BEAUTY CARE

Continental Fragrances gets private equity infusion from CID Capital

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Continental Fragrances, whose hair care brands include Salon Grafix, Giga.Hold and High Beams, has announced a private equity infusion from CID Capital that will enable the company to accelerate new product introductions and leverage its brand equity.

Scott Petchul, company co-founder and new CEO of Continental Fragrances, and his team will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the company. “We are excited to partner with CID. [Its] consumer products experience and investment approach will be instrumental in supporting our team as we capitalize on the many opportunities to build our company,” Petchul stated. “We were looking for a partner that shared our vision, understood consumer products and could provide meaningful resources to support our growth. We found that in CID.”

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Ermis Labs rolls out new acne product line

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA Ermis Labs has announced the release of its new acne product line, CoralActives.

The collection, available as of August, includes CoralActives retinol exfoliating cleanser and CoralActives penetrating acne serum. CoralActives retinol exfoliating cleanser is a low-foaming formula developed with sensitive skin in mind. It has encapsulated retinol that releases as it cleanses the skin, microbeads to help with exfoliation and sea whip coral extract to help reduce inflammation. CoralActives penetrating acne serum has 6% benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria, sea whip coral extract, humectants to attract water to the skin and emollients to retain moisture. The formula is to be applied topically to the skin once a day, goes on light and dries quickly.

According to the manufacturer, sea whip coral is what sets its products apart. It is a soft coral found in the Caribbean that provides a natural anti-inflammatory extract. Sea whip extract is a renewable resource, the company noted.

For 2011, the company is planning to introduce a line of anti-aging products, including:

  • NightpHace Peptide Sequencer for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles;
  • DaypHace Active Peptide with SPF 30 for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles; and
  • Eye Complex for the treatment of dark circles and puffiness.

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Carma Labs introduces tinted, ultra-hydrating lip balms

BY Michael Johnsen

MILWAUKEE Carma Labs on Tuesday announced the introduction of two new Carmex Moisture Plus ultra-hydrating lip balms with tints of sheer color. Sheer pink and sheer peach mark the first time Carmex has added a color to its lip balm products.

“In our nearly 75-year history, these are our first tinted products, and we are very excited about them,” stated Carma president Paul Woelbing. “They are an affordable way for women to give their lips intense hydration with a slight hint of color.”

The new lip balm products will be available beginning in August for $2.99 each at Walgreens and Walgreens.com.

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