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May 1, 2009

Jo Malone Opens First Free Standing Shop in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Jo Malone has opened its first freestanding store in Singapore. Located in the Takashimaya Shopping Centre, the 400-sq.ft. store has elements from the company’s flagship in London, such as library-style shelves, linear glass bottles and iconic gift boxes. The shop will be stocked with Jo Malone’s collection of colognes, bath oils, body lotions, body crèmes and shower gels in a range of 19 different scents. In addition, the shop will feature the Jo Malone Tasting Bar, where shoppers can select fragrances featured in the Jo Malone Tasting Menu, a seasonal assortment of scents.

Thann Moves Shiso from Plates to Personal Care Products

CANADA: Harnn and Thann, Ottawa, reports that its research and development team has unlocked the miracle of shiso and put this Asian cooking staple to work in personal care products. For more than one thousand years, Asian herbalists have noticed that shiso plants have the ability to survive the most extreme droughts and climatic conditions, as well as helping the surrounding plants to grow. As a result, shiso has become the jewel of Japanese culinary art as well as an important ingredient in macrobiotic food because of its healing powers.

Shiso extract contains various substances including rosemarinic acid, linoleic acid, glycoproteins, I-perillaldehyde and phenol compound with unique properties to protect and revive skin cells by providing antioxidant benefits that are more effective than any artificial antioxidant in the market. Thann’s line, which includes shiso mixed with other natural ingredients and extracts, features foaming facial wash, facial cleaner, astringent toner, eye gel, anti-aging face cream, hair mask, and hand and arm cream with SPF 15.

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Nu Skin Donates 100,000 Trees To Malawi

REPUBLIC OF MALAWI: Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. has reached a donation milestone: more than 100,000 trees are being donated to villages in Malawi thanks to the company’s distributors and customers who have purchased Epoch Baobab Body Butter.

Since launching the product in January 2008, the company has donated 25 cents from the sale of every Epoch Baobab Body Butter to the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation’s Seeds of Hope reforestation project.

Kao Brings Essential Damage Care Line To Hong Kong Market

HONG Kong: Kao Corporation has launched its Essential Damage Care hair care brand in Hong Kong, following its strategy to expand its market into other Asian countries and regions where high growth is expected.

An objective since 2005, Kao has been working on its so-called “Asia Harmonization” initiative, which involves developing business process innovation by sharing knowledge and expertise among Kao Japan and the Asia Group companies, and promoting optimum operational activities in production, marketing and sales.

Silab, Guyane Technopôle Create Sustainable Partnership

GUYANA: A sustainable and responsible public-private partnership has been established between the Guyane region and Silab through the Guyane Technopôle. The purpose of the partnership is to collaborate on the search for new sources of innovative materials while taking the conservation of biodiversity into account. Objectives include: the use of plant resources from the Guyane region in cosmetics; encouragement of economic development in the region; and controlling supply chains to ensure that biodiversity is maintained and that supplies are completely traceable and sustainable.

Beauty International Draw 51,000 Visitors

GERMANY: Organizers of Beauty International Düsseldorf reported that 51,000 trade visitors from 44 countries came to see the 1,055 exhibitors and brands at this trade fair devoted to the cosmetics, manicure, pedicure and wellness segments.

Generating great interest this year was the Wellness Area, which attracted cosmeticians interested in extending their ranges with body treatments and hoteliers and spa operators seeking unusual new treatments, massages and brands for their institutes.

Show organizers said approximately 10,000 visitors took advantage of on-site lectures and training sessions.

The next Beauty International will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from March 26-28, 2010.

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Company Fined for Counterfeit Shampoo

VIETNAM: According to published reports, a Vietnamese company has been fined more than $3,700 for manufacturing shampoo distributed under a fake label. More than 63,300 anti-dandruff shampoo packages bearing the V Fendi brand name, produced by Tam Viet International Investment and Development Co., were destroyed.