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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 sun exposure, pleading for a better balance between shade and sun to keep healthy. In addition, she recommended adjusting the prevention messages issued to the public. [Read more ]
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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 ]

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March 20, 2017 European Commission
Cosmetics safety: a factsheet from the European Commission

Consumers continually expose themselves to chemicals through the use of a wide range of personal care products. To reassure them about the safety of cosmetics, the European Commission has just published a factsheet. [Read more ]

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March 17, 2017 ANSM
Two Neostem products just banned

ANSM has just published a decision to ban two products developed by Laboratoire Promicea: Neostem Serum and Neostem Pocket Lift. To the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety, they fit the definition of a drug, not a cosmetic product, and are likely to be hazardous for... [Read more ]

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March 14, 2017 Cosmetics news
A portal to report adverse effects

On March13, the French Minister of Social Affairs and Health launched a new online portal to declare adverse effects with a negative impact on health. Open to the general public and professionals, it comprises a section dedicated to cosmetic products. [Read more ]

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February 22, 2017 Cosmetics news
Connected beauty: 5 apps to decipher cosmetics

It is not always easy to know what our beauty products contain. Although brands must indicate the ingredients used on the packaging (INCI list), their names are not always meaningful to consumers. Several mobile applications were developed to clarify these labels. [Read more ]

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February 22, 2017 Cosmetics news
U'Cosmetics 2017: projects selected

On February 9, the pre-jury of the U’Cosmetics competition, dedicated to mineral cosmetics this year, studied the 23student projects competing. Each team presented their projects in two categories: Innovative Concept and Formulation. Eleven of them were selected for the final round.... [Read more ]

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January 25, 2017 Cosmetics news
A mandatory indication for touched up photographs

The ARPP (French Advertising Self-Regulatory Organization) has just confirmed it in a press release: as from January 1, 2017, the indication ‘Photographie retouchée’ (touched up photograph) has been mandatory on the photographs used for commercial purposes of models whose body... [Read more ]

January 16, 2017 Cosmetics news
Fake cosmetics, real fight

Like many others, the cosmetics industry is the victim of counterfeiting. In addition to being often badly crafted, these imitations expose consumers to certain hazards. As a matter of fact, recent news has shown cosmetics counterfeiting was actually rife, even in France. CosmeticOBS has made... [Read more ]

January 9, 2017 Cosmetics news
Beauty Forum launches the Beauty Business Days

Health and Beauty group will launch the event Beauty Business Day in spring 2017. In addition to being the editor of the monthly B2B magazine Beauty Forum, as well as the organizer of the national tradeshow Beauty Forum Paris, the group is introducing two local business meetings events targeting... [Read more ]

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January 2, 2017 Congress reports
A history of sun protection in 15 dates

At the 3rd CosmeticDays organized by Cosmed, Estelle Loing, Biologist at Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, presented a short history of sun protection in cosmetics. Apart from short periods, humans have always had a tendency to protect themselves from the effects of the sun on the skin. But our means to do... [Read more ]