FTC Will Revise “Green” Product Claims Guide

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has purposed revisions to the agency’s “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims,” commonly known as the Green Guides. The guides were developed to help marketers avoid making misleading product and environmental claims, and provide specific guidance about certain green claims. During the FTC regulatory review of the […]

Warning! Your Fragrance could be Toxic

What does your perfume smell like?  Roses?  Lavendar? Or, how about coal-tar and petrochemicals?  Most likely, the latter is really what you smell when you spray on your favorite perfume or use a fragranced personal care product. Fragrances are loaded with toxic chemicals, and worst of all, nothing is stopping manufacturers from keeping their fragrance […]

New Natural Product Line for Babies and Kids

Now eco-friendly, health conscious moms can offer their children a natural alternative to baby products.  Johnson’s recently launched a new line of natural products for babies and kids in order to support the needs of the growing number of moms who live a natural lifestyle.  JOHNSON’S NATURAL provides a combination of 98% plant and fruit-derived […]

Whole Foods Implements New Sustainable Packaging Guidelines for Personal Care Products

Whole Foods Market, the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic products, announced that the responsible packaging guidelines for nutritional supplements and personal care products went into effect on September 1st. The new guidelines apply to all of its more than 2,100 body care and supplement suppliers, and require compliance for new vendors before their […]

European Natural Cosmetic Market Predicted to Expand by 12% in 2010

Organic Monitor, a research and consulting company for the international organic product industry, released a new report on the European Natural Cosmetics Market.  The report details the rising success of European natural cosmetics during the global economic downturn.  Within the report, Organic Monitor attributed the increase in market size to competitively priced “value brands” and […]

First Suppliers of Functional Cosmetic Ingredients Awarded NaTrue Label

The NaTrue-Label for Natural and Organic Cosmetics has recently certified Botanica, Cognis, Dishman and DSM, becoming the first suppliers of functional cosmetic ingredients to gain raw material certificaiton.  NaTrue is an international certification that meets highly critical criteria and standards.  Besides water, certified products contain only natural ingredients, derived natural ingredients and nature-identical ingredients. NaTrue […]

International Consortium to Hunt for New Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

An international consortium will generate and investigate a liquid library of 3,600 plant extracts, hunting for compounds useful for cosmetics (and food) manufacture. Germany’s BASF and Bruker Biospin GMBH and Greece’s Korres SA Natural Products will work with national research centres from Greece, France and South Africa plus universities from Greece, Panama and Switzerland in […]

SANTE Launches Natural Cosmetic Line in North America

The European natural cosmetic brand, SANTE, debuts this fall in the United States and Canada.  SANTE offers a complete line of certified natural cosmetics, including skin care, hair care, body care and cosmetic products for the face, eyes, lips and nails. Based in Germany, SANTE has deep roots in the natural cosmetic industry, and after […]

List of 15 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Personal Care Products

The US personal care and cosmetic industries greatly lack oversight and regulation. In today’s climate it is necessary to arm yourself with the essential knowledge to be your own product police. Unfortunately, this is what it has come down to.  Companies put their bottom line before the well-being of their consumers’, and load their products […]

Occo – Naturally-based Luxury Spa Brand

The newly launched spa brand, Occo, debuted in the UK last month and will be followed by a launch in the US in early 2011. Comprising a total of 65 products split into seven ranges, each named after an area in Croatia. After nearly three years in development, the complete product line contains a minimum […]