Brand Innovation

Lush turns sprouting massage bars into PR win

Lush turns sprouting massage bars into PR win

By Simon Pitman

Lush’s Sprouting massage bars. The story has taken the internet by storm during the past week, as more and more consumers report that beans in the bars sprouted in showers and sinkholes.

Pigments & Organics: Innovation in nail color

Special Newsletter: Color Cosmetics

Pigments & Organics: Innovation in nail color

By Deanna Utroske

Mineral makeup remains popular in the color cosmetics category, while clean beauty alternatives and organic infusions are nudging in on the beauty market. Here, Suzanne Roberta of Adesse New York tells Cosmetics Design how nail care is keeping up.

beautyblender and Avon reach a settlement

beautyblender and Avon reach a settlement

By Deanna Utroske

The innovative application tool company Rea.deeming Beauty accepted a substantial payment from Avon as the company continues to challenge trademark infringement globally.

CEW announces the ECO Beauty Award finalists

CEW announces the ECO Beauty Award finalists

By Simon Pitman

The natural organic cosmetic and personal care category is defined by its eco credentials and that is the determining factor for entries to the CEW ECO Beauty Awards.

Sundial Brands launches dedicated hair care brand

Sundial Brands launches dedicated hair care brand

By Deanna Utroske

Madame C.J. Walker Beauty Culture is a brand that takes its name and inspiration from a women well known as a self-made millionaire in the US—a beauty entrepreneur innovating at the turn of the twentieth century.

CD Buzz: focus on CEW demo event

CD Buzz

CD Buzz: focus on CEW demo event

By Deanna Utroske

Brand innovations, cosmetics industry expertise, and interactive beauty presentations converge at this annual show where professionals scrutinize hundreds of products vying for a CEW Beauty Insider Award.

Robert Graham men’s fragrance collection mimics liquor

Robert Graham men’s fragrance collection mimics liquor

By Deanna Utroske

The fashion brand’s latest project takes a cue from the presentation packaging and careful distillation processes commonly associated with spirits, a strategy the company founder believes will capture the attention of discerning men.

The Brown Crayon Project rallies support online

The Brown Crayon Project rallies support online

By Deanna Utroske

The safe-enough-for-kids indie naturals brand developed for people of color launched a campaign on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter yesterday and by midnight was very nearly halfway to its goal.

PBA Beauty Pitch 2016 opens up to entries

PBA Beauty Pitch 2016 opens up to entries

By Simon Pitman

Building on the immense success of last year’s Professional Beauty Association Beauty Pitch, part of the Cosmoprof Las Vegas event, the organizers have recently opened up for entries to this year’s competition.

Cetaphil enters men’s skin care market

Cetaphil enters men’s skin care market

By Deanna Utroske

The up-to-date product line will help the brand reach new consumers and bodes well for the men’s category as a whole—a reliable brand like Cetaphil catering to this demographic only corroborates market research projections for the category.

H&M to launch Ecocert cosmetics and personal care collection

H&M to launch Ecocert cosmetics and personal care collection

By Deanna Utroske

By this time next month, the retailer’s Conscious product line will be available in select stores, aiming to meet consumer demand for portable products, unisex fragrances, certified natural beauty items, and more.

Could music affect your skin care experience? Shiseido thinks so…

Could music affect your skin care experience? Shiseido thinks so…

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Shiseido has sought to make skin care techniques and treatments ‘even more enjoyable and beautiful’ by developing Omotenashi Sound, aesthetic music software that enhances the power of touching the skin, in what the firm calls ‘acoustic beauty care.’

The Old Spice brand portfolio gets a make-over

The Old Spice brand portfolio gets a make-over

By Simon Pitman

Procter & Gamble has decided to revamp one of the oldest men’s grooming brands by reformulating and rebranding with the help of a digital informercial to get the message out.

State-of-the-art silk protein patent granted

State-of-the-art silk protein patent granted

By Deanna Utroske

Specialty biotechnology company Silk Therapeutics announced late last month that the US Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent for its non-GMO, stable liquid silk protein. Cosmetics Design connected with that company’s CEO, Greg Altman, to get the...

Will neuro-cosmetics be the next big trend?

Will neuro-cosmetics be the next big trend?

By Simon Pitman

Tapping into the big trend for wellbeing and sensory enhancement, a number of cosmetic ingredients targeting neurological stimulation could be the start of something new.

Will small packages sell more cosmetics?

Will small packages sell more cosmetics?

By Deanna Utroske

New data suggests that consumers stockpile beauty products, neither repurchasing nor disposing of makeup that has expired, and one color cosmetics brand is betting that half-size volumes are the answer.

Developing naturals for an upscale market

Part 2 Of 2

Developing naturals for an upscale market

By Deanna Utroske

Cosmetics Design caught up with Katharine L’Heureux, founder of Kahina Giving Beauty, to take a closer look at where the naturals category is headed, how big brands are getting involved, and what formulators can do to keep pace.

Packaging naturals for an upscale market

Part 1 of 2

Packaging naturals for an upscale market

By Deanna Utroske

Well ahead of any trend, Katharine L’Heureux, the enterprising founder of Kahina Giving Beauty, saw the opportunity to elevate natural skin care. She spoke with Cosmetics Design about distinctive packaging, where the naturals category is going, and how...

Beauty startup Ipsy reportedly valued at $800 million

Beauty startup Ipsy reportedly valued at $800 million

By Lucy Whitehouse

Vloggers have shown their mettle again, with Michelle Phan's startup beauty subscription service having just been valued at a reported $800m by TPG Growth and Sherpa Capital, and securing a $100m Series B funding round.