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Nature’s Gate celebrates 40th anniversary, partners with WaterAid

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHATSWORTH, Caif. — Natural personal care manufacturer Nature’s Gate has partnered with international nonprofit organization WaterAid, a charity dedicated to improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

As part of this partnership, Nature’s Gate will complete eight new rainwater-harvesting systems and deliver sustainable supplies of safe, clean water to at least 4,000 people by the end of 2012, the company stated.

Only 1% of the Earth’s water is suitable for human use and consumption, nearly 800 million people live without access to safe water, and some 2,000 children die every day from water-related diseases, the company stated. The water crisis is one of the largest public health issues of our time and families and communities are forced to live in poverty, without access to safe, clean water and sanitation, without adequate health care, education or economic opportunities. Rainwater harvesting is a simple and low-cost technique for generating permanent, safe water sources.

The news comes as both Nature’s Gate and the United States Clean Water Act, the nation’s first law intended to preserve Earth’s most valuable natural resource, celebrate their 40th anniversary.

To further celebrate the environmental milestone, Nature’s Gate has revisited its roots with a special-edition body wash. Packaged with a vintage-style bottle, logo and label design, the 40th Anniversary Herbal Body Wash is reminiscent of their original Rainwater Shampoo.
 
 

 

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Epilady, Sharper Image collaborate on hair removal system

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Epilady USA has collaborated with Sharper Image to develop an all-in-one Sharper Image Total Body Hair Removal System and is set to launch a new Sharper Image Bikini Trimmer in the near future, the company has announced.

The product is to be used on the arms, legs, underarms, bikini line and face. The system offers an epilator, shaver, trimmer and micropeel exfoliator all-in-one rechargeable machine. The epilator comes with Epilady’s Perfect Angle Guide — to keep it at the ideal epilating angle — and Precision Head Cap, which should be used to do finer hair removal in sensitive areas.

The shaver head has two trimmers on it. One is a straight trimmer, which will allows users to shape and trim all the way down to skin level, and the other is slightly curved and raised, and will pare down longer hairs to the perfect length for either shaving or epilating.

The micropeel exfoliator is made from natural materials, and will buff out rough skin help uncover little ingrown hairs, exposing them to the epilator or shaver.

 

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NPD Group: Niche, jewelry scents helped fuel prestige fragrance sales YTD

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Market research company the NPD Group has announced that the prestige fragrance industry showed solid sales of $1.6 billion in U.S. department stores — up 7% year-to-date (January to September 2012) — with men’s fragrance sales growing slightly faster than women’s.

Designer fragrances, which account for nearly three-quarters of the total market, grew the same rate of the overall category performance, while jewelry and niche prestige fragrances almost tripled. Jewelry fragrance brands like Boucheron, Bulgari and Cartier, and niche fragrance brands like Creed and Jo Malone helped to take this segment of the fragrance category to double-digit growth in the first nine months of the year, according to The NPD Group.

“The fragrance brands that are being sold in more selective distribution are experiencing explosive growth. We’ve seen this trend with high-end designer brands like Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo, and this is also evident today with jewelry and niche fragrance brands,” stated Karen Grant, VP and senior global industry analyst of The NPD Group.

Grant continued, “Even though niche and jewelry brands make up only 9% of the total prestige fragrance market they are creating a new dynamic in the larger fragrance arena. They are growing faster than any other type of fragrance in the prestige space, and their combined sales are actually more than double the size of prestige celebrity fragrances.”

In addition to niche and jewelry brands experiencing the largest dollar growth, they generate sales at one of the highest average price points in the prestige fragrance market. While the average price in women’s and men’s for these fragrances is about $70, selections in this space may be in excess of $350, and leading brands are often in the $200 range.

“It is quite a compelling story that despite the economic uncertainties that prevail, we continue to see sizable pockets of growth in prestige fragrance.  And, when one considers the price, these fragrances are often treasures and truly an investment,” added Grant.
 
 “Yet, if we were to compare the scope of the premium market in countries like France, the U.S. still has significant opportunity to expand sales further in this frontier. Consumers are continuing to invest where they see the value,” Grant said.
 

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