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Certech sets standards for cosmetics industry

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO Certech Registration, an accredited certifying body, is bringing to the North American beauty market a tool that guarantees that the claims made by certified cosmetics are proven and supported by facts, the Canadian organization announced on Wednesday.

“I believe this certification standard places us firmly at the forefront of the organic industry,” stated Brian Lane, president of Certech Registration. “With this standard, we aim to bring clarity to natural and organic cosmetics producers and create trust among consumers.”

Through its IOS Cosmetics Standard, Certech said it is the first North American organization to bring producers a tool that guarantees that the claims made by certified cosmetics are proven and supported by facts “verified through a rigorous and unbiased process.”

Until now, North American cosmetic manufacturers who wanted to certify their products as organic turned to U.S. and Canadian regulations that are intended for agricultural products and do not provide specific directions for cosmetics, or to legislation created for the European market.

In order to be certified as natural under the IOS Cosmetics Standard, a minimum of 95 percent of the product must be of natural origin. In addition, products that obtain certification as organic must also use certified organic ingredients that have been grown, cultivated and stored without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fumigants or other toxins.

The standard also addresses the manufacturing process, which must not use or produce toxins or other harmful substances, and the packaging of the product must be recyclable. The products themselves, as well as their individual ingredients, must not have been tested on animals, must be virtually free of synthetic ingredients, and must not contain pesticides, harmful preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances.

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SkinFree announces availability at CVS.com

BY Antoinette Alexander

SHIPMAN, Va. Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio’s line of SkinFree Products for people with eczema, allergies and other skin issues, is now available at CVS.com, according the skin care company.

The products are also sold at CVS stores in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.

“Working in a typical retail pharmacy setting, I was constantly asked for recommendations from customers for products that are safe for difficult skin problems, especially by those with fragrance allergies,” said company founder Julie Hilton, who has more than 30 years experience in compounding and developing natural skin care. “I recognized a void in the market through this experience and knew that I could create effective and affordable products for common skin issues.”

SkinFree Products are all-natural and contain no perfumes, petroleum products, harmful chemicals, steroids or colorants. The products are created using naturally occurring vegetable oils and butters that have nutrients, antioxidants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibacterial agents.

Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio promotes the skin care line primarily through doctor’s offices, media and word of mouth. Free products have been distributed to hospital clinics and dialysis centers throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

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P&G to trim its staff by 15 percent

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble is looking to bolster productivity and drive growth by trimming about 15 percent of its staff at the general manager level and above, according to published reports.

The company, whose brands include Crest and Pantene, was reported as saying that many of the job cuts will come through attrition as associates retire or leave the company.

P&G is also working to reduce by half the number of distribution centers it operates globally. According to reports, it has shuttered more than 200 of its 571 distribution centers so far, and expects to close another 70 by the end of 2009.

P&G also is eliminating duplication between organizations.

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