AP: State Senate refuses initial vote to ban microbeads in cosmetics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill in California that would ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics was refused by the state Senate, according to an Associated Press report.
The AP reported that while Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, argued that the bill would level the playing field among manufacturers — some of whom already are phasing out the exfoliating ingredients — AB1699 fell one vote short of the 21 it needed to pass.
The author, Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, stated that supporters will try again before the Legislature adjourns for the year, the AP reported.
The bill would prohibit the sale of products containing plastic microbeads starting in 2019. A Senate amendment would allow OTC drugs to contain the microbeads until 2020, the AP reported.
As previously reported by Drug Store News, a similar ban was recently signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, making Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.
Derma e names director of education
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Skin care company derma e has hired licensed esthetician Jaime Cane to fill the new position of director of education.
Cane comes to derma e with more than 20 years of sales, training and education experience in the beauty industry, including 10 years as a licensed esthetician. Her background has reached every facet of the beauty industry working for prestige and natural brands, such as Bobbi Brown, Sonya Dakar, Napoleon Perdis and NUDE Skincare.
Cane is skilled in developing internal and external training platforms inclusive of treatment protocols and new product presentations among retailers, estheticians, makeup artists and such top beauty providersas Sephora and Ulta Beauty.
As the new director of education, she will be responsible for developing and implementing the training strategy, sessions and tools necessary to enhance the knowledge of, and experience with derma e at every level. This position will focus on tailored trainings including in-person, video, webinar and Skype sessions, and consumer events doing in-store demos and skin analysis consultations. Cane also will build key relationships with retailers, in-store personnel and consumers, reinforcing the quality and efficacy of the derma e natural product line.
“I am thrilled to have Jaime Cane join the company and be an extension of our dynamic sales team,” stated Gina Ferrato, VP sales, natural channel. “Jaime comes to derma e with a wide depth of beauty and natural experience in both sales and education. Plus, being a licensed esthetician, she will be able to speak to the importance of skin care and our extensive natural product line to ensure all derma e partners and customers are properly educated, ultimately helping to grow our sales and enhance our brand equity.”
Jessica Alba’s the Honest Co. secures $70M investment round
LOS ANGELES — Jessica Alba’s the Honest Co. — whose portfolio of natural, non-toxic products includes diapers, wipes, bath, skin care, home cleaning and health-and-wellness products — has closed a $70 million financing round.
Funds affiliated with Wellington Management Co. led the round and were joined by Dragoneer Investment Group and one other public market institutional investor. Existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners and ICONIQ Capital also participated.
The new round of financing adds to the $52 million raised since the company’s launch in 2012 and will enable the company to accelerate growth.
“We value the support of our partners and customers in helping us make a meaningful impact in the marketplace. We dream big at the Honest Co. and continuously strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable — today and in the future,” said Alba, company co-founder and actress.
The Honest Co. also supports nonprofit partnerships by donating products and employee time. To date, more than 500,000 Honest products have been donated to assist more than 50,000 families through more than 1,300 employee volunteer hours.
Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress whose career includes roles in films such as "Fantastic Four" and "Little Fockers," as well as television series "Dark Angel," "The Office" and "Entourage."