Lawsuit Filed Against Mislabeled Organic Personal Care Manufacturers

Dozens of shampoos, lotions and other personal care products sold by national retailers are labeled “organic” despite containing few or no organic ingredients, according to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), a public health watchdog group. The lawsuit filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court, California, accuses 26 companies of mislabeling their products as organic […]

FDA Announces New Rules for Sunscreen

After 33 years of consideration, the FDA has issued new guidelines for sunscreen labeling which have been designed to give consumers more information to help reduce the risk of skin cancer and early aging. The regulations will aim to prevent companies from making false promises about the levels of protection they provide. The new rules […]

North American Natural & Organic Personal Care Market Exceeds $5 Billion

The North American market for natural and organic personal care products recorded sales in excess of US $5 billion in 2010, according to a new report by Organic Monitor. After recovering from the financial crisis of 2009, market growth rates have rebounded to pre-recessionary levels as consumers continue to demand ‘chemically-clean’ cosmetics and toiletries. The […]

France Passes Bill to Ban Parabens and Phthalates in Cosmetics

By vote on May 3rd members of the French National Assembly voted to pass a bill of law that would immediately ban the use of endocrine disruptors such as phthalates, alkylphenols, and Parabens in consumer products. In order for the bill to become a law a further vote is required by French Senators which has […]

P&G Introduces Pantene Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Pantene, a hair care brand by Procter & Gamble, has started producing its first-in-class plant-based shampoo and conditioner bottle. The innovative plastic bottle is made from sugarcane and will be featured on the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection. Initially the bottles will be launched in Western Europe with plans to expand throughout the rest of […]

Estée Lauder Receives Exclusive Rights to Natural Ingredient Supplier’s Products & Supply

Estée Lauder and Unigen announced that they have signed an exclusive product license and supply agreement. Under the agreement, Unigen granted a subsidiary of Estée Lauder exclusive rights to the discoveries, development and commercialization of its natural ingredients.  Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. The agreement has already taken effect whereby a combination […]

Crystal Deodorant Now Sold at all Walmart Locations

Walmart is diversifying and gaining access to the green consumer by offering crystal deodorant in all 3,747 U.S. Walmart locations. The crystal deodorant brand, Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal, has already been in select Walmart stores for nearly two decades, but this is the first time that the roll-on crystal deodorant will be available in all […]

LVMH Acquires Controlling Stake in Nude Skincare

LVMH Moët Hennessy has completed the acquisition of a 70% stake in Nude Skincare, a luxury natural performance skin care brand. Nude’s current shareholders will retain a 30% equity ownership in Nude Brands Ltd. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. Nude is a biocompatible luxury skin care line using high performance bio-available ingredients […]

NSF and NATRUE Partner to Create Natural Personal Care Product Standard

NSF International, a U.S. testing and certification organization, and NATRUE, The International Natural and Organic Cosmetic Association, have partnered to develop an American national standard for natural personal care products. The new American national standard will define the use of the term ‘natural’ and will protect the integrity of verified natural personal care products. NATRUE’s […]

USDA Launches New Biobased Product Certification and Label

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program has launched a new certification and labeling program for products made with renewable and biological material. Consumer goods carrying the label are expected this spring. Biobased products are defined by the USDA as those composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients – renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry […]