Here is this week’s round-up of the latest news and information you need to know to start your week surrounding all things beauty.

Legislative/ Regulatory

  • Following on from senate approval for the Sunscreen Innovation act earlier this month, regulation law expert Angela Deisch believes the bill looks set to be made law. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • On September 26, the EU Commission in Brussels adopted two measures restricting the use of three preservatives in cosmetic products, according to an EU press release. Based on risk assessment studies carried out by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), the Commission limited “the maximum concentration of two preservatives, Propylparaben and Butylparaben, from the currently allowed limit of 0.4% when used individually and 0.8% when mixed with other esters, to 0.14%, when used individually or together” in baby skin care products according to the report. (CosmeticsBusiness)

Business Portfolio

  • Within the next month, NGO will present retailers with a list of roughly 100 priority “toxic” chemicals it wants removed from personal-care products on store shelves, according to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics co-founder Janet Nudelman. Meanwhile, CSC has launched its “Cosmetics Without Cancer” initiative, with P&G as its initial target, part of an effort to reassess the market 10 years after creation of the Safe Cosmetics Compact. (The Rose Sheet)
  • Campaign for Safe Cosmetics initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness Month makes P&G its “first target,” calling on the firm to discontinue use of formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and other alleged cancer-causing chemicals in its personal-care products. According to the NGO, products from Pantene, CoverGirl, Olay, Herbal Essences and Max Factor, among other P&G brands, contain substances that could be contributing to rising breast-cancer rates. (The Rose Sheet)
  • Cosmetics maker Avon has been cleared of the bribery charges it faced in China by a New York Judge, in a case that had been ongoing for a number of years. The original securities fraud lawsuit accused the cosmetics company of concealing its inability to stop workers from bribing officials in China to win business there; however, this week it won the dismissal. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • A new survey conducted by Women In Manufacturing Group (WiM) suggests that the staff shortages being faced in all sectors of manufacturing, including cosmetics and personal care, could be addressed by focusing on young women. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Personalized brand expression has been given new status. We are all connecting in ever more instant and personal ways through social media channels, apps and crowd-sourced or shared initiatives. With this constant level of connection and data propagation, consumers are also expecting increasingly personalized expressions from their brands. As a result, brands need to look at just how they can create, nurture and enrich personal experiences for consumers. Good design communication is an excellent starting point, undoubtedly helping the propagation of ideas, information and intimacy across all channels. (CosmeticsBusiness)
  • Sometimes, luxury can get ugly. High-end designers are shaking up the beauty market with make-up and nail offerings set to be the next big brand battleground. (CNBC)
  • Mobile commerce is set to boost online retail sales making it a very attractive platform for consumer goods, and meaning that beauty brands must start prioritizing mobile strategies to reach its audience more effectively. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Earlier this week, Michele Scannavini, Chief Executive Officer of Coty Inc., announced he was leaving the company for personal reasons. And now the industry awaits who will be named to the top spot. (CEW)

Industry Pulse

  • The beauty industry and consumers are out of sync and the industry should start listening to customers in a bottom-up fashion rather than imposing on them in a top-down way, according to market researcher Diagonal Reports. (CosmeticsBusiness)
  • According to Datamonitor, ‘Twitter culture’ and the current flood of beauty blogs have an undeniable impact on society’s view on beauty and necessary make-up regimes, especially among younger people. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Researchers in Sweden, France and Italy have worked out how the pigment of the skin manages to protect the body from the sun’s dangerous UV rays, and this could lead to better sun protection products. (CosmeticsDesign)


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

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