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Apr.14
2014

Myths of myrtle

In ancient Greece and Rome, it is said that the myrtle plant symbolized love and immortality. Essential oil from the plant was used to create “angel water,” which had the power to restore freshness and youth to the skin.

Artistry scientists acquired this shrub found in the Mediterranean and investigated the activity of its extract in our bioassay laboratory with in vitro performance testing.

They were excited to learn this extract effectively increased Sirtuin signaling, which means increased youth protein production in human skin cells.

This ingredient, named LifeSirt, is even more stable and effective than resveratrol, a well-known antioxidant found in red wine that also is known for Sirtuin signaling. LifeSirt helps reprogram skin’s future for younger-looking skin, longer and is a key ingredient in our Youth Xtend collection.

Mar.24
2014

Fuzz buster

The amazing scientists in the Amway laundry care lab love inspiration, and when they hear from Amway Business Owners about a particular laundry challenge, they get inspired.

Take, for example, the challenge of keeping black and dark-colored cotton clothing looking vibrant and new, wear after wear. Machine-washing cottons causes fuzzing, pilling and dye transfer that can make these items look faded and old long before their time.

The R&D team began looking for ways to help consumers extend the appearance of their newer dark cotton items in one economical and easy-to-use laundry solution.

The team developed a detergent technology that preserves the appearance of dark cottons, and even improves the appearance of many dark cotton items that look faded from previous washings in other detergents.

The technology is used in SA8 Black Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent with Bioquest formula exclusively from the Amway Home brand. It is now available in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and is expected to be available in Japan and Europe later this year.

When our laundry products help consumers wear their clothing longer, families save money–and it helps slow the flow of these items into the waste stream. That’s a double win! Read more about the product at Amway Startup.

Mar.17
2014

Scientific excellence

Researchdevelopmenttesting – the power of science is a key ingredient in the success of Amway.

That’s why we launched AmwayScientificExcellence.com, a site that details the work of our talented professionals, including 900 scientists, engineers and technical specialists.

They are the fuel behind our products. And they are the fuel behind our innovation, which is visible in the more than 1,000 patents held by the organization. It is prominent in the partnerships established by our open innovation scouts, and it is proof positive that the company’s products perform under the most stringent conditions.

All that combined makes for a robust function of scientific excellence that arms our global distributor base with quality, top-line products that are in demand in more than 100 countries and territories.

So check out our new site and see some of the stories of the people who help advance the organization and its products every single day.

Mar.13
2014

Sleep more, live better

Feel like napping? Maybe you should! Restful sleep is a wondrous thing.

It’s a pillar of optimal health. And it’s so important to our well being that the World Association of Sleep Medicine declared a World Sleep Day on March 14, 2014, to encourage all of us to get more hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep.

Millions of people think skimping on sleep for work, chores, entertainment or social activities is a virtue. If that sounds like you, Amway scientists have five great reasons to give yourself permission to get more sleep:

  1. Beauty sleep: Dark circles, baggy eyes and wrinkles are less noticeable when you get enough sleep. After even one good night’s sleep you’ll look brighter, healthier and more alert. And, overnight is a great time to help your skin renew itself.
  2. Weight control: Successful weight loss is closely linked to sleep. Getting adequate sleep helps regulate appetite and metabolism, which can make a big difference in how well diet and exercise work in helping you lose or maintain weight. (See #3)
  3. Healthy metabolism: When you’re tired, it’s harder to resist drinking alcohol and eating just before going to bed. Alcohol and eating late both negatively affect metabolism, which makes weight control more difficult – and, in turn, can disrupt sleep.
  4. Sharper thinking: Alertness, energy, concentration, mood and the quality of our performance at job or school are all linked directly to getting enough sleep. Experts say getting enough rest helps you avoid mistakes – and even car accidents.
  5. Resist illness: Adequate sleep can strengthen your immune system, helping you stay healthier and heal more quickly from injury and illness.

Need a little help falling or staying asleep? Try making your bedroom more sleep-friendly with fresh-smelling bedding and clean, irritant-free air. And for those occasional nights when that’s just not enough, try a safe, natural solution like NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops.

Now, back to that nap…

Feb.20
2014

Scientific leadership

On a daily basis, more than 900 Amway scientists, engineers and technical professionals are responding to market demands by devising products that closely fit an infinite variety of customer needs and desires.  Their accomplishments are truly amazing.

The company’s Research & Development Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society is built to acknowledge individuals within this group, people with a longstanding record of scientific and technical excellence during their Amway career.

It is the R&D division’s highest level of technical recognition. Earlier this month three new members were inducted:

Donald J. Pusateri — Don has been involved with more than 70 plant concentrates and dehydrates featured in Nutrilite™ products today.  His technical excellence has resulted in 35 patents, six publications and multiple Amway awards.

Richard C. Roth, Ph.D. — Rick has a distinguished record of leadership in the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the American Society for Testing and Materials, serving as the chair or secretary on a variety of committees.  He has earned 26 publications, four trade secrets, two patents and numerous Amway and industry awards.

Ron J. Sharpe — Ron has brought many high-performing, new technologies to Amway as an Open Innovation Scientist, filling the beauty pipeline with discoveries that help to fuel ARTISTRY™ Intensives Skincare Renewing Peel and Youth Xtend.  Ron is recognized as an industry expert in Open Innovation and has seven publications, four patents and multiple industry and Amway awards.

The three inductees join four others who were recognized last year to make up the society’s seven-person membership.  Thanks to the work of these individuals and their colleagues, Amway R&D continues to use the power of science to help people live better lives. Congratulations to the inductees!

Feb.19
2014

Phosphate-free

You may have seen recent news of a major retail laundry detergent brand announcing a commitment to move to a phosphate-free formula. We say, ‘Welcome to the club!’

If you use an Amway laundry detergent, you can be assured you’re using a formula that doesn’t contain phosphates – no matter where in the world you purchased it.

Amway has manufactured phosphate-free laundry detergent for all its markets, even countries that don’t regulate phosphates, since the early 2000s, and even longer in the U.S.

Why is that important?

Because phosphates can get into lakes and streams where they promote excessive plant growth and decay. That causes water quality to deteriorate and suffocates aquatic life.

Many countries have banned phosphates in detergents as a result. Some countries still allow phosphate detergents – and some major retail detergent brands sold in those countries still contain phosphate. But not Amway.

Want to know more about our phosphate-free formulas and how we got there? Visit the Amway Global Newsroom for the full story.

Feb.14
2014

Two words

Customers first.

Leadership and passion.

Knowledge and expertise.

Those are just a few of the words that describe Amway’s Bob Hamilton, THE go-to person for policies and regulations in the home care and beauty products industries.

“His practical approach is highly valued by regulatory professionals worldwide,” says Dr. Nico Raczek, Amway global director of regulatory policies.

What else makes Bob stand out? “Good science, and products that are safe for our families as well as our communities are primary motivators for Bob,” says Terri Gaskey, who leads our quality assurance and global technical services.

Few were surprised when Bob received a prestigious distinguished service award from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) for his decades of science-based policymaking.

Two more words? Sweat equity.

“He has worked tirelessly over many years to strengthen the work we do on behalf of the industry,” says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough for all that he has done.”

Those two words are the perfect way to begin.

Jan.22
2014

Home technology

Did you ever wonder how Amway, which got its start selling soap and nutrition products, became a number one seller of home technology products?

Last year, eSpring became the  world’s number one selling brand of home water treatment systems according to Verify Markets study of 2012 global sales, while ATMOSPHERE is the world’s number one selling brand of home air treatment systems according to Verify Markets study of 2011 global sales.

That’s quite an accomplishment in just over 50 years. And it was a concerted effort. In the last 20 years, we grew our research and

development team from those specializing in cleaning, cosmetics and nutrition to include more than 100 scientists researching home technology.

It’s a wonderful story of innovation, dedication and “Aha!” moments that you can read at the Amway Global Newsroom.

Jan.08
2014

Scientists as scouts

Last week we told you about our amazing Open Innovations team.

Need a refresher? Open Innovation is a non-traditional approach to new product development that has been used at Amway since 2005. It’s built around the idea that new technologies can come from beyond the four walls of a laboratory.

This video does a great job of explaining it and highlights one of their success stories: the red caviar concentrate used in our Youth Xtend Ultra. Check it out!


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Jan.06
2014

Bad hair day?

Quick, list some of the most annoying things that result in a bad hair day. Here’s a start: flat and lifeless locks filled with split ends or frizzy beyond all control.

Did you know that the starting point for those problems is your hair’s breaking strength? Amway Senior Research Scientist Lane Duvel did. Of course, it’s his job.

As part of the $75 billion-a-year haircare industry, he’s been researching ways to improve haircare for 15 years. He and his team recently perfected a way to significantly increase hair’s elasticity and strength. That means more life, less split ends and less frizz.

The result is Enerjuve, a patented formula exclusive to Amway’s Satinique line of premium haircare products. Enerjuve uses several of the same compounds that your body produces naturally to increase the breaking point of hair. That same new-found strength also helps hair resist the effects of air pollution, ultraviolet rays, heat from hair dryers and repeated washings.

That’s some powerful science to fight a bad hair day. Read more about the research and discoveries behind our new Satinique line at our Amway Global Newsroom.