BEAUTY CARE

Former CTFA changes name, launches Web site

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association has changed its name to the Personal Care Products Council to reflect its increasingly diverse membership. The trade association also launched a new consumer information Web site that features information about cosmetic safety.

“We are a science-based, safety-first organization and industry with a long track record of safety initiatives that go beyond the requirements of the law,” stated Pamela Bailey, president and chief executive officer of the association that represents the $250 billion global cosmetic and personal care products industry. “Our new name, motto and consumer Web site are the latest expression of our shared core values of safety, quality and innovation.”

The new site, located at www.cosmeticsinfo.org, is an online resource for safety information about cosmetic ingredients and the science behind personal care products. The site currently contains information on 13 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products today. In addition, the site provides links to other authoritative bodies and to scientific research. The site will continue to be expanded and updated with new information.

This, however, is far from the group’s first safety initiative. Past steps include the establishment in 1976 of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, an independent, nonprofit body of scientific and medical experts that assess the safety of cosmetic ingredients used in the United States. With the participation of the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America, CIR reviews the safety of cosmetic and personal care product ingredients in an open forum and publishes the results in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Earlier this year, the council also instituted a Consumer Commitment Code that formalizes and strengthens some practices already in place for most companies, such as the current reporting of manufacturing establishments to the FDA, and includes new practices such as a Safety Information Summary Program that makes cosmetic product and ingredient safety information immediately available to the FDA upon request.

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L’Oreal announces launch of philanthropic foundation

BY Allison Cerra

PARIS Beauty giant L’Oreal has launched its corporate foundation, the company’s chairman recently announced.

The L’Oreal Corporate Foundation, which emphasizes three key causes, is set to consider realistic ways to give back to the public, the foundation’s chief executive officer, Beatrice Dautresme, said last month. By encouraging education, promoting scientific research, and helping those in need, L’Oreal chairman Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones said, the company’s philanthropic efforts have reached a new milestone.

“It [the foundation] is an additional step in our determination to look beyond our economic success towards a broader notion of social responsibility,” Owen-Jones said.

Some of the efforts include collaborations with such groups as Hairdressers Against AIDS, The “Meaning of Beauty” program and “Look Good, Feel Better,” all of which fulfill the company’s three causes.

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Inter Parfums to develop Brooks Brothers line of products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Clothier Brooks Brothers has taken on a beauty partner to supply a line of personal care products for men and women in its stores.

Inter Parfums entered into an exclusive agreement with the retailer, and will design, manufacture and supply personal care products for men and women, which will be sold at Brooks Brothers locations in the United States. Additionally, the fragrance company also signed a licensing agreement covering Brooks Brothers stores and specialty and department stores outside the United States, including duty free and other travel-related retailers.

In addition to new product development, Inter Parfums will assume responsibility for the production and supply of existing Brooks Brothers fragrance and related personal care products.

“We are extremely honored by this new association with Brooks Brothers, an American icon since 1818 and an enduring name that has shaped the American style of dress through fashion innovation, fine quality, and personal service,” said Jean Madar, Inter Parfums’ chief executive officer. “Our in-house team of designers will draw upon the Brooks Brothers heritage as they develop classic yet modern personal care products and collections for men and women.”

In the United States, Inter Parfums will be responsible for product development, formula creation, packaging design and manufacturing while Brooks Brothers will be responsible for marketing, advertising and in-store sales.

The first new products to be developed by Inter Parfums are tentatively scheduled for launch in November 2008 at Brooks Brothers retail stores in the United States.

International distribution is expected to begin in 2009.

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