TOP NOTES

CARULLO PROMOTION: Anne Carullo has been named senior vice president, marketing and product development worldwide for Prescriptives and worldwide product development for Kate Spade. Carullo, who has been with the Estee Lauder Cos. since 1992, was most recently vice president of marketing and product development worldwide for Prescriptives.

AVC EXPANDS: Despite its name, there’s more to the American Vitamin Company than bottles of dietary supplements. The company, which sells vitamins at such posh places as Saks Fifth Avenue, has more than a dozen skin care products, ranging from its best-selling antioxidant cream to a mask with Vitamin C. This fall, AVC will launch several new skin care stockkeeping units, including a $75 antioxidant eye serum.
In addition to expanding its product assortment, AVC plans to boost its distribution. Lara Shipp, AVC’s vice president, said the company is in talks with other specialty and department stores about carrying the line.

SAKS & SUI: Although Anna Sui’s cosmetics line was launched with great fanfare at Saks Fifth Avenue in April 1999, the specialty store is no longer carrying the designer’s makeup. Saks, however, still sells Sui’s fragrances and will sell her new scent, Sui Dreams, when it launches in September. Eighty-eight doors, including Nordstrom, Sephora and select Macy’s West locations, continue to sell Sui’s makeup line.

SIN & SOAP: It seems that cleanliness is next to godliness. Just ask Blue Q, the Pittsfield, Mass.-based toiletries company best known for its Dirty Girl soap and Virgin/Slut lip balm. Its Wash Away Your Sins collection, which debuted last year, has turned out to be a bestseller for the company. Out of Blue Q’s 55 stockkeeping units, the sin soap is its fourth most popular item; the bubble bath is seventh, and the “cheap red wine flavor” lip balm is 11th.
Mitch Nash, Blue Q’s co-founder, said the products don’t mock religion, but he did expect a few angry phone calls. Some churches did call, but with orders rather than complaints. “We’ve sold hundreds of their products,” said Anne Harrison, manager of the Cathedral Shop at St. John the Divine in New York. “People just howl when they see them.”

IFF NEWS: Judd F. Rossuck has been named North America sales manager, fragrance ingredients for International Flavors & Fragrances. He joined IFF in 1992 as regional coordinator, fragrance ingredients sales and marketing in Hong Kong. He most recently held the position of account executive, fragrance ingredients sales and marketing.

ALBERTO BUYS DAVIDSON: Alberto-Culver’s Beauty Systems Group signed a definitive agreement this week to acquire Davidson Supply Company, the Laurel, Md.-based professional beauty products distributor. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close within 30 days, were not disclosed.
Davidson, which distributes lines such as Matrix, Sebastian and TIGI, operates 32 stores for beauty professionals in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Sales topped $65 million in 1999.

HARMON TO NEUTROGENA: Neutrogena has a new spokesmodel: Actress Angie Harmon, who appears on TV’s “Law & Order,” will appear in national print and television advertising slated to launch later this month.

ARCADE PROMOTION: Arcade Marketing, the marketing and interactive sampling firm, has named Bruce Prashker as senior vice president of corporate development, a new post.
Prashker, who will report to William J. Fox, chairman and chief executive officer of Arcade, will be responsible for new business opportunities, acquisitions and business integration.
Most recently the managing principal, worldwide consolidations controller for the Capital Markets Company NV, Prashker previously held several positions with Revlon, including vice president and controller of Revlon Consumer Products International.

DREAM WEAVING: Feeling dreamy? Nature’s Accents has a line for you. The Romantic Daydreamer collection teams a light floral fragrance with subtle glitter, which adds a shimmer to skin. The line includes a shower gel, a body mist and a body cream, and is available this month in mass market and food store doors.

SUDSING UP: Unilever PLC in London said Wednesday that its prestige cosmetics operations had a slow first quarter in terms of growth in profits and sales, but that its new beauty deals should kick in later this year.
The Anglo-Dutch company, which owns Calvin Klein Cosmetics and Elizabeth Arden, did not break out results for its beauty operations in the first quarter. Overall, its personal care division reported a 34 percent increase in operating profits to $400.7 million on a 7 percent increase in sales to $2.35 billion.
This compares with operating profits of $299.6 million on sales of $2.2 billion in the corresponding period a year earlier. The results were translated from the euro at the current exchange rate.