The EU microplastics restriction & what it means for the nail industry

By Rebecca Hitchon | 2 October 2023

The European Commission has adopted measures that restrict the sale of microplastics intentionally added to products, including cosmetics. Coming into force from 15 October 2023, the change to the EU chemical legislation, REACH, is set to prevent the uncontrolled release of around half a million tonnes of microplastics into the…

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UK government launches consultation into unregulated cosmetic procedures

By Rebecca Hitchon | 11 September 2023

The UK government is seeking people and business’ views on how to make non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including Botox, laser hair removal and dermal fillers, safer for consumers. The consultation: the government’s first-ever on aesthetic procedures, is running for eight weeks (closing 28 October) and will be used to shape a…

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What the government’s policy change means for the cosmetics animal testing ban

By Guest Writer | 31 July 2023

The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) explores what the government’s policy change means for the cosmetics animal testing ban… You may have seen media reports in May that suggested that animal testing of cosmetic ingredients could restart, following the result of a UK High Court ruling.  Shortly afterwards, the…

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UK reinstates ban on animal testing for cosmetic ingredients

By Rebecca Hitchon | 18 May 2023

On 17 May 2023, the UK government issued a statement announcing that no new licences will be granted for animal testing of chemicals exclusively intended to be used as ingredients in cosmetic products. The ban follows pressure from animal rights campaigners, after a judicial review brought about by animal protection…

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Covid-19: CTPA updates guidance on cosmetics testers in stores, salons & spas

By Rebecca Hitchon | 28 January 2022

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has released updated guidance on the use of testers by retailers, salons and spas in the hair, beauty and wellness sector. The guidance, which has been supported by the British Beauty Council, British Retail Consortium and Cosmetics and Perfumery Association (COPRA), is aimed at…

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CTPA urges beauty industry to cease packaging waste

By Rebecca Hitchon | 23 November 2021

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has issued a call to action for the beauty industry to end packaging waste from cosmetic products. In a stakeholder roundtable held by the organisation, it was concluded that the industry’s ultimate goal should be to cease packaging waste, with mainstream refill and…

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Global use of virgin plastic by cosmetics brands & more set to fall by 20% by 2025

By Rebecca Hitchon | 18 November 2021

Virgin plastic use by leading global brands and retailers has peaked in 2021 and is on track to fall by almost 20%, research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed. Virgin plastic can be defined as plastic resin that has been newly created without…

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UK may allow animal testing on cosmetic ingredients for first time since 1998

By Chloe Randall | 11 August 2021

The Home Office has admitted in a letter this week to animal protection organisation, Cruelty Free International that animal testing for cosmetic ingredients, including those used solely in cosmetics may be allowed for some ingredients. This is a turn around on the government’s position which has been held since 1998.…

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This one device can create any lipstick shade in seconds

By Lilly Delmage | 5 August 2021

Ever feel like the perfect lipstick shade is just impossible to find? Well, now you can be your own shade creator, as GoPlay Cosmetics has released the LIPSKIT 2.0, a ‘lipstick factory in your hands’. Designed in an attempt to combat product waste while boosting shade options, the LIPSKIT uses…

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Marian Newman BEM on… changes to nail product regulations for 2021

By Guest Writer | 16 December 2020

Marian Newman BEM, nail industry veteran and chair of The FNP, reveals the changes to cosmetic products that will be evident in 2021… Originally posted at www.the-fnp.com “We will be seeing a lot of changes in 2021 with regards to cosmetic products including nail products. This has some connection to…

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