the cosmetics market

Update 06/12/2019


1.1 Presentation and definition of the cosmetics manufacturing market

A cosmetic includes any substance used to clean, moisturize or alter a person's skin, hair, nails or teeth.

Cosmetics can be divided into two macro-categories:

- Beauty products: e.g. makeup, perfume, skin cream;

- Care products: e.g. shampoo, soap, deodorant.


Europe is the world's leading producer of cosmetics.  France is a leading market in Europe and has a trade surplus, however, the market is highly competitive and concentrated in the hands of a few giants of cosmetics, who must continuously innovate their offer to keep pace with the changing needs of consumers and not lose market share to an increasing number of smaller players trying to conquer a certain niche.

In fact, following the growing interest in issues such as sustainability and the environment, or the greater attention paid to the origin of products and the origin of ingredients, or even the highest consideration for personal care, both existing businesses and newcomers need to quickly change their positioning accordingly.

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