Beauty brands to create environmental impact scoring system for cosmetics

Major cosmetics companies have announced they will come together to develop an industry-wide environmental impact assessment and scoring system for cosmetics products.

It means we may eventually be able to glance at a product like a lipstick and see a ranking score that gives information about the environmental impact of its lifecycle, from creation to packaging disposal and how that compares to another similar lipstick from another brand. 

Unilever, Henkel, L’Oréal, LVMH and Natura & Co said in a joint statement the new assessment and scoring system will aim to meet the increasing demand for transparency about the environmental impact of cosmetics, including their formula, packaging and usage. 

It would provide consumers with easy-to-understand information about each product, allowing comparison and assisting with making more sustainable consumption choices. 

The group is inviting other cosmetics companies regardless of their size or resources to join the consortium and contribute to developing the best possible system

The goal the statement says is for the resulting scoring system to enable consumers to compare cosmetics products within the same category. It will quickly show the environmental impact of products, taking into account their whole product life cycle.

The group has proposed working with sustainability consultancy Quantis to ensure a robust and scientific approach, using the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) as a guide. The group will aim to measure a product’s environmental impact, creating a common database related to product ingredients and raw materials, as well as packaging, and launching a tool that enables brands to calculate their own environmental impacts.

The methodology, database, tool and scoring system will be verified by independent parties.


The daily moisturiser that makes using vitamin C effortless

Have you tried Vitamin C on your skin yet? One of the superstars of skincare’s ingredient-focused products of recent years, its talents are now extremely popular for protecting the health of skin, tackling signs of ageing and achieving more radiant and even skin tone.

One of the serums that continually gets credit for being an effective, easy-to-use version is Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum. First released in 2018, it has regularly appeared in ‘Best of’ lists and is often referenced by top skincare experts worldwide thanks to its stability and bioavailability to skin, something that’s sometimes not addressed in other options. In early 2020, sister product BioLumin-C Eye Serum was launched to brighten and firm the delicate eye area.

Now, the brand has extended its expertise in the area, by introducing a new product to the range, Dermalogica BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer, $119.

The new arrival is simple to adopt if you want a one-off product that doesn’t demand numerous steps or a complicated skincare routine, but equally fits within a more involved approach if you enjoy using multiple products.


Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for skin health and can be used at both ends of the day, explains Dermalogica’s Caroline Parker, Head of Education for Dermalogica New Zealand.

“It’s a potent antioxidant that can help prevent free radical damage from UV exposure during the day and at night, it can help repair the daily damage. It’s also critical for collagen and elastin production and wound healing.” She says all skins can benefit from topical Vitamin C. “Our internal organs take most of the benefits of Vitamin C from our diet and leave little for our skin. When we apply Vitamin C topically, it is available where and when we need it.“


Using a serum with Vitamin C can be incredibly effective as serums are where the intensive treatment happens in a skincare routine. However, it needs to be used alongside adequate hydration to get the best results, says Parker, which is why the moisturiser was developed. “Most people don’t know the key to consistently bright skin is a combination of exfoliation, addressing uneven skin tone and more importantly hydration. Many people struggling with dull skin focus solely on exfoliation and evening out skin tone, missing out on the brightening benefits of hydration.

“This is because a smooth surface will always reflect light more effectively and the surface of the skin is at its most smooth when it is well hydrated,’’ she explains. “Dehydrated skin lacks the ability to reflect light well as the dry, dehydrated cells on the surface of the skin create a rough, uneven surface which looks dull and can feel rough and flaky. For bright, luminous skin we need good skin hydration levels.”


Lightweight and fresh feeling, the gel texture of the new BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer leaves skin dewy and glowing, revitalising tired, parched skin instantly.

In terms of formulation, it builds on the same Vitamin C complex in the original serum that has two different forms of Vitamin C, by calling on the latest biotechnology to extend the antioxidant’s potency to fight free radical damage as well as helping it to penetrate skin even more effectively. Five different types of hyaluronic acid and sugar-cane-derived squalane deliver long lasting hydration, while a flower extract of Verbascum thapsus is intended to create visible luminosity, and phytic acid and pumpkin enzymes are included to support skin renewal.

The moisturiser can be used alone morning and night after cleansing, but the ultimate brightening and skin defence combination is to apply the BioLumin-C Serum underneath the BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer.

Depending on your skin concerns, you can also layer serums with different skin benefits underneath the BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer $119, which makes it easy to fit into an already established routine.


 Dermlaogica’s also just-released Daily Glycolic Cleanser, $67, makes an ideal companion to use prior to the BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer as it gently sweeps away dead skin cells, product build up and environmental pollution, creating a clean canvas for the products that follow to absorb and work more effectively.   

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