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SkinFree announces availability at CVS.com

BY Antoinette Alexander

SHIPMAN, Va. Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio’s line of SkinFree Products for people with eczema, allergies and other skin issues, is now available at CVS.com, according the skin care company.

The products are also sold at CVS stores in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.

“Working in a typical retail pharmacy setting, I was constantly asked for recommendations from customers for products that are safe for difficult skin problems, especially by those with fragrance allergies,” said company founder Julie Hilton, who has more than 30 years experience in compounding and developing natural skin care. “I recognized a void in the market through this experience and knew that I could create effective and affordable products for common skin issues.”

SkinFree Products are all-natural and contain no perfumes, petroleum products, harmful chemicals, steroids or colorants. The products are created using naturally occurring vegetable oils and butters that have nutrients, antioxidants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibacterial agents.

Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio promotes the skin care line primarily through doctor’s offices, media and word of mouth. Free products have been distributed to hospital clinics and dialysis centers throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

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Juice Beauty goes green with recycled packaging

BY Antoinette Alexander

Juice Beauty, which uses a blend of more than 26 certified organic fruit juices as a base for its skin and body care products, has now moved toward using 100 percent recycled packaging.

“We are thrilled that we have made one more step to being 100 percent green by moving to 100 percent recycled, post consumer waste cartons, labels and paper,” stated Karen Behnke, chief executive officer.

The company also has launched its entire company building on a paper, glass and plastic recycling program. When Behnke and her husband, Howard Luria, built their house, they practiced “green” habits by using insulation made of recycled blue jeans; an eco-clay for the stucco; radiant heating (water running through the pipes in the floor heated by solar); a solar heated pool; and recycled wood beams and flooring. She also makes her five-minute commute to the office in a Toyota Prius.

That passion is evident in the company’s business practices as well as it uses a blend of more than 26, 100 percent certified organic fruit juices as a base for its products.

“Organic ingredients are produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations,” stated Melissa Jochim, head of formulations. “Organic ingredients are produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a government-approved certifier inspects the farm ensuring that all regulations are followed to meet USDA organic standards.”

In addition, all of the company’s juices are locally farmed in California and the Pacific Northwest as buying local ensures freshness and limits the company’s carbon footprint.

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P&G to trim its staff by 15 percent

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble is looking to bolster productivity and drive growth by trimming about 15 percent of its staff at the general manager level and above, according to published reports.

The company, whose brands include Crest and Pantene, was reported as saying that many of the job cuts will come through attrition as associates retire or leave the company.

P&G is also working to reduce by half the number of distribution centers it operates globally. According to reports, it has shuttered more than 200 of its 571 distribution centers so far, and expects to close another 70 by the end of 2009.

P&G also is eliminating duplication between organizations.

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