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They call it ‘puppy love’ … for girls

BY Antoinette Alexander

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Caroline Sunshine, who plays "Tinka" in the new Disney show "Shake it Up," recently came out to the Irvine Spectrum in Orange County, Calif., to sign bottles of her new signature fragrance for tweens and teens, "Puppy Love 4 girlz," from Puppy Love Fragrances.

The Feb. 13 event attracted hundreds of fans who lined up at the Kids 4 Real clothing store to get their bottles signed and have their pictures taken with the Disney star.

Kristy Aaron, creator of the fragrance, has been in the fragrance industry for more than 20 years working for such companies as Sanofi Beaute (Oscar de la Renta), Yves saint Laurent, Gucci and L’Oréal. According to the company, Aaron is open to all potential retail partner opportunities.

The fragrance is a fresh, clean and "real" first fragrance for tweens and teens, the company stated. It is a sparkling citrus, with a splash of pomegranate, grapefruit, tangerine and lemon, a hint of lavender and a trace of green tea. To help homeless animals, $5 from every $35 bottle goes to animal charities.

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Roger & Gallet arrives at Duane Reade’s Look Boutique

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Roger & Gallet, the maker of fine French fragrances and body care products, has debuted at Duane Reade’s Look Boutique, the retailer’s signature beauty department.

To celebrate the launch, Roger & Gallet handed out 6,000 roses over two days with special cards redeemable for a tote bag with any Roger & Gallet purchase of $20 or more at select locations.

Roger & Gallet has a history that dates back more than 200 years. Inspired by the original eau de cologne by Jean-Marie Farina, the creations of Roger & Gallet are derived from authentic expertise of distilling rare plants and essential oils.

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Henkel reports U.S. sales, organic growth surge

BY Allison Cerra

DUSSELDORF, Germany, and ROCKY HILL, Conn. — Henkel’s 2010 sales grew 11.2% to nearly $20.8 billion during the year, the company reported in its financial earnings release.

Henkel’s North American sector also experienced strong growth, garnering $3.75 billion in sales for the year, an increase of 7% from 2009. The company also noted that organic sales growth totaled 3.5%, mainly boosted by its adhesive technologies, although sales of the laundry and home care and cosmetics/toiletries business sectors declined.

In the United States, Henkel introduced several new products, including Purex Complete crystals softener, which infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance, as well as expanded its Dial brand lineup. Henkel also unveiled an updated logo and new slogan earlier this month. Prior to this, the logo design was last updated in 2002.

“The economic conditions remain challenging, especially in view of the highly competitive environment in which we operate, and rising raw material costs," Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted. "We will continue to respond quickly and decisively to changes in our markets and continue the transformation process in our company."

Looking ahead, Henkel expected to achieve organic growth of between 3% and 5% and a rise in adjusted earnings per share of around 10%.

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