Pick up a tube of toothpaste and read the label. If you find ingredients you can’t pronounce, take caution. While brushing is a healthy habit that contributes to one’s overall wellbeing, some ingredients found in traditional products may do more harm than good.

Demand for natural products is as strong as ever, according to data collected in the 36th Annual WholeFoods Retailer Survey. Independent stores that participated in this year’s survey had a strong showing in 2013, selling a combined $741 million throughout their more than 1.24 million ft2 of total retail space. Most stores reported gains this year, and businesses are optimistic about the outlook for 2014, all excellent news for those who value the expertise and unique flavor that independent stores contribute to the natural and organic supplements, grocery, HABA and home products industries.

Haddonfield, NJ—Reviva Labs, known for its innovative skincare products, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

The first skin care product to feature naturally sourced, full-spectrum Vitamin E, derma e’s Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Lotion and Body Balm offer more skin-healing benefits than ever before. The formulas, blended with cranberry seed and sustainably harvested red palm oil, use all eight forms of Vitamin E to deliver moisturizing, nourishing and antioxidant benefits to severely dry, itchy, cracked or damaged skin.

Good For You Girls boasts a new body wash and body lotion in a natural Sweet Honeydew scent. The rich-lathering body wash and lotion are produced to nourish even the most sensitive skin. The body wash and body lotion are both free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and both are gluten free, vegan and made in the U.S.

The Seven line of products from Robin Logan Consulting includes the first and only homeopathic calendula and manuka honey skin cream, called 7 Cream. The line also features manuka honey in 7 Balm lip balm and 7 Soap. Other ingredients include shea butter, aloe vera and coconut, avocado and neem oils. They are made with a proprietary formula developed by homeopaths.

New pHresh deodorants contain soothing organic aloe, plus an antimicrobial ingredient that helps stop odor-causing bacteria. Scents include Barely Sweet, Crème Brûlée, Phree Unscented, Sugar Mint and Tropical Blossom. The line is free of chemicals, petroleum, aluminum, glycol and gluten.

New to the Conceived by Nature line of personal care products are a Daily Leave-In Hair Strengthener, Anti-Frizz/Shine Hair Serum, Instant Styling Detangler, Flexible Styling Hair Spray, Extra Hold Mousse and Moisturizing Hair Gel.  The products are pH balanced and alcohol free, contain no artificial colors, dyes or fragrances and are not animal tested.

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