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Jul 11, 2019

Xavier Gueant appointed Legal Director of FEBEA

Xavier Gueant joins the Federation of Beauty Companies (FEBEA), to take over the legal management.
Graduated from a Master 2 in Social Law and Labour Relations and a DEA in Literary, Artistic and Industrial Property Law …

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Jun 25, 2019

ECHA to scrutinise all REACH registrations by 2027

ECHA will start to evaluate 20 % of registration dossiers in each tonnage band to improve the compliance of REACH registrations. This will mean approximately 30 % of all registered chemicals will be checked.
The Commission will propose an amendment …

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Jun 14, 2019

Microplastics in the Disposable Anti-Plastics Directive

The European Commission has just published Directive 2019/904 which aims is “the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment”. It mainly targets the single-use plastic products as well as fishing gear containing plastic and products made from oxo-degradable plastic.
But, if microplastics do not fall directly within its scope, the whearas 8 states that “they contribute to marine litter and the Union should therefore adopt a comprehensive approach to that problem. The Union should encourage all producers to strictly limit microplastics in their formulations.”
• See the text of Directive 2019/904

Apr 16, 2019

TIPP is obsolete, says the European Commission

Two lines, published on the European Commission’s website, definitively bury the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: “The TTIP negotiations were launched in 2013 and ended without conclusion at the end of 2016. A Council decision of 15 April 2019 states …

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Feb 25, 2019

Yves Rocher closes down its website in the United Kingdom

“Dear consumers, after more than 25 years in the United Kingdom, we are about to close down…” This is how Yves Rocher’s British website announces its next closure, on March 14, 2019, 15 days before the Brexit date. Without explicitly mentioning the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the message states that “the economic context does not allow the Yves Rocher brnd to continue trading in the UK anymore”.

Feb 10, 2019

ECHA's instructions for preparing a Brexit without agreement

ECHA recommends companies to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario ahead of the UK’s withdrawal on 30 March 2019. The Agency urges companies to act now to continue complying with their obligations under the REACH; Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP); …

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Feb 5, 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

Jan 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

Jan 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
Source AFP-Relaxnews

Jan 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