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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proctor and Gamble Sets New Sustainability Goals

Procter and Gamble (P&G) announced today a new commitment to sustainability by unveiling a long-term environmental sustainability vision.  P&G has released specific goals it aims to achieve in the next decade while annually analyzing its progress. The new environmental sustainability vision includes the following goals: Powering its plants with 100% renewable energy Using 100% renewable […]

Organic Brands Win 6 of 7 Awards at Beyond Beauty Paris

The month of September was host to the annual Beyond Beauty exhibition in Paris. The Cosmeeting Beyond Beauty Paris exhibition is a European trade show showcasing trendsetting beauty and well-being brands. The event featured over 500 exhibitors and 19,000 visitors of which 37% were international.   Organics proved the main theme of this year’s Beyond Beauty […]

DSM Acquires Microbia for Renewable Resource Technology

DSM, a leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other chemicals to the personal care industry has acquired Microbia, Inc., from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Microbia is an industrial biotechnology research and development specialist. According to DSM, it has developed an effective technology platform that enables it to produce high-quality, natural carotenoids (including β-carotene and canthaxanthin), nutritional […]

FDA Sends Strong Signal to Cosmetic Executives

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is intent on using its authority to bring criminal charges against corporate executives at companies that seem to be flouting the FDA’s rules. Over the past thirty years the FDA has done little to prosecute companies breaking their rules. In light of recent high-profile recalls, product safety lapses are […]

Organic Monitor to Host First-Ever Natural Cosmetics Masterclass in North America

Consumer confusion about natural and organic labels and standards, and the increased demand by retailers for third party verification has led Organic Monitor to host its first-ever Natural Cosmetics Masterclass in North America next month. The event, hosted alongside the HBA Expo, will take place in New York on 29-30th Septmeber. The Masterclass aims to […]