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Celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi partners with Viviscal

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Hair supplement brand Viviscal has teamed up with celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi and Jill Zarin, entrepreneur and reality star from “Real Housewives of NYC,” to further drive awareness about hair loss and thinning hair in women as it relates to women’s life changes.

Blandi and Viviscal, in conjunction with salon and beauty publication Behind the Chair, recently hosted an evening of hair elegance and education. The highlight of the event included a hair fashion show put on by Blandi and Zarin.

“We are excited to work with Oscar Blandi and Behind the Chair to continue to raise awareness about hair loss and thinning hair in women. Diet, nutrition, lifestyle, over styling all effect hair health and when combined with a women’s various life stages — stress in their 20s and 30s, pregnancy and motherhood, menopause — increase the likelihood of hair loss and thinning,” stated Mark Holland, CEO of Lifes2good, which manufacturers of Viviscal. “We feel certain that our combined efforts will continue to shed light on this taboo topic, as well as continue to encourage and empower women to take back control of their hair health.”

With five clinical trials behind it, Viviscal’s tablets are designed to work over a period of four to six months, battling thinning hair in both men and women, the company said.

Viviscal hair supplements are available at CVS and Rite Aid. A 60-tablet box of Viviscal, equivalent to one month’s supply, is priced at $49.99. Viviscal Professional, a stronger version of the supplements, is exclusively available through salons, spas and physician offices.

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Colgate announces Q1 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Colgate-Palmolive announced a boost in North America net sales for the first quarter and a gain in its share of the toothpaste market, thanks in part to the launch of Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes, the company said Thursday.

North America net sales rose 5%, as organic sales rose 5.5% during the first quarter. New U.S. product launches — including Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes, as well as the relaunch of Colgate Total toothpaste — are strengthening Colgate’s leadership in toothpaste. Its share of that market has reached 36.8% year to date, up 1 share point versus the year-ago period. The company noted that its strength in manual toothbrushes also continued, driven by the success of Colgate 360 Optic White, Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief and Colgate 360 Surround manual toothbrushes.

Worldwide net sales rose 5% to $4.2 billion. Organic sales grew 6.5%.

Net income and diluted earnings per share were $593 million and $1.23, respectively. Net income and diluted earnings per share in the year-ago period were $576 million and $1.16, respectively.
 

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Revlon color cosmetics, SinfulColors help fuel Revlon’s Q1 net sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Beauty company Revlon announced on Thursday first-quarter sales results, which benefited from higher net sales of Revlon color cosmetics and Revlon ColorSilk hair color, as well as the inclusion of sales from SinfulColors.

“We continue to focus on driving top-line profitable growth, and in the first quarter of 2012, we grew net sales and delivered competitive margins. We remain focused on building our strong brands by launching and appropriately supporting innovative new products, and we are pleased with our new product launches so far this year,” Revlon president and CEO Alan Ennis said.

Net sales during the quarter totaled $330.7 million, compared with $333.2 million in the year-ago period. Excluding unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations of $4 million, net sales rose 0.5% to $1.5 million.

In the United States, net sales slipped 0.8% to $184.7 million. Lower net sales of Almay color cosmetics and Revlon beauty tools were partially offset by the inclusion of net sales of SinfulColors, which the company acquired in March 2011.

Net income during the quarter was $8.5 million, or 16 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $10.4 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

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