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39% of U.S. consumers plan to purchase experiential gifts this holiday season, like wine tastings, concert tickets, and spa treatments. http://ift.tt/2jTn4Bx

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December 11, 2017 at 09:39PM

Walgreens to acquire 40 percent stake in GuoDa drugstores

Walgreens Boots Alliance has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire a 40 percent stake in Chinese pharmacy chain Sinopharm Guoda Drugstores Co, following a public tender process.

Walgreens revealed that it would pay approximately US$416 million for the share (RMB2.767 billion), buying from Sinopharm owner China National Accord Medicines Corporation.

“We are very pleased to become a strategic investor in GuoDa. It is China’s leading pharmacy chain and we believe that we can positively contribute to its continued successful development with our global pharmacy expertise. We have had presence in China for around 10 years, initially through Alliance Boots, and we are excited about the opportunity to further invest in the country’s fast-growing retail pharmacy sector.”

Chinese spend on healthcare is expected to reach US$1.1 trillion by 2020, according to data from the US Department of Commerce. GuoDa operates and franchises 3,500 pharmacies across 70 cities in China, and will pile the Walgreens investment into further expansion.

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December 11, 2017 at 11:09AM

Environmental scientists call for glitter ban following new study

A group of environment scientists have called for glitter to be banned in cosmetics products following a study conducted by Professor Richard Thompson, which found the particles to be damaging to the environment.

With experts suggesting that the particles from cosmetic products eventually end up in the ocean, resulting in harm to animals, scientists have come forward to express their concern over the ingredient.

Thompson said of his study, “I was quite concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter particles in it.
“That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

The suggestion of a glitter ban comes ahead of the imminent UK ban on microplastics next year, with Dr Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University stating, “When people think about glitter they think of party and dress-up glitter. But glitter includes cosmetic glitters as well, the more everyday kind that people don’t think about as much. I think all glitter should be banned because it’s microplastic."

Some companies are already said to be working on alternative glitter options, with Lush website stating, “We’ve avoided microplastics by switching to synthetic mica and mineral glitter, as well as natural starch-based lusters. Our ingredient suppliers have worked hard to develop these plastic-free alternatives for our products, all of which are safe for the environment."

Meanwhile FCTRY and BioGlitz also use biodegradable glitter while L’Oréal, Burt’s Bees, Clarins and St Ives are all said to have removed microplastics from all products.

via Global Cosmetics News

December 1, 2017 at 01:49PM

Scientists call for glitter ban following new study

A group of environment scientists have called for glitter to be banned in cosmetics products following a study conducted by Professor Richard Thompson, which found the particles to be damaging to the environment.

With experts suggesting that the particles from cosmetic products eventually end up in the ocean, resulting in harm to animals, scientists have come forward to express their concern over the ingredient.

Thompson said of his study, “I was quite concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter particles in it.
“That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

The suggestion of a glitter ban comes ahead of the imminent UK ban on microplastics next year, with Dr Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University stating, “When people think about glitter they think of party and dress-up glitter. But glitter includes cosmetic glitters as well, the more everyday kind that people don’t think about as much. I think all glitter should be banned because it’s microplastic."

Some companies are already said to be working on alternative glitter options, with Lush website stating, “We’ve avoided microplastics by switching to synthetic mica and mineral glitter, as well as natural starch-based lusters. Our ingredient suppliers have worked hard to develop these plastic-free alternatives for our products, all of which are safe for the environment."

Meanwhile FCTRY and BioGlitz also use biodegradable glitter while L’Oréal, Burt’s Bees, Clarins and St Ives are all said to have removed microplastics from all products.

via Global Cosmetics News

December 1, 2017 at 07:48AM

IFSCC 2017: Pollution and Asia at the core of cosmetics research

This year, the 24th annual IFSCC Conference (International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists) was held in Seoul, South Korea. On October 23-25, 2017, experts from all across the world discussed the latest scientific advances animating the world of cosmetics. Over 550 people attended the 30 conferences organized at Seoul’s Grand Intercontinental Hotel and the sessions for the presentation of the 300 posters. Here is a report on the main themes dealt with at the congress. Pollution and (…)

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November 24, 2017 at 12:25PM