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M&A activity hints at new realities in the beauty sector

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M&A activity hints at new realities in the beauty sector

By Deanna Utroske

This past week Coty bought controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics, The Estée Lauder Companies acquired Korea-based skin care brand Dr Jart+, and Olaplex accepted a private equity deal from Advent International. To get a sense of what these transactions...

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KDC/ONE acquires Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories

By Deanna Utroske

The Canada-based beauty and personal care manufacturer announced the latest in a series of acquisitions this week. This time the company adds California-based prestige manufacturer Benchmark to its global network of product production facilities.

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Why is the food industry buying into beauty?

By Deanna Utroske

This month’s investment deal between food and beverage venture capital firm BFG and skin care startup ZitSticka raised some eyebrows. So, Cosmetics Design checked with BFG partner Ben Fenton and ZitSticka co-founder Daniel Kaplan to find out why their...

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Clean skin care startup Drunk Elephant sells to Shiseido for $845m

By Deanna Utroske

Shiseido set itself a 2020 sales goal of ¥1 trillion and surpassed that goal in 2017. The beauty maker’s new goal is to reach ¥1.2 trillion in sales by 2020 and to “be among the top three companies in the global prestige cosmetics market.” Shiseido’s...

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Cheekbone Beauty picks up $350k from Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

By Deanna Utroske

The Ontario, Canada – based color cosmetics brand announced a first funding deal with Raven Indigenous Capital Partners this week. The firm invests to support indigenous values and social enterprise. And while both the Cheekbone Beauty brand and the investment...

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Evonik Venture Capital regularly invests in beauty

By Deanna Utroske

In 2012, the specialty chemical company established an in-house venture capital firm. Over the intervening years, the company has invested in nearly 20 businesses, many of which promise to influence the future of the cosmetics and personal care industry....

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Sun Chemical is buying BASF pigment business

By Deanna Utroske

In late August, the DIC Corporation (of which Sun Chemical is a subsidiary) announced having entered a definitive agreement with BASF to acquire the company's Colors & Effects global pigments business. BASF Colors & Effects serves several...

Why is Lubrizol pursuing indie brands?  a Cosmetics Design interview with Brandon Ford, Chief Accelerator Director at Lubrizol

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Why is Lubrizol pursuing indie brands?

By Deanna Utroske

The global cosmetics and personal care ingredient supplier hired a chief accelerator director in 2017, invested in One Ocean Beauty in 2018, and this week the company is exhibiting at Uplink Live in New York City. At this year’s BeautyX Capital Summit,...

The future of hair care is texture. Is your business ready? a Cosmetics Design interview with Romina Brown, President of Strategic Solutions Intern...

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The future of hair care is texture. Is your business ready?

By Deanna Utroske

Consumer demographics are shifting here in the US and globally. And before long, formulators, manufacturers, brands, and retailers will focus more on the characteristics and curl pattern of hair than on any given consumer’s ethnicity. Cosmetics Design...

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BeautyX Capital Summit opens Monday in New York City

By Deanna Utroske

The once-a-year knowledge sharing summit is all about capital raising, funding strategies, and the financial realities of launching and running an independent beauty brand. And the 2019 edition of BeautyX Capital promises to be a must-attend event for...

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Personal care manufacturer KDC/ONE makes second acquisition this month

By Deanna Utroske

The Canadian company announced this week that it has reached a deal to acquire Swallowfield’s beauty manufacturing business. The news comes just 2 weeks after KDC/ONE acquired Alkos and again furthers the company’s presence and capabilities in Europe.

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KDC/ONE acquires French beauty manufacturer Alkos

By Deanna Utroske

Recently, Canadian cosmetics and personal care manufacturer KDC/ONE has been growing steadily, opening new laboratory facilities in 2018 and again early this year, and acquiring several businesses to strategically bolster the company’s capabilities in...

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Lori Singer joins Perfumania as president of Parlux Fragrances division

By Deanna Utroske

Friday, when the company announced the news, also marked the accomplished fragrance and beauty executive’s first day in her new role—a role where she’s expected not only to grow the current Parlux Fragrances global business but also to generate new licensing...

Sugandh Agrawal, founder of GUNAS

Why is this vegan handbag company getting into the beauty business?

By Deanna Utroske

Thanks to funding from an anonymous angel investor, GUNAS will soon be selling soaps. The company Sugandh Agrawal founded in 2009 is, according to New York City – based financial advisor Neil Mohinani, currently valued at $5 million and by 2025 that figure...

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CEO Patricia Stitzel takes on board chair role at Tupperware

By Deanna Utroske

Tupperware Brands Corporation owns 5 beauty and personal care brands: Avroy Shlain, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo. As board chair and CEO, Stitzel now leads those brands as well as the company’s namesake food storage and home business....

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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

Coty announces new CEO and shifts corporate focus to financials

Coty announces new CEO and shifts corporate focus to financials

By Deanna Utroske

Camillo Pane took on the CEO role in July of 2016 just about one year after he joined Coty’s category development team. Now Pane is out and Pierre Laubies, an executive who’s apparently adept at reducing the debt burden of CPG companies, is in as CEO...

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