Coppertone launches new sunscreen with antioxidants
KENILWORTH, N.J. In time for warmer weather, Schering-Plough, introduces Coppertone NutraShield with Dual Defense, a new line of sunscreens enriched with antioxidants to help promote natural skin repair by neutralizing harmful free radicals created by UV exposure.
Topical antioxidants can offer cosmetic skin-enhancing benefits when added to a broad spectrum sunscreen. A growing body of research reveals that daily sun exposure during everyday activities can contribute to skin damage that appears as fine lines and wrinkles as well as certain types of skin cancer. In response to these findings and consumer demand for multi-benefit skincare products, Coppertone developed its NutraShield line — an SPF 70+ Faces lotion as well as SPF 70+ and SPF 30 lotions for the body — in lightweight formulas perfect for daily use to help protect and nourish skin.
“Coppertone has a legacy of continuous innovation to meet the changing needs of consumers,” said Robert Bianchini, PhD, VP of R&D, global skincare at Schering-Plough Consumer HealthCare. “This year, we’re offering consumers powerful broad spectrum sunscreens that also contain what we’ve discovered to be effective blends of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals in skin.”
Helen of Troy reports Q4, fiscal year results
EL PASO, Texas Helen of Troy reported sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2009.
Fourth quarter sales decreased 3.8% to $138.6 million. Sales in the personal care segment decreased 6.1% to $94 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $100.1 million for the same period last year.
Earnings per share for the fourth quarter was $0.36, compared with $9.81 million, or $0.31 per fully diluted share, for the same quarter of the prior year, an increase of 16.1% per fully diluted share.
Fiscal year net sales decreased 4.6% to $622.7 million, from $652.5 million in the prior fiscal year. Net sales in the housewares segment for the full year increased 6.9% to $175.5 million, compared with $164.1 million for the same period last year. Meanwhile, net sales in the personal care segment for the full year decreased 8.4% to $447.2 million, compared with $488.4 million in the year-ago period.
“The domestic retail environment continues to be challenging and is expected to continue that way for a number of quarters. However, as the business environment begins to improve, we are well positioned to take advantage of our leadership role in our marketplace and categories,” stated Gerald Rubin, president and CEO of Helen of Troy.
Two actresses join Banks as spokeswomen for L’Oreal Paris
NEW YORK L’Oreal Paris announced that it has tapped two new actresses to represent its brand.
Evangeline Lilly and Frieda Pinto, stars of “Lost” and Slumdog Millionaire, respectively, join fellow actress and spokeswoman Elizabeth Banks as world spokeswomen for L’Oreal Paris. Banks was recently introduced in the United States as a new L’Oreal Paris spokesperson in December 2008.
“I am proud that all these actresses are now our world spokespeople, alongside other L’Oreal Paris spokespeople including Penelope Cruz, Beyonce Knowles, Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Aishwarya Rai and Kerry Washington,” said Vianney Derville, international general manager for L’Oreal Paris. “We are delighted to welcome them as representatives of L’Oreal Paris. We have been completely won over by their rising careers as actresses, together with their attachment to the values of humanity and diversity.”