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Helen of Troy introduces new Beauty Chic at-home spa products

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy has announced the availability of Beauty Chic, a new line of home spa products for feet, face and skin.

The Beauty Chic line consists of a manicure and pedicure kit, nail dryer, facial sauna, foot bath massager, paraffin bath, bath spa kit and a facial spa kit. All of the spa products were designed to give women the same results they would receive in a salon.

Pampering Footspa: Soak your feet and let the bubbles massage away. After prepping your feet with Beauty Chic’s Pampering Footspa, take your Beauty Chic spa experience to the next level with the new pedicure products: Rechargeable Palm-Pedi Foot Smoother and Battery Operated Pedicure Spa Kit
 
The Rechargeable Palm-Pedi Foot Smoother provides a soft, smooth solution from heel to toe with three circular micro files and a modern design that collects the shavings during use. The spin technology allows for easy removal of calluses while smoothing and softening rough heels. 
 
Battery Operated Mani/Pedi Kit: A nail styler that is ideal for hands or feet. Seven attachments shape, clean and buff natural or acrylic nails. In addition, filing disks soften calluses while the polishing tools leave nails soft and shiny. Finish with the Cordless Nail Dryer to help polish adhere to nails faster.
 
Paraffin Bath: This paraffin is designed to leave hands, elbows and feet feeling soft and moisturized. The paraffin removes dull, dry surface skin with a combination of rejuvenating wax and thermal heat. Multiple heat settings provide a full range of heat comfort levels.

Facial Sauna: The product is designed for deep pore cleansing. Also included is a cucumber mask that reduces oil, tightens pores and gives you softer, more radiant skin.

Beauty Chic products can be found at Ulta Beauty and other retailers. They have a suggested retail price ranging from $14.99 to $39.99.

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Harris Teeter to open new format under 201central banner

BY Marianne Wilson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter is currently renovating two locations into a new concept called 201central, which will carry an extensive variety of wine, beer, specialty foods and other general merchandise items. The new format also will feature an array of specialty services, including in-store wine consultants, event coordination and catering as well as party rentals and educational classes focused on wine, beer and food pairings.

The 201central name refers to one of the original Harris Food Stores, Store #201, on Central Avenue in Charlotte, N.C., which was the first full self-service supermarket in Charlotte, the city’s first air-conditioned grocery store and also was the first to stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights.

The 201central stores will carry over 3,100 varieties of wine and over 680 varieties of beer from around the world, including approximately 35 brands of keg beer and local beers, as well as home brewing and wine making systems and products. They will also have a wide range of specialty foods and expanded international foods including Asian, Middle Eastern, English, Indian, Italian, Kosher, Mexican and South American products.

The stores will average 30,000 sq. ft., and be located in Huntersville, N.C., and Wesley Chapel, N.C.

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Walmart forges new pathway to wellness, challenges others to follow

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is hoping to blaze a bold new trail down the path toward wellness in its healthy food discount partnership with HumanaVitality announced this morning, and the global retailer has challenged others to follow. 

"We think this effort is the beginning of a journey," John Agwunobi, president of health and wellness for Walmart U.S., told journalists during a press call held Wednesday morning. "Our hope is that others are inspired by this work, candidly. Other retailers. Other healthcare companies," he said. "My hope is it becomes a new way of doing business, a new way of helping the customer."

"The launch of the Vitality Healthy Food program with Walmart as our partner represents an important evolution in HumanaVitality as a solution," noted Joe Woods, CEO of HumanaVitality. HumanaVitality is a rewards program operated by healthcare company Humana through which members earn "Vitality Points for getting active, losing weight and eating healthier." The Vitality Points can be redeemed on more than 600,000 rewards, including movie tickets and merchandise, according to the program’s website

So on the face of it, the program works much like a loyalty card/discount card program. HumanaVitality members who take advantage of the program are given a card, on which the 5% in savings on select products featuring Walmart’s "Great for You" icon is placed for use on a future Walmart visit. One-third of Walmart’s private label food products qualify for the "Great for You" icon. Another similarity to loyalty card programs: The Walmart/HumanaVitality partnership will yield actionable shopping metrics. "With [HumanaVitality’s] large population, we’ve got a lot of opportunities to collect data and to understand how this is moving the needle or changing behaviors of individual shopping experiences. … We think a million members is an incredible starting point for us to learn a lot," Woods said. 

That seems counterintuitive for a retailer that stresses everyday low pricing. "This is exciting because it’s a program that offers a benefit on top of [EDLP] through membership in HumanaVitality," said Andrea Thomas, SVP sustainability at Walmart. "We are all about saving people money so that they can live better," she said. "We feel that this program can become an inspiration for a lot of different relationships to look at ways that we can continue to offer incentives."

The initial program will be open to the more than 1 million HumanaVitality members. "Ultimately we believe that the role [of programs like this] will be to make the healthier choice the much more frequently chosen option," Agwunobi said. 

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