THIRD TIME’S A CHARM?: The brand that just won’t die, Salon Selectives, has found a new home: Beautology Brands Co. The maker of Charles Worthington London, Chemistry Salon Labs and Daisy Fuentes Style Pro has purchased Salon Selectives for an undisclosed amount. Stuart Straus, president and chief executive officer of BBC, said Salon Selectives will become a value brand and will gain distribution in late 2009 or early 2010. In 2007, Salon Selectives was purchased by Selective Beauty Brands from Unilever for a planned 2008 relaunch to the mass market. Late last year SBB pulled the plug as financing ran out. Under Unilever, the brand peaked at a 6.5 percent market share and annual sales of $275 million in the Nineties. It was pulled from shelves in 2005 as sales fizzled.
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PRO LINE EXCELS AT TARGET: Napoleon Perdis, founder and owner of NP Set, one of three pro lines for the mass market that hit 1,400 Target stores in August, said his launch is “doing great — above and beyond my expectations.” Bestsellers include NP Set Eye Palette in Chicago, The NP Set Pre-Foundation Primer and NP Set Foundations, he said. The testers initiative “is definitely working” he said, adding that “the only issue we are still working on is keeping the testers hygienic, clean and organized at all times, as they have become very popular with customers experimenting all day, making their maintenance more challenging.”
SILK AND SCENTS: Clive Christian, which claims to sell the world’s most expensive fragrance, will include silk scarves with presentation cases of its No. 1, X and 1872 scents starting in April. The house’s aim is to educate its customers about the art of applying perfume. “Wiping the crystal bottle stopper on the silk after application onto the skin prevents contaminating the perfume with natural oils from the skin,” said Keith Morris, the brand’s scent specialist. The black lacquered presentation cases will be available from April 6 in department stores, including Fortnum & Mason, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman, and will range in price from $1,200 to $3,900.
SPREADING THE WORD: Cosmetic Executive Women (U.K.) this week introduced an updated “Living & Working With Cancer” booklet, which comprises details of services and products available for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. The booklet, which is written in directory format, will be distributed free of charge in the U.K. Cancer & Careers U.K., which was launched by CEW (U.K.) in 2004, will also unveil a new Web site, cancerandcareersuk.org, on March 30. “It’s going to take the stress out of finding those essential things,” said Eileen Cavalier, chairman of CEW (U.K.) Cancer & Careers. “It’s about positive support and positive image.”
EVA, TRIPLE THREAT: Eva Scrivo, beauty maven, talk-show host and upcoming author? Apparently, yes. Scrivo, who operates Eva Scrivo Salon in Manhattan’s NoLIta neighborhood and who is opening a salon in the Meatpacking District on Tuesday, said she recently signed a book deal with Atria Books, a division of publishing house Simon & Schuster, to use her hair and makeup expertise to provide women with answers on their beauty concerns. The book is due out in late 2010. This month, Scrivo also signed on as Wella Professionals newest spokesperson. Scrivo has served as Wella’s lead colorist during New York Fashion Week for the past two seasons.
KORRES ADDS ORGANICS: Natural beauty care firm Korres is launching a line of skin care items that include organic ingredients, called Materia Herba. The nine-item line includes cleansing, moisturizing and antiaging products, ranging in price from $27 for a 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion to $46 for a Nourishing Night Cream. Formulas are between 95 and 100 percent natural, with the remaining synthetic content adhering to Ecocert’s standards, which includes omitting parabens and harsh chemicals. Robert DeBaker, Korres’ chief executive officer for the U.S., said the line, which is launching in stores now, will represent 20 percent of the firm’s skin care sales within Sephora by the end of the year. Also, Korres has partnered with Delta to provide the air carrier with amenity kits for its Business Elite flyers.
HAIR REVIVAL: Bumble and bumble has exclusively partnered with the ’60s rock musical “Hair,” which returns to Broadway next week, more than 40 years since the show’s inception. For the revival, Bumble gave the show’s costume designer Michael McDonald full access to its services and products, including one-on-one consultations between cast members and stylists. To maintain the volume and curls seen onstage, cast members were given Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray and Grooming Crème for texture, and Curl Reactivating Mist to boost waves. The hair care and styling company will also execute promotional activities such as a presence for “Hair” on its Web site and visuals at Bumble and bumble’s two New York salons.
GREEN SCENE: Miller Harris will add Fleurs de Bois, a floral woody fragrance for men and women, to its bouquet of fragrances starting in April. The eau de parfum will be available as 50- and 100-ml. sprays priced at $76 and $102 at current exchange, respectively. It will launch in London’s Liberty department store on April 6 and internationally starting May 1. The brand, which opened two new stores in the U.K. last November, will unveil two additional doors in its home market this year. It is also readying a June entry into the Middle East.
BERRY MOLLY: Molly Sims donned a one-of-a-kind cranberry-festooned dress designed by Kevan Hall last Friday to celebrate the launch of Dial’s Antioxidant Body Wash and Bar with cranberry and antioxidant pearls. The dress is up for auction at the Web site for Clothes Off Our Back, clothesoffourback.org, which benefits children’s charities, until April 6. The 18-oz. body wash for $4.99 and the three-bar pack for $2.49 hit grocery stores and mass retailers this month. Sims, whose relationship with CoverGirl ended after seven years, said she would consider another beauty contract. “It all depends on the partner,” she said. “CoverGirl was great. I really had such a blast.” For now, she’s getting prepared to play a woman with a troubled home life in the movie “Hickory Nation.” She hinted she has a fashion project, perhaps jewelry, in the works as well.