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Ribbon-cutting ceremony kicks off Nonie Creme Colour Prevails launch at Walgreens

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Speaking to Walgreens’ commitment to owned brands that help differentiate its beauty offerings, the company officially unveiled the new Nonie Creme Colour Prevails beauty collection with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.
Celebrated manicurist and famed color mixologist Nonie Creme, founder and creative director of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails, joined Skip Bourdo, region vice president of Walgreens, for the ceremony at the Walgreens store at 40 Wall Street in New York City. Manicurists were also on hand to offer complimentary manicures.
“I’m delighted to be part of the Walgreens family. The brand is all about inclusivity, self-expression and encouraging people to come and play and just enjoy themselves,” Creme told attendees. “There’s no ego or pretention about this brand. There is something for everyone. It is ageless [and] timeless.”

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Skinfix to enter feminine care product market

BY Antoinette Alexander

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Skinfix is entering the feminine care product market by merging with SweetSpot Labs, a maker of natural personal care.

SweetSpot Labs is a line of feminine skin care products designed by women for women that uses natural ingredients and doesn’t include glycerin, sulfates, parabens, alcohol, gluten, soy or dairy. The SweetSpot Labs line of products includes Spot Fresh! Gentle Wash, Spot Refresh! On-the-go Wipettes and 100% Love It! Moisturizer.

Skinfix will soon be launching these products in three new collections, including Citrus Galbanum, Geranium Lavender and Unscented.
 
“There is tremendous opportunity to shake up the feminine care market and build on the cult following of SweetSpot Labs products,” stated Amy Gordinier-Regan, CEO of Skinfix. “A women’s sweet spot is one of the most sensitive areas of the body, and using everyday body washes or bar soaps that have the wrong pH, stripping cleansers and glycerin can upset the natural, healthy chemistry.”
 
“We are excited to build on the SweetSpot Labs products and the new collections are infused with natural essential oil fragrances that are fresh, clean and are a more upscale offering than what’s currently in the market,” stated Francine Krenicki, SVP, product development at Skinfix. “The heart of each fragrance is citrus which fits in perfectly with the right pH profile, won’t contribute to irritation and has the ability to naturally deodorize.”
 
Skinfix will be refreshing the SweetSpot Labs brand and will continue to evolve the natural product line to meet the feminine care needs of today’s  women.

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Revlon swings to a profit in Q4

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Following a “year of significant change and transformation,” Revlon saw a lift in fourth-quarter sales and swung to a profit.

Sales for the three months ended Dec. 31 totaled $501 million compared with $491 million in the year-ago period.

Net income totaled $2.7 million, or 5 cents per share, compared with a loss of $33.1 million, or 63 cents per share, in the year-ago period. The year-ago period includes charges related to the acquisition of The Colomer Group in October 2013.

Revlon president and CEO Lorenzo Delpani said, “2014 was a year of significant change and transformation, resulting in strong growth for Revlon’s business. We integrated TCG into the company and delivered the expected synergies and related cost reductions. We redesigned our organization and significantly increased our investment to build and support our key brands. We launched our Revlon Love Is On campaign in November 2014 and our Almay Simply American Campaign in January 2015. Thanks to our strategy of value creation and the integration synergies, our 2014 financial performance was the best in many years. On a Pro Forma, XFX1 basis, our 2014 net sales increased 4.7% and Adjusted EBITDA increased 12.9%, while at the same time we have substantially increased our brand support by $38.1 million, representing a 10.8% increase over 2013. We are pleased with these results and this motivates us to continue our efforts to re-position our core consumer brands and to maintain and build on the strong momentum of our professional business.”

In the consumer segment, net sales were $383.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, as compared with pro forma net sales of $390.5 million in the prior year period. On an XFX basis, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 5.4%, primarily driven by higher net sales of Revlon and Almay color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk hair color and Mitchum products, partially offset by lower net sales of fragrances and SinfulColors color cosmetics.

Consumer segment profit in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $115.6 million, as compared with pro forma consumer segment profit of $107.0 million in the prior year period. On an XFX basis, consumer segment profit increased 17.6%, primarily driven by higher gross profit as a result of the increase in net sales, as discussed above, as well as decreased cost of sales as a result of favorable mix. This increase was partially offset by $8.6 million of higher brand support expenses to support the company's consumer brands in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the year ago period.

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