Australia is synonymous with boomerangs, crocodiles and kangaroos. Tea tree oil (TTO) is another offering that is associated with this country, as Australians have used TTO for centuries. Today, TTO is used for everything from dandruff care to wound care.

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On June 24, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, H.R. 2359. This is the second time that this trio of legislators has introduced a bill by this name, and the bill could potentially have a major impact on the cosmetics industry.

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We all need to treat ourselves from time to time. Some people do it with chocolate; others with a shopping trip. But, many crave a trip to the spa, where they can relax and rejuvenate in the lap of luxury.

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Did you know an estimated 85% of individuals 12–24 years of age suffer from acne? Not only does this number appear to be rising, but acne is affecting an older demographic as well with an estimated 50% of adult women and 25% of adult men suffering from it at some point in their lives.

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Staying safe in the sun is a huge concern for anyone spending time outdoors. Whether your shoppers are lounging at the beach, working outside or just taking a stroll through the park, they are at risk for skin damage from the sun. Sunscreen is essential, but with so many on the market, it is difficult for consumers to know the differences and which to choose. Thankfully, there are numerous natural choices to keep skin safe from burns without coating it with harmful chemicals.

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There’s only one thing better than a bright, happy smile: keeping that grin clean the natural way. Oral hygiene is an important part of the natural market since customers want to keep their teeth shiny, gums healthy and breath fresh.

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Many Americans recycle, carry reusable bags and use reusable water bottles. What else can consumers do to protect the environment Well, women can play a special role in conservation if they choose green menstruation products. The market for eco-friendly feminine hygiene products—be they disposable (but organic) or reusable products—is evolving and ever-changing to better meet women’s needs.

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Our skin says a lot about us. Whether we’re tired, stressed out or eating an unbalanced diet, our skin will tell the tales. Natural skincare and makeup companies are hard at work to ensure our outer layer is glowing and healthy with products that are more innovative than ever. Topical probiotics, plant stem cells and long-lasting mineral makeup are just some of the tools personal care specialists are using to help shoppers look—and feel—their best.

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If vaginal dryness is affecting some of your female customers, inform them of the benefits of natural personal lubricants and the drawbacks of synthetic ingredients.

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What makes the difference between natural shampoos and conditioners and those fortified with synthetic components? The ingredients, of course! Synthetic agents in traditional shampoos and conditioners are designed to mimic the desirable cleansing and conditioning properties of ingredients found organically in nature. This month’s HBC Counter profiles a few select ingredients often found in natural shampoos and conditioners.

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