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Men Lose Economic Significance But Gain Importance as Shoppers and Consumers of Personal Care Products

October 11, 2010: 01:06 AM EST

While the decline in men's earning ability may affect others' view of their importance as partners or members of the family, marketers see men’s growing significance as consumers of personal care products. Seeing an increase in men as main shoppers in the last 18 to 24 months, Walmart set up sections for men’s personal-care products in 800 stores, and is planning to expand to its other branches. Some observers say an increase in socio-economic pressures on men is driving their interest in personal care products, with American men spending five times more on skin products today than they did 13 years ago. Unilever claims responsibility for two-thirds of the growth in men’s personal care outside shaving in the last five years.

Jack Neff, "Oh Man, Life May Be Tough but Marketers Still Love You", Advertising Age, October 11, 2010, © Crain Communications
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Sephora Launches iPhone App to Make Cosmetics Shopping a Pleasant Mobile Experience

October 7, 2010: 01:12 AM EST

Cosmetics retailer Sephora North America launched the Sephora to Go application for the iPhone, which allows users of Apple’s smartphone to access the m.sephora.com mobile commerce Web site. Designed for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad running the 3.1 or later version of the iOS operating system, the free app also includes features that let consumers buy, learn about new products, view instructional and product video clips, read product ratings and reviews, browse purchase records, view their Beauty Insider accounts, and create their own shopping lists.

"Sephora to Go iPhone App Launches to Enhance Mobile Shopping Experience", PR Newswire, October 07, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Procter & Gamble's New Factory in Urlati, Romania, Targets Hair Care Markets in Central and Eastern Europe

October 6, 2010: 01:53 AM EST

Procter and Gamble has opened its shampoo and hair conditioner factory Urlati, Romania. Equipped with four modern manufacturing lines, the factory, which took 10 months, 3,000 workers and more than $100 million in investments to build, will manufacture the Wash&Go, Head & Shoulders, and Pantene brands of hair care products. Part of P&G’s expansion into the Central and Eastern Europe’s emerging markets, the factory will employ 250 workers, mostly from the Urlati and Prahova areas, and with women accounting for about half of them. Over 90% of production will be exported to about 300 million consumers in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Turkey.

"Around 300M consumers to use products from P&G factory in Urlati", Actmedia, October 06, 2010, © Actmedia News Agency
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Science-Based Innovation Drives European Face Care Market; France Still Biggest Spender

October 5, 2010: 01:32 AM EST

New products that leverage biochemical and medical advances, and especially those that address aging are driving the face care market in Europe. Popular technologies include stem cell technology, DNA repair, peptide chains, and sirtuins. Mintel estimates that nearly two-thirds (62%) of French women use anti-wrinkle cream compared to 60% in Italy, 55% in Spain, 51% in the UK and 49% in Germany. European women are primarily concerned with fine lines and wrinkles (with a proportion that peaks at 63% in France and Spain), dark circles and bags under the eyes (peaking at 49% in Britain), sagging skin (43% in Germany) and stretch marks (45% in Italy). Mintel also estimates that the face care market in Europe’s five largest markets (France, Italy, Germany, UK and Spain) was €6.1 billion in 2009 and projects it will reach €6.5 billion by 2013. 

Vincent Gallon, "European facial skincare market capitalizes on advances in science", Premium Beauty News, October 05, 2010, © Premium Beauty News
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Fuzzy Science Behind Anti-Wrinkle Creams Doesn’t Impede Market Success

August 18, 2010: 01:47 AM EST
The science behind anti-wrinkle creams like StriVectin is a little woolly, but that doesn’t seem to retard their marketing success. Consumers looking to get rid of wrinkles and other skin imperfections are more than willing to accept claims that a cream is scientifically proven, whether or not it actually is. Catterton Partners, which acquired StriVectin in 2009, is about to unveil a new version of the cream that once claimed it was “Better than Botox” at smoothing wrinkles. The new slogan for the cream and related products is “More science. Less wrinkles,” though experts say they have yet to see much science backing that claim. The active ingredient is a niacin derivative that provides some beneficial effect to the skin, but is no replacement for retinoic acid (Retin-A), dermatologists say.
CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS, "Debating the Claims Behind Wrinkle Creams", New York Times , August 18, 2010, © The New York Times Company
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Sunscreen Ingredient Poses No Cancer Threat, Dermatologists Say

August 9, 2010: 11:37 AM EST
An analysis of available in vitro and animal studies by several dermatologists has found no evidence to support a recent warning from the Environmental Health Group that retinyl palmitate, a cosmetic ingredient in sunscreens, poses a risk of cancer. Dr. Steven Q. Wang said no clinical studies have been conducted on the potential of retinyl palmitate or other retinoids to cause cancer. But “observations from decades of clinical practice do not support the notion that retinyl palmitate in sunscreen causes or promotes skin cancer.” Sunscreens crucial for reducing skin cancer risk. Retinyl palmitate is FDA-approved for use in over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and is also used as a food additive. It serves as an antioxidant in sunscreens to mitigate the aging effects of UV exposure.
Steven Q. Wang, Stephen W. Dusza, Henry W. Lim, "Safety of retinyl palmitate in sunscreens: A critical analysis", Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, August 09, 2010, © American Academy of Dermatology
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Report Shows Cosmetics And Powdered Milk Lead Chinese Online Purchases Of Overseas Goods

August 9, 2010: 10:30 PM EST

According to an online survey  released by China Electronic Commerce Research Center, a third party non-profit organization, foreign market online transactions reached 78.2 billion yuan by the end of June 2010 and are expected to reach 110.3 billion yuan by the end of the year. The report, the “2010 Chinese e-commerce market data monitoring report", says that the most popular products are cosmetics and powdered milk, followed by bags, hats, clothing, electronics, high-end watches jewelry, food, personal sports equipment and overseas specialties.

Feng Yuan, "调查显示:消费者最爱从海外代购化妆品和奶粉", Xinghua newspaper network, August 09, 2010
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Though A Small Segment Of Beauty, Baby Care Is Proving To Be A Growth Industry

August 3, 2010: 03:12 AM EST
Despite the economic downturn, the baby care corner of the beauty products market outstripped the $7 billion beauty industry as a whole with seven percent growth in 2009, according to researcher Euromonitor. Global sales were concentrated (41%) in the more affluent countries of North America and Western Europe. Natural and organic products will contribute strongly to category growth in mature markets “as parents continue to trade up to higher-priced ‘free from’ products.” Experiencing the most consistent growth last year was baby sun care, which spiked four percent in North America. Other categories that performed well included natural baby care starter kits and baby hair care and toiletries. Baby skin care products will probably increase the most in value – an expected 23% rise worth $434 million.
Carrie Lennard, Euromonitor International, "Big Potential in Tiny Consumers", GCI Magazine, August 03, 2010, © Allured Business Media
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L'Oreal Joins YouTube Craze, Creates Beauty Channel

July 29, 2010: 03:56 AM EST

L'Oreal Paris has partnered with YouTube to build Destination Beauty, a video channel designed for supporters of the most popular beauty and personal care video bloggers. Part of a year-long marketing campaign co-designed by media agency Universal McCann, the channel will feature L'Oreal-sponsored content from partners, such as makeup experts like Lauren Luke and Kandee Johnson, as well as Seventeen Magazine. Supported by Google through ads on YouTube and the Google Display Network, the video channel is created in response to the explosion in beauty videos online — 15 of the most viewed channels on YouTube, which has recently reached the two-billion-views-daily milepost, are classified under the "Beauty" category. The channel will feature weekly videos of tips on beauty-related topics, and will include products from L'Oreal and its competitors.

Lisa Lacy , "L'Oreal Sponsors Beauty Channel on YouTube", clickz, July 29, 2010, © Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC
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People Turn To Food For Digestive Health, But Vitamins/Supplements For Immunity

July 28, 2010: 10:49 AM EST
A global survey by Ipsos Marketing has found that consumers are at least as interested, and sometimes more interested, in food and beverages promising better digestive health (38%), more energy (37%), weight loss (34%), and healthy blood sugar levels (34%) than in vitamins and supplements that make the same health and wellness claims. More than 21,000 consumers from 23 countries were interviewed for the study, which also found strong consumer interest in food and beverages that provided heart health, cancer prevention and better immunity. But consumers preferred vitamins and supplements for better immunity (41%), increased brain power (41%), bone and joint health (40%), cancer prevention (38%), hormonal balance (37%), and eye health (37%). Consumers looked to beauty and personal care products for skincare benefits, relaxation and stress relief.
Ipsos North America, "Food and Beverages Rival Vitamins and Supplements for Consumer Interest in Products that Improve Digestion, Energy, Weight and Blood Sugar Levels", Ipsos press release, July 28, 2010, © Ipsos North America.
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P&G Continues Push Into Emerging Markets; Seeks Low-Hanging Fruit In South Africa

July 26, 2010: 02:55 AM EST
As part of its effort to boost growth in emerging markets P&G will focus on products that competitors don’t already dominate. For instance, P&G entered South Africa offering hair, beauty and hygiene products, instead of competing with Unilever’s dominant laundry detergent products. Unilever lags behind P&G in annual sales but is more dominant in emerging markets, where growth is stronger. P&G’s Vice Chairman for household care, Dimitri Panayotopoulos, irked by the media reports that P&G lags in emerging markets, claims that times are changing. The company’s revenue from developing markets has doubled since 2004, and in December 2008 the company indicated that “almost all” of the new factories built through 2012 will be in the emerging markets of Africa and India.
MICHAEL BLEBY , "Procter & Gamble targets ‘low-hanging fruit’ in Africa", Business Day, July 26, 2010, © BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd
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Global Personal Care Leaders Seek To Duplicate China Success In India

July 22, 2010: 03:08 AM EST

After their success in China, global skincare brands now have their eyes focused on India’s skincare market, which grows 20-25% yearly. High-end vendor L’Occitane’s 51:49 joint venture deal with Kolkata-based Beauty Concepts illustrates this point. L’Occitane, however, is not alone, as Germany-based Beiersdorf, owner of the Nivea brand, aims to make China and India, along with Brazil and Russia, primary drivers of its planned sales expansion, while L’Oreal, which acquired British brand The Body Shop, is also working hard to expand its business in India. Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) controls the skincare market in India, where a fast growing middle class is flexing its purchasing strength and a growing mall culture has raised brand awareness. Local players including Dabur and Piramal Healthcare, however, are also doing their best to protect their shares of the market.

Anumeha Chaturvedi , "A Passage to Chindia ", Business Today, July 22, 2010, © India Today Group
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Oxygen Prevents Skin Damage From UVB Rays In Mouse Study

June 29, 2010: 02:13 PM EST
Although Japanese scientists admit it’s unclear what the implications are for humans worried about sun-aged skin, their study in mice has found that oxygen helped prevent wrinkle formation by lessening tissue damage done by ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The "sun-weathered" look from UVB radiation is caused by formation of new blood vessels from existing blood vessels in the skin, a process known as cutaneous angiogenesis. Hairless mice in the study were kept in an oxygen chamber after being exposed to UVB radiation from a special fluorescent lamp three times a week for five weeks. They developed fewer wrinkles and fewer signs of tissue damage than mice who were exposed to UVB radiation alone. The scientists said more study of the phenomenon is warranted.
Shigeo Kawada, Masaru Ohtani and Naokata Ishii, " Increased oxygen tension attenuates acute ultraviolet-B-induced skin angiogenesis and wrinkle formation", American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, June 29, 2010, © American Physiological Society
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La Prairie Eyes Pre-Crisis Growth By 2012 Driven By US And China

June 2, 2010: 01:21 AM EST

Beiersdorf’s luxury cosmetics maker, La Prairie, hopes to return to pre-crisis double digit growth by 2012 as the US and Chinese markets start to pick up. In 2009, La Prairie’s sales dropped by 8 percent to 375 million Swiss franc ($324.4 million), compared to the period 2005-2008 when it was growing twice as fast at the luxury cosmetics market that was growing at 7 to 8 percent annually. La Prairie, which is popular for its anti-aging products, some of which can run to $1,000, said it is counting on the US as well as emerging markets to drive future growth. Both markets contribute about 20 percent each to La Prairie’s annual sales with the bulk of its business coming from Europe, but over time this will change as Asian markets grow faster: the head of Shiseido, for instance, expects the high-end cosmetics market in China to grow up to 20 percent a year in the near term.

Eva Kuehnen, "La Prairie eyes pre-crisis growth by '12", Reuters, June 02, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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Skincare Ingredients Suppliers Busy As Consumers Focus On Protection, Rejuvenation

June 1, 2010: 03:38 AM EST
Though overall facial treatment sales, and premium product sales in particular, have declined in recent years, sales of anti-aging cosmetics are picking up as consumers seek to rejuvenate skin and smooth wrinkles and facial lines. Industry experts say a key reason for the staying power of anti-aging products is rising consumer awareness of the need to defend the skin from the negative effects of environmental stress, such as sunlight, pollution and smoking. Sunscreen is not enough to do the job, which is why active ingredient suppliers are focusing on oral and topical products containing antioxidants, d-alpha-tocopherol, ascorbic acid, retinoids and peptides. Suppliers are also offering new anti-aging actives that target men’s skin, as well as cellulite, wrinkling, and hair problems.
Tom Branna, Editorial Director, "All Things Active", Happi.com, June 01, 2010, © Rodman Publishing / HAPPI.
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Maintaining Customer Trust Is Crucial As Mineral Make-Up Products Proliferate

May 27, 2010: 03:21 AM EST
As more and more mineral make-up products arrive in the marketplace – there were 150 product launched in the U.S. alone in 2009 – cosmetics firms need to be sure they are not diluting public trust with inferior products. Datamonitor says, for example, that new products with low mineral content could end up being harming the credibility of the market category. With big companies like L’Oreal and Estée Lauder entering the market, competition is growing intense. Companies need to maintain customer trust by being completely up front about product ingredients and their benefits. Companies successful at building and maintaining customer trust have used tactics like selling mineral make-up products through the QVC shopping channel and infomercials, and by creating a presence on social media sites like Facebook.
Katie Nichol, "Consumer trust vital for mineral make-up brands in competitive market", Cosmetics Design, May 27, 2010, © Decision News Media SAS
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Cosmetics Industry Braces For Tougher FDA Enforcement Of Labeling Rules

May 24, 2010: 01:45 AM EST
The FDA is about to crack down on cosmetics importers whose product labels contain illegal drug claims. Just two months ago the agency added 93 cosmetics products and four companies to the so-called “Yellow List” of imported cosmetics deserving “intensive FDA surveillance,” such as more field examinations. “These additions to the alert show that FDA is getting serious,” said a former FDA official. The stepped-up enforcement means that cosmetics manufacturers and importers likely will see closer monitoring of labels for drug claims such as anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and sun protection factor (SPF). The FDA officials is apparently about to send out Warning Letters to remind companies of labeling compliance requirements for topical cosmetics and over the counter drugs and pinpoint products that could be considered misbranded or unapproved drugs.
"US FDA soon to initiate major enforcement action against cosmetics manufacturers with illegal “anti-ageing” labelling claims", Pharmabiz, May 24, 2010, © Saffron Media Pvt. Ltd.
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Shiseido Eyes Larger Chinese Market, Acquires HK Subsidiary

May 14, 2010: 02:46 AM EST

Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido will take over operations of its Hong Kong-based distributor Dah Chong Hong Cosmetics (SDC) to strengthen its foothold in the Chinese cosmetics market. SDC distributes Shiseido products in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. The acquisition is part of Shiseido’s three-year plan to become a top player in the global cosmetics industry. Shiseido said it’s eyeing stronger sales in China, which it considers a significant global cosmetics market.

"Shiseido to acquire 100% of its Hong Kong subsidiary", Premium Beauty News, May 14, 2010, © Premium Beauty News
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New Nivea For Men Product Puts Coenzyme Q10 To Work On Puffy Eyes

March 24, 2010: 01:08 AM EST
Nivea For Men has launched a men’s eye care product designed to “reduce the tell-tale signs of aging,” which can begin as early as age 20, according to the company: fine lines and dark circles and puffiness beneath the eyes. Revitalizing Q10 Eye Roller is effective at making tired men look as though they had a full night’s sleep, the company says. The new product uses while replenishing the skin’s own coenzyme Q10 to revitalize the look and feel of skin. The Q10 Eye Roller, which joins the Nivea For Men Q10 product line (shave gel, balm, and lotion), can be purchased at food, drug and mass retailers for $8.99 for .5 fl. oz (15 ml).
"NIVEA For MEN Rolls out Revitalizing Q10 Eye Roller Gel", Business Wire, March 24, 2010, © Business Wire
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Food Industry Embraces Food Additives, Thanks To Scientific Advancements

March 22, 2010: 04:14 AM EST
The diversity and quantity of fortified food products have grown dramatically in the last five years, thanks to advancements in additive science that have solved problems like objectionable flavors and odors, and made formulation easier. Formulation now requires less effort thanks to new matrices. Spray drying, for example, produces a starch matrix that enhances the fat solubility of vitamins A,D, E and K in water- and juice-based foods. And lipid encapsulation has made possible better tasting, healthier meal-replacement bars. The trendiest additives in the last five years? Vitamins C and E, thanks to their recognized antioxidant – and possibly cancer-prevention – properties; biotin, which has become a common ingredient in hair and skin care products; and inulin, now regularly used in vitamin-mineral premixes to boost food fiber content.
Vanessa Teter, "Food Fortification Trends", Natural Products Insider, March 22, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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Natural Soups, 3-Ply Bath Tissue Top NRI’s Lists Of Successful ‘09 Product Launches

March 22, 2010: 10:47 PM EST
Despite an uncertain economy in which consumers paid very close attention to what ended up ion their shopping carts, many companies were able to successfully introduce new food and non-food products in 2009. Information Resources, Inc., kept track of them, compiling two top-ten lists ranked by sales. The biggest achiever in the food category was Campbell’s Prize Harvest line of “100 percent natural” soups, a marketing coup after the company finally figured out how to touch base with its primary demo. Filling out the top five winners in the food category were Bud Light Lime from Anheuser-Busch, Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, Arnold Select Sandwich Thins and Dreyer’s/Edy’s Fun Flavors ice cream. King of the hill in the non-food category? Georgia-Pacific’s Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, the first three-ply bath tissue introduced in the U.S. market.
Elaine Wong and Todd Wasserman, "IRI's Top Launches of 2009", Brandweek, March 22, 2010, © Brandweek
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Emerging Nutricosmetics Industry Moving Forward With Superfruit-Based Skin Care Formulas

March 22, 2010: 04:07 AM EST
The successful use of so-called superfruits in natural products has caught the attention of the personal care and beauty industries, where the phenomenon is known as “nutricosmetics” or “beauty from within.” Anti-aging and beauty products that are ingested rather than topically applied increasingly include superfruit-derived ingredients, whose benefits are supported by scientific research. One company, for example (derma e), is using formulas based on: pomegranates to help prevent wrinkling and reduce free radical damage; grape seed oils to improve sun-aged skin; and cranberry oils to fight free radicals and hydrate skin. An industry executive cautioned, however, that companies need to hold superfruit-based products to the same high quality standards as other personal care products: including “sustainable harvesting, identifiable and researched phytochemical profile testing, and quality assurance compliance.”
Alissa Marrapodi , "Beauty Fruits—Superfruits for Skin Care", Inside Cosmeceuticals, March 22, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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Nano-Delivery Of Coconut Oil Compound Could Be Safer Acne Treatment

March 17, 2010: 09:59 AM EST
Lauric acid, found in both coconut oil and human breast milk, shows potential as a safer treatment for acne when carried by tiny "nano-bombs" to skin bacteria sites, new US research shows. The natural substance has a side benefit: it avoids the objectionable side effects like burning and inflammation of current acne treatments. Researchers developed a nano-scale delivery system that carries tiny lauric-acid-filled bubbles straight to acne-causing bacteria in the skin. Gold nanoparticles attached to the surfaces of the lauric-acid-filled nano-bombs (liposomes) prevent them from fusing and point them toward the acne-causing bacteria. When the liposomes reach the bacterial membranes, the gold nanoparticles drop off, freeing the liposomes to do their deadly work. Next step? "These nano-bombs are likely to be tested on humans in the near future," a researcher says.
Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, Sage Olson, Santosh Aryal, et al., "Stimuli-Responsive Liposome Fusion Mediated by Gold Nanoparticles", ACS Nano, March 17, 2010, © American Chemical Society
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Neurology Expert Offers “Sound” Advice To Advertisers

March 10, 2010: 11:57 PM EST
According to neurology authority Martin Lindstrom, advertisers who ignore the powerful impact of familiar sounds – laughing babies, sizzling steaks, vibrating cell phones – on the human mind are missing a big opportunity. Lindstrom, author of the bestseller Buyology, found significant resonance among volunteers whose responses to those everyday sounds were carefully measured. The volunteers also responded to sounds associated with popular brands, including Intel, McDonald's and Home Depot. Lindstrom wrote in Fast Company that the sounds push a button in consumers’ minds, activating responses such as joy or hunger. A practical application? Playing recognizable sounds like percolating coffee, for example, in a grocery store breakfast food aisle. Once marketers become aware of “the power of sound,” Lindstrom wrote, “it will be used to increase brand recognition in increasingly sophisticated ways."
Tom Ryan , "The Power of Everyday Sounds", Retailwire, March 10, 2010, © RetailWire LLC
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Jury Still Out On Whether Vitamin-Packed Skincare Products Treat Photoaging

March 1, 2010: 06:06 PM EST
Do vitamins really reduce the signs of sun-damaged skin? In a word, yes, but not necessarily when delivered in skincare products. According to a new U.S. study that examined the scientific literature, vitamins A, C, E and B3 prevent or reverse photoaging, the damage to skin caused by the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. But there is no solid evidence that these vitamins have any benefit when delivered in oral or topical skincare products. In skincare cosmeceuticals, vitamin C may actually dissolve when applied to the skin, one researcher noted. And no data support claims that vitamin C in skincare products improves skin wrinkling, discoloration and texture. “Consumers should understand … that skin care products with vitamins may not provide clinically meaningful improvement,” the researchers said.
Jamie Zussman MDa, Jennifer Ahdout MDa and Jenny Kim MD, PhDa, b , "Vitamins and photoaging: Do scientific data support their use? ", Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, March 01, 2010, © American Academy of Dermatology
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H&M Expands Commitment To Sustainability With Organic Skincare Products

February 25, 2010: 01:16 AM EST
Swedish clothing and cosmetics retailer H&M is expanding its commitment to organic products and sustainability with a new family of skincare offerings. Shower gel, body scrub, body lotion, hand cream and lip balm containing organic ingredients certified by Ecocert will begin appearing in the company’s 2,000 stores worldwide in March. Fragrances will be combinations of raspberry and melon or lavender and mint, while ingredients will include organic apple juice, sunflower and almond seed oils, jojoba and beeswax. The company says sustainability is a top priority: it plans to boost organic cotton use in its clothing lines by 50 percent a year until 2013.
"H&M to launch organic skincare range", Premium Beauty News, February 25, 2010, © Premium Beauty News
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Personal Care Companies Adjust Marketing Approach To Attract Men

February 24, 2010: 03:49 AM EST
Male grooming is a growing segment in the beauty market, attracting the attention of the mainstream personal care giants, but marketers have to be careful with their approach to male consumers. For example, men might be comfortable referring to products as skin care items, but not ‘beauty products’. Men are lazier shoppers than women, but they tend to be more loyal once hooked. It’s also important to keep the message simple, to use masculine terms (e.g. ‘male grooming’ and ‘guyliner’) and packaging (e.g. grey, black and brown), and to deliver the products in ways men are used to (e.g. pumps and tubes rather than jars). Men also want to know the benefit of the product. P&G’s Head & Shoulders “Endurance for Men” shampoo, for example, addresses a key male concern: thinning hair. P&G is also moving more male grooming advertising online, and sports sponsorship works better with men. Some companies, including P&G, are moving male products to separate aisles (the “men's zone”), and Sephora is to create a “men's corner” near the entrance. Some expect the men's makeup to be the next wave.
Marina Strauss, "Men's beauty industry pumps out big bucks", The Globe and Mail, February 24, 2010, © CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc.
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Childhood Behavior, Cognitive Functioning Associated With Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

January 28, 2010: 01:52 PM EST
Pregnant women who have been highly exposed to a substance commonly added to consumer products reported more disruptive and problem behaviors in their children, according to a U.S. study. Phthalates – found in cosmetics, fragrances, shampoos, lotions, and housing items like vinyl flooring – were measured in the urine of mothers in a health study during their third trimester of pregnancy. Interviews were conducted among the mothers when their 188 children were four to nine years old to assess behavior and cognitive functioning. Phthalate exposure was significantly associated with problems with aggression, conduct, and emotional control, scientists said.
Stephanie M. Engel, Amir Miodovnik, et al., "Prenatal Phthalate Exposure is Associated with Childhood Behavior and Executive Functioning", Environmental Health Perspectives, January 28, 2010, © National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
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Human Growth Hormone Has No Impact On Lifespan, Study Finds

January 27, 2010: 01:25 PM EST
Human growth hormone (HGH) supplements are widely advertised on the Internet as a life-extending miracle because they have been observed to reduce some physical signs of aging, including thinning skin and reduced muscle mass, among HGH-deficient individuals. But new research among a group of Brazilian dwarfs shows that their lifespan is the same as those whose bodies make normal amounts of the hormone. “Our results don’t seem to support the notion that lack of HGH slows or accelerates the aging process,” says a researcher. In fact, the study concludes, levels of HGH don’t affect lifespan either positively or negatively.
Manuel H. Aguiar-Oliveira, Francielle T. Oliveira, et al., "Longevity in Untreated Congenital Growth Hormone Deficiency Due to a Homozygous Mutation in the GHRH Receptor Gene", Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, January 27, 2010, © The Endocrine Society
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16 Functional Foods That Will Drive The Industry In 2010

January 26, 2010: 06:34 AM EST
The functional food industry is expected to grow by 56 percent through 2011, according to a nutrition market researcher, mainly because the baby boom generation takes an activist role in its own health, especially-age-related issues, while 18-29-year-olds (generations Y and Z?) focus on their energy levels and their appearance. Whatever is driving the overall growth, HealthFocus International says, 16 functional foods are sure to be in the mix when consumers seek food-related solutions to health issues. Among the 16: exotic spices, sweet potatoes, green herbs like rosemary and cilantro, “free” foods (i.e., gluten-free, fat-free, etc.), and immune system boosters like probiotics and antioxidants.
Sharon Palmer , "Top Functional Food Trends of 2010", Sharon Palmer Blog, January 26, 2010, via Sharon Palmer Blog, © Belvoir Media Group, LLC
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Grafts Enriched With Stem Cells From Fat Show Promise In Cosmetic Surgery

January 25, 2010: 08:30 AM EST
The use of fat grafts enriched with stem- and regenerative cells showed a doubling in retention of the cell-enriched grafts in mice, indicating potential applications in cosmetic surgery. According to the researchers, the results reinforce earlier scientific observations, as well as data from a clinical study, and support the possibility that stem cell-enriched fat grafts could someday be used successfully in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Graft retention was improved because the fat-derived stem cells promoted cell survival and rapid angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) in the graft through growth factor expression that also prevents cell death.
Zhu, Min MD, MS, Zhou, Zhengyu BS, et al., "Supplementation of Fat Grafts with Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cells (ADRCs) Improves Long-Term Graft Retention ", Annals of Plastic Surgery, January 25, 2010, © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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Ancient Egyptian Makeup May Have Guarded Against Eye Infections

January 21, 2010: 02:18 PM EST
The alluring eye makeup that gave Queen Nefertiti her legendary beauty also may have been used to help prevent or treat eye disease by doubling as an infection-fighter, analytical chemists have found. Eye infections caused by bacteria can be a serious problem in tropical marshy areas such as the Nile area during floods, the scientists said. Analyzing 52 samples of four lead-based substances from ancient Egyptian makeup containers, they found that the substances – two of which must have been synthesized by ancient “chemists” – significantly boosted skin cell nitric oxide, which revs up the immune system to help fight disease.
Christian Amatore, Philippe Walter, et al., "Finding Out Egyptian Gods’ Secret Using Analytical Chemistry: Biomedical Properties of Egyptian Black Makeup Revealed by Amperometry at Single Cells", Analytical Chemistry, January 21, 2010, © American Chemical Society
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Spain Set To Ban Prime Time TV Ads For Diet Foods, Beauty Products

January 20, 2010: 06:56 AM EST
Determined to eradicate young women’s eating disorders and improve mental health, Spain’s parliament is expected to pass a ban on pre-10:00 p.m. TV ads for diet products, some beauty treatments and plastic surgery, Advertising Age reports. Such ads are more dangerous for young people than commercials for alcohol, legislators feel, as young women become increasingly obsessed with weight and appearance. One expert said the goal is to slow the growth of anorexia and bulimia, and put a brake on plastic surgery for weight loss. Seven thousand TV ads that aired in 2008 would be banned under the pending law.
Emma Hall , "Spain to Ban Some Diet, Beauty TV Ads Before 10 P.M.", Advertising Age, January 20, 2010, © Crain Communications
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Microsphere Technology Permeates Food, Cosmetics Industries

January 19, 2010: 03:14 AM EST
Most big companies in the food and cosmetics are either using or exploring microsphere technology to enhance foods, fragrances, etc., according to this Forbes article. Made of polymers, starches or waxes, the tiny hollow orbs can be packed with flavors, vitamins, cooling compounds, scents, and much more. Energy bar manufacturers, for example, are using microspheres to protect Vitamin C freshness, which can dissipate when exposed to air. The only possible brake on the technology is the trend toward unadulterated, natural foods. But consumers also seek healthier foods and microspheres have a lot to offer on that score, Forbes says.
Osman Can Ozcanli, "Food That Can Think For Itself", Forbes.com, January 19, 2010, © Forbes.com LLC™
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Weight Loss Surgery Is Becoming More Accessible To Overweight Individuals

January 14, 2010: 11:18 PM EST
Usually considered a last-ditch effort for very obese people who needed to drop a lot of pounds, weight loss surgery is now becoming available to diabetics and people considered merely overweight. In the past, overweight people who wanted the surgery often had to bulk up to qualify. Now that’s all changing, and that’s good news for those whose only option was heading to potentially dangerous foreign clinics. Even so, experts warn, not all people interested in weight loss surgery make good candidates. They should consult a physician after they’ve tried and failed at exercising and regulating their diet.
Gina Roberts-Grey, "Weight loss surgery isn't just for the obese anymore", Wallet Pop, January 14, 2010, © Weblogs, Inc
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To Attract A Man, Ladies, Skip The Chanel And Go “Au Naturel”

January 13, 2010: 09:22 AM EST
Is it possible that women who want to attract a man should forgo chic fragrances and go "au naturel"? Though it’s questionable whether women would buy into it, new research says yes. In two U.S. studies, women wore tee shirts during phases of their menstrual cycles. Male volunteers later sniffed the shirts, while a control group sniffed unworn shirts. Analyzing saliva samples, researchers found that testosterone levels of the men who smelled the shirts of ovulating women were higher than those of the control group. The men even rated the shirts worn by ovulating women as the most pleasant smelling.
Saul L. Miller and Jon K. Maner, "Scent of a Woman: Men’s Testosterone Responses to Olfactory Ovulation Cues", Psychological Science, January 13, 2010, © Association for Psychological Science
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Flavanol-Rich Cocoa Shows Promise As A Skin-Care Ingredient

January 11, 2010: 08:10 AM EST
Cocoa, which has high levels of the antioxidant flavanol, offers some significant health benefits for the skin and its “potential in skin care formulas is promising,” according to this Inside Cosmeceuticals look at recent research on the subject. A 2006 study, for example, found that cocoa powder helped protect the skin from sun damage, improved blood circulation, and reduced roughness and scaling. A 2009 study found that consumption of chocolate rich in flavanols – but not conventional chocolate – protects the skin from sun damage. Another study, however, determined that cocoa butter did not prevent stretch marks in pregnant women.
"Sweetening Up For Healthy Skin", Inside Cosmeceuticals, January 11, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC.
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Unilever Builds European Personal Care Business, While Trimming Food Business

December 2, 2009: 05:30 AM EST
Unilever, which according to this Financial Times article sees personal care as a key area of expansion, is apparently ready to downsize its European food business with the sale of its US$1.1 million frozen food business known as Findus Italy, which makes ready meal versions of several Italian dishes. Private equity owned frozen food rivals Birds Eye Iglo and the Findus Group seem to be the main suitors in the deal, the Times says. Unilever recently acquired Sara Lee’s European personal care business as well as salon hair care brands from the Toni & Guy chain.
Martin Arnold and Jenny Wiggins, "Unilever to offload Italian frozen food unit", The Financial Times Limited , December 02, 2009, © The Financial Times Limited
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Booming Indian Cosmetics Market Attracts Major International Players

September 7, 2009: 03:48 AM EST
With the Indian cosmetic industry in high gear, foreign brands are making forays into the subcontinent despite stiff competition from established players like Hindustan Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Emami, and others. International firms like the Body Shop, Colorbar Cosmetics and Estée Lauder are each taking different approaches to the Indian market. Body Shop’s strategy is two-fold: cut prices and make franchise arrangements. U.S.-based Colorbar and France’s Estée Lauder are opening retail outlets and stores. But an executive at Emami offers a word of caution to the new entrants: "Pricing continues to be a major factor …"
Sobia Khan , "Cosmetic cos look to India for facelift ", DNA - Daily News & Analysis, September 07, 2009, © Diligent Media Corporation Ltd
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Elizabeth Arden Finds Fertile Ground In The Largely Untapped Chinese Market

September 7, 2009: 03:53 AM EST

The cosmetics market in China is projected to grow 12.5 percent annually through 2012, a fact not lost on Elizabeth Arden Inc., which has already captured one percent of the market. The company has makeup and skin-care counters in 77 cities, including all of the country’s biggest and a sizable number in the second-tier. Execs say they’re not worried about lower-priced competition or a cultural distrust of synthetic ingredients. But the company is adjusting its marketing strategy for Chinese consumers, according to this report: focusing on skincare products, establishing “first-touch” counters, and offering skin whitening and anti-aging products.

Si Tingting , "Cosmetics Firm Expands In China ", Xinhua.net, September 07, 2009, © Xinhua News Agency
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Marketers Of Body Wash Wooing Men With Multifunction Products

September 7, 2009: 03:46 AM EST
It’s been a tough challenge for marketers of body wash: how to woo men away from their handy, reliable, and masculine bar soap. But Nivea thinks it has the answer in the form of a multifunction body wash that can be used as a shampoo and a shaving gel. According to the company, convenience is the key attraction of multifunction formulas for men, many of whom like to shave in the shower. The next big marketing hurdle is convincing guys to use the dainty “pouf,” a nylon webbing sponge that uses twice as much liquid soap as the hands.
Andrew Adam Newman, "Adding a Masculine Edge to Body Wash", The New York Times, September 07, 2009, © The New York Times Company
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Consumer Product Makers And Retailers Adapt To More Prudent Grocery Shoppers

September 5, 2009: 04:44 AM EST
Though the word out of Washington is that the recession is easing, cautious consumers – battered daily by news of layoffs, pay cuts, and continuing financial industry woes – continue to search for ways to trim their grocery bill. The attitude shift toward smarter shopping is a trend experts believe will endure, even after the crisis has passed. In the meantime, consumer products makers like Procter & Gamble and retailers like Krogers are adapting to the new reality. P&G is cutting prices in various ways, like couponing, while Krogers is enhancing and emphasizing the value of its private-label brands.
David Holthaus , "P&G, Kroger aim at choosy buyers ", The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 05, 2009, © The Enquirer
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J&J Pounces On Market Opportunity For Skin Care Products In India

September 3, 2009: 02:17 AM EST
Indian women are increasingly concerned about skin protection, multinational personal care products giant Johnson & Johnson has found. And it is wasting no time in taking advantage of that nugget of marketing intel. The company recently launched 22 skin care products under the "Neutrogena” brand in the country, and plans to keep its finger on the market pulse to determine future product introductions. With a goal of reaching the top echelon of skin care product providers in India, J&J has “several market opportunities lined up,” a marketing exec says.
"Johnson & Johnson expands portfolio", The Hindu Business Line, September 03, 2009, © The Hindu Business Line
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P&G’s Product Research Roots Dig Deeply Into North East UK

September 3, 2009: 03:34 AM EST
Tiny Longbenton in the North East of England, with a population somewhere under 10,000, has become a critical – and apparently recession-proof – research & development center for Procter & Gamble. The Newcastle Technical Centre (NTC), with 320 staffers, focuses mainly on developing new products in the laundry and dish washing powders space. Companies often trim R&D to cut expenses during hard economic times. But not P&G. Despite the global slump, P&G has no plans to scale back at the NTC. “P&G … prides itself on not making knee-jerk reactions on cutting R&D,” says the NTC site leader.
Karen Dent, "From soap in the city to consumer products leader", nebusiness, September 03, 2009, © ncjMedia Limited
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Russian Beauty Product Market Is Growing, And Evolving

September 3, 2009: 05:26 AM EST
The $9 billion beauty products market in Russia remains solid, with remarkable growth in the upscale, luxury sector, and retail soaring by as much as 40 percent a year. But over the past ten years shopping habits have evolved with market growth. Once sold mainly in kiosks, open-air markets, and department stores, beauty products are now purchased more in specialty stores, or via direct selling and pharmacies. New selling channels have emerged as well, including hypermarkets, the Internet and drogeries (i.e., pharmacies that sell cosmetics).
Greg Grishchenko, "Facing Challenges, Russian Beauty Maintains Potential", GCI Magazine , September 03, 2009, © Allured Business Media
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Beauty Retailer Boots Incurs Rancor Of Suppliers For Unapproved Product Stocking

September 2, 2009: 04:29 AM EST
Pharmacy-based U.K. health and beauty retailer Boots has drawn the wrath of premium skincare brand Dermalogica for allegedly stocking its products without authorization, a charge Boots calls defamatory. According to this MarketingMagazine.co.uk report, Dermalogica, which protects its brand equity by selling only at salons and spas, is not only weighing legal action, it is offering a £500 bounty for information about where Boots is obtaining the products. This is the second time Boots has been in hot water over this issue. An earlier occurrence involved allegedly unauthorized stocking of Paul Mitchell luxury hair care products.
Amy Golding, "Dermalogica runs ad attacking Boots for stocking products without permission ", marketingmagazine.co.uk, September 02, 2009, © Haymarket Media
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Dark Chocolate’s Flavanols Protect The Skin From Sun Damage

September 1, 2009: 08:22 PM EST
Science has been gradually uncovering the health benefits of dark chocolate’s flavanol antioxidants: lowering the risk of blood clots, protecting against colon cancer, reducing the chances of dying from heart disease, etc. A new U.K. study has added another benefit – namely, protecting the skin from the aging effects of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For three months, 15 participants ate dark chocolate very high in flavanol each day and 15 others ate chocolate low in flavanol. All were exposed regularly to UV light. Those who ate high-flavanol chocolate tolerated lengthier doses of UV light before their skin became sunburned.
Stefanie Williams, MD, et al. , "Eating chocolate can significantly protect the skin from UV light", Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 01, 2009, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Thai Firm’s Shampoo Line Targets P&G, Unilever In East Asia

September 1, 2009: 01:58 AM EST
The Thailand subsidiary of Japan’s Kao Corporation is falling in line strategically with its parent company by unveiling a new line of shampoos to the East Asian marketplace. Kao Commercial is focusing on capturing market share from Procter & Gamble and Unilever with its hair-care and skin-care products, which apparently have already done well in Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and are expected to succeed also in Thailand. Kao will spend about 150 million baht (US$4.5 million) to promote its new premium hair-care line for damaged hair.
Pitsinee Jitpleecheep, "Split ends offer future gains", Bangkok Post, September 01, 2009, © The Post Publishing Public Company Limited
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