A round-up of the latest news and information you need to know to start your week surrounding all things beauty and grooming.

Regulatory & Legislative Analysis

  • Cosmetics Europe has confirmed that the claim “Not tested on animals” is now obsolete under the EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) N°1223/2009. The European Commission (EC), as the governing body of the EU cosmetics regulation, provides a Common Criteria that is a “mandatory and legally binding EU text that supersedes any diverging national requirements” for manufactures and brand owners to adhere to when looking to use on-pack marketing claims. (Cosmetics Design)
  • China authorities have continued to make steps toward the ending of animal testing on cosmetics by ceasing mandatory testing for ordinary cosmetic products produced and sold in China. The new regulation comes into effect from July 1st  and follows two years of lobbying by animal cruelty groups who have been aiming to bring the country in line with other markets that no longer test on animals, specifically the European Union. (Cosmetics Design)

Market GPS

  • The South African color cosmetics market is forecast to be worth £90.3 million in 2014 says  market researcher Mintel; and a new report from fellow firm Euromonitor International confirms that this all thanks to the country’s riding middle class. (Cosmetics Design)
  • With color cosmetics lagging a little in Europe, the EU is continuing to inject money into the segment, in what looks like a bid to boost trade.  Through projects such as the European Framework Programmes for Research and Technology Development (EFPRTD) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the segment is enjoying financial boosts from the EU. (Cosmetics Design)

Business Portfolio

  • CHINESE consumers may pay a lower consumption tax for some cosmetic products after the Ministry of Finance has completed re-categorizing them, local media reported. The ministry is considering dividing cosmetics into high-end and general cosmetics. The latter may no longer be subject to the current 30 percent consumption tax. (Shanghai Daily)

Beauty 2.0

  • 5 Must Have Beauty Apps – from virtually trying on makeup to ordering a hairstylist to your doorstep, these are the best beauty apps to download now. (Harpers Bazaar)
  • Sephora has announced the launch of its new 3D Augmented Reality Mirror, which the company claims is the first which can simulate cosmetics on a user’s face in real-time and in 3D. The technology can be used either within a kiosk or on a mobile device, and allows users to see their face on a live video stream, via which they can choose to virtually apply different cosmetic products. (Cosmetics Design)
  •  L’Oreal’s Women in Digital program is all about supporting female entrepreneurs and advancing the technology they build. This is why the “Next Generation Awards” were created. Their ultimate goal is to seek out women-operated businesses that help conceive, launch, and scale new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the digital space, drive brand innovation, and shape the next generation of the beauty industry. Read about L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Next Generation Awards, past winners and some founders to watch who are focused in beauty tech. (Women 2.0)


1938 is the online magazine blog for Well-Kept Beauty, formally entitled Primer.

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