Green/Organic/ Wellness


A World Tour of Spa Botanicals

By: Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at

The best spas are a walk-in guidebook to local botanicals and healing lore.

For thousands of years, people have turned to hot mineral springs to soak in the restorative waters, but it wasn’t until the 17th Century that wealthy Europeans began traveling to spa towns that were built around thermal springs. Upon arriving at their destination, it wasn’t merely the benefits of the waters that were enjoyed—one reveled in the pleasures of natural resources, including gorgeous and grand landscaped gardens, home to numerous healing plants and herbs. A simple walk among the gardens, breathing in the fresh air and gentle aromas, was and is, pure magic—restorative, calming, and invigorating all at once… and of course, those healing botanicals worked their way into the treatments.

Amareta: Natural Skincare That Caters to the Hormonal Changes of Women

Interview with the ceo and co-founder of amareta

As the green beauty revolution continues to rise, consumers are constantly in search of the safest products for their skincare needs. As women, it is oftentimes challenging to find a product that caters to the hormonal changes of life.

We spend tons of money on skincare products because we want to take good care of our skin and achieve that natural glow—only to realize that as hormonal levels fluctuate, so does our skin. Through natural life changes, such as menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause women want to remain confident and feel beautiful inside and out.

What’s Growing in Green Retail

By: Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at

Three leading natural retailers explain how to get in the door and on their shelves

Here’s a refreshing—and important—truth about getting into the green beauty market: “Brands are not really competing with each other in green beauty; it’s a positive movement, and we’re all in it together,” says Romain Gaillard, CEO and Founder of The Detox Market. “Green beauty represents such a small fraction of the beauty world, that we’re much better off sticking together.”

These are not only wise words for an emerging market that continues to define itself, but a fresh new approach to doing business in a market that demands transparency like never before. I recently spoke with experts from three leading natural beauty retailers to find out not only what they look for in natural brands, but how these brands should approach them. Here’s what they shared.

Success Story with Saffron Secret®, Beauty Brand Exhibitor at CPNA 2017

Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas is the most awarded B2B beauty trade show in North America and serves as the ideal platform for high-quality B2B activities for beauty companies. 2017 brought forth flourishing opportunities and smart programs for the attendees and exhibiting companies that joined us. Saffron Secret®, a hair-care line that utilizes the organic properties of saffron as the product’s main ingredient, was among the companies that exhibited with CPNA 2017. We had the pleasure of reconnecting with Saffron Secret® after the show to chat about their successes. Here’s what they had to say:


Small, indie brands are having their moment—and savvy spa directors are catching on

By : Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at

“The first time they dropped off stuff, I didn’t even want to look at it. I gave it to my staff,” shares Michael Conte, spa director at Meadowood Napa Valley. Conte is reminiscing about the first time Kim Borio, founder of Glycelene, and her husband, Eric a biologist and cosmetic chemist and Glycelene’s Chief Technology Officer, brought Conte their luxury, plant-based skincare line to test. But when the couple returned a month later, Conte changed his tune after he met them in person. “They’re such a great couple,” he enthuses. “I have to say, the partnership I have with Kim and Eric has been extraordinary. When you’re working with a luxury property and spa, you want to have something unique that you won’t find elsewhere.”

A CPNA Success as Sweet as Honey

Katerina Larden — THE visionary behind hey honey®

Katerina Yoffe Larden is a hardworking mother, wife and entrepreneur. Like most women in her position, Larden’s skincare regime took a back seat as she juggled the day-to-day duties associated with her many roles. Realizing just how much money and time she was wasting on unused products, she took matters into her own hands. Larden decided to create a skincare line that would adapt to her busy lifestyle—with a minimal skincare regime that would offer lasting effects. Her ultimate vision was to create a natural product based on the healing and nutritive properties of honey bee propolis.

The Way to Wellness

By Denise Herich
Co-founder and Managing Partner at The Benchmarking Company

Once thought of as an alternative or quaint approach to beauty and health, wellness has come a long way since the days when using aloe vera gel, fresh from the plant, on sunburns was the height of ‘wellness’. Today, wellness is a way of living and a category of beauty that stands on its own for consumers everywhere. Sixty-nine percent think an inside-out approach to overall wellness is healthier than taking prescription medicine and 53% agree that eating or drinking an ingestible product offers more powerful benefits than topicals alone. Whether it’s drinking a smoothie before work or using essential oils to heal everyday illness or eating fermented foods and taking probiotics, wellness is here to stay.

The Green Beauty Revolution

There’s a green beauty revolution happening, and Los Angeles is at the heart of it. The Detox Market started as a little pop-up shop in Venice Beach when natural products were almost nonexistent and wellness only involved what you put in your body, not on it. With consumers getting savvier and research readily available — cheap fillers, toxic chemicals and synthetic additives are losing their appeal, but it can feel like reading an ingredients label requires a PhD. That’s where The Detox Market comes in. With their famously strict list of ingredients that they don’t allow, they have worked to create a haven for healthy, gorgeous beauty products that you can feel good about.


As 2016 came to a close, food, nutritional supplement, and cosmetic companies that sell “natural” products remained targets of and vulnerable to regulatory enforcement actions and consumer class actions.  While 2016 saw some regulatory activity surrounding the terms “natural,” “all natural,” and “100% natural,” the year ended without the issuance of regulations or guidance on how these terms should be defined. 

Q & A with Mary Bemis, Founder and Editorial Director,

cpna-6How has sustainability impacted the spa industry from an operator’s point of view?

There’s a growing demand for socially responsible hospitality. The key is to provide a luxury experience while at the same time making the guest feel like the experience has minimal impact—that’s the challenge. And some are doing that very well. When the green frenzy hit the spa industry, around 2006 or so, the emphasis was on how to obtain expensive certifications like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)—but that led to an unrealistic excess based on almost arbitrary (for our industry) guidelines. The good news is that sustainability has made a lot of businesses much more efficient and accountable.