HSN DEBUT: Pangea Organics is helping make the case that organic skin care products have reached their tipping point this year. The Boulder, Colo.-based brand made its HSN debut Thursday, is launching next week at Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, will hit Macy’s shelves in October and, in the spring, will enter Sephora stores in Europe. Pangea founder Joshua Onysko estimated the brand has tripled its distribution in the past year and will be available in 2,000 doors by the end of this year. He added that Pangea has experienced growth surpassing 650 percent in the past 20 months and expects to generate some $10 million in sales this year. “This has been the fastest year of my life,” he said. For holiday, Pangea is introducing three different gift boxes containing three items each that, when planted, sprout spruce trees. The gift boxes are priced at $30 to $40, while Pangea’s entire range runs from roughly $7 to $40. The brand has also partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP on a kids’ line called The Lorax Project, which will be unveiled with some 21 products in the spring.
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BASIC MOVE: Basic Research, the Salt Lake City-based distributor of the StriVectin and Amatokin skin care brands, has named Brad Stewart president. Stewart, a 25-year veteran of finance and operations, joined the firm in May 2007 as chief financial officer. Prior to joining Basic Research, Stewart had spent eight years at Arthur Andersen. He also has directed and completed two initial public offerings and has experience in foreign exchange transactions.
GREEN SCENE: Neal’s Yard Remedies will host its first annual Natural Beauty Honours award ceremony next Thursday, which will pay tribute to people the British beauty brand believes have helped increase eco-awareness in the health and beauty fields. The first recipients of the accolade will be designer Bella Freud, Zac and Sheherazade Goldsmith, Jade Jagger and Green & Blacks chocolate brand founder Josephine Fairley.
CREATIVE LAUNCH: Niche fragrance marketer Creative Universe is rolling out its seventh scent, a citrusy blend of green mandarin, vanilla, amber and rose petals that’s called Element of Attraction. The women’s eau de toilette, which was first introduced in June, is to reach a new women’s fashion boutique, called Pas de Deux, on East 11th Street in Manhattan next week. Element of Attraction comes in a 4.3-oz. bottle priced at $72. The Creative Universe brand, which was launched in 1995 by founder Beth Terry, is carried at 150 stores worldwide including Barneys New York and Colette in Paris.
BOUFFANTS AND BUBBLY: Starting November, frizz-phobes visiting the Channel Islands will be able to head straight to the Grand Hotel Jersey for tress-taming over cocktails. The hotel has teamed up with straightening irons brand GHD to offer the “GHD Spa Bar” — tables located in its Champagne bar equipped with straighteners and moveable mirrored screens. The service is free but on weekends, patrons must book in advance and purchase of a bottle of Champagne.