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L’Oréal Paris, OCRF host NYC gala to benefit ovarian cancer research

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — L’Oréal Paris and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund hosted the L’Oréal Paris Legends Gala Wednesday evening at the American Museum of Natural History, uniting the beauty, fashion, finance and media industries to raise funds for ovarian cancer research.

L’Oréal Paris spokesperson Julianna Margulies hosted the gala. Kelly Ripa was honored with the OCRF Legends Award. Michael Gordon, founder and COO of Angelo, Gordon & Co., and OCRF benefactor Sally Gordon were honored with the Liz Tilberis Humanitarian Award.

The evening included a special tribute to Joseph Campinell, retired president of the consumer products division of L’Oréal USA.

The gala included a cocktail reception and luxury silent auction produced by Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Town & Country and Veranda magazines.

In 1997, L’Oréal Paris made a long-term commitment to advance research, increase awareness and ultimately find a cure for ovarian cancer offering hope to women afflicted with this disease. The L’Oréal Paris Legends Gala is an evening dedicated to hope, and it also is an opportunity to recognize the individuals who have been instrumental in the fight against ovarian cancer.

“L’Oréal Paris is proud to continue supporting OCRF by celebrating these extraordinary people that are dedicated to driving awareness, education and fundraising for ovarian cancer research,” stated L’Oréal Paris president Karen Fondu. “They exemplify the L’Oréal Paris brand philosophy, ‘Because You’re Worth It,’ proving to us all that we have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.”

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Study: Global natural, organic beauty products sales hit $9B

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON — Global sales of natural and organic beauty products are projected to reach $9 billion this year, and although consumer demand for natural and organic products remains buoyant, new research finds the growth rate is slowing because of the weak economic climate.

In the upcoming report on the "Global Market for Natural & Organic Personal Care Products," Organic Monitor predicted revenues to climb to $14 billion in 2015. Demand for natural and organic products has spread to every region; however, sales remain concentrated in Europe and North America. Organic Monitor is a specialist research, consulting and training company that focuses on the global organic and related product industries.

According to the research, natural and organic products have 2% share of global personal care product sales. In some countries — such as the United States, Germany and Austria — the market share is reaching 10%. The large market share is because of high consumer awareness and extensive distribution of natural and organic products.

Widening availability is a major driver of market growth as natural and organic personal care products cross over from specialists to mainstream channels. In addition, large cosmetic companies are entering the naturals arena, whether it’s through acquisition or developing natural/organic lines. Organic Monitor also noted that private labels at retail also are becoming prominent for natural personal care products.

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Plackers helps promote oral health among children with donations

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN DIEGO — Oral care brand Plackers has announced its continued support of Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program with a donation of 5,000 Plackers Micro Mint dental flossers to the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of Collier County, Fla.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is part of a CHS Healthcare program supported in part by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. The flosser donation was made in association with a $20,000 Smiles Across America grant awarded by OHA to CHS Healthcare in Collier County for an elementary school-based dental sealant program. The Walmart Foundation also matched OHA’s monetary grant.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a mobile pediatric office that delivers “Hope on Wheels” to needy children in the Collier County area of Southwest Florida. Plackers’ donation will be used to help give children some of the tools needed for proper oral care at home after they receive their preventative dental sealants on the Care Mobile.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America and, according to a recent survey cited by Plackers, 17% of parents reported that they had a child who missed at least one day of school because of dental related pain or illness.

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