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

Legislative/ Regulatory

  • FDA tweaks its guidance on what constitutes interference with facility inspections to include examples of “reasonable” explanations for delays, without addressing many industry concerns raised during a comment period. Created to provide FDA’s perspective on 2012 changes to federal food and drug law related to adulterated drug products, the guidance’s “sweeping” language suggests it could have relevance for inspections of cosmetic facilities conducted by the agency, attorneys say. ( The Rose Sheet)
  • 8 EU countries call on the Commission to  strengthen chemicals legislation. Sweden and seven other Nordic countries want to see a crackdown on chemicals from the incoming European Commission with endocrine disrupters particularly singled out as an important area. Environment ministers from Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Austria have called on the incoming environment commissioner Karmenu Vella, pointing out five regulatory areas that they say need improvement. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Japan and US cannot agree in TPP talks. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks taking place in Canberra do not look any closer to a deal, as Japan and the US fail to make progress. The trade deal is a proposed regional free-trade agreement, aiming to rid trade barriers in industries such as  cosmetics in the 12 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region that have participated in 2014 negotiations on the TPP. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Hong Kong Beauty industry calls for more regulation and stricter requirements. Six beauty companies that employ almost half of the industry’s 26,000 practitioners are urging the government to impose more regulation on the trade.  Among their demands are the introduction of a standardized and compulsory licensing exam for certain hi-tech beauty devices, and the establishment of an authority similar to the Travel Industry Council to better supervise the industry. (South China Morning Post)

Business Portfolio

  • Alexandra Palt, chief sustainability officer for the L’Oréal Group, speaks with Cosmetics Design to give the company’s progressive take on all things concerning this increasingly crucial aspect of every good business model. In this exclusive interview we find out more about the rationale behind the company’s philosophy and how its sustainability initiatives will continue to evolve in the future. (CosemticsDesign)
  • Is social media the Holy Grail of data? Many marketers view consumer data as the ultimate cipher for understanding purchase patterns, but contextual data is what colors in the larger picture. (LuxuryDaily)
  • Shiseido’s China business is to undergo a major overhaul that reflects both the rapid growth and increasing sophistication of the market as well as the company’s own missteps. By next spring, the company plans to open a new research lab in Shanghai, where it will develop products more attuned to the preferences of Chinese consumers. At the same time, it will make deep staff cuts at its Chinese business division in Japan, which currently employs about 100 people. (CosmeticsBusiness)
  • Nowadays e-commerce is big business and beauty brands would do well listen to consumers and ensure they have a more personalized online shopping experience if they are to grab the opportunity and make the most of the digital world. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Online beauty is losing a player: Zappos is exiting the beauty category beginning January 2015.In an email to manufacturers sent Sept. 12, Zappos alerted vendors that they would not be pursuing beauty any longer but, on the bright side to beauty companies, would not be returning any unsold product. (CEW)

Industry Pulse

  • By 2018 the global market for natural cosmetics is anticipated to reach €10.1bn, and brands in that segment need to be particularly responsive to consumer expectations. Consumers want products that deliver results from brands that care about the planet and make business decisions accordingly. The consulting group Organic Monitor has published the latest results of a Consumer Insights study, which reflects the views of UK natural and organic personal care product consumers. (CosmeticsDesign)

Consumers turn towards anti-pollution cosmetics

  • As the number of consumers living urban lifestyles continues to grow around the globe, it seems that many are turning towards beauty products to protect themselves from the impact of pollution. This is particularly the case in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, according to a new research from Mintel. (Premium Beauty News)

Market GPS

  • China’s economy may now be growing at a slower pace than before, but consumer sales continue to be strong, especially those for cosmetics. According to the China Bureau of Statistics, this September, cosmetics retail sales grew 12%. (Cosmetics Business)


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

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