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BOARD MEMBER: Serge Rosinoer, recently retired chief executive officer of the Clarins Group, has been named to the board of directors at Inter Parfums Inc. He brings the board’s membership to 11.

BPI PROMOTIONS: Maggie Ciafardini has been named senior vice president and general manager of Beaute Prestige International USA. She previously was general manager. Carole Nicolas was promoted to vice president of marketing. Nicolas had been executive director of marketing. Michael Cosentino has been named vice president of operations and sales administration. He formerly was the executive director of operations and sales administration for BPI USA.

UNILEVER MOVES: Gina Paterno and Michael D’Arminio each have been appointed vice president at Unilever Prestige, a division of Unilever Cosmetics International, New York. Formerly director of global marketing for Nautica, Paterno will head brand development and global marketing strategies for Nautica, BCBG Max Azria and Vera Wang. D’Arminio will run creative services for the division, including package design and development, copy writing and advertising production.

LIQUID SCENT: H2O Plus, known for its water-based skin care products, is following up on its aquatic theme with a new fragrance, Fluid. The scent’s bottle is made distinctive by floating blue orbs of liquid reminiscent of a lava lamp. Fluid, with notes of water hyacinth, mandarin, lime and grapefruit, will go on sale in February and retail for $45.

FRENCH CONNECTION: French pharmaceutical groups Pierre Fabre and bioMeriux have been given the green light to merge. The new entity, called bioMeriux-Pierre Fabre, had consolidated sales of $1.64 billion at current exchange rates last year.

DEL ISSUES AWARD: Del Laboratories granted a $10,000 scholarship to a Kansas mother of five last week, including a three-and-a-half-year-old boy with Cornelia DeLange Syndrome. Maria Simone Korbe, winner of the Sally Hansen Self Enrichment essay contest, was announced on ABC’s “The View,” by co-host Joy Behar, who also judged the entries. Korbe said she plans to pursue a degree in special education. The contest was cosponsored by Self Magazine.

INTER-PARFUMS REPORTS SALES: Inter Parfums reported consolidated sales of $72.9 million for 2000, up 35 percent over 1999. At constant exchange rates, they would have risen by 30 percent, the group said in a statement. All figures are converted at current exchange rates.
Inter Parfums’s prestige fragrances, which represent 94 percent of the group’s volume, had sales up 42 percent, to $68.7 million.

SUN EXPOSURE: MAC makeup artists will be on hand to do makeovers during the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 22-27, by appointment only.
And in celebration of the launch of the “House of Docs” documentary on Jan. 24, MAC and Diesel will team up for an exclusive makeover event at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., celebrities can drop by and have a MAC artist do their makeup and choose a Diesel outfit.

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