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ROBERTET RESULTS: French fragrance and flavors house Robertet posted 2002 sales of $225.9 million, up 2.1 percent over the previous year. At constant rates of exchange, growth would have been 5 percent, the company said in a statement. Robertet also...

ROBERTET RESULTS: French fragrance and flavors house Robertet posted 2002 sales of $225.9 million, up 2.1 percent over the previous year. At constant rates of exchange, growth would have been 5 percent, the company said in a statement. Robertet also announced preliminary net profits of $14.6 million, up 8 percent year-on-year.

NU SKIN DEAL: Nu Skin has entered into an agreement with German pharmaceutical company Cosmix to develop ingredient technology for Nu Skin personal care products. “Our research agreement with Cosmix will help Nu Skin to continue to provide our global distributor force and loyal customers with a pipeline of scientifically advanced products,” said Lori Bush, president of Nu Skin. Cosmix was founded in 1997 by John Collins, an inventor in the field of gene technology and molecular biology. Cosmix’s mission is to become a market leader in the development of peptides for life sciences, it said in a statement.

TECHPACK IN 3D: Cosmetics packaging firm Techpack has teamed with Nexvisions, an imaging and design firm, to create three-dimensional graphics for Techpack’s stock packaging offerings. By combining multiple graphic elements, a process known as Lenticular imaging, the appearance of a three-dimensional image can be achieved within a two-dimensional visual, according to Techpack.

NEW DIVISION: Babor Cosmetics USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Aachen, Germany-based Dr. Babor GmbH & Co., has appointed Michael Cutler national director of a newly formed division called fashion cosmetics group. Babor created the business unit to focus on distribution of the Babor skin care brand within the U.S. specialty store channel. Cutler was most recently area manager for Escada’s beauty business. Babor is currently carried in limited day and destination spa distribution in the U.S., but Cutler’s duties will include targeting independent specialty boutiques.

CARPET BAGGING: Revlon was thinking big when it packed its Oscar’s goodie bag. No fewer than 50 Revlon items, including samples of its new Always On nail enamel and Overtime Lipcolor, fill the red petit point-embroidered bag, which is being given to Academy Award nominees and presenters, along with the show’s makeup artists and stylists. Prestige Cosmetics is also getting into the act this year adding samples of its Lip Concentrate lip color to the official “Goodie Bag” received by the show’s attendees. And Avon is the exclusive skin care sponsor for The Cabana Beauty Buffet, essentially a beauty retreat for nominees and attendees. Held at The Chateau Marmont in Hollywood on March 21 and 22, an array of skin care, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories will be featured. Avon will sample its ANEW skin care brand and its aesthetician, Sasha, will provide facial treatments.

DERM BOOK: Howard Murad, the El Segundo, Calif.-based dermatologist who markets an eponymous line of skin care products, is launching his first book, called “The Murad Method” (St. Martin’s Press). The volume outlines a five-week program designed to improve the skin’s health while addressing Murad’s three antiaging and feel-good “core principles.” The same day Murad’s missive hits book stores, April 1, a new Murad product called Wet Suit — a nutritional supplement aimed at maintaining water levels within skin cells — is slated to bow.

COOL CONCOCTION: Aramis is attempting to cash in on the summer scent craze with Aramis Cool, a limited-edition, lighter version of Aramis Classic. It’s the first summer scent for the Estée Lauder-owned brand and it features top notes of citrus and “cognac sparkle;” heart notes of juniper and rum, and base notes of sandalwood and patchouli. Aramis Cool will bow May in Aramis’ full complement of 2,000 department store doors, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s West. A 3.4-oz. bottle will retail for $39.

DESIGNS DISPLAYED: The Helena Rubinstein boutique in SoHo hosted spring trunk shows for two accessories designers, Jemma Lulu and Leslie Hsu, and low-rise panty marketer Lilo over the weekend. While customers perused Lulu’s jewelry, Hsu’s handbags and Lilo — which was created by celebrity fashion stylists Nancy Kantor and Jamie Kimmelman — they could also opt for free makeup and skin care consultations. Roughly 200 beauty consultations took place during the three-day event, and the designers reaped an estimated total of between $18,000 and $20,000 in combined sales volume.

THE BENDS: Prescriptives will introduce Eyelash Curler Shaping Mascara this month at all of its U.S. and Canadian counters, or about 800 doors. The product, which is billed a mousse-like mesh formula designed to provide volume

around each lash, features Shape Memory Complex for enhanced curl and a Double Combing Brush for bend, separation and fullness, the company says. Eyelash Curler Shaping Mascara comes in two shades, black and black/brown, and retails for $17.50.