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Published November 7, 2008
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Cosmoprof North America Attracts a Winning Mix

More than 25,000 attendees gathered in Las Vegas this summer to attend Cosmoprof North America. The three-day business-to-business beauty event, now in its sixth year, was held July 13-15 at the sprawling Mandalay Bay Convention Center. While spa products dominated the expansive, sold-out show floor, 740 exhibitors represented all sectors of the beauty industry, including cosmetics, packaging, wellness, spa, hair care, skin care, nail care and product development. As in past years, Cosmoprof North America attracted many new and innovative brands in addition to industry leaders such as Conair, Creative Nail Design, Rusk, TIGI, Essie, L’Oréal Technique, Nioxin, Orly, OPI Nail and Alberto Culver. 

Cosmoprof Exclusives

Discover Beauty, which helps emerging brands to find the proper markets, was expanded this year, and joined by Discover Beauty Spa, which took advantage of the Las Vegas setting to bring in directors of the leading spas at some of the area’s most luxurious hotels. Discover Beauty participants were offered one-on-one meetings with senior buyers from prestigious retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Fred Segal Studio.
Cosmoprof prides itself on being a hub for the global beauty industry and, as such, provides several international programs. International Country Pavilions are dedicated sections within the show floor designed to help retailers and distributors secure U.S. distribution. The International Buyer Program unites buyers and sellers with the resources and contacts they need to build business.
More than 600 attendees took advantage of Cosmoprof’s educational seminars and round tables. Industry leaders shared their knowledge on topics from sustainability to niche brands to private label concerns.

Lucky Seven in 2009

The seventh edition of Cosmoprof North America 2009 is planned for July 19-21, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  For more information on exhibiting or attending, www.cosmoprofnorthamerica.com

Brad-Pak Patents Dispensing Closure

Brad-Pak Enterprises, Garwood, NJ, has patented a uni-que dispensing closure that gives controlled directional pour of a product. This proprietary design offers a dripless dispensing system to give brands a new look to differentiate them from the competition. According to Brad-Pak, the new closure is ideal for cosmetics, personal care, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. More info: www.brad-pak.com

Diamond Wipes Adds New Packaging Options

Diamond Wipes International (DWI) now offers a  turnkey bottle and jar filling service with stock and custom cosmetic personal care solutions .Its newest container line offers a more sleek and upscale custom-look designed to better reflect the high-quality nature of the cosmetics sold in this new packaging. Diamond Wipes’ secondary plant in Bucyrus, OH is now able to fill bottles with an even broader variety of personal care or cosmetic solutions, as well as jars with pre-moistened pads for products such as nail polish remover, acne treatment and makeup remover. More info: www.diamondwipes.com

TricorBraun Supplies Bottles To End Illegal Wildlife Trade

WildAid, an international organization committed to ending illegal wildlife trade, will get a boost from a new hair care line. David Babaii, an environmentally committed California hair stylist, will donate to WildAid a portion of the sales from his new line of hair care products, David Babaii For WildAid. TricorBraun is supplying custom-designed 400ml WildAid bottles to Universal Packaging Systems for the program.  The containers, which are green, brown and ivory, are manufactured with soft touch resin. A Seaquist polypropylene flip top is used in the 28mm snap neck finish. More info: www.tricorbraun.com

Ande Cosmetics Wins Rexam Challenge

Ande (All Natural, Diverse and Eco-Friendly) Cosmetics won the Rexam 4th Annual Formulation Challenge, for its Cool It! burn salve. The award was presented during HBA Global Expo. For the winning entry, the Maryland-based Ande Cosmetics has earned a corporate prize of €10,000 and a

Andrea Frayser, president, Ande Cosmetics, accepts Rexam’s 4th Annual Challenge award from Marc Herzfeld (center), Rexam business unit manager-foam and Robert Langill, Rexam vice president, sales.

personal award, as the formulator—a weekend trip to Holland during tulip season. Formulations were evaluated by an international panel of industry experts. Andrea Frayser is president of Ande Cosmetics, a company that specializes in all-natural products that promote skin cleansing, balance and toning. The line uses nutrient-dense ingredients that soothe and nurture the skin. This year’s Rexam Formulation Challenge marked the 25th anniversary of the air-powered Airspray fine mist dispenser. 
With unprecedented demand for, and interest in, eco-friendly product packaging, this year’s challenge encouraged new levels of creativity, explained Casper Kleiman, global foam product manager, Rexam. 
“We received entries with a very high ‘wow-factor,’ that appealed to both today’s environmentally-conscious consumers, and to manufacturers looking to build  brands in our increasingly competitive marketplace,” said Mr. Kleiman. 
“More than ever, new product success depends upon development of compelling, creative offerings that capture consumers’ attention and meets a real need,” added Mr. Kleiman.

ICMAD Honors Young Packaging Designers

Netta Rabin of Fashion Institute of Technology won the top prize in Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors Association’s ninth annual Young Designers’ Competition. The competition, created by ICMAD in 1999, showcases the design talent in personal care packaging. The goal of the competition is to encourage and develop young creative talent that will build the future of the cosmetics industry. Students received bottles courtesy of Jeffrey Appel of National Printing.
 Contest winners (l-r): Maria Maldonado, Netta Rabin and Katie Fowler.

Second place winner was Maria Maldonado, a candidate for MFA in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Third place winner, Katie Fowler, is a junior at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Competition judges included John Collier of Susan M. Rafaj Marketing Services, Santo Fareri of SRF Design Ltd.,  Kenneth Noskin of Ideate, Gregg Lukasiewicz of Lukasiewicz Design, Inc. and Rick Prater of Rick Prater Design. Judging criteria for packaging include uniqueness, ability to be reproduced economically and use and storage accessibility. 
Participating schools included: American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, NY; Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, CA; Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL and Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. 
The awards were presented by Martha Brady, president/CEO of Caudalie USA.  Ms. Brady spoke about working her way up the ladder in the cosmetics industry, from a Revlon counter girl to sales executive at Estée Lauder and LaPrarie, where packaging was everything.

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