COVID-19 and APAC's cosmetics industry: All our coronavirus news...in one place

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COVID-19 and APAC's cosmetics industry: All our coronavirus news...in one place

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Here's your comprehensive round-up of all our COVID-19 coverage from CosmeticsDesign-Asia.

COVID-19 ‘wake-up call’: Singapore’s Liht Organics sees global potential amid clean beauty clamour

26-Jun-2020

Singapore-based organic make-up brand Liht Organics is pursuing global expansion plans to capitalise on consumers' increasing focus on clean beauty products during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Translating tradition: How beauty brands can tap China’s cultural heritage to appeal to young consumers

23-Jun-2020 

Beauty brands have a huge opportunity to tap into Chinese heritage and products more relevant for the country’s youth, with COVID-19 spurring younger consumers to ‘show solidarity’ with brands that reflect local culture.

Green impact: O’right sees ‘perfect opportunity’ to succeed in Japan as sustainability awareness rises

24-Jun-2020

Taiwan green beauty brand O’right is set to make its entry into Japan’s competitive market despite COVID-19, where it hopes to capitalise on rising sustainability awareness and make its mark alongside international players.

Digital adoption: India’s post-COVID-19 landscape pushing retailer Nykaa to focus on e-commerce business

23-Jun-2020

India’s beauty brands must learn to rely less on traditional channels and make the move to becoming ‘digital-first’ brands as uncertainty reigns supreme in the nation’s brick-and-mortar retail space.

Hands-free beauty in India: COVID-19 worries may spur demand for beauty products with contactless applications

22-Jun-2020

Skin care brands in India have an opportunity to create products in contactless application formats to help Indian consumers avoid touching their face during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

K-beauty’s post-COVID-19 future: Clean, hygienic and healthy beauty trends set to soar

17-Jun-2020

Beauty brands looking into South Korea’s post-pandemic personal care market can tap into upcoming trends triggered by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Beauty tech in demand: COVID-19 pushing Benefit Cosmetics to adopt more AR beauty tools

15-Jun-2020

LVMH-owned Benefit Cosmetics says it is ‘actively exploring’ new digital tools like Augmented Reality (AR) tech to be able to engage and connect with consumers in a post-COVID world.

Online Crux: Singaporean brand mySKINBAR looks to web consultations amid COVID-19 restrictions

10-Jun-2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus is pushing Singapore-based skin care brand mySKINBAR to accelerate its plans to develop digital initiatives such as its online skin consultations.

Handy guide: Philippines FDA sets mandatory cosmetic labelling requirements for sanitisers

09-Jun-2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has detailed a set of cosmetic labelling requirements for rubbing alcohol and hand sanitisers in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Quality alternatives’: Singaporean zero-waste beauty brand Oasis sees demand soar during COVID-19 lockdown

09-Jun-2020

Singapore-based zero-waste personal care brand has seen a spike in sales since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis forced the country to go into lockdown in early April.

Coming clean: Australia TGA warns against inappropriate claims made by hand sanitiser manufacturers

08-Jun-2020

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has warned manufacturers that hand sanitiser products cannot include inappropriate claims, such as the prevention of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Keeping going: Singapore’s Suu Balm stays optimistic despite COVID-19 retail impact

04-Jun-2020

Singapore-based Suu Balm has taken a hit from the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, but remains positive about the future, especially in the online area.

Government boost? Vietnam’s booming e-commerce sector fosters new opportunities for cosmetic brands

02-Jun-2020

Beauty brands looking to tapping into the growing Vietnam market may have more opportunities following the government’s announcement that it plans to focus on developing its e-commerce sector.

Heroes' tribute: Symrise develops ‘renewable fragrance’ for COVID-19 frontliners in China, Singapore

02-Jun-2020

Fragrance producer Symrise has developed a unisex eau de cologne created with sustainable ingredients for those on the frontline of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis around the globe, including those in China and Singapore.

Shiseido and Bobbi Brown among brands in SEA turning to livestreaming amid COVID-19

01-Jun-2020

A growing number of cosmetic brands are turning to livestreaming in South East Asia as a way to supplement the loss of physical interaction with consumers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘At a turning point’: China beauty brick-and-mortar stores will recover if retailers reinvent themselves

27-May-2020

China’s retail sector took a dire hit this year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak but one industry expert believes we have not seen the back of beauty in brick-and-mortar if it learns to adapt quickly to the times.

Innovate or hibernate? Beauty tech start-up developing AI hair analysis to avoid COVID-19 slump

27-May-2020

A Singapore-based beauty tech start-up has been using the downtime from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to develop an AI-powered hair analysis tool which it believes will be in demand when the market recovers from the outbreak.

Aussie Hair Folli pushing for China expansion as economy sees quick bounce-back from COVID-19

26-May-2020

Newly launched hair care band Hair Folli is gearing up to launch its products in China as the market has been reporting rapid recovery from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

China, colour and COVID-19: Merck breaks down how pandemic outbreak has changed make-up market

26-May-2020

Cosmetic ingredient supplier Merck believes the market will see a shift in China’s colour cosmetic trends to more attention-grabbing, long-lasting and skin-loving in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Shiseido APAC ‘revving up’ on digital offerings to combat COVID-19 market conditions

25-May-2020

The Asia Pacific arm of Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is reinforcing its digital presence in the region in light of the current climate brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Meitu develops ‘forever free’ virtual make-up try-on system to support recovery from COVID-19

21-May-2020

Chinese beauty tech company Meitu has launched a free augmented reality (AR)-powered tool to help cosmetic companies try and increase the sales of make-up during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

L’Occitane’s ‘sweet spot’: Company aims to develop hand care category as sales take off during COVID-19

20-May-2020

L’Occitane International is looking to boost development in the hand care category to keep up with demands generated by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Sweet success for NZ’s The Bonbon Factory with sanitisers, but fears economy will hit core range

20-May-2020 

New Zealand’s The Bonbon Factory has reported 300% growth in sales in the first three weeks of April, contributed by its latest product, a hand and trolley sanitiser.

CEO of Endota hopeful that COVID-19 pandemic will make prioritising wellness ‘non-negotiable’

19-May-2020

Founder and CEO of Endota Spa is optimistic that wellness will become more of a priority rather than a trend in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) developments.

Opportunity for transformation: Shiseido lays down ‘worst-case scenario’ plans to beat COVID-19

18-May-2020

Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido has announced new strategies to tackle impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak if the economy does not recover by early 2021.

Shiseido sales shrink: Global spread of COVID-9 causes Q1 operating profits to plunge 83% for J-beauty giant

13-May-2020

J-beauty behemoth Shiseido Company saw its first-quarter net sales decrease by 15.8% while net profit and operating profit fell by 95.8% and 83% respectively as a result of the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Back to science: Will COVID-19 encourage consumers to change their tune about parabens?

13-May-2020

Preservatives have long been vilified as a ‘harmful’ ingredient, but a deeper understanding of hygiene and contamination brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may well validate their usage.

Fragrance with benefits: Focus on inner well-being during COVID-19 accelerating scent trend

12-May-2020

The founder of a Singapore-based fragrance firm believes the functional fragrance trend is set to boom as more consumers prioritise their inner well-being in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Desire for beauty is eternal’: L’Oréal continues to be optimistic about Indonesia’s potential despite COVID-19

11-May-2020

L’Oréal Indonesia says it remains ‘bullish’ about the lucrative Indonesian market in spite of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

'We need comfort': Perfumery Maison 21G launches scented hand sanitisers to soothe and protect

07-May-2020 By Amanda Lim

Perfumery Maison 21G has unveiled a line-up of four alcohol-based scented hand sanitisers designed to protect and comfort, in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Disruption needed: Prestige beauty sector will need to ‘redefine’ itself post-COVID-19

06-May-2020

Luxury cosmetic brands need to stay fluid in the face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to make up for the lack of advantages in today’s market.

‘A testament to agility’: Unilever ANZ begins local production of Lifebuoy to cope with demand

06-May-2020

Unilever ANZ has moved production of Lifebuoy products back to Australia to help meet the local demand for products such as hand sanitisers in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Return to the skies: Shiseido travel retail revs up with a slew of new skin care releases targeted at Chinese jetsetters

05-May-2020

Shiseido Travel Retail is preparing to meet the demand of Chinese travellers with a wide range of multi-functional skin care launches as they begin to start travelling post-lockdown.

Taking on COVID-19: Kao working to ‘drastically ramp up’ production of hygiene-related products

04-May-2020

Personal care conglomerate Kao Corporation has said it will be boosting the production of products such as hand soap and hand sanitisers as demand outstrips supply.

China’s position in global supply chain will not be weakened by COVID-19 pandemic – Global Cosmetics VP

28-Apr-2020

Cosmetic manufacturer Global Cosmetics believes that China will remain a major supply chain hub for the cosmetic industry, despite the disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Demand surge: Aussie supplier racing to meet rising orders for lemon myrtle amid COVID-19 pandemic

28-Apr-2020

Australian Native Products has seen a surge in requests for Australian lemon myrtle as demand for sanitising products surge due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Post-pandemic future: Beauty industry will see more emphasis on digital, collaboration and sustainability after COVID-19

27-Apr-2020 

The novel coronavirus outbreak will have lasting impact on the beauty industry when it comes to digital strategies, cross-collaborations and sustainability.

Tackling COVID-19: Packaging, exports and training key hurdles for the cosmetics sector

23-Apr-2020

Overcoming challenges to exports and training are two of the top priorities the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association of Singapore (CTFAS) is striving to help members overcome in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Remarkable’ rebound: L’Oréal China’s strong Q1 results show appetite for beauty ‘remains intact’ despite COVID-19 – CEO

22-Apr-2020 

French cosmetics company L’Oréal reported that its sales in China have seen progressive signs of recovery since the country was hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, potentially signalling that the cosmetics market is headed for a quick recovery post-pandemic.

The COVID-19 impact: Vietnam personal care market jumps by double-digits

20-Apr-2020

The first four weeks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak saw double-digit growth in Vietnam’s personal care market and one expert believes it will continue rising well after the pandemic eases.

COVID-19 and conscious beauty: Emerging trend will get a boost in the aftermath of pandemic

15-Apr-2020

The market is set to see a boom in conscious beauty, with one firm believing that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will have a clear and lasting impact on the emerging trend.

‘Working Together’: Cosmetics Europe launches COVID-19 response platform

09-Apr-2020

European trade association Cosmetics Europe wants to raise the profile of the collaborative struggle against the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through an online resource portal, accessible to industry and the wider public.

Decoding COVID-19 impact: Colour cosmetics to slow, personal hygiene and skin care to soar?

13-Apr-2020

Beauty products considered safe, trustworthy and comforting will see a sharp rise in demand in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with one firm also believing that colour cosmetics could dip, while hygiene and skin care will drive forward.

Skin-friendly hand sanitisers: Holista Colltech and Skin Elements partner for new launch amid COVID-19 pandemic

08-Apr-2020

Biotech firm Holista Colltech and skin care specialist Skin Elements – both of which are listed on the Australian stock exchange - have announced a deal to launch a natural and alcohol-free hand sanitiser.

Improving remote connections amid COVID-19: Perfect Corp offers beauty companies free training tools

07-Apr-2020 

Taiwan-based AI/AR firm Perfect Corp is offering cosmetic firms complimentary use of its augmented reality training service, YouCam A.R.T., to help them connect their teams, as working remotely becomes the new normal.

COVID-19: Debenhams prepares for ‘light touch’ administration

06-Apr-2020 

Department store group Debenhams has filed a Notice of Intent to appoint an administrator in the UK – a move it says should protect business through the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Essential oils and COVID-19: Industry warns no sufficient evidence for efficacy amid sales surge

06-Apr-2020

The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has seen a surge in demand for essential oils with claims of antiviral and antibacterial effects, although the industry has warned there are no sufficient evidence of its efficacy against the pandemic.

PODCAST: A global beauty view on COVID-19 - market impact, industry response and trends to watch

03-Apr-2020

The ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has gripped markets worldwide, and with no concrete end in sight, CosmeticsDesign’s editors discuss market impacts, industry response and what might still be to come.

Digital acceleration: A.S. Watson underlines importance of its digital investments amid COVID-19 outbreak

01-Apr-2020 

The investments poured into the digital transformation of its front and backend systems have put retailer Watsons in a strong position to tackle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to its Group COO.

‘The focus now is survival’: Indie brand Rock & Herb ramping up online efforts in response to COVID-19

01-Apr-2020

Singapore-based beauty brand Rock & Herb will be concentrating its marketing dollars on digital marketing as it rides out the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Sales greatly declining’: Shiseido braced for Europe and Americas COVID-19 downturn as China shows signs of recovery

31-Mar-2020 

The Shiseido Company is bracing for impact as the novel coronavirus spreads through Europe and the Americas, while its China business shows encouraging signs of recovery.

Hindustan Unilever rebukes claims it raised soap prices to profit from COVID-19 crisis

31-Mar-2020 

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has clarified ‘misleading reports’ that it increased prices of its soaps amid India’s looming battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

‘Preventative’ and ‘safe’ beauty rise amid COVID-19 concerns: Mintel

27-Mar-2020

Beauty products considered preventative and safe will see a sharp rise in demand during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, driving clear and lasting change across personal care, says Mintel.

Bouncing back: A.S. Watson’s China business sees improvement following COVID-19 outbreak

25-Mar-2020

Health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson has observed a strong recovery in China after over a month of store closures due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

‘Permissible and forgivable’: Malaysia clarifies that alcohol-based hand sanitisers can be used by Muslims

24-Mar-2020

Malaysia’s minister of religious affairs has given the green light for Muslim consumers to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Helping hand? Thailand suspends plans to regulate hand sanitisers amid COVID-19 shortage concerns

23-Mar-2020 

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has repealed a notification to classify alcohol-based hand sanitisers as ‘medical devices’ in order to ease up the shortage on hand sanitisers, in the wake of recent COVID-19 developments.

19 ways the beauty industry is responding to CoronaVirus

18-Mar-2020 

It wasn’t until 2020 that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) became a factor of import in the cosmetics and personal care industry. But by now, no matter where in the world you are, the virus has changed things. Here Cosmetics Design looks at how our...

Shifting cosmetic priorities: COVID-19 spurs demand for ‘healthy’ beauty products in China

18-Mar-2020 

Chinese consumers will shift their attitudes towards beauty products that promote health on the label following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Keeping the team together: Luxasia implements measures to safeguard jobs amid COVID-19 crisis

17-Mar-2020 

Omnichannel luxury beauty and lifestyle brand distributor, Luxasia, has made safeguarding the livelihood of its employees a primary focus in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

COVID-19: LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics to produce hydroalcoholic gel for France

16-Mar-2020 

International luxury goods major LVMH will produce hydroalcoholic gel at all its cosmetics and perfume sites across France to tackle a country shortage amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Indie brand FrankSkincare amps up online efforts and pop-up stores to counter COVID-19 retail impact

12-Mar-2020

Singapore-based organic beauty brand FrankSkincare says it will rely on online channels and pop-up stores to tide through the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

China over-reliance? Corum says COVID-19 presents opportunity to reconsider supply chain strategy

11-Mar-2020 

Ingredient supplier to rethink their supply chain strategy in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Hair care will see quickest recovery from COVID-19 outbreak in China– Kantar Worldpanel

10-Mar-2020 

China’s hair care category will bounce back the fastest compared to skin care and colour cosmetics in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, according to a new report.

Sa Sa shutting shops: Temporary closures of 21 doors in Hong Kong and Macau as coronavirus bites

20-Feb-2020 

The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced the cosmetics retailer Sa Sa to temporarily suspend operations of 21 stores in Hong Kong and Macau as part of cost-saving measures.

No worries: L’Oréal Group confident it can outperform beauty market in 2020 despite COVID-19 impact

19-Feb-2020 

L’Oréal Group CEO cautioned that the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) would cause a temporary slowdown but remained confident that the company would still be able to outperform the market in 2020.

Brace for impact: Estée Lauder plots path to recovery from COVID-19 outbreak

18-Feb-2020

Estée Lauder Companies’ CEO says the firm stands ready to invest to aid recovery from the impact of the China novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus round-up: How the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the APAC personal care industry

17-Feb-2020 

Our round-up of how the APAC cosmetics industry has been impacted by fall out of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, featuring Shiseido, Estée Lauder, Kosé Corporation and PCHi2020

Coronavirus woes: Kosé slashes profit forecasts as it braces for the impact of the epidemic

10-Feb-2020 

Japanese cosmetics firm Kosé Corp has decreased its sales and earnings outlook in the wake of the China coronavirus outbreak.

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