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Skin care brand derma e celebrates 30 years

BY Antoinette Alexander

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Skin care brand derma e has announced that June will mark the company’s 30th anniversary.

 “In 1984, we introduced the first topical vitamin E crème to health food stores and vitamin shops in Southern California.  At that time, the health food industry was less than 1% of the total food industry, and there were only three Whole Foods Markets in existence,” stated David Stearn, co-founder and president of the family owned and operated company. “I am proud to say that with a combination of dedication, persistence, good instincts and a handful of other health-minded individuals, derma e helped grow and shape the natural industry into what it is today.”

Over its 30-year span, derma e has witnessed the explosive growth of the natural market as concerns over environmental sustainability and human wellness have risen. Consumer demand for safer, healthier products has fueled innovation for cleaner formulas, greener packaging, carbon-minimizing production and GMO-free ingredient sourcing.  This period also gave rise to the discovery of super antioxidants and vitamins.

“Two key turning points for derma e included the discovery of pycnogenol, a potent antioxidant found in the bark of France’s maritime pine tree, and clinical research proving the benefits of topically applied Retinyl Palmitate, a gentle form of vitamin A,” added Linda Miles, co-founder and chief formulator of derma e. “These two ingredients enabled us to deliver serious anti-aging performance along with high-end aesthetics. It’s rewarding to know that derma e is trusted by more and more people for bridging the gap between healthy natural ingredients and real, effective results.”

 

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Pulsaderm expands line with new ‘Buddy’

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT MYERS, Fla. — VB Beauty’s Pulsaderm line has launched the new Pulsaderm Buddy, which offers the reinvigorating pulsation technology of the Pulsaderm in a compact size that’s small enough to fit into the palm of the hand.

Pulsaderm Buddy, available for the suggested retail price of $59, stimulates and exfoliates the skin with Pulsaderm’s sonic movement. The concave-shaped bristles enable the brush to thoroughly cleanse all areas of the face, including hard-to-reach spots, leaving the skin smooth, revitalized and prepped to absorb products, the company stated.
 
Pulsaderm Buddy is available in six colors — black, white, lavender, blue, pink and green.

 

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Colgate posts Q4 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Colgate announced on Thursday that it ended the year with a quarter of “strong growth on both top and bottom lines.”

Net sales for the quarter totaled $4.36 billion, up 2% compared with the year-ago period. Organic sales grew 6.5%.

Net income, which included after tax charges related to its 2012 restructuring program, totaled $564 million during the quarter or 60 cents per diluted share. Excluding the items, net income in the fourth quarter was $697 million or 75 cents per diluted share.

Net income in the year-ago period, which also included after tax charges, was $598 million or 63 cents per diluted share.

“We are delighted to have ended the year with another quarter of strong growth on both the top and bottom lines. For the 11th consecutive quarter, operating profit, net income and diluted earnings per share all increased versus the year-ago period,” stated Ian Cook, chairman, president and CEO. “The strong 6.5% organic sales growth was led by the emerging markets, where organic sales grew a robust 10.5%. Our strong top-line momentum should continue into 2014, fueled by new products across all categories and in all geographies.”

In North America, net sales rose 2.5%, as organic sales rose 3%. Operating profit in North America rose 5% to $241 million.

New product launches planned for the first quarter include Colgate Optic White manual toothbrush + built-in whitening pen, Colgate Optic White Platinum Whiten and Protect toothpaste and Speed Stick Gear deodorants with new DryCore technology.

 

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