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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

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

Johnson & Johnson Plans To Build JLABS Facility In South Korea

Johnson & Johnson plans to build a JLABS center in South Korea, according to a September 19, 2016, report by Money Today. Established by the company under its Johnson & Johnson Innovation platform in 2012, JLABS serves as an incubator for healthcare-related startups. Its first outside North America, the proposed Korea JLABS will be the company's seventh incubator facility.

"Johnson & Johnson’s to open startup incubator in Korea", The Investor, September 19, 2016

Unilever Plans To Expand Investments In Pakistan

Unilever plans to invest more in Pakistan, according to Jeannette Seppen, The Netherlands' ambassador to the country. During a meeting with Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Seppen also thanked the government for creating a business environment that is friendly for multinational companies.

"Unilever planning further investments in Pakistan", Daily Pakistan, September 18, 2016

Unilever Plans To Lay Off 100 Employees In Switzerland

Unilever is cutting its workforce in Switzerland by 100 jobs, due to its move to relocate logistics operations to Rotterdam. Scheduled to take effect in summer of 2017, the layoffs will affect a third of employees at the company's location in the country's northern canton of Schaffhausen.

"Unilever cuts 100 additional jobs in Switzerland",, September 17, 2016

Faced With Shrinking Domestic Market, Japanese Beauty Brands Speed Up Overseas Expansion

Japan's cosmetics companies are speeding up their efforts to expand their businesses overseas. Driven by the slowdown in foreign-tourist-driven sales, beauty brands are looking for new reliable sources of revenue. In July 2016, Shiseido Co. acquired US-based luxury cosmetics company Gurwitch Products LLC, the Japanese company's first foreign acquisition in six years. Earlier in June, the company signed an exclusive licensing deal with Italy-based luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana for sales of fragrances and other personal care products. In August, Kose Corp. launched its flagship skincare brand Sekkisei in Hawaii. Domestic sales of cosmetics reached 1.5 trillion yen in 2015, driven by foreign tourists; however, in April‒June 2016,... More

"Cosmetics makers speed up efforts to expand overseas", The Japan News, September 17, 2016

Dettol Launches 2016 Handwashing Campaign In Nigeria

Dettol launched a global campaign aimed at promoting handwashing in 19 countries. Part of the company's 2016 Global Handwashing Day celebrations, the campaign also seeks to educate millions of people about the importance of handwashing with soap as a means of preventing diseases and save lives. In Nigeria, Dettol has educated more than 6 million children and their parents about handwashing since 2010, the company said.

"Dettol aims to educate millions on Global Handwashing Day", NAIJ, September 16, 2016

Coty Names Publicis Media Lead Global Agency

Coty Inc. awarded its lead global media account to Publicis Media. Zenith will lead the account, which includes existing Coty brands, as well as those from P&G Specialty Beauty Business being acquired by Coty. As part of the deal, Publicis Media will collaborate with Beamly, Coty's in-house digital social and programmatic agency.

"Coty Appoints Publicis Media as Its Lead Agency Globally", PR Newswire, September 16, 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

Curaprox Launches Black Is White Collection Of Toothpastes Made With Charcoal

Switzerland-based oral care company Curaprox launched the Black Is White Collection line of natural toothpastes with activated charcoal. Although black in color, the toothpaste whitens teeth by absorbing dirt and discoloration particles, the company said. Ingredients of the toothpaste include activated charcoal, prestige sparkling blue optical filter, sodium fluoride, and enzymes. Coming in two flavors, Black Is White, which is lime-flavored; and White Is Black, which has a mild flavor, the toothpaste will be available at retailers across the country starting in November 2016. It comes with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

"Curaprox Introduces Toothpaste Made with Charcoal", Drug Store News, September 14, 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

Legal, Legislation, Regulation, Policy  

HUL, Procter & Gamble Sue Each Other Over Alleged False Shampoo Advertising

Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and Procter & Gamble Home Products Private Ltd. have filed lawsuits against each other over shampoo advertisements. Both companies have asked the Delhi High Court to order the other to stop their shampoo advertising that are harming their “reputation and goodwill.” Covering HUL's Clinic Plus shampoo brand and P&G's Head and Shoulders, the lawsuits also seek court orders ordering the rival to pay damages.

"FMCG Majors HUL And Procter & Gamble File Cross Suits Over Shampoo Ads", Bloomberg Quint, September 16, 2016

L'Oreal rejects Maharashtra FDA's mercury claims

Economic Times, September 26, 2016

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