Press Release

Media & Merch Spring 2022 Press Release


Social Equity Vodka And Skincare, CBD Topicals Used by NBA and Olympic Athletes, The Edible Arrangements of Chocolate Truffles, Travel Apparel that Deflects Mosquitoes and More

(Malibu, CA, April 26, 2022) – Consumer Product Events, the matchmaker for products and press, will host the press-only Spring edition of Media & Merch: A (Virtual) Press Junket on April 27, 2022 at Since 2009, CPE has introduced their little black book of reporter contacts to PR agencies, in-house marketers and brands directly as a service to help reporters, bloggers and influencers who are looking for new products for reviews, roundups and gift guides. Products to be presented include:

About I’m Not Single, I Have a Dog – At age 60, Susan Hartzler learned to accept, even love, the single life, provided she has good friends and a dog by her side. Always attracted to bad boys, she was sure she could change them into devoted partners, but her compulsive fixing behaviors always ended in disaster. On a purposeful trip to the pound looking for a dog to sniff out the bad guys and help her find meaning in a crazy world, a book was born. Thoughtful and funny, this memoir follows Susan’s journey to unconditional love. “While saving a dog, I rescued myself.”

Susan Hartzler |

BESO Wellness – BESO Wellness is a CBD-powered therapeutic topical line that addresses pain for NBA and Olympic athletes and major entertainers from 2Chainz, WizKid and Janet Jackson to Miguel. BESO features anti-inflammatory ingredients assembled from global history and various spiritual traditions such as mustard and black seed oils, frankincense, myrrh, turmeric and shea in a luxurious grapeseed emollient base. The line includes a massage whip, body lotion and hair / beard elixir.

Macy Harrell |

Biens Chocolate Centerpieces Corp – Biens Chocolate Centerpieces are the world’s first, patented, shippable and chocolate cake truffle displays. Featuring 50 decadent truffles on a ready-to-serve gift platter, selections include iconic holiday characters from a Thanksgiving Turkey to Santa atop a “Bien Buddy” or elegant message cards for Mother’s Day, New Baby, Birthday, Baptism, Graduation, Retirement and Get Well on a cone-shaped “Bien Tower.” A women-owned and operated company, Biens was founded by a mother/daughter team.

Geraldine Keogh |

Colorado Aromatics Cultivated Skincare – Aspenglow Face Balm, is a beauty balm formulated to lock in moisture and form a protective barrier against wind and weather. Antioxidant rich herbs and actives help protect the skin barrier function and minimize wrinkles. Altogether, the user can expect healthier and brighter skin that holds its moisture even when outdoors in the winter.

Cindy Jones |

Helen Ficalora – Helen’s Ficalora’s signature scent and jewelry inspire beauty, love and peace. The Montauk Bloom is a fresh, clean woody floral oceanic fragrance that evokes the nature and the sea breeze of Montauk. Her necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets are timeless pieces crafted from beautiful yellow, pink and white gold with diamond accents that reflect an appreciation for nature and organic form.

Helen Ficalora |

Ku’Panda Skincare – A vegan, herbal tea-infused and unscented skintreat line, Ku’Panda Skincare strategically nourishes skin with exotic botanicals and clinically proven ingredients such as Butterfly Pea Flower, Mango Butter, Blueberry Fruit Extract, White Willow Bark, Oolong Tea, Pineapple Bromelain, Ginger Root, Turmeric Root, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid and Chaga Mushroom. Created by a woman of color, the line includes serums, toners, masks, cleansers and the signature Butterfly Creme to address hyperpigmentation, excessive dryness, clogged pores, acne prone skin and fine lines.

Janae Peats |

Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka – A minority-owned and operated company, Loft & Bear is handcrafted in the heart of South Central, Los Angeles and acclaimed as the “whiskey-drinker’s vodka” by Los Angeles Magazine for its smoothness and rich aroma. The soft mouth-feel and subtle vanilla notes characterized by the soft winter wheat grains are the reason Loft & Bear was named one of six spirits from Southern California for summer sipping by the Los Angeles Times.

Jomo Mulholland |

Pang Wangle – is reinventing outdoor leisurewear by adding bug repellent technology into a timeless catalog of dreamy, recycled cotton/Tencel-blended apparel that provides protection from insects in the prettiest way possible. Travel-friendly clothing and accessories include the new Essential Wrap with Insect Shield® Bug Repellent, scarves, bandanas, blankets and leggings. Insect Shield® repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies, fleas, chiggers, ants and midges.

Jennifer John |

Storehouse Tea Co – Storehouse Tea makes sachet and loose leaf teas that are ethically produced to heal, connect and transform communities through organic and fair-trade sourcing and employing refugees and recent immigrants. A mission driven company: “we don’t hire people to make our teas, we make delicious teas to hire people.” Storehouse Tea is a women-owned company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan Hershman |

About Media & Merch: A (Virtual) Press Junkets presented by Consumer Product Events, the brainchild of 30-year product launch veteran Alyson Dutch. A matchmaker for products and press, CPE was established in 2009 to connect product marketers directly with the press who are looking to report about them. CPE is a sister company of Malibu-based Brown + Dutch Public Relations, Inc.