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LET’S NOT MAKE A DEAL: Bruno Mascolo, chairman and chief executive officer, TIGI Linea Worldwide, and president and ceo, Toni & Guy USA, has confirmed an industry rumor that he recently turned down an offer for the purchase...

LET’S NOT MAKE A DEAL: Bruno Mascolo, chairman and chief executive officer, TIGI Linea Worldwide, and president and ceo, Toni & Guy USA, has confirmed an industry rumor that he recently turned down an offer for the purchase of his Dallas-based company. Mascolo confirmed that the suitor came in $100 million shy of what he would sell the salon and hair care company for, although he said it is not for sale. A spokesman added that the company is restructuring “all elements” of the business due to fast-paced growth.

LIKE TAKING CANDY: Lotta Luv has a sweet new deal. The maker of cosmetics under brands such as Snapple, Hershey’s and Dairy Queen was acquired for an undisclosed sum by The Komar Co. Komar is a privately held intimate apparel group. “Our partnership with Komar will allow Lotta Luv to achieve our short- and long-term goals as we continue to grow into a major player in the lip, bath and body categories,” said Steph Fogelson, president and ceo of Lotta Luv. Lotta Luv had been a division of Design by Skaffles Inc.

FOR SALE: The Boots Group plc, the iconic British health and beauty retailer, is putting its over-the-counter drugs division up for sale for an estimated $1.87 billion. The planned disposal of Boots Healthcare International, which owns brands that include Nurofen, Strepsils and Clearasil, was announced Thursday as the company issued a trading update for the fourth quarter. The statement pointed out that sales and profits at BHI are on the upswing, and it’s a good time to sell.

MOBILE MASCARA: Beginning this month, Revlon is taking its new Fabulash Mascara on the road. The company’s “You Look Fabulash Tour” will run through June and will visit some 20 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Dallas. In each market, Revlon will set up a Fabulash Beauty Pavilion in a major shopping mall. Inside the Fabulash “dressing rooms,” each woman who sits for an eye and lip makeover will receive a goodie bag filled with Revlon products. Time-pressed visitors can get a five-minute virtual makeover at an interactive kiosk, which will print a personalized tip sheet for them. The tour will also host a series of “On the Go” beauty events at key shopping locations, including drugstores. To reach these locations, the company will dispatch Revlon-branded SUVs — outfitted with makeover tools, coupons and Fabulash Mascara samples. The tour will tap into nightlife, too. In each city, Revlon will host makeover events and serve “Fabutini” cocktails at a local hot spot. The tour hits Miami this weekend, hosting events at the Dolphin Mall and Oxygen Lounge.

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EXTRACT EXPO: Beginning today, a host of personal care companies will set up shop for the weekend in New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center for the 17th semiannual Extracts expo. The four-day show will feature approximately 150 exhibitors — including Bésame Cosmetics’ vintage-era beauty products, Belly Bliss’ collection of all-natural products for pregnant women and Herban Cowboy’s men’s grooming products. This year, the showroom floor includes some 50 new companies. “The significant number of high-end, start-up companies, as well as exciting new offerings from established Extracts exhibitors, will create an essential personal care market for savvy retailers with a personal comfort and wellness message,” said Rita Malek, show manager.

IFF APPOINTMENTS: Fragrance supplier International Flavors & Fragrances has appointed Joe Faranda chief marketing officer, a new position. Additionally, the company promoted Joanne Trembley to vice president of sales for fine fragrance and beauty care in North America, succeeding Xavier Renard, who was promoted to global account manager for L’Oréal in France. Trembley, who joined IFF in 1987, is responsible for the company’s global clients, including Unilever Cosmetics International, Coty and Elizabeth Arden. She reports to Nicolas Mirzayantz, senior vice president of fine fragrances and beauty care. Trembley oversees all of IFF’s fine fragrance and beauty clients in North America, with the exception of Avon and Estée Lauder. Meanwhile, Faranda is responsible for IFF’s global marketing strategy and fine and functional fragrance operations in his new post. He reports to Jim Dunsdon, chief operating officer of IFF. Prior to joining IFF, Faranda was vice president of strategic market intelligence for Home Depot. He also worked in marketing at Avon, where his responsibilities gradually widened during his 17-year tenure there.

CABANA COOL: Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi, owners of Warren-Tricomi salons, have unveiled a collection of styling products to complement their new hair care line PureStrength Three-C System (Cleanse, Close, Condition), which the pair introduced last February. Each formula in the seven-item styling line, called Cabana Collection, is formulated with an Organic Protective Shield built of natural ingredients such as sea algae, cactus, comfrey, nettle and lavender. It also contains betaine, an amino acid derivative designed to strengthen hair. Products range in price from $20 for Shape, Shine & Shield — a nonstick pomade that gives hair hold and is designed to protect against damage (Tricomi suggests applying before hopping in the pool) — to $30 Hair Shield, an oil-free styling spray. The remaining products are Daily Hair Masque, Leave-in Conditioner, Hair Polish, Spike Glue and Calming Serum. The line will be available at Warren-Tricomi salons in July.