Natural Beauty Summit Hones in on Major Beauty Issues

The fourth edition of the Natural Beauty Summit focuses on three of the major issues in the beauty industry. For the first time, the hot topics of natural & organic cosmetic standards, sustainability, and the use of food ingredients will be covered by a single event. Held in New York, May 7-8th, the summit will bring together leading figures in the beauty industry to debate and discuss the implications of these issues.

With a plethora of natural & organic cosmetic standards introduced over the last 18 months, the summit opens with an update on eco-labels and standards. Taking a global perspective, the summit will put the major international certification agencies for natural & organic cosmetic standards on a single platform for the first time.

An update and implementation status will be given on the major standards in North America - NSF, OASIS and NPA - in which exact details of these standards and adoption rates will be given. Harald Dittmar, Managing Director of BDIH, will give precise details of the finalised Cosmos standard, which aims to unify the leading natural & organic standards in Europe. This will be proceeded by an update of the NaTrue standard and Latin American initiatives.

The eco-labels session will also give pointers on how the divisions caused by the various standards & certification schemes can be overcome. Katherine DiMatteo, President of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement (IFOAM) will describe how similar divisions existed in the organic food industry, and how successful resolution led to a widely accepted single industry standard.

Sustainability is the focus of the second session. The summit will have papers from companies at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives in the beauty industry. Mike Indursky, Chief Marketing & Strategic Officer of Burt’s Bees, will explain why business ethics and sustainability remain important during a global economic downturn. The Brazilian company Natura, one of the world’s few carbon neutral cosmetic companies, will illustrate how it has met its environmental challenges. Other facets of sustainability like ethical sourcing, biodiversity, ecological packaging and ethical retailing will also be covered in this session.

The Natural Beauty Summit devotes an entire day to the growing use of food ingredients in personal care applications. With product developers and formulators increasingly turning to the kitchen table for cosmetic ingredients, sessions three and four look at the major developments in this emerging area.

The morning session begins by highlighting the potential and pitfalls of using food ingredients in personal care applications. Dr. Karen Burke from the Mount Sinai Medical Centre will look at topical applications of food nutrients, specifically how they can be used to treat skin conditions.

Horst Rachelbacher, founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, will highlight the complexities of formulating and marketing food-based cosmetic products. The proceeding presentation by a leading American attorney outlines the legal pitfalls of marketing and labeling such products.

The final session of the summit focuses on the formulation and technical developments when using food ingredients. Dr. Ellen Kamhi of Bio-Botanica explores the use of superfoods like açai and acerola in beauty products. David Bronner from Dr. Bronner’ Magic Soaps, looks at how cosmetic products can obtain the coveted USDA Organic logo by using certified food ingredients. Other key speakers in this session include Dr. Manfred Axterer from Symrise, Dr. Lakshmi Prasad from Sabinsa and Dr. Tony Wang from Xango. Topics covered by these speakers include applying green chemistry, novel food applications, developing natural actives, emulsifier and preservative systems for natural & organic products.

To round off the Natural Beauty Summit, the first-ever workshop on applying food ingredients in cosmetic applications will take place on May 9th. Judi Beerling, Technical Research Manager of Organic Monitor, will highlight the major food ingredients used in cosmetic products, their potential benefits, and how to overcome the major technical & formulation hurdles.

Co-organized by Organic Monitor and Beyond Beauty Paris, Natural Beauty Summit is a series of international conferences that focus on natural cosmetics and sustainability. The aim of Natural Beauty Summit is to create a forum to learn and discuss the key challenges the cosmetics industry faces in the areas of natural & organic products and sustainability.

Further Information

For more details on the conference program and registration details, please contact:

Ms. Laurence Impens
Organic Monitor
Tel: (44) 20 8567 0788
Fax: (44) 20 8567 7164
Email: [email protected]

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Organic Monitor is a specialist research & consulting company that focuses on the global organic & related product industries. Since our formation in 2001, we have been providing a range of business services to operators in high-growth ethical & sustainable industries. Our services include market research publications, business & technical consulting, and seminars & workshops.

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Beyond Beauty Paris is a new generation event. With 3 professional exhibitions, it covers interconnected fields to provide a 360° view on all the latest aspects of innovation and trends in the industry: from raw materials to packaging, from niche brands to mass-market cult products, also tackling the worlds of spa. Beyond Beauty Paris has become the must attend educational event of the industry.

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