Kate Hudson sued for breach of contract for haircare line

High end hair and skin care products often include exotic natural ingredients to make consumers feel like they’re purchasing unique effects and exclusivity. Some of the more questionable active ingredients involve animal products, like bird poop and fish egg facials, although things like seaweed and mud contain minerals and antioxidants which might be absorbed by the skin in small amounts depending on how they’re applied. Natural ingredients can work just as well as synthetic ones to help soften and clarify skin and hair, and they carry none of the health risks that are sometimes associated with man made chemicals.

One new ingredient used in Kate Hudson’s new high end haircare line, Wild Aid, that she launched with her hairdresser, David Babai, is volcanic ash and the “environmental life” that thrives near the ash, named the “Vanuatu Complex.” A company called 220 Laboratories is suing Hudson and Babai for using the ash in their line saying that one of their scientists came up with the idea after a trip to the islands and that he pitched it to them for their product line. They supposedly entered into an oral contract with 220 Laboratories, which provided various product samples containing the ash, then changed their minds and decided to work with a cheaper manufacturer, taking the formulations, and the “Vanuatu” stuff, with them:

According to a complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Los Angeles-based 220 Laboratories lobbed no fewer than 17 causes of action against Hudson and her hair guru Babaii, including fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of confidence and a host of other not-so-nice allegations, claiming the famous duo welshed on an oral contract establishing the lab as the sole providers of the range’s raw materials.

Under the terms of an August 2006 oral contract, 220 Laboratories says it agreed to develop and manufacture the line around the so-called “Vanuatu Complex,” basically samples of environmental life and volcanic ash found on the Vanuatu Islands that, apparently, works wonders on flyaways.

However, the lab claims that, after months of dealings and a change in the Wildaid management, Hudson & Co. opted to take the secret ingredient list and hightail it over to a competing manufacturer, who agreed to work on the line at a lower cost than 220 Laboratories.

Much to the lab’s dismay, the suit asserts, the competitors’ products and packaging were a little too similar to their original idea, as was the product’s inclusion of the so-called Vanuatu Complex.

Hyping the special ingredient continued with a high-profile appearance by Babaii on the Home Shopping Network in July, to which Hudson called in to promote the products, as well as in promotional videos for the line, which officially launched a month earlier.

220 Laboratories claims it neither consented to the use of its ingredient nor the name and, even if there was consent, the lab has yet to receive any form of payment.

[E! Online via News.yahoo.com]

Kate Hudson’s rep says she’s never met with the 220 Lab people and hasn’t been served the lawsuit yet. It’s possible her involvement was limited and that she wasn’t involved in the planning stages of the hair line.

MAC currently offers a “volcanic ash exfoliator” that’s made from live volcanoes on Vanuatu. I would guess that it’s manufactured by 220 Laboratories, but I wasn’t able to determine that.

Other natural ingredients in the WildAid hair line, which retails from $11.95 to $15.95, include wild orchid, blue algae extract and cupuacu butter from the South American Amazon. Ten percent of the profits go to benefit the group WildAid, which aims to save endangered species. It’s not that expensive compared to other salon haircare products, and they probably cut costs for the consumer by switching to that cheaper manufacturer. It might end up costing them some settlement money.

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  1. elisha says:

    Her hair does look great in the header.

  2. daisy424 says:

    CB, I clicked on the MAC link, sulfur is used as an acne treatment. The sulfer kills bacteria that causes blackheads, etc. Can get it in a tube at any drugstore.
    A much cheaper way is pepto bismol which contains salicylic acid and baking soda. It works great and costs pennies. Your skin will feel super smooth. Works great.
    On topic; Her hair does look shiny.

  3. lola lola says:

    Daisy, you use Pepto on your face? Isn’t that all pepperminty? Oh, yikesa. You must be brave. That may be a little too out there for me.

  4. Orangejulius says:

    I just read in a newspaper doctor advice column to use milk of magnesia on your face for acne. Gonna go tell the zit factory living downstairs.

  5. Orangejulius says:

    Never mind the hair products, just give me those baby lions…

  6. daisy424 says:

    lola lola;
    Not at all. It isn’t pepperminty, doesn’t sting.(the pink stuff) Salicylic acid is an exfoliant, baking soda has very fine particles, it smooths your skin for pennies. My dermatologist recommended it. Try it. Works great on oily skin also.

    I use the baking soda 2 – 3 times a week. Works great on your knees, hands, etc. Don’t rub too hard on your face though.

    Try this;
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=56793 😉

  7. I choose me says:

    Excellent tips daisy but now I’ve got that song stuck in my head.

    “heartburn, naseau, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea.”

    Pepto Bismol – now a skin care! 😀

  8. geronimo says:

    Daisy, thanks for that also. I’ve used baking soda and sea salt (with water to make a paste) as a body scrub. Bit more abrasive but leaves skin really tingling and soft.

  9. Skank Basher says:

    Kate Hudson has great hair??? Yeah, and I suppose she’s got big boobs, too! We just can’t SEE them. Virtually every candid photo I’ve seen of her shows that her hair is over-processed and badly damaged. They must have photo shopped this shot to the max. 😆

  10. daisy424 says:

    Geronimo; I haven’t mixed it with the seasalt, I’ll try it, thanks.
    I use Cetaphil or CeraVe liquid facial soap with the baking soda, and mix it together in my hand, then apply, scrub and rinse.
    The pepto I use as a mask.

  11. Helen says:

    I wonder how much volcanic ash this will actually contain, because last time I got ash dumped on my head by a volcano it left my hair looking and feeling like straw.

  12. Mairead says:

    sounds dramatic Helen! 😯

    Hmmm – I’m sceptical about how wise this is, and the use of a moronic tautology like “environmental life” (what kind of a statement is that – life has an environment, whether it’s urban, rural, riverine or marine)doesn’t make me any less concerned.

    Aveda has been critiscised in the past for farming rare and potentially endangered species of plants from rain forests.

    If the properties of this ash are only found in this island chain, it means that the “environmental life” it supports are possibly unique to that area also and this could wreck the ecosystem if done on a large enough scale. 👿