L'Oréal has beat industry expectations with its Q3 results, with sales growing 5.1 percent to €6.09bn in the three months ending 30 September 2017, as opposed to the predicted 4.2 percent as forecasted by experts in a Reuters poll. 

US retail behemoth Sephora is reportedly looking to replace Frances Koh as Head of marketing and e-commerce for its Singapore arm following her recent resignation, according to a report by Marketing Interactive. 

Luxury beauty company Hourglass Cosmetics is looking to stay ahead of the growing cruelty-free trend and has committed to becoming an all-vegan brand by 2020. 

Shares in speciality chemicals company Clariant have risen following news of a possible buy out from private equity firm CVC, a move which follows a rejection from Evonik last week. 

Fast food restaurant KFC Japan has dipped its toe in the personal care market once again with launch of a wacky fried chicken bath bomb, only available as part of a competition running until 15 November.

Walgreens has announced it will begin the closure of 600 stores over the course of an 18 month period starting in spring 2018, a move announced during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

Johnson & Johnson has appointed public relations agency Porter Novelli to handle its global CSR activities in what is reported to be a $300,000 annual deal, which is thought to run over several years, according to prweek.com.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been photographed visiting a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang where it was reported he had praised the production of high quality product and packaging that is helping develop the country's cosmetics market, as reported by the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).

Color cosmetics company Benefit has announced the voluntary recall of its Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel over safety concerns, a decision which was said to have been done through an ‘abundance of caution.’

Malaysian entrepreneur and online beauty expert Farra Fareez has recently launched a cosmetics store in Malaysia named Sefarra, with the shop’s branding and packaging drawing strong similarities to that of US retail giant Sephora.

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