NANO A NO-NO?: A petition was filed on Tuesday with the Food and Drug Administration to amend its regulations on nanotechnology in cosmetics products and require new nano-specific toxicity testing and mandatory product labeling. The 80-page petition, filed by The International Center for Technology Assessment, Greenpeace International and The Center for Environmental Health, among other health and consumer groups, asks the agency to “address the human health and environmental risks of untested and unlabeled nanomaterials in consumer products,” according to a statement by CTA, a nonprofit organization providing the public with technology information. Beauty products using nanotechnology include Bionova Cosmetics by Barneys New York, Hydra Flash Bronzer Daily Face Moisturizer by Lancôme and PureOlogy Nanoworks shampoo and conditioner. The FDA has 180 days to respond to the filing. The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the beauty industry’s Washington-based supporter, issued a statement regarding the filing: “The FDA has strong authority to regulate cosmetics and sunscreens on behalf of consumers. All cosmetics companies abide by strict federal safety requirements that mandate that products and ingredients, including those using small micro-fine particles, be substantiated for safety before going to market.”
BONGO BEAT: Iconix Brand Group has signed a licensing agreement with First American Brands, a subsidiary of Italian fragrance marketer Vapro International, to create a fragrance for its Bongo jeanswear brand. The scent, along with ancillary products, will launch this holiday at midtier department stores and specialty stores. Items will range in price from $28 to $45, and target 14- to 24-year-olds.
MAKEUP MEETING: A new trade show targeting makeup artists, The Makeup Show NYC, attracted approximately 2,500 attendees Sunday to Monday at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Coproduced by the Metropolitan Pavilion and the Powder Group, a three-year-old company that offers everything from a makeup artist guide to makeup services to consultation and makeup artist staffing, The Makeup Show NYC presented 30 seminars and lectures conducted by celebrity makeup artists, including Ve Neill, Billy B, Sam Fine and Eve Pearl, and featured more than 58 international exhibitors, including MAC, Stila, Face Atelier, Three Custom Color and members from the Vancouver Film School. Michael DeVellis, founder of The Powder Group, was inspired to launch the show after participating in West Coast and international versions of the event. According to DeVellis, there was nothing like it in New York, “the makeup and beauty capital of the world.” Set to be held annually, the next Makeup Show NYC is scheduled for May 2007.
BOOK BONUS: Women overwhelmed by the selection of beauty products on the market will soon have a guide to call their own. Beauty Buyble, published by Regan Books and written by beauty writer Paula Conway and literary agent Maureen Regan, clues women in to all the items on the market — and which are the best. The 128-page paperback will be packaged in a pink box, sealed with a pink satin ribbon and includes more than 30 samples of some of the products written about in the book. Some boxes will even include high-ticket items, such as a seven-day, all-expense paid trip to Canyon Ranch Spa in Arizona, worth $15,000, or a free haircut with Mark Garrison. The hairstylist contributed $153,000 in free haircuts to the book’s sample pool.
CIOCCO TO SHU UEMURA?: Reports are circulating that Joelle Ciocco has signed a yearlong contract to work with Shu Uemura. The French biochemist, who has long had a signature skin care collection, is reportedly working with the L’Oréal-owned brand on a treatment line. Neither Ciocco nor L’Oréal would comment on the speculation.
L’OREAL MOVES: L’Oréal has named Jean-Claude Le Grand as its global director for strategic recruitment and diversity, a new post. The company said the appointment emphasizes its commitment to a diverse staff. In an interview posted on L’Oréal’s Web site, Le Grand said his nomination does not mark a new direction, but signals a “new impetus to our diversity-related initiatives; we want to be even more dynamic and effective.” Le Grand has worked as L’Oréal’s international recruitment director since 2002. Additionally, L’Oréal has named Thierry Prevot as managing director of financial communication, a new post. He will report to Christian Mulliez, vice president of administration and finance. Prevot was previously managing director of numerous L’Oréal divisions in Asia. He joined the company 30 years ago.
LALUADE-REVILLION TO PRINTEMPS: PPR-owned Printemps department store has named Stephanie Laluade-Revillion as its beauty buying director. She replaces David Flory, who has left the company. Laluade-Revillion joins Printemps from Parfums Christian Dior, where she was operational marketing director for France. She joined the firm in 1997.