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February 11, 2016

Messika launches book charting its rise, with Alice Dellal, Sai Bennett, Lady Mary Charteris, Sophie Kennedy Clark

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Messika, the Parisian diamond jeweller founded in 2005, launched its book published by Assouline at Maison Assouline in Piccadilly, joined by guests Alice Dellal, Hikari Yokoyama, Sai Bennett, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Lady Mary Charteris, Jo Wood, Cora Corré, Portia Freeman, Max Cocking and Alice Naylor-Leyland.
   Representing Messika were founder and creative director Valérie Messika, and Messika author Vivienne Becker was also present. Both were on hand to sign copies of the new book, which becomes officially available at the end of the month through retailers and Assouline’s website. It hits Amazon in April, but can be pre-ordered now.
   Valérie Messika is the daughter of diamond dealer André Messika, who also attended the event. Her house has charted a course that has seen it become celebrated in a decade, creating a youthful, strong, and edgy look for diamond jewellery, infusing it with tribal and punk influences.
   Messika-themed cocktails and canapés were served at the event, including ‘The Move’, champagne mixed with crushed strawberry, Moroccan rose, lychee and lemon. Messika jewellery was also on display.
   The book retails at official prices of £16, US$25 and €22, and is available in English and French.







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The Body Shop releases Black Musk range, with a sensual scent in time for Valentine’s Day

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In time for Valentine’s Day: the Body Shop’s Black Musk fragrance blends the powerful pheromones of musk with some sweet scents. It’s an oriental-style fragrance, with top notes of bambinella pear, pink pepper and bergamot, mid-notes of helitrope and licorice, and basenotes of black vanilla and black musk. The 30 ml eau de toilette is a great way to get a taste of the fragrance (RRP NZ$41·50), but we’d go for the 50 ml eau de parfum (NZ$70·50). There’s also a 100 ml fragrance mist (NZ$29·95), 250 ml body lotion (NZ$30·95) and 250 ml shower gel (NZ$21·50).
   The big bonus here: the musk that’s used is cruelty-free, sourced from Community Trade cooperatives in South America. The Body Shop notes that farmers in Cotopaxi, Ecuador replant the trees used to heat the sugar cane that the musk comes from. Scent-wise, it’s a contrast to the Body Shop’s lighter, iconic White Musk that the company launched in 1981, which also saw its musk sourced from a cruelty-free producers.

MAC Aids Fund grants NZ$148,301 to Positive Women, Inc., reaching two milestones in New Zealand

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Above: MAC New Zealand brand general manager Tanya Jackson presents NZ$148,301 to Positive Women, Inc. national coordinator Jane Bruning.

New Zealand readers might mistakenly think that the MAC Aids Fund is internationally focused, but the company donates substantially to local causes, too. Yesterday, from the proceeds of the sale of Viva Glam lip products, the company gave $148,301 to Positive Women Inc., which provides a support network for women and families in New Zealand living with HIV or Aids. The donation directly assists Positive Women’s seminar programme, which reaches out to the wider community to share information about HIV, reducing the isolation women may experience from the stigma of the virus and discrimination.
   MAC also announced that it has reached a NZ$2 million milestone in funds raised to combat HIV and Aids in New Zealand, representing the sale of over 50,000 Viva Glam lip products since 1999. One hundred per cent of the selling price of Viva Glam lip products goes to the MAC Aids Fund.
   With the latest grant to Positive Women, MAC has hit the NZ$1 million milestone in total donations to the group. MAC has worked with Positive Women, Inc. since 2004.
   Past grants have gone to support, inter alia, a digital story-telling initiative where women with HIV shared their stories with others; and a de-stigmatization campaign that sought to fight stereotypes about those with the virus.
   Other funds have gone to Body Positive’s Rapid HIV Testing campaign, and the INA HIV and Aids Foundation, which serves the Māori and Pasifika communities in New Zealand.

February 10, 2016

The Body Shop renews its ethical commitment with measurable CSR goals as it celebrates its 40th birthday

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The Body Shop, well known for a generation for its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), is unveiling a new global strategy as it celebrates its 40th birthday.
   Its new commitment, dubbed Enrich Not Exploit, aims to ‘reaffirm the Body Shop position as a leader in ethical business,’ according to the company.
   Unlike many organizations that claim to have CSR goals, the Body Shop aims to make theirs measurable, with a target date for completion by 2020.
   The ambitious goals are also designed to renew the Body Shop’s position with a younger audience, including millennials.
   There is an increase in the use of community trade and transparency, demanded by modern consumers.
   Chairman and CEO Jeremy Schwartz said, ‘The Body Shop courageously pioneered new ways of thinking, acting and speaking out as a company. Our ground-breaking campaigns were ahead of their time and changed laws on animal testing, domestic violence and human trafficking. We were the first in beauty to use community trade and we still have the strongest programme in the industry. We are small, but we lead.
   ‘Today for all of us, the greatest challenges lie ahead and the Body Shop’s 40th anniversary is the perfect time to reassert our aim for leadership in ethical business. For us, being truly sustainable means shaping our business to work in line with the planet’s natural systems so they can replenish and restore themselves. With our commitment we’re challenging ourselves to go further than we’ve ever gone before to make a real, sustainable and positive difference. We have set ourselves a significant goal to be the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business.
   ‘Reestablishing the Body Shop as a leader will come from delivering our ambitious aim to be the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business.’
   The 14 targets the company has set itself, to enrich people, products, and the planet, follow.
   ‘1. Double our Community Trade programme from 19 to 40 ingredients and help enrich communities that produce them.
   ‘2. Help 40,000 economically vulnerable people access work around the world.
   ‘3. Engage 8 million people in our Enrich Not Exploit commitment mission, creating our biggest campaign ever.
   ‘4. Invest 250,000 hours of our skills and know-how to enrich the biodiversity of our local communities.
   ‘5. Ensure 100% of our natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced, protecting 10,000 hectares of forest and other habitat.
   ‘6. Reduce year on year the environmental footprint of all our product categories.
   ‘7. Publish our use of ingredients of natural origin, ingredients from green chemistry, and the biodegradability and water footprint of our products.
   ‘8. Develop an innovation pipeline that delivers pioneering cosmetic ingredients from biodiversity hotspots and which helps to enrich these areas.
   ‘9. Build bio-bridges, protecting and regenerating 75 million square metres of habitat helping communities to live more sustainably.
   ‘10. Reduce the environmental footprint of our stores every time we refurbish or redesign them.
   ‘11. Develop and deliver three new sustainable packaging innovations.
   ‘12. Ensure that 70% of our total product packaging does not contain fossil fuels.
   ‘13. Power 100% of our stores with renewable or carbon balanced energy.
   ‘14. Reduce by 10% the energy use of all our stores every year.’
   The Body Shop’s international CSR and campaigns’ director, Chris Davis, added, ‘We have set ourselves ambitious, inspiring and measurable targets for our commitment. We are developing new practices to enrich the planet in which we operate whilst helping our company grow and prosper. Our new commitment combines all the experience and knowledge of our expert people with new advances in science and technology.
   ‘It means understanding how our business is contributing to our existence on the planet, understanding what we need to change to contribute to a sustainable future by working backwards from a visionary end point to the here and now and asking ourselves what comes next. We’ll continue to work in partnership with suppliers, NGOs, academics, governments and other businesses to deliver the innovation and changes needed to make our ambitions a reality.’
   The Body Shop has traditionally been known for its commitment to corporate social responsibility with its founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick, honoured by the Medinge Group think-tank in Sweden in 2008. The Group noted, ‘Dame Anita Roddick showed admirable leadership not only in the Body Shop but as an advocate for Fair Trade, the environment, corporate social responsibility, free speech and other causes through her personal work. Much of this can be found at anitaroddick.com, which was updated personally until her passing. All of this reflects a personal brand that is consistent and honed, supported by causes, many of which are compatible with the Medinge Group’s own aims. Anita Roddick believed in living her own personal brand as much as for her audiences, including the media, and had few detractors, something which cannot be said for many other high-profile types.’

February 9, 2016

Harry Winston launches Countdown to a Cure timepieces, with proceeds benefiting AmFAR

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Harry Winston has launched its Countdown to a Cure timepieces, in partnership with AmFAR, the Foundation for Aids Research. A limited edition of 20 men’s and 20 women’s models, each watch retails for US$21,200 for the men’s design and US$16,200 for the women’s. Twenty per cent of the proceeds go to AmFAR to develop the scientific basis of a cure for HIV by 2020.
   The men’s watch has a 42 mm white gold case with a navy blue dial, while the women’s model features 12 brilliant cut diamonds and 19 gemstones, ranging from rubies and sapphires to spessartite garnets.
   AmFAR’s Countdown for a Cure initiative seeks to invest US$100 million over five years into HIV research.
   Company founder Harry Winston organized a travelling exhibition that benefited local charities from 1949 to 1953. The company’s Harry Winston Brilliant Futures charitable programme continues this legacy, and its support of AmFAR is in line with this heritage.

Brancott Estate and BlueChilli offer A$35,000 prize for the best, most innovative wine idea

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From February 4 to March 6, Brancott Estate and BlueChilli have teamed up to find the best ideas on how to revolutionize the way people enjoy wine, with a cash prize of A$35,000 on offer.
   Their Winexplorer challenge seeks to find five finalists who have pitched their best ideas for wine through Brancott Estate’s website, brancottestate.com.
   Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate’s chief winemaker, who is also one of the Winexplorer judges, said, ‘When we decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc vines in Marlborough in 1975, we created one of the world’s most popular wine styles and turned New Zealand into one of the world’s premier wine-growing regions. Now we are looking to change the wine world again by identifying ideas that will fundamentally change the way people enjoy wine.
   ‘Whether it’s an idea about how people choose what wine to drink, or how they share that wine with their friends, if it’s big, bold and revolutionary, then we want to hear it.’
   Entrants are invited to submit their ideas via the Brancott Estate site. They must state how they expect their idea to revolutionize the way people enjoy wine, why they believe they are best placed to make their idea successful, and what level of support they need to bring their idea to life. Submitted ideas will be shared on social media, with audiences voting on their favourites. These results will impact on the judging, when the finalists pitch their ideas to judges on April 7.
   The winner will not only take home the cash prize, but BlueChilli will consider their idea for start-up acceleration, and they will have a chance to work with Brancott Estate to commercialize it.
   ‘We’re seeing a significant shift in the way in which companies and entire industries innovate now, where involving customers in the creation process and getting the end user to co-design great solutions is the new norm,’ said Colette Grgić, GM for Innovation at BlueChilli.

February 6, 2016

Indulge yourself with the Body Shop’s Spa of the World range

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If there’s a brand you already trust and admire, then it makes perfect sense for it to extend itself further into other areas. In the case of the Body Shop, it’s going into a more lavish, indulgent market, with the release of its Spa of the World line.
   Sampling the Hawai‘ian Kukui Cream (NZ$79·95), the Polynesian Monoï Radiance Oil (for body and hair, NZ$42·95) and the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay mask (NZ$42·95), you already get the feeling that this is something more special and more premium than the other Fair Trade offerings from the company. The gold labels suggest this is the Body Shop, but with a difference.
   The cream takes its formula from Hawai‘ian tradition itself, using kukui nut oil to nurture and hydrate skin. There’s a pleasant, light scent and the oil itself is easily absorbed by the skin. It has a soft, butter-like texture (thanks to the use of cacao seed butter in the ingredients) when applied to the skin, and it’s a great first step in the Body Shop’s Spa of the World pampering.
   The monoï oil, which traditionally hails from Tahiti, is made from tiaré flowers soaked in coconut oil and follows a formula that has been in French Polynesia for centuries. This version of the monoï oil differs from the Body Shop’s existing Miracle Oil, with the addition of sesame seed oil for skin conditioning, more fragrances (though it still smells light and doesn’t overwhelm at all), and sunflower seed oil as an emollient. There’s a trace of gardenia extract for the scent. It works well in hair, provided you use a small quantity, and, with a larger quantity, leaves a pleasant, healthy glow on skin.
   Finally, the mask uses charcoal powder, giving a dark grey colour, and the 200 ml size, with its fairly thick consistency, means it will last. All you need is a thin layer on skin, focusing on tired areas, and after it’s dried (10 minutes or so), you can rinse it off. The skin feels softer and calmer.
   To complete the ritual experience, the Body Shop offers a twin-ball massager, made by a Fair Trade manufacturer in India that has funded two schools for 700 children, and the luxury facial flannel is soft and a great cleanser.

February 5, 2016

GHD releases Advanced Split End Therapy, for instant repair of split ends

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GHD has released Advanced Split End Therapy (retailing for NZ$38), a product that nourishes and fortifies damaged ends with what it calls ‘a blend of nutrient-rich ingredients’.
   Activated by the heat of a styler, GHD’s Thermo-Marine Bonding System binds broken hair fibres together, with the company claiming instant repair of split ends. The nutrients contained in the product then prevent future breakage by coating each hair strand.
   With as little as 10 ml, you massage the product through your hair down to the ends, concentrating on areas that show signs of damage. Section the hair, then blow-dry it using a GHD hair-drier, then divide the hair into small sections, passing a GHD styler over each section to seal the product.
   The company recommends its own GHD Platinum styler for best results, and advises you not to condition your hair prior to treatment. Hair should be dried using the lowest heat setting on a GHD Air hair-drier.
   The product is available from this month at GHD salons or, in New Zealand, via ghdhair.com/nz. For stockist information, call 0800 880-2019.

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