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Section: Regulations > Claims/Labeling
3 Paths to Secure Enforcement Against Parallel Chinese Cosmetic Imports
Although parallel cosmetic imports do not violate Chinese trademark law, a recent report in the
National Law Review
outlined three approaches businesses can take to secure enforcement action against unconsented resales.
Aug 5th, 2022
Keeping Cosmetics in Check: Where the Proverbial ‘Buck’ Stops in Botanicals
In this article, the author outlines important questions formulators should ask in terms of background information for the botanical ingredients they are sourcing.
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Jul 1st, 2022
Jojoba Desert Ingredients Achieve MyMicrobiome Standard Certification
The MyMicrobiome Standard certification for JD Jojoba Oil and JD Lusteris is said to guarantee a microbiome-friendly product for the skin.
Jun 16th, 2022
How Some Companies May be ‘Blue-washing’ Sustainable Claims
A lack of current U.S. federal regulations on sustainability claims has led to companies making claims of environmental action that are misleading or unsubstantiated.
Jun 9th, 2022
'Oil-free' Cosmetics Suit vs. Target Dismissed, Mostly
According to a report by Law360, a proposed class action suit claiming retailer Target misled consumers over claims of 'oil-free' cosmetics was dismissed in 12 of 13 instances by an Illinois federal judge.
Jun 6th, 2022
Breaking Down The Honey Pot Reformulation Controversy
When reformulated products landed on shelves, social media posts proliferated, calling out the brand for the unannounced updates to the ingredient composition and spreading misinformation about the company having been sold.
Jun 1st, 2022
Labskin Introduces Microbiome Friendly+ Seal of Approval
The certification seal ensures the product has a neutral effect on the skin microbiome.
May 31st, 2022
Bondi Sands 'Reef Friendly' Sunscreen Hit with Class Action Suit
The class action suit in the United States alleges the company's sunscreens claim to be "reef friendly" while they are harmful to the environment.
May 23rd, 2022
Keeping Cosmetics in Check: Do Cosmetic Regulations Make a Difference?
Described here are examples of differences in cosmetic regulations in three regions. These differences are examined in terms of whether they appear to impact the safety of cosmetics in the given regions. In the author's view: they don't.
Cosmetics & Toiletries
May 1st, 2022
Rodan + Fields to Pay Out $38 M in Lash Boost Settlement
Rodan + Fields will pay $38 million to settle several class action suits against its Lash Boost serum. The plaintiffs claim the product's labeling misleads consumers and its isopropyl cloprostenate content makes it subject to FDA oversight.
Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Apr 6th, 2022
FDA Flags Color Additive, SPF and Contaminant Offenses, Urges 'Recall Readiness'
In recent months, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported six voluntary recalls for an impermissible color additive, mislabeled SPF and several contaminants. It also urged companies to be "recall ready" and provided final guidance to do so.
Mar 3rd, 2022
Keeping Cosmetics in Check: APs/Deos—Truly Essential or Marketing Hype?
Why is body odor generally considered bad? Some suggest it is a modern “invention” of advertising. The present article explores perceptions of body odor, advances in AP/deo development and the impact of COVID-19 on AP/deo use.
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Mar 1st, 2022
Report: Lawsuit Claims L’Oréal Misleads Origin of Products
According to the complaint, "Millions of American consumers are overpaying for L'Oréal 'Paris' products that are not what they claim to be. The fine print does not stop reasonable consumers from being misled."
Feb 22nd, 2022
[updated] Hemp Act Proposes Higher THC Test Limits but Could Impact CBDs
The Hemp Advancement Act of 2022 seeks to eliminate unworkable testing requirements and set reasonable THC thresholds, according to
But could it impact other cannabinoids?
Feb 14th, 2022
Keeping Cosmetics in Check: SPF in Anti-aging Products
One of the biggest causes of skin aging is UV exposure, making SPF almost a requirement for anti-aging creams. Here, the author describes how SPF regulations led to sun protection claims on anti-aging products; he also posits whether they are pertinent.
Karl Laden, Ph.D.
Jan 6th, 2022
CoverGirl, Coty Face Suit Over Alleged PFAS in Cosmetics
GMO/Toxin Free USA alleges CoverGirl and parent company Coty Inc. have misled consumers, positioning the brand and company as an environmental steward when its cosmetics contain indicators of PFAS or "forever chemicals."
Dec 30th, 2021
Clinique Labs Can't Slip Past 'Oil-free' False Advert Suit
On Nov. 15, an Illinois federal judge did not free the company of the recent false advertising suit; although it did dismiss some of the plaintiff's claims related to products she did not purchase. The case remains pending.
Nov 16th, 2021
Words from Wiechers: Is Cosmetic Science Really 'Bad'? Part II: Scum of the Earth
This edition of Words from Wiechers debates: Are claims on cosmetic products exaggerated? While Wiechers presents strong points, column editor Tony O'Lenick believes that by and large, cosmetic companies are very conscious not to alienate consumers by making wild claims.
Oct 12th, 2021
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