BEIERSDORF TO CLOSE PLANT: Beiersdorf will stop manufacturing at its plant in Baden-Baden, Germany. The location is operated by Produits de Beauté Produktions GmbH, a Beiersdorf affiliate, and has been used to produce cosmetics for the Juvena skin care line, which was sold along with hair care line Marlies Möller to Austrian firm Troll Cosmetics in December. Approximately 390 staffers will be affected. In a statement released today (Thursday) Beiersdorf, which holds brands including Nivea and La Prairie, stated its goal was to sell the plant; if no investor is found within six months, production and logistics operations will be halted. The Hamburg-based firm said last week it anticipates flat sales this year. Beiersdorf will release its first-quarter interim financial figures on May 5.
LOVE LIFE SKIN INSPIRED BY CANCER PATIENTS: A new skin care line developed by a trio of oncologists has been formulated to address the inflammation they see on their patients’ skin caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The Manhattan-based team of Drs. Rudy Segna, Peter Dottino and Ann Marie Beddoe teamed up with then-patient and beauty industry veteran, Ranee Flynn, and leading cosmetic chemist Dr. Tian Wang to develop a line targeting the most sensitive, irritated and dehydrated skin. Products aim to not only hydrate and repair skin but also provide rejuvenating effects with Recovery Elixir 31, a proprietary blend of traditional Eastern medicinal herbs and natural remedies combined with a high concentration of antioxidant resveratrol. The line launches with four core products including the Intensive Recovery Serum ($150), Restorative Moisturizer ($125), Moisture Reservoir Hand Cream ($65) and Revitalizing Eye Cream ($95) and are now sold through lovelifeskincare.com.
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SALLY BIZ: This quarter Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care entered 600 Wal-Mart stores with the line’s six best-selling stockkeeping units, including the Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray. In addition, the celebrity hairstylist has added two new products to the line up: Plump Up, a daily restorative thickening mist; and Major Body, a touch-activated hair spray. Both sku’s will be carried in Duane Reade, Ulta and Ricky’s New York stores and are designed to help create one of spring’s biggest trends: full hair. They will sell for $12.50 each.
BOOK WORM: With so many blogs, Web sites and self-help videos devoted to beauty and fashion solutions, hairstylist and makeup artist, Eva Scrivo, has set out to teach women how to look beautiful and feel healthy the old-fashioned way: She wrote a book. From coloring hair to applying makeup to buying clothes, Scrivo sets out in “Eva Scrivo On Beauty” by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, to help women make the right hair care decisions, make-up purchases and fashion choices in their daily life. “It’s a professional handbook for the consumer and teaches her how to be a smarter, more knowledgeable client,” Scrivo says. For example, there are numerous layering patterns a stylist is skilled at doing, not just “layers,” a frequent client request. Head shape is also an important aspect to consider in choosing the right haircut, not just face shape, Scrivo says. “Industry terms are explained to her so she can have a better chance of having her expectations met.” “Eva Scrivo On Beauty” is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and local bookstores beginning April 5 for $35.