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Ryan Nelson

Executive Editor

Washington, D.C.
Ryan Nelson is managing editor of Informa’s Rose Sheet and the head of its cosmetics content channel, with particular expertise in evolving regulatory and legal issues. He’s been covering FDA-regulated industries for going on 15 years, previously reporting for the Gray Sheet (now Medtech Insight) where he handled beats including Capitol Hill and Emerging Technology. He began his career teaching English Literature to 9th grade boys at a private boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a role he misses only occasionally. Ryan is based in Informa’s Washington, D.C. office.
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ASA Takes Shears To Hairburst Ad Claims; Volume & Growth Elixir Will Need Name Change

Hairburst’s hair-growth and hair-loss prevention claims on cosmetic products are inadequately substantiated, and many of the health claims it uses to promote food supplements are unauthorized, the Advertising Standards Authority says in a 14 Aug. decision.

United Kingdom Advertising, Marketing & Sales

L’Oreal E-Commerce Growth Approaches 50%: ‘We Are Now Clearly A Digital-First Company’

E-commerce, Asia and travel retail continue to fuel gains at L’Oreal, which just posted its strongest first-half like-for-like growth in more than a decade. Skin care remains a key driver as well, offsetting a global slowdown in makeup that has hit the firm’s US business hardest, with little improvement expected this year.

Beauty Cosmetics

Imagining A US Where ‘Clean At Sephora’ Is De Facto Law

NGO-backed legislation at US federal, state and local levels to ban cosmetic ingredients and contain contaminant levels would be largely gratuitous if all cosmetics brands were compelled to be “Clean at Sephora.” For now, companies’ adherence to Sephora’s and peers’ green/clean chemistry principles remains voluntary, but retailers’ role as surrogate regulators seems only to be gaining in strength. 
Beauty Retail

Industry Presses NY Governor Not To Sign 1,4-Dioxane Bill, Warns Of Far-Reaching Consequences

Market disruptions, “dramatically” higher prices, lost jobs and negative health consequences all are possible if legislation passed in New York in June to reduce 1,4-dioxane exposures is enacted in its current form, trade organizations say. Cleaning product industry advocates are leading the opposition, but personal-care manufacturers stand to be impacted as well.

US States Beauty

California DTSC’s Nail-Care Focus May Not End With Toluene

Other nail-care chemicals beyond toluene could be selected down the line for Priority Product consideration under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, the program’s Acting Deputy Director Karl Palmer suggested in an interview. For now, the Department of Toxic Substances Control is moving its toluene documents through peer review, with possible rulemaking to follow.

US States Cosmetic Ingredients

California DTSC’s Safer Products Chief On 1,4-Dioxane, Why Paint Stripper AA Is Worth Following

Manufacturers of methylene chloride-containing paint strippers have submitted the first substantial alternatives analysis under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, an undertaking that could be informative for other industries. Karl Palmer, who heads the program for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, discusses the process and the DTSC’s probe into 1,4-dioxane in personal care.

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