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New and improved sun care collection arrives from Nature’s Gate

BY Allison Cerra

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Nature’s Gate said it is rolling out a new and improved sun care collection.

Nature’s Gate Classics Sun Care products now are oxybenzone-free, have a broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays and are free of synthetic fragrances — all sunscreens are fragrance-free, while the brand’s sunless tanner is enhanced with a natural citrus scent.

Nature’s Gate Classics Sun Care collection includes:

  • Sportblock SPF 50: This dry finish, water- and sweat-resistant sunblock is ideal for outdoor activities. The fragrance-free lotion, enhanced with soothing cucumber and lavender, provides excellent sun protection;

  • Aquablock SPF 50: This very water-resistant, fragrance-free formulation provides superior SPF protection. Ideal for water sports enthusiasts, it provides high protection against sunburn — even during prolonged water activity;

  • Kid’s Block SPF 50: This fragrance-free, pediatrician-tested formula is gentle for children’s delicate and sensitive skin. Chamomile and calendula help calm sun-exposed skin;

  • Faceblock SPF 25: This nongreasy, lightweight lotion for delicate facial skin is fortified with zinc oxide to offer broad-spectrum, long-lasting protection. Vitamins C and E from guava, almond and tomato extracts help protect skin, while ultra-moisturizing cucumber, aloe and chamomile soothe skin for an all-around healthier glow;

  • Mineral Sportblock SPF 20: This dry-finish mineral sunblock is ideal for athletes and active sun lovers. Specially formulated for outdoor activities, this sunblock contains the physical blocks titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide UVA and UVB protection, without ultra-fine nanoparticles;

  • Mineral Kid’s Block SPF 20: This pediatrician-tested mineral sunblock is formulated for children’s delicate and sensitive skin. The fragrance-free lotion contains the physical blocks titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — without ultra-fine nanoparticles — to provide ideal broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection; and

  • Sunless tanner: This lightweight and fast-absorbing formula is easy to use for a natural-looking, streak-free tan. Dihydroxyacetone, a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane, naturally tints the skin and won’t wash away with soap and water. Green tea and red raspberry help fight free radicals and keep skin looking youthful, while antioxidant-rich olive oil moisturizes and pampers skin, leaving it soft and supple. A subtle development of color will appear within the first day of use and will continue to develop with additional applications, building a natural, even, year-round tan. The formula is lightly fragranced with a natural citrus scent.

All Nature’s Gate suncreens are available in a 4-oz. size with a suggested retail price of $9.99. The sunless tanner is available in a 4-oz. size for $8.99.

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Inter Parfums reports Q4 sales

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Fourth-quarter net sales for Inter Parfums experienced a slight decline to $11.2 million, compared with $112.9 million in the year-ago period.

Sales from the company’s European-based operations dropped to $95.5 million during the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2010, from $96.3 million during fourth quarter 2009. U.S. operations, however, increased 2%, bringing the sales total to $17 million.

“The economic rebound, coupled with several major new product launches, produced meaningful sales growth across all major prestige brands and in all geographic regions in 2010," said Inter Parfums EVP and CEO Russell Greenberg. "For our U.S.-based operations, 2010 sales growth was also spurred by the economic recovery, as well as new product launches and greater international distribution of the specialty retail brands for which we develop, produce and sell.”

Looking ahead, Inter Parfums confirmed its guidance for 2011, projecting sales of about $525 million, while net income is expected to total approximately $30 million, or 98 cents per diluted share.

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Solazyme’s Algenist line coming to Sephora, QVC

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Solazyme will launch its anti-aging skin care line through distribution at Sephora and QVC.

Algenist will be available in the United States on QVC and in 800-plus Sephora stores, as well as in seven countries throughout Europe, before expanding to Asia and the Middle East, Solazyme said.

Algenist will launch with four initial product offerings featuring alguronic acid, Solazyme’s breakthrough ingredient. The four products are:

  • Algenist concentrated serum, which minimizes the look of wrinkles and boosts skin radiance;

  • Algenist anti-aging moisturizer and anti-aging moisturizer with SPF 20, which nourish and moisturize skin, improve firmness and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and

  • Algenist complete eye renewal balm, which firms skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines around the eye area.

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