John G. Ledes, one of the most respected voices in the beauty industry, died on October 1, 2019, at his home in Katonah, NY. He would have been 94 on October 14th. Ledes was the editor and publisher of Beauty Fashion and Cosmetic World industry trade magazines, and the owner of Robert Piguet fragrances (Fracas).  Known for his industry event coverage, business scoops and reports from the trenches of the retail industry, anyone who was part of the beauty industry sought to be featured in his publications. The roster of attendees at

Influencer Issues

On October 6th, more than 600 guests attended the Influencer Awards Monaco 2019 Gala Dinner at the legendary “La Salle des Etoiles” (Sporting Club) in Monte-Carlo. Influencers from around the globe were awarded for their hard work and dedication throughout various categories including: Entertainment, Beauty, Fashion, Fitness & Wellness, Food, Entrepreneurship, Gaming, Lifestyle, Philanthropy, Travel, Visual Arts. The highlight of the invitation only black tie event was the announcement of the 2019 Influencer of the Year.   This year, the Influencer of the Year Award went to Jonathan Kubben Quiñonez of @momimfine

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Givaudan Active Beauty Introduces i-MAPS

Givaudan Active Beauty introduces i-MAPS — the first instant microbiome profiling system in the cosmetics industry. New innovative technology offers customers the opportunity to personalize beauty products for consumers in the future. Givaudan Active Beauty has unveiled the first instant microbiome analysis and profiling system (i-MAPS) allowing customers to expand their product offering to include skincare products tailored to the unique microbiome of their consumers. This scientific breakthrough combining microbiome research and new technology opens the door for customers to explore the personalization of beauty products involving the skin microbiome. The

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Symrise Expands Innovation Center in Indonesia

Symrise has invested in its location in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The company officially opened the expanded innovation center on October 10, 2019. With this modern facility, Symrise can develop creative solutions for fragrances, cosmetics, food and beverages. These applications are specifically tailored for the Indonesian market and can directly be presented to customers on site. Diana Food, the natural solution provider, is also using the facility to engage with customers in one location to extend its footprint in Indonesia. Symrise invested a total of around € 3 million in

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From Bag Snob to Beauty Snob

The BagSnob is also apparently a Beauty Snob! And, her second love? Skincare! As Tina Craig @BagSnob told her 440,000+ Instagram followers in September, she came by her own good skin through genetic inheritance and familial experience. Born in Taiwan, she was raised with the belief that feeding beauty from within gave you good skin.  Some of her earliest memories are those of her grandmother feeding her. Everything had an ancestral anecdote. Everything her family ate had a purpose. They fed their skin from the inside out. She was taught

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Drew Eilliot Joins MAC Cosmetics as SVP – Global Creative Director

M·A·C Cosmetics has announces the appointment of Drew Elliott as Senior Vice President, Global Creative Director, M·A·C Cosmetics, effective October 28, 2019. Elliot will report to Philippe Pinatel, Senior Vice President/General Manager, M·A·C Cosmetics. Elliot will also add a matrix reporting line to John Demsey, Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies. Elliott will lead all strategy, conceptualization and execution of the creative process that drives the global image for M·A·C Cosmetics in disruptive ways across all touch points of the consumer journey, including retail, digital, packaging, visual merchandising and

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Tony Blair, David Jones Among Featured Speakers at TFWA 2019

Brandtech expert David Jones joins line-up of speakers at the TFWA World Conference 2019 David Jones, founder and CEO of You & Mr Jones and former CEO of advertising and public relations firm Havas, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at this year’s TFWA World Conference in Cannes. He joins The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007) and TFWA President Alain Maingreaud at the event. Marketing expert David Jones founded You & Mr Jones in 2015 after leaving Havas. The world’s first brandtech

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Acca Kappa Introduces Ultra-Rich Natural Skincare

Celebrating their 150th anniversary, Acca Kappa is a historic brand that is renown for their iconic fragrances, hair brushes, body care and wellness products. Inspired by flowers and plants found in the most decadent Italian gardens, the family owned business takes pride in their green philosophy and environmental approach.  Acca Kappa is part of the Beauty Made in Italy program launched by the Italian Government to promote the awareness, excellence and availability of Italian beauty brands and products to the US market and consumer.    Now, Acca Kappa is excited to introduce

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