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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.

Latest From Ryan Nelson

Coppertone’s Dismissal Motion Shut Down In False-Advertising Action Over ‘Mineral-Based’ Claims

Plaintiffs allege that Coppertone sunscreens are deceptively labeled as “mineral-based” when they contain a larger percentage of chemical active ingredients than mineral active ingredients. On 31 July, California’s Northern District roundly rejected defendants’ motion to dismiss.

United States Legal Issues

Zero Gravity Submits To NAD Review For Skin-Rejuvenating Device Claims Following FTC Referral

The Perfectio device marketer came away from the advertising industry’s self-regulatory process with a number of claims intact or mostly untouched, though it discontinued a couple going into the assessment and the National Advertising Division advised against a few others. The firm has pledged to comply “in the spirit of compromise.”

United States Beauty

What Did US Consumers Buy With Stimulus Checks? E.l.f. Beauty Products, For One Thing

In the current economy, e.l.f.’s value messaging is resonating with new consumers, contributing to an 8% jump in its fiscal 2021 first-quarter sales. The company expects continued volatility, but is optimistic about its robust digital game, growing skin-care clout and a newly announced partnership with Alicia Keys that it says will yield much more than “just another celebrity beauty line.”

Beauty Sales & Earnings

EU’s Addition Of Butylparaben To SVHC List Won’t Impact Cosmetics Use … Or Will It?

Cosmetic uses of substances of very high concern are excluded from authorization requirements under EU REACH when the substance was listed strictly for endocrine-disrupting concerns. However, cosmetic product manufacturers may find the preservative unavailable from suppliers should butylparaben eventually make the European Chemicals Agency’s Authorization List.

Europe Cosmetic Ingredients

UN Vote On Cannabis Controls Could Be Crucial To CBD’s Future In EU

Legal experts say the EU already prohibits cosmetic use of CBD sourced from hemp flowers, and it now appears that food supplement use could be held to the same standard. The World Health Organization has recommended changes to the half-century-old international treaty governing narcotic controls, which could help to resolve the situation, but there are reports of UN pushback.

International Regulation

P&G’s Fourth Quarter Held Back By Grooming, Beauty, While Fabric & Home Care Cleans Up

Fabric & Home Care sales jumped 11% for the quarter, and Baby, Feminine & Family Care, 3%, reflecting consumer priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beauty, impacted by travel retail’s nosedive, and Grooming, something consumers are doing considerably less of at home, were less impressive, but the units still grew in fiscal 2020 overall.

Beauty Sales & Earnings
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