Author: Louise Prance-Miles

Oman tightens rules on cosmetic standards

A set of 52 quality standards have been set up by The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) in Oman for a range of cosmetics, including aromatic lotions, creams, deodorants, oils and shampoos. According to Shaymaa bint Khamis Al Balushiah, Quality Control Specialist of Chemical Products, at the Directorate General for Standards and Metrology in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, any cosmetics not covered by an obligatory ministerial decision should be accompanied by a document confirming the integrity and veracity of the product information issued by the manufacturing company. Indeed the obligatory procedure for releasing or approving the...


Sephora capitalises on beauty box trend

Cosmetic retailer Sephora has launched into the ever growing beauty subscription box arena with its newest offering, ‘Play’. A area of the beauty market that is fast becoming fashionable with both men and women, beauty boxes are a fairly new concept. Consumers receive a beauty box every four weeks, which is packed with new or tried and tested products, such as make-up, skin care, fragrance and face masks. Sephora is the latest cosmetics giant to get in on the action with its Play home delivery service. Within these boxes consumers receive both samples and full-sized cosmetics delivered to their...


Morrocan cosmetics entrepreneur reaches finals of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Managing Director of Izil Beauty, Mouna Abbassy, has been announced as a Middle East finalist of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. The awards were founded in 2006 to foster and encourage women’s projects. Abbassy, 33, creates and markets natural cosmetics that are said to be inspired by the natural and traditional preparation of homemade beauty recipes by the Moroccan Amazigh women such as Argan, Ghassoul clay, and other rare Moroccan natural ingredients. The finals of the project, a brainchild between Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company, and INSEAD Business School, are set to take place on October 15,...


European natural and organic personal care market set to grow from 2014 to 2019

According to a new report by Research and Markets the natural and organic personal care market is set to grow at a CAGR of 9.58 per cent during 2014 to 2019. Key drivers in the market are said to be L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Oriflame, Yves Rocher and Weleda, while the hair care segment represents the second largest segment in the market. The strong demand for natural and organic hair oils, shampoos, conditioners, and serums is said to be down to an increase in hair and scalp related problems. These include dandruff, itching, flaking, lice, hair fall, split ends, tangling, aging...


Unilever’s new manufacturing centre set for green light

A new Advanced Manufacturing Centre proposed by Unilever is set to be given the green light. The centre, set for development at Unilever’s Port Sunlight, will allow scientists and engineers to test for new personal care products. Wirral Council is to review the application at its planning meeting, with the proposed £24 million scheme set to form part of Unilever’s current R&D facility in Bebington and will be secured with backing from the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). However, a report prepared by the planning officer prior to the meeting recommended councillors should approve the scheme. It said, “The...