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Naturals & Organics

Naturals & Organics

In-depth analysis of the latest products, ingredients innovations and certification programmes that are helping to shape this evolving category. Articles will also consider the all-important related issues of sustainability, accountability and ethical sourcing, which are being driven by an increasingly discerning consumer.

IBE launch event in New York City attracts droves of brands, buyers, and consumers

31-Aug-2015 - The 2015 Indie Beauty Expo showcased 80 independent beauty and personal care brands during a full-day event in the city last week. Every product shown was formulated without 20 “potentially...

Safety First! How consumers read beauty and personal care labels

11-Aug-2015 - A newly released Harris Poll shows that well over half of women shopping for beauty and personal care products read the label before making a selection and that many are...

Avon pledges to clean up palm oil supply chain

29-Jul-2015 - The direct-sales beauty company just updated its Palm Oil Promise document with stringent objectives and supplier guidelines that are more socially responsible when it comes to environmental and human rights...

Ingrid Jackel steps in as CEO at Yes To

23-Jul-2015 - The natural skin and hair care company is positioning itself for innovation and growth with this latest appointment; Jackel most previously led one of the fastest growing cosmetic businesses in...

Brands should prioritize wellness, finds Daymon Worldwide study

15-Jul-2015 - Personal care shoppers are shying away from mass drug stores and select ingredients in an effort to choose healthy products, and this has implications for retailers, big beauty, and private...

Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria is about to seriously disrupt skin care

08-Jul-2015 - Probiotic science has piqued consumer interest, and one state-of-the-art company has been quietly selling personal care products that replenish and preserve skin’s natural microbiome with good bacteria. 

Derma e skin care launch targets anti-pollution trend

02-Jul-2015 - The Purifying skin care range from derma e is a new line of skin care products that incorporates some interesting ingredients, but what really makes it interesting is its focus...

Retailers set the bar for natural and organic standards

01-Jul-2015 - Live Organically, a newly launched ecommerce site, is the latest retailer working to close the gap between consumer expectations and industry best practices in this space.

Connecticut joins growing list of states set to ban microbeads

01-Jul-2015 - Connecticut has joined a growing list of US state legislatures that have decided to ban the use of plastic microbead in personal care formulation due to the environmental risk the...

Sesame fated to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA

30-Jun-2015 - US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have asked the administration to require the ingredient be listed in the interest of...

Hollywood actors are teaming up with non-toxic beauty brands

23-Jun-2015 - Gwyneth Paltrow joined forces with Juice Beauty and Jessica Alba partnered with The Honest Company on a new color cosmetics line. The actors are involved financially and creatively with the...

Credo cosmetics opens a flagship store

22-Jun-2015 - Sephora changed mass-market beauty, and now one of the company’s early leaders is expanding his promising online naturals venture beyond the web to a California storefront. 

What beauty brands need to know about Asian-American buying power

15-Jun-2015 - The latest data from Nielsen shows this consumer segment is spending sensibly, heavily, and—on personal care—selectively.

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

03-Jun-2015 - This week J&J, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, and Seventh Generation along with numerous other interested companies and investors ran a letter on the non-profit sustainability site ceres.org urging the RSPO to adjust...

Bio-identicals, the next step in sustainability

27-May-2015 - Ingredient labs are producing high tech biomimetic materials, and one personal care industry expert predicts these next-generation naturals will trump organics before long. 

Herbal formulas growing fastest in the shampoo market

21-May-2015 - New research analysis looks at what’s driving the global shampoo market, which products will perform well going forward, and the varied expectations of regional consumers.

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Plant stem cells are a natural way to speak about anti-ageing, says expert

18-May-2015 - Younger consumers in particular, prefer plant stems cells to traditional ingredients like retinol, giving brands an opportunity to tailor their messaging for different age groups in South Korea.

Botanical oils persistently popular with formulators and consumers

18-May-2015 - Product lines that feature natural oil ingredients appeal to shoppers across personal care categories, and in the hair removal category one prominent brand sees room to expand.

Sourcing and distributing naturals can be tricky business

13-May-2015 - AAK, the Swedish vegetable oil company, supplies products to the cosmetics industry and beyond. Henrik Vingaard, AAK’s director of sourcing and trading for Europe and West Africa spoke with Cosmetics...

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Natural WAS associated with performance compromise, that’s changed now!

08-May-2015 - In the past there were discussions over the use of natural ingredients and this meaning there may be a compromise on performance, but sitting down with Shona Bear, Bulldog Skincare’s...

The flip side of synthetic biology

22-Apr-2015 - Local farm economies voice concern over the globally unregulated biotech industry and its impact on the people and ecosystems in developing countries.

Trilogy skin care of NZ launches in US market

20-Apr-2015 - The company has seen its fair share of success in the global natural skin care market, and will now be readily available to consumers in the States through online marketplaces...

Organix products must be 70% organic, pending Canadian court approval

16-Apr-2015 - That’s one stipulation of the proposed settlement in a class action suit accusing Vogue International of deceptive advertising and marketing of Organix skin care and hair care products.

Could EO Products set an industry precedent for sustainability?

01-Apr-2015 - The company just announced its 2015 objectives to limit waste and is advocating for personal care industry suppliers to be more involved with sustainability.

Sourcing hemp oil for skin and hair care products

30-Mar-2015 - The hemp seed company Hippie Butter partnered this month with Algae International Group, and will receive marketing and investment support as well as organically certified hemp from that company’s American...