Retail & the Beauty Consumer

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.

Oriflame coming to US and Brazil

Oriflame coming to US and Brazil

By Deanna Utroske

The direct-sales beauty company is scouting out new growth markets and has plans to launch operations in both North and South America.

beautyblender and Avon reach a settlement

beautyblender and Avon reach a settlement

By Deanna Utroske

The innovative application tool company Rea.deeming Beauty accepted a substantial payment from Avon as the company continues to challenge trademark infringement globally.

VariBlend and Cosmax USA team up

VariBlend and Cosmax USA team up

By Deanna Utroske

The manufacturing and packaging partnership will be rolling our product within months and is all part of Cosmax’s plans to dominate the contract manufacturing space in the Americas and beyond.

Ulta reports strong sales and further expansion plans

Ulta reports strong sales and further expansion plans

By Simon Pitman

The cosmetic and beauty retailer is going from strength to strength on the back of its focus on a wider selection of color cosmetics, with sales for the latest quarter strong and more stores planned.

Avon shifts HQ to the UK, sheds 2,500 jobs

Avon shifts HQ to the UK, sheds 2,500 jobs

By Simon Pitman

Avon Products has confirmed that it is shifting its international headquarters to the UK and is to reduce its workforce by 2,500 as part of its transformation plan for the ailing business.

New Avon LLC has arrived

New Avon LLC has arrived

By Deanna Utroske

The privately owned North American Avon business is a done deal this month as Cerberus Capital Management takes a majority stake in the beauty company—a transaction meant to make Avon profitable again.  

Revlon has no CEO

Revlon has no CEO

By Deanna Utroske

Today Lorenzo Delpani steps down from the position he’s held since October of 2013, and the company has yet to name a replacement or interim leader.

per-fékt beauty gets capital investment from CDG

per-fékt beauty gets capital investment from CDG

By Deanna Utroske

The Cosmetics Design Group (a company with no affiliation to this publication) has bought a majority stake in the successful indie brand, and going forward the two companies will essentially act as partners.

Women working in cosmetics industry treated more equally than most

Women working in cosmetics industry treated more equally than most

By Deanna Utroske

New data from job review site fairygodboss.com shows well over half of women working in the beauty business self-report being treated equitably in regard to gender, though when it comes to job satisfaction cosmetics scored near the bottom.

Colorescience takes on debt to expand the brand

Colorescience takes on debt to expand the brand

By Deanna Utroske

The sun care cosmetics company is looking to reach new markets and have a larger retail presence. Multimillion-dollar financing from the Life Sciences Group of Bridge Bank will help with that.

Nu Skin fourth quarter misses the mark

Nu Skin fourth quarter misses the mark

By Simon Pitman

US-based Nu Skin continues to struggle against currency headwinds and declining sales in its mainstay Asia Pacific markets, with the resulting net profits coming in at below expectations.

State of Florida considering cosmetics regulations update

State of Florida considering cosmetics regulations update

By Deanna Utroske

Every two years cosmetics made, packaged, or labeled in the state have to be registered with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Separate bills, currently under consideration by the Senate and the House, would change that mandate.

Avon losses are bigger than expected

Avon losses are bigger than expected

By Simon Pitman

Avon results show a big drop in sales on the back of currency translations and tax costs, leading net profits to come in below market expectations.

Watch Cosmetics Design on CCTV America tonight!

Watch Cosmetics Design on CCTV America tonight!

By Simon Pitman

This evening at 7:45pm, Michelle Makori, the NYC-co anchor for CCTV-AMERICA   will be interviewing me about the biggest trends in the global cosmetics market and what's happening across markets worldwide.

Investors are indecisive about Coty. Here’s why…

Investors are indecisive about Coty. Here’s why…

By Simon Pitman

Share prices in Coty have been volatile ever since the company announced major expansion plans last year, and the trend has been downward so far this year, reflecting a number of uncertainties.

Who will acquire Revlon?

Who will acquire Revlon?

By Deanna Utroske

That’s the question majority owner Ron Perelman is asking—late last week he filed a statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission declaring that his investment firm is exploring strategic alternatives involving the company.

P&G streamlines global PR strategy

P&G streamlines global PR strategy

By Deanna Utroske

The consumer goods company is making changes to save money and influence consumers all at once, with public relations efforts squarely refocused on brand-building thought leadership initiatives.

Top-hitting trend articles in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

Trends in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

Top-hitting trend articles in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

By Simon Pitman

In our final post of 2015 the Cosmetics Design team is bringing you a selection of the biggest trends that we have covered over the course of the year, as well as trend projections for 2016.

Avon North America will be a privately held company in 2016

Avon North America will be a privately held company in 2016

By Deanna Utroske

This morning, Avon announced its acceptance of a $605m equity investment from Cerberus Capital Management that will help the direct-sales beauty company develop further internationally, deliver value to shareholders, and (for now) let the North American...

IFF updates corporate image in time for the New Year

IFF updates corporate image in time for the New Year

By Deanna Utroske

This month the fragrance and flavors manufacturer rolled out a new look and new mission that puts innovation first and is meant to position the company as the go-to industry partner for profitable endeavors.

DuPont and Dow merger set to form mega chemical company

DuPont and Dow merger set to form mega chemical company

By Simon Pitman

DuPont and Dow are to merge with the intention of forming three divisions that will include a material science business as the focus for cosmetics and personal care ingredients, that will eventually be spun off into three separate companies.

Dow and DuPont on the brink of a merger

Dow and DuPont on the brink of a merger

By Deanna Utroske

The consolidation of these US chemical corporations will be a game changer for the personal care and cosmetics industries and have staggering economic implications on a regional, national, and global scale.

Hoax! Oprah is not about to invest in Avon

Hoax! Oprah is not about to invest in Avon

By Simon Pitman

Avon stock prices soared by as much as 17% yesterday as rumors circulated that Oprah Winfrey wanted to invest in the cosmetics giant – a story that has proved to be a hoax.

Is a turnaround finally in sight for troubled Avon?

Is a turnaround finally in sight for troubled Avon?

By Simon Pitman

After several years of steep decline for one of the biggest cosmetic players in the world, a positive rating from Citibank has sent stock prices surging amidst renewed hopes of improvements.

Brazilian cosmetics labeler Prakolar acquired

Brazilian cosmetics labeler Prakolar acquired

By Deanna Utroske

This weekend, Japan’s SATO, a global auto-ID supplier with solutions for supply chain management, tracking, labels, RFID and more, announced its purchase of the São Paulo–based company.