Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

According to Abundance Insider, a Finnish research team, has successfully produced a batch of nutritious, single-cell proteins into a powder form in a project called, Food From Electricity.  The proteins were created by a renewable energy process which simply required electricity, water, carbon dioxide and microbes.  “In practice, all the raw materials are available from the air. In the future, the technology can be transported to, for instance, deserts and other areas facing famine,” shares Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, principal scientist at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland.  Currently the production of one gram of protein requires about two weeks time in a laboratory.  For its next phase, the system will need be optimized.



Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Beleaguered luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus, is entering the independent beauty market with ShopTheExpo, a collaboration with Indie Beauty Expo.  Launching the limited-time collection over the weekend with a pop-up boutique in the NorthPark Dallas store, Neiman’s is featuring an assortment of fifteen products for sale on-line only.  “With the rise in indie beauty we’ve been focused on curating an amazing assortment of under-the-radar brands,” said Kelly St. John, vice president, divisional merchandise manager for beauty at Neiman Marcus.

Brands included in the three-month sale are skincare companies, Ayuna, Beneath Your Mask, CircCell, Le Prunier, Luxe Botanics, Mahalo Skin Care, Planted In Beauty, Pour Moi, and Ranavat Botanics, the alternative Girl Undiscovered, color cosmetics from Ellis Faas, Joséphine Cosmetics, Lük Beautifood, and Sappho New Paradigm, and dental care from Swiss Smile.  In November a Trending Beauty Shop will open in the NorthPark store, featuring many of these names to highlight newness.  “Certainly in the industry you hear about designer and mass being challenging…[at Neiman Marcus] the niche and luxury [categories] continue to be very, very strong,” St. John continued.


Thursday, October 19th, 2017
 Cult-favorite body care brand, Frank Body, is known for its luxurious coffee-based natural scrubs.  After adding cleansers, balms, moisturizers, and masks to its arsenal, it explored lip care with a petroleum-free, Coffee Arabica Seed Oil formula.  Now the Australian beauty company’s signature Lip Scrub &  Balm Duo has expanded into a trio with the introduction of two color-cosmetics.  Send Nudes and Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints offer a slight hint of color while packing a caffeinated punch.  According to Bree Johnson, co-founder of Frank Body, the products were designed to be multiples.  “We wanted to offer our consumers a beautiful, affordable product, that was not only natural, but also served several purposes: a lip, cheek and eye tint all in one.”   Frank Body can be found at Ulta Beauty, Bloomingdale’s, and Urban Outfitters.