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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