Five new product launches from the Functional Ingredients May 2011 issue: AM Fine Pure Skin Collection, Good For You Girls Blemish Wash, bath salts for sore muscles, Zi Ran natural bodycare and Reallisse a vegan hair-smoothing system.

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5 new products: anti-aging serum, blemish wash, vegan hair-smoothing system, bath salts

Naturopath launches anti-aging skin care
Naturopathic physician Anne Marie Fine, NMD, has created a nutrifying skin care line noteworthy for what it doesn't have: parabens, ethoxlyated ingredients, artificial colors or fragrances, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils or other petroleum-derived products, gluten or silicone. Called AM Fine Pure Skin Collection, it includes an organic-based pure serum and mask, each priced under $50. The products' key core ingredient is Immortelle (Helichryum italicum), known for its exceptional anti-aging properties. Fine Natural Products is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Natural blemish wash for tweens, teens
Good For You Girls productsA skin care company that specializes in natural products for tweens and teens has created a blemish wash with natural beta hydroxy acids and salicylic acids. While exfoliation can be good to help remove dead surface cells, products aimed at the tween/teen market typically contain coarse ingredients such as shells and nuts that can leave microscopic lacerations, redness and irritation. Good For You Girls Blemish Wash contains several ingredients for gentle exfoliation and blemish protection without causing damage or irritation: jojoba beads, pineapple and papaya, willow bark extract, meadowsweet extract and pumpkin seed extract. It also contains organic chamomile, calendula and kelp, ingredients that soothe skin and calm redness. All Good For You Girls products are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, dyes and synthetic fragrance.

Bath salts company adopts bamboo packaging
San Francisco Bath Salt Co. bamboo packagingThe San Francisco Bath Salt Co., which boasts the largest online selection of bath and shower salts, has introduced eco-friendly packaging made out of bamboo for its products. The packaging enables customers to reduce their cost per bath by purchasing salts in bulk. It can also be used to hold other bath and body products. The company has also recently launched Muscle Soak Bath Salts – Spa Therapy Formula made from Epsom salt and eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. San Francisco Bath Co. was founded in 2002 and sells its products to large hotel chains, top brand-name retailers, professional day spas and the general public.

Natural body care launches with essential oils
Zi Ran productsA new natural soap, lotion and body butter company, Zi Ran, has launched a range of beauty products. The company's philosophy is "Nature's Beauty is Pure," and it includes only natural ingredients, such as organic virgin coconut oil, essential oils and grapefruit seed extract, and only natural preservatives. Products include: Zi Ran Super Scrub Soap Bar, Basically Beautiful Body Lotion and All Natural Body Butter, in a variety of scents using essential oils. The company is family owned and based in Illinois. Its products are packaged entirely in recycled plastic and paper.

Vegan hair-smoothing system
Reallisse vegan hair-smoothing systemZerran International has unveiled the first vegan semi-permanent hair-smoothing system. Called Reallisse, the product is formulated without keratin or other animal products and contains no formaldehyde, aldehydes, thioglycolates, sodium hydroxide, guanidine hydroxide, methylene glycol, formol, formalin, ethers or any other substance that produces formaldehyde gas upon heating with a flatiron. The product is sold exclusively to salons. The company has formulated and delivered 100 percent vegan shampoos, conditioners and styling products utilizing renewable botanical extracts and essential oils since 1986.

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