• Fine Fragrance | Hair Care | Household Cleaning

    A Way to Gauge Industry Health?

    A Way to Gauge Industry Health?
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.30.11

  • I&I Marketplace

    Cautiously Optimistic

    The lunatic fringe, be it Tea Partier or Occupy Wall Streeter, holds sway in the US these days. While neither side can offer a reasonable solution to debt crisis or class warfare, both sides have managed to grab media attention (“journalists&rd…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.08.11

  • Actives | Disinfectants | Functional Ingredients | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Surfactants

    Too Much of a Good Thing?

    The New York metropolitan area was battered by Hurricane Irene in August. The storm dumped 13 inches of rain in our region, making for severe flooding in northern New Jersey. Just over the border, in New York State, my relatives were hit hard by the…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 10.05.11

  • OTC/Medicated | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care | Sun Care

    DIY Health & Beauty

    Consumers are putting themselves first these days. They’ve simply had enough of people telling them what to do and making decisions for them, whether it comes to their money and investments or health and beauty needs. In terms of the la…
    Rebecca Wright, Editor 09.15.11

  • Supply shake-up: What will it mean for wipes?

    I don’t know about you but I am still in shock that Ahlstrom is leaving the wipes market. For years, Ahlstrom seemed intent on gobbling up every small- to mid-sized wipes producer on the planet, a strategy that made it the world’s large…

  • AP/Deo | Oral Care | Personal Cleansers

    Triclosan Comes Under Pressure

    Just as one issue gets resolved, another emerges. Less than two months after the US Food and Drug Administration issued testing and labeling requirements for sunscreens (see p. 50 in this issue), an Aug. 19 article in The New York Times reported th…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.29.11

  • Color Cosmetics | Fine Fragrance

    Lights, Camera Happi

    It’s been said that I’ve got a face that’s made for radio. Unfortunately, my voice isn’t any better, so it’s no wonder why, 30 years ago, print became my medium of choice. Still, there’s no denying that how peopl…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.11.11

  • Sun Care

    Sunscreens In the News

    Sunscreens In the News
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.07.11

  • Packaging


    Editors Page JUNE IS ALL ABOUT FINISHING one chapter and starting another—you know, the graduation thing. This time of year always reminds me of those lazy senior days in high school when sports were over, extracurricular activities were fini…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 06.17.11

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Household Cleaning

    When Mrs.Clean Drops Mr.Clean

    Back in the 1970s, after a tough day in the third grade (if you had Mrs. Swillinger you’d know what I mean) I would come home to the familiar scene of my mother doing laundry, ironing clothes, washing the floor—her list of chores was endl…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 04.05.11

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Disinfectants | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Sun Care

    Under Pressure

    The recent announcement by Procter & Gamble (P&G) that it was raising prices on many of its consumer products should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the rise in commodity costs during the past year. Speaking at a Co…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 03.11.11

  • Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Skin Care

    Of Buyers Sellers

    The Q4 results are rolling in and it’s mostly good news for suppliers and marketers alike. Suppliers report strong demand for innovative solutions to complex formulation problems in the household and personal care industry, while marketers sa…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 02.17.11

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Skin Care

    Same As It Ever Was

    Every day, my local newspaper—you remember newspapers, don’t you?—publishes a photo from its archives; one of those “a look back” sort ofthings. Recently, there was a 1950s photo taken on Black Friday, the big selling da…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.23.10

  • Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace | Laundry Care

    Montreux 2010Mumbai 2014?

    The Seventh World Conference on Detergents (see p. 94 in this issue) was a huge success—every presentation was insightful and entertaining. I’ve been attending conferences, seminars and congresses around the world for more than 20 years a…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.05.10

  • Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Skin Care

    Some Winners In a Recession

    Believe it or not, there are some winners when the economy turns south. Some of those winners are store brands. According to the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), private label products grabbed an even bigger slice of the consumer&rsquo…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 10.01.10

  • Looking Ahead to Better Days

    The beauty-from-within market, or what we call Beauty I&O, held steady during the recession, along with the other segments that filter into the category, such as organic and natural ingredients. While growth has not been stellar, and there h…
    Rebecca Wright, Editor 09.15.10

  • What’s In A Niche?

    There’s no doubt about it. There are a lot of wipes out there. Everyone knows about the gold standards—baby wipes, floor cleaning wipes, disinfectant wipes—but did you know there is a wipe out there to grease a frying pan before c…

  • Packaging

    All ThatFrom A Bag of Chips?

    You can learn a lot from a bag of chips, apparently. Frito-Lay executives must have thought that they were on to something big when they began packaging their Sun Chips snacks in biodegradable plant material (poly lactic acid) instead of plastic. Aft…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.07.10

  • Color Cosmetics | Fine Fragrance | Skin Care

    Chinas No. 1

    No, no, no. Not in the size of its global economy, nor its personal care and household product sales. Nope, China is now the largest consumer of energy, powering its way ahead of the U.S., according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency. Mor…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.03.10

  • Skin Care | Sun Care

    Big Little

    Big & Little
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.08.10