, everyone contributes to sharing beauty on the web. [Read more ]

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April 19, 2017 Professional bodies
Cosmetics: exports pass the €12 billion mark

According to the figures released by the FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), French exports of cosmetic products passed the 12 billion euro mark for the first time in 2016, with a 2% growth compared to 2015. The trade balance surplus in the cosmetics industry reached 9.2 billion... [Read more ]

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March 29, 2017 Cosmetics news
2017 U'Cosmetics competition: prizewinners

On March16, the jury of the U’Cosmetics competition, which was dedicated to mineral cosmetics this year, attributed their awards to the teams that presented the most interesting projects in two categories: Innovative Concept and Formulation. Beware, they may be the cosmetics we will... [Read more ]

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March 27, 2017 Professional bodies
Devices for hair removal and lipolysis: toward a more stringent regulation?

French ANSES published the conclusions of its expert appraisal on the health risks related to the use of devices intended for the performance of aesthetic procedures (hair removal and lipolysis). To limit the occurrence of adverse effects, the Agency recommends revising the regulatory... [Read more ]

March 22, 2017 Cosmetics news
Free cosmetics testing: when trials turn into con tricks

The European Consumer Centre France has sounded the alarm, informing the DGCCRF (French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control) of a number of consumer complaints about cosmetics available for testing online. These free tests actually concealed costly... [Read more ]