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Gillette® Venus Partners with Skincare Leader Olay to Launch New Gold Standard in Shaving: Venus & Olay™ Razor

First Ever Official Razor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Boosts Your Shave and Helps Lock in Skin’s Moisture1

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:32 pm EST

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"The Venus & Olay razor is revolutionizing the shaving aisle. There might be other razors claiming skin benefits, but only Venus has the benefit of this unique partnership with Olay, and their rich heritage and expertise in skincare"

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the first time ever, Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, are coming together to deliver a new gold standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor. Venus’ five-blade technology shaves you close while shave gel bars with Olay skin conditioners help lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness2.

“The Venus & Olay razor is revolutionizing the shaving aisle. There might be other razors claiming skin benefits, but only Venus has the benefit of this unique partnership with Olay, and their rich heritage and expertise in skincare,” said John Holding, Marketing Director, North America, Gillette & Venus. “When it comes to shaving, women want the best of both worlds: they want effective hair removal, and to also keep their skin looking – and feeling – its best. Venus razors have always offered women Goddess Skin, because shaving is where it all begins. But Venus & Olay is the newest and an outstanding way to achieve it.”

So what exactly does the concept of “Goddess Skin” mean to women? Venus decided to find out, and commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct an online study among more than 6,500 women in 13 countries3. They uncovered that seven out of ten women (68%) indicate Goddess Skin is something they want. Majorities of women define it as smooth (68%), healthy (66%) and soft (61%) and 69 percent of women consider shaving one of the most critical steps in achieving it.

The Venus & Olay razor is designed to help women get the Goddess Skin they desire, and in the moments when they need it most. According to the survey, 84 percent say forgetting to shave would make them lose confidence fastest at the beach – even over having a few extra pounds, cited by 62 percent. So Venus put new Venus & Olay to the ultimate test as the Official Razor – and first-ever beauty partner – of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012. Together, they will give women a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to prepare for the most-viewed swimsuit shoot of all time. Starting February 14, 2012, in conjunction with the 2012 launch week, SportsIllustrated.com will feature four custom webisodes created with Venus, highlighting a day-in-the-life and beauty secrets of Swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen4, including how she achieves Goddess Skin with her Venus & Olay razor.

Key benefits of Venus & Olay include:

  • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
  • Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness5 and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
  • As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environments.

This exciting new product will not be widely available until March 2012, but women who want to be among the first to try it will have their chance starting the evening of Sunday, February 12. Visit www.facebook.com/gillettevenus and “like” the brand for the opportunity to enter several giveaways.

Venus & Olay is available starting March 15, 2012 at food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States. A refillable Venus & Olay razor with one replacement cartridge is approximately $8.99-$10.99. Packages of three replacement cartridges are about $14.99 - $19.49.

About P&G Beauty & Grooming

P&G Beauty & Grooming products help empowers men and women around the world to look and feel better than they ever thought possible. With 11 billion dollar brands and products available in over 130 countries, P&G’s beauty and grooming products delivered sales of over $38 billion in fiscal year 2010/11, making it one of the world’s largest beauty and grooming companies. P&G Beauty & Grooming offers trusted brands with leading technology to meet the full complement of beauty and grooming needs, including Pantene®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Max Factor®, Cover Girl®, DDF®, Frederic Fekkai®, Wellaflex®, Rejoice®, Sebastian Professional®, Herbal Essences®, Koleston®, Clairol Professional®, Nice ’n Easy®, Venus®, Gillette®, SK-II®, Wella Professionals®, Braun®, Crest®, Oral B®, Always®, Tampax® and a leading Prestige Fragrance division that spans from point of market entry consumers to high end luxury with global brands such as Hugo Boss®, Lacoste®, and Christina Aguilera®. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G (NYSE: PG) and its brands.

About the Venus Global Goddess Skin Survey

This International Beauty Study was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of P&G/Venus among 6,819 women aged 18-35 between September 30 – October 24, 2011 in 13 countries (US (n=512), Canada (n=529), UK (n=507), France (n=511), Germany (n=522), Italy (n=555), Spain (n=506), Austria (n=507), Russia (n=563), Sweden (n=502), Poland (n=523), Australia (n=538), and Japan (n=544)). This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For a full methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Courtney Smith at Marina Maher Communications (csmith@mahercomm.com).

1 For less dryness vs. Venus Breeze® over time

2 vs. Venus Breeze® over time

3 Between Sept 30-Oct 24, 2011 among 6,819 women age 18-35 to determine women’s thoughts and perceptions of shaving and skincare

4 Chrissy Teigen is a paid spokesperson for Venus

5 vs. Venus Breeze® over time

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Contact:

Marina Maher Communications
Courtney Smith, 212-485-6885
csmith@mahercomm.com
or
P&G Beauty
Laura Brinker, 212-299-3796
brinker.le@pg.com

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Swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor - the Official Razor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012 (Photo: Business Wire)
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