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Canus introduces olive oil/wheat protein skin care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

WATERBURY, Vt. Canus Goat’s Milk, which makes goat’s milk-based skin care products for adults and children, has developed a new line of skin care products made with olive oil and wheat protein.

The new all-natural Olive Oil & Wheat Protein line includes soap bars, soap packs, body butter, body wash and lotion. Prices range between $2.99 and $11.99.

Like all Canus products, the new Olive Oil & Wheat Protein is made with goat’s milk packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals. Wheat protein carries nitrogen to skin cells, providing lubrication and protection for sensitive skin. Olive oil is an antioxidant that helps protect skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, the company stated.

Canus Goat’s Milk, which was founded in Quebec, Canada, is currently based in Waterbury. Canus produces more than 60 different goat’s milk-based skin care products that are distributed in Europe, across North America and in the Far East.

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Wet n wild Beauty Benefits Web site launches

BY Antoinette Alexander

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. Markwins North America has announced the launch of the wet n wild Beauty Benefits Web site.

The online community, located at www.wnwbeautybenefits.com, features beauty tips and tricks to create different looks, product information, news and events. Looking to bridge the gap between inner and outer beauty, the site also has a Lifestyle tab that offers tips from lifestyle experts. Topics, which will change monthly, include achieving career fulfillment and advice on how to properly manage stress.

A monthly contest—dubbed “Are You a Healthy Beauty?”—seeks submissions from women who are doing positive things in their lives to achieve beauty both inside and out. One winner will receive a professional travel case packed with an assortment of Beauty Benefits cosmetics in the winner’s best shades. The winner, along with four runners up, will be featured in the Healthy Beauty section of the Lifestyle tab.

Beauty Benefits is a new line of Lotus Marine Mineral makeup and brushes from wet n wild. The products are available at Wal-Mart, Meijer, Pathmark and HEB.

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L’Oreal Group posts Q1 gain, but finds difficulties in North America

BY Antoinette Alexander

PARIS The L’Oreal group posted a sales increase of 2.1 percent for the first quarter, but faced some hurdles in North America, where the environment proved to be “exceptionally difficult.”

“In North America, after an exceptional fourth-quarter 2007, we had been anticipating a lackluster first quarter; in fact, it turned out to be more difficult because of lower footfall in department stores and larger than expected inventory reductions by our distributors,” stated Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive officer. “We are confident in our ability to accelerate our growth over the coming quarters thanks to favorable launch phasing, better prospects in North America and continuing dynamism in the other zones. We are, therefore, able to confirm our annual like-for-like growth target range of 6 percent to 8 percent.”

In North America, the consumer products division recorded negative growth reflecting a 2007 comparison base boosted by the launch of Nutritioniste by Garnier, and a very sluggish marketing combined with strict inventory management by distributors.

However, the beauty company noted that it strengthened its leadership in makeup given the success of Bare Naturale and Infallible Lip by L’Oreal Paris, and the launch of Mineral Power from Maybelline.

In facial care, Nutritoniste by Garnier is achieving strong sell-through growth thanks to the successful launch of Skin Renew Anti-Sun Damage.

The company expects launch phasing to be more favorable in the second quarter.

Total sales increased 2.1 percent to 4.359 billion euros ($6.96 billion). Like-for-like the increase in sales was 5.1 percent.

The Body Shop, which has 2,442 stores in 59 countries, posted like-for-like sales growth of 7.4 percent. Retail sales increased 6.4 percent, with a comparable store base, the increase in sales totaled 1.9 percent. All of the geographic zones, except North America, made a solid start to the year, according to the company, with particularly strong performances in Russia, Romania, Thailand, Malaysia, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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