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Estée Lauder Cos. helps launch Somaly Mam Beauty Salon in Cambodia to fight human trafficking

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. has announced the opening of the Somaly Mam Beauty Salon, a social enterprise developed in partnership with the anti-trafficking organization The Somaly Mam Foundation.

The full service beauty salon, located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, will cater to tourists and locals while providing survivors of sexual slavery and human trafficking with the education and vocational training needed to achieve socioeconomic independence, the beauty company stated. Leveraging top beauty experts and products from The Estée Lauder Cos.’ prestige brands — such as Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble and Clinique — the Somaly Mam Beauty Salon will offer education in such beauty services as hair care, makeup application and nail treatments.

SMF will collaborate with their on-the-ground partner AFESIP Cambodia (French for “Acting for Women in Distressing Situations”) to implement the suite of education and training courses for salon employees.

Since 1996, AFESIP Cambodia has combated sexual slavery in Southeast Asia by rescuing victims of human trafficking and providing recovery and skills training to help foster the economic empowerment of its survivors. AFESIP’s Center for Recovery and Skills Training in Siem Reap offers a beauty-training program and small business management program to equip survivors with the education and tools that can boost their position in the community, remove stigmas and encourage gender equality.

In addition to offering training in various beauty services, the Somaly Mam Beauty Salon will provide coaching in life skills and small business management to help prepare trainees to run their own salons in the future. This basic education and vocational training will enable survivors to generate income to help support themselves and their families, and avoid the vulnerabilities that allow for exploitation and abuse in the sex trade.

Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble and Clinique are providing all of the products. The Estée Lauder Cos. will fund the setup and first three years of the salon’s operations. The salon’s goal is to be financially self-sustaining by 2016. The salon project is aimed at establishing a successful model that will be replicated in other geographical areas with high incidences of sexual slavery and programs to aid the victims of exploitation and abuse.

 

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Vitamin World now carrying U.K.’s Organic Doctor personal care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Organic Doctor, a naturally inspired skin care line in the U.K., is now available exclusively at Vitamin World stores in the U.S. — marking the first time that the retailer has carried a line of personal care items.  

The brand’s lineup includes organic extract led ranges that are now available at more than 400 Vitamin World stores nationwide and on the Vitamin World website. Suggested product prices range from $5.49 to $24.99.

"Vitamin World is dedicated to providing a holistic wellness experience to our customers across the country," stated Jack Krause, president of Vitamin World. "Organic Doctor products, which utilize only the most natural and high quality ingredients, are a wonderful addition to our inventory and a natural extension of our business. We’re excited to welcome Organic Doctor to Vitamin World, and are happy to be able to provide our customers with another great product choice."

Organic Doctor products are free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, perfumes, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, genetically modified organisms, animal ingredients and animal testing.

The Organic Doctor line has won multiple U.K. beauty awards from such outlets as Natural Health, Cosmopolitan, Beauty Short List, Healthy, Pure Beauty and Cosmetic Executive Women.

Organic Doctor’s ingredients are accredited under such recognized organizations as Quality Certification Services, U.S. National Organic Program, EcoCert Natural, Organic Cosmetics Standard, Soil Association Organic Health and Beauty Care Products Standard.

This month the brand also launched its Facebook and Twitter pages to communicate with consumers across multi-media platforms.

 

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Helen of Troy posts Q2 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy — a marketer of brand name personal care products whose personal care portfolio includes Vidal Sassoon, Bed Head and Pert — posted double-digit gains in second quarter revenues as net income remained essentially flat during the period.

Net sales for the quarter ended Aug. 31 rose 11.1% to $319.4 million compared with $287.4 million in the year-ago period.

Net income totaled $23.3 million, or 72 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $23 million, or 72 cents per diluted share, in the year ago period.

Looking ahead, the company continues to expect net sales in the range of $1.29 billion to $1.32 billion for fiscal 2014. Adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $3.50 to $3.60, which is consistent with the company’s previous guidance.

 

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