#BeautyRecap: September 15th, 2015

Crime and Law

Former ULTA store managers file class-action lawsuit against the company. Alleges they were taken advantage of and not compensated
for overtime.

Three former Hourglass beauty consultants file lawsuit against the company, alleging sex discrimination, breach of contract, and race and religious discrimination.  One consultant was asked to look “more Western” for an Hourglass
promotional video.

MAC Cosmetics agrees to $365 000 settlement with Massachusetts customers, who they spammed.

Mexican government owes P&G, Unilever, and Colgate almost $400 million in tax refunds.

L’Oreal sues former Australian Clarisonic distributor after they released their own device dupe.

Indian FDA expanding investigation into cosmetic manufacturers marketing their products as drugs.


Other Indian provinces worried about growing donkey hide for cosmetics trade after Punjab

Gattefosse opens pharmaceutical and micro-emulsion test lab in Mumbai.

Dr. Bronners to launch ad campaign against pesticide industry and GMOs, in The New Yorker and

Dermalogica teams up with ‘Sufragette’ film, launches competition for screening tickets and live
debate attendance.

Barry M and UK Charity Save The Rhino team up for the #NailIt4Rhinos campaign.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths teams up with Selena Gomez for the #8or8 campaign. People are encouraged to either donate $8 or 8 inches of hair.

Vietnam Ministry of Health cracks down on use of rare and endangered wildlife in the cosmetics industry.

H&M teams up with the Humane Society International to help encourage countries to end animal testing in the beauty industry.

UK Soil Association launches the Campaign for Clarity, aiming to raise awareness over Organic and Natural labelling.

Weleda announces donation from sales campaign for the Whole Food’s Whole Kids Foundation.

10 new students will attend a 12 month program for a Fragrance training for the blind in Mumbai.

US Environmental Protection Agency and Unilever team up to research animal testing alternatives.


Black lipstick is trending for Spring 2016.

Beauty EDU, a therapy and make-up school, to launch inside Australia’s David Jones

As Drew Barrymore expands her Flower Beauty line, she says other celebrity beauty brands should work together and support each other.

Essence Magazine to launch a beauty box aimed at providing choices for people of color.

H&M launches 700 piece beauty line, offers a premium line and an organic line.

Xyrena picks openly gay athlete Dalton Maldonado to represent new fragrance.

Lancome expands Elite Rewards program to partners like GILT, Glamsquad, and AccorHotels.

Beauty fridges are on the rise, Samsung and AOL.com found 3 million women in the UK keep their cosmetics in a fridge.

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company launches Honest Beauty a collection of more than 85 beauty and skin care products.

Toronto virtual face manipulation company Modiface teams up with Laneige and Yves Rocher.

Miley Cyrus returns to MAC’s Viva Glam with new orange lipstick and lipgloss.

Tresemme and AOL team up to allow customers to shop the products used to create NY Fashion Week looks as soon as they hit the runway.

Clinique launches first stand-alone store in the UK.

Bausch + Lomb, owners of Obagi skin care, are set to launch the line in India.

How Emily Weiss, better known as IntoTheGloss used Instagram to launch a beauty company

6 on-demand beauty services launch in India.

South Korean culture trends (Hallyu) come to Macau.

Marketing analysts believe more interactive and immersive experiences will become more
important to the beauty market in the future. 

Le Traveleur is a new beauty box aimed at people who need travel-sized cosmetics. 

Swedish company Oriflame develops ‘Love Nature’ designed for Indian skin. CEO previously quoted saying that he hopes India will become its companies biggest market.

Esquire salon launches in Egypt, hoping to create a niche market for male grooming .

The story of Marlene Grey, L’Oreal’s exclusive distributor for Jamaica.

26 year old declines Sephora’s request to carry his organic beauty line.

Former NASA scientist launches laser helmet aimed to combat hair loss.

Kyocera launches new range of gel nail products with its synthetic opal material.

Corporate and Finance

Ingredient supplier Frutarom acquires 79% stake in natural plant extract manufacturer

Marilyn Monroe Spas appoint former Disney and Walmart exec as new CEO.

Halal cosmetics market expected to expand by 10% in the next decade in the Asia Pacific region.

Chemical supplier Evonik purchases hydrogen peroxide factory in the Netherlands

German hotel cosmetics supplier ADA Cosmetics expands by buying British hotel supplier, Pacific Direct.

As Australian dollar falls, consumers are starting to purchase locally, beauty sales still strong.

LVMH brings on former Apple exec to help them boost their online presence.

AVON looking for buyers after posting $400 million loss last year.

Shares of InterParfum, which creates Karl Lagerfield, Paul Smith and Agent Provocateur fragrances, drops 18% in 30 days.

Chris Renee cosmetics to invest in new manufacturing plant in Washington County.

Arvind partners with Sephora to bring the stores to India.

Amyris partners with Brazil’s Contém 1G to distribute cosmetics into the country.

Godrej completes 40% acquisition of Chilean Cosmetica Nacinoal firm.

Demand for chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care projected to reach $3.4 billion in 2018.

Global cosmetic packaging market expected to reach $3.5 by 2022.

Saudi Arabian beauty market grows to $10.7 billion, per capita spending is at $3800.

Research and Regulation

Dermatologists raising awareness about the consequences of nail biting and offer solutions.

Amyris uses yeast to create a new fragrance molecule.

Experiment finds meningitis and septicaemia bacteria on old makeup brushes and lipsticks.

L’Oreal awards $25 000 grant to Dr. Muireann Irish, a neuroscientist who will use the money to research dementia.

EU committee releases opinion that deoxyarbutin and phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine are unsafe for cosmetics use.

Pilot study hopes to quantify how much consumers are exposed to triclosan, an antibacterial chemical.

Researchers look at methods to help break down or remove pharmaceuticals in water waste.

Cosmetics, medicine, and food advertisements will require preapproval in Ghana before they air.

India re-examines its import laws to help increase cosmetic imports.

Oji and Nikko team up to develop and explore possibilities based on cellulose nanofibres for cosmetics.

Researchers find topical AHAs improved comedones and whiteheads more when used with water jets.

Chanel C.E.R.I.E.S. award recognizes contribution to skin science from Emi Nishimura, doing work on understanding ageing and stress on skin stem cells and Julia Segre, doing work on understanding the skin’s bacterial microbiome.

Interesting Reads

Magicians and the Skin

Who’s Paying Writers?

How Makeup and Movies Transformed Together

Remembering Sara Little Turnbull, Designer. 

The Predicament of Beauty

How NYX Founder, Toni Ko, Started At 25 

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