• Poor Judgment on Our Part

    Many readers took us to task for the cover image on the January issue of Happi. They’re right; the cover was in very poor taste and was offensive (See Letters to the Editor, p. 10). As one reader noted: “I would like to express my disp…

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Skin Care

    Overoptimism Greets 2018

    Twelve months since my last prognostication (and yep, I was wrong again) and the global economy is still humming along. Back then, I wondered how long the already-long-in-the-tooth recovery could continue—turns out, a year and counting. Now, a…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 01.04.18

  • When One Door Closes…?

    First the good news for US retailers, more than 3,000 stores opened this year stateside. The bad news? Nearly 6,800 of them closed in 2017. As Bloomberg points out, this depressing reality comes while consumer confidence is sky-high, unemploymen…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 12.01.17

  • Fine Fragrance | Household Cleaning | Personal Cleansers

    When Start-Ups Start Talking

    Everyone dreams about quitting their job; can’t you just picture it? Walking up to your 60-something boss, telling her that she should reconsider her choice of shoes and her outdated mindset and…well I digress. While most fantasies…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.01.17

  • Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur?

    Every October, we publish our contract manufacturing/private label directory. Would-be Mary Kay Ashes or Charles Revsons (and for those who are much younger than I am, would-be Jamie Kern Limas) rely on it to find a partner to help manufacture t…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 10.02.17

  • Right Decisions Under Pressure

    After the tragedy in Charlottesville, and his refusal to condemn white supremacists, US President Donald J. Trump came under fire from citizens, politicians on both sides of the aisle and business leaders. After eight executives quit his manufacturin…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.01.17

  • Go East, Young Man…

    Make that Southeast!
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.31.17

  • Oral Care | Personal Cleansers

    Is Unilever Eyeing Colgate?

    Wall Street was buzzing yesterday with talk that Unilever could make a bid for Colagte-Palmolive Co. Street Insider reported that Unilever bankers were pushing for the board of directors to pursue the oral and personal care company.   Neither…

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | AP/Deo | Color Cosmetics | Disinfectants | Fine Fragrance | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace | Laundry Care | Oral Care | OTC/Medicated | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care | Sun Care

    Business Trumps the US President

    In a resounding “NO” to US President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement on climate change, business and industries across the US have pledged that they will continue to work toward reducing c…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.03.17

  • Hair Care | Pigments

    Retouch All the Hairs On this Old Gray Head!

    The reunion was a long time coming. I hadn’t seen my old boss in years; just once, in fact, since I left the newspaper more than three decades ago. After a couple of emails back and forth, we finally committed to a Saturday afternoon lunch.…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 06.01.17

  • Skin Care

    Skin Care Is Going Hollywood

    The news report was startling; and no, not the coverage of United Flight 3411—after flying out of Newark for more than 25 years nothing the airlines do surprises me anymore. No, I’m referring to a study published last month that foun…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.01.17

  • Hair Care | OTC/Medicated

    Exhibition Season Begins

    If you’re reading this issue on April 4, chances are you’re in London for In-Cosmetics Global. Thousands of industry executives from around the world are in The Old Smoke for The Event. Happi will be at In-Cosmetics Global, too, and we&rs…

  • Actives | Color Cosmetics | Functional Ingredients | Sun Care

    Want Business? Fork It Over!

    Surprising news about the economy.

  • Build Business In a Connected World

    I’m not really a high-tech person; I use bar soap rather than body wash and to my kids’ dismay, I properly punctuate all of the text messages I send out on my smart-but-still-a-few-generations-old iPhone. But last month, on behalf of Happ…
    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor 02.01.17

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Color Cosmetics | Laundry Care | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care
    A Big Stink Over Laundry Habits

    A Big Stink Over Laundry Habits

    Call me Mr. Clean Jeans. Nearly a year ago, I took exception to Levi CEO Chip Bergh’s recommendation that consumers stop washing their jeans in an effort to save water and ultimately, the environment. The Chipper even had the nerve to blame fol…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 01.06.17

  • The End of the World As We Know It?!?

    No, no, we’re not referring to the results of the recent US Presidential Election. And yeah, like my Brexit editorial a few months back, I got the outcome of the Clinton-Trump tilt, wrong, too. I really must get out of this prediction game; I h…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 12.01.16

  • Don’t Be on Time…Be Early

    That sage advice came from my high school track coach more than 30 years ago. The year’s not over yet, but we thought we’d be early too, and take a look at what’s in store for 2017. After all, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is o…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.02.16

  • Will The Feds Make Us Sick?

    When you’re driving at 60mph on the thruway, cellphone reception is spotty at best. No wonder my long-time traveling companion was anxiously awaiting a phone call to confirm her scheduled surgery and get instructions prior to the operation. The…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 10.03.16

  • Evolution of Wipes

    The role of wipes in many markets continues to evolve. A look at this month’s new products section shows example after example of how wipes are constantly penetrating market areas new—deodorizers, men’s grooming, insect repellents,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.12.16

  • Bricks & Sausage

    On the same day that Macy’s announced plans to close 15% of its doors next year, Seth Rogen’s repulsive little opus, Sausage Party, opened in theaters throughout the US. What’s the link between a movie about talking wieners and an i…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.01.16