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Cosmetics brands need to become more sustainable

The cosmetics industry is struggling with its sustainability efforts: out of thirty examined brands, 22 fail to surpass a score of 30 % according to a Rank a Brand study. Only five get more than 50 %.

The Body Shop decreases uses of environmentally harmful packaging

The Body Shop launched a worldwide initiative to drastically lower the use of plastic packaging based on fossil fuels by 2020.

Birchbox dials down its expansion plans

Birchbox, a start-up with a subscription service for beauty products, puts its expansion plans on hold as it faces a lack of funds and competition from other companies.

L’Oréal sponsors Snapchat filter

French cosmetics firm L'Oréal has sponsored a filter on social media app Snapchat. The filter gives users a chance to apply Infallible Silkissime eyeliner on their own pictures.

5 million euro fine for Ontex

The Spanish Bureau of Competition has ruled that Belgian diaper manufacturer Ontex has to pay a 5.15 million euro fine for several breaches of the Spanish and European competition laws. Ontex will appeal the decision.

Unilever, Henkel and L’Oréal compete over shampoo company

Unilever, Henkel and L’Oréal have all tabled a bid for shampoo manufacturer Vogue International, valued by some sources at 2.5 to 3 billion dollars (2.2 to 2.7 billion euro).

Emerging markets spur on Henkel's quarterly profit

Henkel's first quarter profit and turnover both grew. The German manufacturer - which owns Persil, Schwarzkopf shampoo and Pattex glue among other things - took full advantage of the growing demand in several emerging markets.

Exchange rates hinder Beiersdorf's turnover

Turnover for German group Beiersdorf, parent company for Nivea among other brands, has dropped nearly 2 % in the first quarter. The company points to exchange rate fluctuations, which had a sizeable negative effect.

L’Oréal to open virtual beauty school

Cosmetics firm L’Oréal and online video platform YouTube plan to create cosmetics-focused content together. For the French company, this is a way to compete with the independent vloggers that currently dominate the market.

Victoria Beckham and Estée Lauder launch collection together

Victoria Beckham is to launch a make-up collection, adding to her own fashion collection. She will collaborate with cosmetics brand Estée Lauder to launch the product range later this year.

Chanel launches web shop for beauty products in Belgium and Netherlands

French fashion brand Chanel now also sells its beauty products online in Belgium and the Netherlands, through its own web shop. Free shipping is included for orders surpassing 100 euro and a 10 euro fee will be charged for orders below that sum.

Sephora adds augmented reality to app

Make up manufacturer Sephora has expanded its app with a new augmented reality-based feature, which gives users a chance to immediately see how a certain make-up colour looks on their face.

Colgate cuts even more jobs

Colgate-Palmolive is to continue its restructuring plan, which means even more jobs will be cut. Everything should be finalized by December 2017 and 3,300 to 3,800 jobs will have disappeared by then.

Ontex turnover and profit on the rise

Diaper manufacturer Ontex managed a higher turnover and profit in 2015, despite "extremely competitive markets". Its non-Western European markets now contribute more than a third of its total turnover.

Estée Lauder acquires perfume brand By Kilian

American cosmetics company Estée Lauder has expanded its perfume portfolio with a new brand, By Kilian. No information was divulged about the sum it had to pay to acquire the perfume brand.

Double-digit growth for Henkel in 2015

Henkel's turnover and profit in 2015 grew markedly, partially because of its strong performance in the emerging markets. The German consumer goods giant targets another turnover increase this year.

Nivea gives Beiersdorf a good year

Nivea and Eucerin sales have helped German Beiersdorf achieve a good year, with a 6.4 % turnover growth and a higher post-tax profit.

Baby products still contain too many risky substances

Healthcare products for babies still contain too many risky substances, which may harm the baby's skin more than it would help according to a new study, performed by a European women's organization.

Nurofen and Durex' parent company beats expectations

RB, which owns Nurofen and Durex (among other brands), presented better-than-expected yearly results. Turnover remained pretty much level compared to last year, but its net profit managed decent growth.