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

  • While the aim of the EU Cosmetics Regulation that came into play last year was to harmonize the current laws, and in the most part it has, there are still some issues that need to be ironed out. (CosmeticsDesign)

Business Portfolio

  • L’Oreal To Enrich Its Multicultural Offering As Parent To Carol’s Daughter. Firm says the acquisition of natural-positioned hair- and skin-care marketer Carol’s Daughter will enhance its multicultural beauty portfolio, which currently includes SoftSheen-Carson at the mass level as well as salon brand Mizani. The announcement was met with a mixed reaction from the brand’s fans, with some welcoming the news and others concerned that product quality will be compromised. (The Rose Sheet)
  • Online sales growth of beauty products has grown in the last few years, and for one of the web’s largest online powerhouses and marketplaces, Amazon, this should all be good news, but is some of the potential being left unfulfilled? According to Euromonitor figures, since 2010 online sales growth of beauty products has outpaced total industry growth, and this has meant that a number of specialty Beauty retailers have reaped the benefits. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • CEW honors cosmetics entrepreneurs with Achiever Awards. Cosmetics Executive Women recognized five industry experts this week in New York City—Laura Geller, Alli Webb, Jane Wurwand, Wende Zomnir, and Sissel Tolaas—for their achievements as innovators and business leaders. (CEW)

Industry Pulse

  • With the beauty industry’s ‘free-from’ trend on the rise globally, brands are now scrambling to cater to the rise of ‘gluten-free’, which has made its’ way into color cosmetics and skin care counters. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • The multicultural beauty products market continues to outpace the growth of the overall U.S. market for cosmetics and toiletries, posting a 3.7% increase in 2014. However, cosmetic marketers are increasingly competing to gain share of the ethnic consumer’s pocketbook found market research firm Kline & Company in a soon-to-be-published report. (Premium Beauty News)
  • The men’s grooming market often promises great potential to manufacturers and brands in the UK  ould find increasing interest in male make-up products thanks to the ‘mansome’ revolution. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Household products company SC Johnson announced that its voluntarily ingredient disclosure program—launched in 2009—will expand to include product-specific fragrance ingredients. Customers will soon be able to find out what fragrance ingredients are in a given air care product by calling a help line or going to a company Web site. The address of which (WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com) plainly acknowledges consumers’ curiosity. (CosmeticsDesign)

Market GPS

  • As of October 1st, duty-free products in Japan, previously limited to electronics and clothing, now includes consumable items like food and cosmetics.  Japanese cosmetics are already a popular tourist purchase with, for example, over 90% of Chinese tourists buying them.  (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Luxury cosmetics soar despite sanctions in North Korea. North Korea imported US$644.3 million worth of luxury goods including cosmetics last year, despite UN sanctions. According to the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, Saenuri Party lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun looked at Chinese customs data on trade with North Korea and the North’s international trade data for a list of luxury items banned for importing under UN Security Council sanctions. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Canadian Beauty Consumer. With so much retail and brand activity buzzing around Canada, The NPD Group, Inc. saw fit to head to Ontario on Oct. 9 to reveal trends at an event on the prestige beauty and fashion industries. The event, Style Symposium: Illuminating Today’s Prestige Beauty & Fashion Market, put on in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada, explored emerging trends, how shopping behavior has changed and where the most promising opportunities exist in both prestige beauty and fashion. Here, several characteristics NPD revealed on Canada’s beauty customer. (CEW)

Beauty 2.0

  • New York-based Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty business now headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson who joined earlier this year as co-founder and CEO, has now raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The company launched in January of this year in New York, and is now one of several services that bring professional hair stylists and makeup artists to wherever the customer is – at home, at work, at your hotel, or elsewhere. (Tech Crunch)
  • Contemporary consumers expect technology to make their lives easier and more comfortable and the cosmetics sector is taking inspiration from the internet and cashless vending machines to drive more sophisticated and advanced innovations. Smart and connected consumers are rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach to consumption and have come to expect personalized products.  (CosmeticsDesign)

Legal Perspectives

  • Philosophy To Defend Time in a Bottle Claims With NARB Appeal. NAD recommends discontinuation of numerous claims, many on product packaging, for the Coty brand’s Time in a Bottle Age-Defying Serum, citing flaws in the advertiser’s six-month, blinded clinical study. Philosophy will appeal to the National Advertising Review Board, arguing that “left uncorrected, the NAD’s decision would … disincentivize manufacturers from conducting similar comprehensive studies.” (The Rose Sheet)


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

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