BEAUTY CARE

Kiss My Face products featured at NYC pop-up store

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Kiss My Face, a maker of natural personal care products, is among several eco-friendly brands featured in a pop-up, bodega-style shop in New York City that is focused on bringing environmentally sound products to consumers.

The temporary store, which opened Oct. 21 and closes Oct. 25, is located in New York’s SoHo/NoLita border and offers foods, beverages and household products found in a typical bodega across New York City, yet all with an eco-focus. All of the products are offered at a 25% discount and all of the proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities, including the nonprofit Council on the Environment of New York City.

Kiss My Face is the only beauty company featured in the shop, dubbed BoHo Bodega. The Kiss My Face products offered in the store include such daily-use items as oral care, lip products and personal care products for children.

BoHo Bodega is also holding a series of educational seminars and workshops during the day, and in the evening, food and drink tastings will be accompanied by music and entertainment from local bands and DJs.

On the evening of Oct. 21, Kiss My Face is hosting an event where consumers can stop by and trade in their lip balm, gloss or tint for a brand new organic gloss from Kiss My Face.

Mia Sakai, founder and creative director of Make Media, the team behind BoHo Bodega, and co-producer Julia Falkenstein of Make designed, fitted and built the Bodega in conjunction with Build It Green! NYC, New York City’s nonprofit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. It also was launched in conjunction with CENYC, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block.

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Physicians Formula announces Board member

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Beauty company Physicians Formula has appointed former Del Laboratories executive, Charles Hinkaty, to its board of directors. Hinkaty replaces Jeff Berry, who resigned as a director in May to become interim CFO of Physicians Formula.

The board determined that Hinkaty qualifies as an independent director under the Nasdaq listing rules. In addition to his general appointment to the board, Hinkaty will join the company’s audit, compensation, and nominating and corporate governance committees of the board of directors. 

Hinkaty served as the president and CEO of Del Labs from August 2005 through his retirement in January 2008. Prior to that, Hinkaty was the COO of Del Labs from January 2005 to August 2005, and VP of Del Labs and president of its subsidiary Del Pharmaceuticals from 1985 to January 2005. Hinkaty served as a director of Del Labs until December 2007 and has also been a member of the board of directors of FGX International since September 2008. He also led the Consumer Healthcare Products Association from 1999 to 2001. 

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Shoppers Drug Mart offering Balea products at stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO Shoppers Drug Mart is expanding its portfolio of exclusive brands with the launch of a new line of health-and-beauty products.

The new Balea line is available exclusively at more than 1,160 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across Canada. The line will boast more than 130 items by the end of 2009, with hundreds more to follow in 2010.

The Balea line includes products for the whole body, including hair care, facial wipes, lip balms, body lotion and foot creams. Within the collection are seven sub-brands: Balea Kids, Balea Hai, Balea Face, Balea Hand, Balea Body, Balea Bath and Balea Shave.

Unique ingredient and scent combinations include white ginger and nectarine (deodorant), vanilla and coconut (shampoo), and nectarine and yogurt (shave cream). Balea also aims to add value to everyday items like razors, by offering a triple blade for more effective results and built-in aloe and shea butter for moisturizing, and multi-purpose 3-in-1 cleansing cloths.

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