Retail & the Beauty Consumer

Revlon completes Elizabeth Arden acquisition

Revlon completes Elizabeth Arden acquisition

By Deanna Utroske

It’s a done deal! Revlon confirmed last week that the acquisition was successful and that the combined company—a “global beauty enterprise”–now operates with Revlon as the parent company and is traded on the NYSE as REV.

e.l.f. Beauty announces IPO terms

e.l.f. Beauty announces IPO terms

By Deanna Utroske

The cosmetics, skin care, and beauty tools company filed an amendment with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, outlining e.l.f.'s market value, price per share, and number of shares to be available.

Estée Lauder year-end and Q4 results show a lift in sales

Estée Lauder year-end and Q4 results show a lift in sales

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week the beauty and fragrance manufacturer announced its most recent financial results, with sales up in all categories, makeup performing best, and a net sales increase across the region—in Canada, the States, and Latin America.

Kathy Cullin is now general manager of Bare Escentuals US

Kathy Cullin is now general manager of Bare Escentuals US

By Deanna Utroske

On Monday, Cullin took on her new role leading the brand’s commercial business and customer experience. The general manager position itself is also new for Bare Escentuals US, and in it Cullin reports to Marc Rey, president and CEO of Shiseido Americas.

Coty Q4 and year-end results

Coty Q4 and year-end results

By Deanna Utroske

The cosmetics, skin care, and fragrance company announced its latest financials this week, showing a decline in revenue for the year, better numbers on a quarterly basis, and optimism about integrating the beauty brands that Coty is acquiring from P&G.

CD Buzz: Indie Beauty Focus

CD Buzz

CD Buzz: Indie Beauty Focus

By Simon Pitman

Ahead of the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City this month, the Cosmetics Design takes a look at what to expect at the event, as well as what's happening in the fast-paced world of indie beauty, where the innovation is at and how these players are...

Elizabeth Arden year-end financial results are in

Elizabeth Arden year-end financial results are in

By Deanna Utroske

This month the prestige beauty company, which will merge with Revlon by the end of 2016, announced its Q4 and year-end numbers, showing a good performance financially and strategically.  

direct sales beauty company New Avon LLC moving to NJ or Brooklyn

Where will New Avon LLC go next?

By Deanna Utroske

The privately held direct-sales beauty company will likely remain in the greater New York City area. For its new location, however, New Avon is considering sites and incentives on either side of Manhattan.

Q2 results from fragrance maker and cosmetic ingredient company IFF

Second quarter financial results from IFF

By Deanna Utroske

This week the fragrance and flavor maker announced Q2 strategic accomplishments and financials. From a currency neutral perspective, company sales are growing—in North America by 5%.

direct-sales beauty company Avon Products Q2 financial results are in

Avon Products Q2 financial results are in

By Deanna Utroske

Without adjusting to constant dollars, the direct-sales beauty company’s revenue was down in every region: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; South Latin America; North Latin America; and the Asia Pacific.

A new headquarters for Estée Lauder?

A new headquarters for Estée Lauder?

By Deanna Utroske

The beauty company’s search for a new space is underway as two of its key leases in New York City are set to expire, according to real estate industry media.

Gloria Mayfield Banks makes history at Mary Kay

Gloria Mayfield Banks makes history at Mary Kay

By Deanna Utroske

Having recently earned the prestigious rank of Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director, Banks also holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to achieve this title at the direct-sales beauty company.

Ulta Beauty launching its own credit card

Ulta Beauty launching its own credit card

By Deanna Utroske

The cosmetics and personal care retailer has contracted with data-driven marketing firm Alliance Data Systems Corporation to establish an Ultamate Rewards Credit Card and loyalty program for beauty consumers.

Coty names Camillo Pane CEO

Coty names a new CEO

By Deanna Utroske

The appointment won’t take effect until later this year, once the Coty P&G deal is formally closed. Fittingly, the new executive has experience integrating acquisitions in and beyond the US.  

fragrance and beauty company Inter Parfums Q2 numbers and Coach launch

Inter Parfums Q2 numbers

By Deanna Utroske

The fragrance and beauty innovator announced its most recent financial figures, showing impressive net sales. And now Inter Parfums is looking ahead to the second half of the year and the company’s first launch of a Coach branded scent.

This year’s beauty industry job market looks good for talent

This year’s beauty industry job market looks good for talent

By Deanna Utroske

At last night’s CEW event in New York City, job experts from 24 Seven and The Estée Lauder Companies shared insights about the current state of hiring and employment among cosmetic and personal care brands and manufacturers.

Executive leadership changes Estée Lauder Companies, Origns, Jo Malone

Executive leadership changes at Estée Lauder Companies

By Deanna Utroske

This month the cosmetics maker announced two in-house appointments to strengthen the global reach of its Origins and Jo Malone London brands. One is already in effect, while the other is set to take place this fall.

Women rising in the ranks at Markwins Beauty Brands

Women rising in the ranks at Markwins Beauty Brands

By Deanna Utroske

The private cosmetics company owns popular labels such as wet n wild, Black Radiance, Bonne Bell, Lip Smacker, and Physicians Formula; and now, in a move to restructure Markwins’ leadership, in-house promotions are being announced.   

L’Oréal will acquire skincare, makeup company IT Cosmetics for 1.2 bn

L’Oréal will acquire IT Cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

Friday afternoon, the self-proclaimed world’s leading beauty company announced the signing of a deal to purchase skin care and makeup brand IT Cosmetics for over $1bn — validation of IT Cosmetics’ hard-earned reputation for innovation and consumer loyalty.  

Commercial real estate industry sees a big opportunity in cosmetics

Commercial real estate industry sees a big opportunity in cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

This week, that industry’s news coverage highlights the success of standalone beauty shops like Sephora and Ulta but also points to the increase in foot traffic that the right personal care and cosmetic brands and services bring into drug and big-box...

Beautycounter buys the Nude natural skin care line from LVMH

Beautycounter buys the Nude natural skin care line from LVMH

By Deanna Utroske

Not to be left out of the M&A game this summer, Beautycounter posted news of the acquisition on its Instagram page yesterday evening, saying “and the Beautycounter family just got a little bigger. Welcome, NUDE Skincare! #saferbeauty #betterbeauty.”

Revlon acquires Elizabeth Arden, adding prestige beauty

Revlon acquires Elizabeth Arden, adding prestige beauty

By Deanna Utroske

In a multimillion dollar cash deal that’s had everyone talking since it was announced Thursday evening, the mass market beauty and personal care company is adding prestige color cosmetics and fragrance to its multinational business.

Equal Pay Pledge signed by two cosmetics and personal care companies

Equal Pay Pledge signed by two cosmetics and personal care companies

By Deanna Utroske

Yesterday The White House announced the initiative, “highlighting the critical role that businesses must play in reducing the national gender pay gap” and encouraging private sector companies to commit to steps that will ensure women and men earn equal...

Cosmetics company Shiseido Americas acquires Laura Mercier and RéVive

Shiseido Americas acquires Laura Mercier and RéVive

By Deanna Utroske

Shiseido is buying Gurwitch Products (the holding company of those two makeup brands), and the deal is expected to bring the Japan-based cosmetics company closer to its ambitious 2020 sales goal of 1 trillion yen.

Revlon acquires nail polish remover brand Cutex from Coty

Revlon acquires nail polish brand Cutex

By Deanna Utroske

In a deal announced yesterday, the global cosmetics and beauty care company added the Cutex international business to its portfolio of brands. Coty gave up the nail brand as part of that company’s ongoing transformation.

Lafley leaves P&G

Lafley leaves P&G

By Deanna Utroske

After 12 years as chairman of the board for the multinational consumer goods company, A.G. Lafley is leaving the post again. His successor will take over next month, and P&G hopes things move ahead smoothly.

Elizabeth Arden to acquire Christina Aguilera fragrances

Elizabeth Arden to acquire Christina Aguilera fragrances

By Deanna Utroske

Today, the prestige beauty company announced its plans to buy the global rights to all seven of the recording artist’s fragrance brands, a move that’s right in line with Elizabeth Arden’s renewed emphasis on fragrance.

Sales and profits are up at IFF

Sales and profits are up at IFF

By Deanna Utroske

At the start of this week, the company announced its Q1 results, and on a currency neutral basis, the numbers look good.

Elizabeth Arden Q3 results show sales growth

Elizabeth Arden Q3 results show sales growth

By Deanna Utroske

At constant currency rates, the company is reporting good news for both the Elizabeth Arden brand and others owned by the company. With several strategic initiatives in place, the company is looking ahead to its year-end report in August.

Avon Products Q1 results

Avon Products Q1 results

By Deanna Utroske

The company made its first quarterly financial report today since having sold the North American business to Cerberus Capital Management.

A new CEO sets to work at New Avon LLC

A new CEO sets to work at New Avon LLC

By Deanna Utroske

Just last week the privately owned, stand-alone North American business got a new chief executive, an appointment from outside the company that was announced just weeks after New Avon LLC became a reality.

Brazil’s Natura Cosmetics posts a loss for Q1

Brazil’s Natura Cosmetics posts a loss for Q1

By Deanna Utroske

Multinationals are edging in to the South American region while the economy is down; but for the time being, this quarter’s results don’t look good for the local direct-sales beauty company.

L’Oréal sees developed markets hold up in Q1 sales

L’Oréal sees developed markets hold up in Q1 sales

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

L’Oréal saw its Group sales rise 1.8% for the first quarter 2016 to €6.55 billion, thanks to gains made in Western Europe and North America offsetting difficulties encountered in some emrging markets due to the strengthening euro.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance joins the S&P 500

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance joins the S&P 500

By Deanna Utroske

At the close of trading tomorrow, the beauty company will take its place on the market indicator list alongside other industry leaders, including Estee Lauder Cos., International Flavors & Fragrances, Dow Chemical, and P&G.

Is Procter & Gamble well on the road to recovery?

Is Procter & Gamble well on the road to recovery?

By Simon Pitman

A Wall Street analyst’s positive note on Procter & Gamble’s outlook has sent share prices upwards and could be one of the first signs the business is really back on track.

Ulta Beauty announces plans for satellite headquarters

Ulta Beauty announces plans for satellite headquarters

By Deanna Utroske

The private label brand and beauty retailer has its offices in Bolingbrook, Illinois, a west suburb of Chicago, and this summer Ulta will open space in the heart of the city for up to 100 employees.

PDC Brands acquires Original Additions

PDC Brands acquires Original Additions

By Deanna Utroske

With this latest cosmetics company acquisition, PDC secures its industry position further and sets the stage for international business as well.

Hair care company Strength of Nature acquired

Hair care company Strength of Nature acquired

By Deanna Utroske

GCPL is strategically growing though acquisitions, particularly in hair care for women of African descent, and with this latest deal the India-based company gains market share as well as US-specific insights and product knowledge.   

Will Old Spice lawsuit hurt Procter & Gamble?

Will Old Spice lawsuit hurt Procter & Gamble?

By Simon Pitman

P&G has been facing up to the challenge of flat sales and a significant restructuring of the business, but more challenges come as it is slapped with a lawsuit on its Old Spice brand.