The days are longer, the weather is getting warmer and people are gearing up for fun in the sun. While barbeques and trips to the beach are good ways to spend a summer day, sunscreen is needed to protect the skin from burns, premature aging and cancer. 

New from BeeAlive, Inc. is a hand-crafted natural skin care line called BeeAlive Spa Essentials. Using herbal and apiary traditions, Spa Essentials facial skin care products combine the nourishing qualities of BeeAlive’s royal jelly, honey, propolis and bee pollen with the soothing qualities of natural herbs and essential oils through a formulating process the firm calls Herbal-Apiary Simplex.

Mushroom Wisdom has redesigned the packaging of its Aquamella face cream. In a sleek, frosted glass jar topped with a silver screw lid, the new look conveys an upscale, luxurious crème, says the company. Jars of this pearl powder, tremella, CoQ10 and ALA enriched cream are now boxed, too.

derma e’s new multi-benefit facial beauty oils benefit various skin types. For dull, dehydrated skin, the Hydrating Facial Treatment Oil with organic Argan and Marula Oils offers moisture while fighting the premature signs of aging.  For easily irritated, sensitive skin, the Soothing Facial Treatment Oil with organic Argan Oil, plus Kukui Oil delivers gentle, light, calming care to help comfort, soothe and balance skin. 

New from North American Herb & Spice Company is OregaFRESH, a toothpaste that contains no chemicals, fluoride, GMO ingredients, sweeteners or emulsifiers. States the company, “The OregaFresh system is designed to protect the entire family from tooth decay, bad breath, stained teeth and that fuzzy, nasty feeling on the teeth and tongue when bacteria leaves its filth behind.”

As an independent natural products retailer looking to improve your store, how do you tackle the world’s largest natural products industry trade show, Natural Products Expo West?

Blistering winds and freezing temperatures do more than throw nature off its balance—they also dry out lips. Luckily, there are many natural products that promise to restore your shoppers’ pouts into prime, kissable condition.

New from derma e are Evenly Radiant BB Crèmes with SPF 25. These light-weight BB crèmes conceal flaws,  even skin tone and brighten skin. They also hydrate and help reduce and prevent signs of aging. Evenly Radiant BB Crèmes come in light and medium tints.

Microbröö, makers of BRÖÖ Craft Beer Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash, incorporates local microbrewed beer into its products. The beer is said to contain B vitamins, proteins and minerals, and is added to sulfate-free cleansers and silicone-free conditioners. The washes come in two versions: Citrus Pale Ale and Oatmeal Porter.