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Period: September 24, 2016 to October 1, 2016
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Avon Launches Fragrance Designed By Sofia Vergara

Avon and actress Sofia Vergara launched the So Very Sofia by Sofia Vergara fragrance. Exclusively available through Avon, the fragrance highlights Vergara's “passion and confidence,” the company said. Designed by the actress, So Very Sofia is described by Avon as “a floral chypre fragrance.” It has a warm and fruity scent, which enables women to be proud of their true selves, Avon added.

"Sofia Vergara and Avon Celebrate Launch of So Very Sofia Fragrance", MultiVu, September 12, 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", NewKerala.com, September 13, 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

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

Sephora Launches Teen Makeup Class

Beauty retailer Sephora launched the Teen Makeup Class, an instruction program aimed at providing teenagers with basic knowledge on skin and beauty care. One of the company's 12 essential beauty classes, and free for Beauty Insiders, Teen Makeup will help teenagers highlight their natural beauty. Lessons included in the 90-minute class include tips on finding the right beauty products, fundamentals of good skincare, and tips on how to create the perfect complexion.

"Learn Skincare And Makeup Fundamentals With Sephora's New Teen Makeup Class", PR Newswire, September 22, 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

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

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

More Women Planning To Buy All-Natural Beauty Products, Survey Reveals

In the US, 35 percent of women said they want to buy more all-natural beauty products in the next two years than they do at present, according to the Kari Gran 2016 Green Beauty Barometer report. Covering more than 1,000 women respondents aged 18 and above, the survey revealed 73 percent of millennial women, or those aged 18 to 34 years, said it is important to them to pick all-natural beauty products when buying. In contrast, 59 percent of women aged 35‒44 said the same. Among millennials, the top 3 all-natural product segments are hair care, 35 percent; skin care, 33 percent; and makeup, 30 percent.

"Survey: 35% of Women Plan to Increase Purchases of All-Natural Beauty Products In Next Two Years", PR Newswire, September 27, 2016

Toxic Sterilizers In Toothpastes Cause Public Alarm In South Korea

Toothpastes sold in the local market contain CMIT/MIT, which are synthetic preservatives also used in Oxy's humidifier sterilizer, according to South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. According to the agency's statement, which has been causing alarm among the general public, CMIT/MIT is banned in the country as a toothpaste ingredient. Amore Pacific is the country's second-largest manufacturer of toothpastes.

"Toothpastes with Toxic Sterilizer Chemicals Breed Anxious Consumers", Korea Bizwire, September 27, 2016

Shiseido Launches Line Of Skin-Whitening Products Aimed At Prestige Beauty Market

Shiseido plans to launch its Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Day & Night Set line of skin-whitening products to the travel retail market. Part of the company’s efforts to expand its prestige beauty business, the range will include White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF 36, Micro Targeting Spot Corrector, and MultiBright Night Cream, all in 50ml packages. According to the company, the White Lucent range comes with a formulation that includes Double Strike PROApproachx2 brightening technology.

"Shiseido Travel Retail sets sights on prestige beauty market", The Moodie Davitt Report , September 27, 2016

Unilever One Of Best Companies For Working Families In US, Working Mother Magazine Says

Unilever’s U.S. business has been selected as one of the 100 Best Companies for 2016 by the Working Mother magazine. Featured in the October/November 2016 issue of the magazine and on the website workingmother.com, the list recognizes the best companies in the country in terms of creating programs aimed at supporting working families. Unilever has been recognized for its leadership in creating such programs.

"Unilever United States named to 2016 Working Mother “100 Best Companies”", Unilever, September 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble CEO Taylor Meets Indian Prime Minister

Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about the company’s manufacturing plans and activities in the country. Also discussed were partnership opportunities between the company and the government in education and the “clean India” movement. P&G invested more than Rs 2,000 crore in the country during the previous three years, with capital spending focused mainly on building manufacturing facilities.

"Procter & Gamble chief executive David Taylor meets PM Narendra Modi", Economic Times, September 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble Plans To Expand Manufacturing Operations With $200 Million Investment In Hungary

Procter & Gamble Co. plans to invest $200 million to expand production capacity at its two manufacturing facilities in Hungary. P&G signed a deal with the government detailing the expansion plans, which will create 250 jobs. Also, P&G, which has been operating in the country since 1991, plans to run packaging operations for its Braun razor brand, and assembly and packaging for some Oral B oral care products at its Baby Care factory in Gyongyos.

"P&G to invest $200M to expand operations at two plants", bizjournals.com, September 28, 2016

Shiseido Appoints Claudia Poccia CMO Of Bare Escentuals

Shiseido Americas Corporation said it has appointed Claudia Poccia as chief marketing officer of Bare Escentuals. Effective on October 10, 2016, Poccia will replace Sandy Saputo, who will stay on as consultant and help in the transition. Poccia will report to the president of Bare Escentuals who will be named later.

"Shiseido Names Claudia Poccia Chief Marketing Officer of Bare Escentuals", Business Wire , September 28, 2016

Court Issues Nationwide Settlement Ruling On Class Action Against Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products

On August 31, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois released a preliminary nationwide settlement approval in the class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products. Affected consumers who wish to object against the settlement must file their opposition with the court not later than December 19, 2016. With a final approval hearing scheduled on January 18, 2017, the original lawsuit was filed in July 2015 claiming the company had committed “fraudulent, deceptive, false advertising, sales and marketing practices.”

"Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products Settlement", Legal Reader, September 28, 2016

L'Oreal's Fragrances Business Expected To Post Strong Growth In 2016‒2023, Market Research Firm Says

L'Oreal's revenue from its fragrances business is forecast to expand at a CAGR of around 6 percent in 2016‒2023, according to market research firm Trefis. Reasons cited by Trefis for its forecast include L'Oreal's large share of the global fragrance market and the company's goal of reaching out to 1 billion new customers in the next decade. Also, L'Oreal has a wide presence across distribution channels and allocates around 3 percent or $1 billion of its sales to research and development.

"How Is L’Oreal’s Fragrance Segment Expected To Trend and Why? ", Trefis , September 28, 2016

Reckitt Benckiser Sues Advertising Standards Council Of India For False Advertising Findings

Reckitt Benckiser sued the Advertising Standards Council of India before the Delhi High Court over the self-regulatory advertising organization's findings of false advertising for the company's Dettol soap brand. After hearing consumer complaints against RB, ASCI has urged the company to change its claim that the soap offers “100 percent germ kill.” RB has secured a temporary stay prohibiting the ASCI to take action against the company and its marketing for the Dettol brand.

"Reckitt Benckiser Takes Advertising Standards Council of India to High Court", The Economic Times, September 29, 2016

Unilever Launches Campaign For Lifebuoy Hand Sanitizers In Singapore

Unilever Singapore collaborated with Moove Media to launch Lifebuoy Infection Alert System, a marketing campaign for the Lifebuoy brand of hand sanitizers. As part of the campaign, hand sanitizers were placed at eight MRT stations along SBS Transit's Downtown Line and North East Line railways. With commuters' response characterized as encouraging, the campaign allowed consumers to try the products and have a favorable impression of them.

"Lifebuoy dishes out free hand sanitisers to keep your hands clean", Marketing-Interactive.com, September 29, 2016

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