Procter & Gamble Company

12/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/12/2018 09:01

Herbal Essences Becomes First Mass Hair Care Brand in Mass Retailers to Meet the Strict Clean Beauty Standards of EWG VERIFIED TM

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As more and more consumers ask for transparency about ingredients used in beauty products, they are also asking for their products to use ingredients they trust. Herbal Essences heard this call and is bringing two new sulfate-free botanical shampoos to the market, formulated to meet the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) EWG VERIFIED™ stamp of approval. To be authorized to use the EWG VERIFIED™ mark, Herbal Essences meets the rigorous criterion, and provides additional information not typically found on the product label - an effort to drive greater ingredient transparency and informed choices. With this credential, Herbal Essences is the first mass hair care brand in mass retailers to meet the strict clean beauty standards set by EWG - creators of the Skin Deep® the Healthy Living® app.

EWG VERIFIED™ goes beyond basic ingredient labels to hold companies on the cutting edge of making products to an even higher standard. 'The mark will make shopping even easier for overwhelmed consumers who want to quickly find a bottle of shampoo and other personal care products that meet our rigorous standards,' says Jocelyn Lyle, EWG Vice President of Development.

Over the past few years, Herbal Essences has shared more information about ingredients used and ingredients not used in the bio:renew line-up to meet the consumer demand for more transparency. However, the EWG VERIFIED™ process was the first time Herbal Essences was ever required to disclose this amount of detail about product composition, safety testing and quality control steps.

'For almost 50 years, Herbal Essences has been committed to the safety of the people that use our products,' states Lynn Hicks, Herbal Essences Brand Manager. 'Now more than ever, consumers are demanding transparency with their beauty products and with this partnership, we can provide consumers with the reassurance that our products are clean, safe and verified by a trusted group like EWG.'

Safety and quality have always been a top priority at Herbal Essences and the brand's new bio:renew sulfate-free shampoos are meeting the high standards of very tough critics. The EWG VERIFIED™credential is a simple way for consumers to make an informed, vetted choice about their shampoo products.

'EWG VERIFIED™ will take awareness about chemicals in products to the next level by giving shoppers useful information from a team of scientists they have come to trust. Only products that include robust ingredient labels and meet our stringent criteria, will be awarded our mark,' says Nneka Leiba, director of EWG's healthy living science program.

Herbal Essences began working with EWG in 2016 with the launch of its bio:renew products. Herbal Essences and parent company P&G support the Personal Care Product Safety Act along with the EWG and other NGOs and industry leaders. The newly launched Herbal Essences bio:renew sulfate-free shampoos are the first mass shampoos in mass retailers to carry the EWG VERIFIED™ credential, further bringing affordable and accessible clean beauty products to the mainstream.

About Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences launched in 1971 'from the garden of earthly delights' and was the first nature-inspired mass hair care brand. Herbal Essences believes in real botanicals and the power that plants have tied to health and wellbeing. The brand's bio:renew botanical shampoos and conditioners have been authenticated by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a leading authority on plants. Herbal Essences is the first global hair care brand to be endorsed by Kew and together, they celebrate beauty rooted in plant science offering consumers botanical blends that bring hair back to life with every use. Herbal Essences believes in ingredients with intent, packaging as items of beauty for her & the earth, colors found in nature, and irresistibly delicious fragrances & formulas that are as clean as possible without compromising the results women crave. And Herbal hair? Herbal hair is hair that is healthy, undone, natural looking and free - just like the women who choose it.

To learn more about Herbal Essences visit www.herbalessences.com, or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/HerbalEssences, Twitter: twitter.com/HerbalEssences and Instagram: @herbalessences.

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