A study finding that most people feel misled by beauty labelling has been released as part of a new campaign.
A national independent survey revealed that 76 per cent of consumers feel misled by some labelling on beauty products. The new research, released as part of the Soil Association’s Campaign for Clarity, shows that 72 per cent of people said they would lose trust in a beauty brand that made misleading claims about being organic.
The Soil Association’s Come Clean About Beauty league table has revealed a cross section of brands and beauty products on the market which make potentially misleading organic claims on the label. They include ‘organic’ on some labels – yet these products are not certified as organic and include ingredients banned under organic standards. Some 69 per cent of people surveyed said that they felt misleading labelling should be against the law.
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” commented Soil Association Policy Director, Peter Melchett. “The labels on products we encountered were littered with confusing terms. Our consumer research shows that it is very difficult for consumers to know they are making the right choice when doing their shopping.”
The research found that 74 per cent of people said they would feel they were choosing a product which was free from nasties if it said organic on the label. Yet the reality is quite different. A leading independent toxicologist reviewed the ingredients we found in products which say organic on the label and identified the Terrible Ten, ingredients which have been shown in wider use to cause problems such as allergies, hormone disruption, or harm to the development of unborn babies.
Emeritus Professor Vyvyan Howard of the Centre for Molecular Bioscience at Ulster University, who assessed the ingredients used in the potentially misleadingly labelled products and came up with the ‘Terrible Ten’, said: “I was shocked to find ingredients which could contain human carcinogens in products with labels which could misleadingly suggest that they might be organic. Genuine organic products are independently certified and I would encourage consumers to choose those to be sure they are keeping away from ingredients included in the Terrible Ten.”
The Soil Association is urging people to demand brands which make organic and natural claims truly to Come Clean About Beauty and use the terms organic or natural responsibly or not at all. Find out more at www.soilassociation.org/comecleanaboutbeauty
The latest data has revealed that retail sales growth accelerated in the year to April, with volumes rising faster than expected.
That is according to the latest monthly CBI Distributive Trades Survey, which revealed that the volume of sales grew at the fastest pace since September 2015 in the year to April, with orders placed on suppliers rising at the strongest rate for a year-and-a-half. Overall, sales for the time of year were considered to be slightly above seasonal norms.
Looking ahead, however, volumes growth is expected to slow in the year to May and sales are tipped to be broadly average for the time of year, with orders expected to be largely unchanged.
Internet sales continued to grow at a solid pace in the year to April, in line with the long-run average, and are expected to grow at a broadly similar pace in May.
Ben Jones, CBI Principal Economist, commented: “Retail sales held up better than expected, especially considering that the survey did not cover the Easter period. However, retailers are still cautious over the outlook, expecting slower growth over the year to May, as higher inflation eats into household spending. With price competition remaining fierce and rising costs squeezing margins, retailers face mounting pressures in the months ahead.”
Weleda’s Jardin de Vie fragrances have scooped the CEW Eco Beauty Award 2017.
The accolades, considered the Oscars of the beauty industry, saw Weleda win one of the prestigious Lalique trophies after scooping the CEW Eco Beauty Award for the Weleda Jardin de Vie (Garden of Life) collection, which includes natural fragrances Agrume, Onagre, Rose and Grenade.
The objective of the CEW Eco Award is to encourage steps towards greater sustainability within the beauty industry. This particular award was independently judged by a team of eco experts and sponsored by global fragrance experts, Givaudan.
The CEW Award winners were featured in a special eight-page feature in the Mail on Sunday’s YOU Magazine, where Jo Fairley elaborated: “The all-natural Jardin de Vie spritz collection from Weleda, a renowned name in biodynamic beauty that has been environmentally conscious since its inception in 1921, impressed the eco-expert judges with its sustainably sourced ingredients, green production methods, minimal packaging, and simply lovely scents.”
Weleda’s Managing Director, Jayn Sterland, added: “Weleda won the very first CEW Eco Beauty Award in 2012 with our Weleda Pomegranate Firming Facial Care range, so it is exciting to win the award again in this very special 25th anniversary year for the CEW.”
The World Obesity Federation has confirmed it supports the definition of obesity as a chronic, relapsing disease.
In a statement published in the leading journal Obesity Reviews prepared by a scientific committee of the organisation, it concluded that obesity fits the epidemiological model of a disease process, except that the toxic or pathological agent is diet-related rather than a microbe.
In the position statement, Dr George Bray and his colleagues examine how an abundance of food, low physical activity, and several other environmental factors interact with genetic susceptibility. They draw parallels to chronic diseases, noting that the magnitude of obesity and its adverse effects in individuals may relate to the virulence or toxicity of the environment and its interaction with the host.
“Accepting the concept that obesity is a chronic disease process is important for several reasons,” said Dr Bray. “First, it removes the feeling that patients alone are responsible for their excess weight. It also focuses attention on the ways in which this disease process can be tackled. And finally, it shows that if we can successfully treat obesity, many of its associated diseases will be eliminated.”
In an accompanying letter to the Editor, the Federation’s policy experts suggest that declaring obesity to be a disease could benefit those people who are suffering with obesity and wish to have access to medical advice and support, “whilst also strengthening the call for dealing with the social determinants, obesogenic environments and systemic causes of individual weight gain”.