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  • U.S. Consumers Give Retailers Poor Grades

    American consumers are tough to please, according to a monthly Pulse survey report by WSL Strategic Retail, New York. Retailers consistently receive a grade “D,” or 66%, for pleasing shoppers. The results are better than insurance compani…
    11.15.05

  • Kline Sees Sunny Days Ahead for Home Fragrance

    Product sales in the home fragrance market have rebounded after 24 months of uncertainty, according to Little Falls, NJ-based Kline & Company’s “Home Fragrances USA 2003” market study. Results pointed to strong performances by c…
    11.15.05

  • Aromatherapys Hot this Summer

    Essential oils and aromatherapy will be especially popular this summer, according to Elizabeth Arden Red Door spas. Other trends include hot basalt rock treatments, organic and holistic treats and medi-treatments. Executives added that during the pas…
    11.15.05

  • Consumers Prefer Eternal Youth Over Sex

    Half of men and a third of women ages 18-64 would be willing to give up sex for a drink from the fictional “Fountain of Youth,” according to a survey of 1000 adults by EuroPharma, Green Bay, WI, in February. Among those over the age of 64…
    11.15.05

  • TV, Movies Teach Children Good Hygiene

    Forty-one percent of parents of children under the age of 15 said television and movies play a significant role in educating children about good hygiene, according to a nationwide survey by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), Washington, DC, la…
    11.15.05

  • Pregnancy Massage May Reduce Premature Births

    Pregnant women who received body massage from their significant other during the second trimester experienced reduced levels of stress hormones (cortisol and norepinephrine) and were more likely to have a successful full-term pregnancy, according to…
    11.15.05

  • Surgeons See Dramatic Rise In Facelifts And Fillers

    Rhytidectomy surgeries (facelifts) increased 46% in the U.S. from 2002 to 2003, according to a member survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The survey revealed patients 40 and younger opted for non-inva…
    11.15.05

  • Wal-Mart Scraps Detergent Brands, Lowers Prices

    Wal-Mart Stores stopped selling its low-price and mid-tier private label detergents, Great Value and Sam’s American Choice respectively. However executives have lowered prices of Huish Detergent’s Sun brand, which the company distributes.…
    11.15.05

  • More Acquisitions Likely as Salon Hair Care Sales Slip: Multinationals Seek International Hair Care Companies for Growth

    Disappointing sales growth in the salon hair care market during the past few years has spurred multinationals to acquire smaller hair care companies, according to the “Salon Hair Care 2003” study by Kline & Co., Little Falls, NJ. Init…
    11.15.05

  • World Surfactants Congress Set For June 20-23 In Berlin

    The sixth World Congress for Surface-Active Agents will be held June 20-23 in Berlin, Germany at the Internationales Congress Centrum. It is organized by the Comité Européen des Agents de Surface et leurs Intermédiaires Organique…
    11.15.05

  • Peppermint Improves Performance

    Studies prove that smelling peppermint improves mental performance, cognitive functioning, pain threshold and tolerance, digestion and digestive processes and athletic performance, according to a White Paper by the Sense of Smell Institute (SOSI), Ne…
    11.15.05

  • All Degrees of Psoriasis Negatively Impact Life

    Approximately 1.75 million adults in the U.S. say their psoriasis is a problem in everyday life, and more than 1 million are dissatisfied with current treatments, according to an article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology based on a poll of…
    11.15.05

  • Most American Women Are Stressed Out

    Eighty percent of American women say they are stressed out and they said relaxation at work and at home would improve daily life, according to the Suave Naturals Scent survey of 800 women. However, findings showed when budgets are tight, women are 46…
    11.15.05

  • Beauty Industry To Grow 7% A Year

    Financial analysts said the $160 billion-a-year global beauty industry is expected to grow 7% a year, more than twice the rate of the developed world’s average gross domestic product, according to HBA Health & Beauty America’s organiz…
    11.15.05

  • Tanning Agent May Prevent Skin Cancer

    Tanning agent thymidine dinucleotide (pTT) reportedly jump-starts the skin’s cancer-fighting mechanism, according to studies of hairless mice and guinea pigs by David A. Goukassian, MD, Ph.D, Boston University and published in Proceedings of th…
    11.15.05

  • Houston Has Most Damaged Hair

    Houston tops the list of cities with the most damaged hair, according to an index compiled by Procter & Gamble based on consumer habits and environmental factors such as UV levels, relative humidity, precipitation, pollution and population. Close…
    11.15.05

  • P&G Uncovers Gaps in Sunscreen Protection

    New research conducted by Procter & Gamble Beauty suggests two main reasons why some sunscreens fail to provide adequate protection: sunscreens have a gap in UVA coverage and many consumers apply sunscreen incorrectly. The research, presented at…
    11.15.05

  • Home Toilets Make or Break Your Image

    The condition of toilets most affects one’s image as a great host, according to Lysol’s survey of 1,011 adults from Jan. 15-18, conducted by Opinion Research Corp. Most survey respondents said that they check to see if a toilet is clean b…
    11.15.05

  • Rugs Are Allergies Worst Enemy

    Consumers are indoors 90% of the time, yet indoor air contaminants surpass outdoor ones, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Rug Renovating, East Orange, NJ. Symptoms of a polluted indoor environment from bacteria, mold and oth…
    11.15.05

  • Most Women Say Fragrance = Provocative

    Nearly 90% of women said being provocative makes them feel confident, magnetic (81%) and unexpectedly sexy (77%), according to a national survey of women ages 18-49 by Elizabeth Arden. Sixty-three percent of women said wearing a sexy fragrance makes…
    11.15.05