• Keep ‘Em Coming

    Fifteen years ago (give or take a few years) when the wipes market began its proliferation into new categories, touching more consumers lives than ever before, I figured at some point the ebb of new products hitting the market would slow down. Around…

  • Fine Fragrance | Packaging | Personal Cleansers

    Beauty As a Change Agent

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join nearly a dozen beauty industry colleagues on a three-day trip to Portobelo, Panama to give women in the community a primer on cosmetic science and, hopefully, spark a cottage industry based on local ra…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 04.01.19

  • Actives | Sun Care

    Other Voices

    For more than 50 years, Happi has been the voice of the global household and personal products industry. During all this time, we’ve presented views from reputable raw material suppliers, small and large finished product formulators and, of cou…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 03.04.19

  • Is Your Company In the Loop?

    Cheers to collaboration that leads to innovation! While US businesses slog through 11 million meetings ever day, Procter & Gamble’s Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard assured CES attendees (see p. 44) that P&G doesn’t think about…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 02.01.19

  • Is This Chip Really Necessary?

    A New Year, a new resolution and probably, another futile attempt at personal development. This year, for sure, absolutely, I am determined to reduce my use of single-use plastic. Among other things, that means putting more leftovers in glass contain…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 01.01.19

  • Mixed Signals In the New Year

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts 3.7% global growth in both 2018 and 2019, down from its July forecast of 3.9% growth for both years. IMF blamed the downward revision to rising trade tensions, higher interest rates, weakness in the Euro…
    Tom Branna , Editorial Director 12.03.18

  • ‘Blessed Is He Who Can Read…

    for he never must think for himself!” exclaimed my high school chemistry teacher, Evangeline Klug, every time one of her students regurgitated lines from the text book rather than report what he or she observed in the experiment right in front…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.01.18

  • Why Startups Start Here

    Startups are having their moment in the global beauty and household product industry; indie beauty companies have become the growth engine for skin care and color cosmetics categories, and “natural” home care companies are grabbing headli…
    Tom Branna , Editorial Director 10.01.18

  • Wipes—Changing The Way We Clean and Live

    It’s been nearly two decades since the wipes market began heating up, expanding beyond baby wipes and wet wipes to penetrate more areas of our daily lives. First there were antibacterial wipes, then floor cleaning products like Swiffer, then fa…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor of Nonwovens Industry Magazine 09.18.18

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Hair Care | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care | Surfactants

    Will Even More Be Revealed?

    Consumers are an interesting lot. On the one hand, they rail against invasion of privacy by government agencies, decry internet hucksters who steal their identity and blame Facebook and other social media platforms for personal data mining and misuse…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.03.18

  • Paving the Path to Wellness

    Paving the Path to Wellness

    Consumers are driving the wellness industry in fresh directions.

  • The War of the Words

    Perspective. It comes to you when you’re 7,500 miles away from Washington, DC. In late June I was in Shanghai for Happi China’s annual Personal Care Technology Summit. It’s a great event that attracts more than 700 industry supplier…

  • All About Bugs: Good and Bad

    Bacteria are all around us; in our food, on our skin, and sometimes, most unfortunately, in our products. Our July issue is best known for The Top 50, the annual report on the leading US companies in the global household and personal products in…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.02.18

  • Skin Care

    Under Pressure

    If you’re reading this from your desktop or smartphone or other mobile device, consider yourself warned! Digital dependency, a hallmark of the Modern Age, is aging us, according to Dr. Howard Murad MD, a featured speaker at Happi’s Anti-A…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.31.18

  • Getting Under Your Skin

    Cosmetic chemists like to say “skin is the biggest organ in the body.” We’re not totally convinced that is skin is technically an organ, but skin care is certainly the biggest category in the beauty industry, which is one of the rea…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.01.18

  • Do You Belong In the City?

    Industries and governments and even cosmetics companies are betting the farm on urbanization—it seems like a sure thing. Christophe Berset, strategic market manager for Wacker, recently noted that 54% of the world’s population is already…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 04.02.18

  • VOCs Are Back in the News

    Industry associations jumped to their members’ defense when a study published last month in Science found that petroleum-based chemicals used in perfumes, paints and other consumer products can, when taken together, emit as much volatile organi…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 03.01.18

  • Poor Judgment on Our Part

    Many readers took us to task for the cover image on the January issue of Happi. They’re right; the cover was in very poor taste and was offensive (See Letters to the Editor, p. 10). As one reader noted: “I would like to express my disp…

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Skin Care

    Overoptimism Greets 2018

    Twelve months since my last prognostication (and yep, I was wrong again) and the global economy is still humming along. Back then, I wondered how long the already-long-in-the-tooth recovery could continue—turns out, a year and counting. Now, a…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 01.04.18

  • When One Door Closes…?

    First the good news for US retailers, more than 3,000 stores opened this year stateside. The bad news? Nearly 6,800 of them closed in 2017. As Bloomberg points out, this depressing reality comes while consumer confidence is sky-high, unemploymen…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 12.01.17