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Bare Escentuals’ RareMinerals Blemish Therapy wins CEW award

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO Bare Escentuals, the creators of bareMinerals, has announced that its RareMinerals Blemish Therapy won the CEW Insiders Choice Award for most innovative beauty product of the year.

With 600 new products entered, 135 finalists and more than 4,000 cosmetic industry executives voting, RareMinerals Blemish Therapy is the 2008 winner in the Facial and Skincare category for acne treatment.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this honor,” said Leslie Blodgett, chief executive officer of Bare Escentuals. “Winning an award by the CEW is beauty’s highest recognition because products are voted on by industry executives. These groups of remarkable women have a pulse on consumer needs and a clear understanding of what it takes to create a breakthrough product.”

The Blemish Therapy treatment combines the proprietary RareMinerals concentrate with the acne-fighting benefits of natural sulfur to treat and heal existing acne while preventing future breakouts from forming.

Additional products in the RareMinerals skin care line include the Renew & Reveal Facial Cleanser, a mineral-based cleanser and the Skin Revival Treatment, a mineral-based nighttime treatment.

RareMinerals, bareMinerals and Bare Escentuals products are available at Bare Escentuals Boutiques and Web site, Sephora, Ulta, domestic Spas, and select Nordstrom’s and Macy’s stores.

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P&G sues J&J, McNeil for patent infringement

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crest Whitestrips, is suing Johnson & Johnson and McNeil-PPC, the maker and distributor of Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips, for patent infringement.

According to suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, P&G alleges that the Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips infringe key P&G patents related to the tooth whitening active ingredient and delivery systems.

The lawsuit seeks to stop J&J and McNeil-PPC from making, selling and importing any products that infringe P&G’s patents on tooth-whitening products. It also seeks to recover damages.

“P&G invests heavily in R&D to provide consumers with leading products. This technology and its intellectual property are important assets of the company,” stated Steve Jemison, P&G chief legal officer. “We must protect our intellectual property.”

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Kao introduces three Curel products for aging

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Kao Brands has announced the launch of its new Life’s Stages collection from Curel Skincare, the first and only line of moisturizers designed to help women address the changing needs of their skin.

The new collection includes Curel nurturing comfort Moisture Cream for pregnancy and motherhood. The product helps improve skin’s elasticity and alleviates dryness throughout pregnancy and beyond. The paraben-free and mineral oil-free formula promises to increase elasticity 70 percent better than the leading pregnancy cream, according to the company.

To help women battle the first signs of aging there’s the new Curel youth-defense Moisture Lotion. Via a blend of skin hydrators, vitamins C and E and collagen, the formula is designed to replenish essential building blocks found in naturally young, health skin and increases skin’s moisture level. It is clinically proven to provide healthier looking and feeling skin in one week.

There’s also Curel skin fortifying Moisture Lotion for menopause and beyond. During menopause, skin can become dry and itchy, lose elasticity and become fragile so the formula helps maintain skin’s elasticity.

The products are priced at $7.49 each.

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