RIZER GIG: Model Maggie Rizer’s latest appearance will be as an “ambassador” for fledgling skin care brand Clark’s Botanicals’ $355 Cellular Lifting Serum, which is to launch this week at Saks Fifth Avenue and could do $2 million in first-year sales. Founder Francesco Clark said he wanted beauty and brains: “Beauty should be about intelligence, and Maggie embodies this,” he said. Rizer is working on a TV show about modeling, scheduled to debut on Bravo at the end of the year, as well as a memoir.

SHISEIDO CENTERS: Next month, Shiseido will open three beauty centers in China and Taiwan to provide makeup advice to individuals with severe skin problems such as birthmarks, vitiligo and scarring. The company said the Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Centers, which will be located in Shanghai, Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, are part of a global initiative to expand Shiseido’s corporate social responsibility activities through cosmetics and beauty care. Shiseido already has one such center in its Tokyo Ginza headquarters as well as the Perfect Cover Foundation line of products, designed to cover birthmarks and other blemishes.

Private equity firm North Castle Partners has purchased a majority stake in Depth Bath & Body and combined the Petaluma, Calif.-based brand with mineral cosmetics brand Mineral Fusion to form a new company called Mineral Fusion Natural Brands. According to Depth Bath & Body founder and Mineral Fusion Natural Brands senior vice president of marketing Tim Schaeffer, North Castle owns between 55 percent and 75 percent of the new company. GloProfessional, a company within North Castle’s portfolio, owns the second largest share and members of the management team own the remainder. Justin Miloro, formerly a senior member of the category management team at Whole Foods’ Whole Body department, has been brought on board as national director of sales. Schaeffer estimated that Mineral Fusion Natural Brands is on pace to generate $4 million in revenues this year and projected 20 percent growth next year.

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