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Ryan Nelson

Executive Editor

Washington, D.C.
Ryan Nelson is managing editor of Informa’s Rose Sheet and the head of its cosmetics content channel, with particular expertise in evolving regulatory and legal issues. He’s been covering FDA-regulated industries for going on 15 years, previously reporting for the Gray Sheet (now Medtech Insight) where he handled beats including Capitol Hill and Emerging Technology. He began his career teaching English Literature to 9th grade boys at a private boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a role he misses only occasionally. Ryan is based in Informa’s Washington, D.C. office.
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E.l.f. Puts Premium On ‘Clean Beauty’ With First Strategic Acquisition: W3ll People

W3ll People is expected to add a relatively modest $7m to e.l.f. Beauty’s fiscal 2021 top line, but the brand has “major white space” opportunities, including at Target, e.l.f.’s longest-standing customer. Further, its plant-based product line includes 40 “EWG Verified” products, reflecting expertise e.l.f. is eager to tap.

Beauty M & A

Sold! Tengram Leaves High Ridge Auction With Iconic Brands Including Zest, Alberto VO5

Subject to the approval of a federal bankruptcy court presiding over High Ridge Brands’ Chapter 11 case, private equity firm Tengram will add a raft of personal cleansing and hair-care brands to its portfolio while bringing back former High Ridge CEO James Daniels to head up the collection’s rejuvenation.

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EU Scientific Committee Reviewing Three UV Filters Against Endocrine-Disrupting Concerns

The European Commission issued requests on 4 February for updated opinions from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety on octocrylene, homosalate and benzophenone-3, in light of concerns that led to their listing in 2019 as “higher priority” substances used in cosmetics with endocrine-disrupting potential.

Europe Cosmetic Ingredients

Florida Preemption Bill Poised To Undo Key West Sunscreen Ban

Headed for its second reading in the Florida House after its counterpart passed the Senate on 29 January, HB 113 would expressly preempt local regulation of OTC drugs and cosmetics. According to House analysis documents, “This nullifies the current City of Key West ordinance” banning the sale of sunscreens containing reputed coral-killing UV filters.

US States Legislation

Future Use Of Titanium Dioxide In Spray And Powder Cosmetics Hinges On SCCS Review

As of 5 February, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety is evaluating use of titanium dioxide – now officially classified as a Category 2 carcinogen in the EU – in cosmetic products that can expose consumers by way of inhalation. Without a favorable SCCS opinion, the ingredient’s use in those contexts will be banned under Article 15 of the Cosmetics Regulation.

Europe Regulation

Colgate Was Drawn To Hello Products’ Youthful Lifestyle Branding, And Now It Has A CBD Line

Successfully acquired by Colgate-Palmolive on 31 January, Hello quickly made a statement with the launch of a CBD oral-care range and its first go at lip care, CBD Vegan Lip Balm. Available exclusively through Ulta Beauty, the CBD products have the potential to score well with younger consumers interested in natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging and, of course, cannabis-based innovations.

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