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Ming Zhao, Co-Founder and CEO of PROVEN Skincare

Indie Beauty Profile

Ming Zhao, PROVEN Skincare

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Ming Zhao, co-founder and CEO of PROVEN Skincare, describes how she and Amy Yuan have leveraged AI to formulate skin care and build a beauty brand that’s delivering evermore carefully customized product.

Safic-Alcan UK won the Laura Marshall Memorial Award for Innovation at SCS Formulate last month for its 'flexible solid' exfoliating and cleansing pad pictured

Special Edition Newsletter: Water Reduction Formulation

A solid future: Could flexible pads mark a fresh sustainable cleansing movement?

By Kacey Culliney

Solids have gained plenty of traction as a sustainable alternative in personal care, requiring less water and packaging. And with innovation lathering up nicely, the future suggests innovative variants beyond the traditional soap bar may soon win shelf...

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.

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Editor's Spotlight

Is indie fragrance being overlooked?

By Deanna Utroske

The independent beauty movement is still going strong. And new skin care, hair care, color cosmetics, and wellness brands launch seemingly every day. But indie fragrance brands aren’t as evident. Here Cosmetics Design looks back at a selection of our...

Kids’ blend-it-yourself bath brand Dabble & Dollop debuts on QVC

Editor's Spotlight

Kids’ blend-it-yourself bath brand Dabble & Dollop debuts on QVC

By Deanna Utroske

The past Saturday evening, the video commerce channel introduced the first Big Find pitch winner to its viewership. Cosmetics Design checked in with founder Stephanie Leshney about her experience pitching and presenting alongside show host Shawn Killinger.

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How To: a collection of advice for indie beauty brand leaders

By Deanna Utroske

Over the years, Cosmetics Design has covered numerous events on the independent beauty movement. Here is a selection of guidance for startups from insiders and experts who have spoken at those events as well as a few notes from the Cosmetics Design editorial...

Indie Beauty Profile Lili Fan, Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skin Care

Indie Beauty Profile

Lili Fan, Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skin Care

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile biochemist, microbiologist, practicing ophthalmologist, and long-time beauty innovator Lili Fan, Founder and President of Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skin Care, shares insight into the growing microbiome beauty movement and succinct...

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Caswell-Massey opens NYC pop-up boutique

By Deanna Utroske

The centuries-old American fragrance brand has been updating nearly every aspect of its business over the past 3 years and is now welcoming long-time consumers, new brand fans, and curious shoppers to experience the old and the new of Caswell-Massey at...

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Editor's Spotlight

Ingredient makers are going indie

By Deanna Utroske

It’s no longer unusual for multinational raw material suppliers to work with indie beauty brands; but it’s still not the norm. Here Cosmetics Design looks at an array of legacy specialty chemical companies doing business directly with cosmetics, personal...

Indie Beauty Profile Amanda Matsui, Yuyo Botanics

Indie Beauty Profile

Amanda Matsui, Yuyo Botanics

By Deanna Utroske

If wellness is a beauty category and hemp-extract is a wellness ingredient, then this topical and ingestible CBD business is an indie beauty brand. Amanda Matsui, co-founded Yuyo Botanics early last year and already the brand is shipping tinctures and...

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