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

  • FDA cracking down on ‘improper’ cosmetics claim. In recent years the FDA has become increasingly interested in cosmetic marketers. It now has California-based company Cell Vitals under its microscope. According to the Administration, Cell Vitals creams and moisturizers are more like drugs than cosmetics and it issued a warning letter on November 24th. The FDA had issues with claims for three products, one a moisturizer, marketed as having “antibacterial” and “anti-cancer” properties. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Russia publishes cosmetics ingredients textbook. Russia has published a new edition of the ‘Encyclopedia of ingredients for cosmetics and perfumery’. The legislative framework of various regions of the world varies considerably, and reference is a reliable source of information and products for importers. New cosmetic legislation, which came into effect in 2013 in the European Union and the Customs Union, pays special attention to the labeling of cosmetics. However, according to Russia, this legislation does not always make it possible to find reliable information on the properties of cosmetic ingredients and their legal status. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Approval for cosmetic animal testing in New Zealand ‘unlikely’. New Zealand’s Government Minister, Nathan Guy has announced that animal tests for cosmetics safety are unlikely to be approved in New Zealand now or in the future. In a letter to Cruelty Free International, Guy wrote that he believes it is highly unlikely that any AEC will approve a project to conduct cosmetics tests on animals. The Minister’s statement follows a series of conversations between Cruelty Free International and his department, the Ministry of Primary Industries over the past two years. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Better regulation can increase consumer confidence in fragrance industry. Members of the European Parliament and the EU Commission are today joining members of the fragrance industry in addressing the challenges facing European industry to increase competitiveness and consumer confidence through better legislation. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Germany drops opposition to EU trade deal in TTIP talks. Despite its’ concerns over the inclusion of ‘controversial investor protection’ rules in TTIP talks, Germany has announced that it is no longer opposing a European trade deal with Canada. As it stands, the country is the largest economy in Europe, which has made moving trade negotiations forward difficult for Canada and the US. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Unilever pledges to phase out microbeads in Australia. On the back of Australian government’s ongoing push to reduce and eventually eliminate microbeads in its waters, Unilever has pledged to crack down on their presence in its products. The consumer goods multinational has stated that it intends to fully cease the use of the small plastic beads in its Australian personal care offering next year, in response to rising concerns across the world of their environmental impact. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Carcinogenic coal tar to be banned from cosmetics in Taiwan. Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration has announced that coal tar will be banned in cosmetics from January next year. Coal tar is believed to reduce itchiness, and so is often used in skin products marketed to people suffering from various skin conditions, including eczema. However, the Taiwanese governmental body states it has introduced the ban in response to fears that the use of products containing coal tar for a long period of time may cause cancer. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • EU updates WTO on 3-BC ban. The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organization that it is prohibiting the use of 3-benzylidene-camphor (3-BC) in cosmetics. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • CFDA proposes revision of 25 year old cosmetics regulation. In an effort to regulate and strengthen the supervision and management of cosmetics, the China Food and Drug Administration is set to revise cosmetic health supervision regulations. Proposed changes include classifying oral care products as cosmetics and widening the “special use cosmetics” category to cover hair dye, hair perming products, whitening creams and sun care. A revised version is said to bring the China Administration closer to EU cosmetics regulations, making it easier for foreign companies to comprehend. (CosmeticsDesign)
  • Australia makes its move on microbead phase out. Australia’s hygiene, cosmetic and speciality products industry body ‘Accord’ has pledged to phase out the use of polyethylene microbeads in cosmetics by the end of 2017. According to the Association, polyethylene microbeads, found in the likes of facial scrubs can enter the environment via the sewer, so there is a concern for Sydney Harbour. (CosmeticsDesign)

Business Portfolio

  • Social media celebrities offer great marketing tool for cosmetics brands. They have already set up their page and built a huge following; so rather than try and fight for the same space, cosmetics brands are catching on to the trend of teaming up with bloggers and social media celebrities to market their products. (CosmeticsDesign)

Industry Pulse

  • The Beard: an opportunity for growth. According to Datamonitor, 51% of consumers believe obtaining the best value for money is most important when choosing a shaving product. So the market researcher wonders: are high prices to blame, or is it simply down to the ‘on trend’ hipster beard? (CosmeticsDesign)

Market GPS

  • First exhibition focuses on African ‘critical’ shea based cosmetics industry. A shea-based cosmetics exhibition, the first of its kind for Africa, has focused on stimulating new ideas, promoting the best steps to move the sector forward and encouraging economic growth across the continent. (CosmeticsDesign)

Beauty 2.0

  • Lancôme and Sight Commerce partner on npersonalized shopping technology. The tech company works with beauty brands and fashion labels alike to show online shoppers what products look like on a range of models and in a style of their own choosing. For Lancôme that means an e-commerce solution where shoppers can now see hundreds of color cosmetics on models and in combinations they’ve personally selected.(CosmeticsDesign)


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

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