Friday, 2 December, 2022

Topic: Cosmetics

From Lakshmi to Lakmé — story of India’s first cosmetic brand, envisioned by PM Nehru

The brand was named after the popular French opera Lakmé, which in turn is the French word for goddess Lakshmi.

Whiff from the past — how a handful of Indian companies are reviving the glory of desi attar

The oil-based fragrances derived from flowers & herbs slipped in preference as Western perfumes flooded markets. In their contemporary form, attars are more than old wine in new bottle.

After the gaming crackdown, China to target cosmetics industry

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.

Centre plans to introduce wider testing facility for toys, cosmetics, digital appliances

The National Test House aims to develop a testing laboratory that will help in the assessment of the risks associated with consumer products used at home that contains nanomaterial.

South Korea’s beauty industry once minted billionaires, now there’s a stark reversal

Pandemic has hit the K-beauty industry hard. Social distancing & remote work have ushered in lifestyle changes that have made cosmetics less central to women’s daily routines.

Estee Lauder is reviewing its products for skin-lightening references to avoid criticism

Estee Lauder product review will include assessing use of terms such as 'brightening' & 'lightening'. The cosmetics company was earlier confronted by employees over racial matters.

Lipstick under burkha to lipstick under mask — Why Indian women won’t stop now

Mask or no mask, lipstick continues to be a game changer in the self-fashioning of Indian women.

Afghan Snow, India’s first beauty cream, was christened by a king and endorsed by Gandhi

Make-up base, sunscreen, moisturiser - the multipurpose cream was advertised as many things but never as a complexion lightener.

India’s drug regulator warns Amazon against selling adulterated cosmetics

Raids by Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) inspectors found unlicenced goods were beng sold on e-commerce websites including Amazon. 

These apps can reveal your make-up’s dirty secrets

Shoppers around the world are bent on finding out what they’re putting on their bodies. They are scanning everything from lipstick to skin cream.

On Camera


Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.