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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.

Apr.02
2014

2013: Year in review

Earlier this year we reported our 2013 annual sales — a record breaking $11.8 billion.

How did we get there? Through unsurpassed products, unparalleled support and unlimited opportunities. Take a look…


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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.12
2014

Twist and click

ARTISTRY introduces Signature Color Lipstick exclusively from Amway. Four years in the making, the 18 classic and eight sheer shades deliver color as it was meant to be — luxurious, indulgent and ravishing.

It’s also innovative. The package’s “twist-and-click” technology was invented, patented and engineered by Catherine Ehrenberger, vice president of research and development at Amway.

“It’s a revolutionary Artistry invention,” Ehrenberger says. “This exclusive system opens and closes the tube in the most ingenious way.”

Simply twist the tube to unlock it and release the lipstick bullet. Once desired application is achieved, a small click of the tube will return the lipstick to its resting position, locking it into place.

The lipstick was also formulated from a translucent base, helping the color remain true. That means what’s seen in the bullet is what’s seen on the lips. Plus, it resists feathering and bleeding. 

Signature Color Lipstick began its global rollout in February.

Feb.26
2014

From start to finish

Vertical integration. Seed-to-supplement. Supply chain. Regardless of what you call it, Amway controls much of the process (and, in several cases, the entire process) when developing and manufacturing high quality nutrition, beauty and home products for the world.

By controlling as much of the process as possible, Amway is able to have heightened oversight of product quality – from the core ingredients that serve as the source of the products, to the manufacturing of goods in our 15 manufacturing facilities, to the complex delivery systems that allow millions of Amway distributors in more than 100 countries and territories to secure goods close to home or ship directly to the ultimate consumer.

The source/make/deliver process that Amway has built is truly unique. It is a point of pride for the company, its employees and Amway Business Owners and it is detailed in a new website called AmwaySourceMakeDeliver.com.

The site helps to chronicle some of the many reasons why customers who buy Amway products from Amway Business Owners continue to make the company a trusted part of their daily lives.

Feb.24
2014

Amway Startup

Every single day, someone launches their Amway startup. They are entrepreneurs. They want to control their own destiny. They are difference-makers.

But unlike many others who are attempting to set their own course, these entrepreneurs are backed by an $11.8 billion company. One supported by 21,000 people who are working hard to make that individual startup a success. These entrepreneurs are supported by more than 1,000 patents, 15 manufacturing sites, 75  R&D and quality assurance labs and a distribution network that is nearly unmatched in the world of business.

We want to bring that story to life. That’s why we have launched Amway Startup — a news site dedicated to telling the story of the backroom that supports Amway startups all around the world.  From stories on scientific excellence and new products to beauty and nutrition, Amway Startup will be your source for detailed coverage of the fuel that helps power Amway startups globally.

So, check it out here, and tell us what you think.

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.