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.

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