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  • HBA To Honor Leyden with Lifetime Achievement Award: The U Penn Professor Contributed To Advances In Acne

    November 22, 2005
    HBA Health & Beauty America announced that renowned skin care academic Dr. James J. Leyden will receive its Lifetime Achievement award for the advancement of beauty through science. The award will be presented at the third annual industry awards…


  • Kids Play 50% Less Outside

    November 15, 2005
    Since the 1970s, kids have lost 12 hours a week in playtime, including a 50% drop in unstructured outdoor activities and less recess time in 40% of schools, according to Unilever’s “Wisk Active Play” study in 2003. Most mothers (97%…


  • In-Shower Body Lotions Preferred

    November 15, 2005
    Three-quarters of test subjects consider new in-shower body lotion technology to be better than traditional out-of-shower body lotions, according to study by Procter & Gamble’s Olay. Also, 92% of dermatologists said the warm and wet conditi…


  • Fragrance Sales Brighten Mothers Day

    November 15, 2005
    Unlike declining sales of the past three years, reports showed low-single-digit gains in women’s prestige fragrance sales around Mother’s Day in May. Many retailers attributed the sales rise to classic fragrances such as Chanel No.5, Eter…


  • Hygiene Hypothesis Discredited By IFH

    November 15, 2005
    The “hygiene hypothesis” is not justified in blaming cleaning and hygiene for an increase in allergies according to a study by London-based International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH). The IFH reported “no evidence that cle…


  • Consumer Expectations Are Changing

    November 15, 2005
    Customer loyalty expectations shifted dramatically from 2003 to 2004, according to results from The 2004 Brand Keys Loyalty Index by Brand Keys, New York, NY. Seventy-seven percent of the 32 categories changed. Brand Keys said the shift was most nota…


  • Nail Fungus Apparent in Half of Americans

    November 15, 2005
    More than 52% of respondents report nail fungus or infection symptoms, according to a survey of 830 Americans for Alva-Amco, Niles, IL. Half of the respondents share nail-grooming tools with others. Researchers said nail infections are often spread f…


  • Shopping Habits Are Similar Among Ethnic Groups

    November 15, 2005
    Caucasians, African-Americans and Hispanics all rated Wal-Mart as the No. 1 most frequented store according to the “Simultaneous Media Usage” survey of 12,000 consumers by BIGresearch, Worthington, OH. However, BIGresearch reported Africa…


  • African-American Womens Spending Power To Top $342 Billion By 2006

    November 15, 2005
    The 19 million African-American women in the U.S. are expected to grow their spending power 32% from $259 billion in 2001 to $342 billion in 2006, according the “Power of the African-American female consumer (update No. 2)” report by The…


  • Department Stores Regain Appeal

    November 15, 2005
    Department stores have gained popularity through appealing store designs, according to WSL Strategic Retail’s “The Edge of Retailing.” Stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Soho, New York, and Apple, San Francisco, double as tourist…


  • Hand Washing Improves Health In Pakistan

    November 15, 2005
    Household hand washing with soap reduced diarrhea illnesses by about 50%, according to study conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by Procter & Gamble and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Regular soap and antibacterial soap we…


  • More Baby Boomers Patronize Warehouse Clubs

    November 15, 2005
    Thirty-five percent of baby boomers make four or more shopping trips a week, up from 22% in 2002, according to WSL Strategic Retail, Inc., New York in the “How America Shops 2004” study of 800 consumers. The research firm said people of a…


  • Coty Beauty U.S. Captures Three Honors at FiFis: Top Fragrance Honors Awarded At FiFis

    November 15, 2005
    The Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi awards, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 9, announced winners in prestige, direct-sell and mass market categories. • Nouveau riche women’s: Narciso Rodriguez for Her (Beaute P…


  • You Cant Hide From Dust Mites, But You Can Clean Them

    November 15, 2005
    House dust mite allergen concentrations get as high as 10-45 micrograms per gram of dust, according to vacuum cleaner maker Dyson. Dyson microbiologist David Sykes offered spring cleaning tips for those allergic to dust: vacuuming ceiling fans, walls…


  • Most Women Say Fragrance = Provocative

    November 15, 2005
    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…