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Mango

Mango

Native to South Asia, mangoes have been cultivated around the world for thousands of years. Prized for their bright aroma and sweet, juicy flavor, mangoes can be eaten raw or blended into sauces and marinades, baked into tempting desserts, mixed into fruity beverages, infused in spirits, and much more. There are hundreds of different types of mango, each with a unique taste, shape, size and color.

Low in calories and high in fiber, mangoes offer numerous health benefits:

  • They contain more than a dozen antioxidant compounds, all of which help protect against free-radical damage;
  • They’re a rich source of vitamins A, B6, C, K and E, as well as folic acid, iron, zinc and potassium. These nutrients collectively boost immunity and are especially effective in promoting health during pregnancy;
  • Mangoes also are believed to support heart and digestive health, as well as eye, skin and hair health.

As a prominent ingredient in luxury skin-care products, mangoes are found in many moisturizers, exfoliants, facial peels and lip balms. Active fruit enzymes clarify and moisturize, while beta carotene revives the skin and restores its youthfulness. Mangoes can also prevent acne, ease inflammation, promote collagen production, reduce dark spots and prevent against premature aging.

Artiste is the best source for high quality ingredients from around the world, including its Mango Leaves Absolute essential oil. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange

It’s called “bitter orange” for a reason: Many people find the fruit too sour and bitter to eat by itself. But the fruit has a sweet reputation in the culinary industry; its peel, tart juice and essential oil are used in marmalades, liqueurs, sauces, candies and more.

Also known as the Seville, sour or marmalade orange, bitter orange is native to Southeast Asia but is now grown throughout the world. Long a staple in traditional Chinese medicine, bitter orange is found in health supplements formulated for purposes ranging from heartburn and nasal congestion, to weight loss and athletic performance. Bitter orange is also believed to aid in diabetes management and help prevent cancer.

Thought to have antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicidal properties, bitter orange is also found in perfumes and in high-quality skin cleansers and toners, where it detoxifies, combats inflammation and vitalizes the skin. Neroli oil is distilled from the bitter orange tree’s blossoms, and petitgrain oil is distilled from its leaves, twigs and branches; both are essential ingredients in perfumes, colognes and aromatherapy.

Artiste creates high-quality products derived from the bitter orange tree, including organic Bitter Orange Oil, green and yellow Bitter Orange Oil, Bitter Orange Flower Absolute, and Petitgrain Bitter Orange Absolute. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

 

Things are Getting Spicy at Artiste

Things are Getting Spicy at Artiste

While 2020 kept the world at home, kitchens evolved into testing labs, taking every family member on exciting food adventures. Those journeys of food exploration will continue, and the spice ingredient world is revving its engine to deliver the ongoing promise of new spice blends that will help the “almost homemade” trend burst forward with new flavor experiences.

Artiste will bring you a series of trend stories centered around spices. We know that spice blends are heating up, as consumers try to replicate the flavor experiences they know and love from the restaurants they have enjoyed and miss visiting.

Consumers are cooking and baking as a family activity, to bring everyone together for some fun experimentation (and learning). It’s clear that healthy eating is a true focus for all ages, yet no one is willing to give up what they love…and today, no one should have to. Families can still enjoy their favorite foods and still eat healthier.

As we move to clean labels and ingredients that are more organic, natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low- to no-salt and sustainable, we still have incredible options to bring consumers what they crave.

Travel with us through this flavorful journey as we explore the exotic world of spices.

Artiste is the best source for high quality ingredients from around the world. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

Neroli

Neroli

Most people don’t know neroli by name, but many have been enchanted by the delicate yet alluring fragrance of a neroli-infused perfume. One of the most important and ancient ingredients in perfumery, neroli oil has a scent that is light, floral and sweet, with an undertone of citrus. Perfumers prize neroli oil highly because it blends well with floral absolutes and various citrus oils, as well as many other scent components.

Neroli oil is born of the same roots as the bitter orange, a sour but versatile fruit native to Southeast Asia but now grown throughout the world. The velvety white blossoms of the bitter orange tree are distilled to create neroli oil.

Aside from its sweet reputation as a perfume ingredient, neroli oil is also used in moisturizers, treatments and serums for its regenerative and anti-scarring benefits. Neroli oil is also antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, and can be used to treat acne, reduce redness and smoothen fine lines and wrinkles.

And while neroli’s scent can be irresistible, it is also therapeutic. Neroli oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to help alleviate insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Artiste is an industry leader in essential oils and absolutes – including its Neroli Oil and Neroli Oil Organic – and is your source for high-quality ingredients from around the world. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

Parsley

Parsley

Parsley is loved far and wide for its light, fresh scent and a bright, herbaceous taste that elevates the flavor of many dishes. The versatile herb is commonly used in American, European and Middle Eastern cooking.

Native to Mediterranean soil, parsley was a popular flavoring and garnish among both the ancient Greeks and Romans. Centuries later, parsley is still going strong: It’s being chopped and added to salads, used as an aromatic garnish on pasta and soup, blended into pesto sauce, infused into salad dressing, and much more.

Aside from its culinary uses, parsley also offers many powerful health benefits. It’s low in calories, yet rich in important nutrients such as vitamins A, K and C. Vitamin A contributes to immunity and eye health, while vitamin K supports bone and heart health. Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals. Parsley can also improve digestive health by stimulating the digestive tract.

Fresh parsley and parsley oil can also balance oil production, decrease inflammation and prevent skin discoloration, which is why parsley lends itself to luxurious skin care and beauty products such as moisturizers, serums and eye creams.

At Artiste, we pride ourselves on sourcing the world’s finest ingredients. Our commitment to excellence sets our products – including our Parsley Herb Oil and Parsley Seed Oil – apart from those of our competitors. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

 

How natural and neutral will blend – creating a totally refreshed future

How natural and neutral will blend – creating a totally refreshed future

Trending forward, we see development of gender-neutral beauty products and fresh scents for a spirited neutral world.

The march toward gender-neutral beauty products is being spearheaded by Millennials, Gen Z and Gen Y, for whom skin care and fragrance is about choice and not about gender. Match this philosophy with the natural/organic movement and demand for products with healthier ingredients (ie, “clean labels”), and we are in for an exciting and highly creative time in the F&F industry.

We’re seeing an influx of genderless beauty and fragrance products because today’s consumers have grown beyond the old narrative that uses stereotypical gender cues to attract the opposite sex with scent. People want to choose the scent they feel like wearing. They don’t want a brand “telling” them what they should wear based on their gender, and they may not agree with that brand’s interpretation of gender. These consumers want non-binary scents that speak to everyone.

Consumers are becoming more independent, meaning that they enjoy co-creating product experience with the brand, rather than just being a passive consumer. The brand must communicate both freshness and sensuality. These tonalities are not always paired together and must be both open and provocative. This poses a challenge for the industry – one that will surely be met with great enthusiasm and game-changing innovation.

The F&F industry has always been a “experiential” leader and, much like the fashion industry, focused on exploration and energizing tradition in new directions. Designers who had mastered the introduction of unisex products are now bringing those products into the mainstream, stretching beyond fragrance to a range of beauty products. Redefining beauty in genderless terms broadens the potential appeal to more consumers, which builds brand opportunities.

Here are just a few new designer brands that are taking the leap and leading the charge toward change:

 

  • Chanel’s Les Eaux des Chanel
  • LVMH and its line of fragrances that prioritize experiential fantasy over gender-specific fragrance notes
  • Byredo: Slow Dance
  • Ariana Grande is breaking gender boundaries with the launch of Cloud Eau de Parfum.
  • TomBoyX
  • Gucci’s Memoir d’une Odeur
  • Malin + Goetz Leather Eau du Parfum
  • Kiehl’s Musk Eau de Toilette Spray

The following statistics to support this change:

  • According to market analysis company Mintel, gender-neutral or unisex fragrance launches accounted for 17% of the market in 2010; by 2018, that figure had tripled to 51%, and non-conformist ideas about gender were at the heart of some of 2019’s biggest new-fragrance launches.
  • According to a 2019 Pew surveyof 10,000 Americans, about 59% of Gen Z’ers (persons born in 1997 and thereafter) say forms that ask about a person’s gender should include options besides “male” and “female,” compared with 50% of Millennials (ages 22 to 37 in 2018) and 37 percent of baby boomers (ages 54 to 72 in 2018).

 

Makeup, skin care and fashion trends
Need more proof that gender-neutral is in? Consider these marketplace developments:

  • James Charles became CoverGirl’s first male model in 2016, and soon after graced the cover of a European edition of Vogue. Katy Perry, a CoverGirl brand ambassador, said she was “honored” to have Charles on board.
  • Makeup and skin care brands popular with Gen Z’ers, such as Milk Makeup, Glossier and Fenty Beauty, feature diverse casts in advertisements and on social media.
  • The Ordinary brand serums, creams and acids come in simple, clinical-looking packaging with an intentional unisex appeal.
  • Ursa Major, a skin-care brand co-founded by Oliver Sweatman and Emily Doyle, also has gone all in on genderless products. Facial, hair and body products containing natural ingredients are sold in eco-friendly packaging featuring blue, green and white mountain outlines, and its website pictures rugged, parka-clad women hiking through snow-covered mountain ranges.
  • Victoria’s Secret in August 2019 hired Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio, the company’s first openly transgender model.
  • Fast-fashion leader H&M sells a gender-neutral collection of clothing, shoes and accessories for children and adults.
  • Abercrombie Kids in 2018 introduced a gender-neutral line of children’s clothing.

At Artiste, our response to change is to get in front of our customers’ needs. Whether we’re helping our customers meet natural or organic ingredient needs, navigate shifting regulatory requirements or replace key ingredients to meet clean-label demands, we search the world for the resources to help customers satisfy their formulation and application details. We have worked more than 40 years in this industry, and each year has brought exciting challenges and new paths leading to stimulating, creative products. We are ready to tackle the challenges 2021 will bring.

Tomato

Tomato

Hailing from western South America and Central America, tomatoes are a healthy, delicious and versatile fruit that is now grown throughout the world. Although usually red when mature, tomatoes come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, green and purple, with a range of shapes and flavors.

Tomatoes are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K and folate. Tomatoes are also the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. The fruit is also beneficial for skin health and can help protect against sunburn.

Although they are botanically a fruit, tomatoes generally are eaten and prepared like a vegetable. Sweet, tart and tangy, tomatoes are an important ingredient in the culinary world. They can be sliced raw into salads or salsas, stewed to create sauces, processed into ketchup or soup, and much more.

Tomatoes also contain high levels of vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production. For that reason, tomatoes are an integral ingredient in many skin-care products, including cleansers, masks, serums and creams.

Artiste is your source for high-quality ingredients from around the world. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

 

Pineapple

Pineapple

Juicy and sweet, pineapple’s vibrant flavor is at the heart of tropical blends and exotic island-like vibes. A trendy key ingredient in craft beers and ciders, pineapple’s acidic and slightly spicy zest adds a delightful flavor to any tropical cocktail or mocktail.

Pineapples were first cultivated in South America. Christopher Columbus and other explorers later discovered pineapples in the West Indies, where they were eaten and used to make wine. Now grown throughout the Southern Hemisphere, pineapples have a versatile flavor that suggests endless possibilities. Pineapple enhances the flavor profiles of fruit juices, ice creams and yogurts, and can add a sweet surprise to salsas, salads, condiments, candies, confections and salty snacks.

But pineapples are as healthy as they are satisfying. Low in calories and high in fiber, each pineapple contains more than 50% of the minimum daily requirement of vitamin C and 75% of the daily manganese requirement. Both are anti-inflammatory antioxidants that collectively boost immune function and strengthen bones. Pineapples also have high levels of bromelain, a mixture of proteolytic enzymes believed to improve digestion.

Artiste offers a variety of pineapple products from around the globe for use in culinary and beauty products. Each variety offers diverse product application possibilities… and  can add a little touch of paradise to your product. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

 

Spinach

Spinach

Popeye showed the world that spinach is a powerful veggie, but did you know that spinach oil also packs a punch? Like the leafy plant from which it emanates, spinach oil boasts a range of health and beauty benefits.

Spinach oil is distilled from the seeds of the spinach plant. These seeds have a low oil content, accounting for only 3 percent of the seed. Therefore, many spinach seeds have to be pressed to obtain a marketable amount of oil.

But the effort is worth it. Spinach oil is rich in essential minerals like folic acid, iron and calcium as well as vitamins A, C and K1. Collectively, these nutrients assist cell growth, boost the immune system and can help prevent serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Spinach oil is used in nutritional supplements, and in powders to flavor smoothies.

Spinach oil is also an important ingredient in beauty products because it can improve damaged, aging skin and brittle, lackluster hair. Spinach oil is used in moisturizing lotions, repair creams and replenishing serums to help fight acne, protect skin from harmful UV radiation, improve complexion, diminish under-eye circles and keep skin hydrated. Spinach oil is also used in boutique shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments to promote growth and combat hair loss.

 

Artiste is the best source for high quality ingredients from around the world. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

Banana

Banana

You love bananas, but you don’t love having to peel, mash or chop them when they get overripe and mushy. Enter banana essence, a super-concentrated oil that offers kicked-up banana flavor, minus the mess.

One of the most popular fruits worldwide, bananas were first cultivated thousands of years ago and are enjoyed worldwide. Bananas are native to tropical Indomalaya and Australia, and are likely to have first been domesticated in Papua New Guinea. Their cultivation and popularity later spread westward, with the early European settlers cultivating bananas in the Caribbean.

Banana essence is extracted from bananas onto an alcohol base or synthesized using chemical compounds. One or more chemical compounds, usually esters, account for the essence’s taste and aroma.

The essence is an ingredient in banana extracts, powders, syrups and flavorings. These products are perfect for adding a pop of bright banana flavor to a range of foods – from baked goods, pancakes and French toast, to ice cream, jellies/jams, frostings, fillings, syrups and puddings, to marinades, cocktails and smoothies.

Also, banana essence has a role in the beauty industry. The delicate yet distinctive banana aroma adds a pleasing scent to makeup and skin and hand creams.

Artiste is the best source for high quality ingredients from around the world. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!