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GCI Reports From HBA

By: Jeff Falk and Leslie Benson
Posted: September 8, 2008
GCI at HBA 2008

GCI continued to expand its presence at HBA, hosting the second Fragrance Business Conference and marking the launch of its redesigned website.

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For details on Camille McDonald, president, brand development, Bath & Body Works' 2008 Fragrance Business keynote speech, see "Creating Customer-Centric Fragrance Market Epiphanies."

Update Sept. 10, 8:50am EST

Last night at the HBA Industry Awards Dinner, Bobbie Thomas, NBC Today Show's style editor, served as master of ceremonies, announcing this year's International Package Design Award (IPDA) winners. Starting off the show, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine's senior editor, Rachel Chapman, welcomed to the stage the 2008 International Technology Award winners. Symrise GmbH and Cutech Srl won the Best New Technology award for their collaborative Pig Skin Organ Culture Model, alleviating the need for animal testing. Meanwhile, Sederma received the accolade for Best New Technology Launch thanks to its Essenskin campaign, a cosmetic active ingredient with antiaging benefits.

The 2008 IPDA winners followed in the ceremony, which included Soap Set (in book box) by Skinnyskinny, recognized for best green packaging. International Cosmetics News (ICN) and HBA Global Expo awarded Korres with The Recognizing Creativity Award, while L'Oreal Skin Genesis by L'Oreal, submitted by Rexam, won best mass skin care. The prestige skin care winner, Artistry Creme L/X by Access Business Group preceeded a heartfelt thank you speech by the packaging executive of the year, David Prague, vice president of CPD Packing, L'Oreal USA.

The additional 2008 IPDA winners were as follows: Infallible Lip Color by L'Oreal USA, submitted by Topline Products Company, Inc., for mass cosmetics; Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder by Smashbox for prestige cosmetics; Robert C. Pierce, vice president, global R&D, Colgate Palmolive, for product development executive of the year; Right Guard RGX Body Spray by The Dial Company, submitted by Wallace Church, for mass fragrance; Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia parfum by The Estee Lauder Companies, for prestige fragrance; Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream for best new product R&D technical team; Lipophenol Vegetal 14 Day Body Refiner by Yves Rocher North America Inc., for mass personal care; Gillette & The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Collection by The Art of Shaving, submitted by Burgopak LLC, for prestige personal care; and finally, Catherine Walsh, senior vice president, American fragrances, Coty Prestige, for marketing executive of the year.

Walsh rounded out the HBA Awards Dinner with a reference to the movie Forrest Gump. "'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get' perfectly describes my life at Coty," Walsh said. "After eight years at Coty, I'm not sure what I'm going to get everyday. We either start fragrances from scratch or acquire fragrances.... It's very hard to get bored."

Update Sept. 9, 1:45pm EST

C2D Inc., a Newport Beach, California-based manufacturing company, introduced three innovative color cosmetic applicators at HBA in the Mintel pavilion, focusing on retractable, pen-like qualities. Rocker, a patent-pending nail polish applicator, enables the user to rock the pen back to wet the brush with nail polish, while rocking it forward will enable easy, no-drip application. The product fills with standard equipment. In addition, two retractable cosmetic pen devices, Wink and Vault (for lip balm and lip gloss, respectively), feature one hand operation capabilities for delivery systems that open with the push of a button.