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Nivea Men, Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly challenge fans

BY Antoinette Alexander

WILTON, Conn. — Nivea Men, a Beiersdorf brand recently headed to Boston to work with Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly to put fans through a series of challenges, including the ultimate — recreating an iconic Red Sox inspired look.

As the MLB season heats up, Nivea Men is helping guys cool down with its new line of Sensitive Cooling products, including the new Nivea Men Sensitive Cooling Shaving Gel and Nivea Men Sensitive Cooling Post-Shave Balm. Made with cooling seaweed extract and chamomile, the line provides a gentle cooling feeling for an extra close, comfortable shave.

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Swoon Beauty to hit Target.com

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Swoon Beauty’s Universal Lip Gloss Scoop & Applicator will be available on Target.com starting June 14th for consumers who want to salvage every last drop of their favorite lip glosses.


“I’m excited about Swoon Beauty’s partnership with Target as we feel it’s the perfect retailer for the Swoon customer ― value-conscious, luxury lovers who crave affordable indulgences,” stated CEO Keisha Wright. “Now, when women purchase their favorite lip gloss they can also purchase this handy tool alongside it, knowing it will ensure they never waste a single drop of gloss again.”
 


Priced at $12, Swoon’s Universal Lip Gloss Scoop & Applicator is part scoop and part applicator, designed to retrieve every bit of gloss from a lip gloss tube. It features a non-porous, easy-to-clean and flexible application head with an extra long neck to reach every side, corner and bottom. A cap that snaps closed makes it travel-friendly for easy, on-the-go storage in a makeup bag.

 

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Loblaw to remove potentially harmful chemicals from certain beauty, household products

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw has announced that by the end of 2018, its private brands Life Brand and President's Choice household, beauty and cosmetic products will no longer be formulated using triclosan, phthalates or micro beads.

"Emerging science and public opinion suggest a measured move away from some specific ingredients is prudent," stated Galen Weston, executive chairman and president, Loblaw. "Working with our scientific advisors, we identified ingredients that may have a negative impact on the environment, or on our customers, and are working to remove them."

Some experts have linked triclosan and phthalates to human or environmental health concerns. Triclosan is common in antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes and some cosmetic products; phthalates are a group of chemicals used to carry scent in personal-care products such as soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes, and to make plastics more flexible.

Micro beads are commonly used in skin exfoliants, but can wash down drains, slip through water treatment systems, pass into lakes and oceans, and mimic the look of fish eggs — an attractive meal in the food chain.

"Micro beads create a lifecycle issue for our organization," stated Weston. "We sell skin care with micro beads. We sell fish. And, in an odd twist, our beauty products may ultimately impact our commitment to sustainable seafood."

These three ingredients are being removed as a first step of a broader, ongoing process. Loblaw has worked with scientific advisors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie since 2014 to help identify areas the company can play a leadership role and focus efforts where they can make the most impact.

"Around the world, scientific evidence is accumulating that these ingredients could be a problem for environmental and human health," added Smith, co-author of two bestselling books on the health effects of pollution and toxic chemicals. "When a leader like Loblaw puts a stake in the ground on an issue like this, it enables real change. This decision to create an ongoing process that reexamines the ingredients within their supply chain, highlights their commitment to protecting the health of consumers and the environment."   
 

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