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Editorial

Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
October 2, 2007
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…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
September 15, 2007
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…  Read More »
September 5, 2007
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…  Read More »
July 9, 2007
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…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
May 29, 2007
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…  Read More »
April 27, 2007
Those Profitable Niche Markets  Read More »
April 3, 2007
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…  Read More »
March 5, 2007
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…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
February 6, 2007
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…  Read More »
January 10, 2007
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…  Read More »
October 3, 2006
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…  Read More »
September 6, 2006
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…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 11, 2006
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…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 7, 2006
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…  Read More »
June 6, 2006
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…  Read More »