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Sephora Opens 400th Store On Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Sephora opened a new store, the beauty retailer's 400th location, on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. According to Sephora Americas president and CEO Calvin McDonald, the company launched its Beauty TIP Workshop retail concept as part of its efforts to “reset, rethink,” its business. McDonald said the concept's “teaching beauty” element gives the retailer a competitive advantage over its rivals. Sephora's optimism when it comes to having physical stores comes from its strategy of using brick-and-mortar stores to “provide a service, a mini-makeover,” and because they are designed to teach beauty, McDonald said.

"Sephora's Magnificent Mile Store Has New, High-Tech Look", Chicago Tribune, August 26, 2016

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

Louis Vuitton Announces Les Parfums Fragrance Collection

Louis Vuitton said it plans to launch the Les Parfums collection of fragrances on September 1, 2016. Marking the company's first perfume development and launch in 70 years, the collection will include seven fragrances. These are Rose Des Vents, Turbulences, Dans La Peau, Apogee, Contre Moi, Matiere Noire, and Mille Feux. Perfumer Cavallier Belletrud use the CO2 extraction process to produce the floral notes used in the fragrances. Coming in bottles designed by Marc Newson, each fragrance costs $240 for the 100ml and $350 for the 200ml.

"A Look at Louis Vuitton's 7 New Fragrances", Beauty Packaging, August 23, 2016

Kanebo Evita Launches Beauty Whip Anti-Aging Facial Wash

Kanebo Evita launched the Beauty Whip anti-aging facial wash. Available online, the product comes in a 150-gram bottle that dispenses the facial cleanse in the shape of a rose. Designed to be massaged onto the skin for between 30 to 60 seconds, the dispensed wash retains its rose-like shape until it is used.

"Blooming Marvellous! Cosmetics Company Releases a Face Wash that Dispenses FOAM ROSES from the Bottle", Daily Mail, August 23, 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

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

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

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  

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

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",, August 25, 2016

U.S. Government Must Protect Consumers From Unsafe Ingredients Used In Personal Care And Cosmetics Industries

The U.S. government needs to regulate the personal care and beauty industries, a New York Times editorial argues, citing the Wen Hair Care case. The editorial called for stronger consumer protection from harmful ingredients used in cosmetics and other personal care products. While the EU has banned or restricted the use of more than 1,400 ingredients, the U.S. has acted only on 11. With cosmetics safety highlighted as a women’s health issue, an increasing number of companies are working to create and promote ethically conscious products.

"Op-Ed | It's Time to End Beauty As Usual", Business of Fashion, August 24, 2016

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