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My Black Is Beautiful Partners With Hairstylist Felicia Leathewood To Promote Natural Hairstyling

Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful community-building initiative partnered with celebrity natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood to launch the #hairtruth social media campaign. Uniting the company’s haircare brands, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, and Aussie, the campaign aims to promote the idea that “healthy hair is the truth.” Also, the campaign includes a series of online how-to videos that offer tips on hair maintenance and styling for African-American women.

"Healthy Hair is the Truth! My Black is Beautiful Partners with Felicia Leatherwood to Launch #hairtruth Campaign", Procter & Gamble, May 23, 2016

Walgreens Seeks To Expand Beauty Business By Emphasizing Drugstore Heritage

Walgreens plans to launch its improved beauty business at 2,000 of its retail locations across the US. According to Walgreens group VP for beauty and personal care Lauren Brindley, the company will leverage its pharmacy heritage to position its more than 26,000 beauty advisers as credible source for nonbiased beauty advice. Also, the company wants to expand the range of beauty products its stores are selling, based from Walgreens Boots Alliance’s experience in the UK.

"Walgreens on Journey to Transform the Drugstore Beauty Experience", Women’s Wear Daily, May 17, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

L'Oreal Plans To Open R&D Facility In South Africa

L'Oreal is building a research and development facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. Scheduled for opening in July 2016, the Research Centre for Sub-Saharan Beauty reflects the company's belief that Africa represents its biggest potential growth market. According to L'Oreal consumer evaluation manager Julia Gichuri, the R&D facility's first 17-employee team reflects the region's ethnic diversity, with members from all over Africa.

"L’Oréal raises the bar in Africa with new R&D facility", Cosmetics Design , May 24, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Adds Chief Communications Officer To VP Michael Sneed's Role

Johnson & Johnson named vice president of global corporate affairs Michael Sneed as concurrent chief communications officer. Sneed is succeeding Maggie FitzPatrick, who resigned her position after almost three years. Sneed joined the company in 1983 as a marketing assistant. He rose through the ranks, occupying various management positions of increasing responsibility.

"Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer", PRWeek, May 23, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Plans To Highlight Innovation And Technology Strategies For Growing Business

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies will present to investors strategies and growth opportunities in the consumer and medical device segments. According to the company, hospital medical device businesses are forecast to deliver growth that is above the rest of the market, driven by its existing pipeline of products, with sales potential of more than $6 billion. Also, the company said its consumer medical device businesses are creating new product categories with innovations, as well as new products scheduled for release, with sales likely to reach beyond $2 billion. With more than 100 new products expected to be launched in 2016, the company believes the consumer segment will accelerate growth, driven by its expansion worldwide... More

"Johnson & Johnson Showcasing its Broad Innovation and Technology Strategies in Consumer and Medical Device Businesses", Johnson & Johnson, May 18, 2016

Deals, M&A, JVs, Licensing  

Unilever, Henkel, L'Oreal Compete For Right To Buy Vogue International

Leading personal care companies, including Unilever NV, Henkel, and L'Oreal SA, have submitted bids to acquire Vogue International LLC, maker of OGX shampoo. According to unnamed sources, a deal could value Vogue at $2.5 billion to $3 billion. Vogue, which has annual EBITDA of about $150 million, higher than the $80 million it posted in 2013. Investment firm Carlyle Group LP owns 49 percent of the company, which failed to sell itself for more than $800 million due to a lawsuit.

"Exclusive: Unilever, L'Oreal, Henkel vie for Vogue International - sources", Reuters, May 23, 2016

Market News  

Antibacterial Personal Care Products Doing More Harm Than Good, Latest Study Suggests

Triclosan, the antibacterial agent used in many personal care products, interferes with the community of bacteria that compose our microbiome, according to a study by Oregon State University scientists. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study focused on adult zebrafish that were exposed to either normal food or food with triclosan for up to seven days. Results showed exposure to triclosan was connected to significant changes in the diversity and structure of the fish's microbiome. Triclosan has been linked to bacteria resistance, hormone disruption, and possibly even liver cancer by previous studies, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewing the new research.

"The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger", Time, May 18, 2016

South Korea's Elderly Among Biggest Cosmetics Consumers, Study Reveals

In South Korea, people who are in their 60s and older are becoming one of the cosmetics market's biggest consumers. Data from market research firm KB Kookmin Card revealed cosmetics sales to men aged 60 years and older grew 72.8 percent between 2011 and 2015, while among women from the same age group, sales jumped 100.3 percent. Data also revealed, on average, older men spent 223,000 won on cosmetics and related products in a year, while women spent 275,000 won.

"Who splashes out on cosmetics? The elderly", Korea Joongang Daily, May 17, 2016

Website Presents 15 Best Smelling Colognes for Men In 2016

Artisan from John Varvatos is the number 1 cologne for men, according to the list of the 15 best smelling colognes for men in 2016 from The TrendSpotter website. Also on the list are 1 Million from Paco Rabanne at number 2; Bleu de Chanel at number 3; Armani Code from Giorgio Armani on the fourth spot; and Polo Red Intense from Ralph Lauren at number 5. Other men's colones on the list are Essenza from Acqua de Parma at number 6; Sauvage from Dior at number 7; and at number 8, La Nuit de l'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent.

"15 Best Smelling and Irresistible Cologne for Men", The Trend Spotter, May 09, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

Popular Blog Becomes Cult-Status Beauty Brand

Established in 2014, beauty brand Glossier has acquired cult-status celebrity among consumers. With initial funding support from women-led venture capital firm Forerunner Capital, the company raised $8.4 million in a Series A funding round led by investment firm Thrive Capital in November 2014. What started as a beauty-related blog by Emily Weiss, CEO and founder of Glossier, the company became so popular it has had 10,000 customers on waiting list for two its products. Brand identity and the importance it places on the digital community and the customer feedback loop distinguish the company from its much bigger rivals.

"This beauty startup has become so popular that it has 10,000 people on a waitlist for lipstick", Business Insider, May 24, 2016

Kanebo Reveals New Corporate Image; Updates Marketing Strategy

Japan-based skincare and cosmetics brand Kanebo plans to launch a marketing campaign, as well as remake its image, in time for its celebration of its 80 years in business in September 2016. Also, the relaunch is part of the company's efforts to move away from the PR disaster caused by harmful effects of its skin-whitening products, which caused white patches to appear on users' facial skin. Kanebo is taking a three-pronged approach to marketing by, first, encouraging women to accept their unique beauty; second, providing through beauty consultants personalized counseling based on a woman's daily, weekly, monthly, and yearlong needs; and, third, providing women with a total sensory experience with products that smell good and are... More

"Kanebo unveils new look, formulations", Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 18, 2016

L'Oreal USA Continues Support For One Hundred Black Women's Role Model Program

L'Oreal USA continued its support for the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women's annual Role Model Program by hosting 10 high school and 28 college students at its NYC headquarters during the 2016 spring break. In 1999, the company's initial grant enabled the organization to expand the Role Model program to Brooklyn and Queens. As part of the program, students participate in a series of professional and personal development workshops designed to let them see for themselves the realities of the workplace.

"L’Oréal and One Hundred Black Women offer advice and encouragement to students", North Dallas Gazette, May 16, 2016

Products & Brands  

L'Oreal Says Consumer Needs Drive Technology Efforts

L'Oreal ensures that its innovation efforts in fields, such as wearable technology and product personalization, are focused on actual consumer needs and are not just driven by new technologies, according to Guive Balooch, global VP of the company's Technology Incubator unit. Speaking at the South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Balooch said his company has always wanted to use technology in creating “platforms and things that we felt were based on real consumer needs that could go multi-brands later.” For example, the company created My UV Patch, a wearable sensor that lets consumers monitor their exposure to ultraviolet radiation using their smartphones.

"L'Oreal's tech innovation formula", Warc, May 19, 2016

Elizabeth Arden Launches Multi-Platform Digital Campaign

Prestige beauty brand Elizabeth Arden launched “From the Desk of Liz Arden,” a multi-platform digital marketing campaign. Designed to pay homage to the entrepreneurial and inspirational voice of the brand's founder, the campaign will feature celebrities, including Chelsea Handler, Iris Apfel, and Mia Moretti. Also, the campaign will use a lineup of social media influencers to represent individuality and celebrate women who create their own path to success.

"Elizabeth Arden Introduces New Signature Digital Campaign", PR Newswire, May 19, 2016

Kanebo Launches High-End Beauty And Skincare Brand

Japanese beauty company Kanebo is launching a prestige cosmetics and skincare brand named after itself. Kanebo, which has named fashion model Arizona Muse as its brand ambassador, plans to roll out the brand in 2016 and 2017, with China scheduled for 2020. According to the company, a unit of Kao Corp., it forecasts sales of the new brand to reach ¥5 billion, or $45.8 million, during its first year. Revenue target for the first four to five years is ¥30 billion, or $274.82 million, the company said.

"Kanebo Launches Prestige Brand", Women's Wear Daily, May 18, 2016

Luxe Pack New York 2016: Packaging trends

J. Walter Thompson Intelligence, May 19, 2016

Clinique launches Take The Day Off wipes in travel retail

The Moodie Davitt Report , May 19, 2016

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