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Estee Lauder Companies collaborates with East Harlem students on responsible beauty

A network of all-girls public schools, The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS), strives to help young females with learning and leadership skills. The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) shares its values with TYWLS as it aims to nurture young females throughout the global community. ELC and YWLS’s programme saw 85 12th students at TYWLS of East Harlem take part in an activity known as ‘Project Beauty: The Beauty of Responsibility’, a yearly creative task where participants develop a cause-relate

Creso Pharma and Zhejiang enter Chinese cosmetics market

A subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed group, Kingdom Group, the company specialises in hemp and flax-based linen production and is now turning its attention to promoting health care, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and body care items. This new collaboration with the HK $623.38 mn (€67.2 mn) capped company provides Creso with the opportunity to access and gain a foothold in the Chinese health, personal care and cosmetics sectors. The duo has struck up a mutually-beneficial agreement as this partnership w

Azafran Innovacion releases new sun care range

The new range was unveiled on the 28th November 2017 to correspond with Azafran Innovacion’s plans to breaks out into the protective skin care sector with its latest offering. Its sun care offering boasts two variants: D’Fend SPF Crème in SPF 30 and SPF 50. Hailed by Azafran Innovacion as “a sun warrior”​, the sunscreen has been formulated for daily use. Moving into the sun care sphere, Azafran Innovacion’s collection offers “high broad-spectrum” sun protection against harmful UVB and UVA rays

Anti-pollution part 2: Lessons Asia can teach Europe

Alternatively, pollution has “only relatively recently become part of the conversation for European consumers”.​ This may appear surprising as even though some companies have had anti-pollution products for years, Rudd relayed that it is “only now that such products are having any real impact”.​ Demonstrating the appeal and opportunity in the European market, Rudd revealed that only 4% of French consumers and 6% of Germans state that pollution is not an issue in their country today. Although t

Gouda strikes deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance

On 6th December 2017, the large retail pharmacy, health and “daily living destination”​ announced it had reached an agreement with China National Accord Medicines to enter into an investment deal with its subsidiary enterprise, Sinopharm Holding Guoda Drugstores. The subsidiary operates throughout China and also boasts franchising retail pharmacies across the country. The alliance was made after a public tender process. The accepted bid will see Walgreens Boots Alliance take a 40% minority sta

Anti-pollution part 1: Asia surpasses Europe for product launches

Global market intelligence agency, Mintel, notes how Asia surpasses Europe when it comes to the number of anti-pollution products entering the skin care market. Vivienne Rudd, Director of Global Innovation and Insight, Beauty & Personal Care, at Mintel, comments that a heightened level of awareness has successfully contributed to this: “Asian consumers have been aware of the link between pollution and skin damage for much longer than Western consumers, so the anti-pollution skincare market is m

Asia leads global skin care sales, Euromonitor International reports

Face moisturisers remain the biggest segment of the Asian beauty products industry, currently sitting at a value of nearly $19bn (€16.4 bn). Between 2012-2017, face masks have achieved a CAGR of over 13%, accounting for $5bn ($4.3bn) of sales, and is a popular choice for cosmetics shoppers. The mass skin care sector has grown at 6% CAGR over this same period of time, which has had a detrimental impact on the premium skin care category’s market share. With the skin care industry drawing scores

Kanebo to welcome new president in the New Year

This structural change will come into force as of 1st January 2018, following a discussion at the General Meeting of Shareholders, which is scheduled to take place on 27th December 2017. Kanebo’s announcement marks a pivotal strategic change in the company’s determination to reach its next stage of growth. As such, the Kao-owned Japanese cosmetics name will change its existing president, representative director and executive officers in time for the new year. As reported on 1st December 2017

Surfactants play a “crucial role in cosmetics development”

This new technology allows versatility in mixing oil and water, as it enables cosmetic companies to use oil and its composition ratio for emulsification without using surfactants. As traditionally, surfactants are used in the conventional emulsification technology, Shiseido's formulation finding provides an alternative to conventional emulsification activities. Shiseido hopes that this new technology will introduce innovative cosmetics formulations including “sunscreen with a dewy refreshing te

Dr. Tvacha Clinic strives for Indian Beauty and Wellness leadership space

Dr. Tvacha Clinic offered its expertise in the skin care sector at the recent FBB Colours Femina Miss India pageant located at Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China. It provided its beauty and wellness services to the annual event, which sees a range of beauty-inspired services contribute to the Miss India contest and its presence on an international stage. The clinic, which focuses on the medical beauty fields of cosmetology, trichology, and skin aesthetics, seeks to build its place in the Indian

in-cosmetics Asia marks 10th anniversary with over 10,000 unique attendees

As 2017 was a celebration of the beauty and personal care conference and exhibition’s 10th birthday, the hosts saw a record number of 10,302 industry formulators and developers from all over the globe. This figure represents an increase of 17% attendees compared to 2016, who travelled to Bangkok, Thailand, to learn more about the latest market ingredients and leading trends. Visitors from a total of 74 countries entered in-cosmetics Asia’s doors, including Asia’s beauty championing nations: Ch

Cosmax Bio signs MOU with Jeonnam Bioindustry

Cosmax Bio which explores skin care, make up, hair care, functional cosmetics, fragrance and sheet masks, will work with Jeonnam Bioindustry to develop health functional foods and medicines using natural products. Cosmax Bio, led by CEO Kim Ji-hyeong, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jeonnam Biotechnology Promotion Centre for joint drug development. Through this recent collaboration and the use of domestic native plants, the duo will focus on commercialisation in the g

ADA Cosmetics acquires RDI Malaysia

Taking effect immediately, ADA Cosmetics International (ADA), announced that its recent acquisition of RDI Malaysia represents its efforts to continue its “focused, growth-oriented expansion”.​ ADA hopes that this strategic investment will support and bolster its position within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) marketplace and help it market its name as a leading provider of soap dispensers, shampoos, shower gels, massage oils, conditioners, and body lotions for hotel and spa facilities. Located in Kua

Tekni-Plex starts production at China manufacturing facility

Production has begun at Tekni- Plex's new manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, near Shanghai. A grand opening event will take place on 19th September 2017. As Tekni-Plex celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, the producer committed $15 mn (€12.4 mn) investment, to increase the Chinese facility's capabilities. These additional resources aim to help the growing needs of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) personal care and pharmaceutical markets. The facility is designed to provide medical tubing solu

Alibaba teams up to remove counterfeit products

Not only are counterfeit beauty goods proving to be a prevalent and ongoing issue in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and in turn, adversely affected brands' reputations, but worryingly, counterfeit cosmetics are also proving damaging to consumers’ health and wellbeing.​ As a result, Alibaba and Kering have joined forces to stamp out the presence of fake goods, both online and offline, to protect the intellectual property rights of genuine labels. Global luxury group, Kering, houses high-end fash

Urban skin stress technology part I: Entering the next era

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 90% of the global population is exposed to pollution levels that exceed WHO guidelines [1], cosmetics companies are creating next-generation pollutant protective products. Anti-pollution and anti-ageing items in the cosmetics and personal care sectors continue to dominate brand innovations, marketing strategies and formulation plans. Sagentia highlights common skin conditions associated with pollution, including skin irritation, chemic

Johnson & Johnson launches Singapore QuickFire Challenge

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, a division of Johnson & Johnson (China), announced a collaboration with Singapore’s leading Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s ETPL, through its Diagnostics Development Hub, and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Focusing on cutting-edge technology, the Singapore QuickFire Challenge centres on metabolic disease innovation to help consumers in APAC find solutions to health concerns including diabetes and obesity. The internationa

P&G pledges $30 million commitment to female-owned enterprises in India

The multinational consumer goods company will be focusing on utilising the products and services of these Indian female-owned organisations over the course of the next three years. This latest initiative supports P&G’s existing global plan to advocate and proactively support improved gender equality in alignment with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, revealed the Press Trust of India. By supporting Indian females in this way, P&G’s $30 mn (€24 mn) engagement with these compani

Shiseido puts the spotlight on innovation with Posme

Shiseido is set to unveil its latest open innovation project, Posme, on 26th January 2018, where it will launch eight colours from its Play Color Chip product line. The company’s multi-use colour item, Play Color Chip, will be the first item released by Posme. A key part of the range’s appeal comes from its functionality as it can be used in a variety of ways, including for the eyes, cheeks, lips or eyebrows. Communication was made and market research was conducted with over 150 high school gi

Singapore welcomes Brands for Good initiative

The inaugural event will be sponsored by prominent banking group, Maybank, and leading e-commerce global trading platform, BBX. The event has received support from other partners including IPOS Society and non-profit organisation The Rice Company. Other organisations including the Asia Pacific CSR Council and the Singapore International Foundation have also backed the sustainability drive. Brands for Good has been established in collaboration with non-profit organisation B Lab, which provides
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