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Derma e to celebrate 25th anniversary at Natural Products Expo West

BY Antoinette Alexander

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Derma e Natural Bodycare will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West on March 5 to 8 in Anaheim, Calif.

“Our passion for the pure power of nature has brought us to where we are today; 25 successful years of formulating effective, innovative natural products that deliver results. We will continue to develop premium products with high levels of the finest scientifically proven natural ingredients while staying true to our beliefs: healthy skin, a healthy world and a healthier environment,” said Dr. Linda Miles, president of derma e Natural Bodycare.

The company, whose portfolio includes more than 90 SKUs, will commemorate its anniversary with a party at the Expo.

The family-owned company began in the 1960s when the Stearn family found that the topical application of vitamin E providing natural moisturizing and health properties to benefit skin health. Today, derma e products can be found in more than 5,000 retail outlets throughout the United States, with additional distribution internationally.

The company recently made the move to 100 percent wind energy, reducing the company’s environmental footprint. In addition, a percentage of all product sales goes to The Paraguay Project, a three-tiered charitable program supporting the people, rainforest and land of Paraguay.

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L’Oreal Paris develops sulfate-free EverPure hair care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK L’Oreal Paris is rolling out for early 2009 its new EverPure line of sulfate-free color care hair products.

EverPure is free of harsh sulfates, surfactants and salts that can strip and dull color-treated hair. In place of harsh ingredients, EverPure features an Anti-Fade System of shampoos and conditioners. According to L’Oreal, testing shows color to last up to 32 washes.

For an aromatherapeutic and spa-like experience, the 100-percent vegan formulas are infused with rosemary, juniper and mint extracts.

The collection includes EverPure Moisture, Smooth or Volume formulas. The conditioners and masques feature both UVA and UVB filters to help protect hair from UV rays. For additional coverage, there’s also a UV Protect Spray that can be used on all hair types. Suggested retail prices range between $6.99 and $8.99.

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Ulta reports profits for third quarter 2008

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. Beauty retailer Ulta posted double-digit gains in sales and profit during the third quarter but lowered its full year guidance in light of the challenging economy.

“In these unprecedented times, we remain confident in our strategies and financial position,” said Lyn Kirby, president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased with the recent start to the holiday season and the strategies that are driving these results, and if consumers continue to spend on their current trend, we would anticipate delivering fourth quarter comp sales in line with third quarter performance. However, we recognize that the majority of the gift season remains in front of us in the most volatile economy we have seen in decades.”

Net sales for the quarter ended Nov. 3 rose 22.4 percent to $254.8 million. Same-store sales rose 2 percent.

Net income rose 19.3 percent to $5 million. Income per diluted share was 9 cents compared with 5 cents per share in the year-ago period.

During the quarter, the company opened 21 stores, including its first urban location on State Street in Chicago, and ended the period with 304 stores.

For the full year, income per diluted share is now expected to be between 47 cents and 51 cents, which compares to its previous guidance range for income per diluted share of 52 cents to 57 cents.

Net sales for the full year are expected to be between $1.1 billion and $1.11 billion, compared with its previous guidance range of net sales between $1.12 billion to $1.13 billion and versus net sales last year of $912.1 million.

For 2009, the company trimmed its new store expansion pace to 15 percent to 20 percent square footage growth.

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