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Parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, PPD, phthalates, perfume allergens… FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies) has decided to defend controversial cosmetic ingredients with a campaign entitled ‘Distinguishing truth from falsehood’. Six videos of less than a minute are accessible to the general public on YouTube to pass on a few messages essential to the industry. [Read more ]

February 19, 2018
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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 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 ]

April 13, 2016 Professional bodies
Organic: widespread consumption that is changing lifestyle habits

The organic market has been on a steady upward growth trend over the last decade. But who exactly are the consumers buying organic food and cosmetics? Why did they ‘go organic’ in the first place? And why haven’t they switched back? Organics Cluster Rhône-Alpes and... [Read more ]

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March 29, 2016 Professional bodies
Cosmetics claims in compliance, according to Cosmetics Europe

Cosmetics Europe, which represents the interests of cosmetic industry in Europe, published the result of its first audit on the compliance of cosmetic advertising. Conclusion: 91% are in compliance. A source of satisfaction for the industry while the allegations are still under the surveillance... [Read more ]

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October 27, 2015 Professional bodies
Cosmetics Europe recommends to discontinue the use of plastic particles

On October 21, 2015, Cosmetics Europe issued a position paper on plastic micro-particles. Taking in account the public concerns expressed over plastic debris in the marine environment, the personal care association recommends its membership to discontinue their use in cosmetic products by 2020. [Read more ]

June 2, 2015 Professional bodies
The true face of NATRUE

We tend to consider it simply as a natural cosmetics label, or yet another one, one among others, or even as a label for German cosmetics… But NATRUEis actually much more than this. CosmeticOBS was invited to the annual general meeting of this association last May 22, 2015, in... [Read more ]

October 23, 2014 Professional bodies
Cosmed Cosmetic International Congress: bound for Asia

Cosmed organizes in Paris its fourth Cosmetic International Congress on Monday 15 December. This edition proposed in partnership with Ubifrance will present the marketing and regulatory requirements to place cosmetics on the asian market. Conferences will be held in English. [Read more ]

June 24, 2014 Professional bodies
Cosmébio: new President and ambitions

The annual general meeting of the Professional Association for Ecological and Organic Cosmetics took place last June 17 in Paris. Here is the outcome: a new logo, reaffirmed ambitions, keywords (trust and excellence) to direct the actions to come, and a new President to implement them. [Read more ]

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June 16, 2014 Professional bodies
A standard for beauty treatments

Lovingly named XP X50-831-1, this French standard for ‘Beauty and wellness treatments’ clarifies these activities and establishes criteria for quality, skill level, hygiene, and safety. Applied voluntarily, it has been long awaited by beauty and wellness professionals. [Read more ]

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June 9, 2014 Professional bodies
REACH: Progress in the use of alternatives to animal testing

According to ECHA's tri-annual report about the use of alternatives to animal testing, registrants have widely used alternative methods to generate information required by REACH to ensure the safe use of chemicals. Most registrants conform with the data sharing obligations and industry has... [Read more ]

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May 27, 2014 Professional bodies
Aluminium: the VKM won’t give up

In April 2013, the VKM (Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety) published a report, stating in their conclusion the exposure to aluminium through cosmetic products resulted in an exposure that exceeded the tolerable weekly intake. One year later, the SCCS released its opinion on the... [Read more ]

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May 19, 2014 Professional bodies
Nanos: French ANSES is calling for a stronger regulatory framework

Confronted with the wide range of nanomaterials in everyday life (cosmetics, textiles, food, paints, medical applications) and the many questions surrounding them, ANSES published a review of the available literature on health and environmental issues relating to manufactured nanomaterials. This... [Read more ]

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March 12, 2014 Professional bodies
A standard project for beauty salons

Beauty therapist qualifications, client safety and satisfaction, salon hygiene… AFNOR has launched a public survey on standard project PR NF EN 16708 related to beauty salon services. Everyone is invited to read the text and give their opinion until April 10, 2014. [Read more ]

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February 19, 2014 Professional bodies
Spas: the first standard now available

The new voluntary standard NF X50-843 for wellness spas was drafted by industry stakeholders with a dual objective: to contribute the professionalization of these increasingly popular spaces and to guarantee consumers that they are provisioned with quality cosmetic products and high level care... [Read more ]

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December 17, 2013 Professional bodies
Cosmetics Europe: stop using MIT!

Cosmetics Europe, the European personal care professional association, published this recommendation to the industry on December 13: it should discontinue the use of the preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on skin cosmetics including cosmetic wet wipes. This standpoint was adopted... [Read more ]

October 16, 2013 Professional bodies
Cosmebio reporting for duty

On its tenth birthday, the Ecological and Organic Professional Association committed to release a Sustainable Report every year: a transparency approach to measure the commitment from its members and share the expertises while emphasizing fundamentals. The 2012 report topic was bio diversity,... [Read more ]

September 20, 2013 Professional bodies
Cosmetic short news: ?Belle et Bien? runs to fight cancer

Latest cosmetics news in brief: “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys Nickel - Triman postponed for a year - Deadline extended for comments of the SCCS Opinions on nanos - Revlon acquires The Colomer... [Read more ]

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September 17, 2013 Professional bodies
NAT: a logo for the natural cosmetic

What is a natural cosmetic? Due to the lack of any official definition, it is an elusive concept, somewhat similar to a disparate catch-all. However, the natural cosmetic is also a growing demand from the consumers. Thus, it will now have its own logo, after an information released on 10... [Read more ]

September 16, 2013 Professional bodies
Cosmetic short news: AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling

Latest cosmetics news in brief:AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys Nickel - Triman postponed for a year - Deadline extended for comments of the SCCS Opinions on nanos - Revlon acquires The Colomer Group - New Board of Directors, in Cosmebio -... [Read more ]

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August 7, 2013 Professional bodies
Internet: a standard for consumer reviews

AFNOR, on 4 July 2013, has published the first voluntary standard in the world, the NF Z74-501 standard, with an aim to make more reliable the consumer reviews on the Internet. Forty-three organisations have worked together for eighteen months to define the rules applicable to all the sites... [Read more ]