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The Body Shop, Botanicals Fresh Care, Ultra Doux: L’Oréal advances natural beauty and environmental initiatives


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/May 9, 2017/23.32



Top: Shidong Yan, director of the Centre for Environmental Education and Communications of Ministry of Environmental Protection; Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and global CEO; Haoran Liu; Zhenzhen Lan, Vice President, L’Oréal (China). Above: The Body Shop British Rose Premium Selection (NZ$95·50), and the British Rose collection.

It’s nice that the Body Shop can also source from its home country of the UK, and the British Rose collection ensures that its origins—as well as one of botany’s most celebrated flowers—are in the name.
   The collection is made with organic, hand-picked and air-dried roses, used to create a youthful and fresh scent. These products are rich in vitamin C to give the skin a gentle, soft and silky effect. The British Rose collection includes the Instant Glow Body Essence (NZ$47·25), a body lotion with a lightweight and lasting formula that hydrates the skin over 24 hours, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. The British Rose shower gel (NZ$17·50) is perfumed with essences of hand-picked rose; the Petal Soft hand cream (NZ$9·95) is lightweight, won’t grease the skin, and is absorbed immediately. The British Rose Instant Glow body butter (NZ$38·95) is a velvet-soft moisturizer that is light to the touch but rich on moisture, providing 24-hour hydration; and the exfoliating gel body scrub (NZ$42), with real rose petals, helps reveal smoother, fresher skin. The Beauty Bag (NZ$39·50) includes the shower gel, body butter and hand cream (in 60 ml, 50 ml and 30 ml respectively), and the Premium Selection (NZ$95·50) has the shower gel and body butter but in larger quantities (250 ml and 200 ml respectively), the same hand cream, and a 250 ml bath foam.
   Parent company L’Oréal is getting into the natural beauty market with a second line specifically for hair, called Botanicals Fresh Care. Now available in New Zealand, the new hair care line sources from Egyptian geranium leaves, Cretian safflower, Bulgarian coriander seed oil, and French camelina flowers, from the most sustainable producers.
   Geranium essential oil is an antioxidant rich in fatty acid; safflower oil is rich in lipids; coriander seed oil has Omega 6 properties; and camelina oil is rich in Omega 6 and Omega 9.
   The Botanicals Fresh Care range is divided into four: Botanicals Geranium Colour Radiance for coloured hair, Botanicals Safflower Rich Nourishment for dry hair, Botanicals Coriander Revitalizing Strength for fragile hair and Botanicals Camelina Smooth Ritual for frizzy hair. The products are vegan, free of silicone, parabens, and colourants, retailing at NZ$17·99 each.
   Finally, Ultra Doux—which occidental readers might be more familiar with as a Garnier range—is a separate L’Oréal line in China, aimed at the mass market who wants natural hair care. The brand has teamed up with TerraCycle, a specialist in recycling hard-to-recycle consumer waste. At an event in Shanghai, L’Oréal China VP Zhenzhen Lan, Chinese government rep Shidong Yan, TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky, and Ultra Doux spokesman Haoran Liu launched the partnership, which is claimed to be the first comprehensive solution for hair care packaging waste in China.
   Individuals or communities can sign up to a recycling programme, and collect the packaging, to be shipped free to charge to TerraCycle. The organizations expect that millions of pieces will be collected, so they do not wind up in landfills or incinerators. For every unit of waste collected, the programme will contribute 1元 to the individual’s charity of choice. All plastic waste collected through the programme will be made into desks and chairs and donated to a school in China.
   Ultra Doux has also opted for renewable, bio-derived plastics and sustainably sourced cardboard for its packaging, as well as more naturally derived ingredients.—Nathalia Archila and Lucire staff



Kérastase enters natural hair care market with Aura Botanica range; Toni Garrn spokesmodel


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/April 20, 2017/3.49

Kérastase has introduced its Aura Botanica line in New Zealand, featuring a shampoo (Bain Micellaire), retailing at NZ$48, a conditioner (Soin Fondamental), NZ$52, a treatment (Concentre Essentiel), NZ$79, and an oil mist (Essence d’Éclat), NZ$70. The collection is, on average, 98 per cent natural in origin—a first for this L’Oréal brand—and includes pure hand-pressed Samoan coconut and Moroccan argan oils.
   Kérastase says the Aura Botanica coconut oil has proven to penetrate deeply into the hair, leaving it soft, hydrated and strong. The argan oil, meanwhile, lasts longest on the hair’s surface, nourishing it and keeping hair soft and shiny. Development of the range began in 2013.
   The products have a fragrance with top notes of grapefruit and crushed mint leaves, mid-notes of black pepper, coriander and jasmine, and base notes of rich vanilla and warm amber.
   The products are (again on average) 97 per cent biodegradable, and its packaging is similarly friendly to the environment, with the Bain Micellaire in a 100 per cent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) bottle, and the Concentre Essentiel bottle is made with 25 per cent recycled glass.
   With interest in natural hair care growing, Kérastase expects a sizeable number of customers will chose Aura Botanica.
   As revealed in January, model Toni Garrn is the face of the Kérastase Aura Botanica range. Twenty-four-year-old Garrn, with 581,000 Instagram followers and a fresh, healthy face, is involved in humanitarian work, her image working well with the natural angle of Aura Botanica.—Nathalia Archila

Spring cleaning: the Secret Room’s MTV Movie Awards’ party gets us ready for summer


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/April 9, 2017/20.13




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It’s no secret that during the summer months, great skin and healthy hair make up the foundation for one’s warm weather look. The Secret Room once again took over the SLS Hotel’s Garden Terrace to focus their attention a variety of shampoos, skin care essentials, beauty services, and fashion accessories to get the ball rolling on summer 2017.
   Parfaire, a posh med-spa in Pasadena, was back for some summertime skin consultations while two hair care lines, Beaver Professional Hair Care and Luseta (www.lusetabeauty.com), filled out the centre of the Garden Terrace with several products infused with exotic essential oils.
   Some people, sponsors included, note that clean body, mind and soul come from within. Paola Petrella, chef and founder of Two Peas Meal Delivery and Catering (located in LA suburb Van Nuys), introduced her take on clean eating without compromise, while the owner of Nava Natural, a Beverly Hills-based beauty and supplements purveyor, did the same with her line of beauty products and herbal remedies.
   With Oscar season long over, and hippie-chic and trend-setting Coachella music festival around the corner, it was only fitting that the jewellery had an earthy, accessible quality. Maine-based JA Designs made that statement with its fibre necklaces while silk bracelets adorned with silver, copper and natural beads from Caravana Jewelry of Sedona, Arizona were crowd-pleasers.
   Jewels by Duranni showcased small, understated gold-filled and sterling designs.
   As MTV still focuses on the tastes, trends, and interests of the under-18 set, it was nice to see chic (but age-appropriate) shoes and clothing for girls from Jessica Simpson’s line, as well as Townley Girl, which teams with Disney, Dreamworks and other studios to create cosmetics and hair goods for girls just growing into a beauty routine and finding their personal style.
   All told, there were a few neat things for guys in attendance, from Unisex sweats from the re-launched BUM Equipment clothing line to gear from Santa Cruz Skateboards and a company called Whimzey, which featured outdoorsy slogans and a few confidence builders.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor















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In tune with good causes and ideas: Red Carpet Events LA’s 2017 Grammy suite


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/February 11, 2017/22.12




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The rainiest, coolest Los Angeles winter in years did not keep music industry talent, executives, or producers away from the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills’ Garden Terrace. In fact, event producer Roger Zamudio of Red Carpet Events LA was all smiles as he personally greeted several invitees into the Style Lounge Gifting Suite in honour of the Grammy Awards 2017. The event itself was quite intimate. La Blanca reintroduced the one-piece swimsuit that put the brand on the map back in the 1980s, while the Frankfurt, Germany-based Lassal previewed its sharp autumn–winter 2017–18 collections in an interactive way—allowing taste-making divas to purchase and wear their pieces on the spot, as well as the red carpet and the stage.
   The primary charitable sponsor, African Millennium Foundation, had two of its young ambassadors, Bibiana and Tindi, on hand to discuss and provide living proof of how the strategic non-profit and non-governmental organization facilitates the social and economic empowerment of the people of Africa, especially women. AMF seeks to target poverty, hunger and disease at its very root by providing African women and children with the necessary tools for achieving self-sufficiency. In 2015, African Millennium Foundation enabled Bibiana and Tindi to travel to Los Angeles, where Bibiana received a new, state-of-the-art prosthetic leg (in the wake of an attack) and the sisters received tutoring that would enable them to enter school full-time. In their spare time, the sisters travelled around the United States sharing their story to bring awareness about attacks on people with albinism in their native Tanzania.
   Other positive presences at the suite included Earth Mom, a non-profit that encourages celebrities, small companies, and manufacturers to harness the power of their customer or client base and social media channels to share information on environmental causes, ethically made products, and newly instituted eco-friendly policies that change the way they do business. Placement of the logo by a company not only ensures consumers that a product is ethically and environmentally sound, but they have committed to better business practices.
   Representatives of Dr Dain Heer were also on hand to distribute copies of his book, Being You, Changing the World, which also appears to be a rallying cry for people feeling out of place in a culture that (in the wake of the US election) leaves many people feeling isolated or disenfranchised. It suggests that individuals can be the proverbial change they want to see in the world by not only “owning” what makes them different, but shifting negative thoughts into problem-solving ideas.
   Hair industry favourite Denman released a snazzy line of Anarkitty brushes. While the designs created by Northern Irish artist Anarkitty brighten up the perfect everyday brush, there’s a lot of history behind it. The designs are also a tribute to the legendary Vidal Sassoon whose signature asymmetrical bob and Rococo swirl cuts adorn the girls on the brushes.
   Korean-made, US-based beauty brand Cailyn was also front-and-centre with its ‘one-day game changer’ vitamin C-enriched V11 serum and Double Dare OMG! masks for hair and face. The serum gift boxes flew off the display with its nutrient-based mix of rosehip, green tea, pinus pinaster, letinus edodes mushroom, and 11 per cent vitamin C composition—even with a predominately male VIP crowd.
   New Jersey-based company Mellisa B not only showcased its affordable eponymous daily skin care but also its new Keep Your Ink Naturally line, designed for those with body art. Needless to say, Mellisa and husband Ray had a lot of interested customers among the guests. Parfaire Medical Æsthetics in Pasadena found some good candidates for their beauty and wellness services as well.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor









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Beautifully free spirits: 2017’s Indie Beauty Expo


NEWS  by Jody Miller/February 8, 2017/22.25



On any given day, the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles is buzzing with the goings-on of the city’s fashion industry. Racks of clothing are pushed and pulled from here to there, buyers bounce from one showroom to the next. Hopeful designers showcase the next season’s must-have dress or handbag. That all changed when the top floor penthouse hosted the Indie Beauty Expo for three days of free-spirited gorgeousness.
   Now in its third year, the IBE has now become the largest exposition for independent beauty, lifestyle and wellness brands to connect with buyers, media and consumers. The IBE expo hosts over 100 vendors from around the globe in an industry where independent brands have become more influential and integral than ever. This year’s event expanded to include interactive panels of experts, the IBE TV Media Channel, Best in Show awards, workshops and retail advisory services. The event has become such a big deal, in fact, that even legendary make-up scion Bobbi Brown was on hand to lend her expert insights.
   Diversity was the name of the game at this year’s IBE, and we would be hard pressed to select only a handful of stand-outs. Rather, we’ve chosen to briefly highlight many of the visionary brands that made IBE 2017 the premier beauty event for numerous industry insiders and writers.
   Beauty from the inside out is making real headway. HUM Nutrition not only targets nutritional beauty needs with gluten-free and non-GMO supplements, they had the most colourful packaging anywhere. For smoothie lovers, a scoop of Vital Nutrients’ Collagen Peptides or Marine Collagen helps fight father time with all-natural ingredients.
   The make-up-obsessed on the prowl for the perfect lipstick will worship the Hollywood goddess-inspired collection by Julie Hewett. Camellia oil is the secret weapon for lipsticks, encased in a retro golden tube, to keep lips nourished and soft. By contrast, farm-to-face make-up brand Au Naturale’s products are crafted in purely vegan formulas (including the brushes) for a sheer and natural glow.
   Hair care also gets the organic treatment. Beauty with a Twist bottles sulphate-free hair care that smells like a beach vacation, while Lotus RX is the only organic prescription-strength dandruff-control shampoo. For the definitive hair indulgence, Jordan Seban L’Huile is a luxurious blend of oils in a vanity table-worthy artisan bottle.
   Sheet facial treatment masks were everywhere (too bad this wasn’t a Halloween party). Korean import Leaders Insolution combats virtually any skin condition along with some playful packaging. Made from 100 per cent coconut fibres, Florapy hydrating facial masks are infused with healing flowers and aromatherapy.
   Organic nail products are also on-trend. Jessica Cosmetics has launched light-free gel polishes in striking shades. Also on hand were an abundance of skin and body care lines imbued with rare oils from exotic lands. Coincidentally, they all begin with the letter A: Bella Aura, Akar and Amazonia for starters. Allira Naturals is a unique body care line that utilizes raw ingredients and recipes inspired by the Aboriginals.
   Handy-dandy tools and accessories were also generating palpable excitement. There was Dermaflash, the first and only at-home dermaplaning device on the market, and Blackout, a special reusable make-up remover cloth with complexion and environmental benefits.
   The skin care category is the most expansive at any beauty show. IBE was no exception, with representation from the worlds of organic and clinical skin care. There was long-time cult favourite Honey Girl Organics alongside Pûr Attitude, a boutique skin care line whose water-free technology delivers pure hydration, essential nutrients and powerful antioxidants. The Seaweed Bath Company delivers a proprietary blend of hand-harvested seaweed that carries multiple skin and sensory benefits. Renowned naturopath Dr Trevor Cates, a.k.a. the Spa Dr, showcased her high-performance skin care, nutritional supplements, and new book Clear Skin from within. RMD, founded by eminent dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy, employs specific DNA enzymes to repair damaged and ageing skin. Using a curated Cell Protection Protein, Lift Lab is an advanced clinical line designed to restore skin to its youthful state.
   Hey, this was just the beginning! To see for yourself, check out this year’s Best in Show winners at shop.indiebeautyexpo.com.—Jody Miller, LA Correspondent


























Redken and Stolen Girlfriends’ Club team up in style for the holiday season


NEWS  by Cecilia Xu/December 1, 2016/2.50


Stolen Girlfriends’ Club and Redken have again joined forces to create something you won’t find anywhere else: the Redken × Stolen Girlfriends’ Club bathroom bag. The creative duo have worked together to bring you a limited-edition toiletry bathroom bag filled with Redken goods, Stolen Girlfriends-style.
   Co-founder of SGC, Marc Moore says, ‘We wanted to design something you could be proud of the next time you had your bag searched at customs. It’s tough, it’s understated and it’s fully functional and we dig it. We love that Redken always trust our direction and let us do what we do and we get to have a whole lot fun whilst doing it—dream partner!’
   Each pack contains a full sized shampoo and conditioner from one of the four Redken ranges: Color Extend Magnetics; High Rise Volume; All Soft; or Frizz Dismiss.
   The bags are available until December 31, 2016 at any Redken salon nationwide, including Rodney Wayne, retailing for NZ$58.—Cecilia Xu

Smooth operator: hair removal with Veet’s Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler


NEWS  by Cecilia Xu/November 25, 2016/22.49

Women are often concerned about hair removal on sensitive areas of their body such as their face, which needs more gentle treatment, thus subtracting the option to treat these areas the same way as they would with other parts of their body. Research has shown that ‘Many women feel a stigma about shaving their face, and believed that shaving hair makes it grow back faster and thicker,’ Veet’s senior consumer marketing manager Emma Smith says.
   Veet’s Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler provides the solution to this, as it is super-gentle on the skin, making hair removal on any sensitive areas easy and safe. Gone are the days of needing multiple tools to stay hair and fuzz-free. Veet’s Beauty Styler is an all-in-one portable, handbag-friendly tool developed to provide women with a quick, effective and pain-free hair removal option, handy and easy to use for touch-ups, and effortlessly trimming and shaping facial, underarm and bikini hair.
   To facilitate precise shaping and styling, the Beauty Styler comes with multiple interchangeable heads: these include a two-headed trimmer for optimum eyebrow shaping and miscellaneous facial hair trimming, and a 20 mm trimmer head for underarms and bikini line.
   Veet takes smooth skin to a whole new level with the introduction of the Precision Beauty Styler and is now available from leading supermarkets and pharmacies, RRP NZ$49·99. Veet also invites users to share their successful use of the Precision Beauty Styler on social media, hashtagging #smoothoperator.—Cecilia Xu

Celebrity Connected: a platform for the “green party”


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/November 20, 2016/6.20




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After an intense, divisive US presidential season, and its controversial aftermath, Californians were ready to kick off award show season. Celebrity Connected not only got the party started, but provided some much needed pre-Christmas comfort and joy to greet the Hollywood creative community. The W Hollywood became a Garden of Eden, filled with a bumper crop of organic vegan goodies, non-dairy frozen treats, comfy weekend wear, interesting vaping inventions, yoga goods, and plants that could be planted in yards to further green up one’s neighboUrhood.

The Children’s Hour
Bears for Humanity founder Vijay Prathap spread a little early Yuletide cheer, distributing US-made Santa Bears to get his point across about the company’s multi-tiered charitable efforts. The 100 per cent certified organic, global Fair Trade elements of the bear are brought together by at-risk women looking to expand their career opportunities through the welfare-to-work programme. With every bear purchased, another bear is given to a child in need in communities throughout the country.
   There were also all-ages fashion and skin care (with lots of mother-and-daughter teamwork) served up by Royal & Reese, Swag-Eez and Sistah Buttah, as well as yoga hear from Karma and Soul. Pre-teen entrepreneurs Angels & Tomboys showed off their Shark Tank-winning, rock-inspired body sprays (including Purple Rain, a tribute to Prince reminding one of the grape soda we all loved as kids).

Green days
Although the overall progressive agenda now hangs in the balance with a conservative government coming to power in 2017, the fight to make cannabis legal in several states—including California—has moved in the right direction. Adults over 18 could sign up with MediCann doctors on the spot for paperwork that provided three months of access to dispensaries. In the immediate, they could sample several innovative products incorporating medical marijuana, cannabis, and hemp.
   Hemp Kitchen offered a Medicine Chest package through their delivery service with a variety of foods and treatment products addressing pain relief, headaches and other ailments. Chef Mike was on hand to explain how enjoy the products and the nutritional components of the goods. The Art of Edibles Cannabis Collective and To Whom It May provided chocolate aficionados with gorgeously wrapped gourmet truffles, and generous gifts from VQase and Hawaiian Vape provided extra flavour and fun for those partaking in the popular cigarette alternative.
   Souly Vegan of Oakland served substantial sustenance, while Justin’s nutty goodies added sweet relief to mid-day hunger pangs and Cocorilla had coconut water as nature intended—in its original shell. Pure indulgence was doled out by Street Churos (a food truck with a charitable element), Kokolato gelato and Yoga-urt.

Other things that rocked
Stand-out items included hand-crafted natural stone statement jewellery and minaudière handbags from Ann Ong, Rocking the Clock’s repurposed musical instrument home décor clocks and accents, and Cordcruncher, which promises to eliminate tangled earbuds once and for all. A great travel essential I look forward to trying is MAI Couture’s passport case, which can be filled with easy to use, unbreakable, and mess-proof papers with blush, bronzer, and foundation.

Finds beyond the suite
Around the same time as this suite, we found some other good products worth noting. Eufora Curl ’N is one of the best curl-defining sprays for finer hair texture going. All the definition and spring without sticky stuff weighing down hair.
   EC/BC recently rolled out its TSA-friendly backpacks and briefcases. Though the designs are unisex, these carry-on items make a statement in terms of fuss-free travel that help sort out (literally) anything that may stop a law-abiding citizen in the security line. The Barceló Hotel Group (known for its Caribbean and Mexican resorts) is also expanding its reach into Cuba, Costa Rica and other hot destinations, figuratively and literally.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
















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