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Yardley of London debuts two new scents, updates packaging

BY Rozanne Gelbinovich

STAMFORD, Conn. — Yardley of London, the luxury bath products division of Lornamead, has announced the launch of two new scents for 2011. Pomegranate rose and cocoa butter will join Yardley’s line of moisturizing bath bars, which feature natural botanicals and essential oils.

The pomegranate rose bar is infused with natural antioxidants and is enriched with oatmeal to smooth and revitalize skin. It produces a rich, fragrant lather that will cleanse, beautify and nourish skin, according to the company. The cocoa butter bar delivers rich and creamy moisturizing properties with pure cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin E.

The entire Yardley line also has received updated, vibrant packaging, which includes 100% recyclable boxes with bolder colors and bright botanical illustrations. The new packaging helps communicate Yardley’s distinct soap scents and product benefits, according to the company.

"We know women are looking for bath products that offer superior cleansing with ‘good-for-you’ ingredients, while making their skin feel younger and healthier. Yardley’s new products will deliver on that promise," said Randy Sloan, president of Lornamead. "The new packaging we created will make it easier for women to identify their favorite Yardley scent, while encouraging women to try our entire line of bath bars that will delight their senses and create a more luxurious bathing experience."

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New Rogaine unscented topical foam hits retail

BY Allison Cerra

SKILLMAN, N.J. — A new weapon to battle hair loss has arrived.

New Rogaine unscented topical foam quickly penetrates into the scalp to revitalize hair follicles that have become dormant and stimulate hair growth, the company said.

The new Rogaine product will be available nationwide this month and on RogaineDirect.com ($29.99 for one-month supply and $49.99 for a three-month supply).

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P&G’s Steele to retire, business units to be consolidated

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Tuesday announced that Robert Steele, vice chairman of global health and well-being, will retire effective Sept. 1.

Steele oversees oral care, feminine care, personal health care, pet care and snacks for P&G.

Between now and September, Steele will serve as vice chairman of healthcare strategy, reporting to P&G chairman, president and CEO Robert McDonald.

"Robert has been and remains an outstanding leader whose impact on P&G stretches across the company and will endure for decades to come," McDonald said. "He led P&G’s North America business from 2000 to 2006, delivering six consecutive years of value-share growth, and he played a pivotal role in the successful integration of Gillette’s North America commercial operations. More recently, he has revitalized our global health and well-being strategy and portfolio, focusing on businesses where P&G can win long term."

As part of this management change, P&G will consolidate its current three global business units into two: beauty and grooming, and household care. The oral care and feminine care businesses will become part of P&G’s beauty and grooming GBU, and will be lead by Ed Shirley, P&G’s vice chairman of global beauty and grooming. The personal health care, pet care and snacks businesses will become part of P&G’s household care GBU, which will be lead by Dimitri Panayotopoulos, who is vice chairman of P&G’s global household care business.

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