By  on August 17, 2007

Extracts was bigger than ever this week, featuring 75 companies at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The four-day show kicked off Sunday and hosted more than 6,000 visitors, officials said.

The trade show ran concurrently with New York's Newest, a launching pad for companies new to the New York International Gift Fair, and boosted its number of exhibitors by 15 percent from last year, thanks partly to the extra space for exhibitors since the New York Home Textiles Show, which in the past was housed at the Metropolitan Pavilion, was relocated to the NYIGF at the Jacob Javits Center.

"Extracts has ex­perienc­­ed steady growth over the last few years and the additional space at the Metropolitan Pav­ilion allowed us to continue our expansion," said Rita Malek, Extracts show manager.

According to Malek, Extracts is continuing to attract an increasingly diverse group of retail buyers from the spa, pharmacy and hospitality industries, along with independent specialty buyers from gift shops, home decor stores, museums and bookstores.

At Extracts' Best Products contest, winners were selected in six categories. Colorlab Cosmetics beat out 75 products to take home the top prize for its Colorlab Custom Cosmetics. Dr. Carolyn's Collection won the Bath & Body award, while Nougat London Ltd. finished first in the Beauty Accessory category. Mommy Makeup won for Cosmetic & Fragrance, Danielle & Company came out on top in the Natural/Organic category, and Chic Baby Inc. was honored for Packaging.

The show featured 250 personal care and well-being lines from around the world. Standout brands included Colorlab Cosmetics and Nougat London Ltd.

Florame Aromathérapie, Semeli Natural Products and Pur-lisse were also praised with the continued growth of organic products.

Colorlab Cosmetics is hoping to bring some excitement to U.S. department store beauty counters this fall with the American debut of its custom-blending assort­ment. The Chi­cago-based company launch­ed its own brand two years ago in Europe in stores like Gallerie Lafayette and Selfridges. Colorlab now offers mineral makeup, eye shadows, foundation, lipsticks, lip glosses, lip and brow pencils and blushes and bronzers in both loose and pressed powdered forms. The custom-blended lip gloss retails for $16, while foundation is available for $42. With new patent-pending technology, consumers will be able to create lipsticks in any shade, texture and intensity, choosing from lipstick bases like crème, matte and butter. Consumers will also be able to choose from 20 different flavors like mimosa and pink champagne, along with additional features like moisturizing and plumping.London-based lifestyle brand Nougat London Ltd. is preparing to build its U.S. brand awareness this fall. The 25-year-old apparel company entered the beauty business with a bath, body and home collection a decade ago. Available in 16 countries, Nougat London's beauty collection is currently sold in the U.K. at John Lewis, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods. The brand will have its U.S. debut at Henri Bendel this month, followed by a rollout in high-end specialty stores. While all products are available in the two original fragrances — Tuberose & Jasmine and Fig & Pink Cedar — the company recently introduced three limited edition fragrances, Cherry Blossom, Lychee & Peony and Wild Amber & Lily. Although select items like a hand cream, hand wash and soap are available in limited edition fragrances, the company plans to expand the collections. Most recently, the company introduced an eau de parfum and solid perfume in the two original fragrances.

Another standout at this year's show was created by Jennifer Yen, a former actress suffering from problematic skin. Determined to treat and prevent her breakouts, Yen created Pur-lisse, inspired by Chinese beauty secrets from her grandmother. Yen wanted to create a skin care collection that combined Chinese skin care recipes containing blue lotus and white tea with modern technology. Known as an Asian water lily symbolizing feminine beauty in China, blue lotus is said to contain powerful antioxidants and antiaging benefits that help diminish fine lines and wrinkles and moisturize the skin. White tea, another antioxidant that was discovered in China over 5,000 years ago, defends skin against stress, cellular damage and other airborne impurities. Launching in September in C.O. Bigelow's West Village location in New York and skinstore.com, the Pur-lisse collection offers eight products, including a Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover, Moisturizer and Age-Delaying Skin Serum. Products retail from $22 for the Lip Nourisher to $135 for the Brightening Serum. The company hopes to expand the line in other high-end boutiques and specialty stores.

Eurocosmetica unveiled its new bath, body, hair and skin care brand Semeli Natural Products at this week's show as well. The formula contains Eurocosmetica's trademark Greek organic olive oil, an ingredient known for its high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. Designed to deeply nourish the skin, enhance its elasticity and restore lost hydration, the olive oil is combined with botanical extracts to offer additional antiaging benefits. With 24 paraben- and petroleum-free products, the year-old company is targeting spas, salons, high-end boutiques, Greek specialty stores and apothecaries.French-based company Florame Aromathérapie is also bringing its home, body and skin care line to the U.S. this fall. The company, whose philosophy is about "empowering people with the healing benefits of aromatherapy," launched more than 130 essential oils in the early Nineties. A few years ago, the company decided to enter the beauty business with a home, body, hair and skin care collection for women, along with a men's skin care line. With six freestanding Florame boutiques in France and Japan, the company now plans to open two freestanding stores in San Antonio. Available in 400 doors in France at pharmacies and natural and organic stores, the company is targeting high-end health food stores, spas and yoga centers. The men's skin care line will be sold in 26 Whole Foods stores. Each of the items in the assortment contains the Cosmetique Bio Charte Cosmebio certification, ensuring that a minimum of 95 percent of all ingredients are natural or of natural origin, a minimum of 95 percent of the vegetable ingredients are organic and a minimum of 10 percent of the end product ingredients are organic.

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