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Physicians Formula announces Board member

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Beauty company Physicians Formula has appointed former Del Laboratories executive, Charles Hinkaty, to its board of directors. Hinkaty replaces Jeff Berry, who resigned as a director in May to become interim CFO of Physicians Formula.

The board determined that Hinkaty qualifies as an independent director under the Nasdaq listing rules. In addition to his general appointment to the board, Hinkaty will join the company’s audit, compensation, and nominating and corporate governance committees of the board of directors. 

Hinkaty served as the president and CEO of Del Labs from August 2005 through his retirement in January 2008. Prior to that, Hinkaty was the COO of Del Labs from January 2005 to August 2005, and VP of Del Labs and president of its subsidiary Del Pharmaceuticals from 1985 to January 2005. Hinkaty served as a director of Del Labs until December 2007 and has also been a member of the board of directors of FGX International since September 2008. He also led the Consumer Healthcare Products Association from 1999 to 2001. 

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Hain Celestial launching new hand sanitizer

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Hain Celestial will launch in February the new Jason Family hand sanitizer to help keep children and parents germ-free and prevent infections.

The sanitizer features a safer-for-children, naturally effective formula that has 8% organic aloe vera, the company stated. It is hypoallergenic and incorporates natural alcohol to break down germ cell walls, kill dangerous microbes instantly and evaporates in seconds. In addition, the sanitizer is made without parabens and fragrances.

The Jason brand recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and offers more than 250 products, including items for face, body and hair.

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Shoppers Drug Mart offering Balea products at stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO Shoppers Drug Mart is expanding its portfolio of exclusive brands with the launch of a new line of health-and-beauty products.

The new Balea line is available exclusively at more than 1,160 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across Canada. The line will boast more than 130 items by the end of 2009, with hundreds more to follow in 2010.

The Balea line includes products for the whole body, including hair care, facial wipes, lip balms, body lotion and foot creams. Within the collection are seven sub-brands: Balea Kids, Balea Hai, Balea Face, Balea Hand, Balea Body, Balea Bath and Balea Shave.

Unique ingredient and scent combinations include white ginger and nectarine (deodorant), vanilla and coconut (shampoo), and nectarine and yogurt (shave cream). Balea also aims to add value to everyday items like razors, by offering a triple blade for more effective results and built-in aloe and shea butter for moisturizing, and multi-purpose 3-in-1 cleansing cloths.

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