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Kiss My Face looks to grow brand

BY Antoinette Alexander

GARDINER, N.Y. — Kiss My Face, a maker of natural personal care products, has partnered with industry vets Lisa Yarnell and Ron Gordon, and financial partner Caltius Equity Partners, in an effort to fuel the growth of the brand throughout various market channels, including mass merchants, specialty shops and natural retailers across the United States and internationally.

"National independent market research showed Kiss My Face to have the third-highest brand awareness among all women inclined to try a natural product, and the second-highest unaided recognition among women aged 24 years or younger shopping in natural and conventional retailers," stated Yarnell, who will serve as CEO.

According to the company, an important area of focus for the new partnership will include building on the recent launch of Kiss My Face’s Peace soap — a multipurpose, pure, 100% natural castile soap — and its partnership with Seeds of Peace, an organization that aims to develop relationships and leadership skills among young people from regions of conflict. Kiss My Face will continue to support Seeds of Peace by donating 10% of all profits from Peace soap to the organization.

Peace Soap will be available in the next quarter at such retailers as Whole Foods, Target, Fred Meyer, Publix, Loblaw and Wegmans.

New investment partner Yarnell will join founders Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz to help grow the company, as well as the natural body care category. Yarnell comes to Kiss My Face with experience at such consumer packaged goods companies as Jane & Co., Coty Inc., Colgate-Palmolive and L’Oreal.

Gordon has joined the company’s board of directors. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Beiersdorf North America, past president and COO of Nice-Pak Products and, prior to that, Gordon was the president of Goody Products Inc.

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Colgate Total encourages diabetics to brush up on oral hygiene habits

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, Colgate Total is offering consumers tips to build good oral hygiene habits.

 

Citing a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which noted the increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, the toothpaste brand has made the following recommendations to consumers:

  • Control your glucose levels. If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease than people with properly controlled glucose levels;
  • Floss at least once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque between your teeth and under your gum line;
  • Brush at least twice a day and use an antibacterial toothpaste. This is proven to reduce the germs that can lead to gum disease;
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, and remind your dentist that you have diabetes — oral care should be a part of your overall diabetes management care to ensure that serious gum disease isn’t causing your blood sugar to rise, making diabetes harder to control; and
  • Look for early signs of gum disease. Report any signs of gum disease — including redness, swelling and bleeding gums — to your dentist.

 

 

"Overall, there is low awareness among the diabetes community about the association between oral health and the short- and long-term implications it may have on a successful, comprehensive diabetes management plan," said Maria Emanuel Ryan, a professor of oral biology and pathology at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. "One of the many complications of diabetes is a greater risk for periodontal disease. Poor control of diabetes can cause various adverse effects in the mouth, such as salivary gland dysfunction, dental caries and oral infections. If you have oral infection and inflammation, it’s much more difficult to control blood glucose levels. Intensive periodontitis treatment significantly reduces levels of A1C, a measure of glucose control over the prior two to three months."

 

 

For more information about the link between oral health and diabetes, please visit OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.

 

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Coty acquires Dr. Scheller Cosmetics

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Coty has agreed to acquire Russian beauty maker Kalina Group’s German subsidiary, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics. Under the deal, Kalina will retain the rights to the Dr. Scheller skin care business and related subsidiaries.

The acquisition further enhances Coty’s portfolio, which now will include DSC’s German makeup brand, Manhattan, and its anti-acne cosmetic brand, Manhattan Clearface. With these products, Coty will become the second-largest player in the German color cosmetics market, the company said. Coty’s market share in the color cosmetics category in Germany will increase from 7% to 17%. Globally, the color cosmetics pillar will represent 25% of Coty’s total portfolio. It also paves the way for Coty to achieve its goal of becoming a $7 billion beauty company by 2015, the company added.

"The acquisition of Dr. Scheller Cosmetics is a natural extension of our strategy to offer a well-balanced portfolio of brands, representing some of the leading consumer products in Germany," said Bernd Beetz, Coty CEO. "Their well-established brand, high-quality products, market presence and loyal consumers will complement and add value to Coty’s existing offerings."

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the transaction is subject to certain merger control approvals.

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