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Spectrum Brands strengthens foothold in home-use dermatology, hair removal devices

BY Antoinette Alexander

MADISON, Wis. — Consumer products company Spectrum Brands Holdings has acquired a 56% interest in Shaser Bioscience, a privately held developer of energy-based, aesthetic dermatological technology for home use devices, for $50 million in cash.

The transaction provides Spectrum Brands with exclusive rights to Shaser Bioscience’s entire range of technology platforms and strengthens the position of Spectrum Brands’ Remington personal care division in the growing segments of the worldwide beauty and skin care retail device market.

Building on a commercial partnership established in 2008 between Spectrum Brands and Shaser Bioscience, through which the companies have jointly developed and brought to market the Remington i-LIGHT Pro light-based hair removal system, the controlling interest in Shaser Bioscience will become part of Spectrum Brands’ Remington personal care division.

The i-LIGHT Pro, introduced in continental Europe in early 2010 and in the United States in 2011 following clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is a hair removal system utilizing the same Intense Pulsed Light technology used by dermatologists to achieve professional results at home.

Spectrum Brands is creating a new consumables business within Remington to focus on developing a full line of energy-based, companion aesthetic dermatology devices and companion products using Shaser Bioscience technology to address the demand for skin care solutions for conditions, including unwanted signs of aging, acne and blemishes, spider veins and other retail aesthetic applications to be announced in the future.

Combined with a global retail hair removal market estimated at $16.5 billion annually, the worldwide market for home use devices that address these conditions is estimated at more than $50 billion annually, according to Spectrum.

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NYC public school teacher aims to help moms ‘look good…feel good’ in wake of Hurricane Sandy

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — As part of the cleanup and relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one New York City public school teacher is trying to do her part to help moms bring some normalcy back into their lives.

Building on the belief of “look good … feel good,” Jamee Schleifer, a dance teacher at PS 253 (3D Dance Company, Momz N Da Hood) is turning to pharmacies and cosmetic companies in an effort to collect makeup for the moms of students at PS 253. The goal: to make “kits” to give to 800 children to give to their moms.

For those interested in donating makeup, the school is located at 601 Oceanview Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11235. Schleifer can be reached at [email protected]
 

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Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics develops new 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra-Moist collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics is helping beauty mavens battle dry, damaged hair with its new 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra-Moist collection, which brings two restorative ingredients together in an exclusive Dual Moisture Complex.

These nourishing, Mediterranean-inspired formulas are designed to bring dry, dehydrated hair back to life. Key ingredients include avocado oil and olive oil.

The collection includes shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and styling elixir, protective leave-in spray, a hair mask and anti-frizzing binding serum.

The New 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra-Moist collection retails from $7.99 to $8.99 and is available at select Whole Foods nationwide and online at GiovanniCosmetics.com.

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