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Live From New York: Shopping for Necessity, Not Luxury

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: February 4, 2009, from the February 2009 issue of GCI Magazine.

Celebrating the launch of Coty's latest Nautica fragrance, Ocean. From left, Bernd Beetz, CEO, Coty; Karen Murray, president, Nautica; Andy Sharpless, CEO, Oceana; and Steve Mormoris, senior vice president, global marketing, Coty.

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Then, the Maison G. DeNavarre Award was presented to Kevin D. Cooper, MD, for his work in the biology of ultraviolet-induced immune suppression, which has been critical in the design of sunscreens with photoprotection beyond sunburn protection.

The Technology Showcase exhibited a range of new introductions into the cosmetic pantheon, included Dow Corning’s silicone resin waxes, that among other benefits deliver enhanced fragrance retention; Momentive’s silicones and boron nitrides, for a soft focus, natural appearance; Dupont Tate & Lyle’s new Zemea Propanediol, a petroleum-free choice to replace glycols as emollients, humectants, and viscosity enhancers; and EMD’s Xirona Volcanic Sparks Cosmetic Pigments, which offer distinct color travel from metallic red to copper to gold, as well as high transparency and gloss. BASF also showcased the color correcting properties of complex effect pigments, driven by optical physics, to address both skin appearance and protection, with such materials as Flamenco Pearlescent and Iridescent Pigments and Gemtone Colors. In addition, Bell Flavors & Fragrances showcased BellTanicals, newly developed botanical blends available in four distinct “green” categories.

CEW’s Beauty of Giving Holiday Luncheon

Cosmetic Executive Women honored The Estée Lauder Companies with its 2008 Beauty of Giving Award. Accepting the award was Thia Breen, president of Estée Lauder Worldwide. The annual event benefits Cancer and Careers, which aids employees with cancer and the people who support them, including their employers, coworkers and caregivers, by providing practical guidance, free publications, educational seminars and support groups, as well as a comprehensive Web site.

In acknowledging the support of the sponsors, including the Lauder family, and in particular Evelyn Lauder, who was present at the event, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded 17 years ago by Lauder and Self magazine, Jacobson reminded guests: “It’s easy to forget how lucky we are, and the beauty industry and the Lauders have set the standard. They have created a company of philanthropists who care enough to commit to improving the lives of women everywhere.”

Sue Devitt Launches SpaComplexion

Sue Devitt, the Australian-born international makeup artist who launched her own brand of cosmetics, presented the newest addition to her globally inspired, health-conscious brand. At an event held at New York’s Park Avenue Winter restaurant, Devitt, with business partner and CEO Eric Horowitz, welcomed the press to sample SpaComplexion, and learn about its ingredient technology and beauty aesthetic.