BASF a Champion of EPA’s DfE Detergent Initiative
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized BASF’s Care Chemicals and Formulators business unit as a Champion in the Design for the Environment Program’s (DfE) Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). DfE recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants, or those that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water.
Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI. BASF is listed on the EPA SDSI website as a Champion and may use a special logo in its literature to explain its participation in the program.The DfE identified safer alternative surfactants through partnerships with industry and environmental advocates.
“BASF is the only chemical company to receive the Champion award from the EPA, and we will continue to strive toward using safer surfactants that protect the environment,” said Scott Thomson, director of business management, detergents and formulators. “BASF embraces sustainable development as a core strategic guideline that balances economic growth, environmental protection and social responsibility.”
BASF offers several products that present sustainable solutions to the industrial and institutional cleaning industry. In 2008 Inoterra surfactant systems were launched as an alternative to nonyl phenol ethoxylates (NPE’s) in North America. This new readily biodegradable surface active line of products can be used in all cleaning formulations. BASF offers a range of surfactants that are listed on CleanGredients, an online database of institutional and industrial leaning ingredient chemicals that provide verified information about the environmental and human health attributes of additives that meet EPA’s DfE screen. More info: www.basf.com/usa.
In related news, S.C. Johnson has also been honored by EPA. The company’s patented Greenlist process has earned it the U.S. EPA SDSI Award. The process is a classification system that goes above and beyond compliance, rating raw materials based on their impact on the environment and human health. Since it was developed in 2001, with input from the EPA, Forum for the Future, university scientists and others, the Greenlist process has enabled S.C. Johnson to select better raw materials. It is also available royalty-free to other companies.
Part of the EPA’s DfE Program, SDSI recognizes companies that voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants, producing safer products as stewards of the environment and public health. S.C. Johnson assigns a Greenlist score to each raw material used in its products based on a variety of factors, such as toxicity, biodegradability and more. S.C. Johnson’s Greenlist accomplishments to date include removing more than 61 million pounds of VOCs from the environmental footprint of the company’s products.
More info: www.scjohnson.com
Surefil LLC To Manufacture Lander Products
Surefil LLC, Grand Rapids, MI, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Grand Brands, LLC, in which it will manufacture all Lander product lines.
“The Lander business fits exceptionally well with our new facility,” said Bill Hunt, chief executive officer of Surefil LLC. “We will be able to provide exceptional quality and service to a segment that has been underserved for a while.”
The Lander brand, established in 1920, has 139 SKUs including adult and kids bubble bath, baby products, oral care products, body lotions, shampoos and conditioners.
More info: www.surefil.com
Ciba Signs Deal with Pure Bioscience
Ciba has signed an agreement with Pure Bioscience to market and develop Pure’s antimicrobial and preservative silver dihydrogen citrate for the personal care, household and industrial markets worldwide. Water-soluble and colorless, the stabilized compound incorporates easily and offers attractive sensory and toxicological properties, making it particularly suitable for cosmetic formulations.
Under the agreement, Ciba holds exclusive marketing rights for the technology in personal care applications under the trade name Ciba Tinosan SDC, while Pure will continue marketing it in other areas.
More info: www.ciba.com
Sustainability in Cosmetics Workshop
Intertech Pira held “Sustainability in Cosmetics 2008 “in Orlando, FL, Nov. 10-12, 2008. With so much uncertainty surrounding carbon footprinting and LCAs, there is an immediate need to understand what a carbon footprint and LCA are, and why taking on the task of determining your own is important. To that end, Shawn Blenis and Gary Parker, environmental experts in the area of conducting and preparing LCAs and carbon footprinting studies, conducted a workshop Nov. 10, preceding the conference. Participants learned how carbon footprints and LCAs are conducted, and the team of Mr. Parker and Mr. Blenis walked through several case studies that helped attendees better understand where the results come from and which factors impact them most.
The workshop presented a better understanding of how to get started on generating LCA and carbon footprints as well as utilized the results to improve sustainability, reduce environmental impact, and improve bottom line profit margin. Some of the highlights from the workshop included carbon footprinting focuses on CO2 emissions, LCAs measure multiple environmental factors including CO2 emissions, and reducing packaging and concentrate products to reduce CO2 emissions. Speakers also noted that reusable is only better if reused, and suggested that attendees consider purchasing or developing renewable energy sources. Finally, speakers noted that, “green projects result in green in your pocket.”
ASP Perfumers’ Choice Awards
The American Society of Perfumers hosted the 2008 Perfumers Choice Awards Nov. 12 at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. The event acknowledges outstanding individuals, consumer products and corporations in the U.S. fragrance industry, with the winners chosen by their peers. Sponsors for the 2008 awards included International Flavors & Fragrances, Givaudan, Bath and Body Works and Coty.
This year’s winners included: Best Fine Fragrance, Women’s Classic: Beautiful (Estée Lauder, IFF); Best Fine Fragrance, Men’s Classic: Fahrenheit (LVMH, Symrise); Fine Fragrance, Women’s Contemporary: Euphoria (Coty, IFF); Fine Fragrance, Men’s Contemporary: Polo Double Black (Ralph Lauren, Givaudan); Best Baby/Children Fragrance: Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath (Johnson & Johnson, Givaudan); and Best Eco-Friendly/Natural Fragrances: Pure & Natural Pomegranate & Grapefruit Body Wash (Dial Corporation, Symrise).
Beauty care fragrance honorees included Best Hair Care Fragrance, Mass: Pantene Pro V Expressions (Procter & Gamble Fragrance Team); Best Hair Care Fragrance, Specialty: Botanical Daily Shampoo (Alba Botanica, Creative Concepts); Best Bath and Shower Fragrance, Mass: Axe Recovery Shower Gel (Unilever, IFF); Best Bath and Shower Fragrance, Specialty: Dancing Waters Shower Gel (Bath and Body Works, Givaudan); Best Body Care Fragrance, Women’s: Secret Clinical Light & Fresh Scent (Procter & Gamble Fragrance Team); Best Body Care Fragrance, Men’s: Old Spice After Hours Deodorant (Procter & Gamble Team Fragrance Team); Best Body and Face Lotion Fragrance, Mass: Neutrogena Oil Free Pink Facial (Neutrogena, Symrise); Best Body and Face Lotion Specialty: Velvet Tuberose (Bath and Body Works, Givaudan); and Best Sunscreen/Self Tanner Fragrance: Aveeno Protection Sunblock Lotion “Continuous Protection” (Johnson & Johnson, Symrise).
Award-winning household fragrances included Best Laundry Fabric Care Fragrance: Downy Simple Pleasures Lavender and Vanilla (Procter & Gamble Fragrance Team); Best Laundry Detergent Fragrance: Ultra Tide with Febreze Meadows & Rain (Procter & Gamble Fragrance Team); Best Household Cleaner Fragrance: Ultra Concentrated Dawn with Orange Eraser Fresh Orange (Procter & Gamble Team); Best Air Care Fragrance, Mass: Febreze Noticeables Morning Walk and Cleansing Rain (Procter & Gamble Team); Best Air Care Fragrance, Specialty: Lemon Verbena AirEssence (Agraria Creative Concepts); Best Candle Fragrance, Mass: Juicy Nectarine (Bath and Body Works, Givaudan); Best Candle Fragrance, Specialty: Henri Bendel Fig (Henri Bendel, IFF); Best Challenge/Base Fragrance: Cascade Complete All in One (Procter & Gamble Fragrance Team); Best Fragrance Line Extension, Mass: The Herbal Essence Series (Procter & Gamble Fragrance Team); and Best Fragrance Line Extension, Specialty: Bond No.9 Series (Bond No.9).
More info: www.perfumers.org
Symrise Acquires License for New Cosmetic Actives
Symrise International has acquired licenses for two new groups of cosmetic active ingredients, developed through a joint development project with biotech specialist Brain and natural-product company AnalytiCon. The license gives Symrise marketing rights.
Last June, the three partners successfully completed two screening procedures to identify multiple groups of innovative active ingredients thus enabling Symrise to develop new active components for use in cosmetics.
On Oct. 1, 2008, Symrise acquired the exclusive marketing rights to two of these active ingredients groups. Symrise will develop them with the goal of a market launch in 2009. Products will be used primarily in deodorants as well as products for sensitive skin.
More info: www.symrise.com
Study Reveals Lyc-O-Mato’s UV Protection Capabilities
Results from a recently completed double blind, placebo controlled study have prompted LycoRed Ltd. to file for patent protection on a new invention. The study has demonstrated that supplementation with LycoRed’s Lyc-O-Mato tomato extract helps protect the skin against damage from UV radiation by reducing sunburn cell formation and protecting the skin immune system by slowing down the depletion of Langerhans cells, following exposure to UVB/UVA solar simulator.
“These findings are important on two counts,” said Zohar Nir, vice president of new product development for LycoRed Ltd. “First, sunburn cell formation is indicative of photo-damage to the skin, and second, depletion of Langerhans cells negatively affects the important immune function of the skin. The fact that oral supplementation with an antioxidant-rich, natural tomato extract can help protect the health and immune integrity of the skin, has significant ramifications for the way we look at skin care.”
Subjects in the study consumed their normal diet, supplemented by either Lyc-O-Mato capsules providing 10mg lycopene per day or a placebo for 10 weeks. At the end of the study period, subjects were exposed to UV radiation from a solar simulator, following which, skin cells were sampled and assessed. The Lyc-O-Mato group showed a sunburn cell count that was six times lower than in the placebo group, and showed evidence of reduced depletion of Langerhans cells.
“Traditionally skin protection has been about topical application of a lotion or cream containing UVB/UVA filters to specific areas of the skin prior to sun exposure,” said David Djerassi, a cosmetic industry expert who served as the coordinator of the study. “Today, we are seeing a new trend toward full body protection based on daily supplementation, which can support beautiful skin from within as well. A daily regimen that provides year-round protection and beauty to the skin, our largest organ, is the way of the future. That’s why I find the results of this Lyc-O-Mato study so compelling.”
More info: www.lycored.com
BioScreen Clinical Expands Clinical Facility in Phoenix
BioScreen Testing Services has expanded its clinical operation facility in Phoenix, AZ, providing the company with space for additional capabilities and technology for its human clinical testing business.
More info: www.bioscreen.com
Colonial Chemical Earns ISO 9001:2000
Colonial Chemical, Inc., South Pittsburg, TN, has been ISO 9001:2000 Management System certified for design and manufacture of specialty chemicals.
More info: www.colonialchem.com
Jean Maubert, Former Robertet CEO, Dies at 84
Fragrance pioneer Jean Maubert, former chairman and chief executive officer of Robertet, died on Oct. 27 at his home in Grasse, France. He was 84. Mr. Maubert joined the company in 1947 and was greatly involved in Robertet until his death, serving as president of the supervisory board. He served as chairman and CEO from 1961 to 1993.
Robertet was founded in 1850 by Mr. Maubert’s grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Maubert. Today, the company is led by his son, Philippe Maubert, who is chairman and CEO. Robertet remains one of the world’s leading suppliers of natural flavor and fragrance products.
In addition to Philippe Maubert, he is survived by Christophe Maubert, president of Robertet’s fragrance division; Olivier Maubert, president of the flavor division and 13 grandchildren. His wife, Simone, died in 2001.
CIBS Inducts New Members
The Cosmetics Industry Buyers and Suppliers Organization held its annual Fall New Members Luncheon at OPIA Restaurant in New York on Oct. 8. Twenty new members were inducted into the organization representing several areas of the industry.
PLMA Honors Top Products
At its trade show held Nov 16-18 in Chicago, the Private Label Manufac-turers Association (PLMA) announced the winners of its annual Home and Health awards, which are presented to recognize new and innovative store brand products.
This year’s winners included: OTC and healthcare—Walgreens Apothecary Epsom Salt Lavender Soak; Bath and body—Uniprix Option+Bubble Bou-quet Foam Bath; Personal care and toiletries—CVS/Pharmacy CVS Fast Cover Spray Sunscreen; and Laundry and cleaning—Bi-Lo Southern Home Tub & Tile Cleaner.
Winning products were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges organized by PLMA, which included product development specialists, industry representatives, trade journalists and consumers.
More info: www.plma.com
Beljanski Wellness Center To Open in NYC Next Month
The Beljanski Wellness Center, which will feature treatment rooms for wraps, facials, colonics, chelation, nutrition consultations, medical consultations, as well as various forms of chemotherapy, is scheduled to open next month in New York City. The center will carry skin care, mineral makeup and supplements based on the Beljanski concept of environmental medicine, including French Secret, a new skin care and mineral makeup line, TargetAge detox supplements and a new fragrance created by Sylvie Beljanski, the founder’s daughter. More info: www.beljanski.com
Bell Develops Fragrances for Growing Wipes Market
Traditionally used for baby and disinfecting purposes, specialized wipes are everywhere these days. Today’s wipes market offers iPod cleaners, granite countertop cleaners and pet cleaners, as well as wipes for a bevy household cleaning and personal care applications. Investigation into this phenomenon reveals that while consumers are taking flying leaps onto the convenience bandwagon, in this weakened economy, cost plays a major factor. According to recent Soap and Detergent Association survey, consumers select a particular brand of wipe to buy for the following reasons—cleaning effectiveness, followed by portability, then value. Brand name was near the bottom of the list.
Bell Flavors & Fragrances conducted a study of representative wipes products on the market and evaluated each product to determine its fragrance family, fragrance descriptors, level of fragrance intensity and overall perception. From that research, Bell’s perfumery staff has created 12 new fragrances designed to take this market to the next level.
More info: www.bellff.com
SDA, ASM Honored by PR News
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) received the best Press Release award at PR News’ 2008 Non-Profit PR Awards. SDA’s PR agency, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, shared the honor. The release promoted the results of the SDA-ASM 2007 public hand washing study.
More info: www.cleaning101.com