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P&G acquires hair/scalp care company Nioxin

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has acquired hair care company Nioxin Research Laboratories, a move that is in line with P&G Beauty’s strategy of focusing on fast growing, high margin businesses.

Nioxin offers a range of products that focus on the scalp to improve the appearance of thinning hair. The product line is distributed through salons and salon stores in more than 40 countries.

Current Nioxin chief executive officer, Brian Graham, will continue to lead the business.

“Our goal is to further grow the Nioxin business with their current organization, brand portfolio and distribution partners,” stated Kevin Otero, general manager for P&G Professional Care, North America. “Nioxin will be an important part of our portfolio to further maximize our services, education and salon business support. The acquisition strengthens P&G’s continued commitment to grow the salon industry and create new opportunities for our customers, stylists and consumers while building on our professional leadership in the hair color segment with another strong hair care brand.”

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MAC to provide real-time updates from 2009 fashion shows

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON MAC Cosmetics has announced that it will use the micro-blogging service, Twitter, to provide real-time updates from behind the scenes of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2009 fashion shows.

At the upcoming New York (Sept. 5 to 12), London (Sept. 14 to 19), Milan (Sept. 21 to 26) and Paris (Sept. 27 to Oct. 5) collections, the MAC Pro Team of makeup artists, fixtures at more than 175 fashion shows worldwide, will use Twitter to provide real-time updates about their experiences.

Twitter is a micro-blogging service available online and via any mobile phone. People “tweet” each other on their computer or phone through quick, frequent exchanges limited to 140 characters.

To participate, visit the MAC Cosmetics Facebook page and subscribe to the MAC S/S’09 Twitter widget on the right column. Users can download the widget on their social network profiles, blogs and desktops.

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Bonne Bell children’s cosmetics bags recalled

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of Bonne Bell children’s cosmetics accessory bags due to a risk of lead exposure.

No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the commission.

The cosmetics accessory bags, sold at retail stores and Bonne Bell’s Web site between September 2007 and August 2008, have a metal clasp on the handle that contains excessive levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects, the commission stated. The bags were manufactured in China and retail for about $9.

The recalled accessory bags are made of plastic and have a zipper and carrying handle. They come with an assortment of cosmetic products, which are not part of the recall. The model name and UPC numbers are located on the hangtag. The recalled model names and UPC numbers involved in the recall are:

  • SMACKERS Sweet Treats Collection UPC 0 50051 50575 7
  • SMACKERS Sparkle & Shine Collection UPC 0 50051 50576 4
  • SMACKERS Glam It Up Collection UPC 0 50051 50577 1
  • BONNEBELL Natural Neutrals Collection UPC 0 50051 22640 9
  • BONNEBELL Pretty Pinks Collection UPC 0 50051 22641 6
  • BONNEBELL Fresh Pinks Collection UPC 0 50051 22642 3
  • BONNEBELL Glamorous Neutrals Collection UPC 0 50051 22643 0

For more information, consumers can contact Bonne Bell at 866-288-8643 or via email at www.thebonnebellcompany.com/recall.

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