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New STUF natural skin care line targets men

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Derma e Natural Bodycare has introduced STUF Men’s Skin Defense, an all-natural skin care line for men.

Men’s skin is oilier than women’s skin, and their pores are larger (thus they can trap more debris). Although a man’s skin is thicker, it also usually is more sensitive than a woman’s skin, according to the manufacturer. Plus, a man’s skin is more acidic. Men typically will form deeper facial lines and more age spots than women, and they are more prone to skin damage. They have more cases of redness, rosacea and under-eye puffiness. Plus, men have beard issues to manage. For this, the manufacturer has created products for his daily grooming ritual, including:

  • 2-in-1 shampoo plus conditioner;
  • Body and hair wash;
  • Facial cleanser;
  • Facial scrub;
  • Shave gel;
  • After shave balm; and
  • Anti-aging moisturizer SPF 15

The formulations include the antioxidant pycnogenol, which is 50 times more powerful than vitamin E, according to the manufacturer. The products also have green tea extract to help protect skin and fight the signs of aging, organic aloe vera gel, allantoin and chamomile.

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Brynwood Partners snaps up personal care company Newhall Labs

BY Antoinette Alexander

GREENWICH, Conn. — Brynwood Partners VI announced Friday that it acquired Newhall Labs — whose brands include La bella, Monkey Brains and GroWorks — through its wholly owned subsidiary Golden Sun Holdings, which marks Brynwood VI’s third acquisition in the personal care sector.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Newall Labs will operate as an independent platform company.

"We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Newhall Laboratories," stated Dario Margve, managing partner of Brynwood VI. "We believe that this will be a great new platform investment for our firm and look forward to not only bringing renewed attention and energy to la bella, Monkey Brains and GroWorks, but also to adding complementary brands to the company in the future."

Brynwood Partners has a track record of making acquisitions in the personal care sector with such investments as J.B. Williams Co. — a marketer of the Aqua Velva, Lectric Shave, Brylcreem, Cepacol and Williams Mug Soap brands — and, most recently, High Ridge Brands Co. Brynwood VI created High Ridge Brands through two separate transactions, one with Procter & Gamble and one with Unilever. High Ridge Brands acquired the Zest personal cleansing brand from P&G in January 2011 and the Alberto VO5 and Rave hair care brands from Unilever in August 2011.

Based in Stamford, Conn., High Ridge Brands has grown to approximately $200 million in sales in a nine-month period, the company stated.

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NPD: Prestige makeup sales rise throughout year; nail segment takes spotlight

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige makeup sales experienced growth during the first 10 months of the year, with the nail segment coming out a winner all around with a $50-plus increase in both nail enamel and top/base coats, according to beauty market research conducted by the NPD Group.

During the first 10 months of 2011 (January to October) total prestige makeup dollar sales in U.S. department stores were $2.8 million, an increase of 8% in dollars, compared with the same time last year. Units grew 5% with almost 117 million units sold. October was the 10th month of dollar growth and the ninth month of unit growth for the year.

In the first 10 months of the year, all prestige makeup segments saw dollar growth: total nail up 59%, total eye and all other color each up 10%, total sets up 9%, total lip up 8% and total face up 7%.

The big winners in the face segment were concealer and foundation, while eyes showed dramatic increases in the eyeshadow, eyebrow and mascara categories. In lip, it was lip color that stole the dollars away from lip gloss and liner. Lip color outperformed the category’s dollar performance of 8%, with an increase of 12%.

In addition, eyeshadow palette sales came on strong, with the trend of dramatic eyes this season. In the first 10 months, eyeshadow consisting of five or more palettes grew triple digits in dollar sales, compared with the same time last year. Quad palettes grew double digits.

“In makeup, while neutral tones and face products led in the past, across countries we see strong gains in color categories of lip and nail color and a new focus on eyeshadow and eye definition with growth in eye pencil and brow products,” stated Karen Grant, VP and senior global industry analyst for the NPD Group. “In makeup, the joy of color is seen with more than half of the top 25 new products (and seven of the top 10) being from an eye or lip category.”

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