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Canada refocuses waste reduction program efforts

By Natasha Spencer

Tackling waste reduction is a core focus in Canada, with the country shifting to proactive Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs to tackle the impact of waste in the beauty industry.

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Elkimia Inc. accepts Government of Canada funding to expand

By Deanna Utroske

The sun care ingredient company is based in the National Research Council facility in Montreal, Québec. And thanks to the government’s economic recovery efforts, Elkimia is buying new equipment and developing more sun care actives.

Indie Beauty Profile Gregory Macdonald, Bathorium

Indie Beauty Profile

Gregory Macdonald, Bathorium

By Deanna Utroske

Gregory Macdonald, Founder of Bathorium, sees indie beauty as a community and bathing as a lost art. In his Indie Beauty Profile, he describes the brand he’s building to reinvigorate the bath category globally.

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Yooma acquires CBD skin care brand Blossom

By Deanna Utroske

The Toronto, Canada – based wellness company announced plans to purchase 4 brands from EMMAC Life Sciences Group in exchange for shares of Yooma, equivalent to $8.1m US dollars.

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Beauty makers and industry suppliers sign on to Golden Design Rules

By Deanna Utroske

The rules are an initiative of Canada – based Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Plastic Waste Coalition of Action. And already companies like Unilever, J&J, Henkel Canada, and Colgate-Palmolive are supporting the initiative, which aims to ensure “no plastic...

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Quo Beauty reformulated and relaunched

By Deanna Utroske

Today, Shoppers Drug Mart announced its largest cosmetics launch to date. The retail pharmacy chain’s own private label beauty brand is now fully vegan, PETA-certified, and comprises over 1,000 products.

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5 small beauty businesses awarded FedEx grants

By Deanna Utroske

Last week FedEx Express Canada announced 30 small businesses receiving grants under the company’s new #SupportSmall initiative, a program to help small business across that country survive the Coronavirus economic recession.

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Shoppers Drug Mart puts 2 new vegan skin care brands on the shelf

By Deanna Utroske

Only one of the brands is new to the personal care marketplace, but they are both new to the retailer. And both ZERO by Skin Academy and Versed show just how neatly vegan sits alongside today’s popular clean and green beauty products.

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Health Canada recalls unsafe hand sanitizer products

By Deanna Utroske

The government department has recently warned consumers of the risks associated with hand sanitizer products made with unapproved ingredients and called for 12 companies to stop selling unsanctioned sanitizer.

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Is this a good time to educate beauty consumers about recycling?

By Deanna Utroske

Recycle BC, a non-profit based in British Columbia, thinks so. The organization headed up by Tamara Burns just launched a campaign encouraging consumers to tour their own homes and spot any otherwise-overlooked recyclable packaging.

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Canada focuses on in-country hand sanitizer production

By Deanna Utroske

In a statement made yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new progress made with Canada's Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19, including more hand sanitizer available from manufacturers based in that country.

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Groupe Marcelle reduces operations and begins layoffs

By Deanna Utroske

As of Monday, March 30, the Canada-based beauty maker will begin scaling back operations and implementing temporary layoffs in response to the Coronavirus global health and financial crisis.

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L’Oréal closes all retail in Canada

By Deanna Utroske

The beauty maker announced this week that all L’Oréal – owned stores across the country are closed “until further notice to help protect employees and customers from the threat of COVID-19.”

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Cosmetic Laboratories of America is now part of the KDC/ONE business

By Deanna Utroske

The Canada-based beauty maker has been growing exponentially since being acquired by Cornell Capital in mid-2018. And the Cosmetic Laboratories of America acquisition is just the latest in what is now a long line of deals that have vastly expanded KDC/ONE.

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MAV Beauty Brands has a new CEO

By Deanna Utroske

Marc Anthony Venere is staying on with the business he founded; but as of this month, the Canada-based company has a new President and CEO.

Evio Beauty: community, color cosmetics, and cannabis

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Evio Beauty: community, color cosmetics, and cannabis

By Deanna Utroske

At the start of the current indie beauty movement, Brandi Leifso launched a makeup brand called Evelyn Iona. She has since relaunched the business as Evio Beauty, partnered with Aurora Cannabis, raised millions through seed funding and strategic partnerships,...

Indie Beauty Profile Melanie Cruickshank, da lish cosmetics

Indie Beauty Profile

Melanie Cruickshank, da lish cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Melanie Cruickshank, founder of da lish cosmetics, describes the inspiration and effort behind one of the early color cosmetics brands to compete in the current clean beauty movement. And she makes the case for an entrepreneurial...

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Cheekbone Beauty picks up $350k from Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

By Deanna Utroske

The Ontario, Canada – based color cosmetics brand announced a first funding deal with Raven Indigenous Capital Partners this week. The firm invests to support indigenous values and social enterprise. And while both the Cheekbone Beauty brand and the investment...

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Cake Beauty launches in the UK

By Deanna Utroske

This month’s Q2 financial report from MAV Beauty Brands holds out Cake as an exemplar of the global growth potential the company sees for its core hair care business and related cosmetics / personal care brands. With its recent launch in the UK, Cake...

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