HAIR RESEARCH: L'Oréal is set to create a hair care research center in the Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen. Around 600 researchers and technicians will be based at the 3.7-acre site, which is to be operational by 2010. "The new hair care laboratories we are announcing today correspond to this organization's modern and original vision, to service the performance of our research and the safety of laboratories," said Jean-François Grollier, L'Oréal's executive vice president of research and development, in a statement issued Monday. He added the French beauty giant considered it important to locate the new site near its French research centers in Clichy and Asnières. L'Oréal did not disclose how much it will invest in the project. More than 3,000 people work in the company's 16 research centers around the world. In 2006, L'Oréal spent 533 million euros, or $726 million at current exchange, on research, and logged 569 patents.
T.V. SCENTS: Jaye Hersh is expanding her QVC repertoire into beauty with the Tuesday launch of the perfume iT. The owner of the Los Angeles boutique Intuition will sell a 2-oz. bottle for $48 on the show "Beauty Newsmakers." For nearly two years, Hersh has offered apparel and accessories items that have found a following in her store and in Hollywood to the QVC audience. "If you don't have a chance to get to L.A., here's a chance to get a piece of Hollywood at a great value," said Hersh, explaining her appeal on the shopping channel.
She added that iT has been available at her store for a year and has been picked up by various celebrities, including Denise Richards, Carmen Electra, Tori Spelling and Britney Spears. Due to legal reasons, Hersh will not discuss those names on QVC. Instead, she will elaborate on the fragrance by showing viewers its ingredients such as honeysuckle, tangerine, grapefruit, night blooming jasmine and blue tiger lily. "IT came out of my own mixes of scents through the years and people asking me what I am wearing," Hersh said. After her QVC beauty launch, she plans to grow the iT line with oil, candles, bath products and hair care. "They [QVC] are very much behind me," she said.CLEAR SKIN: BioCare Labs has launched a new skin care line, Naturally Clear Skin, aimed to nourish and refresh skin at drugstore prices. Products include BodyButter lotion, BodyButter cream, body oil, healing hand cream and lip balm. Each product contains advanced concentrations of shea and cocoa butter, essential oils and vitamins to deliver maximum hydration. The line is available nationwide with prices ranging from $1.40 for a lip balm to $8.99 for the lotion.
PERFECT PILL: Vitabiotics Perfectil, a leading beauty and health supplement in the U.K. and Europe, is now available in the United States. For more than 35 years, the British company has manufactured leading consumer health care products that typically provide up to 28 essential vitamins, trace minerals and bioactive nutrients. Perfectil is a one-a-day tablet that provides nourishment for skin, hair and nail tissues and also doubles as a complete multivitamin. Antioxidants protect against sun damage and wrinkles while natural plant extracts increase radiant beauty, said a company spokesperson. The supplement is available at drugstores nationwide and retails for $16.99 for 30 tablets.
SITE APPEAL: In November, London-based perfumery Ormonde Jayne will launch a new e-commerce Web site in the U.S. that will allow customers to browse new products and receive them the next day. Products available on the site will include Ormonde Jayne's famous scented candles, Parfum Absolute, Eau de Parfum and a new bathing range free of parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals and artificial colors. In conjunction with the launch of the Web site, Ormonde Jayne's newest scent, Orris Noir — a dark, spicy oriental — will be available online as a Parfum d'Or Naturel, an Essential Bathing Oil and as a large scented candle.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.