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Helen of Troy reports sales drop in Q3

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas The unfavorable retail economy hampered Helen of Troy’s personal care segment during the third quarter, as the developer and marketer of personal care and household consumer products posted a decrease in net sales.

Net sales in the personal care segment for the quarter ended Nov. 30 decreased 4.4% to $134.2 million compared with $140.3 million in the year-ago period. The company noted that the grooming, skin care and hair care solutions category achieved net sales growth during the quarter, while hair care appliances and accessories net sales decreased during the period.

Meanwhile, its housewares segment (OXO) posted a 21.8% boost in net sales during the quarter.

Total net sales for the company were $189.4 million versus net sales of $185.6 million in he year-ago period, an increase of 2%. Earnings were $24.7 million, or 80 cents per diluted share, compared with $15.1 million, or 48 cents per share.

The company’s personal care products include hair dryers, curling irons, hair setters, shavers, brushes, combs, hair accessories, home hair clippers, mirrors, foot baths, body massagers, paraffin baths, liquid hair styling products, body powder and skin care products.

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Dove gets its hands dirty with new Dove Men+Care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Unilever’s Dove brand is diving into the men’s grooming segment with its new Dove Men+Care collection available at retail in December.

Built on the Dove brand’s heritage in cleansing, moisturizing and care, the new line offers cleansing combined with Dove moisturizers for total skin comfort.

The collection includes body and face wash in three variants:

  • Clean comfort, which is a cleansing gel that rinses off easily with a mild formula
  • Extra fresh, which is a cleansing gel that rinses off easily with a touch of menthol for a cooling sensation
  • Deep clean, which is deep cleansing gel that rinses off easily with purifying grains

There’s also a body and face bar, in extra fresh and deep clean variants, and an active clean shower tool.

The body and face wash has a suggested retail price of $4.99 each, and the body and face bar has a suggested retail price of $3.19 (two bars) and $7.49 (six bars). The active clean shower tool has a suggested retail price of $3.99.

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Henkel expanding Tone, Dial brands with new body washes

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Tone and Dial, both Henkel brands, are looking to launch in March the new Tone Daily Detox purifying body wash with white clay and pink jasmine, and Dial NutriSkin body wash.

The new Tone Daily Detox purifying body wash with white clay and pink jasmine exfoliates, removing dull, dry skin. The cream-based formula is infused with an essence of pink jasmine and vitamin E. The suggested retail price is $3.99.

The new Dial NutriSkin with fruit oil body wash is packed with a combination of hydrating fruit oils and soothing extracts to leave skin feeling soft and revitalized. The body wash is available in two combinations: grapeseed oil and lemongrass, and cherry seed oil and mint. The suggested retail price is $3.99 each.

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