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10/15/2018 Herbal Essences launches tactile packaging for the visually impaired

Herbal Essences is taking a huge step forward for diversity, with the launch of a new haircare packaging concept designed for the vision impaired. The Procter & Gamble-owned haircare brand has unveiled a tactile bottle design that will make it easier for vision-impaired consumers to distinguish its shampoo and conditioner products via touch. The packaging features indentations that will help customers avoid confusion in the shower: the new shampoo bottles feature four tactile vertical lines on the bottom of the back label, while the conditioner bottle now includes two rows of dots.
The concept was spearheaded by the company’s Special Consultant for Inclusive Design, Sumaira “Sam” Latif, who is blind herself.
“This new tactile feature enhances our independence and shows that the brand wants to truly serve all consumers,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “We hope other manufacturers will take note of this effort and work with blind people to find solutions that allow us to identify their products quickly and independently.” The new packaging will be rolled out in January, across the brand’s bio:renew shampoo and conditioner line.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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10/10/2018 Dove gets certified "PETA cruelty-free"

The Unilever-owned skincare and haircare brand has received the accolade after committing to not conducting any tests on animals anywhere in the world. Following the news, the company will begin to display the “cruelty-free” lofo, awarded by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Association, on its packaging, as of January 2019.
The move comes as personal care conglomerate Unilever is doubling down on its support for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Unilever is now supporting HSI’s global #BeCrueltyFree initiative, which is campaigning, via legislative reform, for a worldwide ban on cosmetic animal testing and trade, consistent with the European Union model.
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10/08/2018 Marionnaud launches the "1H Click and Collect Express"

While 41% of consumers have already abandoned a purchase because of a delivery time considered too long, Marionnaud is responding to this demand for speed and is launching a new free service, the Click and Collect Express. From October 8th, it is possible to order the products online and pick them up 1 hour later in one of the brand’s stores.
Source AFP-Relaxnews

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10/08/2018 Christophe Masson appointed Managing Director of Cosmetic Valley p

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On the proposal of its Chairman Marc-Antoine Jamet (LVMH), the Board of Directors of ...


10/05/2018 Cosmetics in the 2017 ANSM Activity Report

The ANSM has just published its Activity Report for the Year 2017, with some key figures on cosmetics products.
• Cosmetovigilance: 234 reports were processed by the ANSM (compared to 238 in 2016): almost half of them were classified as serious.
• 33 inspections were carried out in the field of cosmetics products.
• 9 manufacturers received an an injunction to ensure conformity.
• 1 health police decision has been taken.
To go further
• Consult the complete 2017 ANSM Activity Report.

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10/05/2018 South Korea: Men's creams are a hit with conscripts

According to an RFI survey, South Korean men are the world’s biggest consumers of cosmetic products, and in astonishing ways. It is often during their military service that they discover the delights and benefits of skin creams, moisturizing masks, and other BB creams.
• Read the article on RFI’s website

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09/21/2018 Palm oil: major brands still not "clean", according to Greenpeace

“Despite their promises to stop buying palm oil from companies with practices that destroy tropical forests, the world’s leading brands have in fact not changed their practices,” Greenpeace says in a recent report entitled “The Final Countdown”. The association denounces major food and cosmetics brands such as “Kit-Kat (Nestlé), Colgate toothpaste (Colgate-Palmolive), Dove products (Unilever), Doritos chips (PepsiCo), M&M’s (Mars) and Head & Shoulders shampoo (Procter & Gamble) manufacturers.” These brands are targeted to source palm oil from producers responsible for deforestation and human rights violations.
To go further
• See the Greenpeace website

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09/19/2018 Gattefossé launches its 1st hair application ingredient p

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To substitute silicones and quaternary compounds that constitute the main cosmetic ingredients in hair ...


09/13/2018 Europe: a list of national competent authorities for cosmetics p

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The European Commission has just made available on its website a list of national ...


09/12/2018 No more animal testing for cosmetics in California

The import and sale of cosmetic products for which animal tests have been performed during development are to be banned in California. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249 was unanimously passed by the California Senate on August 30, 2018. Once signed by the Governor of the State, this provision is expected to come into force on 1st January 2020.

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