Johnson & Johnson to Stop Selling Iconic Baby Powder in North America


After 127 years, one of the world’s most recognized household products (and smells) is being discontinued in North America. Dating back to 1893, Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder was originally used to prevent diaper rash in infants, but in more modern times has been adopted by both men and women alike as a powder to prevent friction and odors in the genital region.

The issue is nót the talc itself, but rather the process in mining talc as it can become contaminated with the carcinogen asbestos during the process.

While the product has been around for decades, it wasn’t until the ’80s when the link between talc, an ingredient in talcum powder, and ovarian cancer was brought to light. The issue is nót the talc itself, but rather the process in mining talc as it can become contaminated with the carcinogen asbestos during the process. Although Johnson & Johnson stays firm on the notion that the scientific evidence is inconclusive, the billions of dollars and near-20,000 lawsuits have shaken investors’ confidence.

To ease growing scrutinization, Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder product will be discontinued in North America; the cornstarch version will still be available.




Avon Goes Greener, More Digital


New Avon Company (‘Avon’) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and through affiliation in Canada. Avon’s portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, and health and wellness products featuring brands such as ANEW, Skin So Soft, CHI, and The Face Shop, as well as fashion and accessories.

Avon has a 134-year history of empowering women through economic opportunity and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy has contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence.

Avon is making a milestone step in the brand’s longstanding commitment to managing their environmental footprint: the iconic Avon brochure will be updated to showcase a digital refresh. The new digital initiative allows Avon to improve the selling experience for Avon Representatives throughout North America in an easier, more streamlined process, as well as help address the company’s continuous improvement to protect the planet, and it launches April 30th in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Avon-shoppingexperience_1587507134425-HRThe entirely interactive, digital catalog will bring the Avon experience to life in a completely new way. The monumental move of switching to a new digital platform allows Avon to help their Representatives expand their reach even further. The browsing and buying experience will be optimized for desktop and mobile with shoppable posts, video make-up tutorials, influencer-created content, interviews with product creators, video reviews, animations and more.

Cutting-edge AR makeup will also be a key feature with functions such as Virtual Try-On, Foundation Shade Finder and Concealer Shade Finder. This will allow customers to virtually try on makeup shades before buying and discover their shade matches.



Avon Representatives can also customize their Avon catalog and experience for shoppers allowing them more room to promote their business. Seamless sharing with let all users share any page or content via social, email or SMS. Now Representatives can consult with their customers and literally sell products digitally anytime, anywhere.

Avon’s paper brochure will still be available. Last year it began printing in smaller dimensions, less ink, fewer pages and a lighter quality paper. The paper is also sourced from sustainably managed, PFEC-certified forests with controlled sources. In doing so, Avon has moved to a significantly higher cost-efficient method, and the goal is to have the brochure be exclusively digital in the next few years.



Other recent noteworthy Avon initiatives around Earth Day include a greater visibility for Avon’s product safety policy and prohibited ingredient lists through more accessible placement on the website. In addition, Avon will continue its status as one of the few cosmetic companies to list all ingredients of each product on its website.

Providing full transparency to customers before they try to purchase a product. Avon will also continue its current animal welfare policy and eliminating animal-derived ingredients from new products. All Avon cartons are now made of FSC-certified paperboard as well.



Finally, Avon will continue its longstanding partnership with Feed the Children. Over the last 16 years, Avon has donated and diverted from landfills over 15 million pounds of personal care, hygiene and beauty products, clothing, shoes and home essentials for distribution to children and families in need.

Come into the beautiful world of Avon, and to browse the new digital catalog visit: Avon digitalcatalog.






I Dew Care Cake My Day Hydrating Sprinkle Wash-Off Mask



This super fun and sweet mask plumps skin with rich hydration for a nourished, glowing complexion. Soft served with rainbow hydration sprinkles, this mask will look so good you’ll want a bite. Hyaluronic acid plumps skin and delivers moisture, squalane provides hydration due to its skin oil mimicking properties, and glacier water refreshes skin. This cruelty-free mask is formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and silicones so you can feel good about what goes on your skin.





Green Science Alliance Develops Biodegradable Resin Beads to Replace Micro Plastic Beads in Scrub, Facial Wash, Body Soap, Tooth Paste, Etc.

Environmental problems such as global warming, extreme weather, natural resource depletion, water shortage and plastic pollution are getting severe in the world. The microplastic problem in the marine environment is especially becoming a devastating issue.

Especially the size of petroleum-based polyethylene bead, polypropylene beads is several micro meter to several hundred micro meters, and these are already in the size range of microplastic pollution. These plastic beads and particles are added to these cosmetic products in order to eliminate dirt and old dead skin from the body and are called ‘scrub agents’.

Green Science AllianceMicroscopic Observation of Biodegradable Resin Micro Beads made of PLA (PolyLactic acid) + nano cellulose composite

This type of microplastic pollution such as plastic beads are generated in huge quantity every day in the world from bath, shower, bathrooms, etc., and not to mention one of the big reasons for marine microplastic pollution. There are also some scientific reports that this type of microplastics are already in our human body.

In this regard, Dr. Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. has made biodegradable resin beads and scrubs from their cellulose, starch, PLA based biodegradable resins. The size of standard products are approximately a little less than 100 micrometers. Some of these products are made of 100% nature biomass-based composition. They also have biodegradable beads with nano cellulose composite in which they have confirmed that biodegradation rate is faster than normal biodegradable resin without nano cellulose.

Green Science Alliance 2Biodegradable Resin Beads (from left) PLA (polylactic acid) + nano cellulose composite, Starch based Biodegradable Resin, Cellulose based Biodegradable Resin

They already have good technologies of nano particles dispersion, nano cellulose composite and 100% nature biomass based biodegradable resin manufacturing. This Green Science Alliance technology is registered as one of United Nation Industrial Development Organization’s technology. They applied these technologies well to develop such environmentally friendly products this time.

Media contact:
Ryohei Mori
Source: Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd.




Akyado ma crème Do-CBD


As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, we are constantly recommended to wash our hands frequently and thoroughly as it is one of the most effective ways of prevention. The only problem is that frequent hand-washing can cause our hands to become really dry and irritated. Hands can even start cracking or become inflamed. What can we do to care for our hands?

Swiss Nailology & Pure Helvetic Care, Akyado manufacturer of Swiss cosmetics.

Akyado ma crème Do-CBD is the perfect product to repair skin but also reduce damage cause by frequent hand washing. For all skin types ma-crème Do-CBD can be used not only on hands but all over your body. Akyado ma crème Do-CBD is 96% natural and cointains 0% THC.


Akyado ma crème Do-CBD provides long-lasting hydration as well as relieving inflammations and irritations. It also protects from the effect of pollution and stimulates skin’s regeneration.

Sometimes, simplicity can be the key of success. Akyado ma crème Do-CBD comes in 100ml. and is available at their website. Come into the beautiful world of Akyado.




L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, CeraVe, and La Roche-Posay & Melanoma Research Alliance Launch Three-Year Partnership


At the start of Melanoma Awareness Month, L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, CeraVe, and La Roche-Posay, the world leaders in dermocosmetics, and the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, announced today the start of a three-year partnership to raise awareness of melanoma and improve detection and treatment.

As part of this partnership, they have issued the L’Oréal Dermatological Beauty Brands-MRA Team Science Award to researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine who are studying how Artificial Intelligence (AI) within dermatologic practices can be used to improve melanoma detection.

As the global leader in dermocosmetics, L’Oréal is committed to the science of skin health. We are proud to partner with the Melanoma Research Alliance to help advance this crucial research in skin cancer prevention and detection using sophisticated AI technology. It is our hope that our work together will bring much needed attention to melanoma and the role of dermatologists serving on its front lines.

Marc Toulemonde, Group President of L’Oréal USA’s Active Cosmetics Division

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the United States and is one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women. While treatments for advanced melanomas have improved significantly in the last decade, melanoma is still the deadliest of all skin cancers and this year an estimated 6,800 people will succumb to the disease. However, when caught early, melanoma is highly curable, making early detection efforts critical.

The award will support work being led by Dr. Roberto Novoa. The partnership is supporting research that will help highlight ideal use-cases and the unforeseen benefits or pitfalls of AI implementation in clinical practice and research with the potential to improve the early detection of melanoma when it is most treatable.

Dermatologists serve a critical role in the early detection of melanoma. This partnership with L’Oréal will help us better harness the power of new tools – like machine learning and artificial intelligence – needed to help dermatologists make an even bigger impact in the fight against melanoma.

Michael Kaplan, President & CEO MRA

In addition to funding the Team Science award, L’Oréal and MRA will also raise awareness of melanoma and the need for early detection by directing patients and consumers to the Skin Check Pledge microsite. By taking the pledge, users commit to learning what to look for, performing a monthly-self exam and seeing a dermatologist for an annual exam.

L’Oréal USA has been a longtime partner of the Melanoma Research Alliance. Since 2013, L’Oréal has granted $1.5 million to advance this important research.

Learn more or take the pledge at Cure Melanoma Skincheck.





Geltor Announces First Biocompatible Elastin for Skincare Market

Geltor Elastapure Bottle

Biodesign company Geltor today announced Elastapure™, the newest ingredient in its portfolio of bioidentical active ingredients for the cosmetics industry. The first ever human elastin designed for topical skincare, Elastapure™ is the latest ingredient technology developed using Geltor’s biodesign platform.

Geltor is the biodesign company that has created the world’s largest selection of designer proteins, with unprecedented biocompatibility, functionality and benefits for consumers. Geltor products are 100% animal-free, sustainably cultivated, and clinically demonstrated for high performance. Geltor was founded in 2015 by Alexander Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov and is based in San Leandro, California.

A major component of human skin, elastin functions alongside collagen in the body and provides elasticity through its moisture-retaining properties and unique ability as a protein to stretch and recoil. Similarly to collagen and other building blocks of skin, production of elastin in the body visibly decreases over time, and elastin for consumer products has historically been derived from animal sources. Geltor’s sustainable, 100% plant-based fermentation technology has unlocked the capacity to deliver key proteins to the consumer packaged goods industries in an unprecedented ultra-pure and biocompatible form requiring zero human or animal inputs.

In addition to its launch of Elastapure™, Geltor also recently unveiled an extensive Custom Services partnership model that enables brands to work closely with the company’s biodesign team to rapidly produce unique bioactives for use in products lines across categories including cosmetics, food & beverage, and dietary supplements, from concept to commercialization.

With the launch of Elastapure™, Geltor continues to establish itself as the ingredient and innovation partner of choice for leading consumer brands. The response to our technology from customers and end users alike has been energizing. Whether through the purchase of an ‘off-the-shelf’ portfolio ingredient like Elastapure™, or through Geltor’s custom services, we’ve been able to provide a seamless solution for brands wanting novel bioactives that align with their values. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see these partnerships give rise to products consumers can’t get enough of.

Alex Lorestani, co-founder and CEO Geltor

In the months ahead, Geltor plans to commercialize additional proteins in its growing suite of biocompatible active ingredients for topical skincare, and will move forward with its plans to launch its first ingestible animal-free collagen with GELITA.

Geltor’s hero ingredient production platform was created in 2015 by founders Alex Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov. The California-based company introduced the world’s first biodesigned human collagen ingredient HumaColl21™ in 2019; and the company’s award-winning debut marine collagen, Collume™ in 2018. These ingredients have powered acclaimed skincare and haircare formulations sold throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Come into the beautiful world of Geltor.