Category Archives: cosmetics

Dilemmas of animal-testing for China cosmetics – Mark Schaub

Globally cosmetic companies have been phasing out animal testing, but in China authorities sometimes still require those tests. Lawyer  Mark Schaub looks at the dilemmas for international cosmetics, who face different requirements, and potential damage to their brand, at the China Law Insight.

Trade war might hit Single’s Day – Shaun Rein

China is in the middle of the 10th Single’s Day, a very successful shopping holiday. But both the US-China trade war and the drop in stock markets might hit the…

The trouble of being a celebrity in China – Shaun Rein

The disappearance of famous movie star Fan Bingbing now three months ago has kept many guessing for the reasons behind it. Being a celebrity in China has some extra risks, explains business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, for AP.  “There’s a greater risk for celebrities to get in trouble with the law and never be able to get a chance at redemption.”

Women: key spenders on China’s Single’s Day: Shaun Rein

China single’s day (28 August) triggered off a range of commercial activities. Business analyst Shaun Rein looks on AFP at the industries focusing on this attractive target group. Women play a key role in consumer spending, he says.

Crack-down on pyramid schemes hits MLM-firms – Mark Schaub

Foreign multi-level marketing (MLM) firms like Herbalife, Nu Skin and Usana Health Sciences got into trouble as Chinese authorities turned in a 3-month campaign against domestic illegal pyramid schemes. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub explains the background at the China Law Insight.

Cosmetic giants deal with pricing gap – Ben Cavender

One of the main reasons Chinese consumers buy themselves silly abroad – including Hong Kong – is the high difference in pricing of similar products in mainland China. Cosmetic giants Estee Lauder and AmorePacific have lower their prices up to 30 percent, as also the government is revamping its import fees. More will follow, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender to the South China Morning Post.

Warning for direct selling after Nu Skin penalty – Ben Cavender

A US$540,000 fine for illegal direct selling and unsubstantiated product claims for Nu Skin Enterprises came as a relief, since the company could have faced a higher penalty. But it serves as a warning for all direct selling in China, says market analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.

Rabbits Rejoice – End of PRC Animal Testing Requirements Nears – Mark Schaub

China is introducing new regulations that makes it possible to phase out animal testing for cosmetics. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub explains how NGO´s, international pressure and basic market forces have made it possible to give rabbits and mice a happier life, and consumers politically correct cosmetics.

In China, dark is ugly – Zhang Lijia

Getting a sun taint is traditionally not done in China, especially for women. The Asia Society collected stories on a dark color and celebrity author Zhang Lijia tells how a darker skin was met with scorn in her youth.

“The spirit of the East and the West” – Helen Wang

Book author Helen Wang got a feature in the Chengdu fashion magazine “Grace”, describing her as “the spirit of the East and the West”. On her weblog Helen Wang describes her latest success.