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Defining the Future of Naturals

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: March 5, 2008, from the March 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Where are the main supply chains for your natural or organic ingredients?
Christina Marcaccini: Sometimes it’s a tiny, one-ingredient company, and sometimes it’s a large company with hundreds of ingredients. I also love to look outside our industry, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, to see what discoveries they are making with natural botanicals. They have the research funds to send people throughout the remotest regions of the world to find new plant extracts that produce efficacious results. We have discovered some of our ingredients in these areas, such as regions of Africa, the Mediterranean, Australia and India.

Angella Green: To minimize our carbon footprint, we try to use local suppliers for both ingredients and packaging whenever possible. There are a few exceptions like our rooibos red tea, which is used in our Red Elements Skin Care, from Africa and our wild yam, which is in our Wild Yam Lotion, Crème and Deodorant, from Mexico. Where we buy our ingredients depends on availability and seasonality.

Debbie Ludington: You can find the supply chains on both the small-scale and the large-scale end of the spectrum. The big chemical manufacturers are now providing base concentrates that are made of natural ingredients and only require finishing enhancements such as nutritive oils, fragrance and herbs.

Kayla Fioravanti: Many of the organic and green ingredients are coming right out of the U.S. We purchase all of our raw ingredients from Essential Wholesale.

Vorravit Siripark: Asia is one of the top regions for natural and organic ingredients, given the richness and wide variety of natural resources.