NEW YORK — Extracts took on an international flavor this season.
For five years Extracts has been providing department and specialty store buyers with a glimpse of the coming trends and novelty items in personal care, aromatherapy, fragrance and cosmetics. This spring the semiannual show did that — and then some — spilling into more square footage than ever before at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in order to accommodate all 300 exhibitors. The show ran last Friday through Monday.
Considered by many to be the beauty industry’s ultimate lifestyle trade show, this spring’s exhibition revealed an abundance of international vendors featuring products reflecting their homeland.
Chidoriya from Japan, displayed delicately packaged soap key chains, hairpins topped with cushioned fabric and handmade hair combs slipped into fabric-lined wood cases. Chidoriya won the Outstanding Creative Packaging award, one of four awards issued by Extracts at the show.
NoKaOi Fragrances of Hawaii, based in Honolulu, presented perfumes capturing the heady floral bouquets of the Hawaiian islands. Aloha Orchid Mist, a purple perfume with sweet orchid notes, was introduced at Extracts.
Starfish Oils from Kingston, Jamaica, launched sweet smelling No Mosquito Candle and Body Spray that uses lemongrass, Siberian fir and eucalyptus as its main ingredients, with just enough citronella to keep bugs away.
Uhma Nagri from Salvador, Brazil, infuses plant extracts from the craijiru, guacatonga, pequi, copaiba and cupuaco plants, found in the Amazon rainforest, in its anti-aging and skin care lines.
Korres from Athens, Greece presented a line of sun care products, which will be sold at Lafco New York in SoHo. The line includes a face cream made with avocado, a body oil and an aloe vera body emulsion.
Caledonia Bath & Body joined Extracts from Stirlingshire, Scotland, bringing a piece of their homeland in an extensive line of products called Essence of Scotland. Caledonia offers three lines, Escape, Free Spirit and Solitude, all of which include ingredients indigenous to Scotland. Solitude contains oak moss, which grows on many trees in the highlands of Scotland, for example.
Domestic vendors brought their wares to Extracts, too. And not unlike their international counterparts, some touted their regional highlights.
Worthington-Grey presented their mineral bath crystals which are grown in the Pacific Northwest near the company’s headquarters.
Cowgirl Enterprises from Boulder, Colo. brought their line of skin care products that are filled with ingredients indigenous to the desert, such as sunflower oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera.
Vermont Soapworks and J.R. Liggett’s of New Hampshire represented New England with personal care products representative of an earlier era. Both companies feature portraits of women on some of their items and also include natural ingredients in their formulas.
Other vendors also stood out from the crowd.
Osea skin care products won Best Overall Product. Its creator, Jenefer Palmer, spent 12 years formulating the line, which includes items such as a Red Algae Mask, made with red algae imported from France.
Caswell-Massey was awarded Best New Product for Casma Stepping Out, a fragrance reminiscent of the Twenties which blends rose, jasmine and magnolia petals. It is touched with vanilla and silken musk and sprinkled with ginger and bergamot. The fragrance is packaged in a strappy evening shoe and is also available as a body creme, powder, soap, lotion and gel. It launches in May, in time for Mother’s Day.