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New Bio-Oil documentary raises money for burn survivors

BY David Salazar

 

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Burn Survivors Tell Their Stories

Posted by Bio-Oil USA on Sunday, October 4, 2015

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Scar and stretch mark product maker Bio-Oil announced Monday that they have launched a campaign to raise money for burn survivors and benefit burn injury nonprofit, the Phoenix Society. 

The company has made a documentary profiling burn survivors and posted it to the Bio-Oil Facebook page. Every time the video is shared, the company will donate $1 to the Phoenix Society up to $25,000, to be presented at the organization’s World Burn Congress on Oct. 21.

The video profiles five burn survivors and their stories, as well as the difficulty of their recovery, both physical and emotional — something that more than 486,000 people treated for burn injuries every year face. The video is embedded above. 

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GMDC HBW: Top 10 items trending in product showcase

BY David Salazar

PHOENIX — One of the centerpieces of GMDC’s Health Beauty Wellness 2015 conference is its product showcase. Drug Store News has picked its favorite OTC and beauty products from the showcase, and over the course of the conference, the suppliers and retailers on hand have chosen theirs. The top products are chosen by buyers who, when visiting the showcase, are given Android-based scanners that are used to scan the QR code on a brand’s display. The 10 brands with the most scans as of 2 p.m. Sunday are below.
 
Drive Medical's HurryCane
Drive Medical acquired HurryCane a little more than a month ago, and the product’s name recognition — touted by Drive Medical CEO Harvey Diamond when the acquisition was announced — seems to have paid off at GMDC HBW 2015. The collapsible cane, which has a base that works on various terrains, will soon see a wider distribution, according to Drive Medical.
 
Cotton Buds, Inc.
With “Star Wars Episode VI: The Force Awakens” set to hit theaters this holiday season, the force was strong with Cotton Buds’ GMDC HBW 2015 display. The entry featured packs of cotton swabs and portable tissues starring Yoda, Imperial Stormtroopers and other well-known "Star Wars" imagery. Cotton Buds’ display is 1-of-2 in the Top 10 with a “Star Wars” license.
 
Lornamead
Lornamead’s display focused on its line of skin care devices — including Portable Pedicure, Home Spa Treatment and its Advanced Cleansing System — that tap into a growing area in the beauty category, and it seems like suppliers are looking to capitalize on an emerging product field.
 
Brush Buddies
Brush Buddies’ display featured products that appealed to different demographics, with both its Soniclean Pro One electric toothbrush and its line of toothbrushes aimed at children that features Shopkins characters.
 
Dickinson Brands
Dickinson Brands put its Dickinson’s Witch Hazel skin care products front and center, touting the various uses for witch hazel beyond just itch relief, to include skin cleansing and maintenance.
 
Goddess Garden
Goddess Garden emphasized its natural spray-on sunscreen with its display, which emphasized that the product was made with organic ingredients.
 
J.R. Watkins
The J.R. Watkins brand has shown that a 147-year-old brand can still compete in the beauty segment. The company’s display at GMDC HBW 2015 featured its various castile soaps — in solid and liquid form — as well as its lip balm, body lotion and creams.
 
MZ Berger
MZ Berger’s display showed that Minions-branded products — seemingly omnipresent this summer following Dreamworks’ release of “Minions" — has staying power well into the fall. The display featured 30 Minion-shaped bottles of strawberry-banana scented 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
 
Medline/Curad
Medline Industries puts its focus on its “Extreme Hold” line of Curad bandages aimed at adult athletes and available in a variety of colors. The display also touted the bandages’ ability to adhere to skin despite water and physical activity.
 
Dr. Fresh
Like Cotton Buds, Dr. Fresh also put its focus on “Star Wars” licensing, showcasing its Firefly timer toothbrushes that were in Stormtrooper white and even in the shape and color of famous Jedis’ lightsabers.

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GMDC HBW Showcase: Hot Beauty Products

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PHOENIX — As suppliers meet with wholesalers and retailers at GMDC’s Health Beauty Wellness Conference 2015 with the aim of their products getting a wider audience, the products themselves are front and center at the showcase. Below, Drug Store News highlights some of the hot beauty products on display at HBW 2015.

Instrumental Beauty Advanced Cleansing System
It’s no secret that devices are a growing part of the skin care category, and new research shows a high satisfaction rate among skin care device owners. Lornamead's Instrumental Beauty Advanced Cleansing System features four interchangeable heads — including a pedi smoothing stone and a microdermabrasion sponge — and features two speeds for everyday cleansing and a deeper clean, removing makeup, dirt and oil. The cleansing system is one of several Instrumental Beauty devices, which also include a portable pedicure device, at-home spa treatment and cellulite massager.


Leaders Insolution coconut gel masks
Korean beauty company Leaders Insolution is looking to break into the beauty market with its extensive line of face masks. Rather than using woven fabric, the masks are all made of coconut gel, which adheres to the skin and stays moist for a longer time than a fabric mask, according to the company. The range of masks includes those infused with fruits and vegetables like tomato, blueberry and broccoli — the tomato mask is meant to aid with skin’s elasticity and resistance, the broccoli mask is for calming, blueberry for hydration and strength. Leaders Insolution also offers masks for skin lifting, acne scars and pore tightening, among several others.


Soniclean Pro One
One of the challenges facing the electric toothbrush category seems to be marrying affordability and effectiveness. Brush Buddies’ Soniclean Pro One seems to be aiming to hit that sweet spot. Shaped and sized like a handheld toothbrush, the Soniclean Pro One can vibrate at 30,000 brush strokes-per-minute, and features a head that, like the battery, can be replaced, giving it a longer life than a handheld toothbrush. It’s the lowest-priced member of the Soniclean line at $5.95 — a line that also includes the $99.95 Soniclean Pro 5000 — and might be a way into the electric toothbrush category for wary consumers.


J.R. Watkins Ultra-Moisturizing Lip Balm
J.R. Watkins is giving its well-known lip balm flavors — peppermint, raspberry and menthol — a face-lift. Sleek black packaging puts a new aesthetic spin on the brand’s lip treatment, which contains a mixture of beeswax, coconut oil and sunflower oil. The natural ingredients underscore that the trend toward less synthetic ingredients in beauty products isn’t as new as consumers might think, given that the brand has been around since 1868.


The DivaCup
With its message of empowering its consumers, The DivaCup has made impressive headway into a category dominated almost entirely by traditional feminine hygiene products. With two different sized cups, The DivaCup is aimed at and sells well with women ages 19 to 40 years, according to the company’s director of sales and marketing John Szustaczek. A lot of the product’s growth he attributes to its ability to let women go about their day for up to 12 hours at a time.

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