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John Frieda, designer Rachel Roy design Frizz-Ease mini kits

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK— Hair care brand John Frieda has tapped designer Rachel Roy to create a limited-edition case to hold travel-friendly Frizz-Ease product assortments.

Two Frizz-Ease kits will be debuted as a part of the designer’s Rachel by Rachel Roy line: one for straight styles, and one for curly looks. The two regimens will be housed in exclusive kits designed by Roy and inspired by John Frieda ‘s British heritage. Created to offer maximum frizz protection during the hot, humid summer months, the kits are a must for weekends at the beach or vacations abroad.

"Solutions are something every woman looks for," stated Roy. "Partnering with John Frieda to create an on-the-go kit that looks amazing and comes stocked with hair solutions was fun to do."

The limited-edition kits will be available on rachelroy.com in July 2013. Each kit will feature six travel-sized Frizz-Ease formulas and will retail for $38.
 

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Mr. Bubble expands portfolio with new 3-in-1 formula

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHASKA, Minn. — From the creators of Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath comes a new way for kids to have fun while getting clean. Enter Mr. Bubble Original Bubble and Extra Gentle 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo and conditioners.

The multi-use formula of the 3-in-1s allow for quick, yet effective, cleansing with a gentle, yet rich lather. Both cleansers are tear-free, hypo-allergenic, and dermatologist and pediatrician tested, with aloe and shea butter for natural moisturizing. The Extra Gentle 3-in-1 is dye-free and fragrance-free for extra sensitive skin. Both formulas feature newly redesigned packaging, showcasing a big, bold Mr. Bubble character.
 

Both formulas have a suggested retail price of $2.99.
 

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Campaign urges 10 retailers to clear potentially toxic products from shelves

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — A national campaign launched by heath and environmental groups is targeting 10 major retailers to encourage them to remove from their shelves products that contain potentially hazardous materials.

The “Mind the Store” campaign, launched by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families as well as dozens of other groups, is calling on retailers to end the use of what it refers to as “the Hazardous 100+ chemicals." These chemicals include formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and BPA/BPS and are used in a wide range of products, including some beauty and personal care items.

According to the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families group, “Scientists have established links between exposures to many of these chemicals and chronic diseases and health conditions, including cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, obesity, diabetes, and asthma.”

The retailers on the target list are Walmart, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Home Depot, CVS Caremark, Lowe’s, Best Buy and Safeway.

According to published reports, the groups are sending a letter Wednesday to the 10 retailers asking them to develop a plan within a year to phase out use of the chemicals.

USA Today reported that some of the retailers have already taken action. “In 2007, Target and the parent company of Sears and Kmart announced plans to join Walmart in phasing out polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from products. In 2011, Walmart said it would stop using a controversial flame retardant. Kroger, which phased BPA out of cash register receipts in 2011, said in 2012 that its Simple Truth products would be free of 101 chemicals and ingredients. Lowe’s and Home Depot have stopped selling driveway sealants that contain coal tar, which has suspected carcinogenic chemicals,” the USA Today article states.
 

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