A Harvard-Trained Dermatologist Launches A Skin-Caring Luxury Hair Care Line (Forbes)

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Knowde Take: Inspiring interview with Dr. Iris Ruben, the founder of skin-friendly hair care line: SEEN.  Despite a lucrative career as a Harvard-trained dermatologist, Dr. Ruben launched SEEN with the goal of reducing acne caused by pore-clogging luxury hair care products. Anyone else feeling like an under-achiever?

The secret to great skin may be better hair care, according to Dr. Iris Rubin, M.D.

Dr. Rubin is a board-certified dermatologist with laser and cosmetic fellowship training, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a former pediatric laser surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center. Now, she’s adding beauty entrepreneur to her resume. As a dermatologist, she saw numerous patients with breakouts, including the anxiety and insecurities that come with them. It became a personal problem for Dr. Rubin when she experienced breakouts after salon visits. After some research, she traced the breakouts back to a surprising source: the salon’s high-level hair products. The products’ ingredients would rinse down the face and body in the shower, coming into contact with the face, neck, chest and back — often causing acne in these areas. They can also leave a residue on towels and pillowcases that can transfer to your face and body.

Dr. Rubin decided that she nor her patients should have to choose between beautiful hair and beautiful skin, thus Seen was born.  Seen’s breakthrough patented formulas are a game-changer that fuses hair care and skin care. The core technology in the Seen collection is based on a careful curation of ingredients – optimized and balanced to minimize pore-clogging. Seen products use many natural ingredients and safe synthetics when necessary to prevent skin irritation. They are formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, or dyes and are gluten-free. To achieve this balance between hair care and skin care — as well as all-natural and safe synthetics — took years of research and trials. The Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Seen explains what motivated her to search for and formulate this beauty solution. Dr. Rubin also shares why she left her dermatology career and leap into creating products for better skin and hair.

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Liquid-free Cleaning Products on the Way From P&G (bizwomen)

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Knowde Take: P&G just announced a new line of liquid-free cleaning products called, “DS3”.  Similar to Listerine’s breath strips, the products are effective, travel-friendly and due to their size, better for the environment than their liquid heavy counterparts.  Let’s just hope the Tide Pod Challenge community doesn’t get a hold of these! 

Procter & Gamble Co. plans to roll out a brand called DS3, which will include a line of eight liquid-free cleaning products for personal care and the home.

The Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG) said the compact size of DS3 products to clean the face, body and hair makes them travel friendly. 

DS3 products are made with what P&G called breakthrough, proprietary technology that eliminates water from the final product, removing 80 percent of weight while reducing 70 percent of space required.  (more…)

Lady Gaga Quietly Launched a Website for Her Rumored Beauty Line, Haus Beauty (Elle)

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Will 2019 see Lady Gaga join the ranks of beauty care superstars like Kylie, Jlo and Rihanna?  The recent launch of a website for her rumored beauty line, Haus Beauty, could mean we will soon see her unique spin on cosmetics, perfume and skincare.  We can’t wait to learn what products are critical to creating a poker face.

2018 has been major for Lady Gaga: She starred in her first feature film A Star Is Born, got “Shallow” nominated for three 2019 Grammy Awards, and just launched “Enigma,” her Las Vegas concert residency. Just when you thought she was done, on the last day of the year internet sleuths noticed HausBeauty.com—a website for her rumored beauty line—officially went live. Is Gaga going to pull a Rihanna/Fenty Beauty in 2019?

For now, the website is just a blank, black site where you can input your email address. There is nothing on the site that shares more information about the beauty line yet.

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Stability Testing Guidance for Product Safety and Shelf-life Insight (Cosmetics & Toiletries)

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Knowde Take: Formulators will appreciate this important reminder about formulation stability guidelines. They may not be as exciting as the latest trends, but they are critical to maintaining a strong brand reputation because nothing says “dodgy” like unstable shelf products :).

While it is generally good manufacturing practice, neither the U. S. Food and Drug Administ­ration (FDA) nor the European Commission require cosmetic manufacturers to conduct stability testing on products before commercially marketing them. Regardless, routine stability testing can provide cosmetic manufacturers critical data about their product’s safety and shelf life.

Such information can prove useful to companies both externally and internally; externally in terms of creating successful products, and internally in terms of product development, material procurement and management, and lifecycle management. This paper provides an overview of the basics manufacturers should consider when developing a stability testing protocol for cosmetic products.

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Kenya has potential to become personal care industry hub (Business Daily)

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Is Kenya the personal care industry’s next hub?  Find out how a strong focus on innovation and a growing youth market could put Kenya on the personal care industry’s map.

Since the Austrian scholar Joseph Schumpeter identified innovation as a disruptive economic force over six decades ago, the concept has acquired great significance in business.

Firms globally have since embraced innovation as the cornerstone of their competition strategy. With consumers becoming more demanding and sophisticated, innovation has truly become the paramount differentiator between businesses. Innovation can be simply defined as new ideas or creative ways of doing things and conducting business. Talking innovation is however the easy part; leveraging its influence to keep up with ever-changing consumer demands and expectations requires hard work. Innovation has emerged as a key parameter in the personal care and beauty industry where consumer expectations are in constant flux.

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Former P&G CEO to help lead $1B tech firm with major Cincinnati operation (Cincinnati Business Courier)

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From CPG to Silicon Valley…Bob McDonald, former CEO of P&G, joins the board of digital experience provider: Quotient Technology, Inc. Read on to learn why he feels bullish about their digital solutions.

Former Procter & Gamble Co. CEO Bob McDonald has been appointed to the board of Quotient Technology Inc., a $1 billion Silicon Valley tech firm that works closely with P&G and has more than 200 employees in Cincinnati.

McDonald, 65, an Indian Hill resident who was chief executive of the Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods such as Tide detergent (NYSE: PG) from 2009 until he retired from P&G in May 2013, is expected to provide Quotient with insights on the consumer-packaged goods and retail industries.

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Johnson & Johnson makes $2.1 billion offer to buy out Japan cosmetics firm Ci:z (Reuters)

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J&J joins the ranks of CPGs acquiring shares of Asian beauty companies in hopes of benefiting from their short innovation cycles, savvy online marketing and massive market potential. We’re interested to see how such acquisitions will affect the skincare industry here in North America…

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) said on Tuesday it will buy all outstanding shares of Japanese skincare firm Ci:z Holdings Co Ltd (4924.T) that it does not already own for 230 billion yen ($2.05 billion) in cash.

J&J is betting the deal – which will give it ownership of popular brands such as Dr.Ci:Labo, Labo Labo and Genomer – will help it strengthen its international innovation pipeline.

The purchase adds to a flurry of cosmetics deals in Asia in recent years, as global brands seek to expand in a booming region that includes the $53.5 billion China market by leveraging Asian brands’ smart online marketing and fast turnaround times for new products.

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3 Things You Need to Know about I-beauty (Cosmetics & Toiletries)

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Will I-Beauty replace J and K-Beauty? C&T talks with Italian beauty experts who remind us it’s no trend.  Is awareness the only thing standing between I-Beauty and N. American domination?

The country that gave us Leonardo da Vinci, pizza and Vespas is looking to add beauty to the list of its most famous global contribu­tions.

Beauty Made in Italy and the Italian Beauty Council (IBC) hosted their inaugural panel discussion, The Rise of I-Beauty: Heritage, Creativity & Innovation, at the Italian Trade Commission in New York City.

Moderated by WWD & Beauty Inc. executive beauty editor Jenny B. Fine, the panel included hairstylist and Coty global ambassador Rossano Ferretti; Linda G. Levy, president of the Fragrance Foundation; celebrity makeup artist Vincent Longo; and Meredith Kerekes, head of the U.S. Beauty Desk at the Italian Trade Commission. Topics ranged from the history and innovation of I-beauty to the country’s noted manufacturing prowess and the unique challenges its brands face when entering the U.S. market. Here are three key takeaways from the event: (more…)

Influence Peddler: Chemist Confessions, The Instagram Duo Busting Beauty Myths (WWD)

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Clean beauty = meh?  Meet the two ex-L’Oreal Skincare Scientists that became social media gurus by providing their insights on the products and ingredients that benefit your skin.  Advertisement-free and wholly science-based, Chemist Confessions is the place to go for straight-forward skincare advice unimpacted by trends and marketing dollars.

Victoria Fu and Gloria Lu used to be skin-care chemists at L’Oréal. Now, they tackle ingredient misconceptions via their growing Instagram account, Chemist Confessions.

Less than a year after launch, Chemist Confessions has racked up a following of more than 40,000 by sharing ingredient-focused educational content and decoding the ingredient lists of popular products by buzzy brands such as Drunk Elephant, Dr. Jart and Summer Fridays. The account, which doesn’t feature paid advertising or brand partnerships, is an outlier on a platform where beauty posts are often entertainment-based or of the sponsored variety. And, unlike aspiring influencers, Fu and Lu don’t have to play the algorithm game to establish credibility with their followers. Their degrees — from The University of California San Diego and Cornell, respectively — do that for them. (more…)

Meet the Body Care Brand Created Specifically for Today’s Modern Athletes (Cosmetics & Toiletries)

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Art of Sport wants athletes’ body and skin care products to keep up with their high performance lifestyles! This exciting line is the result of collaboration between top formulators and athletes who combined forces to design practical products for athletes and gym buffs.

Art of Sport is a new body care brand focusing on the skin care needs of today’s modern athletes.

Founder and CEO of Art of Sport, Matthias Metternich, said, “Everything from what athletes wear and consume to how they recover has continued to evolve. We didn’t see anyone transferring that same level of innovation and consideration into what athletes apply on their skin. By working with the best scientists and best athletes, we’ve created body and skin care products that can keep up with the performance needs of athletes at all levels.” (more…)