The Personal Care Products Council has launched the “Faces of Beauty” video contest to learn first-hand how consumers feel about cosmetic companies and their products, as well as the impact these products have on those who use them every day. Results of the contest will be announced at the organization’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, FL, which is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 3 at The Breakers.
“The personal care products industry has positively impacted its consumers and the U.S. economy as a whole in a number of ways—from our philanthropic efforts to the advancement and empowerment of women,” said Lezlee Westine, council president and chief executive officer.
Contestants are invited to create videos, up to 90 seconds in length, describing the impact the personal care industry has had on them—a small business success story, positive impacts on self-esteem, or strides the industry has taken to be more sustainable and good stewards of natural resources. Contestants will submit their videos through the contest site: www.personalcarecouncil.org/ facesofbeauty.
The Council has tapped an expert panel of judges in the personal care industry to narrow the top 10 videos to the three finalists, which also will be posted to the Faces of Beauty YouTube channel for public voting. Judges include: Ed Shirley, vice chair, global beauty and grooming, P&G; Fran Hauser, president, digital, Time, Inc. Style and Entertainment Group; and Pamela Baxter, president, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics of North America.
A representative from each of the top three finalists’ videos will be invited to attend the Council’s annual meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
All entries must be received by Jan. 15, 2011.
More info: www.personalcarecouncil.org/facesofbeauty
CSPA Attracts New Members
The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) has not only weathered the economic downturn, but has attracted 38 new members.
“CSPA has consistently throughout the years enjoyed a strong membership base due to the results we achieve for industry; those results have attracted new members despite the weak economy,” said CSPA president Chris Cathcart. “We consider our organization an extension of our member companies’ business plans as helping to shape any new regulatory requirements could impact product viability.”
More info: www.cspa.org
CPSC Recalls: Aromatherapy Kits and Fabric Protector Sprays
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Jakks Pacific, re-announced the recall of 516,000 Spa Factory Aromatherapy Fountain & Bath Benefits Kits.
This children’s product was originally recalled in January 2009. Since that time, there have been additional injuries caused by the Spa Factory Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain & Bath Benefits Kits. Pressure from the buildup of carbon dioxide in the jars of bath bombs/balls or bath fizzies that come with the kits can cause the unvented lids to blow off, posing explosion and projectile hazards. The flying pieces also can cause property damage.
Additionally, the mixture of water with the bath bombs/balls or bath fizzies can create citric acid. This acid can get into consumers’ eyes when the jars explode, posing a risk of eye irritation.
As of January 2009, CPSC had received 88 reports of exploding jars, including 13 injuries to children. Since that time, CPSC has received 12 additional reports of exploding unvented jars of bath bombs/balls or bath fizzies, including 13 additional reported injuries.
The products were sold at Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and other stores nationwide from August 2008 to August 2010. They continue to be available in some stores.
More info: www.myspafactory.com
The CPSC, in cooperation with Claire-Sprayway Inc., announced a voluntary recall of approximately 73,500 fabric protector sprays.
According to the CPSC, overexposure to fumes, vapor or spray mist from the product can pose a serious respiratory hazard to consumers. The firm has received reports of 36 incidents of overexposure to fumes, vapor or spray mist, 34 of which involved coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. One incident resulted in a serious respiratory injury.
The recall involves fabric protector which is an aerosol coating used to protect fabric.
The fabric protector was sold under the following brand names: Sprayway No. 980 Industrial Fabric Protector, 3D Fabric Protector, Auto Brite Fabric Protector Guardatela, Auto Magic Fabric Protector No. 91-S, Crystal Aire Products 680 Fabric Protector, Falcon Labs Spotless Fabric Protector, Quiltprotect Spray, Robbie’s Fabric Shield, Showcar Fabric Protector and Simoniz System 5 Stain Sentry Fabric Protector.
The can size is 13.5 oz., and the product code is located on the bottom of the can.
The products were sold at automotive supply, auto detailing, upholstery, textiles, furniture and fabric stores nationwide from January 2005 to August 2010.
More info: www.clairemfg.com or www.spraywayinc.com