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Cosmetics in China: regulatory updates by COSMED

Cosmetics in China: regulatory updates by COSMED

By Lucy Whitehouse

Cosmed, a professional association for the beauty industry, here presents its latest insights in the China market for beauty players: e-commerce, new draft regulation, animal testing and more.

Indie Beauty is Everywhere!

Indie Beauty is Everywhere!

By Deanna Utroske

Startup and founder-led brands innovating and selling beauty products can be found on nearly every continent and in nearly every country. Here Cosmetics Design takes a look at a selection of innovative, independent cosmetics and personal care brands from...

This Month in Fragrance: May 2019

This Month in Fragrance: May 2019

By Deanna Utroske

This month on Cosmetics Design, the scent of extinct flowers, and packaging to help fragrance makers go green and get new product to market faster made headlines; as did a fragrance pop-up and concept shop, CEW award winning fragrances, and the importance...

Does feminine care belong in beauty? an interview with Amber Fawson and Cherie Hoeger, founders of period care brand Saalt

Does feminine care belong in beauty?

By Deanna Utroske

With new categories taking shape like hormonal skin care and whole-body beauty, and with more and more women leading cosmetics and personal care brands, the industry is shifting to reflect and respond differently to consumers’ lived experiences. Cosmetics...

3 indie brands bringing muscle care to beauty

3 indie brands bringing muscle care to beauty

By Deanna Utroske

As the wellness movement, active beauty, and alternative pain relief converge, it’s likely that more and more startup brands will get involved in the muscle care category. Here, Cosmetics Design looks at 3 indie brands ahead of curve in this unexpected...

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...

Cosmetics Design Editor Deanna Utroske to talk Beauty & Bacteria at 2019 AIRS Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Cosmetics Design to talk Beauty & Bacteria at AIRS Conference

By Deanna Utroske

May 31 and June 1 in Barcelona, Spain, the Institute for the Advancement of International Rehabilitation Standards is hosting a second International conference on Genomics and Microbiomics. And Cosmetics Design Editor Deanna Utroske will be there, speaking...

2019 CEW Beauty Awards highlight cosmetics and personal care industry trends

CEW Beauty Awards highlight industry trends

By Deanna Utroske

At last week’s CEW Beauty Awards luncheon event in New York City, the organization honored brands in over 45 categories and in doing so, showcased several top industry trends: probiotic care, wellness products, indie brands, sustainability initiatives,...

Who is the indie beauty consumer?

Who is the indie beauty consumer?

By Deanna Utroske

The indie beauty continues to grow; and while direct-to-consumer brands, pop-up shops, and makers markets are still very much a part of indie retail landscape, most major department stores, beauty specialty shops, and countless lifestyle boutiques carry...

4 beauty trends seen at 2019 Cosmoprof NA preview event

4 beauty trends seen at 2019 Cosmoprof NA preview event

By Deanna Utroske

Tuesday morning in New York City, the organizers of Cosmoprof North America hosted a press preview event, featuring 25+ brands and manufacturers that will be at this summer’s show. Cosmetics Design was there, and these are the formulation, packaging,...

Ginkgo Bioworks showcases the fragrance of extinct flowers at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City

Ginkgo Bioworks showcases the fragrance of extinct flowers

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week, the Boston, Massachusetts – based biotech firm helped open a multisensory installation at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Resurrecting the Sublime is the culmination of a 5-year project for Ginkgo: a project...

IBMG makes Indie Beauty Expo purely B2B and adds supply side event, Uplink Live

IBMG makes Indie Beauty Expo purely B2B and adds supply side event

By Deanna Utroske

Today, the Indie Beauty Media Group announced it’s closing the consumer discovery portion of its IBE events to better focus on the business needs of exhibiting brands. And at IBE NY this August, the group will debut a new face-to-face event—Uplink Live—connecting...

2019 Indie Beauty Innovators Awards, hosted by ICMAD, open for entries

Indie Beauty Innovators Awards open for entries

By Deanna Utroske

The annual CITY awards facilitated by ICMAD have been rebranded for 2019 and are now accepting entries for products, brands, and people across some 14 categories.

Indie Beauty Profile Nickie Nougaisse, Curls Dynasty

Indie Beauty Profile

Nickie Nougaisse, Curls Dynasty

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Nickie Nougaisse, founder of Curls Dynasty talks about building a solution-based hair brand for people with textured hair, specifically for people with dry hair issues and those who are transitioning from a chemically relaxed...

New brands emerge at The Makeup Show 2019

New brands emerge at The Makeup Show 2019

By Genevieve Santos-Bann

Dubbed as the “Beauty Experience,” The Makeup Show is where professional makeup artists go to restock their favorite products and engage in demos and workshops with premier artists from around the globe.

Consumer Education: Supergoop pop-up teaches the basics of SPF

Consumer Education: Supergoop pop-up teaches the basics of SPF

By Deanna Utroske

This past weekend in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, the prestige sun care brand opened a pop-up shop that invited millennials back to school to learn about the importance of daily sunscreen use and about how the Supergoop brand can help make that...

4 indie beauty brands standout at The Makeup Show NYC

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4 indie beauty brands standout at The Makeup Show NYC

By Deanna Utroske

This year’s New York City edition of The Makeup Show includes numerous indie exhibitors across categories, from skin care to color cosmetics, from lash makers to nail brands, and from accessories to brushes. Following this weekend’s press preview of 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...

This Month in Fragrance: April 2019

This Month in Fragrance: April 2019

By Deanna Utroske

Fragrance can be elusive. But it’s an important sector of the beauty industry and one that Cosmetics Design covers more often than you might think. This month we’ve shared news of corporate partnerships, venture capital investment, recognition of an outstanding...

NYSCC Suppliers’ Day hosts Indie Forecast chat

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NYSCC Suppliers’ Day hosts Indie Forecast chat

By Deanna Utroske

At this year’s ingredient trade show in New York City, Fedora Stojkoska-Hristov, head of New Product Development for Rare Beauty Brands; Sanjiv Mehra, Chairman of ICMAD and CEO of eos products; and Cosmetics Design Editor Deanna Utroske will discuss what...

Biossance: the beauty brand that biotech built - an interview with Caroline Hadfield

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Biossance: the beauty brand that biotech built

By Deanna Utroske

Caroline Hadfield is no stranger to the beauty industry. She’s held executive positions with LVMH, Sephora, and The Body Shop. And most recently she’s built a beauty brand from within a biotech firm. Cosmetics Design sat down with Hadfield earlier this...

Indie Trail companies offer beauty startups less and more at in-cosmetics Global 2019

Indie Trail companies offer beauty startups less and more

By Deanna Utroske

Just 34 of the more than 800 companies exhibiting at the in-cosmetics Global tradeshow in Paris this month opted to be featured on the event’s first Indie Trail map—a guide meant to help indie beauty brands and aspiring founders find and connect with...

New legislation in Canada advances likelihood of animal testing ban

New legislation in Canada advances likelihood of animal testing ban

By Deanna Utroske

On Friday, Conservative MP Marylyn Gladu (who represents Sarina—Lambton, Ontario) moved to have a bill read that would effectively ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. Advocates are calling this legislative...

CEW honors indie beauty brand founders

CEW honors indie beauty brand founders

By Deanna Utroske

Last month in New York City, the professional organization Cosmetic Executive Women held its first Female Founders Awards event, celebrating the brands and business built by Amy Errett, Lauren Gores Ireland and Marianna Hewitt, Gregg Renfrew, Vicky Tsai,...

Indie Beauty Profile Maya Ivanjesku, LaFlore Probiotic Skincare - Dakota Biotech and microbiome-friendly skin care

Indie Beauty Profile

Maya Ivanjesku, LaFlore Probiotic Skincare

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile Maya Ivanjesku, chief scientific officer at LaFlore Probiotic Skincare, shares insight in to the challenges of building a microbiome skin care brand and offers personal care startup founders refreshingly honest advice about...

Dove wants media images to represent women as they are

Dove wants media images to represent women as they are

By Deanna Utroske

Today, the Unilever personal care brand announced a partnership with Getty Images and Girlgaze that makes a new library of stock photos available to media and advertisers for license. With its new #ShowUs initiative, Dove wants to expand the conventional...

in-cosmetics Global 2019 welcomes indie beauty brands

in-cosmetics Global 2019 welcomes indie beauty brands

By Deanna Utroske

At next month’s in-cosmetics global tradeshow in Paris, beauty startups and independent personal care brands will have a clear path to follow and an easier time connecting with ingredient suppliers that are offering low order volumes and other services...

Mary Kay signs onto UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Mary Kay signs onto UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

By Deanna Utroske

This month, the social sales beauty company added its name to a growing roster of businesses and corporations participating in WEPs. And late last week, when Deborah Gibbins, the company’s chief operating officer, spoke at a United Nations forum focused...

Financial Freedom: a conversation with Makeup America! founder Randa Fahmy - US National Debt - CSR - cosmetics - social purpose - women

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Financial Freedom: a conversation with Makeup America! founder Randa Fahmy

By Deanna Utroske

Makeup America! is an indie color cosmetics brand proudly building a business around the value of made-in-America beauty products and a social mission of paying down the US national debit—a unique mission which Fahmy hopes other brands will take up and...

Indie beauty was everywhere at 2019 CEW Product Demo

Indie beauty was everywhere at 2019 CEW Product Demo

By Deanna Utroske

Voting closes Thursday night. And it’s a tough call for the Beauty Awards this year: the room of indie beauty brands attracted quite a crowd, while elsewhere on the show floor startups and founder-led brands competed with legacy brands and multinational...

4 novel beauty innovations seen at Beauty Squared: Botanical Signature packaging, Moi Cosmetics with CBD, espinache spinach skin care, Sway mask an...

4 novel beauty innovations seen at Beauty Squared

By Deanna Utroske

This week’s Beauty Squared event in New York City features 20+ indie brands, all orbiting the mindful beauty space. Here Cosmetics Design looks at 4 brands doing things differently in packaging, color cosmetics, skin care, and personal care.

NYSCC to host event for aspiring cosmetic chemists

NYSCC to host event for aspiring cosmetic chemists

By Deanna Utroske

Next month, the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is bringing together speakers from 4 major North American universities for a half-day event entitled Cosmetic Science in Academia.

Aptar continues outreach to indie beauty brands with new site

Aptar continues outreach to indie beauty brands with new site

By Deanna Utroske

The packaging company launched its new site for startups and standalone cosmetics and personal care brands at this week’s Luxe Pack event in Los Angeles, California. It’s the next iteration of Aptar’s Indie Boutique offering.

Can limited-edition packaging work for indie personal care brands? OLIKA and the pink marshmallow Minnie hand sanitizer

Can limited-edition packaging work for indie personal care brands?

By Deanna Utroske

OLIKA believes it can. The design-driven consumer goods brand launched 2 years ago and still has essentially one product: hand sanitizer. In late January, OLIKA debuted the first of its Rare Bird Collection, a limited-edition series of OLIKA’s popular...