ACTORS WELCOME: Estée Lauder will offer spa services to Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees for the Academy Awards for the second consecutive year. Lauder, however, has added a whole new demographic to its treatment slate this year — nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Male and female nominees will be able to book appointments for services either at the Estée Lauder Spa suite in the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, or in their homes, from March 19 to 23.
DREAM CREAM: Los Angeles skin care guru Sonya Dakar is unveiling her latest product, Cellular Patch Cream, today, but her private clients, including Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Drew Barrymore and Jewel have been fans of the $150-an-ounce cream for a year now. The twist: Cell Patch is an antiaging product, yet these starlets are all in their 20s. “More and more girls are starting early,” said Dakar. Of course, Dakar’s thirtysomething loyals Debra Messing and Gwyneth Paltrow also love it. The cream contains marine and yeast extracts, which work to penetrate up to six layers of the skin, thereby promoting collagen production and cell turnover without the use of harsh acids. The cream will be available in Dakar’s Los Angeles skin clinic as well as Fred Segal Essentials in Santa Monica, Calif., Haven and Acqua Beauty Bar in New York, Salon 1800 in Chicago as well as seven other cities.
SUNDARI SOLD: Sundari, the Ayurvedic skin care brand launched in 1999 by Christy Turlington, Ayla Hussain and Cavan Mahony, has been sold for an undisclosed sum, as reported Thursday. India-based Marico Industries Ltd., which produces oils for consumer products, closed a deal to acquire 70.5 percent of Sundari on Tuesday night. Hussain will remain as chief executive officer of Sundari LLC, while Mahony has left the company. Turlington has relinquished management responsibilities but will remain on the firm’s advisory board. Hussain sees Marico’s oil-production capabilities as a boon for Sundari, which uses essential oils in numerous treatment products. Marico had total sales of $142 million in fiscal 2002.
JUST ADD WATER: John Waters will act as toastmaster at a benefit for the Epic Theater Center, honoring Hairspray producer Margot Lyon. Estée Lauder and Lush, a British handmade cosmetics company, are ponying up some of the graft for the March 10 event. Lush is currently scouting locations for its second U.S. store in New York, Los Angeles and Boston.
LONGS MAKES CUTS: Following news that fourth-quarter profits slumped 66 percent, Longs Drug Stores said it would slash 170 jobs. Longs, which operates more than 450 drugstores and is based in Walnut Creek, Calif., posted profits of $6.4 million, or 17 cents a share for the quarter ended Jan. 30, down from $21.8 million or 58 cents a share a year ago. As reported, Longs announced its dismal fourth-quarter profit outlook last week. Shortly afterward, Longs’ chief operating officer, Terry Burnside, resigned. Longs’ quarterly sales fell 3.3 percent to $1.17 billion from $1.21 billion; comp-store sales rose 1.2 percent. Longs’ shares closed at $15.51 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, down 4 cents.