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Cosmetics 101 — Product Safety Comes First

Cosmetics 101 Starts with Product Safety

By: ICMAD — Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors

CPNA interviewed a leading expert in the industry – Craig Weiss – in anticipation of ICMAD’s Technical/Regulatory Forum that is held February 13-14, 2018 in Newport Beach, California.

Craig Weiss, the President of the Consumer Product Testing Co. (CPT), is no stranger to the cosmetics industry.  As he puts it “I was practically raised in the company.” That company is the Consumer Product Testing Co., which Craig’s father Mel started in 1975. CPT is a toxicology facility doing acute testing work for the cosmetics industry.  Mel introduced Craig to the industry when Craig was young and by age 13 he was in the facility with his Dad learning by osmosis.  When Craig graduated from college with a bio-chemistry degree, his father said there was no job for him at Consumer Product Testing and so Craig, undaunted, “cut his teeth” in other parts of the cosmetics industry until he joined CPT in 1991.  Almost 27 years later, Craig is the President, running a $15M operation with 130 employees.  CPT tests all types of products and devices from cosmetics and sunscreens, to medical devices and over-the-counter drugs.

Q & A with Steve Sleeper, Executive Director, Professional Beauty Association

cpna-7Q: Tell us about Beauty Pitchand what it brings to the beauty industry?

A: The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and our partners, Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) came together wanting to help beauty entrepreneurs take their company to the next level. Beauty Pitch™ is a one-of-a-kind beauty competition that gives these beauty companies the opportunity to not only get their product or idea in front of investors, but to “pitch” their product to an esteemed panel of judges at the live Beauty Pitch™ event on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Insights From a Professional Beauty Distributor Insider

 Joe Mastalia President of DePasquale Salon Systems (DSS).
Joe Mastalia
President of DePasquale Salon Systems (DSS)

1. Is technology specifically mobile apps and customer management software changing the business at the salon level?

Technology with regards to management software is assisting the salons to measure their results.  The successful salons are utilizing these reports to address areas that need improvement.  With regards to mobile apps, I don’t think they are as important to salon professionals as much as they are to individuals who use them from their cell phones.

CPNA Innovators – CND’s Shellac

Beauty is a chore…but not anymore. CND(Creative Nail Design) has transformed the nail care industry with the revolutionary launch of Shellac. Released at the 2010 Cosmoprof North America, the long-lasting power polish has rocketed into salons around the globe. Shellac is different from soakable gels because it is easy to remove. Better yet, it has zero dry time, and lasts up to 14 days with a mirror finish shine. Perfect for vacations, holidays and weddings, Shellac is strong enough to hold up through any thing.

So, what now? CPNA Newsflash asked co-founder, Jan Arnold of CND about the future of the groundbreaking product, the significant impact it has had on the professional beauty industry, and the way consumers do their nails.