DALLAS — Jinger Heath has retired as chairman at BeautiControl Inc., the $157 million direct-sales cosmetics company owned by Tupperware Corp.
Heath, who along with her husband, Richard Heath, founded BeautiControl 23 years ago, retired April 1 to spend more time with her husband, according to Jo-Anne Jaeger, senior vice president of marketing at BeautiControl. Richard Heath retired in 2003 as BeautiControl’s president and chief executive officer. Their son, Rick Heath, is president of Tupperware’s U.S. operations.
In February, Kristi Hubbard was appointed president at BeautiControl North America. Hubbard, a 14-year veteran of the company, formerly was executive vice president and chief operating officer. The posts of chairman and ceo remain unfilled. BeautiControl’s retail sales rose 23 percent in 2003 to $157 million, partly due to the company’s successful Spa Escape program, which introduces potential new customers to the line via a free one-hour in-home spa experience.
The company has 65,000 direct-sales consultants in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, and has had record growth so far this year. Top BeautiControl consultants are awarded new Ford Mustangs.
Tupperware Corp. purchased BeautiControl in 2000 for $60 million. Based in Orlando, Fla., Tupperware reported net sales of $1.2 billion in 2003. — Rusty Williamson
Leave It to Diva
LOS ANGELES — VH1’s seventh annual Divas installment, airing live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, promises?knockout performances from Eve, Ashanti, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Jessica Simpson and teen diva Joss Stone, but the real drama may be backstage. No, not the inevitable catfights that define true diva behavior, but the $15,000-plus cosmetic “improvement”?goody bag that takes gift-giving to a whole new level.
Among the items in the bag: $2,000 worth of N.V. Perricone skin products, a Sonya Dakar diamond peel, a?Laser Solutions bikini treatment, custom hair extensions from Jim Wayne Salon and a Restylane treatment by Santa Monica dermatologist Dr. Patrick Abergel. There are also a few conventional beauty products in the mix?— from Alterna, YSL Beauté, Jo Malone and Z. Bigatti. Each songstress will be receiving a bag of her own. — Marcy Medina
Hines to Highlight FiFi’s
NEW YORK — Cheryl Hines of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is slated to make an appearance at the Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi Awards on June 9. The actress, who plays Larry David’s wife on the comedy series — and who also will play the female lead in an animated series called “Father of the Pride” on NBC this fall — is expected to give a brief comedy monologue at the FiFi’s.
Inter Parfums Sales Up
PARIS — Inter Parfums SA reported its first-quarter 2004 sales rose 52.4 percent to $46.1 million at current exchange rates, or 38.6 million euros, year-on-year.
The French firm, which is a subsidiary of the New York-based Inter Parfums Inc., reported that its growth in the period was driven by a double-digit sales increase from its main brands, the rollout of products launched in fall 2003 and a favorable comparison versus the same period in 2003, when no major items were introduced, the firm said in a statement.
As reported, Inter Parfums’ acquisition of 64 percent of men’s skin care and fragrance brand Nickel was finalized April 1.
Looking ahead, Inter Parfums SA said it expects a “strong” sales increase in the first half of this year.
Inter Parfums fragrance licenses include Burberry, S.T. Dupont, Paul Smith, Christian Lacroix and Celine. — Brid Costello