Red Carpet Manicure makes foray into nail lacquer category
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Red Carpet Manicure has announced that it is expanding beyond the at-home LED gel polish category to enter the nail lacquer segment.
This new collection marks the brand’s nail lacquer debut and expands Red Carpet Manicure’s product line beyond its foundation in the at-home LED gel polish category. The collection includes 52 color shades, a base and a top coat, each sold separately for $7.99.
“Bolstering Red Carpet Manicure’s product offering with nail lacquer was actually a request from our loyal consumer base,” stated Barry Shields, managing partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “The nail lacquer line will give our consumers yet another opportunity to re-create the hottest nail art trends in addition to our LED gel manicure system.”
The collection’s shades range from whites and nudes to a variety of pinks, corals and blues. In addition, 18 shades in the collection are color-matched to Red Carpet Manicure’s LED gel polish line.
“We are confident we can translate our huge success in the premium retail gel polish category to the lacquer space,” added Bruce Kowalsky, managing partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “Our history and foundation is nail color, which has allowed us to develop a state-of-the-art formula.”
Coty, Piaggio Group to develop fragrances under Vespa name
NEW YORK — Coty and Piaggio Group, a European manufacturer of two-wheel motor vehicles, have teamed up for an exclusive partnership to create, develop and distribute a signature duo of fragrances for men and women under the Vespa name.
Vespa is one of Italy’s most iconic brands. A symbol of Italian style, creativity and technology, Vespa is not just a scooter, but an icon with more than 18 million scooters sold since its creation in 1946.
The duo Vespa fragrance line is expected to debut in May.
NSF International launches cosmetics and personal care program to address safety, quality concerns
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Global public health organization NSF International has launched the NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program to provide auditing, training, product testing, claim substantiation and certification services to enable manufacturers to improve the quality and safety of their products, and retailers to strengthen the oversight of their cosmetic and personal care suppliers, the organization announced on Friday.
According to NSF International, the program addresses the needs raised by new legislation, retailer-prohibited chemical lists and manufacturing-related quality issues that have driven rapid changes to the $300 billion global cosmetics and toiletries market. Consumer safety concerns also have fueled the initiative. In fact, a recent independent study conducted on behalf of NSF found that 48% of consumers are concerned about the quality and safety of personal care products. To help address these concerns, NSF International developed the NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program, which includes:
- Good Manufacturing Practice Auditing: This program meets the growing demand for third-party verified compliance to cosmetic manufacturing GMP quality standard ISO 22716, which is recognized worldwide and mandated by European regulations. It also encompasses FDA guidance criteria for cosmetic production, laboratory controls and customer complaint handling, which is essential for cosmetics imported into the United States. Manufacturers earn a graded audit that retailers use to qualify and set standards for their suppliers, and that serves as a baseline for continual improvement.
- Bundled Audits for Food, Personal Care and Dietary Supplements: Many facilities produce ingredients for multiple product categories spanning food, cosmetics and dietary supplements, each of which has its own set of specific quality and safety guidelines. NSF perform audits to multiple schemes and labeling requirements including dietary supplement GMPs, food safety schemes benchmarked under the Global Food Safety Initiative, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in addition to cosmetic GMPs. This eliminates audit redundancy and disruption to production operations while reducing costs.
- Testing: This includes testing to verify label claims, including “free from” substances like Bisphenol A (BPA), PABA (p-Aminobenzoic acid), sulfates, parabens and many others. NSF also screens cosmetics for contaminants to verify their safety and quality. This is in addition to substantiating compliance to regulations in Europe and the United States (e.g., Proposition 65). Label reviews and physical, chemical and performance characteristic comparisons against national brands also are available for retailers that have concerns regarding their private label cosmetics and personal care product lines.
- Product Certification: NSF certifies cosmetics to widely accepted programs, including the EPA’s Design for the Environment program, which verifies that cosmetic products and ingredients do not contain chemicals of concern such as known carcinogens or reproductive and developmental toxicants. NSF International also certifies cosmetics to either the USDA National Organic Program or the American National Standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients (NSF/ANSI 305) via NSF’s sister company QAI. These programs are important to safety-minded consumers in particular, as a recent independent study conducted on behalf of NSF found that 44% of consumers prefer products that are independently tested and certified.
- Training and Consulting: NSF provides GMP training for professionals who are involved in manufacturing and distributing cosmetic and personal care products so they can stay apprised of the changing regulatory landscape and best practices in supply chain quality. Those professionals who know how to conduct gap analyses and identify regulatory non-compliances before they become an issue will add value to the manufacturing process and help minimize safety and quality risks. NSF can also provide expert consulting to evaluate a cosmetic manufacturing quality and safety system, help facilities resolve complex quality problems or guide companies through the proper procedures for responding to FDA warning letters.
“The cosmetics industry is becoming increasingly scrutinized as consumers seek safer products and retailers step up to meet this demand,” said Casey Coy, manager of NSF International’s Cosmetics and Personal Care Program. “With this new program, NSF International has applied 70 years of technical and scientific expertise to develop specialized auditing, testing and certification programs that support retailers in improving their supply chain oversight and cosmetic safety. This program also helps manufacturers demonstrate compliance to retailer requirements and U.S. and European regulations.”