L'OREAL SALUTES WOMEN: For the second year, L'Oréal Paris held its Women of Worth event, honoring 13 women across the country who volunteered for women in need within their communities. "By honoring these women, we are well on our way to building a community of caring that reaches from woman to woman — coast to coast," said Carol Hamilton, president of L'Oréal Paris. The 13 Women of Worth honorees were chosen from thousands of applicants by L'Oréal employees, including Hamilton, as well as Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, and Louisa Terry, co-executive director of The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Each honoree received $2,500 on behalf of their nonprofit cause, plus a matching $2,500 monetary donation in her name to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the 10-year charitable partner of L'Oréal Paris. Also at the event, which was held Tuesday evening at the Time Warner Center, L'Oréal Paris has named its Women of Worth National Honoree, Karen Stark. Stark was chosen because of her work with The Hugs Project, a national organization that provides handmade supplies for U.S. troops oversees. Stark will receive $25,000 for The HUGS Project from L'Oréal Paris, which she founded in 2004.

EDUCATE THE PEOPLE: For its third consecutive year, Maybelline New York has joined forces with People, People en Español and Essence magazines to honor 10 women who have used education to make a difference in their communities. A luncheon to honor these women took place Thursday at the New York Public Library. Maybelline New York spokeswomen Danna Garcia, Tomiko Fraser, Erin Wasson and lifestyle expert Phillip Bloch attended the event to honor the winners. To get submissions, each of the magazines announced the contest in their September issues, asking women around the country to submit their photo and inspirational story. A panel of judges from Maybelline and the magazines selected the 10 women, each of whom will receive a $10,000 grant donated to their educational cause. Coverage of the women will also appear in each magazine.

NYGARD LICENSE: Fragrance marketer First American Brands has signed a fragrance licensing deal with Canadian sportswear firm Nygård. The agreement calls for First American Brands to develop and market scents under the House of Nygård moniker. Plans call for the first scent, a women's fragrance called Alia, to be launched next month at Sears Canada. In addition to Nygård, First American Brands holds fragrance licenses for the Bill Blass, Bongo, Corvette and Rampage brands. It also produces its own brand, called 100% Love.ORIGINS APPOINTMENT: Stephanie Sherman has been named general manager of Origins for the U.K. and Ireland. She's taking over the role vacated by Maleka Dattu, who was recently named senior vice president and general manager of Origins North America. Sherman, who took up the position Oct. 1, will also continue to act as general manager of Darphin in the U.K.

FRENCH SALES: Beauty sales in France grew 3.6 percent from January to June, to reach 5.4 billion euros, or $7.2 billion at average exchange for the period. That's according to the first Multi-Channel Beauty Economic Outlook, a collaboration between IMS Health, Information Resources Inc. and The NPD Group that publishes sales across all retail channels. Fifty-one percent of beauty product sales in France were generated in perfumeries, up 3.8 percent year-on-year. Representing 27.8 percent of total revenues, the mass market's share of beauty sales grew 1.6 percent on-year. Pharmacy sales represented 16 percent, a 6.5 percent rise, while parapharmacy sales made up the remaining 5.1 percent of sales, a 3.6 percent increase. Run by analysts from IMS, IRI and NPD, the Multi-Channel Beauty Economic Outlook is meant to offer a better understanding of beauty market trends, channel and segment growth, as well as give insights into the leading players in each category, the firms said in a statement. The outlook will be published twice yearly.

MURAD TAPS INT'L EXEC: Murad has appointed Jean Runel vice president of its international business. Runel will spearhead Murad's growth in the European and Asian markets in order to capitalize on the company's domestic success. Murad is sold in prestige salons and spas across the U.S., as well as specialty stores. Prior to joining Murad, Runel held international sales positions at L'Oréal, Sebastian and DermaNew.

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