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42 May 2019 | beautystorebusiness.com Skincare Spotlight he beauty industry is constantly evolving. As scientific knowledge progresses and new ingredients become available, brands work to create better formulas to answer consumers' needs. Verbiage to describe our philosophies and products in ways that are transparent, clear and concise, changes too. A few years ago, the buzzword in skin care was "cosmeceuticals," followed by "paraben-free" and "natural." Today, the buzzword is: clean beauty. But how exactly does one define "clean beauty?" Consumer Context Beauty consumers want products that work and that they feel good about using–usually from brands that provide truthful information and transparency. While some consumers do insist on 100 percent natural or organic products, many have come to understand that synthetics as a category is not necessarily nefarious (just as natural ingredients are not necessarily safe for the skin–such as poison oak or ivy, for instance). What consumers are looking for are formulations that are safe, free of controversial ingredients and overall, healthful. Most importantly, consum- ers want information, clarity, and transparency; they want to make the most informed decisions possible when it comes to their self-care. Regulatory Context "Clean beauty" is not a term defined or approved by the FDA or FTC. While "paraben-free" is relatively black and white in terms of meaning (either products contain parabens or they do not), "clean" can be interpreted in a number of ways. "Clean" can mean any of the following and much more: • ( Mostly ) free of controversial ingredients • ( Mostly ) natural • Free of parabens • ( Mostly ) free of synthetic ingredients • 100 percent natural • ( Mostly ) organic • 100 percent organic Retail Context Since the regulatory agencies that inform our industry have not defined the term "clean," a number of retailers have chosen to create their own standards. In truth, this trend is nothing new. Whole Foods, for example, has for many years had its own tiered-ingredient standards that all products need to abide by ( "Baseline Standards" and more stringent "Premium Standards" ) . To carry the Whole Foods "Premium Standards" seal of approval, a brand has to stay away from 400+ ingredients. A number of specialty beauty stores solely focusing on natural beauty off erings ( or having clear, delineated natural product sections ) are helping consumers better understand the term "clean beauty," by creating their own standards. Here is a comparison of how three leading retailers explain their ingredient standards, and how, in eff ect, they each define "clean beauty"–not just for consumers, but for manufacturers too. If you are a beauty re- tailer, these definitions might help you decide how you may wish to define the term for your business. The Detox Market The company provides a "green" beauty definition on its website: "No toxic ingredients are allowed– only pure goodness. Products must be free of banned ingredients according to our compre- hensive list that is continuously updated and available for review. This includes parabens, synthetic fragrance, PEGs ( polyethylene glycols ) and petrochemicals." The company's verbiage focuses more on "green beauty" rather than "clean beauty." The Detox Market does not carry any brand unless it is cruelty-free. The full list of prohibited ingredients is available on their website. Credo Beauty Credo's website explains its clean beauty standard on how manufacturers are required to comply with it: "We introduced The Credo Clean Standard to all partners in April 2018. All new companies needed to comply right away, and existing brands have until October 2019 to fully comply. Rest assured that the existing brands have been onboard with the foundation of the Standard, Credo's Dirty List. The Dirty List is a robust list of dozens of ingredients that we ask brands to avoid due to safety and/or sustainability reasons. But the Credo Clean Standard goes beyond the Dirty List. It addresses key aspects of bringing a product from the formulating bench to our store shelves–ingredient sourcing, manufacturing, backing up marketing claims, defining and disclosing types of fragrance ingre- dients. Clear communication and documentation are key to executing the Standard." The company's verbiage focuses more on "clean beauty" than on "green" or "natural" beauty. Credo does not carry any brand unless it is cruelty-free. Sephora Clean The company's website states: "All brands with this seal qualify as Sephora Clean and are free of these ingredients: sulfates SLS and SLES ( sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate ) , parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, What Is Clean Beauty? With no clear, standardized meaning for clean beauty, retailers and spas are left to define it for themselves—and their customers. By Ada S. Polla with research by Anne Pouillot-Grandgirard Courtesy of Ada S. Polla

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