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This Week’s Need-to-Know Beauty News

A wave of criticism over Kylie Jenner's new skincare line, a beloved lipstick line goes vegan and more.

Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over Skincare Line

The 21-year old mogul unleashed a torrent of angry Instagram users when she announced the upcoming release of her new facial exfoliator, part of her latest venture: a skincare line. The scrub, not dissimilar in look and composition from the now largely shunned St. Ives Apricot Scrub, features walnut powder, or Kylie’s “secret to a fresh face”. One user commented, “Over priced st. Ives. Smfh. I hope y’all like microtears in your face.”  Another user wrote, “Girl…….no. This will turn your face into raw, ground meat.” Micro-tears have been at the centre of the debate—taking place in no small part over at the r/SkincareAddiction Reddit forum—over Apricot Scrub in recent years, with claims that the suspended walnut powder beads are too harsh on the face and can cause tiny lesions in the skin, leading to cystic acne, irritation, infection and more. In recent years, exfoliation has taken a turn towards chemical components and away from physical scrubs, making Kylie’s version appear a bit behind on the times. Ingredient choices aside, people are not pleased that Kylie has essentially duped the St. Ives version and slapped a higher price tag on it. “St Ives is 4 dollars everybody just sayin,” said one user. And St. Ives themselves even joined in on the conversation: “Why wait till may 22? 💁‍♀️”

Italy’s Accademia Del Profumo Has Announced This Year’s Fragrance Award Winners

This Tuesday at the Accademia Del Profumo’s 30th annual gala in Milan, Italy’s perfume academy honoured recipients of this year’s fragrance awards. Female fragrance of the year went to Giorgio Armani’s Sì Passione while Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum took top honours for men’s fragrance of the year, with votes from over 150,000 consumers on the Accademia’s dedicated website and Facebook page. Other honours of the evening included best olfactory creations, going to Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense and Tom Ford Ombré Leather. Givenchy’s L’Interdit scored top honours for women’s communication of the year, for their 2018 campaign featuring Rooney Mara.

Sustainable Lipstick Brand La Bouche Rouge Goes Vegan

“We are proud to have designed a true revolution in the beauty industry, the very first vegan, refillable and cruelty-free lipstick,” La Bouche Rouge announced via their website. The French cosmetics brand now boasts a trifecta of sustainability, cutting beeswax from their formula to add “vegan” to their tagline. “With the health and conservation of bees being crucial for the planet, we have removed we have removed beeswax from our formula—taking a stand against the exploitation of bees and guaranteeing purity,” the brand’s website details. They also consulted with designer Stella McCartney to come up with a vegan case—previously made of leather—to go with the revamped formula. La Bouche Rouge has long been a favourite of eco-conscious beauty shoppers, steering clear of microplastics, offering a refillable tube and donating 100 litres of safe drinking water to Eau Vive International for every lipstick sold.