Natural Cosmetics Not Living up to their Marketing Claims

New research by Organic Monitor finds that few brands marketing cosmetics as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are living up to their claims. Organic Monitor assessed over 50 cosmetic brands and ranked them according to their level of ‘naturalness’. The research was led by a chartered chemist who analyzed the formulations of natural and organic cosmetics and […]

Natural Beauty Retailer Removes all Harmful Ingredients from Product Range

Gotham Beauty, an online retailer for natural beauty products, is taking a stand against “green washing” and giving the boot to all suppliers who can’t prove the safety and natural origins of their products. The recently launched ecommerce site labels themselves as New York City’s go-to retailer for the natural beauty conscious and sells selected […]

North American Natural & Organic Personal Care Market Exceeds $5 Billion

The North American market for natural and organic personal care products recorded sales in excess of US $5 billion in 2010, according to a new report by Organic Monitor. After recovering from the financial crisis of 2009, market growth rates have rebounded to pre-recessionary levels as consumers continue to demand ‘chemically-clean’ cosmetics and toiletries. The […]

Video: The Story of Cosmetics – What’s the FDA waiting for?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics produced an interesting video on the use of toxic chemicals in personal care products in the United States. To date the FDA has assessed only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products. The personal care and cosmetics industry is left unregulated with very little oversight.  Thankfully […]

France Passes Bill to Ban Parabens and Phthalates in Cosmetics

By vote on May 3rd members of the French National Assembly voted to pass a bill of law that would immediately ban the use of endocrine disruptors such as phthalates, alkylphenols, and Parabens in consumer products. In order for the bill to become a law a further vote is required by French Senators which has […]

Natural Ingredient Sourcing: Beware of Backfire says Organic Monitor

In recent years the cosmetic industry seems to have developed an environmentally sound and healthy conscious, but now it appears that too much of a good has the potential to backfire. The natural and organic product market is burgeoning and companies are striving to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from their products.  Furthermore, sustainability is on […]

Estée Lauder Receives Exclusive Rights to Natural Ingredient Supplier’s Products & Supply

Estée Lauder and Unigen announced that they have signed an exclusive product license and supply agreement. Under the agreement, Unigen granted a subsidiary of Estée Lauder exclusive rights to the discoveries, development and commercialization of its natural ingredients.  Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. The agreement has already taken effect whereby a combination […]

Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry

“Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.” –          U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) As the natural personal care product […]

Natural Products Outperform the Overall Personal Care Market

The Worldwide natural personal care market seems to have recovered from the global economic downturn and is actually now out performing overall industry growth.  As consumers regain confidence in the market and the natural movement continues to grow, double-digit growth is expected over the next five years according to market research firm, Kline. The projected […]

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 […]