Industry News

26 June, 2019

by Humankind Signals the Rise of 'Clean Packaging'

Clean ingredients and formulations are among the most sought-after aspects that 2019 shoppers seek out when perusing the beauty and personal care aisle. These same shoppers are taking the packaging housing clean beauty products just as seriously as what goes into them.

23 June, 2019

L’Oréal invests in biotech plastics recycling initiative

Yesterday, the beauty maker announced its minority stake investment in Carbios, a green chemistry company working to solve environmental sustainability problems in manufacturing. The funds will help the company move its PET recycling technologies closer to industrial scale.

11 June, 2019

ADF&PCD New York Innovation Awards accepting entries

The annual packaging awards event for fragrance, personal care, cosmetics, and aerosol products coincides with the ADF&PCD tradeshow. The show and awards celebration will take place in mid-September. And in preparation, the event organizers are accepting entries of new product packaging from finished goods brands though the end of the month.

29 May, 2019

Herbal Essences Partners with TerraCycle

Herbal Essences is the latest brand to team up with TerraCycle, in an effort to make its line of hair care products nationally recyclable. For every pound of hair care packaging waste sent to teracycle through the Herbal Essences Recycling Program, collectors can earn $1 to donate to the non-profit, school or charity of their choice.

29 May, 2019

Herbal Essences and TerraCycle Create the Brand’s First-Ever Beach Plastic Bottle

Each year, upwards of 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in rivers, lakes and oceans, harming the plant and wildlife that make up these naturally diverse environments. To celebrate World Water Day, Herbal Essences has teamed up with an innovative waste management company, TerraCycle, to create recyclable shampoo and conditioner bottles made of 25% beach plastic. This partnership is just one step in helping TerraCycle advance their mission to eliminate the idea of waste and bring awareness to the plastic pollution in our waterways.

29 May, 2019

Ocean plastic: will more packaging companies take the plunge?

While environmental organisations slowly pick away at the plastic icebergs clogging up the ocean, companies on land are seeking to reintroduce the fruit of their hauls back into the supply chain. What are the current challenges involved in using reclaimed ocean plastic in packaging and will more companies move into the field in the future?

23 May, 2019

Natura & Co Acquires Avon

Beauty news sites have already been buzzing with the news, but now it's official - Natura & Co has announced in a press release that it is acquiring Avon Products, Inc.

7 May, 2019

Kylie Jenner Momager kit for mothers’ day

“Kylie Cosmetics has launched a new 'Momager' Kit, just in time for Mother's Day, exclsively at Ulta. The line is dedicated to Kris Jenner, Kylie's mom

Kyle Cosmetics' 'Kris Kollection' also inlcudes the Kris Palette, sold online at Kyle Cosmetics. It isfilled with pressed powder. It includes two highlighters, a pearlized blush, and a matte blush.“

April 30, 2019

Sustainable Packaging Can Be a Beautiful Thing

The simple fact is that the beauty industry—brand owners, formulators, designers, packaging manufacturers and retailers—has been slow to grasp some of its uglier impacts. The circular economy, ensuring that zero resources go to waste, simply hasn’t been front of mind.

April 25, 2019

L’Oréal’s Sustainability Strides: By the Numbers

“Climate change is a major concern for the world, and its consequences call for urgent action. The L’Oréal Group aims to play a leading role in driving efforts to meet this challenge,” said Alexandra Palt, chief corporate responsi­bility officer. “Companies need to get involved, and we should be judged on the merits of our actions and results.”

April 25, 2019

Coty and Marc Jacobs renew ten-year fragrance licence partnership

The two have worked together on the Marc Jacobs fragrance portfolio for a decade,  with the Daisy Marc Jacobs pillar being the fastest growing franchise among the top 10 US women’s fragrances in 2018.

April 18, 2019

Aptar Pharma announces FDA approval of nasal spray device

“We are pleased that Aptar Pharma’s Bidose nasal delivery device has been approved by the FDA for this breakthrough therapy in the field of depression,” explained Gael Touya, president of Aptar Pharma.

April 9, 2019

The refillable solution conquers premium skincare

As demand for environmentally friendly products is increasingly growing, refills are gradually conquering the skincare category, up to the luxury sector. Several examples illustrate this trend, strategically associating premium codes with a new conception of packaging. L’Oréal views the concept as the next market reality, and suppliers have been diversifying their offerings.

April 5, 2019

Thomson Print & Packaging invests in new Heidelberg press

The new printing press part of the company’s strategy to invest in new print technology. . Four years ago it stepped up to B2 production with a Speedmaster XL 75-5+LX and two years ago it upgraded its digital printing with a Versafire CV.

April 5, 2019

Pernod Ricard to ban single-use plastic and use 100% recyclable packaging

The global drinks giant has launched it 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility roadmap as part of the group’s strategic ‘Transform & Accelerate’ plan.

April 3, 2019

WaveGriop Sleek Multi-Packing Solution: WaveGrip

WaveGrip announced it has launched its latest carrier innovation for the growing number of slimmer, sleek style cans, which are now increasingly popular across a variety of alcoholic and soft beverages.  The new WaveGrip Sleek is value-engineered to be lighter but stronger, while securely collating cans to the rigorous standards required in the retail sector.

March 27, 2019

Aerosol industry, new record filling figures for 2018

Statistics announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) reveal 1.566 billion cans were filled in 2018, an increase of 4.5 million units filled compared to the previous year.

February 27, 2019

Amazon continues to attract indie beauty brands

This month, Pour Moi Skincare announced plans to start selling on the multinational ecommerce platform—a move that more and more cosmetics and personal care startups are making since Amazon launched its dedicated indie beauty shop last summer.

February 27, 2019

Lisa M. Edwards to join board of directors at Colgate-Palmolive

The Salesforce executive will take her seat at the table March 1st; and later this year 2 board members will retire. The leadership changes come at a time of transition for Colgate: the consumer products company’s next CEO takes his post in April.

February 21, 2019

Revlon launches empowering new campaign named ‘I Can. So I did.’

Revlon has unveiled its new campaign named ‘I Can. So I Did’, which aims to empower women while promoting its new PhotoReady Candid collection.

February 14, 2019

Coverpla now offers eco-friendly standard perfume bottles

The France-based company is extending its eco-friendly offer by partnering with Bormioli Luigi on the development of the Ecoline range. The approach serves several purposes: reducing packaging weight and carbon footprint through rechargeable and easily recyclable perfume bottles.

February 14, 2019

Quirky, playful cartons dazzle for Harvey Nichols’ Valentine’s Day truffles

Harvey Nichols characterizes itself as the U.K.’s premier luxury fashion retailer, with its stores including food markets, restaurants, cafes, bars, and brasseries. For last-minute gifting, the stores carry a line of five boxes of Valentine’s Day truffles, designed by creative and strategic branding partnership Smith&+Village.

February 14, 2019

Sustainable shoppers drive certified naturals and organics market to an all-time high, says Soil Association

‘Conscious consumerism’ has created a boom in demand for natural and organic products, according to the Soil Association, with sales of these items said to be at an all-time high.

February 5, 2019

Eco-friendly solutions unveiled at Paris packaging event

While the tail end of January saw North America grapple with a polar vortex, Europe was also hit by a cold snap, and visitors to ADF&PCD Paris, which ran from 30-31 January at Porte de Versailles, had to contend with overnight snowfall. No one seemed deterred, however.

January 23, 2019

AS Watson opens first Vietnam store; plans 50 more

Hong Kong’s Watsons has opened its first store in Vietnam, according to a report published by Nikkei Asian Review.
The new Ho Chi Minh City store, which is situated within the Bitexco Financial Tower stocks more than 6,000 SKUs and boasts a make-up counter where shoppers can trial products and seek advice on application and selection.

January 22, 2019

Does Hot Melt Tamper Evidence Raise the Bar for Pharma?

The Falsified Medicines Directive, coming into force in February, requires European pharmaceutical manufacturers to adapt their packaging lines to guarantee that every box is safely closed until it reaches the consumer's hands. Cinfa – the Spanish-based pharma giant – spoke to Packaging Europe about its reading of the demands of the FMD and tamper evidence, and their recent collaboration with Valco Melton.

January 21, 2018

Highland Spring to roll out 100% recycled plastic eco bottle

Following a successful 2018 trial, the Highland Spring eco bottle will launch this month will join the existing Highland Spring natural source water range, where all bottles are 100% recyclable.

January 21, 2019

Lush opens UK’s first plastic-free cosmetics store

Lush has opened the UK’s first plastic packaging-free cosmetics shop on Market Street, Manchester.

January 15, 2019

Arden Software launches enhanced product for Braille inspection

Arden Software has launched an enhanced product to inspect the quality of Braille on packaging.
The global software company, which specialises in CAD and CAM software for the print and packaging industry, is now supplying DotScan technology to the packaging sector.

January 9, 2019

ADF&PCD Paris 2019 | Decorative finishes and smart technology from Crown

Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging Europe is to showcase packaging that helps brands differentiate themselves on the shelf, as well as harnessing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT).

December 21, 2018

Easyfairs to launch PLD (Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks) alongside ADF&PCD in Paris

Easyfairs is launching a new exhibition in Paris 2020. PLD - Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks, will hold its first edition on 29 & 30 January 2020 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles and will be co-located with ADF&PCD, the exhibition dedicated to the packaging of perfumes and cosmetics, as well as to aerosol and dispensing systems. PLD is addressing professionals involved in the creation of packaging for premium and luxury wines, spirits and soft drinks.

December 18, 2018

Easyfairs announces the launch of PLD – Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks alongside ADF&PCD in Paris

The first edition of the event will take place on 29 & 30 January 2020 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles and will be co-located with ADF&PCD, the world’s biggest exhibition for the packaging design and development community in the perfume, cosmetics, aerosol and dispensing markets.

December 7, 2018

Shiseido appoints Morgan Tan SVP Prestige Brands Division China

Shiseido has announced the promotion of Morgan Tan to Senior Vice President of Prestige Brands Division in the China region.

November 19, 2018

Stop selling illegal cosmetics: Amazon and eBay sent open letter from 50 NGOs

The Mercury Policy Project, together with 50 NGOs from around the world has sent an open letter to both Amazon and eBay calling for the e-commerce platforms to cease their sale of illegal cosmetics.

October 9, 2018

Unilever Backs Animal Testing Ban on Cosmetics

Unilever has announced its support for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics. The move is part of the company’s collaboration with Humane Society International (HSI). Unilever will support HSI’s global #BeCrueltyFree initiative, a campaign which promotes legislative reform in key beauty markets to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and trade, consistent with the EU model.

October 8, 2018

Shares in luxury beauty firms fall as China cracks down on imports

China’s border guards have managed to wipe significant value from multinational behemoths Kering, LVMH and Shiseido after videos of luxury goods being seized at the border and a tax receipt levying CNY 17,100 in import duties on make-up  went viral, according to a report published by Bloomberg.

October 8, 2018

From Clean Beauty to Committed Beauty

The demand for healthy and eco-conscious products is taking the industry by storm. Fifty-two percent of consumers now check products for sustainable claims and 65% of global sales are generated by brands with social or environmental values, according to a report from Nielsen.

October 3, 2018

Kosé expands J-beauty footprint in France with Paris multi-brand store

Back in October 2017, the luxury Japanese skin care company first launched into Europe with Décorté via Selfridges, LondonJapanese skin care company Kosé has chosen Paris, France, for the site of a new concept store, Maison Kosé.

August 22, 2018

Coty reports lowered Q4 results due to impact of trucker strike in Brazil

Coty has reported lowered Q4 results after a trucker strike in Brazil affected supplies to retailers in May and June.

The company missed sales forecasts, with net revenue rising nearly 3 percent to $2.299 billion, falling short of the FactSet consensus of $2.315 billion.

August 8, 2018

Estée Lauder beauty brand achieves record global sales

The Estée Lauder beauty brand achieved record global sales in fiscal 2018, up 22%.

The brand helped parent company Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) achieve its highest sales figure to date, delivering one of its best performances in the last decade.

August 21, 2018

Barry M reveals new liquid glitter Sparkle Drops

Colour cosmetics brand Barry M is preparing to release its new Sparkle Drops product on 19 September. Customers will be able to find the products in Superdrug stores across the UK.

August 8, 2018

Naturally Serious Skincare Launches at Sephora

The collection, created by industry veteran June Jacobs, features the 'Clean at Sephora' seal - and its 'packaging' is green.

Naturally Serious, a new skincare brand, has launched exclusively at Sephora.
The products are formulated with naturally-derived ingredients and feature a revolutionary preservative-free antimicrobial complex of natural acids that prolong shelf life without the use of harsh preservatives.

August 2, 2018


French beauty brand L’Oréal has announced the acquisition of Logocos Naturkosmetik, a German beauty brand that sells vegan and organic beauty products. Picking up on a current ‘major beauty ascending trend’, according to Alexis Perakis-Valat, L’Oréal President of the consumer products division, the acquisition of Logocos Naturkosmetik pushes the company into the vegan beauty market, with all Logocos brands being vegan and bio certified.

August 1, 2018

SK Chemicals launches transparent bio-plastic

South Korea’s SK Chemicals has unveiled Ecozen HF, a bio-copolyester range, especially suited to the aerosol industry. The range is claimed as a suitable alternative for aluminium, glass and PET wherever heat and pressure resistance combined with transparency is required.Germany-based raw materials specialist Velox will provide Ecozen HF in nearly all European countries.

July 29, 2018


in-conversation with … a business podcast series  from Global Cosmetics News features a panel discussion about interesting things with interesting people all whom just happen to have a connection with the cosmetics industry.

July 26, 2018

Caps That Make the Cut

Think about how a consumer uses any type of beauty product or fragrance—the cap is the first part of the package they touch. Whether or not it works properly throughout the entire life of a product will greatly affect the experience of using the product.

July 23, 2018

E’quipe to Introduce MemoMi Labs Digital Mirror

Later this year, e'quipe, Ltd., subsidiary of Kanebo, will become Japan’s first cosmetics company to introduce the digital mirror from MemoMi Labs Inc. of Silicon Valley, CA. Customers of SUQQU brand cosmetics will have the chance to experience the digital mirror when receiving a SUQQU Gankin massage at select stores.

July 23, 2018


Givaudan has revealed its results for the first half of the current financial year. The Swiss flavors and fragrances manufacturer saw sales rise 5.6 percent on a like-for-like basis during the first six months of the year (7.7 percent in local currency) to reach CHF2,674 million.

July 20, 2018


Make-up’s most notorious sponge, Beautyblender, is extending its range beyond the popular application tool to the product itself, according to a report published to WWD.

July 19, 2018

Too Faced Collaborates with Drybar To Launch Glitter Hair Spray

Too Faced continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary year with more exciting new products, including a collaboration with hair salon chain Drybar.

July 19, 2018

Avon To Launch Second Fragrance with Kenzo Takada

Avon Products, Inc. has announced a new collaboration -- with iconic fashion designer Kenzo Takada on a new fragrance, Avon Life Colour.

July 13, 2018

BillerudKorsnäs on Brink of Breakthrough in Smart, Sustainable Packaging

BillerudKorsnäs and researchers at Uppsala University have announced that they have jointly made an important step toward paper batteries. They have taken basic research based on pure cellulose from algae and developed it to work with the same type of fiber that BillerudKorsnäs usually uses to manufacture packaging material. This development opens the way for both inexpensive and eco-friendly batteries. The long-term aim is to enable large-scale production and the future use of paper batteries for applications in areas such as smart packaging.

July 18, 2018

Korea’s Innisfree Brand to Open Second U.S. Standalone

After achieving what the brand calls “major success” in Union Square, Korea’s No. 1 beauty brand, Innisfree, is opening a second U.S. store on July 19th. This one will be at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Northern New Jersey. Innisfree boasts over 900 SKUs ranging from skincare to hair care to home fragrances and more.

July 18, 2018


The Body Shop has announced the appointment of four new senior leaders in a bid to support future growth.

July 18, 2018


Procter & Gamble has acquired First Aid Beauty for approximately US$250 million, according to a report published by WWD. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

July 17, 2018

Nurture Hospitality Launches Amenities Line Made From Beach-Collected Plastic

Nurture Hospitality Group (NHG) has launched an innovative hotel guest amenities line, made entirely from beach-collected plastic.

July 16, 2018


The Estee Lauder Companies has partnered with the world’s leading student affinity network UNiDAYS in order to reach out to more than 10 million Gen Z college students with exclusive discounts and offers.

July 16, 2018

Making the cut: Kao to axe 40 percent of cosmetic lines

Kao has announced plans to cut up to 40 percent of its cosmetics brand portfolio in order to better focus on its most profitable lines, according to a report published by the Nikkei Asian Review.

July 13, 2018


The China Food and Drug Administration has this week denied reports that the country had signed a pilot scheme with charity Cruelty Free International that would allow foreign cosmetic companies to sell their products within the country without having to adhere to the strict animal testing laws required.

July 12, 2018


Astral Brands has announced the acquisition of prestige beauty brand Butter London. Backed by Encore Consumer Capital since 2014, Butter London is best known for its nail varnish range, having recently branched out into make-up such as lip and eye products.

July 13, 2018


The Advertising Standards Agency has rejected a claim that the packaging on the product information page for Nivea Men Sensitive Moisturiser was misleading, concluding that the claim of ‘0% alcohol* – no burning*’ would not misinform consumers.

July 12, 2018


The Australian arm of personal care giant Unilever has announced that at least 25 percent of its product packaging will come from post-consumer recycled plastic. As part of the new initiative Unilever has pledged that its Omo, Dove, Surf, Sunsilk and Tresemmé brands will be made from 25 percent recycled Australian plastics in a move that is said to recirculate approximately 750 tonnes of recycled plastic each year, equivalent to 100 million plastic bags.

July 11, 2018


Chemicals maker BASF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a $10 billion site in China in a bid to develop chemical production in the country.

July 9, 2018


Colgate Palmolive is thought to be on the verge of investing in online startup company Hubble in what is said to be a bid to move sales onto an e-commerce platform via an online subscription service, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

July 9, 2018


Coty has entered into a partnership with market expansion service company DKSH to develop Coty’s professional hair care distribution in Singapore and Malaysia.

July 9, 2018


Organic skincare brand Nokware Skincare has announced it is to switch to sustainable bamboo packaging in response to growing consumer desire for zero waste packaging options.

July 6, 2018


South Korean beauty company AmorePacific has relaxed its restrictions on the number of purchases a consumer can make via its online and in-store duty free stores.

July 6, 2018


Pam Busiek, President and CEO of the Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers And Distributors (ICMAD), has released a statement regarding the effects of the retaliatory tariffs on personal care products and cosmetics, calling for President Donald Trump and his...

July 5, 2018


Beauty retailer Sephora is said to be readying to launch into South Korea in the third quarter of 2019, according to a report by Pulse News. The France-based retailer released a LinkIn advert looking to recruit a Human Resources Manager, stating within the advertisement, ‘We are excited to announce the opening of Sephora Korea in Q3 2019.’

July 5, 2018


Experts are said to have unveiled what causes body odour, with the discovery said to be a step forward in creating a new wave of more effective deodorants.

July 4, 2018


McBride has announced that it is to sell its European personal care liquids business to Royal Sanders Group in a cash deal worth £12.5 million. The move comes as the leading European contract manufacturer issued a profit warning, and is part of its strategy (announced in February to coincide with its half-year results) to return its Personal Care & Aerosols division to break even within the space of 18 months.

July 4, 2018


L’Oréal may have to defend itself in a class action lawsuit which alleges that the French beauty giant is deliberately packaging liquid cosmetics in defective bottles that routinely fail to disgorge all of the product they contain, according to a report published by Legal Newsline.

July 3, 2018


Representatives from leading Chinese marketing agency Tencent met with senior executives from L’Oréal at Cannes Lions to discuss the latest developments in the marketing sphere with a particular focus on CMO.

July 2, 2018


Fresh from the announcement that it is to stock Chanel’s make-up line, Ulta is having a clear out – or so says a report published by Allure, quoting WWD, which claims that the US retailer has dumped Coty-owned Rimmel London.

June 28, 2018

New Stock PCR Cosmetic Containers from Cosmopak

Cosmopak has released a new line of stock (PCR) post-consumer recycled plastic cosmetic containers. The supplier says the elegant lines of the PCR series convey a simple design ethic that represents the simplicity of nature.

June 28, 2018


Direct sales beauty company Avon has launched a new podcast series named Make It Happen: Powered by Avon, which features discussions between Avon representatives and ‘business minds.’

June 28, 2018


Unilever is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in Italian personal care company Equilibra. Subject to regulatory approval, the personal care giant will develop its foothold in the Italian wellbeing market through the purchase, with Equilibra offering a range of natural skin and hair care ranges, as well as nutritional supplements.

June 28, 2018


L’Oréal China has joined forces with Alibaba Group in a bid to reduce waste by committing to environmentally-friendly packaging used in China. Rolled out over the next five months the agreement, signed this week, saw L’Oréal pledge to switch to Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable paper and zipper paper and zipper paper cartons or paper adhesives in order to decrease the use of plastic materials for its brand portfolio.

June 26, 2018

China moves closer to ending mandatory animal testing for cosmetics

Cruelty Free International (CFI) has partnered with Chinese officials in an effort to sidestep the country’s strict animal testing regulations. Despite China ending the requirement for animal testing on ‘non-special’ cosmetics in 2015, on the premise that some manufacturing takes place in the country, authorities still have the power to subject animals to toxicity tests if there is a safety concern.

June 27, 2018


The Estee Lauder Companies has partnered with the University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education Executive Academy to tailor-make a course that combines digital-age retail management and shopper-centric marketing strategies, according to a report published by the South China Morning Post.

June 21, 2018


Consumer goods company Henkel has announced a joint partnership with packaging manufacturer Mondi, plastics manufacturer Borealis and the recycling technology company APK in a collaboration that aims to ‘significantly improve the sustainability of plastic multi-layer flexible packaging.’

June 21, 2018

COSMOGEN introduces COSMO+ smart airless packaging range

COSMOGEN’s applicators always focused on protecting and boosting formula’s efficiency. Launching an airless packaging range with applicators of products was just a logical continuation.

June 21, 2018


Personal care giant Procter & Gamble has announced plans to have women direct half of its commercials by 2023, with only 10 percent being female-led at present, in a bid to push for greater gender equality in the advertising world.

June 21, 2018


Unilever United States has brought back the St Ives Mixing Bar for the second year in a row, located at 168 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron, which is set tol run until 15th September, 2018. The concept allows consumers to create customized face scrubs, moisturizers and body lotions made with 100 percent natural extracts, while there will be exclusive retail products including bath bombs, lip scrubs, hand creams, and an Apricot rollerball fragrance.

June 20, 2018

Morocco Cosmetics Market Worth $1.9 Billion by 2025

The global Morocco cosmetics market is projected to be worth $1.9 billion by 2025, according to a newreport by Grand View Research. It is projected to register a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period. Growth is being attributed to a surging demand for premium cosmetic products, driven by an increase in the purchasing power of consumers.

June 20, 2018

Tengram acquires vegan make-up brand Lime Crime

Private equity firm Tengram Capital Partners has acquired trendsetting cosmetics brand Lime Crime. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The brand further announced that Stacy Panagakis, former General Manager of Fresh, will join the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The acquisition will support Lime Crime’s growth strategy, enabling it to expand its product portfolio and explore ‘select retail partnerships’. 

June 19, 2018

L’Oréal to debut digital beauty assistant for NYX Professional Makeup

L’Oréal is set to harness the power of augmented reality and livestreaming technologies in its latest launch: a digital, tailored, make-up counter experience, according to a report published by Ad Week. The French beauty giant demonstrated its new tool at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. The service will debut on its NYX Professional Makeup site, allowing shoppers to book a livestreaming consultation with a beauty assistant to experience the department store-style service from the comfort of their own home. 

June 18, 2018

'Not everything has gone to plan': Body Shop delivers mixed performance against green goals

Beauty retailer makes progress on biodiversity protections and community trade, but slower gains in sustainable packaging, energy efficiency, and green power

June 14, 2018

Markwins Acquires Prestige Cosmetics Brand

Continuing with its 15-year acquisition run, privately-owned Markwins Beauty has accessed its 4th brand—prestige makeup pro brand Lorac. Markwins acquired AM Cosmetics with brands wet ‘n’ wild and Black Radiance in 2003, Physicians Formula Holdings, Inc. in 2012, and Aspire Brands assets Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker in 2015. With the addition of Lorac, Markwins will complement its already well-established mass beauty portfolio with the addition of this prestige brand.

June 14, 2018

Hair Removal Wax Market Expected To Reach $18.8 Mill By 2026

The hair removal wax market is expected to reach $18.8 million by 2026 -- expanding at a CAGR of 9.4% during the forecast period, according to this new report by Transparency Market Research.

June 13, 2018


Unilever will operate all its Australian manufacturing facilities on green energy by 2020, according to a report published by The Sydney Morning Herald. The Dutch FMCG manufacturer said that the country’s energy suppliers had reached a ‘tipping point’ whereby renewable energy supply was both reliable and affordable.

June 13, 2018

Cosmetic Antioxidants Market Worth 150.9 Million USD by 2023

The cosmetic antioxidants market will be worth $150.9 Million USD by 2023, according to this new report by Markets and Markets. The market is currently worth USD 115.1 million in 2018, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% between 2018 and 2023.

June 12, 2018

Kao brands to feature How2Recyle label

Beauty and personal care brand owner Kao USA, headquartered in Cincinnati, has joined the How2Recycle ( label program. The brand will use the label, which is designed to answer consumers’ questions about package recyclability, on a variety of products to help consumers recycle more of its products.

June 12, 2018

Western Bound Asian Skincare Trends

The hottest skincare trends are making their way from Asia to the Western World. Hanacure, a South Korean beauty brand, launched its debut product, the Hanacure All-in-One Facial mask last year; it made a huge splash when Drew Barrymore posted selfies on Instagram with it applied to her face (it was a little scary looking) and it’s become a social media staple since then. 

June 12, 2018


L’Occitane has announced its results for fiscal 2018. The company saw sales rise 4.6 percent at constant rates over the year (-0.3 reported) to €1,319.4 million. Gross margin remained high at 83.3 percent although profit dropped 27.1 percent over the year, which the company attributes to foreign exchange effects and tax reform in the US.

June 12, 2018


L’Oréal has revealed plans to disclose certain fragrance ingredients for its products, according to a report published by Chemical Watch. A spokesperson for the French beauty giant declined to confirm a specific launch date for the initiative to the publication, claiming it was ‘confidential’.

June 11, 2018


L’Oréal New Zealand has signed the New Zealand Plastic Packaging Declaration, reaffirming its commitment to combatting plastic pollution. The French beauty giant has committed to using 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

June 11, 2018

The Global Market for Vegan Cosmetics Will Be Worth $20.8 Billion by 2025

The global market for vegan cosmetics will be worth $20.8 billion by 2025, and progress at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period, according to this new report by Grand View Research.

June 11, 2018

L’Oréal leads major beauty players in collective sustainable packaging effort

The new sustainability initiative is called SPICE: the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics.

June 8, 2018

Industry first : Garnier products become first mass market brand to receive cradle to cradle certification

Garnier has received the Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for five of its products from the Garnier SkinActive line.

The L’Oréal-owned company achieved the award based on an evaluation of material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness practices.

June 7, 2018

LVMH Korea ordered to recall dangerous Dior nail glow product

The Korean affiliate of beauty company LVMH has been ordered to recall its Dior Nail Glow product due to the inclusion of hazardous ingredients within the formula.

June 8, 2018

Cosmetic Packaging Industry – The Role of Packaging in Beauty Samples

There are numerous players operating in the global cosmetic packaging market. The rivalry among them is intense and most of them are seen banking upon product development to steal a march over their competitors. They are leveraging superior technologies and materials to come up with better packaging solutions. They are also seen utilizing 3D or multi-dimensional image innovation.

June 7, 2018


Procter & Gamble has confirmed it will withdraw operations from Iran following US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of an agreement that limits Tehran’s ability to create nuclear weapons.

June 6, 2018

K-beauty’s nature republic launches in Saudi Arabia

K-beauty brand Nature Republic has cut the ribbon on its first store in Saudi Arabia, according to a report published by the Korea Times.

The new store, which will serve as a flagship for the brand, is located in Riyadh’s Al Nakheel Mall. The K-beauty brand has teamed up with local retailer Fawaz Alhokair and plans to open four further stores in the country by the end of the year.

June 6, 2018


Analysts are expecting LVMH to embrace the sharing culture after Bernard Arnault added communications and image to his son Antoine’s remit.

Indeed, according to a report published by Bloomberg, Antoine’s appointment was announced by internal memo last week. He will continue in his role as CEO of Berluti and Chairman of Loro Piana.

June 6, 2018

We will not be moved: bricks and mortar beauty stands strong against the amazon onslaught

Last year I wrote a blog on the rise and rise Amazon, highlighting how the online e-commerce giant was essentially stealing the show when it comes to retail. From distribution and company profiling to top-notch product creation, Amazon has got bricks and mortar retailers shaking in their boots. And they’re not just shaking in their boots, they’re falling left, right and centre. With a record number of bankruptcies and stores closures in the US – the face of retail as we know it is changing, and its undeniable that Amazon has had a large hand to play in this change.

June 5, 2018


Keracol Limited’s Dr Craft brand is poised to debut a range of natural hair dyes produced using bi-products from the manufacture of the popular British soft drink Ribena, according to a report published by Refinery 29.

June 5, 2018


Colombia could up its palm oil output by some 56 percent over the next five years to 2.5 tonnes, according to a report published by Nasdaq.

June 4, 2018


Johnson & Johnson India has developed its flexible working provisions and sabbatical arrangements programs in a bid to better address the needs of its multi-generation workforce and allow for greater inclusivity and diversity.

June 1, 2018

What US Women Want in Lash & Brow Products, By Generation

In the past 12 months, 66% of consumers ages 18–54+ have purchased products or services for both their lashes and their brows, with mascara and brow pencils being the most often purchased product within the category.

May 31, 2018

K-beauty to the UAE: How luxury packaging trends differ around the world

Personal care brands are sourcing and developing luxury packaging adapted to different markets’ cultural preferences. Jens Kastner, Julian Ryall, Heba Hashem, Poorna Rodrigo and Sarah Gibbons report

May 31, 2018

The Most-trusted Beauty and Personal Care Brands in the US

BrandSpark International has announced the winners of the 2018 BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards. 

BrandSpark International surveyed over 15,000 shoppers in the U.S. to determine the most-trusted brands in food & beverage, personal care & beauty, household & pets and over-the-counter health categories. 

May 29, 2018

Beauty and Personal Care 2018: 5 Key Insights

Euromonitor International has shared five key insights for the 2018 beauty and personal care industry. 

The recent blog post stated that the industry grew close to 5% and "reinforces the high propensity for trading up in the industry at a time when surging global middle and upper middle classes are willing to invest in new-found luxury, emerging disruptive and digital players are luring in younger consumer cohorts and aging populations are identifying beauty with new means to healthy aging and a more youthful appearance."

May 31, 2018

How are indie beauty players leading when it comes to using digital to interact?

We take a look at a few of the beauty players leading the charge with digital, making the most of opportunities to reach and engage with consumers online.

May 30, 2018

Future Group plans to acquire Iraya personal care brand in India

Future Group is seeking to acquire personal care products brand Iraya hair from Athena Life Sciences. With the deal, Future Group aims to benefit from the growing ayurvedic personal care market in India, which is currently dominated by Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved.

May 30, 2018

Fish skin: the new miracle anti-aging ingredient?

L’Oréal and Valentino have announced a worldwide, long-term license agreement.

If you thought snail slime was the limit, think again. New Zealand-based nanofiber manufacturer Revolution Fibres has launched a sheet mask made from fish skin, according to a report published by Stuff.

May 31, 2018

Using culture as a marketing method

Storytelling is having a dramatic impact on how indie brands are crafting, communicating and connecting communities both online and offline. In this special focus on how Asia-Pacific brands of today are marketing themselves, we look at how culture is increasingly forging fruitful relationships with companies and consumers.

May 29, 2018

L’Oréal, Valentino Announce License Agreement

L’Oréal and Valentino have announced a worldwide, long-term license agreement.

The agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2019, will see the creation, development and distribution of fine fragrances and luxury beauty. The luxury fashion brand’s current fragrances include Valentino Donna, Valentino Uomo and Valentina.

May 29, 2018

Unilever drafts in WPP for foundry project

Unilever has announced a partnership with WPP that will encourage collaboration between the media network’s various agencies and the start-ups based at the FMCG behemoth’s accelerator in Singapore, The Foundry, according to a report published by The Drum.

May 28, 2018

L’oréal acquires us professional hair color brand pulp riot

L’Oréal has announced the acquisition of US professional hair color brand Pulp Riot.

Launched in 2016, Pulp Riot has used social media to build its brand, having amassed 675,000 followers and reported net sales of $11 million in 2017. The brand’s largest US distributor is Saloncentric, with international expansion already underway for the hair color range.

May 24, 2018

What is the future for aerosol cans in America?

Aerosol cans account for nearly half of the materials in the US retail sector covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. ‘Re-harvesting them can be undertaken in an environmentally protective manner,’ says Scott Fulton, president of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) which has published a report ‘Considering the Fate of Consumer Aerosol Cans’.

May 21, 2018

11 Beauty Players Unite for Sustainable Packaging Initiative

Another stride toward environmentally responsible packaging and practices has taken effect. The members of the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE), co-founded by L’Oréal and environmental sustainability consulting firm Quantis, have announced the launch of this sustainability initiative for cosmetics industry companies. SPICE members have joined together to work towards a common goal: to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging.

May 24, 2018

Patent round-up: The latest scented innovations

Three fragrance-related patents are described: one to improve the water-resistance of perfume; one to enhance the volatility of the less volatile constituents of a perfume; and an aromatherapy composition to relieve stress and provide relaxation

April 27, 2018

Cosmetic Packaging 2018 – Global Industry : Trends, Strategy, Applications Analysis and Growth by Forecast to 2023

Cosmetic Packaging market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability also lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

May 2, 2018

Third-Quarter Sales Up 18% at The Estée Lauder Companies

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. has reported strong financial results for its third quarter ended March 31, 2018. The company achieved net sales of $3.37 billion, an increase of 18%, compared with $2.86 billion in the prior-year quarter. Net earnings rose 25% to $372 million, compared with $298 million last year. Diluted net earnings per common share increased 24% to $.99, compared with $.80 reported in the prior year, including restructuring and other charges and adjustments.

May 2, 2018

 Aptar Adds Capabilities to Better Serve the Growing Color Cosmetics Market

The statistics were announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) which revealed a record 1.562 billion cans were filled in 2017.AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) today announced that as of May 1, 2018, it has acquired Reboul from Vacheron Industries SAS. Reboul is a French leader in the design and industrial production of high-quality metal components, metal-plastic sub-assemblies, next generation lipstick mechanisms, and complete color cosmetic packaging solutions. 

May 2, 2018

L'Oréal Acquires South Korean Cosmetics Firm Nanda

The giant's first Korean beauty brand purchase comes as foreign cosmetic industry leaders jostle for a slice of one of the world's most innovative beauty markets.

April 16, 2018

BAMA reports record year for aerosol manufacturers

The statistics were announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) which revealed a record 1.562 billion cans were filled in 2017.

April 18, 2018

New cushion compact technology addresses restitution and dosage issues

The new patent-pending Porex Fiber Cushion is a gradient fibre reservoir that addresses product dosage challenges typically associated with standard foam cushions used for existing makeup products. The technology deploys capillary action to pull liquid formula from the bottom of pads to the surface in a measured, consistent manner. A touch-driven response then ensures the cushion disperses a uniform amount of product each time it is compressed.

April 6, 2018

Uriage selects Aptar Beauty + Home for new anti-aging product range

Uriage has selected Aptar Beauty + Home’s Auriga City airless solution to protect its new product range called Age Protect, a multi-action formula which combats the signs of aging.

April 16, 2018

L’Oréal Releases Q1 2018 Financials

L’Oréal has released its Q1 2018 financial results, and the cosmetics giant has entered the fiscal year on a high note: The company reported sales of €6.78 billion, a like-for-like increase of 6.8% over the same period last year.

April 5, 2018

Estée Lauder Companies expands presence in UK with Crème de La Mer pop-up

The Estée Lauder Companies has expanded its UK presence having opened a pop up shop for its premium Crème de La Mer brand, according to City AM.

April 13, 2018

Shiseido Succeeds in Visualization of Internal Skin Elasticity

Shiseido reports it has succeeded in visualizing the internal skin elasticity distribution -- for the first time in the world. 

April 9, 2018

Marchesini pushes into cosmetic packaging at Hispack 2018

Marchesini is continuing to push into the cosmetic packaging market and will be attending Hispack 2018.

The packaging, process and logistics exhibition to be held in Barcelona 8-11 May 2018.

February 13, 2018

The Skincare trends taking 2018 by storm

The year is well underway now, so here’s a round up of the best skincare trends we’re seeing so far in 2018!

February 5, 2018

What does the Chinese consumer of tomorrow want?

Chinese digital magazine, Jing Daily, and RTG Intuition, which belongs to RTG Consulting Group, identify emerging trends that specifically appeal to Gen-Y and Gen-Z Chinese consumers.                              

February 8, 2018

Reflecting on 2017 Beauty Insights—and What That Means for Brands in 2018

Every day, Influenster members create 40,000 organic ratings, reviews, photos, videos, lists and questions and answers about beauty products. Having such a wealth of user-generated content, we wanted to share what real consumers are buzzing about within the beauty product landscape.

February 6, 2018

Beautystreams Presents Color Trends

The conference Color in Beauty: From Symbolism to Adaptation Worldwide, will be presented by Beautystreams’ marketing manager Michele Superchi on Thursday, February 8th from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm.
Superchi will talk about the importance of color as a vehicle of communication in the beauty industry, and how the cultural symbolism of color varies from one region to another. Current color makeup trends will be discussed, as well as future insights.

January 16, 2018

TPR Holdings LLC announced a worldwide beauty license with fashion house Badgley Mischka.

The collaboration will debut this spring, with the release of a first fragrance in three sizes (100 ml., 50 ml., and a travel size). A color cosmetics line is slated to launch in the summer.

December 19, 2017

Colgate-Palmolive Acquires PCA Skin and EltaMD

Colgate-Palmolive has announced the acquisition of PCA Skin and EltaMD, in two separate transactions.  

According to Colgate-Palmolive, these acquisitions will enable it to enter the professional skin care category while complementing its existing global personal care businesses. 

December 15, 2017

Half of China's luxury goods are purchased by millennials and younger

Almost half of luxury shoppers in China are under 30, a new regional report has revealed.
According to a study from e-commerce platform Secoo, 48% of prestige products were purchased by millennials and Generation Z in 2017.

December 15, 2017

L'Oreal is confident China's selfie revolution will be good for its business

The growth potential in China is "unlimited" due to the country's rising middle class, L'Oreal China CEO Stephane Rinderknech told CNBC. The world's largest cosmetics company is confident about its business in China next year even though some experts think the economy is headed for a slowdown.

December 12, 2017

Mintel announces five global packaging trends for 2018

Mintel, the world's leading market intelligence agency, has today (December 12, 2017) announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year. 

December 11, 2017

Unilever Announces the Launch of New Brand, Love Beauty and Planet

Unilever has announced the launch of its newest brand, Love Beauty and Planet, a naturally-positioned brand heading to grocery stores, e-commerce sites and natural product retailers in January 2018. In an article from, Piyush Jain, VP of haircare at Unilever, was quoted saying, "The idea is to create a brand with strong natural and sustaina­bility credentials that also performs well."

December 7, 2017

The Estée Lauder Companies harnesses Instagram shoppable technology for breast cancer fundraising event

The Estée Lauder Companies has made use of Instagram’s shoppable technology to launch a ‘fundraising activation’ to raise money for breast cancer awareness – said to be the first social media event of its kind.

November 27, 2017

Re-Formulating Strategies in the Beauty World

Judging by our annual research, it appears that this year’s Top 20 Global Beauty Companies may have worked harder than ever to increase sales in a competitive environment. According to L’Oréal, the global cosmetics market was worth more than $215 billion in 2016, with growth of about 4% over the previous year. While not all of our Top 20 reached their financial objectives, business remained strong despite factors such as regional political and currency uncertainties and consumers’ lack of loyalty as they pursue ever-more efficacious products that look pretty and deliver Instagram-worthy results.

October 11, 2017

Coty Announces Multifaceted Transformation of Iconic COVERGIRL Brand

New York – October 10, 2017 – Coty Inc. (NYSE:COTY) today announced the biggest reinvention in COVERGIRL’S 60-year history with a bold vision to redefine the brand, starting with a powerful new expression of its purpose: “I Am What I Make Up.”

November 9, 2017

Bulldog’s new line of skincare packaging uses plastic from sugarcane

Bulldog Skincare for Men has teamed up with RPC M&H Plastics to create new sustainable packaging for its new skincare line of moisturizers, face washes and face scrubs.

November 8, 2017

Impeccably shaped appearance, perfectly staged

New Red & White, the Indonesian producer of aluminium aerosol cans, has developed a unique and exclusive shape for Nabeel Perfume, a leading provider of luxurious fragrances in the United Arab Emirates.

February 20, 2017

The 5 top trends for the cosmetic market 2017-2018

In the next seasons, makeup and skincare will be key elements in a new approach to the lifestyle of a consumer who is more attentive to the quality, to the effectiveness, to the immediate results, but with a deep connection with a soul that is green and sustainable.

Aug 15, 2017

Artistic packaging in makeup makes a comeback

While effectiveness is definitely up there in terms of what we value in a beauty product, we cannot lie: Sometimes makeup packaging is enough to get us to splurge. Some makeup packaging, generally at the luxury tier, are gorgeously simple, some are so stunningly artful...

October 23, 2017

Aveda Introduces Dispensing Closure with Post-Consumer Recycled Content

In attempts to create more sustainable packaging, Aveda has introduced a dispensing closure made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. 

Aug 15, 2017

Artistic packaging in makeup makes a comeback

While effectiveness is definitely up there in terms of what we value in a beauty product, we cannot lie: Sometimes makeup packaging is enough to get us to splurge. Some makeup packaging, generally at the luxury tier, are gorgeously simple, some are so stunningly artful...

August 6, 2017

Skincare-inspired benefits in high demand among colour cosmetics users in the USA

The overall US colour cosmetics market experienced moderate growth in 2017 with lip, facial and eye cosmetics growing around two percent slower than last year, reveals Mintel in a new research. However, skincare-inspired benefits are in high demand among colour cosmetics users.

July 26, 2017

How the fragrance category is embracing tomorrow's consumer

The fragrance category is witnessing some major shifts. An area that was once dominated by sex-laced marketing, the message is now very different, with new trends such as natural, personalised and home fragrances all being marketed with a very different approach.

July 17, 2017

Cosmetics packaging industry to top $30bn

The cosmetics packaging industry is expected to reach $33bn by 2024, according to figures from Transparency Market Research

July 10, 2017

Packaging Imperfections can increase consumer interest

Showing the imperfect side of a product in its packaging can create an added sense of authenticity.

June 29, 2017

Humanizing Healthcare Packaging

Medicinal packaging design could make the patient experience more inclusive, enabling brands to better communicate their product and purpose.

June 23, 2017

Can Manufacturers Institute tells Trump administration no tariffs needed for aluminum used to make beverage cans

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) today told the U.S. Commerce Department that aluminum can sheets and aluminum ingot, which are used to make beverage cans, are not a security risk that requires intervention in the form of tariffs or trade restrictions.

June 15, 2017

Flexible Plastic Packaging Market Forecast By End-use Industry 2017 to 2027

Rising Demand of flexible plastic packaging market from Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Industry is also boosting the flexible plastic packaging market.

June 5, 2017

Trending in Tubes

From barrier protection to enhanced deco, tubes remain a top packaging pick for cosmetic and personal care products.

May 29, 2017

5 advances and packaging trends in the beauty universe

From new beauty tools like application sponges to a digital era that powers personalization and customization, the cosmetics market is leveraging innovation in packaging to delight consumers.

May 16, 2017

Premium Beauty News - Millennial beauty consumers embrace ’the natural look,’ finds Mintel

Today’s American women are embracing their natural beauty. According to new research from Mintel, ‘going natural’ is resonating with women as three in five (59%) say that they prefer the ’natural look,’ including 54 percent of Millennial beauty consumers.

May 8, 2017

Hawaiian Tropic enlist influencers

Hawaiian Tropic is collaborating with a team of influencers to bring their 'Aloha Therapy' experience to life through a series of videos.

April 20, 2017

L'Oréal USA announces advancements in sustainability

L'Oréal USA announced major milestones in its sustainability efforts, achieving 100 percent renewable electricity for its U.S. manufacturing, reducing its carbon emissions by 84 percent, water usage by 52 percent, waste per finished product by 43 percent, and making considerable improvements in package design...

April 17, 2017

CSPA publishes method for aerosol products in plastic containers

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) announced the publication of a method and standard for aerosol products in plastic containers.

March 30, 2017

Amazon wants to change the way you create, package and sell products

From cashierless phyical stores to delivery drones to in-home AI systems, Amazone seems to be at the center of every retails conversation. But a string of recent reports shows that the ecommerce giant is looking to reshape the way products are created, packaged, sold and delivered. Do brands have any choice?

March 27, 2017

Record sales of aluminium aerosol cans: AEROBAL reports significant growth in 2016

The economic and political problems and debates around the world did not have an adverse impact on the performance of the member companies of the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) in 2016. AEROBAL once again announced record sales...

March 8, 2017

A next-generation lip balm packaging solution is in the works

Personal care package maker TricorBraun has released new market research findings that zero in on just what sort of container features consumers look for when choosing and using lip care.

March 3, 2017

Color Cosmetic Packaging Designed to Do More

Consumers want makeup that is simple to apply and easy to carry around, marketers say. Brands are working with suppliers to develop packaging that gives all types of color cosmetics these functional features, and more.