Regulation & Safety

Dangerous counterfeit perfume prosecutions in UK

Dangerous counterfeit perfume prosecutions in UK

By Lucy Whitehouse

A couple in the UK have been prosecuted for selling counterfeit perfumes containing dangerous levels of methanol, with the products in question, if genuine, totalling a value of £175,000.

Soil Association on COSMOS certification: 'Consider long-term strategy'

Special Newsletter: Natural and organic labelling

Soil Association on COSMOS certification: 'Consider long-term strategy'

By Lucy Whitehouse

We caught up with the Soil Association, the UK's leading farming charity and organic certification body, on the COSMOS certification, the current state of the natural and organic beauty market, and what brands need to do to stay ahead of the competition.

How to stop confusing consumers with organic and natural labelling

Special Newsletter: Natural and Organic Labelling

Why consumers struggle with natural and organic labelling and how to fix it

By Simon Pitman

Natural and organic labelling claims, certification and branding are confusing enough even for industry professionals, so imagine how consumers feel. We spoke to Ecovia Intelligence-founder Amarjit Sahota to find out how things can be simplified.

Welsh government to ban use of microbeads

Welsh government to ban use of microbeads

By Sian Gardiner

Wales has become the latest country to outlaw the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics, following the same decision by the UK government in September 2016.

Boots UK on sustainability

Boots UK on sustainability

By Lucy Whitehouse

Sustainability continues to be a lead issue on the beauty industry agenda. We spoke to Boots UK about why it’s essential to get right.

Fair Hair Care stamp targets ethical hair extensions

Fair Hair Care stamp targets ethical hair extensions

By Simon Pitman

Hair extensions have often been in the spotlight over allegations of poor business practices, which is why the Fair Hair Care organisation is stepping in with the aim of setting higher standards.

Free from claims mistruths

exclusive interview

Free from claims part II: Removing mistruths

By Natasha Spencer

We continued our conversation with Belinda Carli, Director, Institute of Personal Care Science on how the cosmetics industry needs to change its narrative to stop communicating unnecessarily fearful messages.

Preserving control: how to keep on top of preservative regulations

Preserving control: how to keep on top of preservative regulations

By Lucy Whitehouse

As the authorities continue to take a tough line on the additives used in beauty products, the ripple effects can be felt right back through the emerging trends in formula design and cosmetovigilance, says ProductLife Group’s Diaraf Yaradou.