Editorial


  • 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…
    04.03.17

  • Actives | Color Cosmetics | Functional Ingredients | Sun Care

    Want Business? Fork It Over!

    Surprising news about the economy.
    02.27.17

  • 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

  • Changing Palettes

    Do you Yahoo? Back in the web’s infancy, everyone asked that question. But search engines, like the times, change. Today, everybody is “Googling this” and “Googling that,” so it’s no wonder why the one-time search…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.01.16

  • It’s Decision Day for A Lot of Us

    NOTE: This article has been updated from the print version. The United Kingdom made a bold decision to leave the European Union; Brexit may prove to be a disaster for the economies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, not to mention t…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.01.16

  • TSCA Gets Reformed!

    Who says Congress is broken? After years of bickering, partisanship and inaction in the aisles, the US Senate and the US House of Representatives came together in recent months to hammer out a reform bill of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). T…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 06.01.16

  • Fine Fragrance | Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace

    A New Paradigm In Manufacturing?

    Avon’s gone…to the UK, that is. The direct sales leader is eliminating thousands of jobs, shutting down its New York City headquarters and taking off for the United Kingdom—while maintaining its current R&D facilities in Suffer…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 04.01.16

  • Ideas, Wanted

    New product ideas come from the darndest places. Last month, Benjamin Stern, a 16 year-old out of Melbourne, FL swam with the sharks—”Shark Tank” sharks that is—to fund his personal care venture. Young Benjamin’s patent…
    Tom Branna 03.01.16

  • Land of the Cheap! Home of the Thrifty?

    I’m not alone up there in the not-so-friendly skies. Months ago, United asked me to take part in a lengthy survey that asked if I would be willing to pay extra for some little luxuries on my next flight. You know, things like extra legroom, sna…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 02.03.16

  • The Great Unwashed

    It’s a new year, which is always the best time for new resolutions, so here goes: I will wear, but not wash, my favorite pair of jeans in 2016. Revolting? Disgusting? Lazy? Yeah, you can check all three boxes. That’s okay; I’m savin…
    01.04.16

  • A Clean Up At Midfield

    The high school field hockey player lay motionless on the field of play; struck in the face by an errant stick. Instantly, the trainer and coaches ran out with a first aid kit. As the crowd looked on silently, the adults hovered over the junior defen…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 12.02.15

  • One Retailer’s trash…

    My neighbor is moving. He’s a good neighbor; quiet, willing to lend a hand and best of all, he lives several houses down the street! Good fences make good neighbors, but in lieu of a fence, several hundred feet works just fine. Anyway, he&rsquo…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.02.15