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RED introduces nail kits starting in March

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Nail care brand RED by Kiss is launching for March new nail kits.

For hands, there’s the new Manicure Salon Kit that features eight tools to ensure nail safety at the salon. Each kit contains: nail scissors, nail brush, nail clipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle pusher and cleaner, four-way buffer, nail file and manicure sticks. The retail price is $9.99.

Also new is the Pedicure Salon Kit for a professional at-home salon pedicure. The kit contains: toenail clipper, cuticle nipper, foot brush and stone, cuticle pusher and cleaner, toe separators, four-way buffer, nail file and manicure sticks. The retail is also $9.99.

The company also developed the Perfect Pair duo that includes a pair of traditional, stainless steel slant tip tweezers with pink handles. There’s also matching nail clippers that come with a catcher on the end to collect nail clippings. The retail price is $4.99.

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SkinFree announces availability at CVS.com

BY Antoinette Alexander

SHIPMAN, Va. Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio’s line of SkinFree Products for people with eczema, allergies and other skin issues, is now available at CVS.com, according the skin care company.

The products are also sold at CVS stores in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.

“Working in a typical retail pharmacy setting, I was constantly asked for recommendations from customers for products that are safe for difficult skin problems, especially by those with fragrance allergies,” said company founder Julie Hilton, who has more than 30 years experience in compounding and developing natural skin care. “I recognized a void in the market through this experience and knew that I could create effective and affordable products for common skin issues.”

SkinFree Products are all-natural and contain no perfumes, petroleum products, harmful chemicals, steroids or colorants. The products are created using naturally occurring vegetable oils and butters that have nutrients, antioxidants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibacterial agents.

Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio promotes the skin care line primarily through doctor’s offices, media and word of mouth. Free products have been distributed to hospital clinics and dialysis centers throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

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P&G to trim its staff by 15 percent

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble is looking to bolster productivity and drive growth by trimming about 15 percent of its staff at the general manager level and above, according to published reports.

The company, whose brands include Crest and Pantene, was reported as saying that many of the job cuts will come through attrition as associates retire or leave the company.

P&G is also working to reduce by half the number of distribution centers it operates globally. According to reports, it has shuttered more than 200 of its 571 distribution centers so far, and expects to close another 70 by the end of 2009.

P&G also is eliminating duplication between organizations.

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