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Vaseline Intensive Rescue seeks to end dry skin

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Vaseline Intensive Rescue, a Unilever brand, is on a mission to rescue dry skin this winter by sending out the Dry Skin Patrol team.

The team is comprised of real women who know what it’s like to have dry skin and is charged with putting their skin and lotion to the test at some of the country’s harshest winter activities for skin. Serving as the team’s leader is Wendie Malick, an actress and star of TV Land’s "Hot in Cleveland."

 

Vaseline Intensive Rescue, a line of therapeutic body lotions, found the women blogging about their dry skin online and sent them the product. Now, the brand has rallied the group to become ambassadors for their mission to deliver 1 million good skin days by the end of the winter season. The Dry Skin Patrol members will get face-to-face with some brutal dry-skin torture tests, including the:

  • Philadelphia Marathon;

  • Aspen Winternational;

  • Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge; and

  • John Beargrease Dog Sled Marathon.

 

At each event, Vaseline will give out free samples and offer skin care advice. All of the samples distributed will count toward Vaseline’s goal of delivering 1 million good skin days this winter.

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CoverGirl to debut NatureLuxe in January

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl is launching in January its new NatureLuxe makeup collection, which includes NatureLuxe silk foundation and NatureLuxe gloss balm.

The NatureLuxe silk foundation contains hints of natural jojoba and rosehip extracts along with cucumber water, which is a lighter alternative to a heavier-feeling emollient. The formula is oil-free and paraben-free and contains SPF 10.

The foundation is available in 14 different shades, each with a suggested retail price of $11.99.

The new gloss balm, which has SPF 15, exchanges select heavier emollients for natural mango, shea and other butters for a lighter feel.

The gloss is available in 16 different shades. The suggested retail price is $6.49 each.

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European Commission OKs sale of Sara Lee beauty, detergent businesses to Unilever

BY Antoinette Alexander

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — The European Commission has approved the sale of Sara Lee’s global body care and European detergent businesses to Unilever, provided that Unilever divest the Sanex brand of bath and body products in the European market after it acquires the business from Sara Lee.

The global body care and European detergent businesses encompass such brands as Sanex, Radox and Duschdas. The transaction was originally announced in September.

In light of this requirement, the parties will make certain amendments to the share purchase agreement, including an adjustment in the purchase price from Euro 1.275 billion ($1.721 billion) to Euro 1.210 billion ($1.633 billion). The deal is expected to close in December.

Marcel Smits, interim CEO of Sara Lee, noted that the change in proceeds will have no effect on its capital plans, and it will continue with its plan to repurchase $2.5 billion to $3 billion of shares by the end of fiscal 2012.

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