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Essenza hand soap combines essential oils, moisturizers for soft skin

BY Antoinette Alexander

KENT, Wash. — Olympic Mountain Products has developed a new line of hand soaps called Essenza, which is formulated with shea butter and essential oils to moisturize skin while fighting germs.

Essenza is designed to eliminate oil-stripping propensity by incorporating a proprietary blend of essential oils, Shea butter and aloe into its formulation. As a result, it adds moisture during hand washing rather than taking it away, leaving skin as soft and supple, the manufacturer stated.  

Essenza is available in several fragrances, including French Lavender, Rosemary Mint, Pomegranate Acai, Pear Glace, South Pacific Waters and Mango Agave. The hand soap contains no artificial colors or dyes.

Essenza comes in 12-oz. (manufacturers suggested retail price $3.99) and 16.9-oz. (MSRP $4.99) pump bottles. It is available at Target, Walgreens and select Bed, Bath & Beyond, and online at drugstore.com.

 

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Product innovation, packaging and marketing maven Steven Lubin creates new company

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Former retail executive Steven Lubin recently announced the formation of Steven Lubin Enterprises, an enterprise that excels in new product innovation, packaging and marketing. "My years in retail, both in operations [and] corporate, and involvement with most all categories across the front-end of the store enables me to bring great knowledge and perspective to suppliers," Lubin told Drug Store News. "[I possess] an intricate understanding of consumer demand and how to bring a product forward in content, package and marketing."

Lubin benefits from 43 years in drug store retailing, most recently as divisional VP and general merchandise manager for Walgreens. He is a senior executive with domestic and international experience in retail operations, marketing and product and package creation. He has a reputation as a forward-thinking leader with a proven aptitude in profitability analysis, market management, planograms and strategic planning. 

As a buyer for more than three decades, Lubin purchased for more than 25 categories and worked as a divisional merchandise manager overseeing cosmetics, fragrance, bath, sunglasses, apparel and other fashion categories. Lubin has also been responsible for purchasing, advertising and marketing for 110 retail locations in Puerto Rico and understands the Hispanic market. 

"I understand the due diligence needed to open stores in new markets, in establishing product mix, advertising and marketing," he added. In addition to Puerto Rico, Lubin has experience preparing Walgreens' market entry into Hawaii, Alaska and St. Thomas.

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Pharmacy kiosk MedAvail set to disrupt pharmacy space

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Motley Fool analysts Michael Douglass and David Williamson last week discussed what kind of positive disruption pharmacy kiosk MedAvail — which is backed by Walgreens, among other investors — will have on the market. 

"This exciting technology could help consumers avoid long lines and restrictive pharmacy hours," the Fool wrote. "The function is simple: Someone could fill a prescription by simply going to a small kiosk, feeding in their prescription information and then video-chatting with a pharmacist before paying and immediately receiving their medicine."

The pharmacy kiosk can be used as a brand extender into remote locations, the analysts noted. 

 

 

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