Soap and Cosmetics News Roundup 8/25/15

California court rules in favour of cosmetics companies

Summary judgement ends Proposition 65 titanium dioxide case

A California court has granted a summary judgement, dismissing the lawsuit brought against nearly 100 cosmetic companies, over a failure to label titanium dioxide (TiO2) in powdered cosmetic products (CW 2 October 2014).

Key drivers for beauty? Online sales and male grooming, new study claims

By Lucy Whitehouse +, 20-Aug-2015

A new study released by Allied Market Research has revealed that, despite some belief in the anti-aging category to push forward the most growth, it seems it’s actually online sales and male grooming bringing in the big bucks for beauty.

Millennial buying power is set to transform the beauty business

By Deanna Utroske, 18-Aug-2015

As the largest generation ever, Millennials’ spending will reach $2.5 trillion dollars in 5 years and the new Women 2020 study from Meredith Corporation highlights what that means for personal care and cosmetics brands.

Forget Etsy – app Tictail wants to democratize e-commerce

Modern day entrepreneurs face a unique dilemma when trying to break into the marketplace: what if their product is not artisanal enough?

Thanks to Etsy, which enforces strict maker requirements about the items sold through its platform, e-commerce has seen a resurgence of handmade products. This focus on artisanal inventory leaves many small businesses at a loss when it comes to marketing their goods online. Tictail, a Swedish startup, hopes to change that by opening its e-commerce site to small business owners around the world – artisans or not.


Indie Beauty Expo To Launch With A Sold Out Show

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Exhibition Hall of the inaugural Indie Beauty Expo™ (iBE) on August 27, 2015 at the Altman Building has sold out, thanks to an enthusiastic response from the more than 60 exhibitors who have signed up to date. A secondary exhibition space that was recently added has also sold out. A wait list is now in place for any additional brands who wish to sign up.

Independent beauty brands are a rapidly-growing segment of the beauty and lifestyle industry. The first event of its kind, iBE provides a platform to showcase their stories to press, buyers and consumers who are looking to discover unique and emerging brands.

Co-founded by beauty industry veteran Jillian Wright, of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa in Manhattan and a brand owner herself, the Indie Beauty Expo will kick off with a press breakfast where exhibitors can partake in a ‘meet and greet’ with the national beauty media. Beauty editors, writers and bloggers will have the opportunity to explore undiscovered brands, while gathering news from better known indie darlings — all in one convenient location.

“When I started my skincare business, I was frustrated by the lack of true beauty incubators,” said Ms. Wright. “The category has consolidated into an environment where niche brands are not given the chance to flourish and take center stage.”

Throughout the business-to-business portion of the expo attendees can learn about dozens of brands, partake in informative panels and forge professional connections. In the evening, beginning at 5:00 pm, a consumer event kicks into gear with discounted shopping, panels, cocktails and, of course, a goodie bag. Admission is $59.

iBE is co-founded by Nader Naeymi-Rad, CEO of Vesture, a luxury fashion company. As a business owner and investor, he appreciates the innovation of these fresh and original brands. “Indie brands are one of the top growth drivers in the overall beauty market,” said Mr. Naeymi-Rad. “A professionally curated and scalable indie-focused expo has been long overdue and this has been validated by the overwhelmingly positive response we have received.” He added, “With over 60 indie brands exhibiting, iBE has become the ‘can’t miss’ event for buyers in specialty retail and the spa markets.”

“Entrepreneurs are driven by the thrill of watching their idea grow into a reality, and we feel the same excitement as we see the incredible response the show has received,” added Ms. Wright.”We’re honored that these dynamic entrepreneurs are joining our community and taking advantage of the support network that we are working so hard to build.”

The iBE team is also proud to support 5 Gyres, an organization that is working to pursue policies that will reduce the plastic pollution in our oceans. As the beauty industry embraces environmentally sustainable practices — with indies leading the way — the expo is proud to supports 5 Gyres and its goal of getting ocean polluting microbeads out of beauty products.


Aromatherapy Institute

Arya Essentials

Au Naturale Cosmetics

Beauty RX

Belize In You

Bottega Organica


Cecelia Wong Skincare

Essence of Vali




Fit Glow Beauty

Flynn and King

Folium Medica

Forager Botanicals

Goddess of Skin

Gold Label Cosmetics

The Good Home Co.

Grande Lash MD

Hynt Beauty

InnerSense Organic Haircare

Isa Restoratives

Jillian Wright Skincare

Juara Skincare

Kahina Giving Beauty

Kaplan MD


Lift Lab

London Brush Co

Lotus Wei

LVX Nail Lacquer

Maison for Beauty


Million Dollar Tan

Modern Minerals Makeup



New York Institute of Aromatherapy

Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Nugg Beauty

Osmia Organics

Perfect Formula

Phace Bioactive

Phia Lab

Pour Le Monde

Precious Skin Elixirs

Priti Nails

Privai Skincare

Providence Apothecary


Skin Owl





Super Natural Beauty

Svelta Tan

Tata Harper

Tracie Martyn




Violets are Blue

Vitali Berati Tanning

VMV Hypoallergenics

White & Elm

Zyderma HS

iBE’s mission is to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and promote independent beauty brands to retailers, consumers and the media. The event kicks off with a press breakfast, where exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their stories to the national beauty media. This is followed by the Trade portion of the expo, where attendees can learn about and experience dozens of brands, partake in informative panels, and forge professional connections. The event then opens to the public with discounted shopping, panels and the opportunity to directly connect with brands. General Admission tickets start at $59. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Tips For Using Vanilla in Handmade Soap and Cosmetics

Vanilla pods, flower and bottle

Vanilla is an extremely important flavoring and fragrance material. Vanilla is used to flavor all types of foods, including candy, beverages and ice cream. And in cosmetics, the rich, creamy scent of vanilla is a favorite for many people. It has a smooth, luxurious scent that many people really like.

About Vanilla

Vanilla is produced from crystals which form on the fruit of the Vanilla Orchid Vine (Vanilla planifolia). In 1520, Cortes discovered vanilla being used in Mexico as a flavoring. The Europeans tried unsuccessfully to grow vanilla until 1836 when the French learned to pollinate the vanilla plant by hand. Today, in addition to Mexico and parts of America, vanilla is cultivated in Indonesia, the West Indies, Tahiti, the Seychelles, Reunion and Madagascar.

The Chemical Breakdown Of Vanilla

Escentual French Vanilla Fragrance Oil

Vanilla Fragrance Oil

The characteristic fragrance of vanilla is due to a chemical compound named vanillin. Vanilla contains 1.5% to 2.75% vanillin. Vanillin is an important fixative in cosmetics, and the discovery of vanillin has allowed perfumers to produce imitation vanilla fragrances that are much cheaper than true vanilla absolute or vanilla extracts. Vanillin is produced synthetically from eugenol or wood pulp.

Use Of Vanilla In Cosmetics

Vanilla is one of the most important perfume ingredients in use today. It is used in 23% of all high quality perfumes on the market. In the most expensive perfumes, vanilla absolute is used. In cheaper perfumes and cosmetics, vanilla fragrance oils are substituted for vanilla.

The True Color Of Vanilla

Simplers Botanicals Organic Absolute Vanilla 5 ml

Organic Vanilla Absolute

Most of us have been conditioned to think that food or cosmetics that are labeled “vanilla” should be white. This is because most food products, such as ice cream and cookies, which are vanilla flavored are white. In reality however, vanilla is brown. Vanilla beans are brown, vanilla extract is brown and cosmetics and soaps scented with vanilla fragrance oils turn brown. This feature of vanilla should be taken into account when using vanilla to create bath and body care products.

Vanilla Substitutes

Organic Vanilla Beans

Organic vanilla beans

Vanilla is not the only substance that smells like vanilla. Other substances that have a vanilla-like smell are: heliotrope fragrance (this has a vanilla-almond scent), tolu basalm, peru basalm, benzoin, storax and tonka beans. These substances may also darken your cosmetics and soaps, so it is best to test each one before using it extensively in any recipe.

Tips For Better Bath and Body Product Photos

Lavender essential oil with bath salts and flowers

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if you are trying to sell your bath and body care products on the internet, or through a print catalog. Whether your business is internet based, or mail-order, or even if you give out brochures at craft fairs, or trade shows, people will remember the photos they have seen of your products. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take decent photos, and you don’t have to have an expensive camera. The following tips will help you take good photos that you can use to sell your products.

1. Use natural lighting whenever possible. Photography is all about lighting. The better your light, the better your photo. The best type of light for photos is natural light – light from the sun. If you have a spot at your home or studio where natural light comes in, experiment with taking photos of your products in that area. The best natural light is not necessarily direct sunlight on your products, but most likely light that peeks through the clouds and scatters everywhere.

2. Use a tripod. If your hands aren’t steady, use a tripod to stabilize your camera to get the clearest photo.

3. Use props in your photos. Instead of taking your photos on a plain background, try to add visual interest with photo props. Doilies, flowers, towels, baskets and dried herbs can all add interest to your photos.

4. Use a simple background in your photo. When composing your photos, try to not have anything distracting in the background. Either put your products against a wall, or put something behind your products to cut out distractions in the background of your photo.

5. Use photo software to edit your photos. Adobe Photoshop Elements® is good software program that is also inexpensive. It allows you to sharpen, crop and touch up your photos and also prepare them for the internet.

8. Make sure your digital photos are the right resolution. Photos for the internet should have a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. Photos for print purposes should be at least 300 pixels per inch. You can size your photos appropriately using your photo software. Many people neglect to do this and it makes their photos too large (when viewed on the internet) or very difficult to view in a computer browser..