Natural Products Expo West 2018 Highlights

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Natural Products Expo West 2018 Highlights

The 38th annual Natural Products Expo West has just ended and this year’s event was the biggest ever.  Over 80,000 people attended the Expo, including innovators, investors, ingredient suppliers and retailers such as Gone to Green.  The show was held March 7 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center where over 3,500 companies exhibited their products.

The conference featured an educational program that included discussions on hot topics such as the hemp-derived CBD market and world climate changes.  Also highlighted was a keynote presentation by award-winning actress and social advocate Jennifer Garner who, along with former Annie’s Organics President John Foraker, have co-founded Once Upon a Farm, a company dedicated to bringing organic baby food to underserved populations.   

The exhibit halls were filled with an amazing variety of products, from all-natural soaps, shampoos and fragrances, to unusual offerings such as all-natural condoms, Poo-Pourri® toilet spray , and aromatherapy products for both you and your pets.

There were countless numbers of food and beverage companies offering samples of bone broths, probiotics, cauliflower-based pretzels, plant-based cheeses, organic pickles, all-natural fruit gummy bears, hemp infused oils, flavored sparking waters, seaweed snacks, cereals flavored with turmeric, energy drinks, and so on.  

There were a significant number of companies promoting eco-friendly household products such as dinnerware, cutlery, vegetable savers, and compostable straws, as well as non-toxic cleaners and pest control sprays.

And if you’re an animal lover, there were plenty of grain-free, non-GMO and organic foods and treats for your cats and dogs.

Although the sheer number and types of products felt a little overwhelming at times, here are Gone to Green’s top five favorite products:

 

  • Olivina Men

 

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It was great to see several companies catering to men who want the same high quality, all natural products that women have been enjoying for years.  Our favorite was Olivina Men, a company offering a full spectrum of grooming and body care products such as natural fragrance, cleansers, scrubs, moisturizers, shave cream, beard oil, deodorant and lip balm.  The inspiration for their products is the craft cocktail, with natural, essential-oil based fragrances such as Bourbon Cedar, Ginger Beer and Juniper Tonic. The products were nicely scented without being over powering.  

 

  • Piggy Paint

 

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Created by a Mom looking for safer alternatives to traditional nail polish for her daughters, Piggy Paint offers non-toxic, odorless, water-based nail polish for kids.  The polishes come in 36 different colors that do not wash or peel off. Also for kids, the company has a line of hair products under the name Rock the Locks. These products contain no alcohol, sulfates, parabens, phthalates or artificial fragrance.  This is surely a no-brainer for any parent interested in buying only the safest products for their children.

 

  • Bee’s Wrap

 

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Bee’s Wrap is a sustainable, re-usable and natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage.  Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, the wraps can be washed in cool water with mild dish soap. Using the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and create a seal, the wrap will then hold its shape as it cools.  This is a truly innovative product that is both environmentally friendly and chic!

 

  • Dr. Brite

 

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Although natural toothpastes are not new, Dr. Brite takes ethics to a whole new level with their belief in transparency of ingredients, giving back to the community, and corporate responsibility. The company was founded by two sisters who were shocked to discover that traditional toothpastes contain harmful ingredients.   Dr. Brite products include toothpastes, mouth washes, whitening pens and oral sprays. All ingredients are food grade and gentle enough for people with sensitive teeth. Switching to all natural oral care products is a good investment for the long term health of your teeth and gums and Dr. Brite delivers the right products to make that happen.

 

  • CannaCell by Andalou Naturals

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The proprietary CannaCell products are one of a kind, being formulated with cannabis sativa antioxidants cultivated from hemp stem cells.  The product offerings include a line of skin, hair and body care that is great for all skin types. Each product also contains hemp oil and pure plant essential oils to help counteract damage from sun exposure, pollution and premature aging. 

As we continually add more products, Gone to Green would like your feedback as to what eco-friendly products you would like us to carry. Would you like to see any of the products listed above available in our store?  Are there other products you would like to see? Please let us know!

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