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March 11, 2010

HBA Issues Call for Speakers for Sept. 28-30 Conference

HBA Global Expo is seeking speakers for its educational program, which will take place Sept. 28-30 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Show organizers are encouraging leaders in all areas of the health and beauty business including marketers, product developers, consultants, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers to submit an application.

HBA attracts more than 16,000 industry professionals including the world’s top beauty brands and suppliers. The 2010 HBA educational program will feature a marketing and technical conference along with dedicated conference programs focused on green cosmetics, the global perspective, and future trends.

Sessions in the HBA conference programs are 90-minute panels and include three speakers addressing different elements of a similar topic. Some of the topics that will be covered include an in-depth look at product categories, market and distribution trends, creating successful brands, package design and consumer appeal, innovation and idea generation, regulatory update, social media, connecting to the consumer and real-world case studies.

Those interested in speaking at HBA should submit a 150-word description of a proposed topic, a brief bio (including previous speaking experience) and full contact information to Rebecca Fraimow, education program director, rebecca.fraimow@ More info:

Natural Veteran Duber-Smith Lauded by WSJ

The Dow Jones Company has presented natural products industry veteran and marketing professor Darrin C. Duber-Smith with the 3rd annual Wall Street Journal Distinguished Professor 2009 award.

Duber-Smith, president of Green Marketing, Inc. and marketing professor at Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO, was chosen among nine other professors out of 1,000 candidates who were nominated nationally to receive the honor for integrating practical business tools and experiences into the classroom.

Duber-Smith had held marketing management positions with Zand Herbal Formulas, Nature’s Apothecary, and Natural Business Communications (the founders of the LOHAS market segmentation) prior to forming Green Marketing, Inc. in 2000.

A speaker at more than 50 industry events and author of more than 60 articles, Duber-Smith most recently published an article in the January issue of Happi (“What to do about Sustainability: Applying The Green Imperative”). He will also be a featured speaker at the upcoming Cosmetics Sustainability Summit on March 26 in New York City.

IFF Perfumer Karagueuzoglou Named a Rising Star

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou was selected a 2010 “Rising Star” at the Fashion Group International’s 13th annual rising star awards luncheon, which was held Jan. 22 in New York City. The event honors outstanding individuals for their innovation, creativity and accomplishments.

Karagueuzoglou joined IFF in March 2002. After one year as assistant perfumer and three years of training with the top IFF perfumers in Paris, she joined the IFF perfume school in January 2006 dividing her time between the Grasse, France and New York schools. She returned to Paris, where she is currently based, and became junior perfumer in July 2007.

Cognis Creates APG Microsite

Cognis has a new microsite that provides comprehensive information about alkyl polyglucoside surfactants (APG). Obtained from natural, plant-derived raw materials such as vegetable oils and starch, APGs are used in environmentally-sound, high-performance products for the personal care, home care and industrial and institutional cleaning markets. They can help manufacturers turn formulations green without compromising on performance while fulfilling diverse worldwide environmental organization requirements, according to Cognis.

The microsite contains details about the products’ application areas, the specific benefits that APGs bring to these markets, and shows manufacturers and formulators at a glance which ecolabels and certification bodies have already approved APG surfactants. The site also provides practical examples of how APGs can open up new commercial opportunities.More info:

NPA Issues Natural Standards For Household Cleaners

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has extended its natural seal and standard to include home care products, such as household cleaners, laundry detergents, concentrated and ready-to-use hard surface cleaners. The formation of the home care standard is the second of its kind from the NPA. In May 2008, the NPA established a standard and seal for natural personal care products, such as lotions, balms and shampoos. More than 340 products have currently been approved and certified.

“A number of products that are mainly synthetic are being positioned as natural. This leads to significant consumer confusion about the category and products people are choosing,” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the NPA. “To provide the consumer peace of mind in the marketplace, the new natural standard for home care will inject integrity into natural for the person who matters most, the consumer,”he said.

Under the new program, products must follow strict guidelines set out by the NPA to merit bearing the seal. The criteria include, but are not limited to:
• Product must be made up of at least 95% truly natural ingredients or ingredients that are derived from natural sources, excluding water
• No ingredients with any suspected human health risks
• No processes that significantly or adversely alter the natural ingredients
• Ingredients that come from a purposeful, natural source (flora, fauna, mineral)
• Processes that are minimal and don’t use synthetic/harsh chemicals
• Non-natural ingredients only when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks
• Transparency and full disclosure of ingredients

The full set of criteria can be found on the Natural Products Association website at

ACE Partners with A&E on Inhalant Abuse Prevention

The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) has teamed up with A&E Television to raise awareness of inhalant abuse via an hour long special devoted to the subject. “Intervention In-depth: Huffing,” which aired on Feb. 9, featured ACE Trustee Jeff Williams and others whose families have been impacted by inhalants.

When A&E learned that ACE was producing a series of public service announcements (PSA) that featured Allison, the subject of the most popular episode of“Intervention,” they sent a film crew to tape the“making of the ACE PSA.”

CAPCO Has New Website

The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) has a newwebsite,,which delivers facts about aerosol products and has been specially designed for teachers, consumers and media.

The site includes information about the environmental aspects of aerosol products, the history of the aerosol industry, and the technology that makes possible the unique product packaging form.It also includes the answers to frequently asked questions and a special section related to facts vs. myths. An environmental section explores recycling and explains why aerosols do not harm the Earth’s upper ozone layer and why the industry removed chlorofluorocarbons from their products in the 1970s.

The new site is part of CAPCO’s social media plan, including fan pages on FaceBook and an industry blog.