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Information in our industry travels fast which is why we have created the CoValence Labs Blog. The purpose of our blog is to educate and discuss industry news with anyone and everyone that is involved with the personal care industry. We will be utilizing our blog as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep communication flowing, educating and to ultimately enhance our customer service.

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Tea-Tree is the ‘Steel Magnolia’ for acne skincare.

7.24.14

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CoValence’s Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser is a straightforward product that delivers straightforward results – clean, healthy and protected skin. There really is not much ‘fluff’ that we can add to the product story…except that our clients continue to rave about the ‘clear’ success from this quiet hero.

Designed for oily and problematic skin, this light, foaming cleanser’s main ingredient is Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, more commonly known as Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic that heals breakouts, reduces inflammation and infection, in addition to protecting against bacteria and other environmental toxins.

Regular use of Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser will revitalize and refine skin, while greatly reducing clogged pores… keeping it smooth, soothed, and properly moisturized. Providing a gentle, soothing experience for your skin every time.

Paraben-Free – Fragrance-Free – Gluten-Free – Fragrance Free

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Sit back, relax and try our cooling gel moisturizer, Calypso Cool.

7.17.14

Calypso Cool

Calypso was, and still is, defined as a form of folk song music, originating and resonating in the Caribbean Islands. It is an eclectic blend of both lyric and rhythm. Calypso has been known to bring together the masses by song and sea-making the perfect harmonic blend. 

Calypso Cool on the other hand, is not defined by song but most definitely inspired by sea. Our cooling gel moisturizer was developed using the flowing waters as our muse. Once applied to the skin, you will be struck by the vast cooling properties this product has to offer you.  The crisp coral-colored gel is what defines Calypso Cool and makes it stand out from any and every other moisturizing product out there.

The enticing aroma alone will have your senses in an uproar-making you believe you really are on the Caribbean Islands, with the calypso sounds surrounding you! Luscious blends of Banana Fruit Extract and Tropical Fruit Harvest make up just a few of the many active interests that resonate in this moisturizer.

Formulated to awaken, cool, and then replenish the skin, Calypso Cool provides a unique method to your daily skin regimen. The gel texture of the moisturizer works to satisfy all skin types and has no limitations. It can be applied to either the body or face, providing a gentle sensation that consumes your skin.

Active Interests:

  • Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract – Rich in potassium, vitamins A, B (folate), and C, softens and smoothes the skin, mild antioxidant 
  • Tropical Fruit Harvest™ (Carica Papaya (Papaya),  Mangifera Indica (Mango) Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extracts) – Rich in vitamins, minerals and fruit acids, nourishing, antioxidant, moisturizing, mild exfoliator, immune boosting
  • Bisabolol (L-alpha) – Acts as an anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, reduces sensitivity, alleviates heat while soothing skin irritation
  • Menthyl Lactate (L) – Ester of menthol and lactic acid, cooling, soothes irritation with analgesic properties
  • Pectin (Fruit Enzymes) – Obtained from diluted acid extracts of citrus fruit rinds or apple pumice, water-binding to help retain moisture, softening

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Private Stock Peptide Serum – Shhh…Only the best for you! 

7.15.14

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Truth be told, the Private Stock Peptide Serum was something we wanted for ourselves…so, we made it as our ‘Private Stock”! Word leaked out that we concocted a proprietary, topical product that has the tendency to mimic the effects of aggressive anti-age procedures, overtime, without the scary side effects. Therefore, we reluctantly made it available for everyone to enjoy. Okay, maybe we weren’t reluctant to share it, but the Private Stock Peptide Serum is definitely one of our secret anti-aging weapons. We use the Private Stock Peptide Serum daily to combat wrinkles, smooth skin, and protect from environmental debris, not to mention the feeling of being a tad spoiled!

There are two major anti-aging components to the Private Stock Peptide Serum that collaborate to create a wrinkle-free existence on your skin. The first is Argireline™, a powerful anti‐wrinkle hexapeptide with a Botulinum toxin‐inspired activity. The second ingredient is Matrixyl Synth6™, a tripeptide found in collagen VI and laminins, smoothes wrinkles from the inside by stimulating the synthesis of the macromolecules in the dermal/epidermal junction that are needed for structure.

Once the skin has been regulated and smoothed, the skin protector comes out with guns blazing. The major protecting ingredient here is Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, more commonly known as White Tea Leaf Extract, which boosts the immune function of skin cells, protects against sun damage, protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage. Essentially this ingredient is powerful enough to protect from environmental toxins, UV damage, and any other stress that shows on skin.

When it comes down to it, some of the best kept secrets are the simplest formulas. The Private Stock Peptide Serum is no different… it is a simple, but mighty formula. The ingredients are powerful and easy to sell, which makes the Private Stock one of CoValence best kept secrets…until now!

Active Interests:

  • Argireline™ (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) - A powerful anti-wrinkle hexapeptide with a Botulinum toxin-inspired activity
  • Matrixyl Synth6(Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38) - Wrinkle filler derived from tripeptide found in collagen VI and laminins, smoothes wrinkles from the inside by stimulating the synthesis of the macromolecules in the dermal/epidermal junction that are needed for structure
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract - Boosts the immune function of skin cells, protects against the sun damage, protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage

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Take Refuge from Irritated Skin.

7.10.14

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Our Refuge HC is just that – salvation from those itchy and irritated skin conditions that occur either regularly or sporadically. This clear gel is paraben-free, great for all skin types, and focuses mainly on fighting bacteria, reducing inflammation, wound healing, and eliminating redness. Simply apply this gel to dry, scaly skin and feel the soothing properties soaking in providing immediate relief. Consider your skin rescued!

There are three major ingredients in Refuge HC that contribute to the overall soothing function. The main hero is Hydrocortisone, which is used to reduce swelling, itching, and redness that occur from various skin conditions. The second ingredient is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, which comes from the succulent plant of the same name. This ingredient is healing, moisturizing, and has anti‐inflammatory properties that reduce redness and irritation. The third soothing ingredient is Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, better known as White Ginger Extract, which is an anti‐inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant, as well as a collagenase inhibitor that keeps skin flexible and taut.

Once your skin is soothed and moisturized and the redness has been reduced, it’s time to heal the skin and get it back to its original state. Two major ingredients in Refuge HC do just that…The first is Bisabolol, which acts as an anti‐inflammatory and wound‐healer that reduces skin sensitivity and alleviates heat trapped in the skin. The second ingredient is Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, more commonly known as Rose Hip Oil, which is a great source of immune-boosting Vitamin C, flavonoids, and caroteinoids. It also aids in cell protection and regeneration, it preserves skin elasticity, is an anti‐inflammatory, and fights bacteria so that your skin gets back to stasis and so do you (because you’re not itching!).

Don’t forget, Refuge HC is not only a fantastic product that helps to heal skin sensitivities, it is also an amazing take-home product to be added to any chemical and enzyme peel protocol, once skin starts to heal after the peeling. Whether you have on-going skin sensitivities or you are in need of a product to speed up healing after a professional peel, Refuge HC will give your skin the refuge it deserves.

Active Interests: 

  • Hydrocortisone: Used to reduce swelling, itching, and redness that occur from various skin conditions
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder: Succulent plant, healing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties 
  • Hedychium Coronarium (White Ginger) Root Extract: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, collagenase inhibitor allows maintaining protein levels and skinning flexibility
  • Bisabolol (L-alpha): Acts as an anti-inflammatory, wound-healer, reduces sensitivity, alleviates heat while soothing skin irritation 
  • Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil: Vitamin C, flavonoids, caroteinoids, aids in cell protection and regeneration, soothes, preserves skin elasticity, anti-inflammatory, fights bacteria

 

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Celebrate National Mojito Day with our famous Mojito Tonic and Mojito Peel!

7.8.14

Did you know National Mojito Day is July 11th?

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Our skin care mixologists are mixing the Mojito Tonic so it can ship quick. The Mojito Peel is made to order.

Mojito Tonic (VLT0.2011) is an exotic facial cocktail that was developed to gently exfoliate the skin by combing it with glycolic acid and sugar cane extract. The Lime and Spearmint Oil leave your skin feeling refreshed and ready to party!

Mojito Peel (VLT0.3007) is a combination of a unique Sugar Cane Extract (a natural component of Glycolic Acid) plus Glycolic Acid, that helps you say “adiós” to dull, rough skin and “hola” to gorgeous, radiant skin. PRO USE ONLY

 

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Does your SPF do enough?

7.1.14

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CoValence’s DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45 is one of those development discoveries that had started off on a different course…

In the beginning, our course of action was to create a DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45 that gave an elegant experience, without chalkiness…which is a tall order for a high powered natural SPF.  Well, we did accomplish the product we wanted to create, but during the testing our R&D team quickly realized that the DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45 also gave skin a more flawless coverage which helped to conceal and improve skin imperfections (see Visia CR imaging ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures below; skin discolorations were reduced from 106 spots to 81 spots right after application). In addition, our testers started to receive compliments left and right about how fresh and healthy their skin looked, from people who saw them daily.  The only difference now was that our testers were using the DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45, under their makeup or without any makeup at all.

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After the compliments kept rolling in, we realized that our mundanely named, DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45 was something greater than a high strength DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45, it also worked as a skin primer… creating a beautiful canvas on skin while protecting our precious skin from the harmful environment. The added antioxidants, including the heart of green tea, resveratrol and nourishing protection from linoleic acid, gave a new life and cache to our DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45, which is why the magnificent end result became our DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45.

We are pretty lucky working at CoValence… we have our choice of literally thousands of high-end skin care products, but DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45 is now one that the testers wear daily without fail.

Try a sample and you will soon find out for yourself that DNA Prime-Natural SPF 45 will help create a flawless complexion, while protecting skin from the environment and making skin healthier the more you use it.

Here is an article about the best make-up primers from totalbeauty.com.

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Upcoming Cosmetic Webinars

7.1.14

 

EU COSMETIC REGULATION WEBINAR – July 9, 2014 

When exporting to Europe, non-EU manufacturers of ingredients, raw materials, and finished cosmetic products face several obligations laid out by the Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009. This webinar will guide participants  on how to achieve compliance and successful exports to Europe. Participants will be invited to ask questions and we’ll make sure to address the common misunderstandings. Properly informed on this very topic, each participant will leave the webinar with a better understanding of the critical information to collect in order to achieve full compliance.

Date: July 9, 2014

Time: 10AM PDT/ 1PM EDT

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost:  $125 Dollars

Key Topics Addressed:

Responsible Person’s Role
Cosmetic Claims
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
Labeling Requirements
Product Information File and Safety Assessment
CPNP notification, Nanomaterials, etc.

Click here for details and to register for the program

 

CHILE WEBINAR – July 24, 2014

ICMAD and the U.S. Commercial Service are partnering to offer a series of webinars on “A Practical Guide to Selling Cosmetics Overseas.” Together, we have developed six webinars to introduce companies interested in selling to new international markets. This webinar will focus on Chile. Featured speakers will be U.S. Commercial Service in-country specialists to discuss the market and distribution channels, and experts from local government agencies or regulatory consultants to explain the registration processes in each country. Register for this Event

Date: July 24, 2014

Time: 10AM PDT/ 1PM EDT

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost:  $75 Dollars

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Are you concerned about your pore size?

7.1.14

 

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According to L’Oréal Paris, today more than ever, women are fixated on the size of their pores. According to new research conducted among more than 2,000 adults in February 2014 by Harris Poll on behalf of L’Oréal Paris, nearly half of women (45%) wish they could change the size of their pores and almost one in three women (28%) are more concerned about their pore size than wrinkles. This obsession has even led dermatologists to coin the term “porexia” for those who have a neurosis about their pores.

Read the rest of the article at GCI.

CoValence has a great product in our ‘Vault’ to reduce pore size called Minimalist Toner.

Minimalist (VLT0.2012) is an excellent every day toner, particularly ideal for large pores, and formulated with natural botanicals such as Algae Extract and Lemongrass Oil. So clear away the oil, close the pores and make way for new, refreshed skin!

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Annual vlogging competition launches as beauty reviewers continue to dominate.

6.26.14

By Lucy Whitehouse +, 12-Jun-2014

The third annual FACE awards have been launched by NYX Cosmetics, recognizing talent within the booming world of video blogging (or vlogging).

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Mintel Identifies a Current Leading Claim in Skin Care

6.26.14

Posted content from GCI on June 16, 2014 

Sometimes it’s not about what’s in your beauty products but what isn’t—and this seems to be especially true of the skin care sector. High interest in ultra-gentle skin care is consistent with an overall category shift toward more products positioned as gentle or appropriate for sensitive skin. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD), thus far in 2014, sensitive skin claims represent 25% of total skin care claims, compared to 15% in 2009. What’s more, 71% of facial skin care users say they are interested in ultra-gentle products.

Sales trends also reflect this move toward natural skin care. Mintel estimates sales of sensitive/gentle skin care products are more than $202 million, with the majority of sales coming from the facial cleanser and facial moisturizer segments. Sensitive and gentle skin care products are also capturing a greater percentage of facial cleanser and moisturizer sales.

“While facial skin care products have typically highlighted the addition of ingredients such as vitamins and botanicals, the category appears to be moving toward highlighting what’s not in the formula—fragrance, dyes, etc.,” says Shannon Romanowski, senior beauty and personal care analyst. “This move toward gentle skin care is a reflection of consumers’ desire for performance combined with increased concern and awareness regarding what is being put on their skin.”

Consumers seem to be big fans of the pared down approach, as almost a quarter (24%) of facial skin care users say they look for products with natural, organic ingredients. Twenty-two percent seek out products that are free from certain ingredients like parabens or fragrances, and 21% are interested in items that are designed specifically for sensitive skin.

“While future growth is expected to remain slow, there are opportunities for more customized and convenience-driven product options. Value-added products that enhance health and wellness, extend usage occasions, or tap into the convenience-driven mindset of male and multicultural shoppers stand to gain,” adds Romanowski. “In addition, a consumer shift toward gentle skin care benefits also reflects an opportunity, especially among women and black consumers.”

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