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OCA optimistic for organic products in 2008

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON The Organic Consumers Association has announced that it expects 2008 to a breakout year for USDA organic personal products.

“We are pleased that, despite widespread misleading organic claims on shampoos, body washes and lotions made with synthetic surfactants, silicones and preservatives, numerous companies have stepped up to make real organic alternatives that will be widely available in 2008,” stated Ronnie Cummins, executive director of the OCA.

The association, which represents more than 500,000 members, is urging consumers to look for the USDA organic seal on products if they want to be certain “they are truly organic.”

Personal care companies may represent that they are USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified “organic” and display the USDA organic seal, or “made with organic,” so long as such products are certified to meet the NOP standards, the group stated.

One such company is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which is introducing 18 USDA certified organic personal products in March, ranging from shaving gels to a hair conditioning rinse.

“Organic personal care should be like organic food for the skin, based on organic agriculture and free of synthetic ingredients that organic consumers seek to avoid,” stated David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps.

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Walgreens hosts launch of Merlot Skin Care lip moisturizer

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas Merlot Skin Care, a maker of grape-seed based skin care products, is launching at Walgreens in March its new Lip Moisturizer.

The lip product is made with natural grape seed oil and beeswax and offers SPF 15 protection.

“Coming out of the harsh winter months, Merlot’s Lip Moisturizer delivers needed relief,” stated Wayne Beckley, founder of Merlot Skin Care. “The soothing beeswax and Merlot’s signature natural grape seed oil make for an unbeatable combination of protection and conditioning. Put it in your pocket for great lip care on the go.”

The .15 ounce tube is expected to retail for $2.99.

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Rogers appointed to Physicians Formula board of directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Cosmetics company Physicians Formula has appointed Jeff Rogers, the company’s president, to join its board of directors. He succeeds Craig Frances, who has resigned to devote more time to his other business activities.

Rogers has served as president of the company since August 2006 and as senior vice president of sales from January 1998 to August 2006. He joined the beauty company in April 1991 as a sales director and was promoted to vice president of sales in June 1991. Previously, Rogers worked at Revlon and Del Laboratories.

“We appreciate Craig Frances’ contribution to Physicians Formula and thank him for his valued input and contribution over the past four years,” stated Ingrid Jackel, chief executive officer.

Current board member Jeff Berry will assume Frances’ roles as chair of the compensation committee. In addition, current board member Sonya Brown will join the compensation committee and will also assume the role of chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee.

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