What Are The Latest Trends In The Personal Care Sector?

Bans, restrictions, ingredient disclosure: these are the key chemical issues the personal care industries in Europe, the US and the rest of the world have grappled with throughout the past year. And they will remain hot topics on the 2018 agenda. Specific topics to keep an eye on for 2018 include: Looking for safer preservatives (Trends to watch are multifunctional additives and formulations based on organic acids.); Mineral oil hydrocarbons and health concerns (eg: consider whether dietary exposure to certain mineral oils in lip care products is a health concern); Microplastics (see story above re. NZ ban); &, Increasing transparency (Under rising demands for transparency, large corporations and retailers are beginning to make information on the chemicals in their products more easily available to consumers).    Source: Vanessa Zainzinger, ChemicalWatch  Personal care trends


All Oils Ain’t Oils: Moroccanoil Israel Ltd v Aldi Foods Pty Ltd

A recent Federal Court decision has found Aldi made misleading and deceptive representations about the natural content and performance benefits of its “Moroccan Argan Oil” products. Aldi’s products in question were its “Moroccan Argan Oil” oil treatments, shampoos and conditioners which were sold under Aldi’s “PROTANE®NATURALS” brand. The case concerned, among other things, claims that the products contained only or substantially ‘natural ingredients’ and that representation was false; and Aldi represented that the benefits of its “Moroccan Argan Oil” products were due to the presence of Argan Oil (such as strengthening hair etc.) and that these “performance benefits” were misleading given the minute quantities of Argan Oil in the products. This case demonstrates that: trade mark holders need to be aware that their trade-marks can, in certain circumstances, amount to representations about the products to which the marks are applied; and that they also need to be able to back up any claims to the performance of a product with empirical evidence relevant to the content of the product.    Source: CowellClarke blog  Aldi argan oil


Quotes for the month:

"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."

This advice, on the secret of happiness, written on a note by Albert Einstein 95 years ago, was given to a hotel porter when Einstein was caught short of cash. It sold for $1.7 million at an auction in Israel in October 2017.   Source: The Guardian Wise advice


“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving".     Warren Buffet


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Complementary Medicines (“Dietary supplements”):

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Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):

NICNAS Public Consultation Forecast The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) regulates the use of all chemicals within Australia, as well as helps protect the Australian people and…


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RFA wishes all of our readers a Happy & Prosperous New Year

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