I have found a funny article which mention what you are saying depending on your Hair Cut. I didn't find myself, should I consider I am an invisible man??
Friday, 15 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Global sales of male grooming products have rebounded back to their growth path with most significant growth occurring in Asian regions, with India in particular posting a 32% increase in 2012, says Kline & Company.
While Europe is the largest market for male grooming products, Asia is posting the highest growth. The advanced markets of Japan and South Korea are benefiting from male grooming, including the use of cosmetics, as an entrenched socially encouraged practice wherein men are seeking to retain a youthful and appealing look. By contrast, within China and India, male grooming as a trend has only recently been developing its significant potential and is being assisted by greater disposable income among consumers.
Major cultural shift
The consumer research comprising of responses on the topic of grooming from over 1,500 males between the ages of 15 and 69 spanning six core countries also reveals actionable granularity, such as the least popular market for conditioners is Germany, while demand for hair styling mousse is highest in China.
Category strength continues to vary between regions. Deodorants and antiperspirants is the largest and most fragmented category across the globe. Partly due to a tendency to utilize deodorant sheets instead of a Western style spray/solid/gel/roll-on formats, the category is weakest in some Asian countries. However, the category’s growth numbers in these countries also reveals a move towards Western-preferred formats.
Mass and web
Regarding male grooming products distribution channels, the dominating popularity of mass merchandisers can be seen across all categories and countries. Alternate channels are also changing the male grooming products retail landscape, with Internet shopping making great gains.
In China, men are also the highest frequenters of upscale department stores, with 29% of Chinese respondents saying that’s where they shop for skin care products.
Source: Premium Beauty News
Monday, 11 February 2013
“Coming off the wave of 2011, one of the most robust sales periods in over a decade for the beauty industry, 2012 has shown some great highs, along with some modest lows,” said Karen Grant, vice president and senior global industry analyst, The NPD Group.
According to the market research firm, all of the U.S. prestige beauty categories posted healthy growth. Prestige skincare sold in U.S. department stores generated the largest growth at 10 percent, followed by makeup at seven percent and fragrance at five percent, compared to2011.
“Even though consumer confidence continues to waver, there is momentum at both ends of the price and product spectrum. In 2012, along with smaller categories in beauty, we are seeing investment spending on premium-priced makeup, skincare, fragrance, as well as premium-priced sets, which lead in growth once again. Even in Europe, where the economic environment is more challenging, the major premium-priced category, fragrance, was positive. Premium-priced products remain one of the brightest spots in beauty and will continue to carve out market share across all categories and geographies in the New Year,” said Grant.
Lower performance for mass brands
In comparison, the U.S. Food/Drug/Mass  channel recorded a lower growth, recording nearly a three percent increase in sales for total beauty in 2012, versus 2011. Mass makeup sales posted the biggest increase at five percent, followed by skincare at three percent, while fragrance sales declined four percent in dollar sales, compared to 2011.
Furthermore, in National Chain  stores, fragrance sales grew seven percent, reported The NPD Group.
“In the U.S., although we have seen some tempering in sales performance,compared to 2011, growth remains positive for both the prestige and mass channels. The trend of prestige beauty outpacing mass beauty continues to be evident since the recessionary period of 2009 and will likely continue into 2013,” ended Grant.
Source: Premium Beauty News
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
I have copied and paste the article below from Mr. Vincent Gallon, which is doubting about the possibility to use Methylisothiazolinone as a substitute of Parabens after the allergic reactions the preservative is having in some customers.
Believe me that I am in the market since a long time ago and the Paraben issue is one of the most amazing fake I have heard. Customer is still questioning the benefits of the paraben without having any scientific background or studies. Till now the researches made in this field does not show that the Paraben poses any risk to the human health, but the bad publicity made by some french cosmetics and preservative producer (non parabens) companies has made people believe that paraben is cancerigen.
Look, my father died from cancer and I would be the first person refusing Paraben if some research would show me that this poses risk to the health. My father, did not use cosmetics so did not use Paraben (even if you can found them in other products such as food), but what was the root of his cancer? It was the Paraben of cosmetics? Absolutely no!!! It can be other things like smoking (when young was smoker) or the use of car and pollution which seems to be the 1st accepted risk for having cancer in human.
Why does people that say that Paraben is cancerigen do they use a car or smoke a cigarrette, or even they live in a polluted city??? They do not use a cosmetic with paraben, because some people said that it's bad for your body, even if there are no researches that could determined this, but they are using other services or products which in a scientific research it produces cancer??
The news about an upsurge in cases of allergies due to Methylisothiazolinone created a huge buzz in French media in December. This substance was often presented as a new preservative used in replacement of parabens, which is not really the case.
Already known adverse effects
Indeed, this preservative - which authorized at a maximum concentration of 0.01% in cosmetic products placed on the European market - was not a newcomer and its potential adverse effects have been well documented for many years. The combination of Chloromethylisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone, in proportion 3/1, is well known in the cosmetic industry under the trade name Kathon-CG. Once widely and commonly used, Kathon-CG was gradually abandoned and its use restricted to certain rinsed off products such as shampoos. Kathon-CG has been gradually replaced by parabens, which had the advantage of being much more tolerated. As a consequence, parabenswere present in nearly 70% of cosmetic products, until they were questioned recently.
However, the use of Methylisothiazolinone rose again in recent years. Actually, the renewed interest in this substance, often described as less allergenic than Chloromethylisothiazolinone, is directly linked to the disgrace of parabens. Now, Methylisothiazolinone is one of the most frequently used preservatives in various paraben free toiletries (cleaning wipes, soaps, shampoos), but also in several household and industrial products.
According to Professor Annick Barbaud, Head of the Dermatology and Allergology Unit at Nancy’s University Hospital, the information provided by the French vigilance network on dermatologic allergies (Revidal) shows an upsurge in contact dermatitis linked to Methylisothiazolinone. Dr. Barbaud was taking stock of contact dermatitis on the occasion of Paris Dermatological Days, which were attended by over 6,000 people under the aegis of the French Society of Dermatology (SFD) from 10 to 14 December 2012, also reported "some rare cases of breathing difficulties and irritation of mucous membranes.” Furthermore, a recent Danish research even shows that non-contact exposure is a growing problem. 
Do safe alternatives exist?
This upsurge in allergies is not a surprise for experts. Indeed, the frequency of allergies related to preservatives is growing exponentially together with the population exposure, i.e. with the frequency of their use by the industry. It is therefore quite logical that the restored popularity of Methylisothiazolinone be followed by an increase in allergies related to this substance.
Does that mean that replacing parabens by safe alternatives is impossible? The French drug regulatory agency (National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products - ANSM) in an information notice, published in May 2011, said it was currently unlikely that “chemical alternatives offering a better safety profile and preservation efficacy equalling those of parabens could be offered. By definition, all preservatives are biologically active. Accordingly, any preservative can potentially lead to safety problems.”
In order to reduce the exposure to preservatives, including parabens, a decrease in the concentration of preservatives is not always possible because the anti-bacterial protection might become insufficient. In both in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors, manufacturers are now encouraged to focus on physical methods, including through new packaging solutions. The development of single-dose and so-called airless packaging directly addresses this need.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Do you want to export cosmetics to US? Find some information of the regulation from Premium Beauty News:
In this handbook, companies and individuals in charge of marketing cosmetic and personal care products in the United States of America will find a comprehensive and detailed overview of the main Federal rules governing these products, as well as noticeable States legislations, including:
- DEFINITIONS What is a cosmetic? What is drug? What are cosmetic drugs? The case of soaps.
- SAFETY RULES General requirements, California laws, Good Manufacturing Practices, Microbial limits, The case of product containing hydrocarbons
- INGREDIENTS Restrictions over ingredient use, CIR recommendations, California laws, OTC cosmetic drugs, Alcohol regulations
- LABELLING Overview of labelling rules, Name and place of business, Statement of identity, Net quantity of content, Product durability, Date of manufacture and/or Batch number, List of ingredients, Warnings and directions for use, Country of origin, Green dot, Natural cosmetics, Other requested information, Specific labelling requirements for OTC cosmetic drugs
- CLAIMS AND ADVERTISING General requirements, Regulated cosmetic claims, OTC cosmetic drugs, Other requirements
- MARKETING REQUIREMENTS Voluntary registration of cosmetics, California Safe Cosmetics Act, Specific requirements applicable to cosmetic drugs
- PACKAGING Packaging waste, Identification of packaging materials
- ENVIRONMENT VOC regulations, Toxics in packaging materials
- REGULATORY REFERENCES
A reminder of what is important to know is provided at the end of each section. Hyperlinks provide useful and easy references to original regulatory texts.
For the complete Handbook (120 €) follow this link
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
A new publication from Shiseido has appeared currently concerning Palm Oil. This ingredient is used not just in cosmetics but in food or detergents productions. Shiseido joined recently the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) an international non-profit organization born in 2010. The RSPO basically works for requesting a ethical use of this ingredient as in our times is the highest use.
So, as it seems more inconvenients for cosmetic producers if they want to grow in an ethical world wide. Just expect this will benefit our world and not just some brands and manufacturers. For more information follow the link below:
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
To Make good deals and save time are the main motivations from French consumers for buying online. That makes me remind my deals online. I do buy often online especially to avoid queues to try the goods, have an advise, for paying. I pay online and you send me home! That's the best!!
Guess someday, close from today, main people will be devorating online sales!! Find below the details of the French consumer buying cosmetics online from Premium Beauty News.
Cosmetic brand État Pur, whose products are sold only on the Internet, joined forces with market research firm Come & Stay, a specialist of digital communication, to build a barometer on the behaviour of those ho chose to buy their cosmetics online.
First of all, this initial barometer confirms the strong interest of French women in cosmetic products. Indeed, 66% of them say they love to test new cosmetics and own dozens of products already. A majority of French women also claims to spend between 30 and 60 euros per month for purchasing cosmetics, and 47% of French women purchase between 30 and 60 euros, all retail channels combined.
Buying cosmetics on the Internet is becoming usual
More over, the results confirm the increasing confidence of consumers towards online sales and the steady increase of the e-commerce, which gradually becomes as legitimate as physical distribution networks. In an area where personal advices as well as the need to test products before purchasing it were considered as major impediments to the development of online sales, the results of the study show, on the contrary, that this distribution channel is becoming as usual as the others.
Actually, 30% of consumers say they have made regular online purchases over the last 6 months and two thirds of the respondents have bought online over the 6 months (to compare to 82% for brick and mortar perfumeries and 88% for brick and mortar pharmacies and drug stores).
Regarding product categories, 61% of respondents have bought a face care product (moisturizer, serum, ...) online over the last 6 months and more than 47% have bought a body care product (cream, oil, specific treatment, ...). Over 40% of buyers say that they even get on the internet to buy a brand they did not know.
Brands’ e-shops are the most appealing
These online shopping cosmetics are overwhelmingly made from home (about 96%), and most frequently during the evening (42%). Furthermore, French women prefer massively (71%) turn to the online shops of renown brands (Clarins, Yves Rocher,...) rather than on the merchant site of a specialized distributor (39%).
Also note the good score of private sales sites (BrandAlley, Beauty Private ...) that almost score as high as with the online beauty stores (35% compared to 39%). As far as online drugstores are concerned, they appeal for 24% of the buyers.
The main motivations of online shoppers include the opportunity to make “good deals” (69%) and to save time (64%). When purchasing cosmetics online, the most important criteria are: prices (66%) and product information (57%).
The survey was conducted online between May 9 and June 21, 2012 with 1,230 women. The sample was adjusted according to the quota method, based on French demographics for the following variables: age and distribution by region.