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5 Insights on alternative funding for beauty startups

5 Insights on alternative funding for beauty startups

By Deanna Utroske

ATHR Beauty, the brand Tiila Abbitt is leading to “disrupt the $500 billion beauty industry with clean and sustainable makeup that works,” is in the midst of a funding raise; but it’s not the usual sort.

5 Insights on scalp care - Dr Isfahan Chambers-Harris

5 Insights on scalp care

By Deanna Utroske

Dr Isfahan Chambers-Harris was, like so many indie beauty brand founders, inspired to launch Alodia Hair Care out of her own experience—For Dr Chambers-Harris that was an experience of hair breakage and scalp damage that she attributed to chemical straighteners....

5 Insights on color cosmetics for Women of Color with Karim Orange

5 Insights on color cosmetics for Women of Color

By Deanna Utroske

Emmy-nominated clean beauty artist Karim Orange rose to national prominence as a makeup artist for ABC’s daytime show The View. In this 5 Insights video, the self-described makeup activist and curator of Gabriel Cosmetics’ newly launched United Shades...

5 Insights on growing a beauty startup into a new market

5 Insights on growing a beauty startup into a new market

By Deanna Utroske

Lori Machiorlette, Co-Founder of the beauty device brand blendSMART, has been importing consumer goods as President in charge of marketing and sales for Worth Products Group for over 15 years. And now in 2020, she’s leveraged her knowledge and contacts...

5 Insights on the current 2020 Latina Beauty movement - Stephanie Flor

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5 Insights on the current Latina Beauty movement

By Deanna Utroske

Stephanie Flor, celebrity makeup and hair artist and Founder of Around the World Beauty, has traveled to more than 30 countries to further the global conversation about beauty. Here, she shares insight on the categories, trends, and people leading today’s...

Sway: the startup personal care brand making armpits pretty

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Sway: the startup personal care brand making armpits pretty

By Deanna Utroske

Rebecca So founded Sway in 2017 with a collection of underarm care products. Since then, the brand has grown to include skin care, body care, and more. But still at the heart of Sway is a mission to make pits pretty.

Cheekbone Beauty: socially conscious business in action

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Cheekbone Beauty: socially conscious business in action

By Deanna Utroske

“Cheekbone Beauty is all about empowering and enhancing the lives of Indigenous youth,” Founder Jenn Harper tells Cosmetics Design in this video interview, which goes on to explore the Canada-based color cosmetics brand’s vision, financing approach, and...

ITA helps Italian Beauty win in the US market

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ITA helps Italian Beauty win in the US market

By Deanna Utroske

The Italian Trade Agency partners with legacy and startup brands across categories to help bring the best and latest in Italian cosmetics, personal care, and grooming innovation to consumers here in the States.

Indie Beauty Up Close: Amy Carra launches Delight Beauty for UBP

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Indie Beauty Up Close: Amy Carra launches Delight Beauty for UBP

By Deanna Utroske

Universal Beauty Products is a privately owned portfolio of brands mostly in hair and men’s categories. Amy Carra joined UBP a little over 2 years ago; and the company’s new Delight Beauty skin care brand is the result of her work.

M&A activity hints at new realities in the beauty sector

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M&A activity hints at new realities in the beauty sector

By Deanna Utroske

This past week Coty bought controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics, The Estée Lauder Companies acquired Korea-based skin care brand Dr Jart+, and Olaplex accepted a private equity deal from Advent International. To get a sense of what these transactions...

Cosmetica Laboratories opens innovation hub in California

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Cosmetica Laboratories opens innovation hub in California

By Deanna Utroske

In late September, the Canadian beauty maker cut the ribbon on a new product development facility meant to bring the company closer to indie beauty brands innovating for the future of cosmetics and skin care. Cosmetics Design editor Deanna Utroske recently...

Evio Beauty: community, color cosmetics, and cannabis

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Evio Beauty: community, color cosmetics, and cannabis

By Deanna Utroske

At the start of the current indie beauty movement, Brandi Leifso launched a makeup brand called Evelyn Iona. She has since relaunched the business as Evio Beauty, partnered with Aurora Cannabis, raised millions through seed funding and strategic partnerships,...

TBH Kids: fun, functional personal care for tweens

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TBH Kids: fun, functional personal care for tweens

By Deanna Utroske

Kids grow up. And today, they’re growing up with text messages and social media and free-from personal care products. These are the tweens and teens that Risa Barash is reaching with her latest venture TBH Kids. Cosmetics Design spoke with Barash at IBE...

biophile skincare: because fermentation is the future of beauty

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biophile skincare: because fermentation is the future of beauty

By Deanna Utroske

At this year’s IBE NY event, co-Founders Alison Cutlan and Grace Fooden were giving press, influencers, and industry insiders at the show a sneak preview of the probiome beauty brand they are launching this fall. In this video interview with Cosmetics...

Gattefossé reaches indie beauty brands at Uplink Live 2019

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Gattefossé reaches out to indie beauty brands at Uplink Live 2019

By Deanna Utroske

Gattefossé is the latest legacy ingredient supplier to delve in to the indie beauty business. The cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients company was among an array of exhibitors at the inaugural Uplink Live supply-side tradeshow hosted by the Indie Beauty...

Why is Lubrizol pursuing indie brands?  a Cosmetics Design interview with Brandon Ford, Chief Accelerator Director at Lubrizol

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Why is Lubrizol pursuing indie brands?

By Deanna Utroske

The global cosmetics and personal care ingredient supplier hired a chief accelerator director in 2017, invested in One Ocean Beauty in 2018, and this week the company is exhibiting at Uplink Live in New York City. At this year’s BeautyX Capital Summit,...

Regulatory Update: The California Consumer Privacy Act takes effect soon - insights from Avril Love of Tucker Ellis LLP

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Regulatory Update: The California Consumer Privacy Act takes effect soon

By Deanna Utroske

The new data privacy law goes into effect in January 2020 and could mean a significant change in business practices for any cosmetics or personal care venture that conducts ecommerce with California residents. Late last month, Cosmetics Design spoke to...

The future of hair care is texture. Is your business ready? a Cosmetics Design interview with Romina Brown, President of Strategic Solutions Intern...

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The future of hair care is texture. Is your business ready?

By Deanna Utroske

Consumer demographics are shifting here in the US and globally. And before long, formulators, manufacturers, brands, and retailers will focus more on the characteristics and curl pattern of hair than on any given consumer’s ethnicity. Cosmetics Design...

Healthy Living and the future of beauty

Healthy Living and the future of beauty

By Deanna Utroske

Healthy Living is one of several megatrends changing consumer goods industries around the world today. In conversation with Cosmetics Design, Kayla Villena, senior beauty analyst at Euromonitor International, explains how this megatrend emerged, how it’s...

Expo Belleza event founder shares incredible growth story

Expo Belleza event founder shares incredible growth story

By Simon Pitman

The Expo Belleza event in Medellin, Colombia has only been running for four years but has grown exponentially, having started off as a very small event for beauty professionals. Cosmetics Design spoke to event co-founder Joseph La Manna to find out more.

Is microbiome beauty from within set to be big?

Is microbiome beauty from within set to be big?

By Simon Pitman

Beauty from within is a small but fast growing niche that also could serve to boost the skin microbiome trend. Cosmetics Design spoke to Stephen Daniells, editor-in-chief of NutraIngredients USA to find out more.

Silgan Dispensing works to make fragrance packaging faster and greener

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Silgan Dispensing works to make fragrance packaging faster and greener

By Deanna Utroske

At Luxe Pack New York this month, Cosmetics Design caught up with Anne Echard, global product manager of fragrance at Silgan Dispensing, to learn how the manufacturer is helping customers get custom packaging to market more quickly and offer recyclable...

Genemarkers launches gene expression test for CBD

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Genemarkers launches gene expression test for CBD

By Deanna Utroske

At this year’s NYSCC Suppliers’ Day tradeshow in New York City, Anna Langerveld, president and CEO of Genemarkers, was talking with attendees about her company’s latest offering, a test that skin care makers can use to help develop CBD products with the...

Who’s talking to consumers about cosmetic chemistry? a Cosmetics Design interviw with Trina Espinoza, msbeautyphile

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Who’s talking to consumers about cosmetic chemistry?

By Deanna Utroske

In this interview filmed at in-cosmetics Global, Cosmetics Design sits down with science communicator Trina Espinoza (aka msbeautyphile) to learn about her work educating beauty consumers, what she’s doing to bridge the gap between industry information...

Do tomatoes hold the key to beauty from within?

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Do tomatoes hold the key to beauty from within?

By Deanna Utroske

At in-cosmetics Global in Paris this month Cosmetics Design sat down with Tamara Rausch, Product Manager of Lycored, a wellness and supplement company that’s moving in to the skin care ingredient supply business.

Direct-to-Consumer beauty marketing is key, shows Yotpo survey data

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Direct-to-Consumer beauty marketing is key, shows Yotpo survey data

By Deanna Utroske

The commerce marketing solutions firm recently published findings that illustrate what motivates cosmetics and personal care consumers to buy directly from brands via ecommerce or social media rather than shop for beauty at conventional retail stores....

Black Chicken Remedies and the appeal of Australian beauty brands

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Black Chicken Remedies and the appeal of Australian beauty brands

By Deanna Utroske

Among the trends Cosmetics Design is watching in the Americas region this year is the influx and popularity of brands and ingredients from Oceana. Case in point: Black Chicken Remedies, the once tiny Australian organic skin care and wellness brand founded...

The Cosmetics Design beauty and personal care industry trends for 2019

The Cosmetics Design 2019 Trends Video

The Cosmetics Design beauty and personal care industry trends for 2019

By Simon Pitman

During 2018 the Cosmetics Design team has had its eye on the big trends in an effort to determine what is going to be driving the industry in 2019. In this video we have combined our know-how to bring you a total of 20 trends to look out for in the Americas,...

DSM showcases beauty formulas made for chemists, consumers, and Instagram

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DSM showcases beauty formulas made for chemists, consumers, and Instagram

By Deanna Utroske

At this year’s in-cosmetics North America event, DSM wasn’t showing new ingredients but rather chose to feature new ways to work with familiar inputs and deliver benefits that are very much in vogue with contemporary trends, regulations, and formulator...

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