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Creme of Nature, Look Good…Feel Better partner to help women battling cancer

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Colomer USA’s ethnic hair care brand Creme of Nature has partnered with Look Good…Feel Better to educate people on the services available for women who are battling cancer and want to enhance their appearance.

Throughout October and November, Look Good…Feel Better leaflets can be found inside Creme of Nature product packaging to help spread the word about the organization and the support it provides for women who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Look Good…Feel Better is a nonmedical, brand-neutral public service program that is comprised of beauty industry professionals who teach beauty techniques to help cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. The organization also offers cancer patients a circle of support. Through Look Good…Feel Better, women receive step-by-step makeover learning sessions that are led by cosmetology professionals. Products are donated by various cosmetic and beauty companies.

Each free two-hour, hands-on workshop includes a 12-step skin care and makeup lesson, information on nail care techniques and advice on how to deal with hair loss, including tips on the use of wigs and hairpieces, scarves and other accessories. In addition to beauty and accessory secrets, participants receive complimentary cosmetic kits to use during the session or to continue their makeovers at home.

Along with the "Courage Is Beautiful" product inserts, Creme of Nature distributed Look Good…Feel Better brochures at hair shows, trade shows and various events, has included a link to the organization’s website on Cremeofnature.com and is circulating promotional materials, such as pamphlets and posters in-house at Colomer USA’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters.

Look Good…Feel Better information also will be shared on the brand’s Facebook and Twitter pages and its blog and website.

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Carex launches hot/cold compression wrap

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands on Monday introduced its new Hot & Cold Compression 2-in-1 Universal Wrap.

Featuring doctor-recommended moist heat to increase blood flow, reduce pain and relax muscles, the flexible compression wrap offers the benefit of compression with the added support of hot and cold therapy. Compression therapy supports tired or injured muscles and increases circulation in the affected area, while moist heat dilates blood vessels bringing fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscle enabling it to heal faster. 

The reusable gel pack insert can be used for hot or cold therapy.

The 2-in-1 Hot & Cold Compression Wrap is available online and at select retailers, independent pharmacies and drug stores for a suggested retail price of $16.47.

 


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P&G CEO tells shareholders company is making ‘solid’ growth progress

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble chairman, president and CEO Bob McDonald acknowledged during the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday that P&G has “work left to do to deliver the growth” shareholders expect but stressed that the company is making solid progress in fiscal year 2011 despite business and economic challenges.

“We know the road ahead is challenging. We’re operating in a very tough economic environment with high degrees of uncertainty, but we’ve been through tough periods before, and we have always stayed focused on what must be done in the present while not losing sight of what it will take to keep growing in the future. We’re maintaining that focus today. We’re not the kind of company that chases short term commodity or currency movements at the expense of our strategy, and we’re confident our strategy is right now and for the long term,” McDonald said.

For the fiscal year that ended on June 30, P&G delivered organic sales growth of 4% and core earnings per share growth of 8%, and increased the quarterly dividend by 9%.

P&G stated that innovation and expansion programs drove market share growth in businesses representing approximately 60% of global sales and four of the company’s five geographic regions. This growth was delivered despite nearly $2 billion in commodity and energy cost increases, little-to-no market growth in developed markets, political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, he told shareholders.

McDonald cited four priorities for the year ahead: maintaining sales growth momentum, executing price increases with excellence, delivering high-quality operating profit growth and improving productivity in all aspects of the company.

“Innovation and portfolio expansion remain critical growth drivers and are central to fulfilling the company’s purpose of touching and improving the lives of the world’s consumers. We currently have one of the strongest innovation and global expansion programs in P&G history. And, we have a strong pipeline going forward,” McDonald said.

P&G will issue its results for the first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30 on Oct. 27.

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