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  • Pampered Pets Are a

    November 14, 2005
    l With 55% of U.S. households owning one or more pets, consumer expenditures neared $30 billion on pet-related products and services in 2002, according to Unity Marketing’s study, “Why People Buy Things for Their Pets.” Of that tot…


  • Kligman to Receive

    November 14, 2005
    l Albert M. Kligman, Ph.D, will be the first recipient of a new Lifetime Achievement award: advancement of beauty through science. Dr. Kligman will receive the honor at the second annual industry awards dinner Sept. 30, the opening night of the 11th…


  • NPD to Classify Fragrances With Michael Edwards’ System

    November 14, 2005
    Dr. Kligman is director of the Aging Skin clinic at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and was responsible for the clinic’s inception in 1978. He invented Retin-A for use in treating acne, and 10 years later it became…


  • Consumers Will Continue

    November 14, 2005
    l Consumers have scaled back spending on discretionary items, but are less likely to alter spending this spring on items affecting their appearance, according to a report from Port Washington, NY-based research company, the NPD Group. The consumer…


  • Pleasing Tweens And their Moms

    November 14, 2005
    When it comes to the tween (ages 8-12) consumer category, television and printed advertising requires a targeted approach, according to marketing firm Gianettino and Merideth, Short Hills, NJ. The firm presented “The Tween Scene,” a compi…


  • Clean Homes are A Must in Buyers’ Eyes

    November 14, 2005
    l Cleanliness ranked at the top of potential home buyers’ lists among 1000 individuals responding to an independent survey by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA). When asked what makes the biggest impact when walking into a home for the fi…


  • Sweating Can Decrease Job Applicants’

    November 14, 2005
    l Never let them see you sweat—at least at a job interview. That was the verdict following the Certain Dri Perspiration poll, conducted by PKS Research Partners. According to the results of the study, 52% of employers would not hire an applican…


  • U.S. Consumer Spending

    November 14, 2005
    Brand loyalty and a “back to basics” attitude among consumers have replaced the “bunker” mentality of Sept. 11, according to Brand Keys’ Customer Loyalty Index brand survivability assessment. Consumers rated 180 brands i…


  • Hal Tratton Keynotes

    November 14, 2005
    l The keynote speaker for this year’s Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) mid-year meeting will be Hal Stratton, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Sessions at the meeting will focus on environmentally-preferable purcha…


  • Hair Color Affects How Women are Viewed

    November 14, 2005
    A Clairol Professional Color Genius survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed that hair color plays a role in how women are viewed in their personal and professional lives. According to the results of the study, which involved 2,400 women and m…


  • Dial’s TV Ads

    November 14, 2005
    l Dial Soap’s 2002 television commercials, based on the theme “You’re not as clean as you think,” have won their second international award: the New York Art Directors’ Club Silver award. The award will be presented to D…


  • Chemical Technique Restores Fingerprints

    November 14, 2005
    l Scientists at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN, have devised a simple chemical technique that renders faint fingerprints more readable. Freshly-washed hands and the hands of young children lack sufficient sebum to leave clear finge…


  • Fragrance Affects Weight Perception

    November 14, 2005
    A decade-long study revealed that men perceived women to be 12 pounds lighter when wearing floral-spicy perfume, according to the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Chicago. The foundation tested more than 100 odors—including bu…


  • Cosmeceutical Product Demand Will Increase 8.5% Annually

    November 14, 2005
    Consumer demand for cosmeceutical products is expected to rise 8.5% a year to $5.1 billion in 2007, according to Cosmeceuticals, a study from The Freedonia Group Inc., Cleveland. The increase will be propelled by a stream of new and advanced product…


  • Dyson’s “Dust Mite Doctor” Delivers Spring Cleaning Tips

    November 14, 2005
    l Dyson, headquartered in Malmesbury, England, produces vacuum cleaning equipment products that “work better for everyone,” according to company executives. With springtime knocking at the door, Dyson’s “Dust Mite Doctor,&rd…