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Surgeon General Call to Action on sunscreen use in U.S.

25-Nov-2014 - While the majority of Americans know the benefits of using sunscreen, just over one in ten are wearing it all year round suggesting that more still needs to be done.

Congressman pledges to take lead on US animal testing ban

17-Nov-2014 - The Democratic Congressman for Virginia, Don Beyer, says he intends to take the lead in bringing the United States in line with Europe, India and Israel by banning the testing of...

Olay’s research in Beijing shows the effects of air pollution on skin health

17-Nov-2014 - The clinical study found that people exposed to higher levels of air pollution had distinctly compromised skin compared to people in areas with better air quality.

Household ‘air pollution’ from hair spray and fragrances linked to lung problems

13-Nov-2014 - Children with existing lung-related conditions could be put at additional risk due to indoor pollution created by a list of everyday consumer products, including a number of personal care items....

Evonik launches eco-friendly alternative to microbeads

11-Nov-2014 - Germany-based Evonik has launched an environmentally-friendly alternative to microbeads, as the race hots up to find viable alternatives in the face of growing legislation against it.

Cosmetic injectables market growing, despite data on illicit treatments in the supply chain

06-Nov-2014 - The latest joint report from the Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety and the Partnership for Safe Medicines tallies up instances of counterfeit product sales and unlicensed practitioners in the segment.  ...

Cosmetics and perfume ingredient supplier Symrise tops Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

06-Nov-2014 - The international non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project, following an assessment of companies’ disclosure and reduction of environmental risks, has scored Symrise 96 out of 100 points, making it the top company...

Research finds personal care products heighten absorption of BPA

05-Nov-2014 - New research from the University of Missouri-Columbia points to the fact that a range of personal care products may increase the absorption of Bisphenol A (BPA) into the blood stream.

P&G and Unilever lock horns over US deodorant advertising

04-Nov-2014 - The National Advertising Division recommends that Procter & Gamble discontinue certain claims for its Secret Clinical Strength deodorant products, particularly claims of “100% odor protection,” after Unilever made a complaint.

New York Senator pushes legislation to ban microbeads

03-Nov-2014 - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins an ever strengthening lobby that is favoring a complete nationwide ban on plastic microbeads from personal care products.

Will the trend to reveal fragrance ingredients take hold in the personal care industry?

21-Oct-2014 - Household products company SC Johnson announced that its voluntarily ingredient disclosure program—launched in 2009—will expand to include product-specific fragrance ingredients.

Are French lavender farmers losing the battle against warning labels?

17-Oct-2014 - French lavender farmers have complained loudly about warning labels for cosmetic and fragrance products containing lavender oil, but it seems like regulators are going through with the move regardless....

Brands using BPA are more susceptible to consumer opinion due to social media

16-Oct-2014 - Consumers concerned that Bisphenol A used in cosmetics packaging could be absorbed through the skin and disrupt the body’s endocrine system, have taken to social media and are effectively overwhelming...

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

15-Oct-2014 - A recent lawsuit in California brought against a cosmetics brand for slack-fill highlights the pitfall this area presents. Lawyer to the cosmetics industry, Angela Diesch, points out how to avoid...

Guest article

Spike in false advertising legal challenges to the cosmetics industry

14-Oct-2014 - Companies across the country have been defending themselves against consumer class actions challenging advertising for cosmetics, report three leading law experts from the practice Sidley Austin LLP.   ...

Law firm takes action over beauty cream allegedly containing unlabeled steroids

09-Oct-2014 - Tristate area law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason is set to take legal action over Mario Badescu’s Control Cream and Healing Cream, alleging that is has been found to contain...

American Chamber of Commerce urges China to “adopt international best practices”

09-Oct-2014 - The Chinese government has been called on to “adopt international best practices” with its' cosmetics regulation by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

02-Oct-2014 - Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Safer Consumer Products Summit should put cosmetics at the top of the agenda

01-Oct-2014 - The 5th Annual Safer Consumer Products Summit is to be held in California at the end of October, with discussions likely to put the safety of cosmetic and personal care products...

Product Recall

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

01-Oct-2014 - Unilever has had its Belgian subsidiary recall 50ml bottles of its Neutral Roll-on deodorant after it discovered bacteria in samples of the deodorant it tested, which could affect vulnerable people...

Sunscreen Innovation Act looks set for approval

29-Sep-2014 - 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.

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

29-Sep-2014 - Procter & Gamble’s Olay Sensitive Body Wash has been recommended to drop print and online ad claims that Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is ‘harsh’ after brand owner Unilever complained...

High levels of microplastic pollution detected in Canada

23-Sep-2014 - Researchers say that high levels of microplastic pollution have been detected in stretches of the St Lawrence River running through a number of regions in Canada.

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

18-Sep-2014 - After a US study claimed that if children are exposed to certain phthalates while still in the womb, it could increase their risk of developing asthma; experts in Europe have...

U.S. Marshals seize drug products from Flawless Beauty

11-Sep-2014 - At the request of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and the FDA, various ‘unapproved and improperly’ labeled products marketed, sold or distributed online by cosmetic brand, Flawless...

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