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Jane Ko joins eos as VP of marketing in North America

Jane Ko joins eos as VP of marketing in North America

By Deanna Utroske

The personal care brand best known for its spherical lip balms announced the new leadership hire today; but according to her LinkedIn profile, Jane Ko has been working with eos since October.

Is indie fragrance being overlooked?

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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

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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.

The Estée Lauder Companies publishes a first full CR report

The Estée Lauder Companies publishes a first full CR report

By Deanna Utroske

Business is changing. Beauty consumers care about the social and environmental implications of the products they buy; and financial stakeholders see value in publicly responsible and truly sustainable companies. And so, the beauty maker is taking stock...

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

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...

Caswell-Massey opens NYC pop-up boutique

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...

cosmetics & personal care ingredient makers are going indie

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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...

This Month in Fragrance: October 2019

This Month in Fragrance: October 2019

By Deanna Utroske

This month’s fragrance industry news on the Cosmetics Design sites covers topics ranging from CBD to biotech, from ingredient transparency to sustainable packaging, to the fragrance market potential in Asia, a L’Oréal acquisition, and more.

Trend Spotting: more insights from in-cosmetics North America 2019

Trend Spotting: more insights from in-cosmetics North America 2019

By Deanna Utroske

Yesterday, Cosmetics Design published an item here about the prevalence of marine ingredients and solid personal care solutions seen at last week’s in-cosmetics NA in New York City. Here we explore a few more concepts that stood out at the trade show.

Trend Spotting: in-cosmetics North America 2019

Special Edition: In-Cosmetics North America

Trend Spotting: in-cosmetics North America 2019

By Deanna Utroske

At last week’s beauty and personal care ingredient trade show in New York City, a handful of ingredient innovations stood out. Here are a couple of the top trends Cosmetics Design saw at this year’s in-cosmetics North America event.

Indie Beauty Profile of Stephanie Leshney, Dabble & Dollop

Indie Beauty Profile

Stephanie Leshney, Dabble & Dollop

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Stephanie Leshney, founder of the blend-it-yourself kids personal care brand Dabble & Dollop, talks about how her experience in the cosmetics and personal care ingredient business informed the brand she is building now...

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...

10 top tips: Building a Beauty Startup

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10 top tips: Building a Beauty Startup

By Deanna Utroske

This past Thursday in New York City, the recommendation platform and entrepreneurship community Stacklist hosted a panel discussion among beauty business founders at the Amazon Web Services loft space. Cosmetics Design was there, along with some 250 aspiring...

Indie Beauty Profile Stephanie Kim, Moonlit Skincare

Indie Beauty Profile

Stephanie Kim, Moonlit Skincare

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Stephanie Kim, Co-Founder of Moonlit Skincare, describes how she and Kriszta Matyi have created a cross-sector beauty brand dedicated to skin care, sleep, and wellness.

4 beauty ingredient trends seen at 2019 SCC Suppliers’ Day

4 beauty ingredient trends seen at SCC Suppliers’ Day, Long Beach

By Deanna Utroske

Ingredient makers, packagers, distributors, contract manufacturers, processing equipment companies, testing labs, and other suppliers filled the Long Beach Convention Center last week, exhibiting the latest and most popular solutions for the cosmetics,...

CIBS October luncheon to focus on Indie Beauty

CIBS October luncheon to focus on Indie Beauty

By Deanna Utroske

At next week’s meeting—open for both members and non-members to attend—the Cosmetic Industry Buyers and Suppliers will welcome new members and feature a presentation from Jillian Wright, co-founder of the Indie Beauty Media Group.

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,...

Indie Beauty Profile Melanie Cruickshank, da lish cosmetics

Indie Beauty Profile

Melanie Cruickshank, da lish cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Melanie Cruickshank, founder of da lish cosmetics, describes the inspiration and effort behind one of the early color cosmetics brands to compete in the current clean beauty movement. And she makes the case for an entrepreneurial...

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...

Emilie Heathe: combing art, luxury, and beauty - video interview

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Emilie Heathe: combing art, luxury, and beauty

By Deanna Utroske

At this year’s IBE NY event, founder and CEO Emily Rudman spoke with Cosmetics Design about the luxury lifestyle brand she’s building, the custom sculptural packaging she created for Emilie Heathe’s debut nail color collection, the importance of company...

Indie Beauty Profile Susan Im, ATEM / Fifteen Degrees

Indie Beauty Profile

Susan Im, ATEM / Fifteen Degrees

By Deanna Utroske

ATEM is where modern-day entrepreneurship and K Beauty converge. In her Indie Beauty Profile Susan Im, founder of ATEM and co-founder of the skin care brand’s parent company Fifteen Degrees, talks candidly about indie beauty as a consumer-led movement...

This Month in Fragrance: September 2019

This Month in Fragrance: September 2019

By Deanna Utroske

Fragrance makers big and small from Latin America, Asia, and the States were in the headlines on Cosmetics Design this month. Here are the highlights, including an Indie Beauty Profile of Georgia-based Othús Perfumery, 3 new fragrances from Shiseido,...

DMK Skincare launches probiotic product line

DMK Skincare launches probiotic product line

By Deanna Utroske

This month the paramedical skin care brand launched a collection of microbiome beauty products developed for people with acne, eczema, and other skin conditions as well as for people on long-term antibiotic regimen. The DSK Skincare Enbioment Microbiome...

Indie Beauty Profile Dr. Marc Ronert and Janna Ronert, Hush & Hush

Indie Beauty Profile

Dr. Marc Ronert and Janna Ronert, Hush & Hush

By Deanna Utroske

In their Indie Beauty Profile, Profile Dr. Marc Ronert and Janna Ronert, founders of the luxury beauty supplements brand Hush & Hush, describe how they identified an opportunity in the wellness supplements market and emphasize how valuable the right...

CEW now accepting 2020 Beauty Awards entries

CEW now accepting 2020 Beauty Awards entries

By Deanna Utroske

The professional organization’s annual Beauty Awards are among the most respected in the cosmetics and personal care industry. This year, CEW has added 6 new categories. And interested applicants have until late October to get submissions in (though any...

The Eco Well launches season 3 with a focus on Indie Beauty

The Eco Well launches season 3 with a focus on Indie Beauty

By Deanna Utroske

Season 3 of The Eco Well podcast kicked off last week with an episode featuring CosmeticsDesign.com Editor Deanna Utroske in conversation with cosmetic chemist and show host Jen Novakovich. The topic: how indie brands can find the path to success in today’s...

Indie Beauty Profile Katherine Tomasso, YON-KA Paris

Indie Beauty Profile

Katherine Tomasso, YON-KA Paris

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Katherine Tomasso, national director of education at YON-KA Paris, describes a business with decades of market experience, generations of passionate brand leaders, and all the attributes of an on-trend contemporary indie skin...

Markwins Beauty Brands is taking LORAC global

Markwins Beauty Brands is taking LORAC global

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week, the cosmetics company announced plans to take the color brand global, first expanding its footprint here in North America, and next by using an ecommerce strategy to reach consumers in Asia.

ADF&PCD packaging innovation trade show opens next week in New York City

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ADF&PCD packaging innovation trade show opens next week in New York City

By Deanna Utroske

The show made it’s US debut 3 years ago and has since grown to become a destination for beauty manufacturers and brands of all size looking to source the latest and best aerosol and packaging solutions for cosmetics, personal care, fine fragrance, gift-with-purchase,...

Trend Watch: the new face of acne care - how brands like Squish Beauty, Blume, and Starface are taking the shame out of pimples and breakouts

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Trend Watch: the new face of acne care

By Deanna Utroske

Pimples, spots, blemishes. Regardless of what it’s called, acne happens. And it happens often; “95% of adults will experience acne at some point in their lives, according to recent data shared with Cosmetics Design. Now, a new generation of personal care...