As part of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIFG), the beauty and well-being focused Ex-Tracts portion handed out its Best New Product Awards for winter 2013, honoring innovation and ingenuity in the beauty and personal care marketplace. Awards are presented in five categories: bath & body, cosmetic & fragrance, natural/organic, beauty accessory and packaging, and the winners and finalists in each category were selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors based on criteria, including innovative design, creative use of materials/construction and use of new materials/technology.
“Our panel of judges, representing a variety of perspectives within the industry, were impressed by these standout products,” said Melissa Engongoro, Ex-Tracts sales manager. “These products were rewarded for their unique, fresh take on personal care products.”
In the bath & body category, the winner was Gianna Rose Atelier for the “Made in the USA” Gardener Collection Garden Boots, a pair of boot-shaped soaps that are 100% vegetable-based, triple-milled and presented in shoe box-style packaging. Category finalists were Thymes’ Temple Tree Jasmine Body Lotion and Votivo’s Lock Your Love perfume.
In the cosmetic & fragrance category, the winner was Royal Apothic for its Conservatories Eau de Parfums collection of seven botanical fragrances inspired by England’s homes and gardens and capped with a porcelain sculpture of its flower namesake. Finalists for the category included Studio Hall, Inc. for its Milk Body Wash and Esteban Paris Parfums for Esteban’s Scent Spheres.
In the natural/organic category, the winner was Caldrea for the Aromatherapeutic Body Collection of soaps, lotions and balms available in three fragrances: aloe water apricot; tea olive lime; and coconut fig leaf. Finalists for the category included Whats Hot! Inc. for Frais Luxury Products for Australia and J.R. Watkins Naturals for its Apricot and Pequi Oil Body Butter.
In the beauty accessory category, the winner was Abahna for its compact makeup/cosmetic bag, which includes a small mirror and is available in three rich color patterns. Category finalists were Niche Marketing & Sales, Inc. for Lisa Hoffman Fragranced Jewelry and Bote à Savon for Luxe Candles.
For the packaging category, the winner was Belle Fleur for its Sa Majeste La Rose collection of four scents of roses harvested from different regions of the world, presented in a purple glass vessel in homage to the purple rose. Category finalists included Illume for its Color Block Tin Candle and Aquiesse for its White Currents Collection.