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Live From New York: EXTRACTS Evolves for 2008

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: April 2, 2008, from the April 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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In beauty accessories, the winner was Tassi by What’s Hot! Inc., for a patented product that keeps hair away from the face while washing or applying makeup. Finalists included Oka B, for its Caroline shoe made with proprietary microplast technology, and Honeycat Cosmetics for its Oops! Pack. In cosmetics and fragrance, the winner was Joya by A Candle in the Wind for its Perfume in Porcelain, a scented candle and fragrance diffuser collection in porcelain vessels with illustrated motifs. Finalists included Mommy Makeup for its Any Wear Crème and The Balm for its Two-Timer Mascara.

In the natural/organic category, the winner was European Soaps, Ltd. for Bite Be Gone, a dual-action product with mosquito repellant cream to prevent bites and an afterbite balm to relieve itching. Finalists were Sonoma Lavender, for its lavender heated spa collection in recycled cotton, and The Kala Corporation, for its Mama Coco lip balms. In packaging, the winner was The Balm for its Read My Lips Lipstick, featuring a creamy formula packed with vitamins and jojoba. The lipsticks, named after newspaper sections, are packaged in newspaper print tubes and are 100% recyclable. Finalists were Nature’s Essence, for its Bamboo Collection packaged in a reusable gift box, and Sohum Cosmetics, for its Parade Perfumed Candle.

Judges included Nanci McArdle, managing editor of American Spa; Jamie Matusow, editor of Beauty Packaging; Victoria Wurdinger, contributing editor of Beauty Store Business; Dannielle Kyrillos, editor at large of; Meredith Schwartz, business editor of Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine; John Saxtan, editor in chief of Giftware News; and Nancy Jeffries, New York contributing editor for GCI magazine. More information is available at

Pure & Natural Kick-off
Fashion-forward and environmentally aware Manhattanites gathered at an eco-conscious Fashion Show at New York City’s Gotham Hall on Jan. 31. The prelude to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, held Feb. 1–8, 2008, was a testament to the power of and passion for all things natural. The Earth Pledge Future Fashion show, an event that invites top American and European designers to create fashions using natural and sustainable materials, was at the center of the action.

Lead sponsor, Pure & Natural, a new line of personal care products, and Earth Pledge, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable development by implementing and developing technologies that balance human and natural systems, collaborated to present the evening’s runway show, Future Fashion. With designers that included Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Versace, the show supported the effort to use sustainable materials in the fashion industry.