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Sweet Tarte: Taking Inside-Out Beauty to Heart

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: August 26, 2008, from the October 2007 issue of GCI Magazine.

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“Maureen and Scott Vincent have a very natural partnership, too,” says DiResta. “They are both so passionate about their businesses and about creating products that will really benefit the customer, but they are also very easygoing, laid-back personalities, so working together has been a lot of fun.”

And the move is paying off. Lip gloss sales are up 90% and garnering heavy coverage from beauty, fashion and lifestyle magazines—including Allure, Vogue, In Style, Elle, Marie Claire, Self, Shape and Health. The new glosses were featured on the Today show and the Rachael Ray Show. “We’re even adding three new shades for the holiday season per customer request … or should I say demand,” quips Kelly. “Our customers can be pretty feisty.”

Good to the Core

The desire to produce products that benefit the consumer is part of what makes this the right time for nutraceuticals. “Nutraceuticals are natural, bioactive chemical compounds that have health promoting, disease preventing or medicinal properties. There has been so much research devoted to discovering what various food products have to offer in keeping us healthy and beautiful. Feeding your skin by topical application is something that has been done for thousands of years by various cultures,” says Kelly.

Kelly and DiResta agree that today’s savvy consumer is demanding more from the food she eats and the products she uses on her face and body, and that nutraceuticals offer a natural way to fight the onslaught from free radicals and pollution. “With the proliferation of information about environmental and health concerns as well as beauty blogs, TV shows and magazines that translate what was once industry jargon into laymen’s terms, women are demanding more from their beauty products,” says DiResta. “It’s no longer enough to create a lipstick that makes you look pretty—it needs to make you look good, feel good, and, hopefully, be good for you, too. As a result, healthy beauty and environmentally friendly beauty have become huge trends.”

Next up, tarte is launching an antiaging, natural lipstick with a BORBA nutraceutical core—it’s the first ever lipstick, according to the company, that will nourish, moisturize and rejuvenate lips while helping to protect against environmental attack. It’s preservative-free and chock full of vitamins and natural extracts such as grapeseed, chamomile, acai, green tea and lychee.