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Handmade for the Holidays

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The mere mention of exfoliating with a cactus would make anyone’s skin crawl, but in partnership with the Ya Munts’i B’ehña cooperative in Mexico, The Body Shop has managed to turn a prickly situation into something that will warm your heart (and soften your limbs). The do-gooder beauty brand is no stranger to Fair Trade—a practice that supports small-scale farmers and craftsmen by purchasing their bounty at “independence-building” prices. Among the twenty-five suppliers the company works with worldwide are three hundred √Ďahñu women who live in the desert north of Mexico City. They use the Maguey cactus native to their surroundings and traditional techniques that stem back to the Aztecs to produce an artisanal sponge. Creating the fiber involves a long, arduous process (seen in the photos below): The enormous, rosette-like plants must grow for nine years, the leaves (which can be over six feet long) are then cut, burned over an open fire to remove the caustic sap, buried in the ground for three days, scraped by hand to remove the fibrous material, and hung to dry. The women then spin the cactus into thread and knit a mitt that is later stuffed with more dried cactus. At $5 each, giving back and getting a special gift for everyone you love during this season of excess has never been so simple.

Available, beginning November 14, at www.thebodyshop-usa.com.

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RIP Beauty 360; Lily Cole For The Body Shop; And More…

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CVS’ niche beauty stores-within-stores concept has sold its last tube of Vincent Longo lip stain. The drugstore giant has announced that it will close its 25 Beauty 360 outposts. The jury’s still out on whether Duane Reade’s similarly conceived Look Boutiques will meet the same end. [WWD]

Lily Cole, the flame-haired supermodel-turned-Cambridge student-turned-actress, has been named the Body Shop’s first-ever brand ambassador. [Grazia]

Plastic surgery has long been a way of life in Brazil—and it’s not just for the wealthy anymore. Free Botox, laser hair removal, chemical peels, and anti-cellulite treatments are now being doled out to women in low-income brackets at some 220 clinics across the country, under the guise that fixing presumed physical flaws can also fix a troubled psyche. Just another reason to love Rio. [Business Week]

Eva Longoria has announced the launch of EVAmour, her second fragrance—to which we say, there’s a first? [WWD]

Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

CoverGirl’s Latest Coup, Gaga Gets Ragged, And More

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Easy, breezy, beautiful, Sofia Vergara. The Modern Family star announced through her Twitter today that she is the new face of CoverGirl. [BellaSugar]

And now for your daily dose of Lady Gaga: The diva nailed her performance on Wall Street on Monday night—literally. Gaga broke a nail during her show, and, of course, had to show it off by giving her guests the finger. [Page Six]


Erin Fetherston stepped out last night for Julien Marinetti’s Doggy John exhibition sporting a new cropped ‘do. The designer ditched her signature braids for a bob. [People via Stylelist]



The Body Shop has gone Bollywood. For the first time in India, the company announced a brand ambassador, and it’s Bollywood actress Dia Mirza. “We are careful not to have just a pretty face. We like to see that they have Body Shop personality as well,” said Estelle Lau, the brand’s Asia Pacific franchise director. [WWD]

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / Billy Farrell Agency

The Body Shop Does Good, and So Can You

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The Body Shop is literally rooted in activism. Its founder, the legendary Dame Anita Roddick, was committed to what she dubbed “moral leadership,” bringing ethics and a social conscience into the workplace. Three years after her untimely death, the company is continuing her legacy by remaining devoted to causes both environmental and humanitarian, one of which is combating the sex trafficking of children and young people. It’s the third largest criminal industry in the world, and the Body Shop teamed up with ECPAT USA (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) and the Somaly Mam Foundation last year to fight it. Last night, the brand hosted a screening of Libby Spears’ powerful forthcoming documentary Playground, which focuses on the plight of sexually trafficked children right here in the U.S. “Awareness is the first step to making a difference,” said Shelley Simmons, director of brand values for the Body Shop, after the screening. “And information sharing is the best way to make an impact.” Learn more about the issue at www.ecpat.net, and then let your dollars do the talking: 100 percent of the profits from sales of the Body Shop’s Soft Hands, Kind Heart cream go toward the mission.


$10, www.thebodyshop-usa.com.

Açai: The Comic Book Hero; The Body Shop Returns To Its Roots; And More…

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To really hammer home the fact that the namesake Amazonian berry in its new Açai Damage-Repairing Skincare line is considered a “super-powered” antioxidant, Kiehl’s has ordered up a brand site where you can create and share your own Pop Art-style comic strip. Finally, a chance to don that cape and serve up some justice, skincare-style. [Ad Week]

To prove that it is still committed to ethical business practices and a philanthropic spirit, the Body Shop has partnered with ECPAT International, which is devoted to ending child prostitution, child pornography, and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Besides publishing sex-trafficking progress cards on various countries, the company is selling a $10 tube of Soft Hands Kind Heart hand cream, $6 of which is being donated to the organization. Now you can do your part and combat dry, flaky skin at the same time. It’s a win-win. [NYT]

Before Megan Fox became the film industry’s resident sex pot, she was just like any other teenager and even got busted for stealing cosmetics from Wal-Mart. The makeup in question was from the Olsen twins’ range, Mary-Kate and Ashley, and she was apparently promptly banned from the store. The discounted retail chain would no doubt welcome her back now with open arms—and a strict dress code. [Carefair.com]

The beauty-inspired reality show business is booming. Last night, TLC debuted its new series, King of the Crown, which follows beauty pageant expert Cy Frakes and his team as they prep contestants for the Gowns and Crowns pageant in South Carolina. So, like Drop Dead Gorgeous, but real. Ladies, to your TiVos! [Entertainment Weekly]

Photo: Courtesy of Kiehl’s