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January 11, 2011


Salon Services and plans to combine the Omaha-based distributor with Salon- Centric, the French beauty giant’s portfolio of professional products operations. Peel’s is L’Oréal’s fourth such acquisition in the past 12 months; other distributor deals have included firms such as CB Sullivan, Maly’s Midwest and Marshall Salon Services.

Terms of the Peel’s accord were not disclosed.

Peel’s, a fourth generation business founded in 1937 by Robert H. Peel, has grown to a business with revenues of more than $100 million, according to L’Oréal. The distributor operates 57 professionalonly stores and, aside from Kansas, has operations in Colorado and Nebraska.

SalonCentric president Paul Sharnsky said he was pleased with the deal, adding, “There is a sharing of common values in both our businesses, [principally] a long-standing commitment to this business.”

Bob Peel was one of the first Redken distributors in the U.S. during the 1960s.

Green Products Expo Is April 13 in New York
The 2011 Green Products Expo will be held April 13 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station in New York City. The fourth annual media-only event attracts more than 80 exhibitors and 300 media attendees. The expo is open to any green company looking to improve its media presence, increase brand awareness or introduce products into different markets.

Past exhibitors have shown products in categories including housewares, cleaning products, building products, health and beauty, office supplies, paper products, pet products, food and beverages, paint, jewelry, fashion, water bottles and accessories and more.

Last year’s show drew a record crowd of more than 325 media attendees. Editors will be on hand from O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, People, Family Circle, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal and more.

The Green Products Expo is designed to provide exhibitors one-on-one face time with busy and influential editors. The show is small enough that media members may walk the entire room and discuss products with vendors. The show generates editorial coverage and helps start lasting relationships that lead to future considerations, according to organizers

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Lonza Surfactants Listed On CleanGredients
Lonza Inc., a leader in EPA registered microbial control solutions, has five EPAapproved surfactants that are now listed on

Customers can access the CleanGredients website and learn more about how Lonza’s EPA approved green amine oxide surfactants are used in U.S. EPA DfE approved formulations. The firm's Barlox 10S, Barlox 12, Barlox 12N, Barlox 14, and FMB AO-8 are used in a broad number of industrial applications where coupling, detergency and formulation compatibility are important.

CleanGredients is a collaboration between nonprofit sustainability institute GreenBlue, the U.S. EPA and industry leaders, with a combined objective of supplying customers with green alternatives. More information about these products can be found on the CleanGredients website,, and the Lonza website under “Other Products and Services–Biocides.”

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Lubrizol Named Most Popular Raw Material Supplier in China
In recognition of the industry-wide acceptance of Lubrizol’s Carbopol polymers, at the 2010 International Cosmetic Regulation and Technology Forum in Beijing, China, Lubrizol Specialty Chemical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was awarded “The Most Popular Raw Material Supplier.” The award was voted on by the Beijing Daily Chemical Industry Association, China Cosmetics magazine and Beijing Technology and Business University.

The forum was co-organized by Beijing Daily Chemical Industry Association, China Cosmetics and Beijing Technology and Business University. More than 200 people, including Chinese cosmetics industry authorities, raw material suppliers and cosmetics manufacturer representatives, attended this event.

Siron Xia, technical service and application development engineer from the Noveon Consumer Specialties technical team, represented Lubrizol at the award presentation ceremony. In addition to receiving the award, Lubrizol also held a discussion forum at the event.

To further the understanding of the use of Carbopol polymers in applications, Sarah Wang, China technical service engineer, presented Carbopol polymers dispersion techniques.

Rhodia Completes Feixiang Acquisition
Specialty chemical producer Rhodia has completed the acquisition of Feixiang Chemicals (Zhangjiagang) after receiving approval of the Chinese authorities. Located in Zhangjiagang near Shanghai, Feixiang Chemicals is a China’s leading producer of amines and surfactants, and employs about 650 people.

According to Rhodia, this acquisition represents a unique opportunity to integrate specialty amines technologies and key intermediates of surfactants, into Novecare’s business portfolio. The combination of Rhodia’s formulation expertise and end-market applications know-how with Feixiang Chemicals’ amines capabilities will reinforce Rhodia’s position in specialty surfactants for the home and personal care, industrial cleaning, agrochemicals, oilfield, coatings and industrial markets.

Through the integration of Feixiang Chemicals, Rhodia becomes the largest international surfactant player in Asia. Furthermore, Rhodia enhances its footprint in the world’s fastest growing region by generating one third of its net sales in Asia.

DeWolf, Glenn Corp. Expand Supplier Base
DeWolf Chemical, Inc. and Glenn Corp. have been named national distributors of German specialty chemical producer Kahl GmbH & Co. KG (Kahlwax).

Headquartered in Trittau, Germany, Kahlwax is one of the world’s leading producers of natural wax for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, household and food markets. The family-owned company has six decades of expertise in the development, production and commercialization of high quality natural waxes, such as beeswax, carnauba wax, candelilla wax, sunflower, berry and rice waxes, and many others. More info:

Jerry Williams at Glenn Corp.,, or Steve Pettigrew of DeWolf Chemical,

Nice-Pak Products Plant Goes Zero Landfill
Nice-Pak Products, Inc., a maker of wet wipe products, has announced the transformation of its Mooresville, IN manufacturing plant into a “zero landfill” facility. The plant now converts excess waste into energy that produces steam heat for Indianapolis. Mooresville is the second Nice-Pak manufacturing facility this year to convert its non-recyclable waste stream into energy generation.

Impact Colors Partners Expands Distribution
Impact Colors, Inc., Newark, DE, has forged two new agreements to expand its distribution. The firm has inked an accord with TH Hilson Company, Wheaton, IL, to distribute Impact Colors’ line of color effect pigments and products to the personal care market in central and upper Midwest U.S. In addition, Impact Colors has partnered with CA Specialties of Chester, SC to distribute Impact Colors’ line of color effect pigments and products to the personal care marketplace in nine Southeastern states. Impact Colors offers a wide variety of very unique products that offer distinctive advantages in performance or color. For example, alchemique pigments transform common flaked aluminum powders into a rich and dramatic collection of rich true colors ranging from gold, bronze, and copper to cobalt, topaz and jade. Diamond variable iridescent pigments produce up to three dramatic and distinct colors depending on how the light strikes.

“We have a great line of products with some unique concepts and presentations and are developing and growing distribution partnerships with outstanding companies around the world,” said Doug Thornley, co-founder of Impact Colors.

Expanded distribution is a key part of Impact Colors’ growth strategy. In three years, the company has added over 30 distributors worldwide.

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Cosmetic Industry Mourns Mel Hoyt
Mel Hoyt, a stalwart of the cosmetic industry, passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010. Hoyt spent 50-plus years working and selling chemicals for companies including GAF (now ISP), BASF, Onyx Chemical, Lonza, ISI, and most recently, BioOrganic Concepts. He was considered an expert in cosmetic polymers, quats and surfactants. Hoyt was married to Donna Chiese and had three sons and numerous grandchildren.

Sun Products Settles Lawsuit with U.S. Nonwovens

The Sun Products Corp. has settled its lawsuit filed against U.S. Nonwovens Corporation. Sun Products sued the Brentwood, NY-based company in May 2010 for making and selling products that infringed certain patents, trademarks and trade dress related to its Snuggle, Sunlight and Sun brands.

Shortly after Sun Products commenced the lawsuit, U.S. Nonwovens agreed to stop manufacturing and selling products that infringed Sun Products’ intellectual property. The companies entered into discussions and recently finalized a settlement agreement, for which financial terms were not disclosed.