New York, NY – March 14, 2023 – As part of the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the BBB National Programs routine monitoring of national advertising for truth and transparency, NAD inquired about claims recommending hair care products of Routine Wellness Inc. During the pendency of the inquiry, Routine Wellness voluntarily discontinued advertising claims regarding its shampoo and conditioner.
NAD inquired about the advertiser’s Facebook and Instagram posts that linked to an article on the lifestyle blog My Best Self that reviewed and recommended Routine Wellness shampoo and conditioner.
Although the review was independently authored by the My Best Self editorial staff based on the author’s personal experiences and opinions, NAD has long held that when an advertiser quotes, restates, links to, or otherwise disseminates claims made about its product by a third party, those same third-party claims become advertising claims made by the advertiser for which the advertiser must have substantiation. This is true even when the advertiser has not paid for, sponsored, approved, or controlled the third party’s claims about the advertiser’s product.
NAD found that when Routine Wellness linked its social media post to the review, claims made about Routine Wellness’s hair care products in the review (e.g., “5 Best Shampoos for Women with Thin Hair”) became advertising claims of Routine Wellness for which Routine Wellness must have a reasonable basis of support.
During the proceeding, Routine Wellness informed NAD that it had permanently discontinued the post and dissemination of the review. Therefore, NAD did not review the claim on its merits.
In its advertiser statement, Routine wellness thanked NAD for its “careful review of this matter” and stated that it is “pleased with NAD’s decision and will comply with its recommendations.”
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