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By Nancy Jeffries, Correspondent | August 23, 2010

ExTracts highlights new beauty entries.

The New York International Gift Fair, of which ExTracts is a part, held its largest edition of the event since summer 2008, on August 14 through August 19, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. According to show organizers, the event welcomed 2,800 exhibitors, including 600 new and 350 first time exhibitors, to the NYIGF and occupied a total of 534,000 net square feet. There were 20 international pavilions, with newcomers from Egypt, Thailand, South Korea, and Argentina, as well as an area devoted to the French Pavilion, which showcased the Paniers des Sens ( collection of natural soaps, bath and body products, which embrace the spirit of Provence.

Growth was found in several divisions, including Handmade, At Home, and Tabletop; all 50 states were represented, and international attendance, including visitors from Canada, Japan, Central and South America, and the European Union, made this event one of the most geographically diverse in the event’s history. Attendance for the entire event exceeded 33,500, a 6.5% increase over the summer 2009 attendance. According to event organizers, business was up, with buyers in attendance, serious and writing orders, and an excellent geographic mix of attendees supporting the various markets was represented.
Melissa Engongoro, ExTracts sales manager and Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF show manager director and GLM VP, present the ExTracts Best of Show New Product Award to Sean O'Mara, founder of Royal Apothic, Los Angeles, for Bathe Collection, City of Angels Fragrance.
The ExTracts show itself featured 100 exhibitors, with 17 of them new to the market. Show organizers estimated that 5,000 spa and salon retailers were among those attending the event, and many buyers were drawn to the creativity and handcrafting throughout the venue. The ExTracts event, which highlighted six companies by presenting them with ExTracts Best New Product awards, awarded Best of Show honors to the Bathe Collection – City of Angels Fragrance from Royal Apothic, whose founder, Sean O’Mara, said, “This has been our debut and the show has been amazing.”

Five ExTracts exhibitors received individual category-specific awards – Bath & Body; Beauty Accessory; Cosmetics and Fragrance; Natural/Organic; and Packaging. The winners and finalists were selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors based on criteria including innovative design, creative use of materials and construction, and use of new materials and technology.

The summer 2010 winners and finalists, selected from 124 products were:

Best of Show

Royal Apothic (Los Angeles, CA) for its Bathe Collection – City of Angels Fragrance, a distillation of marine top notes blended with Night Blooming Jasmine, specific to Southern California, and a crisp base of Eucalyptus. The formulation, according to the company, offers skincare a range of next generation hydrators and micronized conditioning ingredients, and is paraben-free. More info:

Bath & Body Category Winner: Dayna Decker (Los Angeles, CA) for its Couture Body Treatment, which offered Body Cleansing Crème, a creamy cleansing crème that soothes and nourishes the body with calming extracts; and Hydrating Emulsion, a naturally derived body lotion that combines fragrances with Shea Butter, Gold, and Pearl to enhance the skin’s radiance and glow. More information at:

Finalist: Urban Rituelle (Sydney, Australia) for its Cocoa Butter Vegetable Soaps.

Finalist: Utopia Bath (New York, NY) for its Utopia Bath artisanal bath and body product.
Wembe President Rolando Zuccolillo, at Wembe Soaps of Paraguay booth at ExTracts.
Beauty Accessory Category

Winner: Archipelago Botanicals (Los Angeles, CA) for its Pomegranate Purse Set, a sheer lip gloss wand, roll-on EDT, and travel lotion collection with the scent of pomegranate, plus Phase II Enzyme boosters that help detoxify and cleanse. Additional information at:

Finalist: Twist Body Brands (Denver, CO) for its Lip Presence.

Finalist: Simpatico-Home (St. Louis, MO) for its Charm Necklaces.
Cosmetic & Fragrance Category

Winner: House of Lubin (Paris, France), for Lubin Perfume, a re-introduction of the legendary force in the perfume industry with ten designer scents and vintage perfumes crafted in the Grasse region, including Gin Fizz, a fragrance combining Iris and Swamp Lily, inspired by the Metropolitan lounges, and Bluff, a new scent drawn from the tonics found in the saloons of the American Wild West. More information at:

Finalist: Joya (New York, NY) for its Joya Fuss: Parfums.

Finalist: Lothantique (Markham, ON, Canada) for its Om by Miller et Berteaux.

Natural/Organic Category

Winner: European Soaps LLC (Seattle, WA) for Rampal Latour, a certified organic soap made with Olive Oils and Sweet Almond Oils, natural mineral pigments, and no artificial coloring or preservatives, to hydrate and perfume the skin. More information at:

Finalist: Pairfum North America (London, England) for its Canopy Infusion.

Finalist: Flora Napa Valley LLC (Napa, CA) for its Organic Washcloth set.

Packaging Category

Winner: Altru (Los Angeles, CA) for its Purity Collection, an exotic floral, blending ylang ylang, tuberose, gardenia, and magnolia, with base notes of blond woods and Tonka Bean, in a hammered copper vessel, hand blown glass diffuser, and aromatic incense packaged in an antique Japanese Kimono print.

Finalist: Seda France (Austin, TX) for its Jardine de Seda France.

Finalist: Tatine (Chicago, IL) for its Ambient.

Melissa Engongoro, ExTracts sales manager, said, “Our judges agreed that these products were distinctive for their superlative design, creativity and materials. They were impressed by the innovation and creativity presented in each category.” In addition to a stellar list of award-winning product entries, the event featured an array of new bath and body care formulations, as well as fragrances, which emphasized the importance of artisanal craftsmanship.

Dulce de Leche Soap, handcrafted by Wembe of Paraguay.
Handcrafting and Fair Trade

Wembé Soaps introduced the spirit of the rain forest, with handcrafted and organic materials, vegan formulas and fair trade practices. The soap bars, crafted in the Paraguayan Amazon, are available in such blends as Mango Exfoliating Cleansing Blend, Yerba Mate and Cupassa butter, to stimulate circulation and moisturize, Chocolate Cleansing Blend, with Pure Cocoa, plus other formulations featuring Coconut, Dulce de Leche, and Passion Fruit. The multi-tasking products are paraben free, use no artificial coloring, and range in price from $7 - $12. The name Wembé is derived from the Guarani guembe, the monster fruit of the Southern Atlantic rainforest. Additional information is available from:

Also highlighting the role of artisanal craftsmanship was the newest launch from Crabtree & Evelyn, which debuted its Iris Body Care and Home Fragrance range. Included in the collections are Pomegranate, Vanilla, Windsor, Forest and Noël, for the holiday season. The Iris Collection is based on classic Iris rhizome, or Orris Root, which is blended with Jasmine and Violet, Italian Bergamot, Cassis, and base notes of Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Musk. The Body Care formulation contains Peony and Elderflower extracts, plus Vitamin C-rich Rosehip, for conditioning. The Iris collection includes Eau de Toilette, Bath & Shower Gel, Triple Milled Soaps, Body Lotion and Body Cream, Hand Poured Candles, Home Fragrance Diffuser, Room Spray and Body Lotion Sampler. Prices range from $16 to $70. Additional information may be found at:

Kat Burki offered a Home plus Bath & Body Collection featuring Organic soaps, Soy Candles, and natural Body Creams, emphasizing quality ingredient formulations. Soap blends featured Olive Oil, Coconut and Palm Oil, plus a collection of soy candles featuring Tuberose, Lavender, and White Tea, and a range of Signature Body Creams in blends of Sugar Magnolia, Cacao, and Avocado & Cucumber. The products within the collection range from $24 to $52. Additional information may be found at:

Thymes, known for its fragranced and botanically-based bath and body collections, showcased its new range of Agave Nectar products, a nurturing line of Body Lotion, Body Wash, Foaming Bath, Hand Cream, Cologne, Bar Soap and Hand Lotion, replete with the benefits of the quenching Agave Nectar. Agave Nectar, which is contained within the core of the Agave cactus, is a hydrating elixir that allows the Agave cactus to thrive in arid and environmental extremes. The Thymes collection taps into the hydrating power of this desert plant to provide moisture for the skin. Blended with Aloe Vera, Guava, and Lemon, the products are designed to provide protection and restore resiliency to the skin. Product prices range from $25 for Agave Nectar Body Lotion, to $32, for Agave Nectar Cologne. The collection is free of parabens, mineral oil, propylene glycol, petrolatum, or animal-derived products. Additional information is available at:

Ex•Tracts continues to showcase the newest talent and innovation in the market, as well as time-honored brands that continue to raise the bar in beauty, bath & body and fragrance. It features more than 100 exhibitors of cosmetics, perfumes, skincare, bath & body care, beauty accessories, haircare, natural and organic products and well-being lines, and is a division of the NYIGF. The next edition of Ex·Tracts® will take place on Sunday, January 30, through Thursday, February 3, 2011, at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center. Information is available at:

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