A World Tour of Spa Botanicals

By: Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at InsidersGuidetoSpas.com

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 InsidersGuidetoSpas.com

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.

Year in Review: FDA Hot Issues 2017

By: Ronie Schmelz
Counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP

Despite Deregulation in 2017, Cosmetic Companies Remain FDA Focus

President Donald Trump has made deregulation a cornerstone of his administration, demanding that for every new regulation proposed, regulatory agencies identify two regulations for elimination; however, this directive has not impeded regulatory oversight at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Although the number of FDA Warning Letters sent to cosmetic, skin care, and other personal care companies has decreased significantly under the new administration, these companies still remain a focus for FDA.  While the future is impossible to predict, the following summary of regulatory activity in 2017 provides a good guidepost for the types of claims to avoid so that your company does not become the recipient of an FDA Warning Letter.


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

By : Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at InsidersGuidetoSpas.com

“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.”

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.

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.

Cosmoprof Asia Awards 2017: The Best in Beauty from Hong Kong

Recognizing the Power of Beauty Packaging Design, Formulation and Technology.

A one-of-a-kind celebration, Cosmoprof Asia Awards are held each November at Cosmoprof Asia in Hong Kong. The prestigious event honors those creators who dare to change the face of beauty, and acknowledges their fascinating contribution to fresh ideas and products in the beauty sector. These innovators include brands and manufacturers in cosmetics, hair, skin, nail care, and beauty salon products.