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Private label cleans up

BY Antoinette Alexander

Consumers still are watching their dollars, as evidenced by solid sales of private-label facial cleansers; however, product innovation also is helping to drive growth among the branded products.

According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of private-label products took the lead for the 12 weeks ended Oct. 2 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).

However, brands like Clean & Clear, which recently launched its Morning Burst collection, also experienced growth. The smoothie-inspired, fruit-filled facial cleansers come in such exotic scents as mandarin orange, pomegranate and passion fruit, and pineapple and coconut.

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Shaving a little off the top

BY Antoinette Alexander

While sales of shaving cream — which research has shown to have a relatively high level of penetration among men — have experienced single-
digit growth, sales of razors climbed more than 13%.

According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of shaving cream rose 3.43% to $282.38 million during the 52 weeks ended Oct. 2 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). During that same period, sales of razors rose 13.5% to $282.4 million.

Research has suggested that the sluggish growth of shaving cream could be because of an aging male population that requires less shaving, less stringent workplace requirements that allow facial hair and a continued popularity of the unshaven look. However, the double-digit growth of razors could indicate a shift. It is likely that continued innovation in the razor segment also is helping to fuel growth.

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No gray areas when it comes to hair coloring segment

BY Antoinette Alexander

The hair coloring segment is experiencing growth, albeit modest growth, as men look to turn back the hands of time.

According to data from SymphonyIRI Group, sales of men’s hair coloring rose 0.31% to $140.6 million for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 2 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). The biggest gainer, according to the data: Irene Gari Cover Your Gray for Men, which experienced a sales boost of nearly 72%.

In its most recent Men’s Grooming research report, Mintel noted that “the hair care segment received a boost from the hair coloring category, as population growth among senior demographics leads many men to use coloring to hide their graying hair.”

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