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Birdie hand sanitizers (photo courtesy of OLIKA)

Personal care startup OLIKA hires CEO

By Deanna Utroske

The design-forward brand announced changes to the OLIKA leadership this month, along with plans to expand the business beyond its signature Birdie and Minnie hand sanitizers.

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BeautyX Retail Summit returns to Dallas, Texas, in May

By Deanna Utroske

The 2-day educational event for indie beauty brand leaders takes place next month and features cosmetics and personal care retail experts from Credo, The Detox Market, Whole Foods, Neiman Marcus, Feelunique, Sephora, and more. To learn more about this...

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Mary Kay’s sprit of entrepreneurship impacts women today

By Deanna Utroske

While it was just last month when Mary Kay signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles. The company has been focused on women’s entrepreneurship since day one. To find out more about the Mary Kay approach to expanding women’s economic and...

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Lisa M. Edwards to join board of directors at Colgate-Palmolive

By Deanna Utroske

The Salesforce executive will take her seat at the table March 1st; and later this year 2 board members will retire. The leadership changes come at a time of transition for Colgate: the consumer products company’s next CEO takes his post in April.

photo courtesy of the brand

Charlotte Tilbury to open first US store this summer

By Deanna Utroske

The color cosmetics, skin care, and fragrance brand led by makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury announced the location of its first own-brand retail shop in North America this week. The flagship store is a next step in what has been a steady progression of...

photo courtesy of Green Growth Brands

CBD personal care maker Green Growth Brands adds ecommerce

By Deanna Utroske

This month the Columbus, Ohio – based cannabis company has opened both physical retail and online retail spaces serving beauty consumers in the US, looking for skin care, bath, and body care formulated with hemp-derived CBD.

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Colgate announces next CEO

By Deanna Utroske

This week, the global consumer brands company (which owns Tom’s of Maine, Irish Spring, Lady Speed Stick, and other personal care brands) announced that Noel Wallace, currently COO at Colgate-Palmolive, will become CEO in April.

photo courtesy of NEST Fragrances

Maria Dempsey joins NEST Fragrances as CEO

By Deanna Utroske

The luxury fragrance company Laura Slatkin founded 10 years ago is poised for international growth, new digital initiatives, and expansion into even more product categories. And Dempsey, who brings substantial industry experience to the role vacated by...

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Vantage Specialty Chemicals acquires German surfactant maker

By Deanna Utroske

The personal care ingredient maker announced the deal late last week. By adding LEUNA-Tenside GmbH to the Vantage business, the company hopes to expand its specialty personal care offerings and grow its reach in Europe.

Alan Jope, incoming CEO (photo via Unilever)

Unilever’s next CEO is current president of beauty and personal care

By Deanna Utroske

At the start of the New Year, Alan Jope will take over as CEO of the multinational consumer goods company. Having most recently led the beauty and personal care business—Unilever’s largest division—and been with company his entire career, Jope has the...

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