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Clearasil announces winners of Pimple Blocker Battle

BY Allison Cerra

PARSIPPANY, N.J. Clearasil announced Monday the winners of the first ever Pimple Blocker Battle and the title of the Clearasil Dance Crew.

After competing in the Pimple Blocker Battle last month on the stage of the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, CompleXion Crew of Martha’s Vineyard had been voted the best dance crew via online viewers. The crew will be awarded with a $10,000 prize package and a year contract with Clearasil.

“Clearasil believes that confidence is the key to success, both on and off the stage,” said Alexander Lacik, GMM. “We were thrilled to offer these teens the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals and receive feedback that they can utilize in the future.”

For more information on the Clearasil Pimple Blocker Battle or to watch the winning performance, visit www.clearasil.us/pimpleblockerbattle.

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Coppertone launches new sunscreen with antioxidants

BY Allison Cerra

KENILWORTH, N.J. In time for warmer weather, Schering-Plough, introduces Coppertone NutraShield with Dual Defense, a new line of sunscreens enriched with antioxidants to help promote natural skin repair by neutralizing harmful free radicals created by UV exposure.

Topical antioxidants can offer cosmetic skin-enhancing benefits when added to a broad spectrum sunscreen. A growing body of research reveals that daily sun exposure during everyday activities can contribute to skin damage that appears as fine lines and wrinkles as well as certain types of skin cancer. In response to these findings and consumer demand for multi-benefit skincare products, Coppertone developed its NutraShield line — an SPF 70+ Faces lotion as well as SPF 70+ and SPF 30 lotions for the body — in lightweight formulas perfect for daily use to help protect and nourish skin.

“Coppertone has a legacy of continuous innovation to meet the changing needs of consumers,” said Robert Bianchini, PhD, VP of R&D, global skincare at Schering-Plough Consumer HealthCare. “This year, we’re offering consumers powerful broad spectrum sunscreens that also contain what we’ve discovered to be effective blends of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals in skin.”

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Helen of Troy reports Q4, fiscal year results

BY Allison Cerra

EL PASO, Texas Helen of Troy reported sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2009.

Fourth quarter sales decreased 3.8% to $138.6 million. Sales in the personal care segment decreased 6.1% to $94 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $100.1 million for the same period last year.

Earnings per share for the fourth quarter was $0.36, compared with $9.81 million, or $0.31 per fully diluted share, for the same quarter of the prior year, an increase of 16.1% per fully diluted share.

Fiscal year net sales decreased 4.6% to $622.7 million, from $652.5 million in the prior fiscal year. Net sales in the housewares segment for the full year increased 6.9% to $175.5 million, compared with $164.1 million for the same period last year. Meanwhile, net sales in the personal care segment for the full year decreased 8.4% to $447.2 million, compared with $488.4 million in the year-ago period.

“The domestic retail environment continues to be challenging and is expected to continue that way for a number of quarters. However, as the business environment begins to improve, we are well positioned to take advantage of our leadership role in our marketplace and categories,” stated Gerald Rubin, president and CEO of Helen of Troy.

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