Ask the people behind most fledging natural brands where they want to be in five years’ time and they’ll usually mention the name of two well-known retailers. And who can blame them? On paper, supplying the big names sounds like an amazing move that generates serious sales while exposing mainstream customers to ethical natural and […]
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After a few years of what economists might euphemistically call ‘negative growth’, the organic market is back on the march as Osborne’s ‘green shoots of recovery’ start to come out for Spring. Talk at Natural & Organic Products Europe was focused around the 2.8% growth achieved in the organic sector in the UK, according to […]
What’s in a name? Plenty, if you’re an ambitious natural beauty company that needs to communicate everything good about your brand through the well-chosen words that name your range. That’s why Lush’s recent court victory over Amazon was so important. For those who missed the story, Amazon was actively hijacking customers who typed ‘Lush’ into […]
The free-from food category has been a soar-away success for independent retailers – and now there’s every chance the sector’s sparkle might be rubbing off on the skincare market too.
“Every cosmetics product on the market in Europe is safe to use,” announces the comforting blurb on the website of cosmetics trade organization Cosmetics Europe. However, ongoing alarm about the use of methylisothiazolinole (aka MI or MIT) proves that some ingredients might be a lot safer to use than others. MI recently hit the headlines […]
Beauty boxes are still big news in the industry. It’s a simple idea: people pay to receive a monthly package which brands pay to fill with samples and so reach new consumers. It’s all win/win as long as the box brands keep the quality up and the subscribers feel that they’re getting something different to […]
What’s going to be the biggest women’s beauty trend to cross over from America to the UK in 2014? If activist groups like the US-based Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have their way, it’s going to be full-bore consumer anger. As Natural Products goes to press the pressure group has decided to directly challenge the cosmetics […]
For fashion and beauty snobs there’s no dirtier acronym than QVC. The original home shopping channel is associated in some people’s imagination with chintzy diamante trinkets and Swiss Army-style cooking accouterments destined to collect dust in kitchen cupboards and bedroom drawers. But, as a surprisingly upbeat profile in last month’s Vogue shows, the channel is […]
Natural beauty advocate Janey Lee Grace has scooped the top spot for the second year running in the Natural Beauty Yearbook’s prestigious annual industry hotlist. Published by Diversified Communications UK, the much-anticipated who’s who in natural beauty top 25 was announced last night at an exclusive launch party for the 2014 edition. The evening was […]
The Natural Beauty Yearbook’s Top 25 hotlist has always been a high point of the industry year – and now we need your help to make it bigger and better than ever. The hotlist is at the heart of the print version of the Natural Beauty Yearbook 2014 (out this November) and celebrates the people […]
For Kathy Webb, founder of beauty specialists Palm & Sole, being natural means more than just offering a one-product-suits-everyone philosophy. “Because we’re hand-blended we can adapt to customers’ needs,” she explains. “Our tailored approach is very important. When we send a product out from the website I follow it up later with an email to […]
Ahead of her appearance at Natural & Organic Products Europe, Elizabeth Barbalich from Antipodes explains how a beauty philosophy born in New Zealand is offering a boost to British retailers. (more…)
In the run-up to his eagerly-anticipated appearance at Natural & Organic Products Europe, Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher reveals his thoughts on the natural beauty industry. Horst Rechelbacher is a natural beauty institution. His pioneering work with Aveda brought the concept of wellbeing to the mainstream by fusing Western commerce with Eastern philosophies. Then, in 1997 he sold […]
Natural beauty advocate Janey Lee Grace was named number one in the Natural Beauty Yearbook’s prestigious 6th annual industry hotlist last night (Tuesday 13 November). Hosted by leading French beauty brand Melvita at Whole Foods Market, Kensington High Street, in London, the launch party saw the natural beauty trade converge to hear the announcement of the Natural […]
Who are the personalities driving the hottest trends and products in the natural beauty sector? Once again, it’s time for you to decide as nominations open for the industry’s premier hot list. Published every year in the Natural Beauty Yearbook, the list offers an essential snapshot of the sector – and best of all, it’s […]
Want to discover more about the personalities that made our Who’s who in natural beauty Top 20? Then read on as we count down from 14 to 11… 14. Abi & Margaret Weeds – Essential Care, co-founders What you said: “They are true pioneers and have worked tirelessly to promote organic skincare” What we say: […]
This week we’ll be telling you a lot more about the personalities that made this year’s prestigious Who’s who in natural beauty list. Why do they matter? Well – the people in the Top 20 have been voted for by the natural beauty industry itself, from therapists to supermarket buyers. So (adopts Jimmy Saville *RIP* […]
If you were one of the lucky people who made it out to Melvita’s Covent Garden store for our launch party you’ll already know that the Who’s who in natural beauty 2012 list has been unveiled. The annual hot list, which lies at the heart of the Natural Beauty Yearbook, is voted for by the […]
The news headlines may be dominated by austerity – but there’s always room for a little luxe on the natural beauty desk. And this week it arrives in the form of suti – a luxury holistic skincare collection that launched earlier this year. But how will it benefit your customers and clients? Let’s find out. […]
Inventive. Genuine. Revolutionary. These are just some of the ways you’ve described the people you’ve already nominated for our Who’s Who in Natural Beauty list 2012. Since the voting launched, our inbox has been deluged with industry insiders keen to nominate the people who’ve made a real difference to the natural beauty sector in the […]
Vegans warned about ‘unwittingly supporting animal exploitation’
January 22, 2018 Jim Manson
UK-based Ethical Consumer magazine has warned vegans that they could be “unwittingly supporting animal exploitation” as the companies behind many of the Britain’s leading vegan brands also have a heavy involvement in the meat and dairy industry.
British Homeopath Society takes NHS to court over CAM funding ban
The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) is taking the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to court over a recent decision to ban public funding of homeopathy and other alternative medicines.
Juiceburst rebrands, reformulates, extends range
Soft drinks brand Juiceburst has reformulated and rebranded across its entire portfolio, as well as creating two new additions to its core range.
OTB receives £1.73m in funding
The Organic Trade Board (OTB) is to receive a loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank, to help grow organic sales in the UK in 2018 and beyond.
November 21, 2017 Jane Wolfe
With mounting research emphasizing the crucial part the microbiome plays in preventing and fighting disease, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the best ways to optimize gut health (more…)
Food of the gods
Regularly consuming a little of what you love could have long-term health benefits – even where chocolate is concerned, discovers Rosie Greenaway (more…)
A significant rise in job insecurity since the UK’s decision to leave the EU means people are loath to take time off work – and with an increase in colds and flu, this is leading to higher demand for OTC remedies. Jane Wolfe reports (more…)
Let’s do lunch!
Sharna Waid has been taking a look at how natural products retailers and brands are maximizing the crucial two-hour lunchtime selling period (more…)
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]
Natural beauty made in Cyprus
Sharna Waid has been finding out how passionate producers in Cyprus are using the fruits of the land to create natural beautifying cosmetics. According to the ancient myth, Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, pleasure and procreation – was born out of the waves off the coast of Cyprus. Aside from attracting three […]