Author: Louise Prance-Miles

Over-saturated celebrity fragrance market loses its shine

With more and more famous faces hoping to take a slice of the profitable celebrity fragrance market, which came to the fore about 13 years ago, the market is now seeing a steady decline in sales as it becomes over-saturated and consumers fall out of love with the brands. Retailers across the globe are reporting that the celebrity fragrance category is declining, in particular in department stores. In 2011 showbiz fragrances amassed $150 million in annual sales, while in 2014 it had fallen to $50.6 million, less than two per cent of the $3 billion prestige market – losing...


FDA cracks down on steroid-based skin care

The Food and Drug Association has issued notices to Himachal Pradesh based beauty products manufacturer Torque Pharma regarding its steroid-based drugs sold as over-the-counter cosmetics. The company has had two products seized. The products under scrutiny are UB Fair for Men and No Scars cream for women, which are both said to aggravate skin problems. The Torque Pharma products are being advertised as beauty products and were brought under scrutiny following a letter by the Indian Association of Dermatologists Venereologists and Leprologists that requested that the agency keep a check on “irrational sale of steroid based skin creams known...


MAC Cosmetics settles ZIP Code lawsuit

MAC Cosmetics has reached a settlement in a lawsuit which accuses the beauty brand of obtaining customer zip codes to illegally obtain customer information. Customers in Massachusetts that purchased MAC Cosmetic products from fall 2009 were said to have been asked for the zip codes when purchasing products with their debit cards. The company has been accused of then cross referencing the postcode with information in order to obtain the full address, in turn sending unsolicited direct mailers from MAC and other companies. MAC has agreed to pay $365,000 in gift cards to end the class action, according to...


New leadership role for Kao Corporation’s Trevor Attenborough

Kao Corporation has announced Trevor Attenorough’s move from President & General Manager of Kao USA, Salon Division, to General Manager, Kao Salon Division, North America. Attenborough’s new role will see him undertake a leadership position of the Canadian division, as well as his US responsibilities. Reporting directly to Attenborough, Mike Parsons will continue to work as General Manager for Kao Canada, Salon Division while leading sales, marketing and education for Canada. Cory Couts, President, Kao Global Salon Division, says, “This move will help us build upon the synergies between the Kao US and Canadian salon divisions. “The decision to...


Z Skin Cosmetics owner turns down Sephora offer

Ryan Zamo, owner of Z Skin Cosmetics, has turned down an offer from beauty retailer Sephora to stock his natural skin care brand in favour on concentrating on reorganising the team at the core of the brand. The decision to turn down the offer follows the unexpected death of Zamo’s mother, who was Co-Founder of the brand and a long time plant and biologist and horticulturist. Karen Zamo was found dead in Florida home earlier this year, leading to Ryan Zamo taking a four-month hiatus from the business. Sephora approached Zamo prior to his mother’s death to offer to...