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Study on hair color identifies stained skin as an issue

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Ingenuity Products, which makes +Repelle Hair Color Stain Shield, recently conduct a study that found that, according to many women, hair color stain skin is one of the worst aspects of hair color.

“The objective of the research is to better understand women’s experiences with hair color,” stated Jeff Goldstein, founder and owner of Ingenuity Products. “As a company striving to provide the best products for women who color their hair, it is of great importance to identify both the positive benefits of hair color products, as well as any challenges.”

According to the survey, more than half (51 percent) cited “hair color can stain skin” as one of the major downfalls of hair color. Although most (94 percent) women try to avoid or minimize getting hair color on their skin, 44 percent reported experiencing skin stains every time or every few times they colored. As many women have discovered, scrubbing to remove the stain is difficult and can irritate the skin.

Despite the challenges, there remain many positives about hair color. For example, many women (77 percent) color their hair to cover gray, and 47 percent of women say they do it to feel younger. According to the survey, 76 percent of women agree that they feel younger when they color their hair.

And now that the holiday season is here, it is a perfect time to update their look with color. In fact, 94 percent of respondents say they color their hair for the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza season, 60 percent color their hair for Thanksgiving and 44 percent for Easter/Passover. Another popular time of year for hair color: birthdays (64 percent).

+Repelle Hair Color Stain Shield retails for $4.99 and is sold at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kerr Drug, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com and several other retailers.

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Jessica White named Maybelline spokesperson

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Maybelline New York has named supermodel Jessica White as its newest spokesperson, making her television and print debut for Maybelline New York in February 2008.

She joins Maybelline New York’s roster including Christy Turlington, Erin Wasson, Adriana Lima, Tomiko Fraser, Julia Stegner and Zhang Ziyi.

“We are thrilled to have Jessica White representing Maybelline New York,” stated Serena Giovi, vice president of marketing for Maybelline New York/Garnier. “Her striking beauty and spark for life, makes her a perfect choice for our brand.”

At age 16, she was discovered in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., and moved to Paris. Within six months, she landed campaigns for Chloe and the Gap. Soon, she was walking the runways for such designers as Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger. She also landed in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Teen Vogue.

In 2003, she was chosen for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue. She went on to model in the next four successive issues.

In 2006, she appeared on the catwalk of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

White has worked with the world’s top photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoohd, Steven Klein, Mert and Marcus and David Sims. She also appeared in the movie “Big Momma’s House 2” as well as a music video for singer John Legend and rapper Jay-Z.

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Coty to acquire Del Laboratories

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Coty Inc. is looking to bolster its beauty portfolio under the Coty Beauty umbrella with the acquisition of Del Laboratories, the maker of the Sally Hansen, N.Y.C. New York Color, La Cross, Orajel and Dermarest brands.

Under the terms of the agreement, all operations of DLI Holding, the parent company of Del Laboratories, will be merged with and into Coty. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by Dec. 31.

“We view the acquisition of DLI Holding Corp. as a natural extension of our strategy to offer a unique portfolio of brands that produce some of the strongest consumer franchises around the world,” stated Bernd Beetz, chief executive officer of Coty Inc. “Del’s established, well-regarded portfolio of quality products mesh well with our core offerings, and their strong presence in North America complements Coty Beauty and Coty’s international strengths.”

Added Charles Hinkaty, president and chief executive officer of Del Laboratories, “As our exceptional management team has guided Del through a sustained period of organic growth, cost reduction, supply chain enhancement and international expansion, we sought an ownership structure that would enable us to continue to build upon the organization’s many growth opportunities.”

Upon closing, Del Laboratories and DLI Holding Corp., which is principally owned by investment funds associated with Kelso & Co., will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Coty.

According to Coty, the deal brings it one step closer to becoming a $5 billion beauty company. Coty ended the 2007 fiscal year with net sales of $3.3 billion.

The Coty Beauty brand portfolio includes Adidas, Aspen, Astor, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Desperate Housewives, Esprit, Exclamation, Jovan, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Miss Sixty, Miss Sporty, Pierre Cardin under a European license, Rimmel, Shania Twain, Stetson,Tonino Lamborghini and Vanilla Fields.

For the year ended Dec. 31, 2006, Del Laboratories posted sales of $425.9 million. Del’s cosmetics business accounted for approximately 80 percent of its 2006 net sales, which is focused on nail color, nail treatment, bleaches and hair removal products, depilatories, beauty implements and value cosmetics. Meanwhile, its OTC pharmaceutical business accounted for approximately 20 percent of its 2006 net sales. That segment is focused on oral analgesics, children’s toothpaste and sore throat relief and specialty OTC products.

Del’s products are available in more than 60,000 retail locations domestically. Internationally, it has experienced growth from its direct operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico and Mexico and through distributors, licensees and joint venture relationships in approximately 60countries.

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