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Kao Licenses Several Hair-Color Patents To Procter & Gamble

Kao Corporation said it has signed a licensing deal with Procter & Gamble covering several of the Japanese company's patents for foam-type hair color. According to the company, the deal is the result of the companies' efforts to reach an amicable resolution of their patent dispute arising from P&G's Nice'n Easy hair-coloring product line. Covering past and future activities, the deal also applies to P&G's hair color business should the business be transferred to another company.

"Kao Corporation Grants The Procter & Gamble Company a License under Foam Type Hair Color (Hair Dyes) Patent Portfolio", Kao, August 25, 2016

Clinique For Men Readies Campaign Aimed At Promoting Skincare

Clinique for Men plans to launch a marketing campaign in September 2016. Featuring South Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim and UK author and photographer Levison Wood, the #behindtheface campaign will also have a third brand ambassador to be revealed with a new product launch in April 2017. According to VP of skincare marketing Julien Moignard, the time is right for a campaign aimed at men, with studies revealing they are more interested in caring for their skin than men were 10 years ago.

"Clinique for Men Squads Up With New Global Campaign", Women's Wear Daily, August 25, 2016

Sunsilk Launches Eight New Shampoos In Malaysia

Sunsilk launched new shampoos with the brand's latest formula and product design in Malaysia. According to the company, the shampoos come with nourishing proteins, vitamins, and natural oils designed to deal with every hair problem. Developed in partnership with Yuko Yamashita, Francesca Fusco, Thomas Taw, and Jamal Hammadi, the shampoos come in eight variants and are suitable for straight, dry, damaged, and hijab-covered hair.

"New look and formula ", New Straits Times, August 24, 2016

Foreign Companies Dominate Vietnam's Beauty And Personal Care Market

Foreign-owned companies dominate Vietnam's beauty and personal care industry, according to delegates at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City held in August 2016. There is a lack of investment aimed at developing local brands and improving packaging, speakers said. Vietnam's beauty market, currently valued by Mintel at $1.78 billion, is forecast to expand at a CAGR of 9.7 percent to reach $2.35 billion by 2018. Local brands account for only 10 percent of the market, with Korean brands holding 30 percent; EU-based companies, 23 percent; Japan, 17 percent; Thailand, 13 percent; and US and other countries accounting for the rest.

"Why is the Vietnamese cosmetic market dominated by multinationals?", Cosmetics Design , August 23, 2016

Old Spice Presents Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller As Brand Ambassador

Old Spice named Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller as brand ambassador for its Hardest Working Collection line of antiperspirants and deodorants. According to the brand, Miller fits perfectly Old Spice's theme as the “manliest grooming brand on the planet.” Old Spice's Hardest Working Collection range includes the Sweat Defense Anti-Perspirant, Odor Blocker Anti-Perspirant, and Dirt Destroyer Body Wash.

"Old Spice Names NFL Super Bowl MVP Von Miller as New Old Spice Guy to Represent the Legendary Performance of the Hardest Working Collection", Procter & Gamble, August 23, 2016

Gillette Sees Drops In Profit And Net Sales In 4Q FY 2016

Gillette India said net profit dropped 35.42 percent to Rs 46.90 crore for the fourth quarter ending June 30, 2016, compared with Rs 72.63 in the same quarter in 2015. Net sales also declined 5.66 percent to Rs 509.30 crore, compared with Rs 539.86 crore from the previous year. Revenue from its grooming business rose 8.65 percent to Rs 416 crore, while oral care dropped 28.42 percent to Rs 93.69.

"Gillette Posts 35% Fall In Q4 Profit", NDTV , August 23, 2016

Shiseido Names Kathy Cullin General Manager Of Bare Escentuals US

Shiseido Co., Ltd.’s subsidiary, Shiseido Americas Corporation, said it has appointed Kathy Cullin as general manager of its Bare Escentuals US unit. Effective August 22, 2016, Cullin’s appointment includes membership in Bare Escentuals’ Senior Leadership team. Previously senior vice president for Prestige Fragrances and philosophy for Coty’s Americas business, Cullin will take charge of the commercial business and customer experience of the bareMinerals and Buxum Beauty brands in the US market.

"Shiseido Announces Appointment of Kathy Cullin as General Manager of Bare Escentuals US", Business Wire, August 22, 2016

Sales Of Bar Soap Continue Fall In US, Mintel Says

Sales of bar soap declined 2.2 percent, while the overall bathroom products market grew 2.7 percent in the period 2014–2015 in the US, according to Mintel. Data from the market research firm revealed usage of bar soap also declined, with the percentage of households using the product dropping from 89 percent to 84 percent during the period. According to Mintel several negative perceptions are hurting bar soap sales, including 48 percent of US consumers believing bar soaps are covered in germs after use and 55 percent thinking bar soaps are not as convenient as their liquid counterparts.

"Slippery slope for bar soap as sales decline 2% since 2014 in favor of more premium options", Mintel, August 22, 2016

Unilever Says To Start Cuba Operations In 2017

Unilever said it plans to start operating in Cuba in 2017, following the government’s approval of a joint venture with state-owned company Intersuchel. Unilever-Suchel SA will build a $35-million soap and toothpaste factory in Cuba’s special development zone west of Havana. Unilever will own 60 percent of the joint venture.

"Unilever to open up shop in Cuba in 2017", Patriarc.com, August 22, 2016

Estee Lauder Posts Strong Sales And Revenue Gains In 4Q And FY 2016

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., reported net sales increased 5 percent to $2.65 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2016, compared with $2.52 billion in the same quarter of the previous year. Net earnings for the quarter were $93.5 million, compared with $153 million from the previous year. Net sales for the whole year were $11.26 billion, an increase of 4 percent from the $10.78 billion in the previous year. According to the company, net earnings for the year rose 2 percent to $1.11 billion, compared with $1.09 billion in FY 2015.

"The Estée Lauder Companies Delivers Strong Fiscal Year 2016 Results", Estée Lauder, August 19, 2016

European Commission Approves Shiseido's Purchase Of Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Line

Shiseido’s acquisition of Italian fashion company Dolce & Gabbana’s lineup of beauty-care products has been approved by the European Commission, after determining the proposed deal would not cause anti-competitive issues. French company Beaute Prestige International, controlled by Shiseido, will buy Dolce & Gabbana’s global licenses for fragrances, color cosmetics, and skincare products. This will let Shiseido develop, make, and sell products under the Italian brand.

"EU approves Shiseido takeover of Dolce & Gabbana beauty range", Europe Online , August 19, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Launches Fragrance With Virtual Reality Experience Featuring Kate Moss

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury launched a virtual-reality-enabled marketing campaign to promote the launch of her first fragrance, Scent of a Dream. Featuring supermodel Kate Moss, the VR campaign was created in partnership with content production studio Happy Finish and film director Antoine Wagner. Reportedly the first of its kind, the campaign was shot using the Nokia OZO VR camera.

"Charlotte Tilbury Launches World's First 360° Virtual Reality Experience Starring Kate Moss", Little Black Book, August 19, 2016

Himalaya Drug Launches Line Of Herbal Mouthwashes

Himalaya Drug Company launched a line of mouthwashes that are alcohol-free and made of natural ingredients, such as pomegranate, pineapple, and papaya. Complementing the company's line of toothpastes, the mouthwashes are available in three variants: Himalaya Complete Care Mouthwash for healthy gums, Himalaya Active Fresh Mouthwash, and Himalaya Sparkling White Mouthwash.

"Himalaya launches new range of mouthwashes", India Infoline News Service , August 19, 2016

Procter & Gamble Names U.S. Olympic Champion Gymnast Crest And Orgullosa Ambassador

Procter & Gamble named U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez as ambassador for the Crest oral care brand and the Orgullosa Latina-empowerment program. As part of the campaign, Hernandez and her mother will appear on August 19, 2016, at the company's Family Home in Rio. Hernandez is the first U.S.-born Latina to make it to the U.S. women's gymnastics team since 1984.

"Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Champion, Joins the P&G Family as Crest® and Orgullosa Ambassador", Procter & Gamble, August 18, 2016

L'Oreal USA Joins U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership

L’Oreal USA said it has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, which acknowledges the company as one of the leading green power users in the country. According to the company, it is using almost 27 million kilowatt-hours of environment-friendly power yearly, enough to meet 33 percent of its electricity requirements. Most of its green power comes from on-site solar power installations and those supplied by utility firms. Its growing adoption of green power is part of the company’s Sharing Beauty with All sustainability initiative, which seeks to reduce its carbon dioxide emission in the US by 60 percent by 2020, compared with its 2005 levels.

"EPA Recognizes L'Oréal USA Among Nation's Leading Green Power Users", L'Oréal, August 18, 2016

Court Rules HUL's Fair & Lovely Patent Part Of Public Domain

Hindustan Unilever's patent for the formulation of its Fair & Lovely fairness cream has expired, according to the Madras High Court. According to the court ruling, the process technology is now part of the public domain and anybody can use it. Also, the court ruling ends the legal dispute between HUL and CavinKare, maker of rival fairness cream Fairever.

"Fair & Lovely is now fair game for all", Financial Express, August 18, 2016

Carolina Herrera Launches Good Girl Perfume With Campaign Daring Girls To Be Bad

Carolina Herrera introduced its Good Girl brand of perfume by launching a campaign featuring fashion model Karlie Kloss. As part of the campaign, Kloss appears on a video portraying a Good Girl as somebody who does not feel guilty for “disturbances” caused by her appearance. Also, a website features additional information about the brand.

"Carolina Herrera Fragrance Effort Dares Good Girls To Try Bad Decisions", Luxury Daily, August 16, 2016

 
Companies, Organizations  

L'Oreal Receives U.S. Patent For Sun-Protective Cosmetics

L’Oreal has received a U.S. patent for a photoprotective cosmetic composition, which includes particles with a polymeric multilayer interference structure. Also, the design includes at least two layers making up an amphiphilic polymer, with the particles coming with a swelling agent with at least one optically active material.

"L’Oréal Awarded Patent For Photoprotective Cosmetic", Happi.com, August 25, 2016

Henkel Opens Global Supply Chain Center In Singapore

Henkel opened a global supply chain hub in Singapore. Part of the company's efforts to consolidate its supply chains around the world, the Singapore hub, as well as the one in Amsterdam, will establish standards for the combine the company's purchasing, production, and logistics processes across its business units: adhesives, beauty care, and laundry and home care. With a workforce of around 50, the Singapore hub is expected to hire more employees.

"Henkel opens global supply chain hub in S'pore", The Straits Times, August 25, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

Sephora Opens First Beauty TIP Workshop Store In Toronto

Beauty retailer Sephora opened its first Canadian Beauty TIP Workshop store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. One of the company’s four stores in North America featuring its Teach, Inspire, Play concept, the retail location will feature digital technology combined with services to offer a “truly revolutionary” shopping experience for consumers. Part of Sephora’s efforts to ramp up marketing for the Greater Toronto Area, the store has been renovated based on what the company views as a next-generation environment promoting discovery and innovation.

"Sephora redefines the future of Canadian beauty retail with a new concept store in Toronto", CNW, August 19, 2016

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