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Bath products stay afloat by lathering up with vitamins

BY Antoinette Alexander

Consumers have curbed their spending, but the bath and shower products segment has managed to stay afloat amid the penny-pinching, thanks to consumers’ desire for a bit of an escape and relaxation, and a call for more multifunctional products.

“While consumers have reined in spending, even in the personal care aisles, the popularity of a product like Nivea for Men Active 3, which combines three functions into one product, shows that consumers are willing to pay more than they would for just the basics if an item is truly worth it,” stated Mintel International Group in its “U.S. Soap, Bath and Shower Products” research report in October 2009.

Mintel reported soap, bath and shower sales have continued to post slow but steady increases since 2004. Dollar sales in the soap, bath and shower market reached nearly $2 billion in 2009 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), an increase of 3.5% since 2008 and a total increase of 18% since 2004 (or 3% in inflation-adjusted dollars). Liquid body wash is the largest segment, accounting for nearly 40% of the total soap, bath and shower market in FDMx. Looking ahead, Mintel estimated that sales of soap, bath and shower products will grow 11% at inflation adjusted prices from 2009 to 2014.

Hoping to lather up sales, manufacturers have turned to new scents and products that promise to beautify skin via vitamin-enriched formulations. One such example is Bodycology by Advanced Beauty Systems, which just launched a line of body washes at Walgreens. While it is not a shave cream, the company noted that the creamy formula could be dually used as a cleanser and shave cream for added convenience.

The Rich & Creamy body wash began hitting Walgreens stores in March and is available in three formulas—hydrating, nourishing and skin-softening—priced at $4.99 each. Silk extracts and avocado oil are infused into the skin-softening formula, while aloe vera and vitamin E are used for the hydrating formula. Soymilk and shea butter are blended for nourishing.

Bodycology’s product portfolio also includes a range of hand soaps and hand sanitizers. Coming in May will be a new fragrance for its existing line of antibacterial scrubbing hand soap: cherry blossom.

Calgon—a bath and beauty brand known for its iconic tagline “Calgon, Take Me Away!”—kicked off a rebranding effort in March that includes new packaging, logo, product extensions and a new marketing campaign. Ilex Capital Group acquired the business in November 2008 from Ascendia Brands.

The brand has introduced more than 30 new products. Added to the Bath Bead line is a range of mineral salts, epsom salts, bubble baths, bath fizzy sets and more. In addition, Calgon has extended its specialty bath offerings to include new aromatic fragrances and new formulas, such as a 2-in-1 shower gel and foaming bath and an ultra-nourishing body cream.

As part of the relaunch, Calgon has a more vibrant message of confidence and escape with new packaging designs that showcase vivid colors, bold imagery and sensual landscapes. The logo also has been redesigned to capture the new, active brand experience with the replacement of the “o” in Calgon with a botanical flower, and new script-style font for the words “Take Me Away!”

In addition, Calgon is offering its moisturizing bath beads in a sleek cylinder container in addition to its traditional box, addressing key consumer requests for a more modern, luxurious bath experience.

Tone and Dial, both Henkel brands, recently launched the new Tone daily detox purifying body wash with white clay and pink jasmine and Dial NutriSkin body wash. The new Tone daily detox purifying body wash with white clay and pink jasmine exfoliates, removing dull, dry skin. The cream-based formula is infused with an essence of pink jasmine and vitamin E. The suggested retail price is $3.99.

The new Dial NutriSkin with fruit oil body wash is packed with a combination of hydrating fruit oils and soothing extracts to leave skin feeling soft and revitalized. The body wash is available in two combinations: grapeseed oil and lemongrass, and cherry seed oil and mint. The suggested retail price is $3.99 each.

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Mac opens Times Square flagship

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Mac Cosmetics has opened the doors of its flagship in Manhattan’s Times Square.

The 1,700-sq.-ft. store is located on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets and shares the block with two high-profile projects still in development: Forever 21 and Disney Store.

With its glossy black finishes and streamlined edges, the new Mac store has a dramatic, high-tech look, with glossy black finishes, makeup counters surrounded by LED screens and touch-screen computers to assist shoppers.

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P&G announces new partnerships for Future Friendly initiative

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble’s Future Friendly program will partner up with National Geographic and Earth Day Network to enhance the conservation education platform.

P&G said its Future Friendly program — designed to empower consumers in making simple household changes that help save water and energy and reduce waste — will be supported through the two partnerships: Future Friendly’s collaboration with the National Geographic Society will provide interactive conservation tools for consumers, while the Earth Day Network partnership will promote awareness-raising activities.

Conservation education material developed specifically for Future Friendly by National Geographic and will be available online at FutureFriendly.com, in addition to the program’s Facebook fan page, P&G said. Similarly, Future Friendly will act as a co-presenting sponsor of the Earth Day 2010 40th Anniversary event with Earth Day Network in Washington, which will reinforce the important role all persons play in promoting the health of our planet. In addition to education-focused activities surrounding the anniversary, Future Friendly also is the exclusive sponsor of the Earth Day Network’s “Billion Acts of Green” iPhone and Facebook applications, P&G said. The “Billion Acts of Green” global grassroots campaign seeks to inspire conservation through an interactive Web site and other social media tools that enable people to make a pledge to improve their environmental impact and promote other environmentally-beneficial habits to friends and family via social media channels.

“One of the central components of the Future Friendly program is to collaborate with external partners and outside experts to develop innovative ways to reach consumers with our conservation message,” said Kirk Perry, P&G VP, North America. “We see the promotion of in-home conservation habits as an important sustainability effort and the program reflects our approach to enabling the mainstream consumer to reduce her use of natural resources.”

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