It’s time for last week’s news round-up. Let’s see what caught our eye last week…

New Lush campaign to raise awareness on importance of pollinators

Lush Cosmetics has launched a new campaign to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators for the world’s food supply and ecosystem. The retailer emptied its shelves and halted sales at one of its flagship stores to demonstrate why pollinators, such as bees, play an important role in the fresh ingredients it uses. Read the full story here.


Regulating microbiome skin care

Microbiome-based skin care is poised to become a hugely significant category for skin care during the 2020s. Compound annual growth for skin microbiome modulators is forecast at 16.9%, which will take global market value from US$623.7m in 2020 to $2.97bn by 2030. Determining which microbiome-related skin issues can be addressed with cosmetics is complex. This article explains how you can test within the regulations. Read more here.


Global Women Intimate Care Products Market to Surpass $37 Billion By 2030: Future Market Insights

The women’s intimate care products market will rise at a CAGR of 4% between 2020 and 2030 propelled by the launch of plant-based and organic products. The growing demand for plant-based products emphasises the increased importance of using 100% vegan safety and efficacy testing methods in the product development process. Find out more about animal-product-free testing here. Read the full report here.


XCellR8 host webinar focusing on their unique XtraMild Midlness Testing

In this webinar Dr Carol Treasure and Chris Longmore looked at why mildness testing is so important and you will see how this super-sensitive method can be used to test a wide variety of products, including surfactants, wash-off formulations, leave-on products and baby care ranges. The development of this test benchmarked a huge range of products in partnership with companies such as Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop, PZ Cussons, Bull Dog and ingredients major, Innospec. Find out more about XtraMild here.


Animal Aid statement on Royal Ascot: heat wave created unacceptable risk to horse’s lives

Behind the façade of glamour and pageantry that is promoted by Ascot Racecourse and ITV Racing, there is an aftermath of animal suffering. Read the full statement here.