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Philippe Cohen, the makeup maker, is taking his cosmetics plant to Palm Springs. It is important to consider that this era, characterized by the manufacturing firms moving overseas, is not one of the reasons behind the decision of Cohen to take his cosmetics firm no farther than the county lines.

Cohen owns Deerfield Beach-based Oxygen Holdings. He plans to build a 218, 000 square-foot manufacturing plant and headquarters in Palm Springs. According to Cohen, why would he take the company farther when there is a place nearer? He stated further, “To move overseas is late to the party right now. Why go somewhere else?”

Oxygen Holdings is a manufacturing firm that makes hair and skin products for cosmetic companies that already have brand-names. Cohen emphasized that a lot of his clients are willing to pay a little more if the products are made close to home, which is why he did not opt for far regions.

Moreover, Cohen’s Oxygen Holdings plant in Palm Springs is now considered to be the largest economic development project in the place’s history. The company is targeting to have 400 workers.

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OPIVU Cosmetics is launching their official website, followed by their online social media presence.

The website will also provide the chance to be part of the OPIVU Make Up Club. The [Make Up] Club will give members exclusive offers, not available to the general public or in-store. Members will have products shipped to their desired location for a certain price, each month. More features will be added to the website as the demographic reaches it’s fullest potential and the proper feedback is obtained.

In addition, the website will provide customer service as well as the proper links to official social media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter (@OPIVUCosmetics), and YouTube ( A specific team, who will understand the “voice” of the company, are educated on the products, and kept up-to-date with the latest news and information regarding the company and products, will moderate OPIVU’s social media outlets. These outlets will allow OPIVU and their consumers to interact with one another and bring special offers to consumers who follow and use certain social media outlets.

Customer Service 1-866-73-OPIVU.

OPIVU Cosmetics will be available at Opulence IV U Salon (located at 111-A Town & Country Drive, Danville, California 94526) and expanding to retailers.

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Veteran actress Dame Judi Dench has asked officials of The European Union (EU) to ban animal testing for cosmetics sold in Europe.

EU is set to introduce legislation in 2013, outlawing the sale of products tested on laboratory animals. But it is reportedly said that the ban could be pushed back by 10 years.

Dench has joined stars including Ricky Gervais, Melanie Chisholm and Sir Paul McCartney's daughter Mary, where they signed a petition drawn up by animal rights campaigners and urged politicians not to delay the move.

"Using animals to test cosmetics is cruel and should be stopped. These days there are other means of testing which do not involve animal suffering. I totally support a sales ban and urge EU politicians to keep their promise to help stop this practice by 2013," quoted the 76-year-old as saying.

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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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