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More than 700 exhibitors and  retailers will be showing the very latest trends at the Middle East’s biggest international trade fair for cosmetic products, Beautyworld Middle East,  from  May  24  to  26,  2011.  The  Gerresheimer  Group  will  be presenting  its  latest  range  of  perfume  and  cosmetic  packaging products  to  a  trade  public  at  the  Dubai  International  Convention and  Exhibition  Centre  (Stand  6D39).  Manufactured  in  Europe  and China,  Gerresheimer’s  packaging  solutions  are  distinguished  by their excellent quality and innovative design.
Gerresheimer  masters  the  art  of  combining  shape,  color  and  finishing effects  to  create  innovatively  designed  glass  products.  As  a  result  of delivering  a  continuous  stream  of  innovative  packaging  products,  the Gerresheimer Group is now one of the perfume and cosmetic industry's most important partners. It is especially gaining in significance for local pharma and cosmetics partners in the Asian market. This year, a focal customer issue in addition to beauty is sustainability.
L’Occitane  has  introduced  a  new  skin  care  product  containing  organic angelica  called  Beauté  Angelique  which  gives  the  user  a  beautifully radiant complexion. The cream is marketed in a transparent, matte, pale
green  glass  jar.  The  packaging’s  appearance  reflects  the  cream’s refreshing  and  beneficial  qualities,  light  texture  and  natural,  pure fragrance. The glass bottle containing the fluid has the same fresh look.
Victoria’s Secret
Very  Sexy  Now™  is  presented  in  a  high,  rectangular-shaped  flacon featuring  exotic  colors  and  stunning  seasonal  patterns. Gerresheimer will  also  be  showcasing  exciting  flacon  designs  that  it  created  for celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell, pop singers Christina Aguilera and Shakira, plus sophisticated fragrance packagings for Mexx and S.T.Dupont, to the Beautyworld public.

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The Food and Drug Administration would have more power to regulate toothpaste, deodorant, hair treatments and other beauty products under a bill proposed by an Illinois Democrat - a move critics consider regulatory overreach.

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky said she will reintroduce the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, which would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority to regulate chemicals in the products and require manufacturers to disclose ingredients, among other things.

The bill is backed by salon industry workers worried about long-term health effects, and they shared those concerns at a congressional briefing last week.

“Why should hairstylists, such as myself, live in fear about our health?” Safiyyah Edley asked at the meeting. She owns a natural hair salon in California.

Thu Quach, a research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California who attended the briefing, said she would like to see a ban on what she calls the “toxic trio” - dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene - three chemicals often linked with cancer, birth defects and developmental harm.

Ms. Schakowsky said she is convinced the legislation is needed.

“The increasing number of reports of serious health issues stemming from the use of dangerous chemicals in beauty products … proves that there is a need to protect both the safety of consumers as well as the safety of workers from harmful exposure,” she said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the FDA does not have sufficient authority to monitor and regulate the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetic products.”

However, business groups say this could raise prices for consumers and hurt the industry. Kayla Fioravanti, co-owner and chief formulator at Essential Wholesale in Clackamas, Ore., says most chemicals in cosmetics have proved to be safe over years of use and they are being misrepresented.

“Unfortunately, there’s been some misinformation that’s going out there that these things are unsafe and that they aren’t tested when actually they are,” she said, citing the industry’s Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel, which requires testing.

Ms. Schakowsky’s bill stalled in the Democrat-controlled House last year, and it will face even longer odds this year with the GOP in charge. Just this week, Republican budget writers called for a $285 million cut to FDA funding in fiscal 2012, 11.5 percent less than 2011.

“I think the chances of that are about zero,” said Kathleen Dezio, a spokeswoman for the Personal Care Products Council.

Still, the hair and nail stylists who are exposed to the chemicals daily say Congress needs to act.

Cosmetologist Van Nguyen, who immigrated to the U.S. more than a decade ago and works at a San Francisco nail salon, said she fears the chemicals at her job are responsible for two miscarriages and memory loss.

“We came here for a better life, but I didn’t know I’d end up working with harmful chemicals. My doctor has advised me not to work around these chemicals, but this is how I know to make a living,” she explained. “What can I do?”

Some salons are seeking healthier options.

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The first phase of the study, which includes the outline and planning, has been published in an article in the peer reviewed journal, Dermatology and was conducted by the European Dermato-Epidemiology Network (EDEN).

It is claimed to be the first time that the true prevalence of contact allergy to fragrance has been assessed in the general population and on a global scale, having been initiated by RIFM and endorsed by an expert panel.

The aim of the study is to report on the methodology and reliability of the existing tools already adopted by EDEN and to build on the pilot phase of the study, which was carried out at the beginning of 2007.

European phase of study complete, US comes next

The pilot phase determined the feasibility of the global study, which was begun last year. To date the European phase of the study has now been completed and the plan is to start the North American phase in 2012.

Once all the data is compiled, RFIM says it plans to publish the findings as part of a complete global study to unveil an accurate and detailed picture of fragrance allergies worldwide.

The study relies on patch testing protocol, which is being used for the first time and has been standardised across multiple testing centres, providing what is termed a ‘gold standard’ for testing contact allergies to fragrances.

Collaboration has been key to implementing the study

The EDEN Fragrance Study will be conducted in collaboration with the European Society of Contact Dermatitus (ESCD) and co-ordinated by the Centro Studi GISED, Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo.

On top of funding and support from the RIFM, additional funing will also come from The Netherlands Institue for Public Health and Environment, as well as the Foundation of Occupational and Environmental Dermatology.

Back in 2009 the Italian-based Centro Dematologia claimed that allergic reactions to fragrances in the cosmetics categories were falling thanks to improvements in formulation composition.

Scientists continue to raise doubts over fragrance allergies

Although allergy sufferers have continued to claim that inhalation of fragrances can trigger allergic symptoms, some scientific experts say that there has been no conclusive scientific evidence to back this up.

Concerns over fragrance allergies have been more predominant in North America, where campaigns to make public areas fragrance free have been running for a number of years.

Indeed, bans have been implemented in a number of institutions, including schools universities and hospitals across the United States.

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