Gifting season raises scents
Fragrance sales appear to be on the rise, and the outlook looks especially positive with the gifting season upon us.
According to a recent report by market research firm Mintel, drug store sales of fragrances are projected to grow by 1.1% in 2011 to reach $509 million — the first growth of this kind since the start of the recession.
Mintel noted that increasing gifting opportunities will be an important means of growing business and expanding a consumer base within fragrance. According to the research, those who are least likely to report owning a fragrance appear the most likely to have received a fragrance as a gift.
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ReportersNotebook — Beauty Care, 12/12/11
SUPPLIER NEWS — L’Oréal USA plans to acquire Pacific Bioscience Labs, the maker of Clarisonic skin care technology. The Clarisonic brand will join the portfolio of L’Oréal Luxe. The merger, subject to the approval of PBL’s shareholders and other closing conditions, is expected to close in December. PBL’s senior management team is expected to remain with L’Oréal USA.
EXECUTIVE NEWS — CCA Industries has appointed Michael Piff as EVP sales. Piff joins CCA with extensive industry experience at such companies as DowBrands, Minnetonka Brands and Cosrich/Health Science Labs.
Kiss My Face, a maker of natural personal care, has named Steve Michaelson as CEO. The industry veteran has held high-level leadership positions, including chief marketing officer at Supervalu, CEO of Internet retailer Fresh Direct and SVP of Wegmans.
Coty Inc. has announced that Bart Becht, former Reckitt Benckiser CEO, has joined its board as nonexecutive chairman. Becht stepped down as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser in August 2011.
Former L’Oréal executive Mark Anton has joined Marketing Management Analytics as SVP strategic accounts. At MMA, Anton will be responsible for working with strategic accounts to leverage MMA’s analytic solutions, and will work with MMA’s leadership team to drive key innovation initiatives.
Natural hair grows
Recent research indicates that there is a growing natural hair trend among African-American women in the United States, with a shift from relaxed to natural becoming so common that it has sparked growth of those hair care products that help hair “transition.”
The trend is evident in looking at sales of hair relaxer kits at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of hair relaxer kits slipped more than 7% for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 30.
Meanwhile, ethnic hair care manufacturers increasingly are developing new products for hair that is curly, wavy, kinky-coily and frizzy. One such example is Beautiful Textures, which just launched its new ethnic hair care collection that includes Curl Control Defining Pudding, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème and Shine & Silken Growth Oil.
Ethnic hair care brand Curls now is offering its hair care collection at Sally’s Beauty, Walgreens and Rite Aid. This collection, designed for all naturally curly hair types, includes Lavish Curls Moisturizer and a curl gel called Goddess Curls.
In addition, Ampro Industries, a maker of multicultural hair care products, recently debuted its Olive Oil styling gel, which is made with 100% olive oil and reportedly is the most moisturizing gel Ampro ever made.
Market research firm Mintel noted in its most recent U.S. Black Haircare report that olive oil is the most commonly sought ingredient in hair care products (62%), while vitamin E (52%) and shea butter (48%) also are in high demand.
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