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Arizona Sunwash introduces Solise

BY Antoinette Alexander

PHOENIX — Arizona Sunwash has announced the launch of Solise, which it is positioning as the world’s first body wash and hand wash that combines cleansing with long-lasting UVA/UVB SPF 15 sunscreen.

"Our unique formula employs natural soy emollients to bind the sunscreen with the body’s natural oils. You simply lather, rinse and towel-dry as usual for full SPF 15 protection. Solise leaves your skin soft and smooth without the greasy residue typical of most sunscreens," said Michael Doyle, partner of Arizona Sunwash and creator of Solise’s emulsion formula.

Solise has received the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of recommendation. To earn the seal, a manufacturer must provide scientific data showing that its product sufficiently and safely aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin and verifies the SPF claim.

All Solise skin care washes are tested according to Food and Drug Administration guidelines, are noncomedogenic, not tested on animals and made in the United States, the company stated.

Solise body wash and Solise hand wash are available online at Solise.com, Amazon.com and at select retail stores nationwide. The price is $13.99.

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Black Opal donates $25K to Georges Malaika Foundation

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. — Black Opal, a maker of African-American skin care and color cosmetics, has announced the donation of $25,000 to the Georges Malaika Foundation, which will aid in the building of a new school for young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"Black Opal is about more than just skin care and cosmetics; it’s about community," stated Maya Brown, Black Opal senior marketing director. "We see the potential in the girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and we want to provide much needed educational opportunities in order to help empower them to become leaders in their community. By becoming leaders, they can help make positive contributions to their society."

Black Opal products are available throughout the United States in select CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Walmart stores, as well as beauty supply stores. Founded in 2007 by international model Noella Coursaris Musunka, a native of DRC, the foundation is dedicated to the advancement of African communities by providing educational opportunities to girls ages 5 to 18 years.

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Dove celebrates launch of body wash collection with Close-Up Challenge

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Unilever’s Dove celebrated the launch of its new Dove VisibleCare body wash collection with a contest that gave one woman the opportunity to get a taste of what celebrities experience on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars."

Kristi Herman, of Jersey City, N.J., was selected from the nearly 1,500 women who entered the Dove Close-Up Challenge and received a week of professional dance training.

She will have the spotlight moment when she shows off her new moves in a Dove-sponsored spot airing in a commercial break during the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" on May 23.

To prepare, she received an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles. ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" season 10 professional dancer Damian Whitewood spent five days training Herman and teaching her the cha cha cha they perform together in the upcoming TV debut. Her week of preparation also included a photo shoot, wardrobe fittings and spa treatments.

The new Dove VisibleCare body wash is specially designed to give women visibly more beautiful skin in one week. When used daily, the formula improves the look of skin making it softer and smoother, according to the manufacturer. The collection is available in two variants: softening and renewing.

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