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Good Clean Love expands

BY Michael Johnsen

In a testament to the growth of organics in the personal care sector, intimacy products manufacturer Good Clean Love, has expanded distribution through more than 10,000 doors in 2017, including Target, Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Rite-Aid, Whole Foods, Walmart and Publix. Its products used to be exclusively sold at Kroger.

Its personal lubricant lineup includes the patented Bio-Match Restore, which Good Clean Love said mimics the body’s natural equilibrium for a bio-matched lubricating response. Restore is a natural moisturizer that the company said may help with vaginal dryness, itching and odor, and promotes maintenance of healthy vaginal flora.

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LifeStyles focuses on intimacy spectrum

BY Michael Johnsen

LifeStyles is bringing innovation to the intimacy health set in spades. The Iselin, N.J.-based company recently released its Skyn Elite, a condom that LifeStyles said is 20% thinner than the original Skyn brand. Already, it’s the fastest-growing Skyn product in the market, according to the company.

LifeStyles brand also recently launched its thinnest product to the market — Lifestyles Zero — which the company said is 52% thinner than the original.

Within personal lubricants, LifeStyles l is focusing on products that are free from parabens. “Our recent launch of Skyn Intimate Moments is an example of these advancements in lube formulation,” Jeyan Heper, CEO of LifeStyles, said. “ … our new Skyn Vibe launch sets the standard for quality in the vibrations segment.”

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Destigmatizing, de-stressing emergency contraceptives

BY DSN STAFF

For the longest time, the catch-all phrase for the category that included prophylactics was “family planning,” even though, on the outset it was all about planning to not have a family. At that time, when most condoms were sold behind the pharmacy counter.

Today, that category is more aptly couched as sexual wellness or intimacy health, as it includes other aids that assist in intimacy well-being, namely personal lubricants and personal massagers. The category also includes emergency contraceptives, which as a category generated $340.6 million across U.S. multi-outlets on high single-digit growth for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 28, according to IRI.

Among vendors in the segment is Foundation Consumer Healthcare, which recently purchased Plan B One-Step and two value emergency contraceptive brands from Teva. The company has said a big part of its marketing effort is making the purchase experience less harrowing from several angles.

“Plan B One-Step is committed to both providing education about and removing the stigma associated with the emergency contraception category,” Tara Evans, marketing director for women’s health at Pittsburgh-based Foundation Consumer Healthcare, said. “Not surprisingly, emergency contraception is used by consumers at different points in their lives and for differing reasons. Therefore, we work hard to tailor our communications to resonate with key subgroups within our target audience.”

Foundation Consumer Healthcare said it has helped address the myths and misinformation around emergency contraceptives to ensure that a consumer feels confident and informed when making their purchase.

“Needing emergency contraception shouldn’t be a stressful experience for women, Evans said. And it’s our role, as a leader in the category, to ensure our consumer is supported along her journey with accurate information and easy access to the product.”

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