Unilever launches Lux sunscreen soap in India

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BOMBAY--Hindustan Lever has launched here a soap that protects the skin against darkening by the sun. Using Unilever's international brand Lux, the new "Sunscreen Formula'' soap bar claims to deposit a sunscreen on the skin at the same time it washes away dirt and grime.

The technology was developed here locally by Unilever's Indian subsidiary. The Hindustan Lever product will compete against India's Godrej Soaps, which already markets a "fairness'' soap.

Unilever says regular use of Lux Sunscreen Formula will produce a noticeable difference to skin color within six weeks. Hindustan Lever is offering a money-back guarantee on brand performance.

"This product is a result of our understanding of the evolving needs of women today. Protection of fairness against darkening under the sun is a primary concern among them,'' says Arun Adhikari, executive director-personal products at Hindustan Lever.

Adds Dhanraj Chokappa, head of personal wash research: "The main challenge for research was to deliver a product that provides optimal protection against UV rays, is safe to use, easy to apply and is affordable.''

Lead film actress Aishwarya Rai is the face of this new brand, which has the tagline: "Who's afraid of the sun?''

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