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

Legislative/ Regulatory

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments protests that “in practice, the animal tests bans would have virtually no application,” following ECHA’s clarification of REACH-related exceptions to Europe’s prohibition on animal testing for cosmetic ingredients. According to ECHA, the ban does not apply to testing required under REACH for “environmental endpoints, exposure of workers and non-cosmetic uses of substances.” (The Rose Sheet)

Business Portfolio

Google has launched a new free tool, ‘Consumer Barometer 2014,’ to provide planners across a variety of industries including cosmetics with the latest consumer insights that will support their strategies. (CosmeticsDesign)

As consumers continue to spend money on affordable luxuries like nail care; start-ups and big players alike are looking to kiosks rather than retail stores to cash in on these opportunities. (CosmeticsDesign)

Industry Pulse

Tribe Dynamics has created an exclusive report for CEW members whereby for the first time they’ve shared a list of the Top 10 skin care brands based on social media engagement for the month of September. Both mass and prestige brands were considered, and after careful analysis Tribe uncovered several key findings.  (CEW)

US consumer trends to influence beauty and skin care brands in 2015. Mintel just released its trends report for the coming year, and some personal care brands are ahead of the curve, developing products and consumer relationship solutions that anticipate emerging consumer expectations. (CosmeticsDesign)

Market GPS

In a recession some things have to go on hold but it appears in Brazil that beauty is not one of those things as the value of the make-up market is tipped to grow despite the receding economy. According to a report from Canadean, the value of the make-up market in Brazil will increase from BRL 7.1 billion (US$3.2 billion) in 2013 to BRL 13.4 billion (US$5.1 billion) by the end of 2018. (CosmeticsDesign)

Beauty 2.0

In partnership with Canfield Scientific, the leading digital image acquisition and analysis company in the world, Jonah has developed SkinBetter, which basically takes the complexion analysis technology typically found in doctor’s offices and puts it in an app. Jonah Shacknai, no stranger to the derm business as the Founder of Medicis, the maker of Restylane and Dysport, which he sold to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for $2.6 billion in 2012, is behind the new technology.  (CEW)


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

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