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Newest Halle Berry fragrance to hit shelves in February

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty has unveiled the latest scent in the Halle Berry fragrance portfolio: Reveal the Passion by Halle Berry.

The fragrance is highlighted in Berry’s existing scents, including Reveal by Halle Berry, Halle by Halle Berry, and Pure Orchid by Halle Berry.

"I wanted to create a scent that helped empower women to reveal their passionate sides," Berry said. "Nothing makes a woman sexier or more beautiful than the confidence that comes from within."

When creating Reveal the Passion by Halle Berry, perfumer Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan envisioned a bolder, sexier, more alluring interpretation of the original Reveal fragrance. Deeply feminine and with a touch of a woman’s sensuality, Reveal the Passion is a floral woody scent that weaves a web of contrasts. At the top, the fragrance opens with a blend of Italian bergamot and dewfruit. Passionate heart notes of white champaca and tempting mangosteen ignite desire, and are enveloped in a drydown of ambered okoume, patchouli and warm musks.

The Reveal the Passion by Halle Berry range will feature a 15 ml and 30 ml eau de parfum. Eau de Parfum 0.5 oz/15 ml is priced at $17. Eau de Parfum 1.0 oz./30 ml is priced at $28

. The fragrance is available February in the United States, Canada and Latin America at most mass retailers.

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Lady Speed Stick named title sponsor of 2012 Women’s Half Marathon Series

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Lady Speed Stick antiperspirant/deodorant is the title sponsor for the 2012 Women’s Half Marathon Series.

The 2012 Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon Series consists of four events: Bloomington-Minneapolis, Minn. (Aug. 26); Nashville, (Sept. 22); Scottsdale-Tempe, Ariz. (Nov. 4) and St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 18). The series, along with a companion 5k, should host more than 25,000 runners and walkers this year.

The Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon Series awards all half marathon finishers an industry-first, patent-pending, two-in-one medal and charm. Finishers also will receive a designer goodie bag and tech tee. All events in the series begin with a two-day, women-specific health and fitness expo and finish with an outdoor party complete with food, music and white linen tablecloths.

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Colgate announces fourth-quarter results

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Colgate-Palmolive announced on Thursday that fourth-quarter worldwide sales rose 5%, as launches of the new Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes helped strengthen the brand’s toothpaste market share in the United States.

Worldwide net sales for the quarter totaled $4.17 billion, up 5%, compared with the year-ago period. Organic sales grew 6%.

Net income during the quarter totaled $590 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, compared with net income of $624 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2010. Excluding certain items in both periods, net income in fourth quarter 2011 was $634 million, up 2% versus fourth quarter 2010, and diluted earnings per share in fourth quarter 2011 was $1.30, up 5% versus fourth quarter 2010.

In North America, sales rose 3.5% and organic sales also rose 3.5% during the quarter.

Operating profit in North America decreased 11% in fourth quarter 2011 to $192 million, or 25.4% of net sales.

The launch of Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes and the relaunch of Colgate Total toothpaste helped strengthen Colgate’s position in toothpaste, with its share of that market reaching 35.9% year to date, up 0.6 share points versus a year ago.

The company noted that new launches hitting store shelves now include Speed Stick Power deodorants and Irish Spring Clear and Fresh Skin Body body wash.

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