New from Carlson Laboratories is E-Gem Lip Care, a moisturizing lip balm made with natural-source vitamin E, an antioxidant. E-Gem Lip Care delivers 1,000 IU of healing vitamin E per stick, which protects lips from drying out due to harsh weather conditions or U.V. rays. E-Gem is free of parabens, phthalates and artificial flavors or dyes.

Very Clear Oil-Free Acne Wipes, new from derma e, use natural ingredients to remove acne-causing bacteria, dirt and oil from the face. Salicylic acid removes dirt and impurities while willow bark, chamomile and aloe gently soothe irritation and redness. The wipes, which come in 100% recyclable packaging, are 100% compostable, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

Small World Trading Co. has added Hand Sanitizer spray and gel to its Everyone line. Containing only all natural, safe ingredients such as jojoba oil and organic non-GMO ethanol, Everyone Hand Sanitizers are 99.9% effective at killing common germs. They come in two scents: Peppermint + Citrus and Coconut + Lemon, and are not tested on animals.

W.S. Badger Company now offers a daily non-nano sunscreen lotion for babies with an SPF of 30. The formula is hypoallergenic and has a fragrance of chamomile and calendula, which is calming and soothing to the skin. The sunscreen contains 100% certified natural ingredients and 86% certified organic ingredients.

Miscalculating the growing number and commitment of dietary supplement consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stretched too far when it announced its proposed rules for the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) in 1991. Those rules and FDA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would have put many of the items sold in natural food stores under prescription and limited the potency of others.

Weight management constitutes a perennial powerhouse in terms of supplement sales, and yet the category is far from settled and predictable.

Pet products are a big deal. So much so that a slew of “big box” retail outlets are devoted to the business of pet ownership. But pet dollars can still be captured at natural retail by properly presenting safe, healthful offerings and the right variety of products to suit the needs of the most common pets.

Ah, spring. A time when the sun shines, the flowers grow and the pollen attacks, turning every allergy sufferer into a big, messy sneeze-ball. It’s hard to appreciate the picture perfect picnic weather with itchy, watery eyes and an overwhelming desire to nap the day away. Fortunately, nature also has a plethora of plants and herbs that can help fight the debilitating effects of allergies, including inflammation and a runny nose, without delivering the side effects prescription allergy medications may cause, like drowsiness. Offer your customers these natural supplements and they’ll be skipping off to the park in no time.

Uncle Matt’s Organic, maker of organic orange juices, and whole-food supplement maker MegaFood have teamed up to create a new “grove to tablet” line of whole-food vitamin C products, including Ultra-C 400 and Complex C. The supplements are made with 100% organic and freshly harvested Navel and Hamlin oranges. Products come in 60-count bottles.