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Report: Unilever shutting down Alberto-Culver’s Melrose Park plant

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Unilever is looking to close the Alberto-Culver plant outside of Chicago in Melrose Park in 2013, and, in a few months, will begin laying off at least 600 employees, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

Unilever spokeswoman Anita Larsen told the Chicago Sun-Times, “This decision was taken as a result of a review of the company’s manufacturing network in order to achieve cost efficiencies.”

Unilever acquired Alberto-Culver last year for $3.7 billion. The plant makes TRESemme and Alberto V05 shampoos. It also turns out Nexxus shampoos and conditioners and St. Ives lotions and body wash, the article stated.

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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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