Editorial


  • Household Cleaning

    Right Here, Right Now

    Rudy Giuliani might have been a great president. We’ll never know for sure, because the former mayor of New York never really got his candidacy going. Unfortunately for Mayor Giuliani, he listened to his advisors and stayed away from key prim…
    02.06.08

  • Color Cosmetics | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    Is Stagflation on Tap for 2008?

    Stagflation. All you 20- and 30-somethings in the industry probably don’t remember the combination of no growth and high inflation that crippled economies around the world back in 1973. Thirty-five years may seem like ancient history for some,…
    12.27.07

  • OTC/Medicated  | Skin Care

    Cosmeceuticals: The Line Blurs

    For the past several years, we’ve devoted considerable coverage to the concept of cosmeceuticals—heck, we even have a column called Cosmeceutical Corner, written by industry veteran Navin Geria and published every other month in Happi. Ob…
    11.29.07

  • Disinfectants | Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace

    A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away

    A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away
    10.31.07

  • Sun Care

    Final Monograph is Finally Here

    Summer’s long gone, but the sun care industry is hotter than ever! That’s because the Food and Drug Administration has finally issued a Final Monograph on sunscreens. The FM is far from perfect, but it does address several issues that con…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 10.02.07

  • When Worlds Collide

    The consumer finally gets it. Women and a growing number of men understand that food and nutritional supplements are just as important to outer appearance as any skin cream or lotion. Today’s functional foods do more than improve internal hea…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 09.15.07

  • Skin Care | Sun Care

    Don't Shoot the Messenger

    It happens at every meeting, cocktail party and industry event. Invariably someone sidles up to me and says, “I can’t believe you published an article on...” These days, most of the conversation is focused on naturals, organics and…
    09.05.07

  • Oral Care

    The Top 50 & Toothpaste

    When the U.S. sneezes, the world catches a cold. Not long ago, that axiom dominated debate on the global economy. But in recent years, the growing global influence of the European Union, the rise of China and India, along with the dollar’s weak…
    07.09.07

  • Color Cosmetics | Packaging

    It's Not Easy Going Green

    With apologies to Kermit the Frog, introducing a green product or process isn’t easy or always the slamdunk you’d expect. This month, we report on the fast-growing market for natural personal care products, but the environmentally-friendl…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.29.07

  • Oral Care | Skin Care

    Those Profitable Niche Markets

    Those Profitable Niche Markets
    04.27.07

  • Personal Cleansers

    Going Green Seeing Red

    Demand for “green” products has been having an impact on the personal care market for years; now the concept is re-shaping the household cleaning category, too. A growing segment of the population seeks products that are associated with t…
    04.03.07

  • Skin Care

    More than Hope in a Jar?

    There’s no doubt that cosmetic chemistry is more advanced than ever before. Today’s formulators are incorporating botanical extracts, exfoliating acids and peptides into a range of skin care creams, lotions and serums. Sure, it’s al…
    03.05.07

  • Skin Care

    A New Era in Skin Care?

    Procter & Gamble’s acquisition of HDS Cosmetics Lab Inc. may signal a new chapter in the anti-aging category. While a purchase price was not disclosed, sources say P&G paid as much as $90 million for the company, which markets DDF skin…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 02.06.07

  • Laundry Care

    A New Beginning in the New Year?

    We’re only in January, but 2007 is already shaping up to be a watershed year for the global household and personal products industry. On the top of everyone’s list, of course, is REACH, the new European regulation for chemicals which has…
    01.10.07

  • Packaging | Skin Care

    A Millstone or Milestone?

    Some time in the next week or so, the U.S. population will top 300 million. At a time when other industrial powers such as Japan, Russia and much of Europe are losing population, the fact that the U.S. continues to motor along adding citizens is quit…
    10.03.06

  • Color Cosmetics | Sun Care

    Is Your Launch Doomed to Fail?

    How many new products make their debut in HBA aisles and cosmetic counters every year? More importantly, how many are still on store shelves three years down the road? The failure rate of new product introductions approaches 90% and, as every sports…
    09.06.06

  • Skin Care

    The Legacy of a Leader

    Going global isn’t a suggestion, it’s a mandate. Every company, regardless of its size, must look beyond its borders to find growth in this increasingly complex world. For 17 years, we’ve brought you The International Top 30, a look…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.11.06

  • Color Cosmetics

    Beauty’s Future Looks Bright & Weird

    What will beauty look like in 2025? Will women foresake their vast cosmetics collections in favor of monochromatic colors or worse yet, choose to wear no makeup at all? It’s not such a far-fetched prediction...after all, only a couple of years…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.07.06

  • Skin Care

    Wellness Arena Is Doing Well

    While some segments in the household and personal products industry are rather sickly these days due to rising feedstock prices, there’s no denying that the wellness segment is thriving. What exactly is wellness? Well, industry observers define…
    06.06.06

  • Skin Care

    Happy in Their Own Skin

    Want to make a marketer smile? Talk about skin care—the one personal care category that seems to keep getting bigger no matter what the economy is doing. In recent years, prestige and mass market companies have rolled out an array of skin care…
    05.16.06