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

Legislative/ Regulatory

  • Specialty ingredients supplier Ashland has voiced its support and approval of the Sunscreen Innovation Act, H.R. 4250 as it looks to develop its new products. The announcement joins the Public Access to SunScreens (PASS) Coalition in applauding the House Energy and Commerce Committee for bipartisan support of the new Act. (CosmeticsDesign)

Business Portfolio

  • Construction of L’Oreal’s newest European distribution center has been completed in Milan, Italy. The global beauty giant will soon begin regional distribution from the center, which was constructed by IDI Gazeley which describes the facility as one of the most advanced of its kind to be constructed by the company to date. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Study finds physical plus digital is best Retail Strategy (WWD)
  • Beiersdorf has opened as integrated production and research & development center in Silao, Mexico, as it looks to better serve the North and Central America markets. The plant will primarily produce creams, lotions, shower products and lip care from the Nivea, Eucerin, and Labello brands for sales in Mexico, Central and North America.  (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Encore Takes Stake in Butter London (WWD)

Industry Pulse

  • Sephora, the top seller of Dior lip gloss and Lancome face creams, is under attack in continental Europe from far less glamorous competitors: pharmacies. New data shows specialist beauty retailers such as Sephora, one of the fastest growing companies at world No. 1 luxury group LVMH, are losing market share to pharmacies offering cheaper products. (Reuters)
  • Critical Mass Beauty: Looking for an Edge at Cosmoprof North America (WWD)
  • Evonik’s VP of personal care in North America explains how the ingredients player is planning to capitalize on the growing opportunities in the region’s men’s grooming market by developing a deeper understanding of what male consumers are looking for. (CosmeticsDesign)

Market GPS

  • Breaking barriers for emerging market export: A new agreement at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to reduce many of the formalities facing exporters could give fresh impetus to cosmetics companies engaged in world trade, although some business leaders say it was only one of a number of problems they faced. (CosmeticsBusiness)
  • Russia: sales of cosmetics keep on fast-growth path: While increasingly mature, the Russian perfumery and cosmetics market continues to record impressive growth figures, in particular when compared to the poor results of the EU market. Far from slowing down, the Russian market is likely to achieve another year of double-digit growth in 2014. (Premium Beauty News)

Beauty 2.0

  • Augmented reality and phone apps have been tried and tested by a number of cosmetics companies, and it appears to be paying off for Urban Decay, as its newly implemented merchandising platform increases shopper engagement and purchase confidence. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Top 10 luxury beauty and personal care efforts of H1: Beauty marketers continued to improve consumer interaction by extending efforts beyond purely tutorialized content that has saturated recent campaigns. (Luxury Daily)
  • Clinique launched a new app that serves both as a skincare advice platform and a one-stop e-commerce shop. The app provides daily skin care tips and offers quick paths to mobile and in-store shopping (with a geo-location enabled store locator). (L2 Think Tank)


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

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