Top 5 most-read stories November 2020: Unilever SARS-CoV-2 research, Garnier solid shampoo launch and Brexit preparations
By Kacey Culliney
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A round-up of CosmeticsDesign-Europe’s most-read news from November 2020 shows interest in ongoing research around the anti-viral role of mouthwash during COVID-19, sustainable innovation from Garnier and expert insight into Brexit.
Oral care research in the spotlight – COVID-19 and whitening
Unilever’s news on its ongoing preliminary research into the role Cetrylpyridinium chloride (CPC) mouthwash could play in reducing viral transmission of COVID-19 captured plenty of attention this month. The personal care major decided to share its findings, ahead of peer review, citing it was in the public interest to know.
Colgate-Palmolive more recently also shared its preliminary findings on CPC mouthwash, along with early results from its research into zinc and stannous toothpastes.
Two patent filings from the oral care major also made it into November’s most-read list – outlining toothpaste formulas made using metal silicates for a gentle whitening alternative
Sustainable mass ‘green’ beauty and Brexit preparations
News of L’Oréal’s mass solid shampoo bar launch under its Garnier brand – packaged in fully-recyclable paper – drew in plenty of clicks. Sustainability has long been at the forefront of the international beauty major’s agenda, with this product launch marking a deep dive into sustainable hair care for the masses.
Meanwhile, our expert guest article on how industry needs to prepare for Brexit – in the EU and UK – was widely read. Tjasa Gum, from CE.way Regulatory Consultants shared in-depth insight on every consideration that had to be made ahead of January 1, 2021 from Responsible Persons (RPs) to re-labelling requirements.
Beauty majors against ECHA on animal testing
Another important read for November was an open statement issued by beauty majors under the Humane Society International’s Animal-Free Safety Assessment Collaboration (AFSA). Companies including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, L’Oréal and Avon claimed the EU animal testing ban on cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients was currently being undermined by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and its Board of Appeal. The statement centred on ECHA calling for additional animal data under the REACH Regulation.