Natural and Scalp Treatment Trends Abound the Professional Hair Market in Asia

cosmoprof_Asia_14Cosmoprof Asia, a leading event dedicated to the world of beauty in Asia, gathered this year more than 2,350 exhibitors from 42 countries and thousands of visitors from across the globe. At this year’s event, we saw many brands and an emphasis on naturally promoted products and scalp hair treatments, which are becoming more and more popular among consumers. Continue reading

The Rise and Shine of Anti-aging Hair Care

The Rise and Shine of Anti-aging Hair Care
Nowadays, looking young and beautiful has never been so easy! With so many new and innovative product formulae, as well as hi-tech beauty devices, the anti-aging choices for both women and men are endless. Because anti-aging plays such an important role in many people’s lives, this week we have prepared a special interview with Donna Barson, Senior Associate for Kline’s Consumer Products Practice, about the trends in anti-aging hair care. Continue reading

Partial Upgrading Technologies – Panacea for the Heavy Oils Market

Kline projects that global crude oil demand to be about 89 MMbbls/d (million barrels per day) by 2030. Of this, the share of heavy oil resources is expected to be about 15 MMbbls/d. Current global utilization of heavy crude oil stands at about 11.5 MMbbls/day. Considering the decline in production in the coming years, an additional 7 MMbbls/d of capacity will have to be added by 2030 to meet the global demand. Heavy oil, if effectively exploited with partial upgrading, could emerge as one of the major factors in meeting the world’s energy requirements.

Heavy oil has been traditionally processed at the refinery by full upgrading technologies. The major issue is transporting the heavy oil to the refinery. This is resolved by either utilizing capital intensive full upgrading technologies at the wellhead or using diluents to get the crude to pipeline specs; thereby, adding costs for diluent losses and shipping to the wellhead. Partial upgrading technologies tackle these problems by converting only a portion of the vacuum residue in heavy oil, thus enabling it to meet pipeline specifications, at reduced capital investment levels and ideally without the need for diluents. Partial upgrading technologies provide a cost-effective solution for transporting heavy oil from remote locations to refineries. Continue reading

The Changing Face of the Beauty Industry and the Professional Channel

The Changing Face of the Beauty Industry and the Professional ChannelThe beauty retailing landscape is constantly in flux and has changed dramatically in the 50+ years that Kline has been tracking the market. The consumer’s path to purchase is not always clear as offline and online shopping are more intertwined than ever before. Brands that were previously exclusive to the professional channel are now using retail outlets as part of their channel strategies. The internet has become a legitimate venue for professional products thanks to initiatives like Loxa Beauty by BSG and L’Oréal’s collaboration with StyleSeat. The formula for a winning marketing approach can be created based on the right retailing mix and what is appropriate for a particular product, brand, or category. Continue reading

While Regulations Place Bio-lubricants on the Growth Path, Product Performance at Competitive Pricing Will Drive the Market, Forecasts Kline

bio_petroleumThe increase of high-performing, cost competitive green base-oils, in the context of government regulations, supported by industry interest to develop innovative green formulations for various end users, is driving the bio-lubricants market growth. According to our recently published Opportunities in Bio-lubricants: Global Market Analysis study the outlook illustrates bio-lubricant growth will outpace that of finished lubricants. Bio-lubricants constitute a small percentage of the finished lubricants market globally. The United States is the largest consumer of bio-lubricants in the world, followed by Germany, Nordic countries, and Brazil close behind. China is the smallest, but also the fastest growing market researched in this study.

The reasons for the relatively limited uptake of bio-lubricants include lack of regulation and domestic labels, high-performing formulations that are up to par with conventional lubricants, high prices, and lack of suitable additives.

The most significant regulation passed to date is the Vessel General Permit, introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The VGP is expected to drive the demand for bio-lubricants, particularly in stern tube oils. Advancements in bio-lubricants industry are most prominent in environmentally-sensitive zones, led by federal procurement programs, tenders and self regulation by OEMs and trade associations, such as forestry and waterway associations. Continue reading

Creepy Colors, Haunted Hues, Devilish Designs…You Guessed It: It’s Halloween Time!

Creepy Colors, Haunted Hues, Devilish Designs…You Guessed It: It’s Halloween Time!Fall is by far one of the best times of the year when it comes to nails, trying new polish colors and even nail designs. With Halloween just a few days away, what better way to get into the spirit than by stepping up your nail game? From autumnal shades of gray, brown, and green to darker, chilly tones with funky painted pumpkins, spooky ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and, of course, spider webs, Halloween nail art is creative, fun, and never boring.

As expected, most professional nail care manufacturers are introducing new, special Halloween collections, surprising us with unique colors and glitter finishes, and this year is no exception. Continue reading

Skin Care from Head to Toe: All at the 24th ISPA Conference & Expo Show

Skin Care from Head to Toe: All at the 24th ISPA Conference & Expo ShowSkin care experts and enthusiasts converged at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas to attend The International Spa Association‘s annual conference last week. The show’s mantra focused on creativity in aspects of spa business, from ideation to the presentation of products.

The exhibition opening was celebrated with a vibrant introduction from the University of Las Vegas’ drum line. When the exhibit hall doors opened, there were brightly lit booths where spa directors and line representatives sampled the newest products, reviewed line sheets, and placed orders. Continue reading


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