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Date:3/4/2008

Gabriel Cosmetics backs three non-profit organizations

SEATTLE, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Gabriel Cosmetics, a Seattle-based natural cosmetics company, announced today that it is backing three important non-profit organizations, in an effort to support breast cancer survivors.

Why Breast Cancer is Important

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
In 2004 (the most recent year numbers are available),

-- 186,772 U.S. women and 1,815 men were diagnosed with breast cancer(1)

-- 40,954 U.S. women and 362 men died from breast cancer(2)

What is Gabriel Cosmetics Doing About It?

Because a close friend of Gabriel DeSantino, the CEO of Gabriel Cosmetics, was diagnosed with breast cancer, he decided to help other breast cancer survivors as well. "We are not only helping to fund three important organizations in an effort to mitigate the disease, but we believe that by using natural beauty products, breast cancer survivors can look and feel better about themselves, which can have an important impact on prognosis," said DeSantino.

On March 15, 2008, Gabriel Cosmetics joins 19 other CEOs of natural products companies as a sponsor of the Vitality Fashion Show at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00pm. There will be a press conference preceding the Fashion Show at 4:30pm. The purpose of the fashion show is to highlight the nation's most celebrated eco-conscious fashion designers, in an effort to raise awareness for how a clean, natural life and use of natural products can contribute to the prevention of breast cancer and improvement of quality of life for victims of breast cancer. The fashion show will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find a cure.

Also, Gabriel Cosmetics has just made two grants to non-profit organizations that support natural healing and/or contribute to breast cancer prevention and/or improvement of quality of life.

-- Gabriel Cosmetics has made a donation to the St. Ignatius of Loyola

Foundation, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that supports

breast cancer victims by providing breast prostheses and post-

mastectomy bras to under-insured and uninsured breast cancer survivors.

-- Gabriel Cosmetics has also made a grant to Ocean Conservancy, which

promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and

opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through

research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy

informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of

the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the

world's foremost advocate for the oceans.

While it may not be immediately clear how Ocean Conservancy promotes natural healing or aids in the prevention of breast cancer, a recent Japanese study sheds light on this. The study showed that seaweed may protect against breast cancer. Japan, which commonly uses seaweed in a wide variety of products, has one of the world's lowest rates of breast cancer.

Gabriel Cosmetics uses a wide variety of seaweed in its skincare products for its healing, soothing and anti-aging properties.

Interviews are available with Gabriel DeSantino, CEO of Gabriel Cosmetics

About Gabriel Cosmetics

Gabriel Cosmetics was conceived and developed in 1992 by Gabriel DeSantino, CEO and founder of Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc. Inspiration for the line was drawn from generations of family tradition and knowledge of the healing properties of the sea.

Gabriel Cosmetics is the only natural cosmetics company to harness the natural elements of the sea to provide its customers with the strongest restorative and rejuvenating powers created by nature.

Also, Gabriel products are made from 100% natural ingredients. No synthetic chemicals or animal by-products are utilized and no testing is ever done on animals. These environmentally safe products contain a higher percentage of active ingredients than any other similar products.

Gabriel Cosmetics is sold in Whole Foods and other natural foods and health retailers throughout the country. For more information about Gabriel Cosmetics, go to http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com.

About Susan G. Komen For the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-800 I'M AWARE.

About Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans. For more information, go to http://www.oceanconservancy.org.

About The St. Ignatius of Loyola Foundation

The Saint Ignatius of Loyola Foundation, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, was created to provide physical and emotional support for women undergoing cancer treatment. At Saint Ignatius, we are committed to providing breast prostheses and post-mastectomy bras to under-insured and uninsured breast cancer survivors. Saint Ignatius offers support to women during this trying time in their lives by providing them the tools they need to feel confident and prepared to live their best life ever. The goal of the Saint Ignatius Foundation is to play a part in the process of recovery for breast cancer survivors, both physically and in the reinstatement of their confidence and self-esteem.

(1) Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer

Statistics: 2004 Incidence and Mortality. Atlanta (GA): Department of

Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

and National Cancer Institute; 2007.

*Note: Incidence counts cover approximately 98% of the U.S. population and

death counts cover 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution in

comparing incidence and death counts.

(2) Ibid.


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