SUPPLIER NEWS — The Village Co.’s Mr. Bubble, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, has announced the launch of two new products — Mr. Bubble Fizzy Bubble Bomb ($1.49 each) and the Mr. Bubble foam soap twin pack ($4.99) featuring the new Bubbleberry scent and the Original Bubble scent. Shaped like the Mr. Bubble character, the Original Bubble or Bubbleberry scent bath bombs add bubbles and color to bath water. They are available in pink or blue.

The Soho brand, which is known for its soft-sided cosmetic bags and beauty cases, now is expanding into makeup brushes with a collection of ergonomically designed brushes for the mass market. For spring 2012, Soho will release the 18-piece Professional Collection of brushes developed in partnership with makeup artists and designers. The brushes will feature both natural and synthetic hair brush heads and a longer handle for better application control. They will retail for between $7.99 and $19.99. All brushes within the collection will be sold individually and packaged with beauty “how to” tips specific to each brush.

Colgate-Palmolive has completed its acquisition of Sanex from Unilever for about $952 million. Colgate-Palmolive said its acquisition of Sanex, a personal care brand with a distinct positioning around healthy skin and strong market share positions in Europe, will enhance the company’s positions in the shower gel and deodorant categories in the region.

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