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AMBI is accepting applications for women’s science scholarship

BY Antoinette Alexander

SKILLMAN, N.J. AMBI Skincare has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2008 AMBI Scholarship in Science & Medicine for minority women.

The national program is designed to recognize, reward and support African-American and Hispanic women who have a desire to pursue a career in science and medicine.

To help provide these women with another opportunity to enter the science and medicine fields, AMBI Skincare has contributed $50,000 to be awarded to five African-American and Hispanic women, each receiving $10,000 toward tuition for any nationwide accredited science or medicine program.

The program is open to African-American and Hispanic women who are legal residents of the United States. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and will also be asked to demonstrate financial need. Submissions will be accepted online only beginning now through March 21, 2008. No product purchase is necessary to be considered. To apply or get additional information, visit www.ambiskincare.com.

The AMBI Scholarship in Science & Medicine is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, a division of J&J Consumer Companies Inc., maker of AMBI brand products.

The AMBI brand is best known for its fade creams, which helps fade dark spots and skin discolorations to restore even, natural skin tone, and specialty bars to cleanse skin. In 2006, the brand launched the daily facial care line AMBI Even & Clear.

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Unilever announces reorganization of its U.S. business

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever U.S. announced on Tuesday that it has reconfigured its business teams and created a new Consumer and Customer Solutions organization, resulting in a string of executive moves.

Kevin George, vice president and general manager of the company’s Chicago-based Deodorant business, will become vice president and general manager of the combined Antiperspirant, Deodorant and Hair Care business. The combined portfolio includes such brands as Axe, Degree, Suave, Dove and Sunsilk.

Lisa Klauser, vice president of brand building and marketing excellence, has been named vice president of the newly formed Consumer and Customer Solutions organization. In her new role, Klauser will lead integrated and multicultural marketing, visual branding, brand public relations, category management, shopper marketing and consumer market insight.

In addition, Amanda Sourry, current vice president and general manager of Meal Solutions and New Vitality, will become senior vice president and general manager of the newly formed U.S. Foods Business Team.

The company stated that it is creating a single U.S. Foods Business Team, which brings together Unilever’s Meal Solutions, New Vitality Portfolio and its Spreads, Dressings and Beverages groups. The team will manage all of Unilever’s Foods businesses in the United States, excluding the U.S. Ice Cream business. The new organization will be responsible for such brands as Lipton, Bertolli, Hellmann’s, Knorr, Skippy, Country Crock, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Promise, Ragu, Wish-Bone and Slim-Fast.

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Vaseline asks consumers to identify mystery celeb

BY Antoinette Alexander

GREENWICH, Conn. Unilever’s Vaseline is inviting consumers to guess the identity of its “mystery” celebrity for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the Vaseline Reveal Party in February.

The effort is part of the Vaseline “Skin is Amazing” campaign that kicked off in late 2007. The campaign, which has featured skin photos of such celebrities as Minnie Driver, Hilary Duff and Dave Navarro, explores the personal relationship between the celebrity and his or her skin.

The campaign has now taken a new twist with a “mystery” celebrity. Consumers can submit their guess by visiting www.vaseline.com/skin or texting the word “SKIN” followed by the celebrity’s name to short-code 82222*. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2008.

Those who participate will be entered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the Vaseline Reveal Party on Feb. 12 and “rub elbows” with the stars featured in the campaign.

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