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Global Cosmetic Industry (GCI) magazine’s BeautyUnion, its online networking community, hosted a gathering at the Von Maur department store in Lombard, IL-based Yorktown Center to launch the fragrance Summersent, by Majorie Midgarden Fragrances, on May 11, 2006. Marjorie Kitzrow, the creator of the locally developed prestige scent, spoke at the launch about her ability to bring this product to life due to the unforgettable aroma of a secret plant and her devotion to its creation. “It's virtually unheard of for an industry newcomer—especially one from the Midwest—to bring a prestige fragrance to market today,” notes Karen A. Newman, GCI magazine’s editor in chief. The fragrance will be sold exclusively at select Von Maur department stores. 630-653-2155
Natural cosmetic sales are booming in France, increasing 40% in 2005, according to Organic Monitor, a business research and consulting company. Due to growing awareness of chemicals in products, consumers are shying away from traditional staples and opting for natural toiletries, makeup and hair care. A new study by Organic Monitor shows that sales are continuing to rise in 2006. In addition, with more than 1,700 choices on the market, organic products account for about one-fourth of all natural cosmetic sales.
The California Senate has introduced Senate Bill 1423, which will restrict registered nurses, physician assistants and physicians who have esthetic practices from using laser and IPL systems. In addition, Massachusetts, Georgia and North Carolina are considering similar bills.
According to “Cosmeceuticals in the U.S.,” a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, American spa-goers have turned their attention from injectables to cosmeceutical treatments. Sales of products such as anti-wrinkle creams and home facial peel kits jumped 7% last year to more than $13.3 billion. Projections estimate that the cosmeceuticals market will surpass $17 billion in 2010, growing a total of 29.4% between 2005 and 2010.
Blinc Inc. recently received the Virginia Vanguard award for its exceptional achievements in the retail and wholesale markets. 877-522-5462
What burned down a year ago has now risen to the top of the Mobil Travel Guide’s list of the best hotel and resort spas for 2006. The Mount Tremper, NY, Emerson Lodge & Spa received four stars after the inn was destroyed by a fire in April 2005. The spa remained open and the inn currently is being rebuilt. 845-688-1000, email@example.com