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November 14, 2016

Green with beauty: a holistic understanding through Organic Spa Magazine

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Randall Michelson

Since 2007, Organic Spa Magazine has inspired and informed readers on green beauty and living. By no means limited to the world of day spas, Organic Spa educates and motivates on all aspects of a holistic lifestyle. At the famously posh Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills on a rather balmy October evening, members of the press were learned first-hand how Organic Spa has galvanized the once-niche market into a universally practised way of life.
   In addition to a cool gift bag filled with some of the latest and greatest in organic beauty (we’ll get to that shortly) and a tasting of some deliciously healthy food prepared with good-for-your skin enhancements, the event presented a panel and conversation with some true luminaries in fitness and eco-conscious beauty. These guest speakers included: Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method; Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist, yogi, New York Times best selling author; Christie Coleman, Head of Innovation for BeautyCounter; and Louis Schwartzberg, director, producer, and cinematographer.
   What was most impressive and refreshing is that none of them endeavoured to promote their brand or product. Instead, the exchange focused on the future of organic living and perhaps most vitally: a message of beauty from within. What can such an overused cliché mean, you ask? Simply put, ditch the celebrity and media stereotypes of physical beauty that bombard our lives. They are illusory and temporal, and have a tenuous hold on reality. Embrace balance and harmony at a slower pace of life. Remember that your beauty regimen starts from within and by respecting nature. Give back and you will be rewarded. Take it slowly, make a commitment and your beauty will be revealed.
   And now as promised, a peek at some of the hottest trending brands and products that are not merely naturally derived, but results-driven.
   When we say beauty comes from within, we’re not kidding. Neocell is a recognized leader in skin-enhancing nutritional supplements. Their DermaMatrix Collagen Skin Complex is part of their new Platinum Collection, a premium line of nutraceuticals targeting specific collagen systems. Firmer and more elastic skin is as easy as making a fresh smoothie using a scoop of the instantly dissolving powder. Other notable products in the line include berry-flavoured chewable Beauty Bursts, and the Move Matrix Advanced Joint Hydrator.
   A leader in the world of organic skin care, Mychelle Dermaceauticals introduces their most potent mask yet: the Perfect C Pro Speed Peel, a professional-level, one-step, fast-acting 25 per cent citrus fruit purée peel, formulated with 10 per cent L-ascorbic acid blended with L-lactic acid, Plant C-Stem, and retinal to deliver youthful, glowing skin. Also new from Mychelle are the Bio-Firm HydroGel Concentrate and Perfect C Radiance Lotion.
   From the UK, Earth Kiss Face Masks are energized with Himalayan shilajit, a prized ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as a potent skin rejuvenator, the 100 per cent natural masks are formulated with cherished ingredients from across the globe such as white Thai muds, ancient rhassoul clay and deeply hydrating boabab oil from Africa.
   ‘Slow beauty for a fast world’ is the motto of SpaRitual, a collection of delightfully decadent vegan body and nail products that never compromise on quality. The newest addition is a first-ever CC Crème for your nails, a combination treatment and colour that is infused with beneficial ingredients to help strengthen, smooth, brighten and protect while providing a no-polish-needed coat of sheer tint.
   Quick-drying, non-toxic, non-yellowing and vegan, Dazzle Dry is the fairy godmother of nail lacquers. For extra indulgence to relieve unsightly and itchy cracked skin, Hand & Elbows Cream contains potent bioactive ingredients to hydrate and exfoliate rapidly and efficiently, while allantoin speeds up new skin cell regeneration.—Jody Miller, LA Correspondent






































Randall Michelson

August 24, 2016

Linden Leaves enters China staying true to its principles, without using animal-testing procedures

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Linden Leaves has been trying to solve the problem of entry into the Chinese market for some time. To sell in China, conventional wisdom was that animal testing is required, and when Lucire approached experts in China, they found no way round it. This was in spite of a free-trade agreement between New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China—it was accepted that all would have to undergo the same procedure.
   The good news, announced this month, is that Linden Leaves has, after some persistence, found a way to enter China without animal testing, thereby staying true to its ethos. The company has managed to secure exclusive authorization by the Chinese government.
   Founder Brigit Blair says, ‘I feel so proud that we did not bend our own company ethics and policy for the greater lure of the Chinese dollar due to their animal testing policy. It is so exciting that we have managed to enter the market in a way that means we are able to stay true to what we stand for, not only as a company, but also as a cruelty-free nation.’
   Linden Leaves’ skin care and body care ranges are now stocked at Shanghai’s largest Duty Free Downtown store, with over 2,000 people attending the opening event of its new counter, with further forays into China, through domestic stores and Duty Free stores, planned.

May 26, 2016

The Body Shop launches Bio-Bridges programme, regenerating and protecting 75,000,000 m² of forest

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Above: The red-shanked douc, or monkey, one of the endangered species that the Body Shop’s Bio-Bridges programme will protect.

On Tuesday, the Body Shop unveiled its Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and protect 75,000,000 m² of forest.
   The programme will not only see forests protected from exploitation and unsustainable harvesting, the Body Shop wants to ensure that animals and plant species within them thrive.
   The first project is the Khe Nuoc Trong forest in north-central Vietnam, home of the red-shanked douc, saola (known as the Asian unicorn and one of the rarest animals on earth), Bengal slow loris and Burmese python. All of these species are threatened by hunting and illegal logging, and the Body Shop notes that nearby habitats are still suffering from the effects of Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. The World Land Trust and Viet Nature Conservation Centre are working with the Body Shop, patrolling the forest and setting up camera traps, while working with the local community, promoting sustainable forest use and farming.
   Promoting this project to Body Shop customers is an in-store and online campaign called Help Reggie Find Love, featuring Reggie, a red-shanked douc. Each customer transaction will restore and protect 1 m² of habitat in Khe Nuoc Trong.
   Christopher Davis, director of corporate responsibility and campaigns for the Body Shop, said, ‘We want to focus on actively enriching the world’s biodiversity. These areas of forest in Vietnam are biological treasure troves that are being destroyed through poaching and illegal logging. Bio-Bridges are an innovative way to create protected corridors of biodiversity that allow the wider forest to flourish and its inhabitants to breed and thrive. In Vietnam, within five to ten years we hope to be able to see endangered species multiply. We’ll be promoting Help Reggie Find Love online and in our stores in 65 countries around the world, helping raise awareness of this serious issue in a different way and allowing our customers to make a direct and positive impact with every purchase.’
   The company has embarked on this latest corporate social responsibility programme as part of its new global Enrich Not Exploit commitment launched in February. It recognizes that protecting and promoting biodiversity is good not only for the planet, including combatting climate change, but for the natural ingredients it sources for its products.
   The second Bio-Bridge programme begins in late 2016 in the Garo Hills in India, in partnership with World Land Trust and Wildlife Trust of India.

May 5, 2016

Burt’s Bees and Pink Tartan launch limited-edition T-shirt to help save the bees in Canada

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Burt’s Bees Canada and Kimberley Newport-Mimran of Pink Tartan have teamed up to create a limited-edition T-shirt for Burt’s Bees’ fifth Wild for Bees campaign.
   The latest campaign (hashtagged #PinkTartanXBurtsBees and #beechic) sees Burt’s Bees and Wildlife Preservation Canada plant 10,000 wildflowers to support bee health and sustainability for each Pink Tartan × Burt’s Bees Bee Tee sold.
   The T-shirts retail for C$49 each, and are available from Pink Tartan directly (at stores and online), Holt Renfrew’s H Project, and select London Drugs locations.
   Burt’s Bees has supported Wildlife Preservation Canada since 2012 to help save at-risk bumble bees.
   ‘Bees play an integral role in our ecosystem and our partnership with Pink Tartan allows us to share that message in an exciting way,’ said Carolyn Hungate, Burt’s Bees’ marketing manager. ‘We want people to recognize the hard work bees do for our planet and understand that, by doing simple things, like planting wildflowers, they too can help the bee population thrive.’
   Pink Tartan has modified its ‘Be chic’ tagline to ‘Bee chic’ on the limited-edition T-shirt, and Burt’s Bees says it will be accompanied by two of its natural lipsticks in Tulip Tide and Iced Iris, Newport-Mimran’s favourite shades of pink.

April 13, 2016

The Body Shop’s British Rose body care and make-up an ideal line for Mothers’ Day

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The rose is often associated with England, and the Body Shop’s new range plays on that—though to be inclusive, it’s dubbed the British Rose range, with a full line of body care and cosmetics that plays on the love of a rosy scent.
   The roses are grown in Herefordshire, without the use of chemicals. The whole process respects the biodiversity of the area and the balance of nature, providing a home for the mammals and insects, especially bees, there.
   We’ve sampled the Instant Glow body butter (NZ$36·95), which is silky smooth to apply, and quickly absorbed to start doing its job. There’s no stickiness, and has promises 24 hours’ moisturizing. We love the scent, which is more noticeable in the container, and subtler after application.
   The second Instant Glow product we’ve tested, the Body Essence (NZ$45), is a body lotion that’s light, also quickly absorbed, feels nice on the skin, and gives it a subtle shimmer. The shower gel (NZ$16·50) is soap-free and the scent is more noticeable—which makes the showering experience quite a delight!
   There’s also an eau de toilette (NZ$39·95), bath foam (NZ$29·95), hand cream (NZ$23·95) and exfoliating soap (NZ$15) which we didn’t test.
   In the make-up range, the Body Shop offers nine shades for the British Rose Lip & Cheek Stains. We checked out Pink Hibiscus and Deep Berry, both of which give 12 hours of hydration with a blend of Community Trade honey and organic alœ vera, retailing at NZ$35·50 each. They are gorgeous shades that suit different skin tones, and are right on trend. There’s only a single shade for the British Rose nail colour—a mid-pink—giving a nice finish for only NZ$12·95.
   The remaining item in the range which we didn’t check out is the eye and cheek palette, retailing for NZ$59·50, with a variety of shades suiting casual and formal looks.
   For Mothers’ Day, the Body Shop has three gift packs: the British Rose Treats at NZ$30, with the shower gel, body butter and a Mini Bath, in Lily in Pink; the Essential Gift Collection (NZ$82), with the shower gel, vitamin E moisture cream, body butter and hand cream; and the Deluxe Gift Collection (NZ$152), with shower gel, vitamin E moisture cream, body butter, Body Essence and eau de toilette.
   The British Rose range hits stores in New Zealand on April 18.





March 15, 2016

News in brief: Fossil shows new smartwatches at Baselworld; Acorelle creates its extraits d’émotion

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Fossil has announced slimmer Android Wear smartwatches (Q Marshal and Q Wander) as well as new activity trackers and smarter analogue watches at Baselworld. The new smartwatches have a silicone strap option, and cases measuring 44 mm and 46 mm. The Q Wander comes with an interchangeable leather strap, while the Q Marshal has a rugged case and vintage-inspired leather straps. The displays are always on, and allow wearers to track their commutes, flights and appointments with Google Now cards. They work through tapping or voice commands, and their faces can be customized. Prices start at US$275.
   The analogue watches alert wearers to incoming calls and notifications through the turn of the watch hands, and are capable of tracking calories, sleep, time zones, and can connect to an Android smartphone or Iphone via Bluetooth.
   Acorelle, the modern French fragrance house founded in 2005, has released its new extraits d’émotion, fragrances that have been certified by Ecocert and NSF as all-natural and organic. It’s a rare honour, yet Acorelle has managed to create fragrances with no synthetic scent compounds, aartificial preservatives, parabens or phthalates.
   Bottled in Agen, France, with ingredients grown in Grasse, Acorelle takes pride in creating its scents, and this latest line uses a palette of c. 200 all-natural plant and flower extracts and oils.
   Master perfumer Philippe Collet and aromatherapist Patty Canac have created three collections in the new line, Energizing (Tea Garden, Pure Patchouli and Land of Cedar), Balancing (Silken Rose, Absolu Tiare, and Vanilla Blossom), and Soothing (Divine Orchid, Citrus Infusion and Lotus Dream). They are available as eaux de parfum, eaux fraîches, and a roll-on.



February 29, 2016

Oscars’ video highlights: from red carpet to Leonardo DiCaprio’s and Brie Larson’s acceptance speeches

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Leonardo DiCaprio has won his first Best Actor Oscar gong for The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards last night, while Brit Brie Larson won Best Actress for the kidnap drama Room. The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for the second year in a row, though his film was beaten by Spotlight for Best Picture.
   Alicia Vikander, who is having a very high-profile 12 months, won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl, over favourite Kate Winslet. Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies.
   Inside Out was named the best animated feature film.
   Other notable winners of the evening were The Revenant for cinematography; The Big Short for Best Adapted Screenplay; Spotlight for Best Original Screenplay; Bear Story won for best animated short film while Stutterer won for live action; Mad Max: Fury Road won for costume design; Amy was Best Feature Documentary; A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness was the best short-subject documentary. Mad Max: Fury Road also won for editing, make-up and hairstyling, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing; Son of Saul was Best Foreign-Language Film; The Hateful Eight for Best Original Score; Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ (the theme from the James Bond film Spectre) won Best Original Song; and Ex Machina for Best Visual Effects.
   On the red carpet, Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng named Cate Blanchett in Armani, Margot Robbie on Tom Ford, and Rooney Mara in Givenchy haute couture as his stand-outs. Our video below shows Alicia Vikander, Saoirse Ronan, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence as they walk the red carpet this year, along with highlights of the day, with comments from Whoopi Goldberg and Kerry Washington (who directly address this year’s Oscars’ diversity row) and Sacha Baron Cohen, plus plenty of support from his peers for Leonardo DiCaprio. Winners’ speeches that we feature include those from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, director of A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness, who collected her second Oscar, Rylance, Smith (who thanked the LGBT community), DiCaprio, and Larson.

Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan is suffering after breaking her finger

Whoopi Goldberg on the Oscars diversity row

International film stars from Hungary, Colombia and Kosovo arrive on the Oscars red carpet and speak about their films

Kerry Washington, a presenter tonight for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, decided to attend the award show despite several actors boycotting

Alicia Vikander, Saoirse Ronan, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars

Sacha Baron Cohen goes all serious for a change

Oscar nominees excited and nervous on the red carpet

Stars arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars

Gowns, glitz and plenty of love for Leonardo DiCaprio on the Oscars red carpet

Fashion expert Nick Verreos sees green, white and purple as the Oscars’ big color trends on a stylish but safe Oscars red carpet

Mark Rylance wins supporting actor Oscar for Bridge of Spies

Pakistani film wins Oscar for best short documentary

Sam Smith thanks LGBT community following Oscar win

Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscars acceptance speech to highlight the issue of climate change

Brie Larson wins the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a kidnapped woman in drama Room

Spotlight wins best picture Oscar

February 10, 2016

The Body Shop renews its ethical commitment with measurable CSR goals as it celebrates its 40th birthday

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The Body Shop, well known for a generation for its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), is unveiling a new global strategy as it celebrates its 40th birthday.
   Its new commitment, dubbed Enrich Not Exploit, aims to ‘reaffirm the Body Shop position as a leader in ethical business,’ according to the company.
   Unlike many organizations that claim to have CSR goals, the Body Shop aims to make theirs measurable, with a target date for completion by 2020.
   The ambitious goals are also designed to renew the Body Shop’s position with a younger audience, including millennials.
   There is an increase in the use of community trade and transparency, demanded by modern consumers.
   Chairman and CEO Jeremy Schwartz said, ‘The Body Shop courageously pioneered new ways of thinking, acting and speaking out as a company. Our ground-breaking campaigns were ahead of their time and changed laws on animal testing, domestic violence and human trafficking. We were the first in beauty to use community trade and we still have the strongest programme in the industry. We are small, but we lead.
   ‘Today for all of us, the greatest challenges lie ahead and the Body Shop’s 40th anniversary is the perfect time to reassert our aim for leadership in ethical business. For us, being truly sustainable means shaping our business to work in line with the planet’s natural systems so they can replenish and restore themselves. With our commitment we’re challenging ourselves to go further than we’ve ever gone before to make a real, sustainable and positive difference. We have set ourselves a significant goal to be the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business.
   ‘Reestablishing the Body Shop as a leader will come from delivering our ambitious aim to be the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business.’
   The 14 targets the company has set itself, to enrich people, products, and the planet, follow.
   ‘1. Double our Community Trade programme from 19 to 40 ingredients and help enrich communities that produce them.
   ‘2. Help 40,000 economically vulnerable people access work around the world.
   ‘3. Engage 8 million people in our Enrich Not Exploit commitment mission, creating our biggest campaign ever.
   ‘4. Invest 250,000 hours of our skills and know-how to enrich the biodiversity of our local communities.
   ‘5. Ensure 100% of our natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced, protecting 10,000 hectares of forest and other habitat.
   ‘6. Reduce year on year the environmental footprint of all our product categories.
   ‘7. Publish our use of ingredients of natural origin, ingredients from green chemistry, and the biodegradability and water footprint of our products.
   ‘8. Develop an innovation pipeline that delivers pioneering cosmetic ingredients from biodiversity hotspots and which helps to enrich these areas.
   ‘9. Build bio-bridges, protecting and regenerating 75 million square metres of habitat helping communities to live more sustainably.
   ‘10. Reduce the environmental footprint of our stores every time we refurbish or redesign them.
   ‘11. Develop and deliver three new sustainable packaging innovations.
   ‘12. Ensure that 70% of our total product packaging does not contain fossil fuels.
   ‘13. Power 100% of our stores with renewable or carbon balanced energy.
   ‘14. Reduce by 10% the energy use of all our stores every year.’
   The Body Shop’s international CSR and campaigns’ director, Chris Davis, added, ‘We have set ourselves ambitious, inspiring and measurable targets for our commitment. We are developing new practices to enrich the planet in which we operate whilst helping our company grow and prosper. Our new commitment combines all the experience and knowledge of our expert people with new advances in science and technology.
   ‘It means understanding how our business is contributing to our existence on the planet, understanding what we need to change to contribute to a sustainable future by working backwards from a visionary end point to the here and now and asking ourselves what comes next. We’ll continue to work in partnership with suppliers, NGOs, academics, governments and other businesses to deliver the innovation and changes needed to make our ambitions a reality.’
   The Body Shop has traditionally been known for its commitment to corporate social responsibility with its founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick, honoured by the Medinge Group think-tank in Sweden in 2008. The Group noted, ‘Dame Anita Roddick showed admirable leadership not only in the Body Shop but as an advocate for Fair Trade, the environment, corporate social responsibility, free speech and other causes through her personal work. Much of this can be found at anitaroddick.com, which was updated personally until her passing. All of this reflects a personal brand that is consistent and honed, supported by causes, many of which are compatible with the Medinge Group’s own aims. Anita Roddick believed in living her own personal brand as much as for her audiences, including the media, and had few detractors, something which cannot be said for many other high-profile types.’

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