• Right Here, Right Now

    February 6, 2008
    || 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…

  • Is Stagflation on Tap for 2008?

    December 27, 2007
    || 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,…

  • Cosmeceuticals: The Line Blurs

    November 29, 2007
    || 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…

  • A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away

    October 31, 2007
    || A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away

  • Final Monograph is Finally Here

    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…

  • When Worlds Collide

    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…

  • Don't Shoot the Messenger

    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…

  • The Top 50 & Toothpaste

    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…

  • It's Not Easy Going Green

    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…

  • Those Profitable Niche Markets

    April 27, 2007
    || Those Profitable Niche Markets

  • Going Green Seeing Red

    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…

  • More than Hope in a Jar?

    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…

  • A New Era in Skin Care?

    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…

  • A New Beginning in the New Year?

    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…

  • A Millstone or Milestone?

    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…