Organic skin care company Raw Gaia announces the launch of three luxurious gift sets from its distinctive range of living skin care products. The gift sets will be available for purchase from September 10th, in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Raw Gaia is quickly becoming a very popular organic skin care brand. Using only organic, vegan, and as much as possible, fairtrade ingredients, products are hand-made through a special low temperature process in order to retain all the life energy, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and EFAs in the ingredients.
As a result, Raw Gaia’s skin care products are unusually pure and have wonderful moisturising and healing qualities.
The gifts sets to be launched are:
This complete skin care set will give your face and body the living nourishment it truly deserves. Containing some of Raw Gaia’s best selling products, this is a real pampering treat for yourself and as a gift for your loved ones! (RRP: £48)
• For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser. A beautiful feminine cream with revitalising rosehip, evening primrose and palmarosa. 60 ml jar
• Floral Face Toner. An uplifting and refreshing spray that helps to tonify, balance and revitalise all types of skin. With rose otto, neroli, palmarosa, chamomile and melissa. 100 ml bottle.
• Living Facial Cleanser. Leaves your face wonderfully cleansed & nourished. Made with cold-pressed oils, essential oils & floral waters with outstanding anti-bacterial & nourishing properties. 100 ml bottle.
• Wildcrafted & Fairly Traded Shea Butter. Rich in vitamins A, E & F, it is a fantastic moisturiser for the body and makes the skin feel wonderfully smooth. 90g jar.
• Sun-dried Green Clay Face Pack. A wonderful detox face pack that gently draws out toxins and environmental pollutants under the skin in order to heal and clean while giving your face a nice lift and glow. 65g jar.
• Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm. A soothing vegan lip balm with zesty orange essential oil. It helps nourish & heal dry & chapped lips as well as to promote the growth of new skin cells. 10 ml tin.
A great starter pack to experience the benefits and sensual nourishment of Raw Gaia’s living skin care range. It includes Raw Gaia’s new Detox Living Massage Bar, which is great for drawing out toxins and beautifying the skin as well as the Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm, which helps to nourish and heal chapped lips. (RRP £29)
• For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser. A beautiful feminine cream with revitalising rosehip, evening primrose and palmarosa. 60 ml jar
• Floral Face Toner. An uplifting and refreshing spray that helps to tonify, balance and revitalise all types of skin. With rose otto, neroli, palmarosa, chamomile and melissa. 100 ml bottle
• Detox Living Massage Bar: A lovely massage bar that helps to break up and draw out toxins that lie just below the skin’s surface while at the same time, softening and beautifying the skin. With cacao butter and detoxifying essential oils.
• Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm. A soothing vegan lip balm with zesty orange essential oil. It helps to nourish and heal dry and chapped lips as well as promote the growth of new skin cells. 10 ml tin
The vast majority of baby skin care products contain chemicals, parabens, heated oils, etc. and lack any living qualities. This gift set will allow parents to give their babies of one of the most pure and nourishing skin care available anywhere. Includes the For Her Babies Living Cream, created for very sensitive skin and ideal for conditions such eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. (RRP £27)
• For Her Babies Living Cream: A pure & soothing herbal cream, with healing calendula, comfrey and St John's wort. Effective for nappy rashes & conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Unscented. 60 ml jar
• Massage Oil For Her Babies: A gentle & pure baby massage oil that is calming and highly nourishing. With macerated lime blossom oil, which has wonderful relaxation properties. 50 ml bottle
• Floral Water Spray For Her Babies: This floral water spray helps to cool and heal delicate or inflamed skin. With chamomile, lavender and rose otto, which have a calming, balancing effect.
Raw Gaia is currently the only company in the world producing a full range of living skin care products. These are hand-made using only organic, vegan and unheated ingredients, free of any chemicals, through a low temperature process. This offers two advantages over traditional high-temperature methods: it ensures that all the natural nutrients beneficial to skin are retained and avoids the creation of toxic compounds.
Raw Gaia Launches 100% Organic, Raw, Vegan and Hand-Made Skin Care Products
Press Dispensary - 06 June 2006 - Raw Gaia ( www.rawgaia.com ), a Brighton-based natural skin care company, announces the launch of an unusually pure range of hand-crafted creams, moisturisers, lip balms and massage bars made using only 100% organic, raw and vegan ingredients.
The main benefit of a skin care product made with raw, living ingredients - such as cacao butter, cold-pressed oils and essential oils - is that the body is nourished from the life force, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals present within these substances. In contrast, a high temperature treatment - such as that used to make the vast majority of skin care products - destroys most of this goodness.
Managing director Lisa Lennon comments: "Our products are made by hand, carefully avoiding temperatures above 40°C, to ensure the ingredients retain all their living energy. This makes Raw Gaia truly different."
Raw Gaia's skin care range is free from petrochemicals, artificial colourants and parfums, glycols, lauryl sulphates, parabens, preservatives, synthetic additives, bulking agents and hidden ingredients. Products do not contain any toxic transfatty acids, as the oils are not heat treated.
Hector Bolanos, sales and marketing director, adds: "Our products are absolutely pure - so pure that you could in fact, eat them. As a result of their purity and living nature, they are highly nourishing and effective. Many people have said their skin starts to feel firmer and softer, blemishes and dark patches start to disappear, that their eczema has improved after using our products."
All Raw Gaia products are available at selected stores or can be bought online at www.rawgaia.com.
Notes for editors Raw Gaia was started in Brighton by Lisa Lennon and Hector Bolanos during 2006. For many years, the couple searched for the ideal moisturiser, made with ingredients as fresh and close to nature as possible. Unable to find anything suitable, Lisa started experimenting in the kitchen and making her own creams. Eventually, she came up with a product that is one of the purest creams on the market. The success with this cream led her to develop a range of other skin care products.
For more information, please contact: Hector Bolanos Sales and marketing director
Colgate will buy Tom's of Maine $100m deal may help boost sales of leader in natural products niche By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff | March 22, 2006
Tom's of Maine -- a niche brand whose renown as a socially responsible maker of natural products exceeds its market share -- is selling itself to Colgate-Palmolive Co. for about $100 million, the company said yesterday.
Best known for toothpaste, Tom's of Maine got its start in 1970 by making a phosphate-free laundry detergent. Over the years, cofounder Tom Chappell, 63, poked fun at major brands like Colgate, saying they put artificial additives in their toothpastes while Tom's of Maine used natural ingredients.
Chappell said he will continue to run the brand from its Kennebunk headquarters. None of the privately held firm's approximately 170 jobs will be lost, he said.
''We'll be a stand-alone subsidiary," said Chappell. ''And we have a commitment from Colgate that our formulas will not be tampered with.
Colgate-Palmolive of New York plans to keep the Tom's of Maine brand name and hopes to use its significant distribution network and marketing muscle to boost sales. With annual revenue of nearly $50 million, Tom's of Maine said it can grow faster with Colgate in what Colgate estimates is a fast-growing $3 billion US market for natural oral-care and personal products.
''People are more and more concerned about what's going in and on their bodies," said Bruce Cohen, a strategist in the San Francisco office of the consulting firm Kurt Salmon Associates.
''Tom's has been around for a long time and they have very passionate employees and very passionate consumers. People who use Tom's products use all of Tom's products -- the toothpaste, the deodorant, and facial products. And they're evangelical about it. You can't say that about Colgate toothpaste."
Other New England companies that focus on natural ingredients have also sold to bigger players in recent years. The list includes ice cream's Ben & Jerry's (Unilever PLC); Nantucket Nectars of Juice Guys fame (ultimately bought by Cadbury Schweppes); and Stonyfield Farm yogurt (Groupe Danone, a French company known for its Dannon brand yogurt).
While entrepreneurs at these kinds of companies do financially well for themselves while running them, they can reap bigger returns by selling their firms.
''At some point, some of these guys just might want to buy a small island off the coast of Belize," said Tobe Berkovitz, an associate dean at Boston University's School of Communication.
Cofounders Tom and Kate Chappell said the decision to sell to Colgate was partly about broadening Tom's of Maine's reach.
''We chose Colgate as our partner because they have the global expertise to help take Tom's of Maine to the next level," they said in a statement. ''We see Colgate as an excellent fit with our cultural values." Those values include a policy of giving 10 percent of pretax profits to community groups that benefit the environment and other causes.
During a telephone interview, Kate Chappell, 60, offered another reason to sell:
''We're not going to be here forever, and we needed to find a good home for the company."
The combination of Colgate, the global leader in oral care, and Tom's of Maine, the leader in the natural oral-care category, represents ''growth opportunities for both companies," Colgate chief executive Reuben Mark said in a statement.
Natural toothpaste currently makes up only a small fraction of what US consumers spend on toothpaste each year.
Still, it's important for Colgate to preserve the distinctiveness of a brand that found favor with local consumers, said chief executive Fran Kelly of the Boston advertising agency Arnold US.
''Tom's has a northern New England, down-to-earth sensibility, and people like things that are unique and genuine," Kelly said. ''The challenge for Colgate is to keep Tom's uniqueness and quirkiness alive."
Colgate won't put its name on Tom's of Maine products, Tom Chappell said. And that strikes Berkovitz as a smart move. ''You try to keep it stealthy," Berkovitz said of a buyer's strategy after buying a beloved regional company. ''I think the average person in a store thinks that Ben & Jerry's ice cream is still being mixed by two guys in a Vermont barn."
Colgate plans to buy 84 percent of Tom's of Maine. The Chappell family will retain the rest. The sale is expected to close in the second quarter.
Chris Reidy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Globe staff writer Jenn Abelson contributed to this report.
One of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s most vociferous critics launched a campaign Tuesday with 17 current and former Wal-Mart workers speaking out against health insurance coverage they claim is too expensive, leaving them uninsured or on taxpayer funded programs.
News conferences by the workers in eight states Tuesday and four more scheduled later this week and next are timed to help a union-backed drive for legislation that would require the world's largest retailer to pay a fixed percentage for health coverage of its 1.3 million U.S. workers.
WakeUpWalMart.com, a group backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, said 10 speakers were current Wal-Mart employees and seven more had quit or been fired.
In workers' stories collected ahead of the news conferences by the group, several current employees talk about being unable to afford premiums and deductibles even after working for Wal-Mart for several years.
Dana Razaie has been a stocker at a Wal-Mart in Fridley, Minn., for about five years. She said she depends on state-funded MinnesotaCare for health coverage for herself and three children.
According to WakeUpWalMart, Razaie's wage of $11.29 an hour at Wal-Mart and a second job at a gas station leave her with take-home pay of less than $20,000 a year. Razaie says she cannot afford Wal-Mart's health insurance plan with $300 monthly premiums and deductibles reaching over $1,000.
Wal-Mart said it is already taking steps to make insurance more affordable. It offers a new plan this year that costs $23 a month and covers three doctor visits and three prescriptions before a deductible of $1,000 kicks in.
It also launched an $11 plan in a limited number of locations but will widen that to be available to half of all employees later this year, as well as shortening the eligibility period for part-timers and adding coverage of their children.
"Our jobs give people the opportunity to move from public health programs to private health coverage," company spokeswoman Sarah Clark said.
Clark said 7 percent of new employees are on Medicaid when they join Wal-Mart, a percentage that drops to 3 percent within two years, and that Wal-Mart created 125,000 jobs last year.
Wal-Mart also offered testimonials from six current employees who praised the company's coverage, including a woman who was a divorced mother of three when she joined in 1998 in Hermiston, Ore.
"Within the first year with Wal-Mart, I no longer needed food stamps and I had medical, dental, and life insurance through Wal-Mart," wrote Heather Baumgartner, now a logistics manager in Grantsville, Utah.
Razaie was due to appear at a news conference Tuesday in Minneapolis. Other workers were to speak Tuesday in Boston; Dallas; Lansing, Mich.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Tulsa, Okla.; and Syracuse, N.Y. The other five events over the next two weeks are to be held in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New York and Tennessee.
The campaign comes as unions are pushing for bills in several states similar to one passed in a veto override by the Maryland legislature in January.
Maryland's "Fair Share" bill, which has been challenged in federal courts by a national retail association, requires large employers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll in a state for employee health coverage or pay the difference into state coffers for publicly funded programs for the uninsured.
Proponents say similar bills filed in at least 22 states would stop taxpayer subsidies for profitable companies that skimp on health coverage, leaving workers to sign up with state programs.
Opponents including Wal-Mart and many business groups say the bills are bad policy aimed at punishing Wal-Mart and will do nothing to solve the problem of the working uninsured and rising health care costs.
Labor unions are pushing the bills in about 30 states. Maryland is the only state to have passed it, and since then similar bills have been rejected, stalled or withdrawn in at least eight states, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures and Wal-Mart..
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