RIZER GIG: Model Maggie Rizer’s latest appearance will be as an “ambassador” for fledgling skin care brand Clark’s Botanicals’ $355 Cellular Lifting Serum, which is to launch this week at Saks Fifth Avenue and could do $2 million in first-year sales. Founder Francesco Clark said he wanted beauty and brains: “Beauty should be about intelligence, and Maggie embodies this,” he said. Rizer is working on a TV show about modeling, scheduled to debut on Bravo at the end of the year, as well as a memoir.
SHISEIDO CENTERS: Next month, Shiseido will open three beauty centers in China and Taiwan to provide makeup advice to individuals with severe skin problems such as birthmarks, vitiligo and scarring. The company said the Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Centers, which will be located in Shanghai, Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, are part of a global initiative to expand Shiseido’s corporate social responsibility activities through cosmetics and beauty care. Shiseido already has one such center in its Tokyo Ginza headquarters as well as the Perfect Cover Foundation line of products, designed to cover birthmarks and other blemishes.
NORTH CASTLE GETS DEEPER: Private equity firm North Castle Partners has purchased a majority stake in Depth Bath & Body and combined the Petaluma, Calif.-based brand with mineral cosmetics brand Mineral Fusion to form a new company called Mineral Fusion Natural Brands. According to Depth Bath & Body founder and Mineral Fusion Natural Brands senior vice president of marketing Tim Schaeffer, North Castle owns between 55 percent and 75 percent of the new company. GloProfessional, a company within North Castle’s portfolio, owns the second largest share and members of the management team own the remainder. Justin Miloro, formerly a senior member of the category management team at Whole Foods’ Whole Body department, has been brought on board as national director of sales. Schaeffer estimated that Mineral Fusion Natural Brands is on pace to generate $4 million in revenues this year and projected 20 percent growth next year.
UNILEVER AGREEMENT: After locking horns over price increases earlier this year, Unilever and supermarket chain Delhaize Belgium have reached “a balanced agreement,” according to a joint statement from the two companies. “Unilever and Delhaize announce that, to their mutual satisfaction, they have reached an agreement with respect to their collaboration in Belgium,” the companies stated. “The balanced agreement means a positive outcome for both parties and the consumer.” In February, Delhaize, which operates 775 stores in Belgium, suspended sales of 250 of the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant’s products in protest against Unilever’s plans to impose what the retailer had said were unacceptable commercial conditions. According to Delhaize, Unilever had been playing on its strength in certain product segments to push the retailer to carry less successful lines. Following Delhaize’s refusal to acquiesce to the product mix, it said Unilever withdrew long-standing buying conditions and raised the prices it sells products to Delhaize by 30 percent.
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GOOD CITIZEN: Avon Products, Inc. was just ranked number 18 in the Top 100 Corporate Citizens for 2009 by Corporate Responsibility Magazine in its 10th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. Based on publicly available information, the list ranks 1,000 companies on their performance in seven areas: environment; climate change; human rights; philanthropy; employee relations; finance, and governance.
SALLY SHOW: Sally Hershberger and her team of hairstylists will make an appearance at Walgreens in Times Square today from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to demonstrate how to use her hair care line. Product and coupon giveaways, as well as a raffle for a free cut at Hershberger’s downtown salon, will also be part of the event.
REVLON APPOINTMENT: Revlon Inc. has named Alan Meyers as its upcoming executive vice president, chief science officer. Meyers’ post will become effective January 1, following the retirement in December of Neil Scancarella, who has served as chief science officer since January 2000. Meyers, 51, has spent his career in cosmetics research and development, holding positions at Avon, Elizabeth Arden and L’Oréal USA, where he most recently served as senior vice president, Research and Development and Consumer Affairs.
THIBIANT TALE: The iconic Beverly Hills spa Thibiant has been given a facelift and been renamed by its new owners, plastic surgeon Henry Glassman and True North Capital chief executive officer Herminio Llevat. It is now called the Thibiant European Skin Clinic and is paired with the Thibiant Institute of Aesthetic Medicine, where Botox and filler injections, among other procedures, are administered. Glassman and Llevat, who bought the nearly 40-year-old Thibiant last June from its founder Aida Thibiant, inherited 75 stockkeeping units of Thibiant skin care products. Under the guidance of vice president of marketing and product development, Natalie DiLallo, who was formerly in a similar capacity at infomercial specialist Guthy-Renker, the products are being repackaged and rebranded, and should be relaunched in about six months. “We are really looking to go back to the roots of [Aida Thibiant], with specialized skin solutions,” said Llevat, adding that product sales “will be a very much Web-based business.”