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

  • With proposed bills under consideration in states around the U.S., as well as at the federal level, to prohibit use of synthetic plastic microbeads in cosmetic products, the Personal Care Products Council recommends Illinois’ ban on the exfoliates, signed into law in June, as a standard for policymakers’ reference. (The Rose Sheet)
  • Ahead of NDAC’s discussion of tests for evaluating the safety of sunscreen ingredients, FDA issues its fourth letter this year to sunscreen TEA applicants citing insufficient data. FDA says it needs additional data on safety, efficacy and adverse events from L’Oreal to determine GRASE for drometrizole trisiloxane, marketed as Mexoryl XL. (The Rose Sheet)
  • Lavender oil farmers reckon they’ll lose business with change in EU allergy regulation. Under EU regulations adopted last year, lavender oil will be classed as potentially producing allergies which places it within the chemical toxins category. This has come as unwelcome news to French harvesters. (CosmeticsDesign)

Business Portfolio

  • L’Oréal buys Brazilian hair care company. Brazil is undoubtedly the hottest ticket for beauty right now, especially when it comes to the hair care market, which is one of the world’s largest. So it is little wonder that brand owners are investing. The most recent beauty giant to buy into Brazil’s hair care sector is L’Oréal, which today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Niely Cosmeticos. Founded in 1981 by Daniel Fonseca de Jesus, the company is the largest independent hair colouration and hair care company in Brazil.  (Cosmetics Business)
  • Murad skincare marks 25th Anniversary by moving into retail. The brand known by name by it’s founder Dr. Howard Murad, M.D., is moving into retail with a flagship boutique that aims to bridge the gap between beauty and health in skincare. The 1500 square-foot store set to be opened in October will be located on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles which will be based around ‘Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health Philosophy’. According to the founder, the move into retail is to further develop a concept that inspires people to look, live and feel better through a whole-person approach to skincare. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Allowing others to tell your brand story adds authenticity. Where brands used to be expected to come up with content each season, consumers now have an appetite for branded content on a consistent basis. Keeping heritage at the forefront and allowing influencers to share their take on a brand can help brands keep up with this demand and retain a level of authenticity. (Luxury Daily)

Industry Pulse

  • According to Datamonitor, as the sun care market continues to boom, manufacturers incorporating multi-functionality into their products will see the most success. The market researcher has found that with consumers becoming more aware of the risks of cancer from sun exposure, the value of the global sun care market soared in 2013, US$8.7bn. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • According to market researcher Mintel, while prestige colour cosmetics are recording the biggest growth in the UK, mass-market products still dominate categories such as nail polish and increasingly challenge their more luxurious counterparts.  (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Few surprises were seen in the colour cosmetics category in 2013, with Euromonitor reporting value sales of the segment to have declined by over 2% in Spain. According to the market researcher, the economic crisis, a rise in unemployment and a change in shopping habits has resulted in Spaniards being more careful about when and how they spend their money. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Even though it accounts for the smallest percentage of color cosmetics sales, the lip segment is currently the strongest in terms of growth in the US due to its ‘must-have’ status. According to new research from Mintel, after experiencing a 2% decline from 2011-2013, the lip cosmetics segment posted gains of nearly 9% between 2012 and 2014, with sales poised to reach nearly $1.4 billion this year. Compare this to the 6.4% ($4.8 billion) growth for the facial cosmetics market and 4.2% ($3.4 billion) gains for eye make-up during that same time period, and we can see how well the category is performing. (CosmeticsDesign)

Market GPS

  • New product innovations and smaller sizes are boosting colour cosmetics sales in the UK with big gains expected in the mass market whilst the prestige segment has benefitted from consumers trading up. New research from Mintel reveals that mass market colour cosmetic sales are set to hit £1 billion in 2014, with prestige sales additionally predicted to reach £552 million. (CosmeticsDesign)

Beauty 2.0

  • L’Oreal has launched a new partnership with online beauty service StyleSeat which will provide the
    professional beauty segment an ecommerce platform. Beauty professionals will now be able to sell products to their customers via the platform, where previously they were limited to a single point-of-sale at the time of the consumer’s treatment. The launch taps into the ongoing rise of e-commerce within beauty, and looks set to pull the professional segment into the spotlight.  (Cosmetics Design)

Legal Perspectives

  • At the request of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, the FDA seized various ‘unapproved and improperly’ labeled products marketed, sold or distributed online by cosmetic brand Flawless Beaut. (CosmeticsDesign)

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

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