Dow Corning, Elevance Form JV To Develop Naturals
Looking to tap into the rapidly growing natural and organic personal care market, Dow Corning Corporation and Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. have signed joint development and marketing agreements to create and market naturally derived ingredients.
The partnership combines Elevance’s patented, Nobel Prize-winning metathesis technology—which has the ability to use multiple renewable feedstocks to create high-performing, environmentally friendly solutions—and Dow Corning’s silicon-based technology.
According to Stephen Gosney, global beauty care industry director for Dow Corning, the combination of Dow Corning’s silicon technology with Elevance’s natural-based products will provide the market with functional and performance benefits for a wide variety of applications.
The agreements formalize a partnership that launched novel products into the personal care market earlier this year, including soy wax and soy wax blend for skin care, color cosmetics and hair care products.More info: www.dowcorning.com
Church & Dwight Starts Construction in Pennsylvania
Church & Dwight has started construction of its new Arm & Hammer laundry detergent manufacturing facility and distribution center in Jackson Township, PA. The facility will make and distribute Arm & Hammer brand liquid laundry detergent and laundry additives. The 1.1 million square foot facility is located on a 232-acre site located approximately 100 miles outside Philadelphia.
Church & Dwight named the facility, which will feature state-of-the-art design for energy use and waste reduction, after Robert A. Davies III, who served as chief executive officer from 1995 to 2004 and as chairman from 2001 to 2007.
“Today we begin work on a new facility with a truly state-of-the-art ‘green’ design, reflecting our company’s long-standing commitment to protecting the environment,” said chairman and chief executive officer James R. Craigie.
The sustainability goals for the facility include a 30% reduction in energy consumption, a 50% combined reduction in solid waste and industrial effluent from manufacturing operations and the use of renewable energy sources to supplement on-site needs.Construction is scheduled to end in late 2009.
In another move, Church & Dwight rolled out Arm & Hammer Essentials cleaners. The trio of products—cleaner and degreaser and multi-surface and glass cleaners—is made from plant-based and other biodegradable cleaners, but work as well as traditional cleaners and save consumers money, according to the company.
In addition, the line is housed in environmentally sensible packaging designed to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills.The cleaners use a refill system (reusable trigger spray bottle and replaceable cleaning concentrate cartridge), which uses 80% less packaging than traditional pre-filled cleaners, significantly reducing plastic waste and its impact on the environment.
Shoppers will buy a starter kit that consists of an empty, refillable trigger spray bottle and concentrate cartridge. At home they will fill the bottle with tap water and twist on the concentrate refill cartridge to clean. When they use up the cleaner, they can purchase refill cartridges that cost up to 25% less than traditional cleaners.
“These products were designed to help people clean green, offering them an environmentally sensible and powerful alternative to traditional cleaners,” said Bruce Tetreault, group product manager on Arm & Hammer Essentials.
More info: www.armandhammer-essentials.com
McIntyre Appoints Distributors in China, Taiwan
McIntyre Group has appointed distributors in China and Taiwan for its line of surfactants, preservatives, amine oxides and specialty blends. Biohope Co., Ltd. will cover the Southern China province of Guangdong (Guangzhou) and Hong Kong; Ingredients Plus (Shanghai) Ltd. will handle the Eastern China provinces of Zheijiang (Hangzhou), Jiangsu (Shanghai) and Hebei (Beijing); and Connell Brothers, Co. (Taiwan) Ltd. will be responsible for Taiwan.
“We are excited to initiate our relationship with these three distributors, each of whom has earned an excellent reputation for service and technical selling capability,” said Mark Miller, vice president at McIntyre.
More info: www.mcintyregroup.com
Sun & Skin Care Research Buys No-Ad Sun Care Brand
Sun & Skin Care Research, Inc. the Cocoa, FL-based maker of Ocean Potion sun care, has acquired No-Ad sun care products and its facility.
“The addition of the No-Ad brand combined with the Ocean Potion product catalog will strengthen the combined brand’s position in the sun care category nationally,” states Gary DeAngelo, CEO and founder of Sun & Skin Care Research. “Combining these two great brands will provide Sun & Skin Care Research with increased economies of scale, and will enhance our ability to develop new and unique break-through products in the sun protection category.”
No-Ad, created in 1960, built its current franchise by offering double the product volume for the same cost as other national brands. The No-Ad Maximum SPF 45 sunscreen is listed by Consumer Reports as the CR Best Buy for value in overall performance score. No-Ad products are currently sold in 35 countries.
Ecolab Named a Best Place to Work
Ecolab Inc. has been recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Minneapolis-St. Paul, marking the third year in a row the firm was a top-scoring businesses in an employee survey conducted with the help of Quantum Market Research.
Deadline for L’Oréal’s Women in Science Fellowships is Oct. 31
L’Oréal is accepting applications for the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program, a national program that annually recognizes, rewards and supports five women postdoctoral researchers. The awardees will be U.S.-based researchers beginning careers in the life and physical/material sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.
This year, L’Oréal has increased the size of the grant from $40,000 to a maximum of $60,000, with the amount of the grant based on each candidate’s research experience as well as the quality of their proposal.
The application and review process is administrated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). A jury of nine scientists—presided over by Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, president, National Academy of Sciences—reviews the applications, and selects the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science recipients. The five fellows will be invited to attend a week of events in New York City that include an awards ceremony, professional development workshops, media training and networking opportunities. Organized and facilitated in partnership with AAAS, these workshops encompass job search techniques, interviewing skills, budget development for grant requests and strategies for peer-reviewed publication.
The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program is open to women postdoctoral researchers only.All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31.
More info: www.lorealusa.com
Ride The Next Natural/Organic Wave is Oct. 21-22 in NYC
The plenary session of the Ride The Next Natural Organic Wave Conference will feature presentations such as “The status of natural and organic standards-who, what, why,” by Aveda and the Organic Trade Association and “The future of natural ingredients based on new dermatological findings,” by Dr. Zoe Draelos. The two-day conference, organized by Grayson Associates, will be held Oct. 21-22 at the New York Hilton.
Following the plenary session are three separate tracks covering advanced topics in skin care, anti-aging and special skin needs. Participants can move between tracks.
More info: www.graysonconferences.com
Symrise Takes Stake in U.S. BioTech Firm
Symrise has acquired a 20% stake Therapeutic Peptides Inc. (TPI), a New Orleans, LA-based biotechnology company, giving it exclusive distribution rights for advanced cosmetic active ingredients, including peptides.
“We are delighted to be able to integrate these modern and very effective ingredients in our portfolio. With TPI, we have found a partner who is developing these ingredients at a scientifically exalted level and can offer ample expertise in this field,” said Dr. Klaus Stanzl, president, scent and care, Life Essentials.
More info: www.symrise.com
220 Labs Files Suit Against David Babali for WildAid
220 Laboratories, a Riverside, CA manufacturer of hair, skin and body products, has filed a complaint in the Superior Court of the State of California against David Babali for WildAid, LLC and others for misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud and breach-of-contract. 220 Laboratories contends it created the beauty products that the celebrity hairstylist launched earlier this year. According to the company’s attorney, 220 originated the unique blend of tropical ingredients being sold by Babali, and is the only source of a key ingredient (volcanic lava ash) used in the products. Also named in the suit are actress Kate Hudson, who played a role in the launch and marketing of the line, as well as Universal Packaging Systems, Inc. and Does 1-50.
P&G Closes Nioxin Deal
P&G has completed the acquisition of Nioxin Research Laboratories, Inc., a maker of professional hair care products focused on the scalp to improve the appearance of thinning hair. According to Robert Jongstra, president, P&G Professional Care, the acquisition is a “great strategic fit given P&G’s leadership and proven strength in its retail scalp care business. Further, P&G’s global scale creates opportunities to further grow the Nioxin brand in key markets around the world. By bringing these two complementary businesses together, we create a strong global platform to leverage the innovation pipeline of both companies.”
Nioxin’s chief executive, Brian Graham, will continue to lead the business, according to P&G.
Pfeiffer’s Beauty Division Unveils New Brand Image
Pfeiffer’s Beauty Division will unveil its new brand image at Luxe Pack Monaco, scheduled for Oct. 28-31. The new identity will be applied to the entire brand’s media. More info: www.pfeiffer-group.com
Global Reach Enterprises Opens U.S. Perfume Business
Global Reach Enterprises, Union, NJ, has launched a new perfume and skin care division in the U.S. The firm’s products include Yesod perfume, which it promotes as the lost fragrance from the Garden of Eden. The company’s line also includes women and men’s perfumes, shower gel, body lotion, bath oil, bar soap and scented candle. More info: www.yesodperfume.com
Henkel Added to Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Henkel has been added to the consumer goods market segment of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Only 10% of the 2,500 largest corporations are named toDJSI World in an annual economic, ecological and corporate social responsibility review performed by SAM Indexes GmbH.
“We are absolutely delighted at having been included once again in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The exceptional ratings and rankings that we have earned in assessments performed by international experts from business, the financial world, the scientific community and various non-governmental organizations serve both to endorse what we have achieved to date, and to spur us on to make even further progress on the sustainability front,” said Henkel chief executive officer Kasper Rorsted. “And we shall continue to lead the way in sustainable development irrespective of the challenges that we may face in the future.”
SDA, NEA, CDC Launch National C.L.E.A.N. Award
The Soap and Detergent Association has teamed up with the National Education Association (NEA) Health Information Network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create the National C.L.E.A.N. (Custodial Leaders for Environmental Advocacy Nationwide) Award. The honor will recognize the contributions that custodians make to public health in their schools, communities, and their profession.
“Every day, custodians play a crucial role in public health in more than 90,000 schools in the U.S.,” said Nancy Bock, SDA vice president of education. “This award will pay tribute to their diligence to school cleanliness.”
Applicants for the award will provide information on their worksite, cleaning responsibilities, how they have demonstrated leadership for school cleanliness achievements, evidence of collaboration and how their work has enhanced the image of the custodian. Applications will be evaluated on originality, creativity, ability to sustain results, evidence of teamwork, and program impact.
Custodians must be employed in K-12 schools in U.S. to be eligible. Up to five awards will be presented annually. More info: www.cleaning101.com
Presperse Hits 95% Mark in REACH Pre-Registration Process
More 95% of Presperse LLC’s full list of raw material ingredients and final products have now been successfully pre-registered in accordance with new REACH regulations.The Somerset, NJ-based company said that the remaining 5% of its product roster, which required additional investigation with the source manufacturers, is on track to be re-registered shortly.
More info: REACH@presperse.com
Enrique Puig Dies at 68
Enrique Puig, managing director of Antonio PuigPerfumes, a division of the Puig Beauty & Fashion Group, died on Sept. 18 in Seville, Spain. Mr. Puig was a well-known public figure in Spain, and an active member in the beauty industry as president of STANPA, the Spanish Cosmetics, Toiletry. and Fragrance Association. His company, Puig, was ranked No. 21 in The International Top 30, Happi’s annual look at the leading household and personal care companies with headquarters outside the U.S. More info: www.puig.com
Deadline for 2009 CEW Awards is Oct. 20
It’s time for your company to shine at The 2009 Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Beauty Awards. The awards recognize the most innovative beauty products of the year and the press reaches upwards of 200 million consumers through national print and broadcast, according to the organization. Deadline to enter is Oct. 20.
The Beauty Awards program begins with the largest expo of new products— the CEW Product Demonstration, which will be held Feb. 18, 2009. Finalists are selected by CEW members, industry insiders and experts in the field of beauty. Winners are selected by a special voting committee comprised from the CEW Board. All voting is confidential, and Ernst & Young tabulates the vote.
Once the ballots have been cast, companies gear up for the culmination of this program, the Beauty Awards Luncheon, set for May 1, 2009. Winners are announced live by a star-studded dais to the nearly 1,300 beauty industry executives in attendance. More info: www.cew.org
Shuster Laboratories To Become STR on Jan. 1
l Shuster Laboratories, Inc., will change its name to STR on Jan. 1, 2009.Shuster was acquired in 2002 by Specialized Technology Resources, Inc., global consumer product testing and quality assurance company with facilities in more than 30 countries across six continents.All of Shuster’s top executives and staff will continue in their current positions.
Shuster, which was founded in 1955, has experience in the food, nutritional supplement, pharmaceutical, personal care product, and household chemical product industries.STR, which was founded in 1944, serves a broad scope of hard and soft consumer product industries including garments/textiles, toys/toy premiums, electronics/electrical equipment, and general merchandise.
Huggies Baby Wipes Support Breast Cancer Month
Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Huggies Baby Wipes will help fight breast cancer during October—Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Month—by donating as much as $450,000 to breast cancer research and education.
Huggies Baby Wipes is conducting a two-part program. The brand will donate $.20 for each Huggies Baby Wipes Gentle Care Sensitive tub featuring the Komen graphics purchased between Sept. 15 and Dec. 31, 2008 at select retailers. Additionally, Huggies Baby Wipes will donate $1 for each specially marked Gentle Care Sensitive refill box purchased at Sam’s Club through the end of the year. Through the two programs, the Huggies brand will donate $150,000-$250,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Spiro of Liz Claiborne Speaks at CIBS Luncheon
Art Spiro, president, Liz Claiborne Cosmetics, was the guest speaker at the June Cosmetics Industry Buyers and Suppliers (CIBS) luncheon held at Opia Restaurant in New York City. Mr. Spiro shared his experiences of his 30-year career, which included the launch of some of the world’s most successful fragrances, including Liz Claiborne’s Curve, Realities, Mambo, Lucky You and Juicy Couture. In July, CIBS hosted its annual luncheon at Tavern on the Green.
They’re Down with Good Hand Hygiene
Sure some rap lyrics are dirty, but students at Sampson G. Smith Intermediate School in Somerset, NJ, kept theirs clean in an effort to teach their classmates about the benefits of good hand hygiene. Students in Kaz Wright’s fifth grade class have received the 2008 Top Classroom Award from the “Healthy Schools, Healthy People: It's a SNAP” program for their original rap song and video about the importance of hand washing with soap and water.
SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) is a collaboration between the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The six-year old program encourages middle schools to help develop programs that make hand hygiene a priority for students, teachers, school health personnel, administrators and parents.
The students were honored with a two-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., including an awards ceremony at the National Press Club. Kyle Sims and Samuel Abbey, who composed the lyrics, represented their class at the ceremony, along with their parents and their teacher. The dance routine was choreographed and performed by the whole class.
Member companies contributed products and/or financial assistance for the SNAP National Award Program, including The Dial Corporation, Gojo Industries, Inc. Reckitt Benckiser Inc., Technical Concepts, LLC and Water Journey, Ltd.