SAVORY SALES: Swiss flavors and fragrances supplier Givaudan posted nine-month sales of $1.38 billion, up 16.4 percent in local currencies and 10.1 percent in Swiss Francs year-on-year. Dollar figures were converted from the Swiss franc at current exchange rates. Since May, Givaudan has consolidated sales from its FIS flavors business, which was acquired from Nestle. By division, Givaudan’s fragrance sales were $579.1 million, down 1 percent in Swiss francs and up 3.4 percent in local currencies. The firm’s flavors division posted volume of $802 million, up 19.8 percent in Swiss francs and 27.7 percent in local currencies. "Barring unforeseen events, Givaudan expects good results for the full-year 2002," the company said in a statement.

MARIONNAUD GROWTH: Marionnaud Parfumeries, France’s largest perfumery chain, announced third-quarter sales of $251.8 million, up 40.7 percent over the same period in 2001. Dollar figures were converted from the euro at current exchange rates. At similar group structure and constant exchange rates, growth would have been 10.5 percent. For the nine-month period ended at the end of September, the perfumery chain’s sales were up 33.1 percent to $727 million. "Our European expansion strategy is a success, and we are proving that our model can be replicated outside France," said Marcel Frydman, the group’s chief executive officer, in a statement. Marionnaud’s stock closed Thursday at $34.50, down 5.38 percent. The chain has 1,152 perfumery doors, with 548 in France, 154 in Spain, 132 in Italy, 115 in Switzerland, 108 in Eastern Europe, 87 in Austria, seven in Portugal and one in Tunisia.

NO SURGERY REQUIRED: BeComing is offering consumers a free mini face-lift through October 15. The 15-minute "mini-lift" treatment uses its new product duo: Transfirm Contouring Serum and Redefine Airbrush Foundation. Each client is also given a three-day sample of Transfirm and Redefine for home use. The offer is available at BeComing counters in select J.C. Penney stores and the BeComing boutique in Trump Tower. No appointment is necessary.

FLAHERTY TO AVEDA: Marty Flaherty has joined Aveda as vice president of salon development and education, overseeing those areas of Aveda’s business on a global level. He reports to Aveda president Dominique Conseil. Previously, Flaherty was vice president of global logistics for L’Oréal USA, where he supervised global supply-chain systems for L’Oréal USA’s Professional Products Division, which includes Redken, Matrix, L’Oréal Professional and Kerastase.

L’OREAL PROMOTION: Nina J. White has been named senior vice president of marketing and creative for the L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA. The promotion widens White’s responsibilities within the division to now include marketing of all L’Oréal Paris products, such as color cosmetics, hair care and color, skin care and sun care. She now reports directly to L’Oréal Paris president Carol J. Hamilton. Previously, White was senior vice president of color cosmetics marketing for L’Oréal Paris.

MAKEUP MOVE: Sephora Europe has signed on a full-time makeup artist. The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain, which formerly relied solely on visiting makeup artists for its private-label color cosmetics collection, hired Thorsten Klug this summer as its group manager of makeup for the Sephora brand and Sephora makeup creator.

WELLA ITALIA APPOINTMENT: German-born Franz Maier has been named general director of Wella Italia, where he will act as sole administrator. Maier, 37, has been with Wella since 1992, when he began with the international marketing department. He then moved on to become the director of marketing of Wella France. In 2001, he arrived at Wella Italia as the director of its salon division.

ZIRH HIRE: Suzanne Fedorczyk has joined Zirh Skin Nutrition as national vice president of sales. Fedorczyk most recently worked with Unilever Prestige, where she was eastern sales director and was responsible for the Vera Wang, Nautica and BCBG brands. In her new role at Zirh, which is partially owned by Shiseido Co. Ltd., Fedorczyk will oversee the company’s domestic retail development and store-level operations and will report to Zirh president Brian Robinson.

INTER PARFUMS’ GAINS: France’s Inter Parfums SA reported third-quarter sales of $24.3 million, up 15.2 percent year-on-year. "This performance resulted from a sustained activity in all of the portfolio’s brands, notably during the month of September," the company said in a statement. Dollar figures were converted from the euro at current exchange rates. Business was up 2 percent for the first nine months of 2002 versus the same period in the previous year. During the fourth quarter, Inter Parfums will focus on the introductions of the S.T. Dupont Essence Pure fragrance and the Paul Smith Extreme master brand in certain regions, plus numerous projects for 2003 and 2004. The company concluded that it expects to post sales this year "superior" to those in 2001.

KIKO ENTERS COLUMBIA: Kiko Makeup Milano launched in Columbia last week with the inauguration of two points-of-sale in Bogota and Barriquilla units of the Fedco department store chain. Counters partially occupied by Kiko will be staffed by Fedco salespeople. A cocktail party and runway show featuring models made up with Kiko’s latest seasonal look marked the debut.

HARVEY NICK’S FIX: Pats and Eddie from Ab Fab have one more reason to double-park in front of Harvey Nicks. On November 7, the store will unveil its first fragrance, called Harvey Nichols. The eau de parfum, made by International Flavors & Fragrances, will be sold exclusively at Harvey Nichols stores in Knightsbridge, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh. It comes in a glass cube etched with the store’s HN logo and is packaged in a box made of embossed tan suede. The store will also launch a shower cream and body cream along with the fragrance.

SIXTY SCENT: Miss Sixty — the Chieti, Italy-based clothing label — has its first fragrance in the works. According to Tiziano Borgia, Sixty SpA’s director of PR and marketing, two non-Italian companies are under consideration for the license of the Miss Sixty fragrance. The decision is expected to be made before the end of the year, and the new scent will bow in 2003. A cosmetics line is also in sight, but Borgia said the company is focusing on the fragrance at present.

SARANDON CALLING: Susan Sarandon was on hand at The Body Shop in the Manhattan Mall on Oct. 1 to start off the National Cell Phone Collection program, which helps support initiatives during National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Body Shop’s New York stores are accepting used wireless phones through Nov. 10, which will be donated to family violence service agencies and shelters for distribution to victims. Sarandon donated her phone to the cause and spoke to customers, encouraging them to do the same.

MAC’S TRICK OR TREAT: MAC’s got tricks, rather than treats, for consumers visiting its U.S. and Canadian counters and its Web site from Oct.15 to Nov.4. The brand is presenting "how-to" instructions and a list of products to create Halloween looks, created by MAC artists from around the globe. More than 15 looks, including Batgirl, Tiger Lily and Pierrot the Clown will be offered, and MAC artists will also create custom looks for consumers.
As well, will be offering free shipping with a purchase of two or more products. Customers can also log on to to view the Halloween face charts, print out their desired look, order the products or bring the printout into a MAC store in order to have an artist apply the looks on them.

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Annick Goutal is getting into the holiday spirit. The niche French brand will introduce a plethora of items this fall, including a limited-edition version of L’Eau d’Hadrien, which will bow in November. The 200 numbered, limited-edition 100-ml. bottles will retail for $224.70. Dollar figures were converted from the euro at current exchange rates and are for France. A Baccarat version of the scent will bow this month. One-hundred fifty limited-edition, numbered 100-ml. bottles will sell for $673. A limited-edition version of Annick Goutal’s latest scent, Quel Amour, is also being introduced in stores. Two-hundred numbered, handpainted 100-ml. bottles topped with butterflies will be available for $224. And there are Annick Goutal perfumed holiday decorations, as well.

ARTISAN WORK: L’Artisan Parfumeur is set to open an 861-square-foot flagship — its largest — on Paris’ Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny at the end of November. It will offer made-to-order products and personalized gifts. The brand also has cooked up an array of novelties for the holiday season, including a trio of fragrances called Epices de la Passion (Spices of Passion). The three fragrances, called The Golden Philtre-Saffron Spell, The White Philtre-Fiery Pepper and The Red Philtre-Hot Pimento, are billed as "love potions" meant for wintertime use. The three 15-ml. eau-de-toilette sprays come in a coffret that will sell for $69.60 starting in November worldwide. Dollar figures were converted from the euro at current exchange rates and are for France. L’Artisan Parfumeur will also add some jewel-themed products to its home collection. These items, which include fragrant necklaces that can be used as curtain ties, range in price from $11.70 for a Fragrant Camellia-scented mini cushion to $57.80 for a Necessaire a Parfumer les Courants d’Air strip of sachets for use as air fresheners.

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