2014 Sunscreen Innovation Act Unanimously Passes

Posted: September 18, 2014

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act (S. 2141) on Sept. 17, 2014, which the Public Access to SunScreens (PASS) Coalition applauded. This passage follows the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's approval of the bill earlier in the day.

According to PASS, the last over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen ingredient approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was in the 1990s and since 2002, eight new sunscreen applications have been filed—and are still awaiting review, 12 years later. These technologies have been widely available in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America, in some cases for more than 15 years.

Over the past 40 years, melanoma rates have risen 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men. The bipartisan Sunscreen Innovation Act (H.R. 4250/S. 2141) would streamline the approval process for new sunscreen ingredients to ensure they receive a transparent review within a predictable timeframe, in turn ensuring the American public gains access to the latest safe, effective and innovative sunscreen products to protect against the sun’s most harmful rays.

"Congress’ commitment to addressing the skin cancer epidemic in the United States was clearly demonstrated in tonight’s Senate passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act," said Michael Werner, PASS Coalition Policy Advisor, in a press statement. “It's a great day for Americans. Now U.S. consumers will be able to get the latest in sunscreen technology that has been available to citizens of countries all over the world.”

Werner added, “Americans have gone more than a decade without the kinds of innovative sunscreen products citizens in other countries have enjoyed for years. Meanwhile, skin cancer has become a public health crisis that has lead U.S. Surgeon General to issue 'A Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer,' calling for the government and stakeholders to act immediately to address this deadly, but preventable disease."

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Report Reveals Personal Care Wipes to See Rapid Gains

Posted: September 17, 2014

A new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based market research firm, reveals that U.S. demand for wipes (both consumer and industrial markets) is expected to expand 3.6% per year through 2018 to $2.9 billion. Improving economic conditions will support increasing demand, and increased consumer spending will promote the use of higher value, more task-specific wipes. “The market will continue to see ongoing introductions of new or innovative wipes, although the number of product introductions is expected to slow due to the large variety of wipes already available on the market,” says analyst Katherine Brink.

The consumer wipes segment accounts for the larger share of overall wipes demand. Overall consumer gains will be restrained by the sluggish pace of the dominant and mature baby wipes segment, which accounted for 78% of the consumer market volume sales in 2013. In contrast, products such as personal hygiene and pre-moistened facial cleansing wipes are expected to see rapid gains. Growth in these segments will be fueled by rising market penetration as consumers increasingly incorporate these products into their routines. Advances will also be driven by consumers who will return to more expensive, task-specific wipes after they downgraded during the recession-plagued 2008-2013 period.



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Kline Introduces Report on the Sexual Wellness Market

Posted: September 17, 2014

According to Kline Company, there is a paradigm shift in attitudes in regards to personal intimacy and enhancement products Today, a number of marketers and retailers are embracing this movement and taking it mainstream, catering to the needs of a wide spectrum of consumers from college students to seniors. With a dynamic sexual wellness market afoot, Kline saw the need for accurate market research in this area, and launched its first comprehensive assessment of this fast growing and highly fragmented market: Sexual Wellness: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities.

Leading multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser has taken a front seat in the sexual wellbeing category following its acquisitions of Durex condoms in 2010 and K-Y personal lubricants in 2014. The Durex product lineup has since exploded to now offer an array of intimate lubricants, among other products.

No longer sold solely through specialty retailers or online, sexual wellness products can now be found in many drug stores and mass merchandisers. Chains such as CVS, Walgreens, and Target boast larger and more complete intimate health sections, which feature, among other products, lubricants.

“We believe that intimate well-being is an essential category that, although often burdened with some social stigmas, offers a lot of opportunities as well,” said Aurore Trepo, a spokesperson from Reckitt Benckiser.



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Posted: August 27, 2014

Greentech designed an active to fight underarm odor while maintaining skin microbiome homeostasis. Probiophyte Fresh inhibits the proliferation of the underarm bacteria Brevibacterium epidermidis from the genus Corynebacteria but respects proliferation of Staphylococcus epidermidis, a bacteria that produces bacteriocins essential to counteract pathogens. The active is recommended to improve the effectiveness of deodorant, foot sprays or lotions without compromising the epidermis. Additionally, the company launched a range of oily actives named the GreenSofts. These constitute a line of functional active ingredients that will offer solutions for several beauty categories. Through this venture, Greentech developed Soft Butters, GreenSofts that combine properties of Soft Butters with higher feel sensory and auto-emulsion capacities. The GreenSofts can be easily included into formulations such as cleansing creams, cream-oil body washes, in-shower body lotions and more to help offer a silky and soft touch formulation. They also can boost the biological activity. 

Symrise launched SymVital AR, a 100% pure and natural ginger root extract the works to improve skin texture and the smoothness of stressed skin, decreasing wrinkles and enhancing complexion regularity. It also helps to reduce signs of sun damages in less than two weeks. SymVital AR is suitable for all complexions and ages. It protects and improves skin smoothness, complexion regularity and homogeneity of the challenged and stressed skin, and its antioxidant and soothing activities provide skin-protecting and -caring properties. 

Impact Colors announced Nature XFol, a new line of Candelilla Beads Exfoliators created specifically to replace polyethylene microbeads. Candelilla wax is obtained from the candelilla plant, which grows wild in the desert in northern Mexico and southern Texas. After processing, the resulting candelilla wax is 100% natural, chemically stable, hard enough to exfoliate and yet easily moldable. The wax is a safe nonirritant for the skin and is even ingestible, which makes it an option for toothpaste. Additionally, the Nature XFol line is available in colors and special effects pigments, including white, yellow, red, blue and green. 

Under the name BergaCare SB Organic, Berg + Schmidt now offers a shea butter certified as “Organic/Bio” under the strict criteria of Ecocert Deutschland GmbH. This natural raw material’s high content of unsaponifiables gives it excellent moisturizing properties, and, due to its healing effects and excellent skin compatibility, shea butter is ideal for many beauty formulations, such as for baby care or dry skin care. 

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Murad Begins International Expansion With Acquisition of UK Partner

Posted: September 11, 2014

Murad, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of its long-term distribution partner in the United Kingdom. The acquisition provides Murad with an opportunity to directly manage its rapidly growing business in prestige and professional channels in the U.K., and is a strategic foothold for its planned expansion of existing operations in Europe.

“When we began in 1989, our most intense efforts were focused on opportunities to expand our sales close to home, with North America as the major market for high-performance skin care products," said Richard Murad, global general manager, Murad, Inc. “While we have a presence in more than 40 markets worldwide, with the acquisition of a U.K. distributor as our European hub and the planned acquisition of a Hong Kong distributor who can provide us with a robust presence in Asia, we are making a major strategic investment that will dramatically expand our ability to reach consumers.”

All 60 employees currently working for the distributor will become Murad employees.

In addition to this acquisition, Murad will be increasing its overall investment in the U.K. to fund strategic expansion in established prestige retail channels, which include John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Urban Retreat at Harrods, murad.co.uk and select professional doors. In 2013 and 2014, Murad began rolling out its shop-within-a-shop model in the U.K. These Murad environments are the full expression of the Murad concept, states the company, leveraging Murad’s doctor-brand heritage with a service model that utilizes proprietary diagnostic software that emulates a virtual consultation with its namesake doctor. With eight doors at present, Murad is targeting an additional 10 locations by the close of 2015.



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L’Oréal To Acquire Brazil-based Niely Cosmeticos Group

Posted: September 10, 2014

L'Oréal announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Niely Cosmeticos. Founded in 1981 by Daniel Fonseca de Jesus, Niely Cosmeticos is the largest independent hair coloration and hair care company in Brazil, according to L'Oréal.

"The acquisition of Niely Cosmeticos is a strategic move for L'Oréal in Latin America and Brazil, one of the biggest and fastest growing hair color and hair care markets in the world where consumers have a long tradition of beauty and demanding expectations" said Frédéric Rozé, executive vice president of L'Oréal in charge of the Americas.

With a net revenue of 405 million Brazilian reals (140 million euros) in 2013, the Niely Cosmeticos group has two main brands: Cor Ton for hair coloration and Niely Gold for shampoos and care. Sold at accessible prices and enjoying a large penetration among the country's middle class, Niely Cosmeticos products are widely distributed through retailers and wholesalers, supermarkets, pharmacies and perfumery chains. Niely Cosmeticos has industrial and logistical facilities in Nova Iguaçu, in the state of Rio.

"We are delighted to join L'Oréal. We are convinced this operation will allow Cor Ton and Niely Gold consumers to benefit from all of L'Oréal's marketing and research and innovation expertise," said Daniel Fonseca de Jesus, founder, Niely Group, who will be joining L'Oréal Brazil's strategic committee as vice president.

"We are thrilled to welcome Niely to the L'Oréal group. Niely benefits from an excellent position and high penetration of the growing Brazilian middle class and as such will positively complement the products offered by our consumer products division in Brazil," said Didier Tisserand, president of L'Oréal Brazil.



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Cosmopack Launches in New York

Posted: September 10, 2014

The U.S. edition of Cosmopack, an event part that's part of the Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna trade fair organized by BolognaFiere, is debuting in New York September 22–23. The by-invitation-only event will involve 40 international companies, including leading Italian packaging suppliers, contract manufacturers and machinery suppliers. The event will involve key decision makers/executives participating in pre-scheduled meetings as well as round table discussions.

One panel focuses on the role of new unique packaging, components, formula or delivery systems in the overall strategy and success of a brand. "The View From The Top: The Recipe For Success" will be held September 22 from 12:15pm to 1:00pm, produced in partnership with ICMAD. The panelists are Robb Akridge, PhD, senior vice president and global general manager, Clarisonic; Elana Drell Szyfer, CEO, Laura Geller Beauty; Jane Iredale, president, Iredale Cosmetics; Anastasia Soare, CEO and founder, Anastasia Cosmetics; and Kyan Feyzgiu, general manager, Gotha Cosmetics. Pamela Jo Busiek, president and CEO, ICMAD, will moderate.



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Claims Inspired by Other Segments Propel Hair Care Growth

Posted: September 8, 2014

According to Mintel’s Global New Product Database, brightening and Illuminating is the fastest growing claim in hair care, with the number of new products carrying this claim globally shooting up from 21% of all global hair care launches in 2010 to 46% in 2014 (through August). In 2014, the top three claims in the global hair care market are: botanical and herbal, with 52% of all hair care products carrying this claim; brightening and illuminating at 46%; and moisturizing and hydrating at 31%.

Speaking at Beyond Beauty 2014 in Paris, Emmanuelle Moeglin, global fragrance and personal care analyst at Mintel, said: “Hair care has become an exciting space. Manufacturers are trying to convince consumers that they should adopt a hair care regimen to match their skin care regimen, and they’re doing this by using a new lexicon, learning from other categories and extending formats into new segments. Claims inspired by skin care and color cosmetics, such as anti-aging and product featuring light-reflecting technology, offer exciting growth opportunities for the hair care market.”

The presented research also highlights key areas of development in the market, including innovations in established trends such as shampoo and conditioner alternatives and hair oils. Indeed as the “no-poo” movement gains force, Mintel’s new research has found that a desire to cut down on hair care routines is a global desire. When asked about attitudes towards washing hair, as many as four in 10 (39%) French hair care product consumers believe that washing hair frequently is too damaging. In the U.S., almost 58% of hair care consumers express an interest in cleansing conditioners, with 20% of these users being really interested in using these products. Furthermore, 23% of German hair care consumers claim they would pay more for products that make their hairstyle last longer, while 16% of Spanish hair care consumers agree they are willing to pay more for hair care products that reduce blow drying time. Overall, 18% hair care products launched globally in 2014 carry a time or speed claim.

Furthermore, with the rising popularity of shampoo alternatives, an increasing number of consumers are favoring dry shampoo, with the UK leading the way in usage across the top five European countries. Today, 13% of Brits use dry shampoo, ahead of France and Germany (7%) and Italy and Spain (5%).

“Dry shampoo is no longer an emerging segment, and is becoming a must-have for mainstream hair care brands," says Moeglin. "Consumers want to cut down their hair washing routine, and as a result, usage is increasing and brands are responding to the demand with more dry shampoo offerings. Today’s products are about more than simply cleaning hair, as the concept crosses into other categories with an increasing number of benefits such as styling extender, volumizing and UV protecting.”


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Beauty and Healthcare in the Convergence Zone

Posted: September 5, 2014

Against a backdrop of consumers looking to improve their general wellness and appearance, the beauty industry is gradually transforming to become more health orientated, according to a Euromonitor International Analyst Insight from Nicholas Micallef, beauty and personal care analyst. As a result, cosmetics companies are increasingly focusing their innovation efforts in this direction.

In responding to these demands, new product development is steadily becoming ever more concentrated on the capability of addressing topical health conditions. This requires sophisticated efficacious technology that combines beauty with therapeutic solutions—i.e. cosmeceuticals.

Dermocosmetics: The New “Derma” Approach

Companies are developing products that take a more preventative and nourishing approach. Hair care is undergoing rapid formulation development. For example, in the area of scalp health, companies have developed stronger products with antidandruff positioning formulated with pharmaceutical-style ingredients such as tar and ketoconazole aimed at treating itchy and flaky scalp.

Moreover, the growing awareness of scalp health has prompted the industry to supply more sophisticated products that offer targeted solutions by using traditional skin care ingredients like keratin, aloe vera and avocado oil. Unilever’s TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth and Renewal Hair Scalp are both positioned as treatments for scalp health and strong hair. Similarly, Johnson Johnson’s Neutrogena portfolio spans across medicated shampoos with the T/Gel range, as well as more cosmetic hair treatments such as the Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask designed to moisturize and nourish the hair.

Hair loss is undergoing a similar development in product formulations with the use of FDA-approved Minoxidil, and traditional cosmetic shampoos are being extended, such as Procter Gamble’s Pantene brand extension Pantene Expert Collection Minoxidil Topical Solution USP 2% Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women. Others addressing hair loss include L’Oréal Paris Elvive Fibrology, launched in early 2014, formulated with the patented ingredient Filloxane, claimed to thicken hair, thus increasing hair volume over time.

In skin care, the use of salicylic acid, a staple ingredient that treats blemishes, is rising in order to treat acne-prone skin. According to Euromonitor International data, volume consumption of salicylic acid tripled 2007–2012. Likewise, skin care players like Unilever advancing established brands by offering targeted solutions for skin problems, as with the recent launch of DermaSeries. DermaSeries was driven by consumer insight, with users demanding effective treatments for extremely dry skin, which, nevertheless, were cosmetic and contained a beauty element rather than being solely pharmaceutical. Thus, dermocosmetics are bridging the gap between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and allowing beauty companies to strengthen brand credibility and expand their portfolio.

Naturally, suppliers are also adapting to this trend. Evonik has developed the new active Sphingony, claimed to prevent hair loss and address scalp health. Likewise, Sederma developed Sebuless, a multifunctional ingredient designed to mattify and equalize the skin tone of acne-prone skin.

Potential Future Developments

Inspiration from different ingredients and categories is creating crossovers that drive innovation. Such was the case with BB creams combining SPF, color cosmetics, hydration and spot correction.

Among the challenges cosmeceuticals face is the need to differentiate them from pure pharmaceuticals while promoting their intent of preventing and controlling hair and skin conditions. This also pushes the need to gain further expertise and develop new technologies. One path is through merger and acquisition activity, enabling beauty companies to move into niche areas.

Skin care is one particular opportunity, which, according to Euromonitor International, is projected to achieve a 2013–2018 global CAGR of almost 4% in value terms at constant 2013 prices. Businesses must think outside of their existing knowledge base and evaluate what synergies could be achieved by diversifying into adjacent categories where there is consumer demand and, hence, research that is worth investing in. This is exemplified by Allergan, a healthcare company, acquiring skin cosmeceutical brand SkinMedica in 2012. In 2013, L’Oréal acquired India’s Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals, which enabled it to gain access to the professional skin care market.

Beauty companies are progressively playing a specialized role in hair and skin care. Potentially, this will evolve into product combinations that stretch further beyond the current choices, conceivably including deodorants with antifungal treatments or topical body moisturizers also positioned as circulatory aids for varicose veins, as examples. High-tech innovations will enable advanced “near-medical” claims with the ultimate aim being of health-based beauty. While cosmeceuticals are an intersection point between cosmetics and healthcare, the lines of delineation are still somewhat blurred. Nevertheless, as health benefits become more prevalent, the beauty industry will continue to embrace cosmeceuticals as competitive points of difference.



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Kline Explores Global Professional Hair Care Market

Posted: September 4, 2014

The dynamic and hard-to-track professional hair care market continues to evolve each year, wrote Carrie Mellage, vice president – consumer products, Kline Company, in a recent blog post. Care products, consisting of shampoos and conditioners, is the fastest growing category, advancing 3% globally in 2013. The conditioners category remains vibrant, particularly the treatment segment, which has begun to shift away from oils in favor of multi-benefit and hybrid products, a trend spurred by Revlon’s Uniq One.

Hair colorants are also gaining share, driven mainly by the continuation of the low/no ammonia trend that began in 2009 with the launch of INOA by L’Oréal Professionnel. In 2013, the segment evolved into new sub-segments, such as colorants with conditioning properties and those that are free from potentially harmful ingredients. The popular low/no-ammonia segment surged by 41% in North America, but still has relatively low penetration—especially when compared to Western Europe, which represents the majority of the segment’s sales.

Further, scalp care products and treatments are increasingly hitting the scene. In many Asian markets, scalp treatments are a common pampering service offering by salons. In the United States, sales of scalp care products sold in independent salons surged by 9% in the first quarter of 2014, according to data from the Kline PRO database, which aggregates transactional data from a national panel of salons each quarter. Due to high activity in the scalp care arena, Kline will be taking a closer look into the segment in the 2014 edition of its Salon Hair Care Global Series.

Newer online retail concepts are also gaining steam. Madison Reed sells high-end DIY hair coloring kits directly to consumers on its website. Likewise, eSalon offers hair coloring products online, starting with a detailed online consultation and ending with the delivery of custom-mixed color with personalized instructions. Meanwhile, the Beauty Systems Group arm of Sally Beauty Holdings has legitimized the channel with the launch of Loxa Beauty, a new online platform that takes all stakeholders into consideration. It specializes in selling salon products to consumers while supporting salon professionals through an online sales commission.



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