BEAUTY CARE

Ricky’s NYC continues its glam streak with 22nd store

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK The sluggish economy has not significantly impacted Ricky’s NYC, or so it seems, as the New York City retailer gears up for the opening in mid-September of its 22nd New York store.

According to Crain’s, the company has signed a 10-year lease for a 2,600-sq.-ft. space at Eighth Ave, and West 17th Street — the home of a former kitchen showroom that went out of business.

Ricky’s chief executive Todd Kenig was quoted as saying that revenues are in the $42 million to $45 million range — currently down about 10% from the levels of a very solid 2008, when sales leaped by more than 20% versus year-earlier figures. However, in a turbulent economy where many retailers are shutting their doors, a 10% decrease is “ok” when you put it in perspective, he noted.

Ricky’s NYC is the ultimate beauty destination with its edgy, ultra-hip stores that, over the years, have developed an almost cult-like following among New Yorkers. As reported in January by Drug Store News, the retailer — which is big in hair care — is looking to further tap into the hair care market with the rollout of in-store hair salons. In fact, the company told Drug Store News that the plan was to roll out a salon in every location.

That goal appears to be coming to fruition as this new location will, according to Crain’s, also feature an in-store hair salon.

Halloween is a big business for Ricky’s so it is looking for temporary locations for its Halloween pop-up stores, where it will test certain neighborhoods as potential spots for long-term leases. The company is currently assessing short-term spaces at East Houston and Ludlow Street, downtown on John Street, and in Hoboken, N.J., Crain’s reported.

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Dove makes waves with new body washes

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever’s Dove brand is releasing in August its new body washes with NutriumMoisture technology.

“For over 50 years, Dove has led innovations in the skin care industry and the introduction of NutriumMoisture technology continues that tradition,” stated K.P. Ananth, Unilever principal research scientist. “We are thrilled our extensive research and testing has allowed us to be the first brand to minimize lipid damage with a liquid cleanser in order to provide intensive moisturizing benefits that strengthen and smooth skin.”

According to the manufacturer, NutriumMoisture fuses the cleansing benefits of DEFI (Directly Esterified Fatty Isethionate) technology found in the Dove Beauty Bar with a new moisturizing complex that cares for surface skin 10 layers deep. Unlike other body washes, the technology takes a dual approach to healthy skin by preserving both proteins and lipids during cleansing.

According to a four-week clinical study, the new Dove Body Wash collection with NutriumMoisture has been shown to significantly reduce dryness and improve moisturization in three weeks, reverse dryness in one week and offer a more even skin tone, according to Unilever.

The Dove Body Wash collection with NutriumMoisture technology will be offered in Deep Moisture, Sensitive Skin and Gentle Exfoliating variants.

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Moore Unique Skin Care product smoothes out skin texture issues

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON Moore Unique Skin Care has announced the introduction of its newly-branded Eventone Glycolic Texturizer, formerly known as Toner Cream, to drug stores and retailers nationwide, including select Walgreens and CVS stores.

Formulated for men and women by dermatologist Milton D. Moore, M.D., Eventone Glycolic Texturizer is a formula designed to correct skin texture problems resulting from shaving and acne. Eventone also promises to minimize pores, treat fine lines and eliminate age spots.

Eventone Glycolic Texturizer, which retails for $9.99 for a three-month supply, is one in a line of several shaving products developed by Moore. The Moore Unique Shaving System has been, according to the company, clinically tested and shown to reduce severe skin irritation and the subsequent “razor bumps” experienced by men who shave facial hair and women who shave the underarms, legs and bikini areas.

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