1. Avon in North America gets a new name: The Avon Company
Previously known as New Avon, the North American business hopes to focus attention away from recent corporate history and toward the 135 years of success, the brand has in this region.
“Our name has changed to more clearly represent our vision and provide a more independent front as we continue to grow and build upon the business,” says CEO Paul Yi, in this week’s media release about the name change.
2. Freeze-Dried Beauty: the next generation of waterless skin care is here
More than one K Beauty brand recently launched new products showcasing freeze-dried skin care technology—a likely sign that a new beauty ingredient format is about to get very popular.
While the brands purport to be using patented and exclusive technologies, the basic premise behind freeze-dried skin care is definitely not new. Freeze-dry or Lyophilization technology is commonly used in pharmaceuticals, in the food industry, and has shown up in beauty before too.
3. An Abundance of Caution: J&J recalls 5 sun care products found to contain Benzene
The multinational health care and consumer goods company issued a voluntary recall this week for 4 Neutrogena brand sunscreens and 1 Aveeno brand sunscreen.
“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products,” explains J&J in a press release about the voluntary product recall. “We are investigating the cause of this issue, which is limited to certain aerosol sunscreen products.”
4. IFF rebrands following merger with DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences
At the start of the month, International Flavors & Fragrances announced new branding, organizational commitments, and business divisions.
“We are creating an agile, empowered and innovative business that provides exceptional service and delivers on our commitment to being an essential partner for our customers,” says Andreas Fibig, IFF Chairman and CEO, commenting on the meaning behind the messaging of the new IFF brand identity in a recent media release.
5. Trend Alert: beauty consumers are ready for immunity-boosting skin care
The COVID19 pandemic has had far-ranging consequences on our lives and wellness, with the most immediate impact being concerned over our overall health both physically and mentally. At the same time, wellness and skin care are converging; and as a result, immunocosmetics show real promise in the marketplace.
At the start of the pandemic, we all experienced a need for protection and prevention. Continued pandemic-related health concerns and quarantine periods have augmented our stress, lack of sleep, depressive fatigue, and exposure to blue light from long hours of working in front of our computers—all of which affect the skin.