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Period: April 30, 2016 to May 7, 2016
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L'Oreal Launches #LoveMyColor Campaign Aimed At Empowering African-American Women

L’Oreal’s Dark and Lovely haircare and styling brand launched #LoveMyColor, a campaign aimed at empowering African-American women and promoting the company’s Fade Resist Rich Conditioning Color product. Seeking to give women a platform to embrace their beauty, the campaign also highlights women’s colorful personalities, which make them who they are, the company said. Also, the campaign features real-life “Hair Dyeries,” which calls on consumers to share personal testimonies about things that make them feel powerful, unique, and confident.

"Dark and Lovely's #LoveMyColor Campaign Empowers Women to Celebrate Their Diversity and Individuality", PR Newswire, April 21, 2016

Gac Is Next Skincare Market's Superfruit, Mintel Predicts

Gac, a fruit rich in the antioxidant lycopene and vitamin-A precursor beta-carotene, is a strong candidate to be the next popular natural ingredient in the beauty and personal care market, according to Mintel. Data from market research firms, including Technavio and Mintel, revealed a growing demand for products that include natural and organic ingredients from fruits and vegetables that help the skin look healthy. In Southern European markets, more than 80 percent of consumers believe that antioxidants from foods can reduce the effects of aging, and almost 25 percent prefer to buy body care products with antioxidants. Gac can satisfy consumer demand for antioxidants with anti-aging features, as well as Southern Europeans’ preference for antioxidants that can work inside and outside the body to maintain health.

"Beauty Spot: Is Gac The Next Skincare Superfruit?", Mintel, April 26, 2016

Millenials Drive Growth In Sustainable Packaging For Beauty Products

Millennial consumers and young executives are driving growth in the cosmetics industry's adoption of sustainable packaging. Although significant progress has been made in developing environment-friendly packaging for beauty products, many factors, including lack of recycling facilities, non-oil-based materials, costs, and demand, are slowing down adoption. With millennials becoming stronger in corporate management, they are expected to push for more adoption of sustainable packaging, prompting major suppliers in the beauty sector to work harder to develop environment-friendly packaging and practices. This trend has been gaining strength in the past several years, with the cosmetics industry adding more post-consumer recycled materials into packaging. Neenah Packaging’s director of marketing Mark Sng said, millennials account for an increase in customer requests for ecology-friendly packaging.

"Simply ‘Green’ Packaging", Beauty Packaging, April 28, 2016

Kiehl's Launches Free Apothecary Preparation Skincare Service

Kiehl's launched the Apothecary Preparations complimentary skincare service at the company's OG East Village store. Designed to provide consumers with a personalized solution to their major skincare problems, the process begins with a brand representative interviewing the consumer. Once the skincare issues are identified, the consumer is provided with a skin strengthening concentrate rich in squalene and a skin lipid complex, and two targeted complexes based on the survey results.

"Kiehl's Newest Skincare Service Goes Back to the Brand's Roots", Racked , April 29, 2016

Dove Launches Interactive Outdoor Campaign In Times Square

Unilever's personal care brand Dove introduced in Times Square a digital billboard that reacts to changes in the weather. Created by Havas Helia, the interactive outdoor campaign promotes the brand's body wash. Also, the campaign seeks to raise awareness of the brand in a relevant way, the company said.

"Dove experiments with weather sensitive billboard in ‘April Showers’ campaign", The Drum, April 29, 2016

Henkel Appoints Hans Van Bylen As New CEO

Henkel named Hans Van Bylen its new chief executive officer, succeeding Kasper Rorsted, who has served on the company's Management Board for 11 years. Born in Berchem, Belgium, Hans Van Bylen joined the company in 1984. He rose through the ranks, occupying management positions of increasing responsibility. He has been a member of the Management Board since 2005. He will be succeeded by Pascal Houdayer as Management Board member for the company's Beauty Care business unit.

"Hans Van Bylen is Henkel’s new CEO", Henkel, May 01, 2016

Procter & Gamble Marks Delivery Of 10 Billion Liters Of Safe Drinking Water To People Without Access To Clean Water

Procter & Gamble's nonprofit initiative Children's Safe Drinking Water Program has delivered its 10 billionth liter of clean drinking water. Started in 2004, the program works with more than 150 partners and organizations to provide safe drinking water to people who do not have access to clean water. To celebrate the occasion, P&G will donate $10 for every $1 donated to the program by consumers from May 3 to May 31, 2016, the company said.

"P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program Celebrates 10 Billion Liter Milestone", Procter & Gamble, May 03, 2016

Coty Prestige's Philosophy Brand Adds Two New Oxygenating Products To Take A Deep Breath Collection

Coty Prestige's Philosophy brand added two new products to its Take a Deep Breath collection of oxygenating products for the Asia Pacific travel retail business. According to the brand, the Take a Deep Breath oxygenating gel cream and eye gel cream come with “clean-air technology.” Philosophy added, the products make the skin smoother and less sensitive.

"Philosophy breathes new life into oxygenating skincare range", The Moodie Davitt Report, May 03, 2016

Fast Food Fans Are Highly Exposed To Dangerous Chemicals

A study that looked into whether eating fast food exposes people to harmful chemicals found fast foodies had 40 percent more harmful phthalates in their bloodstream. Phthalates are industrial chemicals used in making food packaging, tubing for dairy products, and other items used in the production of fast food. Grain and meat items were the biggest contributors to phthalate exposure. Studies have suggested that phthalates – also found in personal care products, toys, and perfume – can damage the reproductive system and may lead to infertility. The findings were based on U.S. data from 8,877 people who completed questionnaires about their diet in the previous 24 hours.

"Recent Fast Food Consumption and Bisphenol A and Phthalates Exposures among the U.S. Population in NHANES, 2003–2010. ", Environmental Health Perspectives, May 04, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

L'Oreal UK & Ireland Names Rapp Provider Of CRM Solutions

L’Oreal UK & Ireland named Rapp as its provider of CRM solutions. Rapp’s appointment comes as the beauty brand reorganizes its efforts to improve customer experience for existing and potential customers. Part of Rapp’s responsibilities will be to deliver an omni-channel customer view for the company. Rapp’s CRM technology solution will combine online and offline data for L’Oreal UK & Ireland’s lineup of brands and support the company’s efforts to deliver personalization to customers.

"L'Oréal UK and Ireland appoint Rapp to deliver 'personalised experiences'", The Drum, April 28, 2016

Sephora Opens Account On Wishbone Mobile Application

Beauty retailer Sephora created its corporate account on the mobile application Wishbone. After marking its debut on the mobile platform, the company is connecting with consumers by sharing photographs of beauty products and styles. Wishbone users can vote for their preferred products and styles. To help promote its Wishbone presence, Sephora announced to its Snapchat followers its presence on the emerging mobile social media platform.

"Sephora solidifies presence as trusted beauty source with Wishbone adoption", Mobile Marketer, April 29, 2016

Coty Names Walgreens Veteran Shannon Curtin SVP For North America Consumer Beauty Unit

Coty Inc. named Shannon Curtin as senior vice president for North America of the company’s consumer beauty business. Curtin’s appointment follows the completion of Coty’s acquisition of Procter & Gamble Specialty Beauty. Formerly group VP of beauty and personal care at retailer Walgreens, Curtin will serve as general manager of Coty’s US operations effective May 23, 2016. Curtin will report to Esi Eggleston Brace, the future president of Coty Consumer Beauty.

"Coty Lands Industry Retail Veteran Shannon Curtin", Women's Wear Daily, April 29, 2016

Demand Grows For Ingestible Beauty Products In United States

Beauty and personal care products that come in a pill or drinkable-liquid form are becoming popular in the United States, with sales of supplements aimed at the face growing from $1 million in 2013 to more than $4 million in 2015, according to NPD Group. Sales of ingestible products are expected to keep growing, driven by endorsement by celebrities, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. There are questions about these products’ safety and effectiveness; however, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration does not have enough manpower to make sure they are safe and they work as their manufacturers claim. At present, there is a lack of science-based evidence supporting manufacturers’ claims; nevertheless, beauty companies are introducing their own lineups of ingestible beauty products. Retailers, including Urban Outfitters, Sephora, and CAP are selling these products.

"Beauty trend shakes up cosmetics market", Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2016

India's Market For Grooming Products For Men Keeps Growing, Analysts Say

In India, the market for men's grooming products is valued at about $600 million and is expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent, according to Euromonitor International. India's eight largest cities and tier-2 urban areas account for most of the growth in the local market, which is part of a global market worth $33 billion a year. Also driving market growth is Indians' desire for fairer skin, which has created a market for skin-whitening products valued at $80 million a year. Local brand Fair & Handsome, owned by Emami, accounts for 66 percent of sales of skin-whitening products, according to a Nielsen survey published in the first quarter of 2016. According to analysts, the market is likely to double in value in the next five years, driven by widening adoption by men of fairness creams and face washes.

"Fair prospects ahead for men's grooming in India", Nikkei, May 01, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare India Names Anurita Chopra Oral Health Division Chief

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare named Anurita Chopra as marketing head of the company's oral health business in the Indian subscontinent. Chopra will succeed Charubala Sheshadri, who moves to the company's Switzerland office as global marketing director for respiratory health. Chopra will report to Manoj Kumar, GSK Consumer Healthcare's managing director for India.

"GSK Consumer Healthcare appoints Anurita Chopra to head oral health division", Livemint, May 02, 2016

Coty Revises Upward Cost Savings Estimates For P&G Beauty Brands Acquisition

Coty announced that estimated cost savings from its acquisition of Procter & Gamble's Fragrance, Color Cosmetics, and Hair Color business have been raised to $780 million per year, or 16 percent of acquired revenue, after the next four years. Also, Coty said the brands are expected to add about 660 bps to the company's operating profit margins during that period. Coty's fiscal 2015 adjusted earnings per share is expected to increase by about $0.49 to $0.54. Coty expects to spend about $1.2 billion to achieve cost savings and close the acquisition deal.

"Coty Inc. Announces Update on Transaction with P&G Beauty Brands", Coty , May 03, 2016

Estee Lauder Thanks Millennial Consumers For Gains In Makeup Sales In March Quarter 2016

Estee Lauder said sales of its makeup products grew 7 percent to $1.16 billion in the quarter ending March 2016, compared with the same quarter in 2015. According to company CEO Fabrizio Freda, sales growth is driven by growing demand from millennials. Freda also said consumer access to tips on how to use various makeup products has increased due to how-to videos. For the quarter, Estee Lauder’s profits declined to $265.6 million from $272.1 million in the previous year, with sales of skincare products dropping 3 percent to $1.07 billion.

"Why Estée Lauder loves millennials", Financial Times, May 03, 2016

Coty Sees Weaker Revenue Performance In 3Q Of FY 2016

Coty Inc. reported net revenue declined 1 percent like-for-like to $950.7 million and increased 2 percent as reported for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. Adjusted operating income decreased 19 percent to $81.7 million from $100.9 million in the previous year. Adjusted net income declined from $63.6 million in the previous year to $31.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. Also, the company said net cash provided by operating activities rose to $71.8 million, compared with $33.2 million in the same period in the previous year.

"Coty Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results", Coty, May 03, 2016

Estee Lauder Posts Strong Sales And Earnings Gains In 3Q Of FY 2016

Estee Lauder Companies reported net sales rose 3 percent to $2.66 billion in the third quarter ending March 31, 2016, compared with $2.58 billion in the same quarter of the previous year. Net earnings declined to $265.6 million, compared with $272.1 million in the previous year. Diluted net earnings per common share stayed at $0.71, the company said. For the quarter, the company recorded charges of $15.2 million in connection with its efforts to transform its global technology infrastructure.

"The Estée Lauder Companies Reports Solid Sales and Earnings Growth in Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter", Estée Lauder, May 03, 2016

Beiersdorf Posts Weaker Sales In 1Q Of 2016

Beiersdorf reported group sales increased organically 2.4 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2016. In nominal terms, however, sales declined 1.9 percent to €1.673 billion, due to negative exchange rate effects. According to the company, structural changes cut growth by 0.1 percentage point. Also, the Consumer Business Segment posted organic sales growth of 3.6 percent, boosted by a good performance in Europe. Sales in the Americas did not perform well as in the previous year. Nivea sales increased 4.3 percent year on year, while Eucerin sales grew 1.2 percent, and La Prairie saw sales rise by 6.9 percent.

"Beiersdorf on track in Consumer – tesa reports decline in sales", Beiersdorf, May 04, 2016

L'Oreal Loses Bid To Secure Trademark For Idealia

L'Oreal failed to secure a trademark for the word “Idealia” after the EU General Court ruled against the beauty brand. In turn, the court ruled in favor of Portugal-based Theralab—Produtos Farmaceuticos e Nutraceuticos, which opposed the beauty brand's trademark application, citing its EUTM for the word mark “Idealina.” According to the European Union Intellectual Property Office's Opposition Division, the Portuguese company's opposition had merits. Handed down on April 28, 2016, the General Court's ruling sided with the Opposition Division.

"L’Oréal not worth it as EU court rejects trademark claim", World IP Review, May 04, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Brings 2016 Cannes Film Festival To Audiences Everywhere Via Digital Platforms

L'Oreal Paris is expanding its digital presence at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Since 1997, the brand has been the official makeup provider of the film festival, and this year, it is sending all its social media channels and celebrity endorsers to the event. According to L'Oreal Paris president Cyril Chapuy, the company is working to provide its audience full access to the event and live coverage through social media and other digital platforms. Related content will be posted on social media platforms Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter, the company said.

"L’Oréal Paris Ups Digital Presence at the Cannes Film Festival", Women's Wear Daily, May 04, 2016

Unilever Europe Appoints Gerald Kuehr As Chief Customer Officer

Unilever Europe named Gerald Kuehr as chief customer officer, succeeding Alex von Behr who has retired effective June 30, 2016. Kuehr is also the company's EVP Europe Customer Development Unilever, a position he has held since joining the company in 2010. He was principal at Bain & Company Strategy Consulting.

"Gerald Kuehr named CCO at Unilever", The Diplomat, May 05, 2016

Gillette India Posts Record Revenue And Profit Gains In March Quarter 2016

Gillette India said its net profit jumped 162.84 percent year-on-year to Rs. 80.85 crore for the quarter ending March 31, 2016. Revenue rose 11.95 percent year-on-year to Rs. 553.17 crore, while standalone core operating profit grew 154.99 percent to Rs. 123.85 crore. Operating profit margin for the quarter grew 1,256 bps to 22.39 percent, the company said.

"Gillette India Ltd's Q3FY16 standalone net profit rises 162.84% yoy to Rs.80.85 crore : Beats Estimates", India Infoline , May 05, 2016

Burt's Bees Names Jim Geikie VP And General Manager

Burt's Bees appointed Jim Geikie as vice president and general manager effective May 9, 2016. Following parent company Clorox's acquisition of wellness brand Renew Life, Giekie's promotion means he will succeed Craig Stevenson, who was named VP and general manager of Renew Life and Global Burt's Bees within Clorox Company. Geikie first joined Burt's Bees in 2006 as VP of customer strategy and marketing.

"Durham's Burt's Bees picks new local boss", Triangle Business Journal, May 05, 2016

L'Oreal Unveils Evaluation Scheme For Brand And Country Managers As Part Of Sustainability Initiative

L'Oreal will evaluate the performance of brand and country managers based on the objectives defined in the company's Sharing Beauty With All sustainability program, according to chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt. Brand managers will be assessed based on their achievements toward the three main SBWA product targets: increasing the percentage of products with improved environmental or social profile; driving the brand's efforts to combine sustainability with customer interactions; and the brand's contribution to the company's environmental or social purpose. Country managers will be evaluated depending on how well the company's growth has been shared with local employees and communities.

"L'Oreal reveals secrets of its executive carbon bonus scheme", Business Green, May 06, 2016

The Juice: Fragrance Evaluators Tell Their Stories

Perfumer & Flavorist, April 16, 2016

Unilever, DDB Group shine at 2016 Markies Awards

Marketing-Interactive, April 25, 2016


Sephora, Ulta Beauty And Bath & Body Works Among Favorite Feel-Good Retailers In US, Survey Says

Beauty retailers Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Bath & Body Works are included in WSL Strategic Retail’s list of the top 10 favorites of consumers who want to shop at stores that make them feel good. Part of the market research firm’s How America Shops MegaTrends study, the list reflects the trend where consumers are simplifying their spending habits and are adopting more responsible purchasing. Results of the survey, which covered 1,700 shoppers, revealed 55 percent of women said the priority is paying off debt; saving, 48 percent; and vacations, 35 percent. Also, 80 percent said they are simplifying how they take care of their homes; simplifying beauty routines, 70 percent; staying home more, 66 percent; and spending less time shopping, 60 percent.

"Consumers Shift Spending to Feel-Good Retailers, Survey Says", Women's Wear Daily, May 03, 2016

Korean Cosmetics Brands Outperform Western Rivals In China Market

Exports of Korean cosmetics to China jumped 250 percent in 2015, accounting for almost 25 percent of all of the country's imported cosmetics. Driven by Chinese consumers' obsession with K-pop and love for traveling to South Korea, growing demand for Korean cosmetics has caused a drop in Western brands' market shares, by 4.8 percent for skincare and 3.8 percent for color cosmetics, of foreign beauty products. Data from L2 revealed Korean brands also have an advantage over their Western counterparts, with Innissfree the most-searched beauty brand on Baidu.

"Why Korean Brands Are Gaining A Growing Edge Over European Competition In China", Jing Daily, May 29, 2016

Earnings Release  

Procter & Gamble Ireland Sees Profits Drop In FY 2015

Procter & Gamble (Manufacturing) Ireland reported pre-tax profits declined to €11.68 million despite revenue rising 3.6 percent to €96.77 million in 2015. For both of the company’s manufacturing plants in Newbridge, Co Kildare, and Nenagh, Co Tipperary, the financial year ending June 30, 2015, has been challenging. According to company directors, initiatives have been taken at both factories to improve productivity and remain cost-competitive.

"Procter & Gamble Irish arm sees dip in profit to €11.7m in year", Irish Examiner, April 29, 2016

AmorePacific Reports Record Sales And Profit Gains In First Quarter Of 2016

AmorePacific reported net profit grew 33.1 percent to 325.3 billion won, or $284 million, compared with 244.5 billion won in the first quarter of 2016. Operating profit increased 30.7 percent to 419.1 billion won, with sales rising 21.8 percent to 1.76 trillion won, the company said. Domestic sales grew 16 percent to 1.86 trillion won, while sales overseas jumped 46 percent to 408 billion won.

"AmorePacific’s Q1 net profit jumps 33.1%", Korea Herald, May 02, 2016

Procter & Gamble Hygiene And Health Care Posts Strong Sales And Profit Gains in 3Q FY 2016

Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care said its net sales jumped 11 percent to Rs.613.23 crore in the third quarter ending March 31, 2016. Net profit rose 12 percent to Rs.97.30 crore, compared with Rs.86.89 crore in the previous year.

"Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care net profit up 12%", Livemint, May 05, 2016

Church & Dwight Posts Strong Net Sales Growth In First Quarter Of 2016

Church & Dwight Co., Inc., reported net sales increased 4.5 percent to $849 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Earnings per share rose 7.5 percent to $0.86, which was better than the compmany previous forecast. Organic sales grew 5.2 percent, boosted by volume growth of 5.6 percent and offset in part by 0.4 percent from unfavorable product mix and pricing. Consumer domestic net sales increased 5.4 percent to $647.8 million, with organic sales rising 4.5 percent due to strong growth in sales of brands, including Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent, Vitafusion gummy vitamins, and Batiste dry shampoo. Consumer international net sales rose 5.8 percent to $127.4 million.

"Church & Dwight Reports First Quarter Results", Church & Dwight, May 05, 2016

Avon Products Reports Huge Revenue Drop In 1Q 2016

Avon Products, Inc. reported total revenue dropped 16 percent to $1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In constant dollars, however, revenue grew 3 percent, excluding the impact of the sale of Liz Earle. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations declined $0.10 per share from the previous year, and included a negative currency impact of $0.13 per share.

"Avon Reports First‐Quarter Results", Avon, May 05, 2016

Legal, Legislation, Regulation, Policy  

GSK-Developed Antiseptic Chlorhexidine Gel For Prevention Of Umbilical Cord Infections Receives European Agency's Endorsement

An antiseptic chlorhexidine gel, developed through a partnership between GSK and Save the Children and designed to prevent umbilical cord infections in newborn infants in developing countries, has received a positive scientific opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency. Caused by bacteria entering the body through a newly cut umbilical cord, omphalitis is a leading cause of infant mortality in developing countries. GSK reformulated the antiseptic solution used in its Corsodyl mouthwash into a gel, integrating Save the Children’s capabilities in reaching some of the world’s most at-risk children. GSK plans to submit applications for government approval for the gel, which will be distributed under the Umbipro brand, in low-income countries with moderate to high rates of neonatal deaths.

"European agency endorses antiseptic gel, developed through GSK and Save the Children partnership, for newborn umbilical cord infections in developing countries", GlaxoSmithKline , April 29, 2016

Johnson & Johson Says To Appeal Jury Verdict On Cosmetic Talc Case

Johnson & Johnson said it will appeal a jury's ruling against the company in the cosmetic talc case before the Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis in Missouri. According to company spokesperson Carol Goodrich, the jury's decision disregarded 30 years of studies by medical experts showing the safety of using cosmetic talc.

"Johnson & Johnson to Appeal Jury Verdict in Cosmetic Talc Trial", Johnson & Johnson, May 02, 2016

Market News  

SC Johnson Wins 2016 Best Workplace Honors In UK

SC Johnson said it has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the Best Workplaces of 2016 in the UK. According to the company, it was honored as one of the 50 best medium-sized companies in the country, ranking 46th on the list. SC Johnson also gained similar recognition in other countries, including Mexico, Italy, and Germany.

"SC Johnson U.K. Recognized as a Best Workplace", S. C. Johnson, April 28, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Is Strongest Cosmetics Brand In 2015, Brand Finance Says

L'Oreal Paris is ranked as the strongest cosmetics brand by Brand Finance. Data from the Brand Finance Cosmetics 50 list revealed L'Oreal Paris saw its brand value rise 22 percent to $13.7 billion in 2015. Also, based on the brand valuation firm's Brand Strength Index, L'Oreal Paris scored 91.5 points out of 100 points based on indicators, including familiarity, consideration, and loyalty. Overall, L'Oreal Paris ranked third, behind only Disney and Lego. Brazilian brand Natura suffered from the effects of its country's economic slowdown, with its brand value falling 67 percent. Avon, which also has Brazil as its biggest market, saw its brand value fall 54 percent to $1.8 billion.

"L’Oréal Paris - Once, Twice, Three Times a Winner", Brand Finance, May 04, 2016

Branded Manufacturers Build Partnerships With Discount Retailers; Discounters Sell More Branded Products

Discount retailers in Europe are selling more products from branded manufacturers as part of their efforts to sustain growth and respond to shoppers' needs. Nestle and Procter & Gamble in Germany, already partners with Aldi Sud for a while, increased the number of their products sold at the discounter's stores. Branded manufacturers need to sell their products through discounters; however, they face the risks of price spirals, price erosion, as well as creating strains in relationships with conventional retailers.

"More brands on Aldi’s shelves", Retail Analysis, May 05, 2016

Unilever Should Cut the Fat

Bloomberg Gadfly, April 14, 2016

Boxed Out?

Happi, May 02, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

Max Factor Collaborates With Blippar To Bring Interactive Buying Experience To Retail Stores

Max Factor partnered with visual browser Blippar to create an interactive buying experience for cosmetics shoppers. According to the beauty brand, each of its products is interactive, coming with curated content designed specifically for the particular product. Consumers can download the Blippar app into their smartphones, then scan the product or its barcode. Shoppers can then access unbiased ratings and reviews from eRetailers, which can help them in making purchasing decisions.

"Max Factor launches interactive cosmetics in partnership with visual browser, Blippar", Retail Times, April 22, 2016

Rituals Cosmetics Satisfies Customers' Need For Speed And Tranquility

Rituals Cosmetics has adopted cloud technology to further enhance its omnichannel approach to marketing and its ability to service clients. With its business based on consumers’ need for living on the fast lane and achieving peace at the same time, the company carry products inspired by Eastern rituals and traditions and are affordably priced. According to chief operating officer and co-owner Arjen Schouten, the 15-year-old company has to be “extremely flexible in how we service our client,” because today’s customers want everything. With year-on-year growth ranging from 35 percent to 40 percent and two new stores opened each week, the Amsterdam-based company owns 450 stores worldwide.

"Thinking Fast and Slow: Rituals Cosmetics Takes a Holistic Approach to Beauty", Women’s Wear Daily, April 25, 2016

Dove Men+Care Partners With Experts To Offer Advice For Men Who Want To Take Care Of Their Underarm Skin

Dove Men+Care US partnered with fitness, styling, and grooming experts to create the “Guide to Complete Underarm Care,” a guide designed to provide men advice and tips on how to take care of their underarm health. Featuring content from dermatologist Terrence Keaney, the guide will also offer answers to questions about underarm that men are too embarrassed to ask. Available at Dovemencare.com and on the brand’s Medium page, the guide features tips and advice from fitness guru and trainer Jeff Halevy, Aspiring Gentleman creator Jason Batansky, and styling icon Eric Rutherford.

"81% Of Men Experience Underarm Skin Issues That Impact Their Confidence, But Many Feel Insufficient Information Exists To Help Resolve These Issues", PR Newswire, April 26, 2016

Unilever Joins Industry's Anti-Deflation Efforts By Launching New Products

Unilever is launching new personal care products, such as a £40 dental care system, that offer new and innovative features, as part of the company's participation in industry efforts to overcome deflation in the European Union region. Priced at £10 for the toothpaste and £30 for a companion “activator gel” and serum, the system is designed to regrow damaged tooth enamel. With consumer reluctance to spend making it difficult for companies to raise prices on old and current products, manufacturers are looking at innovation and new products as a means of reviving sales and improving revenue performance.

"Deploying $60 Toothpaste, Unilever Joins Draghi Deflation Fight", Bloomberg, April 29, 2016

Head & Shoulders Launches Scalp Brave Advertising Campaign

Procter & Gamble's haircare brand Head & Shoulders partnered with advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi London to launch the “Scalp Brave” campaign. Aimed at encouraging people to be bold, brave, and celebrate the confidence that the brand provides consumers, the campaign's main idea focuses on a different perspective on what a healthy scalp can look like, the company said. Also, the campaign's print component features Rob The Original, an artist and barber who has become an internet celebrity.

"Head & Shoulders enables you to be ‘Scalp Brave’", Saatchi & Saatchi, April 29, 2016

Press Release  

SC Johnson One Of Best Workplaces In Mexico, The Great Place To Work Institute Says

SC Johnson Mexico was named a Best Workplace in the country by The Great Place to Work Institute. Marking the 15th straight time the company has earned the distinction, the 2016 edition of the list saw the company moving up in rank to the 6th spot. SC Johnson has also earned similar recognition from the organization in other countries, including Italy, Germany, and Poland.

"SC Johnson Named 2016 Best Workplace in Mexico for 15th Year", SC Johnson, April 27, 2016

Helen Of Troy Reports Net Sales Revenue Rose Slightly In 4Q Of FY 2016

Helen of Troy reported net sales revenue rose 2.1 percent to $385.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Gross profit margin decreased 1.7 percentage points to 42.0 percent, compared with 43.7 percent for the same period in the previous year. According to the company, the decrease in consolidated gross profit margin was mainly due to a non-cash impairment charge of $9.1 million recorded to reflect the company's inventory in Venezuela. Operating income declined from $49 million for the same period in the previous year to this year's $16 million, due to Venezuelan currency re-measurement charges of $18.7 million; impact of a $17.8 million patent litigation charge; negative impact of foreign currency fluctuations; and a non-cash impairment charge of $3 million related to a trademark in the beauty business.

"Helen of Troy Limited Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results", Helen of Troy, April 28, 2016

L'Oreal Study On Air Pollution Effects On Skin Receives Award From IFSCC

L'Oreal's study, “Evaluation of the impact of urban pollution on the quality of skin: a multicenter study in Mexico,” published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, was recognized as the Best Paper in 2015 by the International Federation of Cosmetic Science Society. Highlighting the impact of air pollution on the skin, the study involved 189 healthy volunteers in Mexico City and Cuernavaca. L'Oreal scientists used biochemical markers to study the pollution impact on the skin.

"L'Oréal Scientific Publication on pollution impact on the skin awarded by IFSCC", L'Oréal, April 29, 2016

Clorox Posts 2-Percent Sales Growth In 3Q Of 2016

Clorox Co. reported sales grew 2 percent in the third quarter, which ended March 31, 2016, compared with the same period in the previous year. Earnings from continuing operations rose to $159 million, or $1.21 diluted EPS, compared with $144 million in the previous year. Volume increased 4 percent, driven by gains recorded in all of the company's business segments. Gross margin increased 210 basis points to 45.3 percent from 43.2 percent in the previous year, boosted by favorable commodity costs, cost savings, and price increases.

"Clorox Reports 2 Percent Sales Growth and 12 Percent EPS Growth in Q3, Updates Fiscal Year 2016 Outlook", Clorox, May 03, 2016

Hain Celestial Says Net Sales Grew Significantly In 3Q Of FY 2016

Hain Celestial Group, Inc., reported net sales grew 13 percent to $750 million in the third quarter ending March 31, 2016. Net sales were affected by $13.9 million of foreign exchange rate movements compared with the previous year. At a constant currency basis, net sales growth was at 15 percent, the company said. In the US, net sales rose 2.7 percent on a constant currency basis. Earnings per diluted share increased 47 percent to $0.47. Operating income was $69 million, or 9.2 percent of net sales, while adjusted operating income was $80.4 million, or 10.7 percent of net sales.

"Hain Celestial Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results", Hain Celestial, May 04, 2016

Products & Brands  

GlaxoSmithKline Launches Sensodyne Whitening Toothpaste In India

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare launched the Sensodyne Whitening toothpaste in India. Before launching the product to the general market, however, GSK opted to sign an exclusive deal with Snapdeal to sell the product online. While other manufacturers, such as Colgate and HUL, have launched whitening toothpastes for the high-end market, GSK pushes its product as a one-stop solution for relieving tooth sensitivity and restoring whiteness.

"GSK eyes a big bite of teeth whitening segment", The Hindu Business Line, May 03, 2016

Unilever Plans To Launch Nexxus Haircare Service At Singapore Trade Event

Unilever International Travel Retail plans to launch its Nexxus New York Salon Care at the 2016 TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition in Singapore. Aimed at the travel retail industry, Nexxus New York Salon Care is a next-generation restorative haircare, the company said. It is based on the idea that protein treatment can replenish the hair. Already popular in the US, the service has growing fan bases in the UK and Brazil.

"Unilever brand Nexxus aims to bring hair back to life in Singapore", The Moodie Davitt Report, May 04, 2016

Ball, Henkel Win Aerosol Honors At 2016 Euro CanTech Awards

Ball Corporation and Henkel won honors for best can in the aerosol category at the 2016 Euro CanTech Awards. Selected based on innovation, design, and excellence, Ball's winning can comes with Matte & Gloss printing to create an attention-getting design for Henkel Schwarzkopf's got2b aerosol hairspray. According to the companies, the extruded aluminum can has simplistic and elegant graphics.

"Euro CanTech presents aerosol award to Ball, Henkel Schwarzkopf got2b can", PR Newswire, May 05, 2016

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