WELLA DENIES RUMORS: Wella has officially denied widespread industry rumors that it is in acquisition talks with Henkel.
“The recent rumors regarding a Wella takeover by Henkel, as printed in the Cologne-based Express, are based on no facts and are pure speculation,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. The rumor was also printed last week in Wirtschaftswoche, a German business weekly. “For years, this rumor has popped up regularly, obviously because Wella/Cosmopolitan Cosmetics is an attractive takeover candidate because of its successful business development.”
Wella AG, said the spokesperson “clarifies that currently there are no negotiations with Henkel, and we have no intention to start negotiations in the future.”

AVON STEPS ON: More than 2,800 men and women raised more than $6 million for breast cancer research in Avon’s Breast Cancer 3-Day, held May 5-7.
The 60-mile course, which started in Frederick, Md., and ended in Washington, D.C., was the first in a series of seven Avon-backed fund-raising walks taking place across the U.S. this year. Others will be held in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Since the inaugural Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day was held in 1998, the event has raised more than $25 million in net proceeds for medical research, support services, educational seminars and community-based breast health programs.

MAKEUP MELTDOWN: Worried about the effects of global warming on lipstick? Macqui, an accessories company in Simi Valley, Calif., has developed heat-resistant makeup bags that withstand temperatures as high as 140 degrees. Made of patented climate control fabric created by Frisby Technologies of Winston Salem, N.C., the bags range in price from $24.95 to $39.95.
“These are perfect for real estate agents who are in and out of their cars constantly and for anyone who plays tennis or golf,” noted Renee Boudreaux, brand manager of Macqui. The company’s Web site is

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Is the glitter trend dead yet? It depends where you live, said Elizabeth Genel, owner of JD’s Cosmetic Essentials in Westport, Conn. “Glitter may be passe in big cities, but the ladies here think it’s dangerous,” she said. Just what do the Westport gals love? Genel said Bobbi Brown ColorOptions’ Sparkledust powder — in every shade except purple — flew off JD’s shelves as soon as it was stocked earlier this spring.

CO-OP SHOPPING: The best-selling beauty brands at the Barneys New York Co-op store that opened this week in Chelsea included Fresh, Nars, Stila, Zirh and Kiehl’s. “We’ve had incredible success with Kiehl’s,” reported Maree Lavo, divisional merchandise manager for cosmetics and fragrances. “As soon as we opened the doors on Sunday, there was a crowd around the Kiehl’s counter.”
Lavo would like to see the Co-op become something of a beauty laboratory where new brands are tested. “We already have customers making requests,” she said.

MODEL BEHAVIOR: The very glamorous and very pregnant Iman made a personal appearance at Sephora Rockefeller Center to promote her new I Iman Makeup line. While a disc jockey played background music, makeup artists dispensed beauty advice and camera girls snapped Polaroid pictures of customers with Iman. More than 700 shoppers attended the two-hour event.
Iman, who was dressed in a custom-designed metal mesh maternity halter that most nonpregnant people wouldn’t be brave enough to wear, said she had a terrific, albeit exhausting, time. “I was in bed by a quarter to 11, but when I woke up, I felt like I had been partying all night,” sighed the supermodel. The baby is due in August.