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The awards give recognition to organisations pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry, and Ren Clean Skincare, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Weleda are some of the names who took home awards on the night.

The Sustainable Beauty Awards take place as part of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Europe, organised by Ecovia Intelligence​. Find our report of a presentation by P&G on zero waste to landfill here​.

The winners and runners up for 2018 are as follows:

New Sustainable Product

Winner: PharmMatt (France) with Frescoryl Toothpaste in Tablet.

Launched in 2017, the innovative toothpaste can be used without water and brushing. As well as having low water and packaging impacts, the formulation comprises natural ingredients.

Runner-up: Apivita (Greece), with its Pindos Wild Herbs Body Care range. The socially responsible products help fund literacy projects in the Pindos villages of Central Greece.

Other finalists were Aveda Feed My Lips™ Pure Nourish-Mint™ Lipstick (USA), Hair O’ Right Goji Berry Lucent Intensifier Serum (Taiwan), and Trash Hero Love Refillable Beauty Products (Switzerland).

Sustainable Packaging

Winner: REN Clean Skincare (UK).

REN is this category’s winner for using ocean plastic in its Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash. Launched in August, the product has 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic bottles that comprise 20% ocean plastic.

Runner-up: Hair O’ Right (Taiwan) is the runner-up for introducing a renewable shampoo bottle pump this year.

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Shangri-La Plaza kicks off the holidays with festivities that match the merry season. The mall treats its guests to Shang-exclusive events, performances, and bazaars. 

Christmas in November
Shangri-La Plaza treats its guests to fun and meaningful events and activities. 

Unique fairs and bazaars are happening at the East Atrium and Food Forum at the Main Wing during weekends of the month. Shoppers can discover one-of-a-kind finds and great gifts at The Grand Christmas Fair by The Weekend Showroom on Nov. 15-18, Holiday Fair by Urbanpod on Nov. 23-25, and Articraft De Charite by ImeVouge on Nov. 29 to Dec 2.

Gourmands are bound to find something to satisfy their discerning tastes for family holiday meals or to give as presents to fellow foodies at A Taste of Christmas by Silk Events ongoing until Nov. 18, Delicious Discoveries by Urbanpod on Nov. 23-24, and Flair and Flavors by MBCI on Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. 

Christmas in November
Make Your Own Havaianas event is happening on Nov. 17-20.

Havaianas is inviting flip-flop fans to customize their pairs at the Make Your Own Havaianas event at Grand Atrium on Nov. 17-20. The coveted Havaianas Origine will also be exclusively sold at Rustan’s at the Shang. 

Those with an eye for all things beauty will love that Adore Cosmetics is finally opening its store at the Shang on Nov. 24 at the Main Wing. Beauty aficionados can now get their hands on the brand’s organic skin-care products and treatments. 

The most wonderful time of the year calls for equally wonderful music. Moira Dela Torre will perform live at the Shang on Nov. 25, 7:00 p.m., serenading mall guests with a repertoire of her heartfelt hits at the Grand Atrium. 

Christmas in November
Moira Dela Torre will serenade guests at the Shangri-La Plaza on Nov. 25.

Tiffany & Co. is dressing to the nines for Christmas. The iconic luxury jewelry and specialty retailer is unveiling its revamped Shang store and dazzling Christmas tree on Nov. 26, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Atrium with a special performance by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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Green Growth Brands

Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) made it’s trading debut on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) today under the symbol “GGB” after successfully completing their merger with Xanthic Biopharma. The highly anticipated listing on the exchange signifies the completion of a reverse takeover (RTO) announced by the two companies back in July 2018.

Xanthic shareholders approved of the business merger, a name change, as well as amending a variety of company articles to create a new class of voting shares. The combined entity is led by CEO Peter Horvath, a well-known executive in the retail space whose experience includes working with companies such as Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle Outfitters, and Limited Brands.

Our listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange represents a significant milestone in the journey of building Green Growth Brands. The transition to a publicly-traded company will benefit our current investors, give new investors a chance to join us and provide the Company with the currency to facilitate our aggressive growth plan,” said Horvath. “Our team has run multi-billion-dollar businesses, operating as number ones in their respective categories, competing for customers in sadturated mature markets. We’re eager to do it again in the burgeoning North American cannabis industry.”

Green Growth Brands has focused on creating a series of health and beauty products infused with cannabidiol( CBD). Back in July, the company made headlines when it announced a reverse takeover with Xanthic Biopharma Inc., a company whose claim to fame in the industry includes developing a process of making key cannabis ingredients (CBD, THC, etc.) water soluble.

Since then, Green Growth Brands has made headlines a number of times, including the acquisition of Nevada Organic Remedies in September, while also seeking approval for up to eight additional facilities in Nevada that would make it among the largest retail presences in the state.

We are focused on North American expansion and in preparation we visited 100 of the best cannabis stores in the market,” added Horvath. “While many in our industry talk about national brands, our research has found that only a small percentage of consumers actually trust those brands. What they do want is localization and authenticity, and that is what we’ll deliver, as we build our stores and complete deals with large retail partners.”

Back in September, GGB announced a financing round that raised over $86 million, with another successful attempt to raise funds bringing in $55 million in November. This brings total funding secured to over $140 million, and in both cases, attracting top-tier strategic investors to contribute to the project.

With funding in hand alongside a listing on the CSE, the company’s strategy over the next 12 months includes an aggressive plan to expand its retail and wholesaler cannabis business’s through strategic partnerships and mergers in U.S. states that have legalized medical and recreational cannabis usage.

Green Growth Bands Company Profile

Green Growth Brands expects to dominate the cannabis and CBD market with a portfolio of emotion-driven brands that people love. Led by renowned retailer Peter Horvath, the GGB team is full of retail renegades with decades of experience building successful brands. – Green Growth Brands


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“This website is the latest expansion of Univar’s global technical support offering focused on the beauty and personal care market and is further evidence of our commitment to be an inclusive solution for our customers and suppliers,” ​explains Arnita Wofford, Univar’s head of marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, in a company media release.

Online reality

Business-to-business companies are sharing and transacting online; it’s a reality of the digital era and one that Univar took in to consideration while developing the new site.

“Recent market research shows that the majority of a customer’s buying journey now takes place in a digital environment,” ​notes the media release. “And Univar is well positioned to support customers as they search for valuable information, select products, source their purchases, and self-serve to manage their business online.”

“The launch of our new beauty and personal care showcase website creates a new space for inspiration where beauty and personal care experts from around the world can visit and receive up-to-date information about the trends and innovations that are impacting our market,”​ Arnita Wofford, Univar’s head of marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa,

The site is meant to make it easy for the company’s customers to key in on trends and discover solutions. “Features of the new website include a refreshed design with improved functionality and enriched content, offering a user-friendly experience to visitors,” ​according to the release.

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USA. Fraport Maryland’s initiative to showcase small retail businesses at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has introduced two new partners.

Stupid Delicious! and Finesse Lyfestyle are the latest enterprises to enter the airport as part of the LaunchPad programme, which Fraport Maryland said is “an exciting way” for travellers to support small businesses and experience the best of Baltimore and Washington at the airport.

LaunchPad, which is in its second year, gives pop-up operators a 12-month lease as well as training, sales and marketing support.

Stupid Delicious! owner Tanya Davis (third from left) cuts the ribbon on her new pop-up store, with, left to right: Howard Henderson, (Greater Baltimore Urban League); Ricky Smith (Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport); William Honablew, (Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship/Greater Baltimore Urban League); and Brett Kelly and Amy Miktus (both Fraport Maryland).

The first new retailer, Stupid Delicious!, is run by Tanya Davis. She owns a store on Harford Road in Baltimore. The third generation baker is selling her original recipe cookies from her airport pop-up, along with cupcakes, pies and homemade ice cream.

The second enterprise – Finesse Lyfestyle – is operated by Aqueelah and Artiium Arbyummi of Waldorf, Maryland. They are using their retail space to sell their certified organic beauty and wellness products.

Finesse Lyfestyle’s Aqueelah and Artiium Arbyummi selling their products at the airport.

The two new retailers join two existing LaunchPad operators that have recently extended their leases at the airport – New Secrets Tea and Fashion Spa House.

Fraport Maryland manages the retail programme at Baltimore/Washington International. Vice President Brett Kelly said: “The LaunchPad programme was intended to create opportunities for small and start-up retail businesses. Our first year was a great success, and we couldn’t be happier to bring more operators to this programme.”

Baltimore/Washington International Executive Director Ricky Smith said it was inspiring to see small businesses take off at the airport, and added: “The LaunchPad programme gives startups and small business owners an opportunity to not only share their products and services, but also their unique stories with a wider audience of airport travellers.

“We’re excited to continue this programme and bring more retail options to BWI Marshall passengers.”

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CBD is a known anti-inflammatory, and its healing benefits aren’t restricted to internal ingestion. Due to CBD’s soothing properties, it can be an excellent addition to any skincare beauty routine and topical cabinet. Plus, CBD is also anti-aging, making it the best option for lifelong care on both face and body.

From facial oils to beard salves and galactic bath bombs, CBD can be easily incorporated into the most basic routines while providing an array of skin-nourishing benefits. Below, check out some of our favorite CBD beauty picks.

Bliss Body Oil by Cannabliss Skincare

CBD & Hemp beauty product: Bliss Body Oil by Cannabliss Skincare
(Courtesy of Cannabliss)

Available: Nationwide

Price: $60

In July, 2018, I wrote about my experience with Cannabliss and their products’ effect on my skin. The Cannabliss beauty line was smooth, but I especially loved the organic Bliss Body Oil. Made with hemp grown in Colorado, Cannabliss boasts vegan, cruelty-free products, and their Bliss Oil combines hemp with mulberry bark and ginseng to soothe and protect.

Tip: I mixed this oil with my regular post-shower moisturizer for an extremely hydrating boost.

CBD Facial Oils by SuperFluid

CBD & Hemp beauty product: CBD Facial Oils by SuperFluid
(Courtesy of Superfluid)

Available: Nationwide

Price: $24.99—$44.99

SuperFluid’s line of ultra-silky facial oils is pure luxury in nicely packaged bottles. Argan, Rosehip Seed, and Squalane Oils provide a mega-dose of skin-beautifying goodness with the simplest of ingredients: Each bottle contains cold-pressed herbal oils with 250mg (or 500mg for the Squalane Oil) of full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD.

I have been using the Squalane Oil on my face and neck nightly for the past month and have already seen an improvement in moisture, lines, and fading acne scars.

Pain Remedy Rub by L’eela

CBD & Hemp beauty product: Pain Remedy Rub by L’eela
(Courtesy of L’eela)

Available: Nationwide

Price: $45

Massage L’eela’s Pain Remedy Rub along achy joints for cannabis-infused relief. Made with 250mg of Colorado-grown CBD and a slew of natural ingredients including calming lavender, grape seed oil, and red poppy, this nature-boosting salve may relieve dryness around the body without any junk ingredients.

Limited Edition Mercury Retrograde CBD Bath Bomb by Life Elements

CBD & Hemp beauty product: Mercury Retrograde CBD Bath Bomb by Life Elements
(Courtesy of Life Elements)

Available: Nationwide

Price: $26

If your current horoscope reading has got you down, then draw up a relaxing bath with Life Elements’ natural Mercury Retrograde CBD Bath Bomb. Made in small batches and infused with 250mg CBD, medicinal herbs like myrrh, frankincense, and patchouli are some of the ingredients that add an additional calming effect in this interstellar bath bomb blend.

Hempseed Oil for Hair by John Addison Organics

CBD & Hemp beauty product: Hempseed Oil for Hair by John Addison Organics
(Courtesy of John Addison)

Available: Nationwide

Price: $9.81

I absolutely adore the subscription box Chill Box. Why? Because it came with fantastic products such as John Addison Organics’ Hempseed Oil. This powerful blend can be used on skin or hair, but I prefer to use it on my hair for soft curls and a hydrated scalp. Containing hemp oil with nourishing vitamin D, each bottle may heal cracked skin and, when mixed with a touch of coconut oil, smooth locks.

CBD Beard Balm by Hemp Bombs

CBD & Hemp beauty product: CBD Beard Balm by Hemp Bombs
(Courtesy of Hemp Bombs)

Available: Nationwide

Price: $14.99

Bourbon sandalwood oil offers a subtle, earthy scent to the nourishing CBD Beard Balm from Hemp Bombs. Made with organic hemp and a blend of ultra-moisturizing oils such as avocado and jojoba, this balm targets both dry skin and frayed hair to bring you the best of both worlds. After cleansing, massage and sculpt for a tamed and hydrated look.

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LONGMEADOW – Residents rejoice! Longmeadow’s Big Y World Class Market located at 802 Williams St. has officially completed renovations in many areas of the now 29,573 square foot space, offering a variety of new options for townspeople to enjoy.

Big Y has added a stir–fry station, a pizza shop, made–to–order sub and Panini station, fish and chips, a freshly prepared hot food bar, a salad bar, a coffee bar and café space and a sushi department to the Longmeadow location providing a plethora of made–to–order and grab–and–go food options. The produce department has also increased in size.

In addition to the quick dining options, Big Y has added a new butcher shop, which offers a variety of natural products including grass fed beef, lamb and veal as well as an “expanded variety” of kosher products and organic Smart chicken.

“The upgraded sales floor features the all–new Living Well Eating Smart section, which offers hundreds of organic, natural and gluten free products in grocery, health and beauty, dairy and frozen foods, freshly ground nut butters and an ample selection of bulk dry foods,” Big Y stated in a press release. “Big Y’s continued its focus on supporting local with great local partners like Red Rose and Frigo’s pasta sauces–both from Springfield and Parnella natural soaps from Sunderland. Customers will find an expanded offering of Stonewall Kitchen gourmet products.”

Longmeadow Big Y Store Director Brian Pepe, who has been with Big Y since 1999, explained to Reminder Publishing that with the addition of these services, new job opportunities were provided.

“We have an entire new food service department, we didn’t have a traditional food service department prior to this so we added basically an entirely new staff. Now we have 16 people in the food service department including five full timers, and that’s just over there,” Pepe said. “Altogether, I would say 20 to 25 people were added.”

While there is an expansive assortment of food choices in the renovated location, enhancements have been made to the pharmacy department including improved privacy area for customers to receive vaccines. Furthermore, there will be interactive and informative monthly wellness events offered at Big Y.

Though the renovations offered a plethora of new experiences in the store, Big Y also has new décor and fixtures featured in all departments, including meat, produce, bakery, and an expanded cheese and olive bar. Additionally, new exterior signage has been added.

With all of these new services and operations, it would be easy for the store to become overwhelmed with the responsibilities thrust upon it. However, Pepe said that due to the competency of his staff, this hasn’t happened.

“We’re pretty lucky, I’m specifically lucky because I have very good employees. They’ve adjusted in a very quick way,” Pepe said. “When you add new areas to a store things can get complicated, but we’ve handled it really well so far.”

Now that the store is remodeled and larger than ever, Pepe told Reminder Publishing that while it’s still considered on the “smaller side” in comparison to other Big Y stores, it is now the right size for what the community needs.

The Longmeadow Big Y hosted a grand–reopening celebration on Nov. 8 with coffee, cake donuts and samples. As a part of the celebration, Longmeadow High School, Glenbrook Middle School, Center Elementary School, Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School, Blueberry Hill Elementary School and Williams Middle School each received a donation from Big Y to show their “longstanding commitment to education.” Big Y annually offers a merit scholarship program that has awarded over $3 million since 1984.

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(MENAFN – PRLog) Xtreme Kurves is giving back in a major way this Thanksgiving season. On Saturday, November 17th, Xtreme Kurves will surprise 4 local families in Houston, TX with an entire Thanksgiving dinner shopping experience.

If you know a family or if your family truly needs and deserves this, follow @xtremekurves and submit their information to

Xtreme Kurves will also be accepting donations for the families from now until November 16th. Please drop off all donations on location at 3934 Cypress Pkwy. Ste. 345, Houston, TX 77068.

-Bring 5 non-perishable items and receive 10% off any item or service.
-Bring 10 non-perishable items and receive 20% off any item or service.
-Donate a turkey or ham and receive 30% off any item or service.

About Xtreme Kurves
Xtreme Kurves, founded by innovative businesswoman Marquita Greathouse in Houston, TX, has been a successful business for the past 5 years offering the latest weight loss and waist training techniques. Xtreme Kurves’ high quality reshaping garments, worn by some of the top celebrities of today, caters to women of all sizes and are designed to reposition the fat, contour, and transform your figure.

Xtreme Kurves recently opened their Houston Beauty Spa in 2017 offering non-invasive body contouring services. In addition, they have recently launched their second business Essentials of Pure which provides organic weight loss supplements, work out enhancement creams, and skin care products.

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Xtreme Kurves Gives Away Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping Spree to 4 Houston Families

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Before rinsing both products off, Achilleos drove home the importance of a facial massage, and its potential for transformative powers. “Take your forefinger, middle finger, and thumb — like a crab pincer — then press these to the skin and sweep down the nose bone, then outwards to the cheekbones or up to the temples,” she said. “This give you both a lifting effect around the cheekbones and a release from sinus congestion that gathers there. Do 10 of these, then, keeping your fingers in the same hold, do 10 circles all around the eye and over the brow. We’re not always going to have equipment at home, but you can initiate the innate way of igniting change in the body with your hands.”

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