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INTIMATE BEAUTY PROMOTIONS: Jill Granoff has been promoted to executive vice president, chief administrative officer at Intimate Beauty Corp. and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Granoff will continue to oversee strategic planning, finance, merchandise planning and allocation, real estate, information systems and new business development for Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Aura Science, the joint venture between The Limited Inc. and Shiseido. She was previously senior vice president for Strategic Planning, Finance and Information Systems for Estee Lauder. Sherry Baker was named executive vice president, chief marketing officer at Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Baker will lead the organization’s marketing efforts and assume responsibility for public relations. Baker was previously vice president of marketing at Sephora. Marcia Mossack has been named executive vice president and chief creative officer for Victoria’s Secret Beauty. She will oversee all creative design for Victoria’s Secret Beauty, from product packaging to creative campaigns. Mossack was previously vice president and creative director at Talk magazine, as well as executive creative director at Vogue magazine.

GOOD VIBRATIONS: Diana Krall and Sir Elton John will headline next Thursday’s benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

MOVING IN: Barbara M. Busch, whose company, called Analysis, conducts consumer research to develop scent strategies for fragrance manufacturers, has opened a New York office at 40 West 57th Streer to establish her European-based company in the U.S. She also has offices in Paris and Frankfurt.

EYE GAME: BeComing, Avon’s retail brand available through select J.C. Penney stores, has added Pack Your Bags, a de-puffing eye gel. It contains Lumin8, a patent-pending complex said to help skin affected by natural and environmental stress. It also includes mica to reflect light, aloe to refresh and sooth skin, echinacea extract to inhibit inflammation and gingko-biloba extract to improve blood circulation. A 0.5-oz. jar is $24.

JOYNER JOINS ECRM: Jeffery M. Joyner has been named executive vice president of Efficient Consumer Response Management Inc., reporting to Charlie Bowlus, president and chief executive officer. Following 17 years as an executive of Eckerd Corp., Joyner had served as vice president, procurement and later vice president of marketing for Fleming Cos.

GOOD SCENTS: Those looking to create their own customized fragrance have more options — about 30 of them, to be exact. Sarah Horowitz, founder of Creative Scentualization, has created the Perfumers Palette, a line of 30 single-note scents divided into top, middle and bottom note categories. The single-note scents can be worn separately or layered for full effect. Each bottle, which retails for $30, is labeled in colors that identify its category: brown for base notes, lavender for middle notes and ivory for top notes. The Perfumers Palette is available exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and online at Creativescent.com.

FRENCH FIFI CONNECTION: The beauty industry feted the 10 anniversary of the French Fifi awards this week. Winners included Parfums Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle for best women’s fragrance, Parfums Christian Dior’s Higher for best men’s scent, Chanel’s Chanel No. 5 by for best advertising, Serge Lutens’ Santal Blanc and Datura Noir for best original concept, Parfums Paco Rabanne’s Ultraviolet Man for the best men’s bottle and both Parfums Castelbajac’s eponymous scent and Yves Saint Laurent Parfums’ Nu for the best women’s scent bottles. Alongside the prizes, which were given out by Fragrance Foundation president Annette Green, was a video retrospective featuring the last decade’s laureates.

PRINTEMPS PRIZES: France’s Printemps department store hosted its beauty award ceremony this week in its Paris flagship store. Winners included Furterer’s Creme Revitalisante Karite, Gemey Maybelline’s Mascara One by One, Parfums Christian Dior’s Rouge Addict, Nuxe’s Serum Phytochoc, Parfums Chanel’s Precision’s Ultra Correction Nuit, Parfums Christian Dior’s Higher and Parfums Cartier’s Eau de Cartier. Groupe Clarins won the prize for best podium and Chanel snapped up the award for bestseller in Printemps’ 17 French doors.

L’OREAL APPOINTMENTS: French beauty giant L’Oreal announced this week that three new directors are set to join its board of directors. The newcomers are Jean-Louis Dumas, chairman of Hermes, Xavier Fontanet, chairman of Essilor, and Franck Riboud, chairman of Danone.
The group also confirmed its net profits for 2001, which were announced in February. As reported, profits were up 19.6 percent over the previous year to $1.07 billion. All dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates. L’Oreal said it plans to increase its net dividend for 2001 by 22.7 percent to 47 cents a share, compared with the previous year’s 38 cents.

COSMETICS BAN: China is cracking down on imported cosmetics containing ingredients linked to mad cow disease. The Chinese government is to implement a ban that will stop the import and sale of cosmetics that contain animal-derived ingredients linked to the spread of the fatal disease, according to a spokesman for the Chinese Consulate in Japan. Chinese retailers have been given an April 20 deadline to clear their shelves of such products. Though several cases of mad cow disease have been reported in European countries including Britain and France, Alain Grange Cabane, president of the French Federation des Industries de la Parfumerie, said that the Chinese ban won’t effect the sale of European cosmetics there.

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