Avon products are safe and formulated with the highest quality ingredients

An article about ‘Avon having its products full of carcinogens’ went viral on twitter and it appeared on my timeline few weeks back.  I went and read and quickly got in touch with Avon Malaysia to clarify about this matter as I am one of a loyal user of Avon beauty products. Thankfully, the answer is very positive.

And this is the clarification from PR Department, Avon Malaysia:

This article appeared before and once a while it comes back. This is what we answer We would like to clarify that Avon lipsticks and all Avon products are safe and are formulated with the highest quality ingredients that are stringently evaluated for safety. The ingredients used in Avon lipsticks meet or exceed all cosmetic quality standards, including those of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and all relevant governing bodies in the more than 100 countries in which we conduct business including Malaysia.

Lead is found naturally in air, water and soil. Consequently, lead may also be found at extremely low trace levels in the raw ingredients used in formulating cosmetics. Lead is not intentionally added to cosmetics. Consumers can be assured that any cosmetic or personal care product that carries the Avon name has undergone thorough safety evaluation and can be used with the utmost confidence.

So, there you go, use Avon with confidence. Please also share around this article. Thanks!

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Avon Malaysia’s City Rush launching at Luna Bar, KL

I attended the launching party of the new Avon fragrance, City Rush (click the link to read more about the perfume in my other post) at Luna Bar, KL yesterday night with LadyJava and we had a great time eating and looking at celebrities. Among celebrities attended the party was Scha Al Yahya and her husband, Awal Ashaari, Farahdhiya, famous fashion designers, Miss Malaysia beauties and many many others. Guests were entertained by singer Aliya.

The event yesterday were launched by Carolyn Nur Amira Lee, Avon Malaysia’s Managing Director. Also there to witness the launching were strong ladies behind Avon Malaysia, Aspalin Sirat – Head of Marketing Avon MalaysiaNoorashikin (Senior Manager, Fragrance) and Elaine Aisyah, Public Relations Manager.

The climax of the launching was when Scha Al Yahya introduces City Rush! What a pleasant surprise! City Rush is designed for the confident and bold woman that stands out from the rest, in the rich, fast metropolitan landscape and I think Avon Malaysia chose the right person to introduce City Rush.

City Rush is available starting 1 November 2012 for RM99.00 (S&S RM113.85) per bottle. For more information, call Avon’s Toll Free Line at 1-800-22-AVON (2866) or visit http://www.my.avon.com

Anyway, here is a bootleg video of the launching from my phone, some official photos from Avon Malaysia’s FB page and a picture of me from LadyJava’s phone.

I forgot to bring my camera and had to capture everything on my smart-ass phone. Since photo quality I took were so bad (my phone doesn’t have flash, that’s why I call it smart-ass phone), I thought I just post this video.


Scha and City Rush girls. Credit: Avon Malaysia FB


Aliya and the girls behind Avon Malaysia. Aliya has that commercial look. Next Avon fragrance’s face, perhaps? Credit: Avon Malaysia FB


Avon team with the emcee of the night, Naz. Credit: Avon Malaysia FB


Trying hard to adhere to the Glitter Street Chic theme. My tee has that glittery effect, you know. LOL. We were missing Mariuca! Hope she can join us next time! Credit: LadyJava (thanks LJ!)

 

 

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Avon ANEW Genics launching at Cheras Leisure Mall, KL

Avon recently launched its new product, ANEW Genics in KL, Malaysia two days after the launch for Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China.

Among those who attended are breast cancer survivors. On the very left is Mazlina, PR Assistant Avon Malaysia, while on the very right is Elaine Aisyah, PR Manager Avon Malaysia.

During the introduction session, Avon ANEW ambassador, Soo Wincci, Miss World Malaysia, also an actress, singer and model came forward to share her experience using ANEW product regimens.

Soo Wincci and popular MY FM radio dj Mei Yan.

Wincci posing with products.

Avon Malaysia also offered free skin analysis for those who attended.

Free Skin Analysis.

 

Speaking to the press, Elaine Aisyah, PR Manager Avon Malaysia said, “Being the pioneer in skincare since 1992, Avon is proud to introduce ANEW Genics – the much awaited anti-aging skincare which is developed with YouthGen™ Technology – designed to stimulate the Youth Gene to help skin cells act younger.” She added 200 scientists from Avon R&D Center in Suffern, New York were involved in this 10 years research.

ANEW Genics is inspired by genetic research done by a group of Italian researchers that revealed some people who live longer and healthier lives, past 100 years old, have a highly active Youth Gene. Interested with the finding, Avon partnered with these researchers and later took 10 years to discover a link between the Youth Gene and skin. They found out that Youth Gene helps keep skin cells acting younger, and as we age, its activity declines in skin. An increase in the Youth Gene’s activity can boost proteins that help skin looks younger.

Using this revolutionary discovery, Avon scientists leveraged the link and developed ANEW Genics. As the first in the cosmetics industry with YouthGen Technology, Avon is revolutionizing anti-aging skincare.  Avon is the first with patented YouthGen™ Technology – designed to stimulate the Youth Gene to help skin cells act younger. 200 scientists were involved

NEW Genics Treatment Concentrate is now available from 1 March 2011 in Malaysia. For more info, contact your AVON representatives or visit any Avon Beauty Boutiques nationwide . You can also call the AVON toll-free Line at 1-800-22-AVON (2866) or log on to Avon Malaysia Website.

 

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Discover ANEW: Day 2 – A Visit to Avon R&D Center, Shanghai

One of the main event while on the Discover ANEW Avon Trip is to visit Avon R&D Center in Shanghai. So on the 2nd day in Shanghai, we were taken to the center on a tour bus. The visit was my first one to R&D lab or center and I was excited to see what it looks like.

Located in Jinqiao, Shanghai the 40,000 square Avon building houses scientists in the areas of product development, safety and quality testing, microbiology, chemical engineering and consumer research.

After putting on our lab jackets, Dr, Zhi Lu, the Senior Manager, Regional R&D, APAC Avon, told us a history behind little perfumes showcased in the guest area at the reception lobby.

Originally, Avon founder David H. McConnell did not intend to create a beauty company. He was actually a book salesman and he founded Avon in 1886 after realizing his female customers were far more interested in the free perfume samples he offered than in his books. The first perfumes he created was (see above picture) the Little Dot perfume Set, five single-note fragrances – Lily of the Valley, Violet, Heliotrope, White Rose and Hyacinth.

This Avon building achieved LEED Platinum 2011 certification; a Gold standard for commercial interiors under the U.S. Green Building Council‘s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The green features include:

  • High-efficiency water fixtures, which will reduce water consumption by 44%
  • Energy-efficient lighting systems
  • Waste recycling
  • An interior fit-out containing 31% recycled material
  • 87% of office equipment and appliances are Energy Star rated to reduce energy usage.

As for the lighting, Avon uses motion sensors in private offices and meeting rooms shut off lights. To maximize the use of natural daylight, work-station dividers are low, permitting light to penetrate deep into the floor plate. However, exception is given to the Color Lab as lighting is very crucial in developing colors correctly.

 

We were taken on a tour to all labs in the 6-storey building. According to Dr Zi Lu, researchers at the Shanghai R&D center work closely with Avon’s regional brand marketing center to allow for the development of more specialized products for the Asian markets including the Malaysia market. It is focussing on developing beauty products including skincare, personal care, color and haircare.

One of the lab on the 1st floor. Final tests are done in here before they send products for manufacturing.

Color labs on the 3rd Floor is one of my favourite labs.

Colors are coded by numbers.

Here is one researcher working in the Color Lab. He tested the colors on himself. 

I met Reese Witherspoon in the Color Lab but she was looking at the mascara all the time.

Haircare Lab.

Perfume Lab.

Skincare Lab.

A place where they monitor facial progress during the usage of skincare products.

Overall, the visit was very satisfying. The explanation by researchers has made it more easy for me to understand the whole process from A to Z and how the products are being tested and being ensured that they are safe for consumers. It is also great to learn that apart from taking care the need for women, Avon is helping to save the environment by incorporating green features on their building.

Thank you Avon for giving me this opportunity to visit Avon R&D Center, Shanghai.

Here is a photo of the Malaysian group:

Seated from left: yours truly, Mei Sin from China Press, Siti Fatimah Hassan from harian Metro, Soo Wincci, Miss World Malaysia. Standing from left: Aspalin Haji Sirat, Head of Commercial Marketing, Avon Malaysia, Dr. Xiaochun Luo, Avon’s Global Vice President of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer and Elaine Aisyah Abdullah, PR Manager, Avon Malaysia.

 

 

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Look up to 10 years younger with ANEW Genics by Avon

A new product in the ANEW range, ANEW Genics,  was just launched last night at Shanghai, China for the Asia Pacific Market. ANEW Genics was launched by Dr. Xiaochun Luo, Avon’s Global Vice President of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer. Witnessing the launching was Dr. Zhi Lu, Senior Manager, Regional R&D, APAC Avon as well as Avon and media representatives from Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan, not leaving behind two beautiful Avon’s spokespersons; Soo Wincci from Malaysia and Lucy Torres-Gomez from The Philippines. It was an honour for me to be among them to witness this prestigious event.

Impressive gimmick by Dr Luo where she turns the ANEW Genics bottle (on the video) around.

Lucy and Wincci sharing their experience using ANEW Genics.

Speaking at the launch with full enthusiasm, Dr Luo explained that ANEW Genics is inspired by genetic research done by a group of Italian researchers that revealed some people who live longer and healthier lives, past 100 years old, have a highly active Youth Gene. Interested with the finding, Avon partnered with these researchers and later took 10 years to discover a link between the Youth Gene and skin. They found out that Youth Gene helps keep skin cells acting younger, and as we age, its activity declines in skin. An increase in the Youth Gene’s activity can boost proteins that help skin looks younger.

Using this revolutionary discovery, Avon scientists leveraged the link and developed ANEW Genics. As the first in the cosmetics industry with YouthGen Technology, Avon is revolutionizing anti-aging skincare.  Avon is the first with patented YouthGen™ Technology – designed to stimulate the Youth Gene to help skin cells act younger.

This is based on a clinical study of the Treatment Concentrate on women age 45 – 59 after 12 weeks.

To increase oxygenisation at the cellular level, Avon scientists used anti-oxidant agents such as Melicopy Hayseii leaf extract, Malus Domestica cell culture (harvested from Spatlauber Apple’s stem cell) and to stimulate youth proteins at gene level, Red Carrot root extract and Soy Bean extract.

To use the Treatment Concentrate, simply apply twice a day. ANEW Genics can be used with other ANEW products to help deliver optimal results. It can also be used alone.

Clinical and consumer testing found incredible results:
–    OVERNIGHT: Skin looks more alive, healthier, and radiant.
–    IN 3 DAYS: Skin looks and feels dramatically smoother.
–    IN 4 WEEKS: Improves discolorations by up to 100%.
It can also dramatically reduces the appearance of wrinkles and makes your skin looks up to 10 years younger.

 

With the launching last night, ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate is now available from 1 March 2011 in Malaysia (as well as Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand). For more info, contact your AVON representatives or visit any Avon Beauty Boutiques nationwide . You can also call the AVON toll-free Line at 1-800-22-AVON (2866) or log on to Avon Malaysia Website.

About ANEW:  Since its introduction in 1992, ANEW has been committed to progressing anti-aging science in every one of the nearly 10,000 ANEW products sold every hour (based on 2010 global unit sales).  Each ANEW discovery is developed by an extensive team of scientists and some are the result of collaborations with leading universities and research institutions throughout the world.

ANEW is celebrating 20 Years of Pioneering Skincare and in conjuction with this celebration, Avon Malaysia is so kind to sponsor a bottle of ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate. Do you like to win ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate and look up to 10 years younger? Tweet and share this post and leave a comment with not less than 20 words why you really need this product. This contest is open only to Malaysian and closing date is 8 March 2012.

 

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Discover ANEW – Day 1: The journey begins

When I reached KLIA at 8.30am earlier today, the Avon entourage was already there. I was introduced by Elaine Aisyah (Avon’s PR Manager, Malaysia) to Siti from Harian Metro, Mei Sin from China Press, Soo Wincci, Ms World Malaysia; who is also Avon’s ANEW ambassador and Aspalin (Avon’s Head of Marketing, Malaysia). After checking in our bags, we went for a breakfast at Delifrance Kiosk situated at Satellite Building while waiting to board Air Mauritius.

Soo Wincci, Mei Sin and Siti. 

Aspalin and Elaine Aisyah.

The flight was a bit delayed and we reached Pudong airport around 5.30 pm instead of ETA 4.30pm. From the airport, we took the MAGLEV, a magnetic levitation train. It is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world. The train line was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong where passengers could interchange to the Shanghai Metro to continue their trip to the city center. The top operational commercial speed of this train is 431 km/h (268 mph).

From Shanghai Metro, we took a van and reached the hotel at about 6pm. 6pm is like 8pm, already dark.

We had dinner with Bob M. Briddon, Avon‘s Vice President Asia Pacific and China and Dr. Xiaochun Luo, Avon’s Gloval Vice President of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer. Also attending the dinner were  two Avon’s spokespersons; Soo Wincci from Malaysia and Lucy Torres-Gomez from The Philippines. Not leaving behind are Avon’s personnels and journalists from Shanghai, The Philippines and Malaysia.

Lucy Torres-Gomez  and Soo Wincci.

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Shanghai on my mind

Went to Avon Malaysia office in PJ yesterday to pick-up my luggage tags and itinerary. Will be leaving for Shanghai on next Tuesday morning (28 February), ETD 0930, ETA 1430.

I was invited early January to join Avon to DISCOVER ANEW launching by the PR Manager, Elaine Aisyah. Together on the trip will be Siti from Harian Metro, Mei Sin from China Press, Soo Wincci, Ms World Malaysia; who is also Avon’s ANEW ambassador, Elaine and Aspalin (Head of Marketing). Being a blogger for over 6 years now, this is my first time being invited to witness a product launching abroad. I hope there’s more to come.

Itinerary for the 3 days journey to Shanghai includes a visit to Avon R&D Facility, ANEW Press launch as well as short visits around town for shopping and photography. We will be staying at Andaz Shanghai which is located at Xintiandi. There’s wireless internet connection in the room and blogging will be done on daily basis from Shanghai. It’s winter there and the temperature goes as low as 3 degree celcius at night. During the day it will be around 10 degree celcius.

Now, I really need to find my knitted turquoise gloves and muffler. Not sure where I keep it.

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