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Grace Ray is the new CEO of Milani Cosmetics

Grace Ray is the new CEO of Milani Cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

In June, the private equity firm Gryphon Investors invested heavily in the masstige beauty brand. Now Grace Ray, a cosmetics and personal care industry leader, has accepted the board’s invitation to join the company as CEO at the end of the month. And...

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P&G will acquire indie skin care brand FAB

By Deanna Utroske

Reports are circulating this week that P&G will pay close to $250m for the popular skin care brand founded by Lilli Gordon and known as First Aid Beauty.

nail polish and color cosmetics brand butter London has been acquired by Astral Brands

butter London has been acquired

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week the color cosmetics brand best known for its 3-free nail polish was acquired by Astral Brands. It’s the latest resolute move from this privately help beauty corporation as it buys and builds brands on the way to becoming a formidable power...

Coty teams with DKSH in Asia

Coty teams with DKSH in Asia

By Deanna Utroske

Again Coty has partnered with the market expansion services company, in this instance to advance the beauty maker’s professional hair care business in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Eurofragrance upgrades production facility in Mexico

By Deanna Utroske

The international fragrance maker has embarked on a two-phase facility improvement project, which will in turn expand the company’s capabilities—blending raw materials, essential oils, and molecules—in Mexico and the surrounding region.

Beauty Pitch Angels event returns to CosmoProf NA for 2018

Beauty Pitch Angels event returns to CosmoProf NA for 2018

By Deanna Utroske

Registration is open through the end of June for both entrepreneurs and investors interested in participating in the event next month. The Beauty Pitch Angels program is essentially an interactive venue for emerging cosmetics and personal care brands...

Markwins Beauty Brands acquires Lorac Cosmetics

Markwins Beauty Brands acquires Lorac Cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

The privately-owned beauty company is known for its portfolio of non-competing color cosmetics brands, like Physicians Formula and wet n wild. With this latest deal, Markwins adds an MUA brand to the mix and there are plans to expand Markwins with acquisitions...

Jill Scalamandre is new president of Bare Escentuals Beauty at Shiseido

Jill Scalamandre is new president of Bare Escentuals Beauty at Shiseido

By Deanna Utroske

On Friday, the accomplished beauty executive became president of the Bare Escentuals business, taking leadership of two color brands: bareMinerals and BUXOM. The new role is in addition to her work as president of Shiseido’s Global Makeup Center of Excellence,...

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Debra G. Perelman ascends to CEO at Revlon

By Deanna Utroske

Last Wednesday, Perelman became president and CEO of the multinational beauty company. Her overarching objectives are to accelerate Revlon’s growth and foster disruptive and innovative change from within the cosmetics and personal care company.

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Revlon to develop fragrance collection for fashion brand AllSaints

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week Revlon announced a global licensing deal with the London fashion brand, adding AllSaints to an impressive perfume and fragrance portfolio that already includes brands like Juicy Couture, Elizabeth Taylor, and Christina Aguilera.

Cosmetics Design's top LATAM stories

Cosmetics Design's top LATAM stories

By Simon Pitman

We are bringing you some of the highlights from our recent Latin American beauty market coverage, which includes interesting moves from brands and suppliers, industry expos and market trends.

Marc Anthony Cosmetics acquires Cake Beauty

Marc Anthony Cosmetics acquires Cake Beauty

By Deanna Utroske

The indie hair care brand out of Canada would like to be that country’s leading beauty company and a bigger contender in the global cosmetics and personal care business too. This week’s deal with Cake Beauty is a next step on that journey.

The Estée Lauder Companies Q2 results

The Estée Lauder Companies Q2 results

By Deanna Utroske

Makeup and skin care continue to do well for the company, while this quarter’s results were uniquely impacted by the recent US tax reform bill, and for the immediate future, the company is banking on digital marketing and prestige beauty.

Crown Laboratories acquires self-tanning brand Vita Liberata

Crown Laboratories acquires self-tanning brand Vita Liberata

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week the pharmaceutical and consumer products company announced it has acquired the organic sunless tanning and skin care brand founded by CEO Alyson Hogg. Crown Laboratories sees the global brand as a fitting addition to their existing sun...

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Kao acquiring prestige hair care brand Oribe

By Deanna Utroske

Late last year the global salon products company announced the signing of a deal to buy Oribe Hair Care. As part of the agreement, brand co-founder Daniel Kaner will join the Kao management team as president of Oribe.

Ariana Grande and the celebrity fragrance business

Ariana Grande and the celebrity fragrance business

By Deanna Utroske

Influencer and celebrity brands aren’t what they used to be, and recording artist Ariana Grande’s fragrance partnership with LUXE Brands is a case in point. Late last year the franchise passed the $150 million retail sales milestone.

Huda Beauty to launch HB Investments

Huda Beauty to launch HB Investments

By Deanna Utroske

Today, TSG Consumer Partners announced that the firm has acquired a minority stake in the color cosmetics brand. With this funding, Huda Beauty has plans to build a more global business and launch a program that will fund and mentor entrepreneurs in the...

Natural personal care proves to be good business for Clorox

Natural personal care proves to be good business for Clorox

By Deanna Utroske

The Clorox Company announced Q1 2018 financial results this week and it’s clear that the Burt’s Bees personal care and cosmetics brand is doing well for the company, despite its being the only beauty brand in the Clorox portfolio.

More funding for beauty startup Sahi Cosmetics

More funding for beauty startup Sahi Cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

This month the beauty brand, founded by Shelly Sahi and dedicated to making color cosmetics for women with medium skin tones, was awarded $100,000 in the Rise of the Rest competition for venture capital.

SC Johnson to acquire Method soap brand

SC Johnson to acquire Method soap brand

By Deanna Utroske

The household chemical and product maker announced the forthcoming transaction late last week. It’s a deal that will add Method’s hand and body soaps to the SC Johnson portfolio.

A look at the beauty brands on this year’s Inc. 5000

A look at the beauty brands on this year’s Inc. 5000

By Deanna Utroske

The monthly magazine covering news about growing US businesses has issued its latest 5000 list, a roster of “the fastest-growing private firms in America” and the entrepreneurs behind them.

Is Unilever about to acquire Estee Lauder?

Is Unilever about to acquire Estee Lauder?

By Deanna Utroske

Rumors of a takeover began to fly Friday after the Evening Standard published an item, citing unnamed sources, suggesting that Unilever and other interested buyers (multinational cosmetic companies, global investment firms, and holding companies) are...

Dubai-based vegan cosmetics line hits the US

Dubai-based vegan cosmetics line hits the US

By Simon Pitman

Indie beauty brands Luscious Cosmetics has made the leap into the huge US markets, after expanding rapidly thanks to its focus on a vegan cruelty-free colour cosmetics.

Freeman Beauty acquisition signals intent to go global

Freeman Beauty acquisition signals intent to go global

By Deanna Utroske

Yellow Wood Partners just announced buying the personal care company and has plans to work with the existing senior management team at Freeman Beauty to expand business in current channels as well as into new markets internationally.

Avon struggles continue as losses mount

Avon struggles continue as losses mount

By Lucy Whitehouse

In a continuation of its recent poor performances, Avon again announced a quarterly loss with its most recent, second-quarter statement.

Colorescience announces new funding and new board member

Colorescience announces new funding and new board member

By Deanna Utroske

The beauty brand, known for its color products that function like skin care and sell primarily in the pro channel, has just completed a series C funding round and is welcoming Adele Oliva to its board.

Avon Products says this is the last leadership change, for now

Avon Products says this is the last leadership change, for now

By Deanna Utroske

This week the direct sales beauty company announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer. And in making the announcement, Avon Products assured investors, the industry, and the public that the company is now moving full speed ahead toward...

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Hourglass will become Unilever’s first color cosmetics brand

By Deanna Utroske

The personal care company announced on Tuesday that a deal has been struck to acquire the makeup brand Hourglass. It’s the latest in a string of Unilever acquisitions to bring prestige personal care and beauty brands onboard.  

Alex Keith (image courtesy of the company)

Alex Keith steps up to lead P&G’s streamlined beauty business

By Deanna Utroske

Following last year’s divesture of dozens of brands, P&G still does a multibillion dollar business in beauty. And as of next month, Keith, who’s been with the company since 1989 will be in charge of what’s left of the P&G skin care and personal...

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