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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
By: Tribe Dynamics
WHY Instagram Stories INCREASE Follower ENGAGEMENT
This past September, we at Tribe Dynamics surveyed nearly 200 content creators to seek insight into how they engage with social media platforms. Not surprisingly, influencers reported that their most widely used channel over the last year was Instagram. Notably, their second most-frequented platform was Instagram Stories. Launched in August 2016, Instagram Stories function like Snapchat Stories, allowing users to post off-the-cuff pictures and videos that disappear within 24 hours. And while Snapchat popularized the idea of creating imperfect, real-time posts within the highly curated realm of social media, Instagram Stories have taken over that space.
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.
Ethnic hair care is the fastest growing hair care category in the United States in 2015, recording robust growth of 8.5%. The main reason for this dynamic growth is that the category has been flooded by “multicultural” brands that appeal to a broader audience and is no longer defined by brands exclusively targeting black consumers.
Market-movers like Shea Moisture and Carol’s Daughter (L’Oréal), increase their share with naturally positioned products that appeal to a wide spectrum of consumers, including those that previously used mainstream or ethnic brands.