DEAR SHOPPING: My wife and I have used Johnson & Johnson baby cream for years, and now we understand they are not making this product anymore. Do you have any information on this? I have tried to find a Web site for them or even a phone number with no success. Our life will not be the same without this product. We cannot find anything else that works as well on as many different ailments. I would like to find out if there are any stashes left somewhere that we could buy. Is there an alternative?
- Les and Sandi, Jackson
DEAR LES AND SANDI: You're correct that the original baby cream has been discontinued. However, Johnson & Johnson recently launched a line of products specifically designed for adults. Within the line is something called Softcream Extra Care Body Cream. It purports to last 24 hours and is formulated to provide really intense moisture. It's available this month for $5.25. If you and your wife like this product, there's also a lotion, a creamy wash for bath or shower and another shower product with lavender.
DEAR SHOPPING: I am trying to contact the subject of an article about two years ago in the Scene section. It was about a jewelry designer named Jeanette Hanna. I was on her mailing list for a while, and then it stopped. I don't know if she still makes or sells jewelry in Sacramento or if her works are being carried at a local gallery.
- Rosemary, Sacramento
DEAR ROSEMARY: I wrote that story two summers ago and still have contact information for Jeanette Hanna. She's still making jewelry and says she would love to hear from you. Her e-mail address is email@example.com. Her handmade jewelry is being carried at Pura-Vida spa, 8850 Auburn-Folsom Road, Granite Bay; (916) 788-9727.
DEAR SHOPPING: What has become of Fieldcrest's Royal Velvet line of bath towels? I have looked at Bed, Bath & Beyond as well as Linens 'n Things (where we have purchased many times). Linens 'n Things has a whole different line and no trace of anything Fieldcrest. Have they gone out of business? Any clues would be appreciated.
- E. Hermann, Roseville
DEAR E. HERMANN: I contacted Linens 'n Things directly because I did find the Fieldcrest Royal Velvet towels (all sizes from washcloths to bath sheets in lots of colors) at the store's Web site, www.lnt.com. They're priced from $2.75 to $27.25.
However, Derek Wright, manager of the Linens 'n Things store at 1901 Arden Way, confirmed that Fieldcrest Mills, maker of the towels, has gone out of business. Therefore the line is being discontinued.
Wright says his store and the Roseville store (6760 Stanford Ranch Road) are the consolidation locations for discontinued merchandise so the towels are there. Wright says "What we have now is all we'll get."
DEAR SHOPPING: Years ago, Redken made an excellent loose powder called Redken PH Plus Professional Translucent Loose finishing powder. It was also used as a makeup for the film industry. It was light and effective in hiding flaws. Since I believe they no longer manufacture it, is there something on the market that is comparable?
- Karen, Sacramento
DEAR KAREN: There are so many loose powders on the market! Here are two to consider: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. It says it's formulated with "French Cashmere Talc." The Flawless Face product line also includes one of the best concealors on the market, Secret Camouflage. The products are available at Macy's and www.lauramercier.com.
At a lower price point, Max Factor's Professional Loose Powder is another good option, and it's available at most drugstores and discount retailers.
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