February’s top stories: Dove's skincare range for men and Coty's acquisition of Younique

Unilever brand Dove Men+Care is set to unveil a new product range for men called Elements, and Coty has completed its previously announced acquisition of 60% stake in US-based Younique in a deal valued at $600m. Cosmetics-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February, 2017.


Dove launch new skincare formula for men

Unilever brand Dove Men+Care unveiled new product range for men, Elements.

The new range includes ingredient combinations such as minerals and sage, charcoal and clay, mineral powder, and sandalwood.

Unilever's US Dove marketing vice-president Nick Soukas said: “With the Dove Men+Care Elements line, we’ve developed personal care products that are inspired by the power of nature’s elements."

Coty completes acquisition of 60% stake in Younique for $600m

Coty completed a previously announced acquisition of a 60% stake in US-based Younique in a deal valued at $600m.

Under the new partnership, online peer-to-peer social selling platform Younique’s founders will continue to own the remaining 40% share. Following the acquisition, Younique will operate as a separate business within Coty’s consumer beauty division and continue to be led by its existing chief executive officer (CEO) Derek Maxfield.

Coty's chief executive officer (CEO) Camillo Pane said: “We are pleased to complete this transaction and partner with Younique to build a leading global e-commerce beauty company."

Procter & Gamble launched DUO in US

US-based Procter & Gamble (P&G) launched DUO under its personal cleansing category.

DUO is a dual-sided buffer claimed to unite the care of a body wash and the experience of a powder puff into the smooth feel of a soap bar.

DUO features a flexible cleanser encapsulated by a two-sided cleaning implement. One side is smooth to help soften and condition skin, providing a cotton-like feel for gentle cleansing. The other scrub side contains more than 10,000 microscrubbers to exfoliate and renew skin surfaces.

Study said 95% women observe reduction in fine lines after testing Fleur de Santé’s serum

A new study found 95% of women observed reduction in fine lines after testing Sweden-based Laboratoire Fleur de Santé’s Intense Anti Wrinkle and Fine Line Minimizing Serum.

The new serum is based on an exclusive French and Swedish ArcticRose Phyto-StemCell Infusion, and is designed to optically reduce the visibility of wrinkles and smoothen fine lines.

By using it every day, dry skin will be regenerated and the signs of aging fade.

Z Skin launched organic alternative to prescription acne treatments

US-based Z Skin Cosmetics launched a new organic alternative to prescription acne treatments.

The new system was engineered as an alternative to benzoyl-peroxide, the chemical in prescription acne treatments. Dermatologist Doris Malloy said: "The main problem my patients have with benzoyl-peroxide is that it bleaches everything.

“The formula by Z Skin Cosmetics has no chemicals in it, does not bleach surfaces, and I have yet to have a complaint about it from my patients."

Germany’s Evonik expanded cosmetics product portfolio with Air Products acquisition

German chemicals company Evonik acquired Air Products specialty additives business to expand its product and technology portfolio for the cosmetics industry.

Air Products' expertise includes various encapsulation technologies for active cosmetic ingredients and multifunctional polymers.

Using various membrane-forming lipids, the ingredients can be packaged into tiny vesicles, which serve as protective transport aids.

Nerium launched Hydrogel Patches to keep under-eye area hydrated

US-based age-defying products company Nerium International expanded its product range with the introduction of new EYE-V MOISTURE BOOST Hydrogel Patches for an instant eye lift effect.

The new sleek, translucent patches employ ThermoReact technology to keep the under-eye area hydrated, smooth, firm and bright.

The Hydrogel Patches were developed in collaboration with Korean chemists and product designers by  combining advanced hydrators, aloe leaf juice water, mushroom-derived hyaluronic acid and hydromoist, with the SIG-1191 molecule and I-FIL4R antioxidant derived from white lily and Brazilian ginseng.

Havells India ventured into personal grooming segment

Fast moving electrical goods company Havells India ventured into the personal grooming segment to help strengthen its consumer products portfolio.

The company launched personal care products such as electric shavers, hair straighteners, dryers, beard trimmers, and grooming kits, incuding precision nose, ear, and bikini trimmers. Havells also launched exclusively designed baby hair clippers.

Havells India's chairman and managing director Anil Rai Gupta said: “We are extremely delighted to foray into personal grooming segment that offers enormous growth potential."

Tom's of Maine introduced new bodycare range in US

Tom's of Maine introduced new bodycare range comprising three natural moisturising body washes and four reformulated beauty bars in the US market.

Developed to cleanse and maintain moisture, the new range was claimed to be prepared using organic botanicals and do not contain artificial fragrances, parabens, or preservatives.

The beauty bars include Creamy Coconut Natural Beauty Bar with Organic & Fair Trade virgin coconut oil, Lavender Tea Tree Natural Beauty Bar with Organic & Fair Trade raw shea butter, Orange Blossom Natural Beauty Bar with Organic Moroccan argan oil, and Morning Mint Natural Beauty Bar with Organic and Fair Trade raw shea butter.

Hair repair line Gliss debuted in Canada

Henkel Canada brand Schwarzkopf's hair repair line Gliss debuted its hair-identical keratin technology in Canada.

With almost 200 million products sold worldwide each year, Gliss products have become available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores.

Henkel Canada's director of marketing for beauty care Meena Bajwa said: “Everything we do to our hair, including heat styling, colouring and even environmental damage from the sun, weakens the hair structure. GLISS, with hair-identical keratin technology, is specifically formulated to repair damaged areas of the hair, up to 10 layers deep.