Reporters Notebook — Beauty Care, 12/13/10

Supplier News — Coty officially has announced that it is working with Lady Gaga to develop and market the American pop singer’s first signature fragrance. The yet-to-be named fragrance will launch in spring 2012. Distributed worldwide, the fragrance will be managed by the Coty Beauty division in close collaboration with Lady Gaga, who will be creative director, and her Haus of Gaga team.

Natural personal care brand Kiss My Face has partnered with industry vets Lisa Yarnell and Ron Gordon and financial partner Caltius Equity Partners. Yarnell will serve as CEO. She comes to Kiss My Face with experience at Jane & Co., Coty, Colgate-Palmolive and L’Oréal. Gordon has joined the company’s board of directors. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Beiersdorf North America, past president and COO of Nice-Pak Products, and, prior to that, was president of Goody Products.

Coty has agreed to acquire Russian beauty maker Kalina Group’s German subsidiary, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics. Kalina will retain the rights to the Dr. Scheller skin care business and related subsidiaries. Coty’s portfolio now will include DSC’s German makeup brand, Manhattan, and its anti-acne cosmetic brand, Manhattan Clearface.

Hugo Naturals, a maker of natural personal care products, has received the gluten-free seal from the Celiac Sprue Association, designating the company’s full range of products as gluten-free and appropriate for those battling celiac disease. 

Retailer News — Supermodel Carol Alt launched at Duane Reade her new skin care line, dubbed Raw Essentials, with in-store appearances in November. Alt created Raw Essentials with such organic ingredients as green tea, blue chamomile, cucumber, rose, tangerine, lavender and calendula. Raw Essentials is never heated above 115 degrees F, to preserve vitamins and nutrients that create glowing, healthy-looking skin.

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