PARLUX NUMBERS: Fragrance marketer Parlux Fragrances Inc.’s third-quarter losses widened 19.6 percent even as net sales saw a 6.3 percent uptick, the firm reported late Wednesday. During the quarter ended Dec. 31, Parlux posted a net loss of $5.4 million, compared to a loss of $4.5 million in the year-ago period. Quarterly sales came in at $50.3 million, including $3.5 million in sales of Guess inventories to its new licensee, Coty Inc., compared with $47.3 million a year ago. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, the company’s net loss was $4.9 million, compared with a loss of $5.8 million. Year-to-date sales were up 6 percent to $130.4 million. Results were attributed to weaker consumer spending in U.S. department stores, an area in which Parlux invested heavily during 2009.
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CALLING ALL SPEAKERS: HBA Global Expo said it is seeking speaker proposals for its various educational programs scheduled to take place Sept. 28 to 30 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Typically, speakers are in the health and beauty business and include marketers, product developers, consultants and manufacturers. Past speakers have included Jani Friedman of Demeter Group, Dr. Liliana George of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Ido Leffler of Yes To Inc. Would-be orators should submit a 150-word description of a proposed topic along with a brief bio, including previous speaking experience, and full contact information to Rebecca Fraimow, education program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAITI RELIEF: Hairstylists are getting into the charity drive to help Haiti. Ric Pipino is launching “Hair for Haiti,” an event that begins today from 3 to 8 p.m. at his two Manhattan salons, where 100 percent of hair service proceeds will go to benefit Haiti through the American Red Cross. Consumers need to mention “Hair for Haiti” when scheduling their appointment, either at Pipino Nolita located at 3 Centre Market Place or Pipino at Spa Chakra on 663 Fifth Avenue.
HAIR RAISING EVENT: John Frieda and Gail Federici — the founders of John Frieda Professional Hair Care — have joined forces again, this time to raise money for the pediatric cardiology department of Children’s Hospital Boston. In a fund-raising event called HairRaising, the two are challenging U.S. salons to ask clients in May to add a dollar or more to their bill to contribute to the cause. On the first weekend in May, the event will begin with a cut-a-thon where top salons in Boston will do haircuts for only $50 and all proceeds will go to the cause. To lure participants, Frieda and Federici are offering gift incentives, including the chance to assist hairstylist Serge Normant on a shoot with a celebrity client and spending a day on the set of “What Not to Wear” with hair maven Ted Gibson. Federici said the event stems from her own experience with heart disease as one of her daughters was born with a congenital heart defect and subsequently underwent two open heart surgeries at Children’s Hospital Boston. Due to the economy, Federici said, the hospital has not been receiving donations as in the past. To participate in Hair Raising, visit childrenshospital.org/ hairraising.
DOT-COM FOR MEN: Bellevue, Wash.-based Drugstore.com Inc. has launched an e-commerce site called Athisbest.com, which carries a wide range of men’s personal care products, including men’s grooming, health, home, sex and fitness items. Items by the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co., as well as numerous, smaller items from independent firms, are offered on the site, blending both mass and prestige brands.