Thursday, August 23, 2012

Best New Product Awards Presented at EX-TRACTS; Dulce Caramelo Collection by Votivo Named "Best of Show"

Six companies were presented with EX•TRACTS "Best New Product Awards" Tuesday, with Votivo receiving "Best of Show" honors for its Dulce Caramelo Holiday Collection. EX•TRACTS, one of 10 divisions of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), which ran through yesterday at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Five additional EX•TRACTS awards were presented in the categories of Bath & Body, Beauty Accessory, Cosmetic & Fragrance, Natural/Organic and Packaging. A panel of editors selected the Winners and finalists in each category based on several criteria, including innovative design, creative use of materials/construction and use of new materials/technology. 

The summer 2012 EX•TRACTS Best New Product Award winners selected from 133 products, are:

BEST OF SHOW: Votivo (Spartanburg, NC) for Dulce Caramelo Holiday Collection, a new buttery caramel fragrance designed to warm the senses, available as a holiday candle, holiday tin and holiday sample tin. 

BATH & BODY: Napa Soap Company (St. Helena, CA) for Tuscan Citrus Zest, Blood Orange and Syrah all-natural lotions, made with fresh grape seed oil and wine.

BEAUTY ACCESSORY: Metropolis Soap Company (Brooklyn, NY) for Vegan Lip Creams, a 100 percent vegan product made with essential oils, sunflower wax and sunflower oil.

COSMETIC & FRAGRANCE: RICA bath & body (Brooklyn, NY) for Bourbon Cavendish Body Tonic, a warm, woodsy blend of leather and tobacco with notes of patchouli, cedar and lavandin.

NATURAL/ORGANIC: European Soaps LLC (Seattle, WA) for The Queen's Honey Collection, a bath and body collection harvested from organic honey and royal jelly combined with shea butter.

PACKAGING: AQUIESSE (Moorpark, CA) for Decorative Tin Candle, an 11-ounce stackable tin candle with "perfect match" matchbook compartment. 

The judges noticed these particular products for their unique and innovative approach to personal care products," said Melissa Engongoro, EX•TRACTS sales manager. "These awards further extend EX•TRACTS positioning as a showcase for the industry's best new products." 

The Best New Product Award judges were: Tina Benitez-Eves, Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Rona Berg, Organic Spa Magazine; Nancy Jeffries, contributing editor; Patricia Norins, GIFT SHOP; Candice Sabatini, Beautynews NYC; Barb Wujcik, Giftware News; Jean Warshaw, Beauty Store Business; and Victoria Wurdinger, Salon Today

EX•TRACTS features 100 exhibitors of cosmetics, perfumes, skincare, bath & body care, beauty accessories, haircare, natural and organic products and well-being lines. The winter 2013 edition will take place January 27-31. Information is available at

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