BEAUTY CARE

ReportersNotebook — Beauty Care, 1/10/11

BY Antoinette Alexander

Supplier News — EcoTools once again is joining forces with actress Alicia Silverstone to introduce for the spring the revamped eco-conscious cosmetic bag and brush collection set dubbed EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone. The collection, which will launch April 2011, will feature three additions and three revised sets, and will be available at Walmart, Target and Walgreens.


The collection includes a deluxe pencil case ($7.99), a hanging valet ($15.99), a four-piece Backstage Vanity brush set ($12.99) and a revised six-piece brush set and bag ($14.99). In addition, two of the most popular cosmetic cases from the original EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone collection have been revamped and retooled with the new floral design.



 

Black Opal, a line of ethnic skin care and color cosmetics, is launching in January its new Total Coverage spot and scar eraser. The formula is an ultra-pigmented concealer that promises to camouflage blemishes, scars and imperfections to create perfect-looking skin. The transfer-resistant concealer is available in several shades, including Kalahari Sand, Heavenly Honey, Truly Tropez and Nutmeg. The suggested retail price is $8.95 each.



 

Coty has added Chinese skin care company TJoy to its skin care portfolio, which provides Coty a solid foothold in China through TJoy’s existing distribution channels. The acquisition also gives Coty a platform to expand its research-and-development capabilities. The deal is expected to close in January. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Value, at-home products color hair care sector

BY Antoinette Alexander



An expected overall upswing in the economy in 2011 is likely to lead to consumers loosening the grip on their wallets. However, for the time being, the sluggish economy continues to shift hair care buying behavior.
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Value will remain the driving force behind hair care sales, despite a predicted upswing in the economy in 2011, as consumers are expected to remain careful spenders within the hair care sector,” stated research firm Euromonitor International.


There’s no doubt that a desire for value is helping to fuel the hair care sector at mass. For example, more shoppers are skipping the salon in favor of at-home hair color as a way to trim costs. According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of men’s and women’s hair color rose 3.3% for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 31, 2010, at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


Several manufacturers are looking to leverage this trend and offer even greater innovation, such as the new Fat Foam hair color by Samy, which is available exclusively at Walmart. It is a nondrip, whipped foam permanent hair color that promises to make application easier than ever. According to reports, Kao Brands is expected to bring to the United States in April its John Frieda Precision foam color, which also is a permanent home hair color that uses foam technology.


Looking ahead, hair color “is expected to see slight growth, as consumers continue to seek value and favor at-home treatments over salon visits,” Euromonitor 
International stated.


Also speaking to the desire for value, sales of shampoo and conditioner combo packs soared 87% during the same 52-week period, according to SymphonyIRI.


 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series.
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High Ridge Brands snaps up Zest from P&G

BY Antoinette Alexander

GREENWICH, Conn. — Private equity fund Brynwood Partners VI L.P. announced on Tuesday that its newly formed portfolio company, High Ridge Brands, has acquired the Zest brand from Procter & Gamble.

High Ridge Brands purchased the rights to the Zest brand in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean markets. The company will be based in Stamford, Conn., and Brynwood VI has majority ownership of the company.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Zest, famous for its "Zestfully Clean" advertising campaign, was launched in 1952 by P&G and is known for its bar soap and body wash products.

"We are delighted to announce the acquisition of the Zest brand," stated Dario Margve, nonexecutive chairman of High Ridge Brands and managing partner of Brynwood VI. "We believe that this will be a great new platform investment for our firm and look forward to not only bringing renewed attention and energy to the great Zest brand, but to also adding complementary brands to the company in the future."

Brynwood Partners L.P. has experience in the personal care space. Margve was CEO of J.B. Williams Co., a Brynwood Partners II L.P. portfolio company, from 1992 to 2002. J.B. Williams’ brands included Aqua Velva, Cepacol, Brylcreem and Lectric Shave. J.B. Williams was divested to Combe.

"We are excited to be investing in the personal care space again as this has proven to be a very good area for our firm," added Hendrik J. Hartong III, senior managing partner of Brynwood Partners. "We are pleased to have Dario Margve overseeing this investment for Brynwood VI and have high confidence that he and the management team will put the Zest brand on a growth track again."

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