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Ex-Tracts Explores Trends in Beauty and Wellness

By Nancy Jeffries, Correspondent | September 1, 2009

Learn more about the latest beauty and lifestyle-enhancing products.

Novel or natural, inventive and earth-friendly, key trends were revealed at the latest edition of Ex·Tracts, the market that features the newest products and specialty items in the area of personal care, wellness and beauty. The summer installment of the trade event, held August 16 through August 20, 2009, at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center, offered the latest beauty and lifestyle-enhancing products, while highlighting sustainable ingredients, artisanry, accessible and affordable price points, and innovation.

Here's to the winners!: Left to right, front row, Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF show manager, Melissa Engongoro, Ex·Tracts sales manager and Jaime Kelly, Ex·Tracts sales representative with the August 2009 Best New Product Award Winners: Corinne Able of Earthworks (Bath & Body Category), Margot Breznik of Tatine (Packaging Category), Claudine André of Fragonard (Cosmetic and Fragrance Category), Holly de Palma of Warren Tricomi Haircare (Beauty Accessory Category). Left to right, Back Row: Cory Ingram of Dayna Decker (Best of Show) and Christopher Tilker of Compagnie de Provence (Natural/Organic Category).
More than 100 exhibitors showcased perfumes, cosmetics, skin care, bath and body products, hair care, natural and organic soaps and washes, well being lines, and beauty accessories at the show. In addition, the green trend, exemplified by eco-couture home ambiance products, such as Dayna Decker’s environmentally friendly bath and body products, free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors and glycols; trend-inspired artisanry, like Soular Therapy’s Astrological Aromatherapy line of scents; and hand-poured candles, from Seda France, which offer luxurious scents at affordable price points, represented some of the popular trends at the show.

In addition, discussions, including a presentation on Mainstream Green – New Directions in Organic Beauty, were held in the conference center. HollyBeth Anderson, founder of HollyBeth’s Natural Luxury products, which launched two new, castile soap-based facial cleansers, free of preservatives and artificial colors, joined a panel featuring Suki Kramer, of suki inc., Spirit Demerson, of Spirit Beauty Lounge, and Rona Berg, editor of Organic Beauty, to discuss what drives consumer interests in the beauty market, where consumers get their product knowledge, and what they are looking for, vis-à-vis product development and marketing.

Ex·Tracts Announces Summer 2009 New Product Award Winners

As part of the Ex·Tracts tradition, exhibitors are offered an opportunity to compete for the coveted Best New Product Awards, which honor product innovation in five categories, Bath and Body, Beauty Accessory, Cosmetic/Fragrance, Natural/Organic, and Packaging, along with an overall Best of Show distinction. More than 100 companies vie for consideration, with a panel of judges, including Ashley Trent, associate editor, Giftware News; Marianne Dougherty, editor in chief, American Salon; Caroline Kennedy, editor in chief, Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Patricia Norins, CEO/publisher, Gift Shop; and Nancy Jeffries, contributing editor, Happi and Beauty Packaging; selecting the winners based on innovative design, creative use of materials and construction, and use of new materials and technology.

Botanika Bath & Body was the Best of Show winner.

Summer 2009 Winners and Finalists

The Best of Show winner was Dayna Decker, of Los Angeles, California, for its Botanika collection, a collection of candles, diffusers, parfum, bath and body products.

Bath & Body Category: Winner, Earthworks Products (Tustin, California), for its Earthworks Soap Wrapper, eco-friendly hand-cut papers. Finalists in the category were Flora Napa Valley (Napa, CA), for its Olivina Meyer Lemon Body Butter; and Seda France Candles (Austin, TX), for its Classic Toile Hand Lotion.

Beauty Accessory Category: Winner, Warren Tricomi Haircare (Ronkonkoma, NY) for its Green Walnut Masque, a repair treatment for hair. Finalists in the category included Dayna Decker (LA, CA) for its Le Petite Parfum; and Aglow A Soy Candle Company (Canoga Park, CA) for its Recycled Glass Vase.

Tatine took home the packaging award.
Cosmetic & Fragrance Category: Winner, Fragonard Parfumeur (Grasse, France) for its Cette Nuit La, an oriental fragrance made of amber, leather, and patchouli, in an organic pouch. Finalists in the category were Floris London (London, England) for its Floris No. 89 Eau de Toilette; and Fruits & Passion (Candiac, Quebec, Canada) for its Electric Fragrance Diffuser.

Natural/Organic Category: Winner, Compagnie de Provence (San Diego, CA) for its Ylang Noir Dry Oil, moisturizing oil for the body. Finalists in the category were Dayna Decker (Los Angeles, CA) for its Essence Buffer; and Soy Delicious (Miami, FL) for its Moisturizing Candle.

Packaging Category: Winner, Tatine (Chicago, IL) for its Garden & Forest Infusions, handmade candles in glass. Finalists in the category were Earthworks Products (Tustin, CA) for its Earthworks Soap; and Berjang USA Inc. (Rancho Domingues, CA) for its Jacadi Paris.

Melissa Engongoro, sales manager, Ex·Tracts, said, “These products stand out in the already impressive field of high caliber personal care products at Ex·Tracts.”

The event, which features more than 100 exhibitors of cosmetics, perfumes, skin care, bath & body care, beauty accessories, hair care, natural and organic products, and well being lines attracts more than 5,000 spa and salon attendees, as part of NYIGF’s (New York International Gift Fair) 30,000 market participants.

Ex·Tracts is one of eight divisions of the New York International Gift Fair, and is held concurrently with New York Home Textiles Market Week. The next edition of Ex·Tracts will take place Sunday, January 30 through Thursday, February 4, 2010.

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