CLINIQUE MEDICAL ENDS: Botox maker Allergan Inc. and Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned Clinique will discontinue Clinique Medical, a skin care line designed for physicians’ offices, as of August this year. Allergan spokeswoman Heather Katt indicated the tough economic environment blunted Clinique Medical’s chance of success. “While we recognize that the decline in the medical aesthetic market may be a transient trend, this decision was made to help Allergan and Clinique focus on products that are most meaningful to their customers at this time,” she said. Allergan and Clinique announced a strategic collaboration to market Clinique Medical in January 2008, and Clinique Medical products launched in the fall of that year.
UNILEVER APPOINTMENT: Keith Weed has been named chief marketing and communications officer at Unilever. Currently executive vice president of home care, oral care and water, he will take on the role on April 1 and report to Paul Polman, the company’s chief executive officer. Weed will also be a member of the Unilever executive board.
L’OREAL SALE: L’Oréal has sold its Sanoflore factory in Gigors-et-Lozeron, France, to Groupe Fareva for an undisclosed sum. The plant, however, continues to produce Sanoflore’s organic beauty products as well as organic items for other brands.
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WAL-MART WRITER: Carissa Passerella, a veteran makeup artist and editor of HookedonBeauty.com, has become a beauty expert for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and began blogging last month about beauty for the retail giant at community.walmart.com. Passerella said her blogging is part of an effort to raise awareness about Wal-Mart’s beauty category.
CLEAN ALL AROUND: L’Oréal Paris is launching the “Go Beyond Clean College Campus Tour” this spring to support its new Go 360° Clean facial cleansing collection. The tour will visit 10 campuses from March 17 to April 27 and will invite students to use mobile face washing stations featuring the brand.
DECLEOR-CARITA CHANGE: Yoshiaki Sato has become president and chief executive officer of Decléor and Carita International, both Shiseido Co. Ltd.-owned businesses. He replaced Toshio Negami in the post on Feb. 1. Sato, a 20-year-plus Shiseido veteran, has held numerous jobs at the company, which have spanned its hair, skin care and spa activities.
REVLON MOVES: Revlon appointed Elise Garofalo to the role of senior vice president, treasurer and investor relations. Garofalo previously served as chief financial officer at Trinsum Group.
MEN’S OFFERINGS: Two consumer products titans have upped their presence in the men’s market with new hair and body care lines for men. Procter & Gamble Co.’s Head & Shoulders brand launched this month a hair care duo called Hair Endurance for Men, while Unilever’s Dove brand has introduced its first product line created specifically for men, called Dove Men + Care. Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men comprises an antidandruff shampoo and a 2-in-1 antidandruff shampoo and conditioner (each $4.97 for 14.2 oz.) that claim to restore fullness to thinning hair. Dove Men + Care includes body and face wash in three versions: Deep Clean, Extra Fresh and Clean Comfort (each $4.99 for 13.5 oz.), as well as Deep Clean and Extra Fresh body and face bars (4.25 oz. each).
DIPTYQUE PROMOTION: Diptyque has promoted Sophie Lambert to the post of chief operating officer. Lambert, who joined the Parisian fragrance marketer in November 2006 as deputy manager, will be based in Paris and her new duties will include overseeing all of the firm’s international operations, including teams in London, New York and Tokyo. Lambert began her beauty career at L’Oréal.
LANCOME, TEMPERLEY TEAM: Lancôme has teamed with Temperley London to create a cosmetics bag, which will be part of a gift-with-purchase promotion in the U.K. and Ireland this summer. Available starting in June, the bag features an animal print inspired by Temperley’s cruise collection, as well as a leatherlike trim and studs. A rose, Lancôme’s leitmotif, is also part of the design. The bag will be free with the purchase of two Lancôme products — one of which must be from its skin care line — and will come with 125-ml. bottles of Galateis Douceur and Tonique Douceur.
ST. TROPEZ LAUNCH: St. Tropez hopes to make a splash Stateside. The British tanning brand will expand its presence in the U.S., when it bows in Sephora doors in April. St. Tropez products will also be sold on the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned retailer’s Web site.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: SpaFinder has created an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that helps users find nearby spas, deals and reviews. Users can also view treatment details and book appointments in real time using the SpaBooker Network. More than 5,000 spas can be viewed within the application, which is free.
BEAUTY IN BLOOM: L’Occitane will sponsor a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London in May. The French beauty brand has tapped garden designer James Towillis to dream up a space filled with flowers and plants found in Provence and the Mediterranean, including lavender, verbena and juniper.
LAVERA IN MASS: The nearly 30-year-old German natural personal care brand Lavera is rolling out to 1,200 Target stores starting this month. Target shoppers will be able to choose from a selection of around 30 Lavera products, including shampoo and conditioner in Mango Milk and Rose Milk, mascara, self-tanner and two sunscreens, ranging from roughly $13 to $30. In the stores, Lavera will be promoted using the tag line “Europe’s Greenest Beauty Brand.”
JUVENA CD: Shoppers looking for a Mother’s Day gift in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain need go no further than the Juvena counter. The Swiss skin care line, relaunched last spring, is offering a specially boxed music mix as a gift with purchase leading up to the May 9 holiday. The CD includes something for every mum to hum to, including Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough;” Maria McKee singing “Show Me Heaven,” and the poppy Sugababes with “Too Lost In You.” Prices for products from the Beiersdorf-owned Juvena line start at 59 euros, or $80.57 at current exchange, for the Prevent & Optimize Day Cream, to 189 euros, or $258.10, for the brand’s signature Master Cream. The range’s latest item, Specialists Delining Serum, launched in January with a suggested price of 89 euros, or $121.55.
THE BIG EAST: Avon Products Inc. plans to open a regional research and development center in Shanghai late this year. The six-floor, 40,000-square-foot facility — located in Jinqiao Hi-Tech Park — will be Avon’s largest R&D center outside the U.S. The center will primarily support China, but also other markets in the Asia-Pacific region, and will report directly to the company’s global R&D center in Suffern, N.Y. Avon’s current R&D facility in Guangzhou will continue to work on nutritional supplements and will shift its cosmetics research to the upcoming Shanghai center.