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Beauty Matters

Issue 1

Editor's Note

Welcome to the first issue of Beauty Matters, a special edition e-bulletin which is dedicated to issues that affect businesses in the beauty and cosmetics sectors.

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The changing face of beauty tech

Personalised beauty has transformed in recent years as consumers want products tailored towards their individual needs – much like in nutrition and fitness. This trend has only been accelerated by the pandemic, with "try before you buy" no longer an option.

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Operating a beauty business in the COVID-19 pandemic

The UK is currently in  its third national lockdown and all non-essential shops and hospitality services, hair and beauty salons, barbershops and spas have been forced to close their doors once again. In this article, we look at what this means for employers and staff, both during this current lockdown and beyond.

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Brand protection and enforcement for beauty brands

The beauty and cosmetics industry is a crowded marketplace. According to an Oxford Economics report commissioned by the British Beauty Council, in 2018 the total value of UK spending on beauty products and services was £27.2 billion.

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Environmental and sustainability practices in the beauty industry: The CMA's approach

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK's competition and consumer regulator, has recently launched two initiatives that could have an impact on companies within the beauty industry and their ability to market products as 'green' or 'sustainable'.

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Cosmetics labelling and claims – a quick guide

The EU has historically had the world's most rigorous standards for cosmetics labelling and claims, requiring that cosmetic product claims fulfil the six "Common Criteria": legal compliance, truthfulness, evidential support, honesty, fairness and informed decision-making. Post-Brexit, suppliers and brands operating in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and on the EU-27 market will have to navigate this regime.

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Beauty's future on the high street

With high streets and shopping centres across the UK being closed for much of 2020 and into 2021, shoppers have turned online more than ever before.

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Beauty: The power of influencers

In an age where we are increasingly buying online, influencers have taken to the podium as the most used and often most powerful way for brands in the beauty industry to connect and engage with their customers..

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European Commission expands permitted CBD ingredients in cosmetics

Following the European Court of Justice's recent ruling that a particular form of cannabidiol (CBD) is not a narcotic, the European Commission has now added natural CBD to the permitted list of ingredients for cosmetic products.

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