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Survey highlights importance of pedicures in women’s beauty regimen

BY Antoinette Alexander

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. A recent survey suggests that pedicures may rank higher in importance than manicures, waxing/hair removal, facials or massages among women when it comes to their beauty routines.

The online foot care survey was conducted by Harris Interactive for Microplane Foot File. It was conducted between Dec. 26 and 28, 2007 among 2,254 U.S. adults aged 18 and older.

According to the findings, 41 percent of women get pedicures as part of their personal grooming routine. Of this 41 percent, half are women aged 18 to 44 and 31 percent are aged 45 and older. This compares with 40 percent of women who get manicures.

More than half (55 percent) of women who get pedicures think painted toenails are sexy and, when preparing for a special event, 25 percent don’t feel “put together” unless they have a pedicure.

Hygiene at salons where they get their pedicures done was a concern for 25 percent of women. The concern was most prevalent in the Southern region of the United States (34 percent) and least prevalent in the West (15 percent). In addition, some women said they are sometimes not satisfied after a salon pedicure because the skin on their feet/heels is still rough and dry.

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Laclede introduces Biotene anti-plaque toothpaste

BY Antoinette Alexander

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif. Laclede, the makers of Biotene for dry mouth, has introduced Biotene PBF Plaque-Biofilm dissolving Toothpaste.

Plaque is a biofilm created by bacteria to hide within. If not controlled, plaque can lead to hard to remove tartar, excessive bacterial growth, tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Biotene PBF’s dissolves excessive plaque-biofilm, freshens breath longer and brings out the natural whiteness in teeth, according to the company. The toothpaste also contains Biotene’s LP3 salivary enzyme system to strengthen the natural antibacterial system found in saliva.

Biotene PBF Toothpaste, is sweetened with Xyitol to fight cavities and does not include any Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Biotene PBF Toothpaste is for anyone with excessive tartar, dry mouth or oral irritations.

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Surya Brasil introduces organic hand sanitizer

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Surya Brasil, a maker of organic and natural cosmetics, has introduced its new organic Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer.

The formula is made with plant ingredients from Brazil including aloe for its soothing and healing properties; Jua, a cleansing and refreshing fruit; and Acai, a moisturizer and antioxidant rich protein, omega-9 fatty acid and vitamin E.

The Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is certified organic through Eco Cert and is cruelty-free. It promises to kill 99.99 percent of germs on hands and no rinsing is required. It does not contain mineral oil, parabens, petrochemicals, carbomer, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring.

The pocket size tube has a suggested retail price of $4.99. The desktop bottle has a suggested retail price of $14.99. Twelve tube displays are available for merchandising in stores.

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