Author: Louise Prance-Miles

Australia passes landmark bill to ban animal testing on cosmetics

The Australian senate has this week passed the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 – a landmark bill that effectively ends animal testing on cosmetics within the country. Under the legislation companies will be banned from using data taken as a result of animal testing when introducing a new chemical or ingredient for the beauty market. With 11 new measures being brought in to ensure all cosmetic ingredients are captured in the ban, it heralds a new era in cosmetics testing within the country. According to the Department of Health, “As technology has advanced, there has been an international move away...


Zara freckle ad sparks China backlash, but is this a racism cry gone too far?

Fashion house Zara has been hit with a backlash over its most recent beauty campaign in China, which features a model with freckled skin. However, industry reports are stating this is a racism claim gone too far. Promoting its new lipstick range via Sina Weibo, the Zara advert features Chinese model Li Jingwen wearing minimal make-up and letting her natural skin show through, a move Chinese consumers felt affronted by. According to The Drum, Chinese consumers took to the internet to blame Zara of ‘uglifying China’, with a pale, clear complexion favoured by Chinese women. However, there has been...


CDP recognises Croda deforestation-free supply chain efforts

Chemicals company Croda has been recognised by CDP for its 2018 efforts to commit to a deforestation-free supply chain. The company has been awarded an A- for its Forestry Disclosure, boosting the B status it received in 2017. Having demonstrated its commitment to limit its environmental impact via its supply chain, Croda completed numerous developments last year. These included the two sites that handle palm oil derivatives becoming RSPO Supply Chain Certified, bringing the number of certified sites across the group to 14. Meanwhile it has also committed to supplying only RSPO certified palm oil, ‘subject to the feasibility...


Turkey tightens up ‘free from’ cosmetic labelling guidelines

Turkey has announced revised guidelines for cosmetic products promoting ‘free from’ claims on labels, according to a report by Chemical Watch. Published by the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, the new rule expands on previous legislation that stated manufacturers must not include any compounds within the formulation that the labelling suggested the product was ‘free from.’ However, the recent fifth upgrade to the regulation now requires manufacturers to back up any ‘free from’ ingredient claims, such as parabens or colours, with laboratory tests. Likewise, ‘free from claims’ can no longer be used on labelling unless the manufacturers submit a document...


Iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris, aged 85

Iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld has passed away in Paris from rumoured pancreatic cancer, aged 85. One of the most revered and stoic fashion industry icons, Lagerfeld’s passing is felt keenly in the fashion world, where he was most notably linked with Chanel, for whom he created collections, having also played a hand in the success of both Fendi and his own namesake brand. Lagerfeld, who previously collaborated on a make-up collection with ModelCo, sparked concern when he failed to attend the Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2019 show in January, with Artistic Director Virginie Viard stepping in due to Lagerfeld ‘feeling...