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Sales Of Natural Beauty And Personal Care Products Grow In India

Sales of natural, herbal, and Ayurvedic beauty and personal care products are rising in India, driven by a growing consumer demand for products that promote health and wellness. India’s mainly young consumers are willing to spend and try Ayurvedic and organic cosmetics, skincare, and other personal care products.

"The Natural Trend in Beauty & Personal Care in India", Euromonitor International, September 26, 2016

L'Oreal Skin-Whitening Products Contain Mercury, Maharashtra FDA Says

L’Oreal India’s skin-whitening products contain mercury, according to the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration. Results of laboratory tests conducted by the FDA revealed products, including Garnier Men Power Light Intensive Fairness Facewash, Garnier Men Power Light Sweat+Oil Control Fairness Moisturiser, and L’Oreal Pearl Perfect Fairness+Soothing Cream/Night, contained amounts of mercury ranging from 0.6 parts per million to 2.38 ppm. L’Oreal said its products in India and elsewhere do not contain mercury at detectable levels.

"Tests show mercury in L’Oréal products: Maharashtra FDA", Indian Express , September 25, 2016

The Body Shop Launches Campaign Promoting Tea Tree Skincare Line In Asia

Beauty retailer The Body Shop launched a digital marketing campaign in the Asia-Pacific region. Created in partnership with social and mobile agency KRDS Singapore, the campaign promotes the company’s Tea Tree line of skincare products and highlights effective skincare habits.

"The Body Shop Battles Blemishes in Latest Digital Push", Marketing Interactive, September 23, 2016

Wipro Buys Chinese Personal Care Brands

India-based Wipro said it has agreed to acquire Chinese personal care company Zhongshan Ma Er Daily Products' lines of shower and bath products. Upon completion of the deal, Wipro will become the third biggest company in the segment in southern China, the company said. Without disclosing the financial details of the deal, Wipro said it expects the Chinese brands to help grow its annual revenue in China to almost 1 billion yuan, or $150 million.

"India’s Wipro to Buy Zhongshan Ma Er’s Personal Care Brands", South China Morning Post, September 22, 2016

Unilever Nepal's Hetauda Factory Resumes Operations After Labor Union Ends Strike

Unilever Nepal Limited said its factory in Hetauda of Makwanpur has resumed normal operations, following the move of the labor union representing its workers to end their strike. Resumption of factory operations, which ended the strike that began on August 7, 2016, happened after a tripartite meeting of representatives from the labor union and Unilever Nepal management and the president of the local chamber of commerce.

"Unilever Nepal factory resumes operation", My Republica, September 22, 2016

Unilever Goes On Buying Binge In US

Unilever has been acquiring beauty and personal care and household care companies in the US, while its rival Procter & Gamble seems to be at present not interested in doing any merger and acquisition deal. In July 2016, Unilever bought subscription service Dollar Shave Club and, in September, acquired 7th Generation. For its part, P&G has been focused on selling its non-core beauty brands.

"Unilever in Acquisition Mode, While Procter & Gamble Remains Relatively Quiet", Euromonitor International, September 21, 2016

India Plans To Make It Easier To Import Cosmetics

India plans to ease its rules on importation of foreign cosmetics into the country. At present, the Indian government requires imported cosmetics brands to undergo clinical trials similar to those performed on pharmaceutical products. Part of the proposed importation rules amendments include a stop to requiring foreign cosmetics brands that contain ingredients included in pharmaceutical products to go through such tests.

"India set to reduce restrictions on cosmetic imports", Cosmetics Design, September 20, 2016

L'Oreal USA Announces Layoff Plans For Kent And Redmond Facilities

L'Oreal USA said it plans to cut by 120 employees its workforce at its Kent distribution center and Redmond manufacturing facility. Announced in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, most of the layoffs are at the Redmond facility. Most of the cutbacks are due to the plan of Clarisonic, which L'Oreal bought in 2011, to move production to external manufacturing partners.

"L’Oréal USA to lay off 120 in Kent, Redmond", Kent Reporter, September 20, 2016

Schwartz Cosmetics Launches Skincare Product Lines In US

Schwartz Cosmetics launched its lines of personal care products in the US, as well as opened its office in New York. Schwartz’s Argan Line of skincare products comes with argan oil, which is famous for its ability to moisturize and soften the skin. Also launched were the Dead Sea and Pomegranate lines of skincare products.

"Schwartz Cosmetics Launches the Tamar Line - an Exotic New Line of Products for the Hair, Body and Face, Enriched with Date Extract and Keratin", Business Wire, September 20, 2016

Colgate-Palmolive Launches Scholarship Program To Celebrate 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month

Colgate-Palmolive is celebrating the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month by awarding $100,000 in scholarships to Hispanic high school seniors. Working in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for the third year, the company is marking the eighth year of its Haz la U scholarship program, which aims to help Latinos gain access to higher education. With applications open until October 15, 2016, the HHF will select 31 Latino high school students to receive Haz la U scholarship grants.

"Colgate-Palmolive Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by Inspiring Latinos to Dream Big with Annual Haz la U™ Educational Grant Program", PR Newswire, September 15, 2016

SeaSoul Cosmeceauticals Opens First Make-Up Academy

Skincare company SeaSoul Cosmeceuticals launched its SeSoul Make-Up Academy by Manisha Chopra in Gurgaon. SeaSoul’s make-up academy will offer three-week courses on basic make-up application, a six-week course on advanced hair and make-up, and a two-day personal grooming class.

"SeaSoul Cosmeceuticals sets new benchmarks in beauty, make-up ecosystem",, September 13, 2016

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