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ECRM product winner SoapBox Soaps outlines heart of company’s mission

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA — SoapBox Soaps, an Alexandria, Va.-based provider of natural soaps, was the winner of the Drug Store News Best New Product award for its Intense Hydration Body Lotion at ECRM’s 2015 Skin, Bath, Cosmetics & Fragrances event.

SoapBox Soaps, run by CEO and co-founder David Simnick and president and COO Daniel Doll, is a “soap company with a mission.” For every soap product purchased, it provides clean water and sanitation initiatives all over the world and here in the United States. The company gives one bar of soap for every bar sold; one month of clean water for every liquid hand soap sold; and one year of vitamins for every body-wash sold.
 
But its products stand on their own, as evidenced by their selection for top honors at the event. In addition to its body lotion, SoapBox also offers soap bars made with shea butter and sea salt, liquid hand soaps, and body washes — both made with shea butter, aloe and jojoba oil.

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Topganic, Unilever honored for new hair and ethnic products at ECRM event

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA — Topganic, a New York-based provider of natural hair care products, was the winner of this year’s Drug Store News Best New Product award for its Brazil Nut Oil Intensive Hair Mask with Keratin.

The award was presented during ECRM’s 2015 Hair & Ethnic event, held June 16 to 18 in Atlanta, and was specifically for products in those categories. Unilever took the finalist slot for its Just for Me prewash softening detangler.

The two products were selected from among eight entries, which were displayed in the ECRM hospitality area throughout the event. Buyers cast their votes based on product innovation and packaging.

Topganic’s hair care line combines natural oils, extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea to provide a natural approach to protect and nourish hair. Its shampoos, conditioners, masks and other products work to prevent further damage from chemicals, heat styling and pollution, according to the company. Accepting the award for Topganic was Elizabeth DeMaria, EVP.

Unilever’s Just For Me! hair care products are specifically formulated for the needs of children aged 5 to 14 years old. They were developed to clean and moisturize hair, reduce breakages and ease tangles. Frank Carlesimo, consumer brand planning manager – hair care category, accepted the Finalist award for Unilever.

“We congratulate Topganic and Unilever on their well-deserved awards at this year’s event,” stated Lisa Carrillo, SVP of HBC for ECRM. “We’re proud to work with Drug Store News to showcase these companies’ achievements.”
 

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Coty’s interim CEO Bart Becht to remain on board

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Bart Becht, interim CEO of Coty

NEW YORK — Beauty brand Coty has announced that Bart Becht will remain interim CEO of Coty, and will also continue in his role as chairman.

Elio Leoni Sceti, who was planned to assume the role of CEO in July, has reconsidered and decided not to join Coty, the company stated.

“After further discussion, the Coty board of directors determined that leadership continuity is critical in ensuring the continued success of Coty’s strategy implementation. We certainly understand Elio’s decision not to join Coty as planned, thank him for his professionalism throughout this process and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” stated Peter Harf, director and chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of Coty.

Becht was appointed interim CEO in September 2014, following the departure of former CEO Michele Scannavini for personal reasons.

Before joining Coty, Becht served as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser from 1995 to 2011. Becht also held a variety of marketing, sales and finance positions at Procter & Gamble.
 

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