It's been more than two months since Clorox acquired Burt's Bees from the private equity firm AEA Investors, and with many loyal customers are still bristling at the news, CEO John Replogle has found himself in the position of having to defend both Burt's Bees and Clorox to consumers. Replogle says that Clorox appears to be serious about cleaning up its act, and has promised to make a blog post on the company's website in six months, updating his customers on whatever progress Clorox has or has not made.
January 7, 2008
In the past two decades, spa treatments have gone from being a luxury for the rich to a regular ritual in the lives of many women. A recent article in New York Magazine examines this phenomenon, as well as the varied working conditions for the waxers, manicurists and aestheticians whose job it is to make you feel beautiful. If you plan on visiting one sometime soon, find a place that treats its workers right and be sure to tip well.
November 28, 2007
The personal care marketplace is rapidly becoming organic. But with increased interest in certification, manufacturers are finding it difficult to keep up with the USDA's requirements. Some have suggested that the personal care industry develop its own certification process for organic and natural products. Others believe this will simply confuse consumers.
November 26, 2007
There is no question that dollar stores provide bargains and more consumers have started to look toward them for basic needs. Yet, dollar stores bargains are accompanied by products that may be health hazards. Consumer Reports tested some of the more popular products bought from dollar stores and found both bargains and dangers.
November 24, 2007
Clorox has acquired Burt's Bees for $950 million in a move that is sure to draw the ire of some devoted customers. In less than two decades, the Burt's Bees brand has grown from a one-room operation to a $170 million a year company, based largely on a reputation that was built in small health food stores in the early 90s.
November 1, 2007