Cosmetic Industry Leaders Discuss H.R. 5786 [Audio]

by Donna Maria on August 9, 2010 · View Comments

Last week, the Indie Business podcast studio was dark so I could travel to Capitol Hill to advocate for small businesses regarding H.R. 5786. The week before, on July 26, I hosted a lively discussion with cosmetic industry leaders about the new bill. Scroll to the bottom to click to listen to the audio. My guests were:

Kayla Fioravanti is a wife, mom and co-owner with her husband, Dennis Fioravanti, of Essential Wholesale, a supplier of base cosmetics, ingredients, essential oils and private label services. Essential Wholesale is certified by the USDA’s National Organic Program, and is located in Portland, Oregon. Essential Wholesale is a longtime supporter of small companies from all walks of life, especially those run by women in the small scale cosmetics manufacturing industry. They are longtime sponsor of my work. Kayla blogs at Essential U and Tweets here.

Kristin Fraser Cotte, founder and CEO of The Grapeseed Company in Santa Barbara, California. She also co-edits the Personal Care Truth blog. Kristin makes organic personal care products with safe ingredients. She is a savvy business woman who left a full-time job so she could pursue her passion of making safe, natural skin care products. Along with her husband, a school teacher, Kristin is in the process of opening a retail store and studio in her community. Kristin blogs at the Green Skincare Blog.

Marla Bosworth of Back Porch Soap Co. in Duxbury, Massachusetts, home state of SCA 2010 co-sponsor Rep. Ed Markey. She makes personalized, wedding and sea inspired soaps. She also teaches classes and offers consulting for budding small cosmetics businesses. Marla leads a popular forum at our social networking site, is a writer for Saponifier Magazine and is a sought after speaker at at small business events nationwide, including the annual Conference of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. Marla blogs here.

Anne-Marie Faiola is the award-winning entrepreneur behind Bramble Berry, Inc. in Bellingham, Washington. She offers soap and cosmetics making supplies and teaches classes to help people make those products. Anne-Marie also owns and manages the Otion retail store and studio in Bellingham where she teaches private classes, hosts parties and sells soap and cosmetics making supplies. Anne-Marie is an award-winning entrepreneur who blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here.

Kayla, Kristin, Marla and Anne-Marie are IBN’s State Advocacy Leaders in Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Washington.

In this podcast, which was Tweeted live during the show, we discussed how H.R. 5786 would unnecessarily burden small business owners without any corresponding consumer benefit.

Question: What do you think after hearing my guests share their views?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mariahcountrysoaps August 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Haven't been able to find the link to listen to the audio…..I know it must be here somewhere.


2 Donna Maria Coles Johnson August 11, 2010 at 2:07 am

Sorry for the inconvenience. We are working on glitch, but if you just go back to the home page at, then scroll down to the post entitled
Cosmetic Industry Leaders Discuss H.R. 5786 [Audio] (without going to a different page), you’ll see the audio link to listen there. In the alternative, I posted it to FaceBook and so you can listen there at this link:
Click on the blue arrow link there to listen.


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