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PARTY HOSTS: A slew of beauty executives from Procter & Gamble put on their party hats Tuesday to host a three-hour cocktail party for the media. Making a rare appearance was Susan Arnold, president, global personal beauty care — P&G’s highest-ranking female executive — along with other top execs Marc Pritchard, Virginia Coleman-Drosos, Rob Matucci, Anne Martin, Adil Mehboob-Khan and Michael Kuremsky.
BOBBI’S MEDIA BOON?: Bobbi Brown will not only do makeup for the Billboard Music Awards this Monday, but the beauty maven has begun writing a column for Prevention magazine. The contribution, dubbed “Real-Life Beauty,” is slated to appear monthly and it debuts in the magazine’s January issue, which drops today. Brown’s inaugural piece — an excerpt from a book she launched in late October — includes tips for women ages 20 and up.
GOOD SCENTS: L’Oréal was one of three honorees at the Sense of Smell Institute’s ninth annual Night of Honors awards ceremony held Tuesday night. The company’s Lancôme Paris division received the 2002 Corporate Vision Award, which recognized three of its brands — Aroma Tonic, Aroma Calm and Aroma Fit. A museum and a doctor were also honored for their work on olfactory perception and investigation into the physiological effects of fragrance on well-being, or aroma-chology. Charles J. Wysocki, adjunct professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Henry G. Walter Jr. award, a $5,000 grant underwritten by International Flavors and Fragrances; and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum received the Richard B. Salomon award for a one-day conference it held in May on sensory perception.
PILL PRODUCER: Laboratoires Inneov, the business partnership between Swiss Food group Nestlé SA and French cosmetics giant L’Oréal that is destined to develop “cosmeceuticals,” will launch its first product in March in selective pharmacy distribution in Europe. The item, targeting women over 40 who are concerned with skin slackening, is to be called Inneov Firmness. In other L’Oréal news, the cosmetics company has linked up with STMicroelectronics to develop a chip to measure human skin moisture levels. Called The SkinChip sensor, it will be deployed to develop next-generation skin care, the firms said in a release.
DOOR DEBUT: L’Occitane just opened its largest store yet — a 1,900-square-foot, two-level space at the Caroussel du Louvre in Paris. “I think that we will open four to five large stores in the U.S. next year, one to two in England and one in Asia,” said Reinold Geiger, president of L’Occitane. Until now, L’Occitane stores generally range from 555 to 666 square feet.