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Published April 1, 2009
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6th Annual Cosmeceuticals Conference is June 29-30



The 6th Annual Cosmeceuticals conference, whichwill be held June 29-30 at the Marriott New York East Side, New York, NY, will again pool together renowned scientific researchers and business leaders from the dermatological and global beauty industry to develop and promote the latest innovations that continually redefine this business.The program chair is Navin Geria, vice president, research and development, SpaDermaceutical.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Howard D. Sobel, director, NY Skin and Spa Cosmetic Surgery Center, Clinical Attending in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital Beth Israel Medical Center, and founder of Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula (DDF), and Dr. Neil Sadick, Sadick Research Group, clinical professor of dermatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, president of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, member of the board of examiners with the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and global medical advisor for Christian Dior Beauty.

Dr. Sobel’s address is entitled “The Evolution of Cosmeceuticals…Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going.” Dr. Sadick’s presentation is “The Challenges of R&D, New Innovative Ingredients, Technologies and Approaches to Skin Care.”

Other presentations will include “How Old Do I Look? Consumer Insights on the Aging Process,” by Wendy Lewis, president, Wendy Lewis & Co. Ltd., Global Aesthetics, Consultancy; “Causes of Skin Aging; Identification of a Novel Source of Aging,” by Dr. Helen E. Knaggs, vice president, global research and development, Nu Skin;“Sirtuin Activation; A First Step in the Modulation of the Aging Process,” by Daniel H. Maes, PhD., senior vice president, research and development, The Estée Lauder Companies; “Addressing Cosmetic Concerns in Skin of Color,” by Dr. Andrew F. Alexis, director, Skin of Color Center, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons New York, NY;“Medically-Sound Guide to Reading the Personal Care Products ‘Tea Leaves,’” by Dr. Gary S. Friedman, Coty Testing Institute, Coty Research and Develop-ment; “Dual-DNA Repair—The Secret to Optimal Management of Skin Aging and Skin Rejuvenation,” by Dr. Vincent Giampapa, director, Plastic Surgery Center Internationalé and The Giampapa Institute for Anti-Aging Medical Therapy, assistant clinical professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; “Use of Organotypic Tissue Models to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Cosmeceuti-cals,” by Mitch Klausner, vice president, scientific affairs, MatTek Corporation; “Skin-Compatible Liquid Crystals and Skin Barrier Function,” by Alain Thibodeau, director scientific affairs, B&T Company; “Breakthrough Tech-nology Development with Strategic Partnerships,” Dr. Janice J. Teal, group vice president and chief science officer, Avon Products, Inc.; “Advances In Skin Imaging Applications: From Research to Retail,” Jim Larkey, director of product management, Canfield Imaging Systems; “Face the Facts,” by JuE Wong, executive vice president, global sales, ZO Skin Health Inc. by Zein Obagi, MD, Beverly Hills;“Oral Nutrients for Skin Care,” by Zoraida DeFreitas, Ph.D., vice president, research & development, Kemin Health, L.C.; “The Inner Beauty of Organic Cosmetics—Certification Programs and How to Comply,” by Bob Durst, principal, Simple Organic Solutions LLC;“Current Perspective of FDA Standards,” by Georgia Ravitz, partner, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn PLLC; “Current Regulatory and Self-Regulatory Processes,” by Kat Dunnigan, staff attorney, National Advertising Division (NAD), Better Business Bureau; and “Recent Developments in Advertising and Claim Substantiation,” by Andy Lustigman Esq., The Lustigman Firm, P.C.

To register or for more information, contact Incisive Media, (888) 777-1707; email order@incisivemedia.com

More info: www.insightinfo.com


New Home for Coty Prestige



Coty Prestige has new home in New York. Coty’s new location is 350 Fifth Avenue, in the biggest landmark of Manhattan—The Empire State Building. The beauty giant’s new digs will be on the 14th floor. The company’s direct phone numbers and fax will remain the same.

Private Equity Firm Buys Urban Decay



Urban Decay has a new owner. Private equity firm Castanea Partners, owner of Betsey Johnson, just purchased controlling interest in Urban Decay Cosmetics for an undisclosed amount. Castanea Partners is acquiring Urban Decay from duty free operator the Falic Group, which bought Newport Beach, CA-based Urban Decay from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2002. Industry sources put Urban Decay’s sales at $100 million.

“We’ve been on the lookout for an appropriate opportunity in the beauty space, particularly in the prestige segment,” said Robert Smith, co-managing partner of Newton, MA-based Castanea Partners.

Humberstone Offers Latin American Market Expertise



Humberstone International has formed a business specializing in the distribution management of personal care ingredients in Latin America. Humberstone will offer the experience and resources to identify and implement the best channels to market, prepare and execute effective marketing plans, manage distributors to ensure performance, and act as the one-stop connections for business that want to succeed in Latin America.

“The Latin America personal care marketplace presents tremendous opportunities for companies that can effectively tap its hidden potential,” said Chris Humberstone. “Yet many international companies that have tried doing business there have been disappointed. Latin America is a sophisticated playing field with its own set of rules, and companies whose priorities are the Northern Hemisphere—the U.S., Europe and Asia—need a proactive resource that can actively cultivate better contacts and connections to properly and profitably market their products to the Latin American customer.”

More info: chrishumberstone @gmail.com

Arch Forges Partnership with Centroflora



Arch Personal Care Products, South Plainfield, NJ has forged a global distribution partnership with Centroflora Group of Brazil.Centroflora Group, founded in 1957, is a leading South American producer and developer of standardized botanical extracts for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and veterinary industries.

The alliance provides Arch with a sustainable organic botanical extract portfolio comprised of products from Brazil offered with full traceability of the produced extract, guaranteeing the safety and highest quality of raw materials.In addition, the joint effort gives customers the ability to source botanical extracts through “Partnerships for a Better World,” a program that brings together industry, consumers and small rural producers by promoting family-sized farming and sustainable agricultural practices.

“Together, Arch Personal Care Products and Centroflora can provide customers with an opportunity to satisfy consumers’ desires for natural and organic cosmetic products and ingredients in a positive and sustainable manner,” said Lisa Bouldin, manager of technical marketing, Arch Personal Care Products.

More info: www.archpersonalcare.com.

Depth Bath & Body, Mineral Fusion Join Forces



Private equity firm North Castle Partners, in partnership with gloProfessional (part of North Castle’s portfolio) and former members of management from Avalon Organics, have formed a new company representing a union between Depth Bath & Body Care and Mineral Fusion. The new entity will be called Mineral Fusion Natural Brands LLC.

Mineral Fusion, an all-natural mineral-based cosmetics line, features ingredients that are pharmaceutical-grade, free of parabens, chemical dyes and perfumes. Depth, founded by husband and wife marine biologists, offers a range of natural hair and body care products that feature the exceptional skin hydrating benefits of marine botanicals. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to protect sea life, Depth enjoys a close relationship with Camp SEA Lab, a not-for-profit camp that provides underserved children with authentic marine experiences. Both brands are sold at Whole Foods Markets and select retailers.

The staff of Mineral Fusion Natural Brands includes Thomas Brown, president; Tim Schaeffer, senior vice president of marketing; Justin Miloro, national director of sales; Robin McGee, vice president of marketing, Mineral Fusion; Morris Shriftman, senior director of vision; and Gil Pritchard, chairman.

"The goal of Mineral Fusion Natural Brands is to provide superior natural personal care products by being an industry leader in sales, innovation, quality, and value while carrying out the principles of sustainability. We intend to amplify the great work that has been done with Mineral Fusion and Depth, and delight a growing number of our consumers by accentuating the healthful benefits of both brands," said Thomas Brown.

More info: www.northcastlepartners.com

Desert Whale Jojoba Maintains High Organic Standards



Desert Whale Jojoba Co., Inc. Tucson, AZ, has had its QAI (NOP) organic certification renewed for 2009, marking Desert Whale’s eighth consecutive year providing the high quality organic jojoba and natural emollients to the personal care industry.

Desert Whale has also renewed its EU Certification (EEC 2092/91) for its organic jojoba oils and meal, sunflower oil, rose hip oil, and sesame oils, plus organic shea butter. Additionally, a variety of the company’s jojoba products, including new Jojoba Illuminate, have been authorized by EcoCert as an approved raw material for complying with the natural and organic cosmetic standards.

More info: www.desertwhale.com

Cognis Sells Botanical Extracts Business



Cognis has completed the sale of botanicals extracts business to Burgundy Botanical Extracts Iberia, S.A. Burgundy, which is headquartered in Reyssouze, France, specializes in botanical extracts using solvent extraction. It is owned by Cristal Union Group and Holding Financière Maconnaise (HFM).

Cognis’ botanicals extracts business, which operates two production sites in Spain, generated sales of approximately €9 million in 2007. Its main products are liquorice derivatives, phytopharmaceuticals, and dry and liquid herbal extracts for dietary supplements and cosmetic industries. Under the terms of the agreement, Cognis will continue production and distribution of certain botanical products for the cosmetics industry and will retain ownership of its Plantalin range, which is comprised of selective plant extracts designed for functional food and beverage applications.

Burgundy Botanical Extracts will distribute the Plantalin range to the pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements industry in the EU.

“We are very pleased about this agreement with Burgundy. With its market strength, the company will leverage the key synergies and realize the growth potential that this unique combination will offer to the market,” said Stéphane Baseden, executive vice president nutrition and health, Cognis. “We will work closely together with Burgundy to ensure a smooth transition of the business operations.”

More info: www.cognis.com

Perfume Expo America 2009 Is June 9-12 in New York



There are few products that have generated as much buzz in the internet as perfumes. Once a true luxury product,perfume has become, with a few exceptions, a mere commodity, and marketers are to blame with so many launches and poor quality flankers and lack of innovation, the motto for safety “please follow the trend.” Tired of the lack of originality, consumers started to seek alternative scents among niche marketers and independent perfumers. In less than three years the niche fragrance phenomenon exploded into a class of its own, accentuated by the media and the blogs, into a sizable portion of the beauty distribution pie.

As contradictory as it may seem in this period of economic incertitude, the market is still in demand and consumers’ shifting desire are reviving the true creation process, brands and designers are therefore directly concerned by this call. Yet until last year, there was no seam between the marketers (brands), retailers and consumers, until Perfume Expo America (PXA), a four-day trade show/confer-ence event held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.

PXA is a selective event where classic and emerging perfume brands as well as skin care and cosmetic lines can present to independent American perfumeries, department stores buyers, duty free operators, selective pharmacies, apothecary stores, specialty stores and the press.

Here is a closer look at the schedule for PXA, which will be held June 9-12 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. On Day 1, the trade market is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  for exhibitors and retailers only. There will be a welcome cocktail reception at 7 p.m.The trade market will open at 9 a.m. on Day 2 for exhibitors and retailers only, followed by a 6:30 p.m. networking cocktail party. This year on Day 3, PXA will be open to the industry as well as bloggers, media and aficionado consumers. During the day, designers, suppliers and industry service providers will meet with marketers in a convention-style meeting, and many activities—including a perfume museum, workshops, live perfume labs and more—are scheduled. Events will culminate with a cocktail party at 7 p.m. and gala dinner award ceremony including world class entertainment, according to founder of Perfume Expo America, Bernard Pommier.On Day 4, the PXA conference, workshops and business networking program continue from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

More info: www.perfumexamerica.com

Best Corporate Citizens List Includes P&G, Avon, Others



A number of household and personal product marketers have been named toCorporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) magazine’s 10th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. Making the list this year were P&G (No. 14), Avon Products (No. 18), Schering-Plough (No. 36), Sara Lee (No. 38), Colgate-Palmolive (No. 73) and Limited Brands (No. 76).

CRO’s list is based on 100% publicly-available information and ranks Russell 1000 companies on their performance in seven key areas: environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial and governance.

Avon’s ranking is a substantial improvement over the company’s 2008 and 2007 rankings due to renewed focus on reporting and transparency, which helps spotlight Avon’s established efforts in corporate responsibility, according CRO.

“During these tumultuous economic times, it is especially meaningful that Avon is maintaining a commitment to corporate responsibility while continuing to focus on the core business and financial sustainability,” said Susan Heaney, director of corporate responsibility for Avon. “We are proud to receive this recognition of both our corporate responsibility efforts and our expanded transparency to stakeholders.”

The top 10 companies in the CRO ranking were: Bristol Myers-Squibb, General Mills, IBM, Merck, HP, Cisco Systems, Mattel, Abbott Laboratories, Kimberly Clark and Entergy.

More info: wwwTheCRO.com

Natural Beauty Summit America is May 7-8, 2009



Natural Beauty Summit America will be held May 7-8 at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City.Natural Beauty Summit America 2009 will focus on two of the major developments in the beauty industry: natural and organic standards, and the use of food ingredients. The summit will also explore the use of food ingredients in cosmetics, including major product developments, formulation and marketing issues.Presentations will be given by senior executives, founders and chief executives of leading companies.

Confirmed speakers at the event include: Curt Valva, president of Aubrey Organics; Jasper van Brakel, CEO of Weleda North America; Katherine DiMatteo, president of IFOAM; Steven J. Mirshak, president of Dupont Tate & Lyle; andDr. Manfred Axterer, global product director, cosmetic ingredients, with Symrise.

As both HBA Global Expo and Natural Beauty Summit share a common interest in addressing the major developments in cosmetics and educating, HBA Global Expo is a sponsor of this event.

The last Natural Beauty Summit attracted approximately 250 executives from various sectors of the international beauty industry.


More info: www.naturalbeautysummit.com.



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