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02/05/2019 L'Occitane makes the switch to sustainable plastic

The L’Occitane Group is the latest beauty giant to double down on sustainability by incorporating recycled plastic into its product packaging.
The company has joined forces with the sustainable plastic innovator Loop Industries on the initiative. The duo have entered a multi-year partnership that will see L’Occitane en Provence start to incorporate Loop PET plastic (which is 100% sustainable) into its product packaging as of the year 2022.
The brand offers yet in-store recycling facilities at 30% of its retail locations - a figure it hopes to increase to 100% by the year 2025.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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01/25/2019 L'Oréal receives "Triple A" status for its environmental efforts

L’Oréal has proven that it is getting serious about corporate sustainability, with its latest accolade. The beauty giant has been awarded a place on the ‘A List’ from non-profit environmental body CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for climate change, water security and forests.
The organization scores around 6,800 companies annually in terms of the steps they are taking regarding climate change, deforestation and water security, rating them from A through to D minus. L’Oréal’s scoring makes it one of only two companies to have received A’s in all three categories this year, and the only company to have done so three years in a row.
Last October, L’Oréal was one of more than 290 major brands that signed ‘The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment,’ led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, which aims to reduce plastic waste via measures such as eliminating single-use plastic from supply chains and ensuring that 100 percent of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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01/17/2019 A first collection of top-of-the-range make-up by Amazon

Almost two years after launching its Find clothing brand, the giant Amazon is entering the make-up world with a make-up collection of the same name in the “top-of-the-range” segment.
Make-up brands and collections have continued to increase in recent years. After the singers, actresses, models and influencers, it is now the turn of the giants of commerce and distribution to embark on this highly prized market niche. Amazon will be no exception as it announces today the launch of find, its new collection of high-end make-up.
Like the eponymous fashion label, this new make-up line is aimed at everyone with a wide range of products, shades and textures, divided into four categories: lips, eyes, face and nails.
The find. make-up collection is available exclusively on www.amazon.fr/findbeauty.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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01/16/2019 Publication of the Standard ISO 11930:2019 on the evaluation of antimicrobial protection of a cosmetic product p

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01/16/2019 L'Occitane acquires prestige skincare brand Elemis

Beauty giant L’Occitane International is adding the prestige skincare brand Elemis to its portfolio.
The group, which owns multiple brands including L’Occitane en Provence, Melvita and Erborian, cited the British skincare brand’s “strong cross-generational consumer appeal” as one of the motivating factors behind the $900 million acquisition.
Since it first broke onto the scene in 1990, Elemis has built up a reputation as a go-to luxury wellness brand for face and bodycare, focusing on the dual power of natural ingredients and scientific innovation. The London-based company is present in more than 1,600 spas, salons, stores and multiple e-retailers worldwide, and Elemis therapists treat over six and a half million clients per year.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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01/13/2019 Upcoming inspections to check compliance with REACH registration obligations p

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01/09/2019 CES 2019: Coty unveils a new smart mirror for testing out virtual hair color

Have you ever wished that you could try on different hair color shades in the salon before committing to an expensive new look? Wella Professionals may have come up with a solution.
The Coty-owned beauty brand has unveiled a new augmented reality (AR) enabled ‘Smart Mirror’ at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, which allows users to virtually test out different hair colors with live results. Powered by the existing CareOS operating system and incorporating Perfect Corp’s YouCamMakeup AR & AI technology, the mirror uses facial recognition technology to retrieve archived looks, and features a 360° video element to let clients view their hair from all angles. It also offers a series of trending and classic looks to inspire those who are unsure of what they want, and lets clients and stylists keep in touch via a connected app in between visits. The technology can be run on any connected device, ranging from a tablet to a mobile phone.
The mirror, which is currently on show at CES 2019 as part of the CareOS Artémis connected Smart Mirror exhibit, was co-created with Wella Professionals hair stylists and salon owners. It came into being after a survey of almost 1,700 stylists and clients showed that customers are seeking more personalized in-salon consultations.
“This breakthrough ecosystem empowers stylists and addresses many of the pain points associated with the salon hair color category,” said Elodie Levy, Senior Director Digital Innovation at Coty. “Clients fear getting an unexpected color result and the use of augmented reality for trying on hair color shades in the salon is a game changer to address this challenge.”
AR has had an enormous impact on the beauty industry over the past few years, with multiple brands such as ModiFace and YouCam driving the increase in connected solutions and devices. Last November saw Modiface unveil a ‘Virtual Nail Salon’ app that lets users virtually test out 30 different nail polish shades, while YouCam and Eylure teamed up earlier in the year to test out an augmented reality (AR) makeup experience focusing on false eyelashes.
• See the presentation vidéo on YouTube. Source AFP-Relaxnews

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01/08/2019 CES 2019 : L'Oréal unveils wearable skin sensor for measuring pH levels

L’Oréal is doubling down on personalized skincare with its latest technical innovation: a wearable sensor that measures skin pH levels.
The beauty giant has unveiled a prototype of the new ‘My Skin Track pH’ wearable by its brand La Roche-Posay at the L’Oréal Technology Incubator as part of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where it has received a CES 2019 Innovation Award.
The sensor offers users a personalized measure of their skin pH levels, which can, in some cases, be responsible for conditions such as eczema, dryness or atopic dermatitis. The idea is that, by monitoring individual levels, users would be able to adjust their skincare regimes accordingly.
The wearable, which is being billed as the first of its kind, works by using microfluidic technology to capture trace amounts of sweat from the pores on a patch of skin on the inner arm. Two dots in the center of the sensor will change color to alert the user that the measurement has been taken; readings take between 5 and 15 minutes. The wearer then needs to take a photo of the sensor using the accompanying My Skin Track pH app, which conveys the measurement and recommends suitable La Roche-Posay products.
“The scientific and medical communities have long known the link between skin pH levels and common skin concerns that millions of people experience every day,” said Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of the L’Oréal Technology Incubator, an arm of L’Oréal’s Research and Innovation, in a statement. “Our goal is to use this advanced technology to empower consumers with meaningful information about their skin, so that they can find the products that are right for their individual needs.”
The sensor, which was designed in partnership with Epicore Biosystems, is the latest tech-driven skincare innovation to come from L’Oréal. Last November the company launched a battery-free wearable device that measures UV exposure, dubbed, ‘My Skin Track UV’ by La Roche-Posay.
‘My Skin Track pH’ will be introduced at select US La Roche-Posay dermatologists throughout this year, with a view to potentially launching a direct-to-consumer product in the future.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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01/07/2019 CES 2019: masks adapted to the shape of the face

Badly-fitting face masks could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Neutrogena, which is taking personalized skincare to the next level with its latest innovation. The skincare giant is preparing to unveil the new Neutrogena MaskiD app at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 next week.
The app allows users to get fully customized 3D-printed face masks, by giving them an accurate assessment of their skincare needs and facial measurements via the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X, XS, and XR. Users simply need to take a selfie for the app to create a multi-dimensional map of their face, including the exact measurements and shape of their facial features.
The masks will be divided into six different zones, and Neutrogena will offer five main ingredients that can be mixed and matched for each area of the face. They include vitamin C, purified hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, feverfew, and stabilized glucosamine.
“The key with 3D printing is [that] we can put the active [ingredient] you want just where you need it, anywhere on the mask, as opposed to one product that you’re trying to use all over the face,” Michael Southall, Research Director and Global Lead of Beauty Tech at Neutrogena.
The move comes one year after Neutrogena unveiled its last big invention at CES 2018, in the form of a ‘Skin360’ and ‘SkinScanner’ iPhone accessory that scans users’ complexions to provide data on the skin’s condition and offer relevant skincare advice.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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12/20/2018 European agreement on single-use plastics

On 19 December 2018, the European Parliament and the Council approved the European Commission’s “Single-use plastics” proposal: a series of measures to reduce marine litter. They aim to ban certain products containing plastic, such as cotton buds or straws, and also include labelling requirements to indicate the harmful effects of the product on the environment for certain others, including, for the cosmetics sector, wet wipes. Once this agreement has been formally approved, a Directive will be published and EU Member States will have to transpose it into national law within two years.
To go further
• See the European Commission press release: Single-use plastics: Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on new rules to reduce marine litter

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