Procter & Gamble will resume sales of its SK-II skin care brand in China in December.

In a statement released Tuesday, P&G declared that it will take a "step-by-step approach in reintroducing the brand to regain momentum..." and initially focus on a select number of doors to offer highly personalized counseling and service.

In October, P&G said it would reintroduce the luxury skin care line to China, after the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China deemed the products safe.

The brand first launched in China eight years ago, but P&G halted sales of SK-II on Sept. 22 after AQSIQ, a watchdog group there, announced Sept. 14 that it found chromium and neodymium in nine of the line's products imported from Japan, where they were produced. Both substances are listed as prohibited substances in cosmetics by China. P&G insisted that the presence of the trace amounts of metallic elements presented no health or safety risk and stated that neither substance is used in the manufacture of SK-II products. The Chinese authorities issued a report concluding that the risk level for consumers is relatively low under normal usage.
Molly Prior

Bond No. 9's West Side

Known for its New York-centric scents, niche fragrance house Bond No. 9 is hoping that this fall customers move to the West Side, which is the brand's new unisex fragrance, as well as a storied section of New York. The scent was designed to pay homage to the neighborhood's musical heritage, which includes Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

"It's only natural to come out with a scent combining music and fragrance, since they have so many parallels — from the vibrations to the notes of the fragrances molecules," said Laurice Rahme, owner and founder of Bond No. 9.

Launching in November in the U.S., West Side is a floral-gourmand scent in a red bottle with colorful treble clefs in purple, yellow and turquoise hues.

Created by Michel Almairac of Robertet, the scent features top notes of rose, ylang-ylang and peony; middle notes of sandalwood and amber, and base notes of vanilla and musk. The fragrance will roll out internationally in Bond No. 9's 12 markets in February.

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