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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Ear candling is an alternative medicine practice claimed to support one’s health and well-being. Much has changed in this category over the past year, so it’s key that retailers selling such candles be up on the newest information available for this market.

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Looking great entails stripping down to build back up. Hygiene and cleanliness is the stripping down of a layer of yesterday’s scented products and the invisible dirt that naturally accumulates, while building back up is the post-cleaning application of skin-softening and hydrating products and makeup. The process repeats every day.

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Today’s natural consumers are savvy about labels. As the implications of understanding label claims and seeking out reputable certifications and stamps increases, shoppers are taking a closer look at their products before they buy.

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Chances are, you've heard "times are tough" a lot this year. But, just how tough has it been on natural products businesses? Well, according to the 2010 WholeFoods Retailer Survey, many stores are pulling out of the recession in stride as they report strong, even thriving sales.

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When it comes to rest and relaxation, almost everyone can agree that spas are great places to spend a little down time. However, with this economic recession, consumers may be a little strapped for cash and a pricey trip to the spa may be out of the question.

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Our skin goes through a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. In order to maintain radiant, healthy, glowing skin, it is important to take proper care of it every day.

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teens

Natural products can help teen customers cope with problematic skin.

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private labeling

For the last few years, consumers have been reevaluating their buying habits, doing their research and looking for more value for their dollars. As a result, private label brands have seen an upswing in sales because of the value they offer.

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2010 Retailer of the Year

Retailer of the Year New Seasons Market ushers in a new era of natural products retail stores.

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