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'Our aspiration is to build not just the best beauty company in the world, but the best beauty company for the world,' says Natura & Co group CEO Roberto Marques (Getty Images)

The future of a Natura-Avon beauty powerhouse?

By Kacey Culliney

Natura & Co has finalised its Avon acquisition, creating a global pure-play beauty giant and direct-to-consumer leader – a mega-business it wants to use to fight the climate crisis, champion cruelty-free, female empowerment and local communities.

Is Colgate’s new optic-sensor toothbrush a beauty device?

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Is Colgate’s new optic-sensor toothbrush a beauty device?

By Deanna Utroske

The oral care brand is showing its Plaqless Pro Smart Electric Toothbrush at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. And the biofilm-busting device has already won the show’s Best of Innovation for Health and Beauty award.

What beauty retail brought us in 2019

What beauty retail brought us in 2019

By Simon Pitman

Beauty retail has come full evolved beyond all recognition in the past few years, with digital retailers, social media and the growth of dedicated high street chains such as Ulta and Sephora all playing a part.

Indie Beauty Profile Ming Zhao, PROVEN Skincare

Indie Beauty Profile

Ming Zhao, PROVEN Skincare

By Deanna Utroske

In her Indie Beauty Profile, Ming Zhao, co-founder and CEO of PROVEN Skincare, describes how she and Amy Yuan have leveraged AI to formulate skin care and build a beauty brand that’s delivering evermore carefully customized product.

Avon partners with Fuse Universal on training tech platform

Avon partners with Fuse Universal on training tech platform

By Deanna Utroske

The social-selling beauty company took its popular paper brochure digital in 2018, introduced a mobile-first training solution for Avon representatives in May, and is now working with Fuse to create a digital education and communications platform for...

CEW Connected Consumer event returns to New York City

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CEW Connected Consumer event returns to New York City

By Deanna Utroske

This Friday, Cosmetic Executive Women will host the popular beauty tech event for the third year running. Speakers will be a who’s who of the tech and beauty industry, representing Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Pinterest as well as P&G, Estée Lauder,...

YouTube's new channel for style and beauty content

YouTube introduces a new dedicated channel for style and beauty content

By Deanna Utroske

The popular video sharing website has created a channel expressly for cosmetics, personal care, and fashion content that will organize and compartmentalize beauty videos to be both useful for viewers and useful to brands and advertisers hoping to incorporate...

Beauty Tech Deal: Cellink to acquire Cytena

Beauty Tech Deal: Cellink to acquire Cytena

By Deanna Utroske

This month, multinational bioprinting technologies company Cellink announced having reached a deal to acquire Cytena for €30.25 million. The Freiburg, Germany – based venture specialises in single-cell printing technology. And the deal will expand Cellink’s...

Coty’s direct-to-consumer brand Younique adds AI

Coty’s direct-to-consumer brand Younique adds AI

By Deanna Utroske

This month, the social media – based beauty brand launched a new online tool called the Younique Beauty Guide. It’s a facial analysis tool that facilitates virtual product try-on for consumers as well as more informed product recommendations from presenters.

Beauty Tech Launch: the Atolla Skin Health System hits the market

Beauty Tech Launch: the Atolla Skin Health System hits the market

By Deanna Utroske

This week the Brooklyn-based beauty tech venture headed up by Meghan Maupin and Sid Salvi officially launched. The new personalized skin care system makes use of an at-home testing kit, mail-order custom serums, and machine learning to document and adapt...

Perfect Corp brings AI to small cosmetics and personal care brands

Perfect Corp brings AI to small cosmetics and personal care brands

By Deanna Utroske

Late last week, the global beauty tech company launched a new service. YouCam for Web promises to bring augmented reality product try-on technology to small and medium-sized business. And Perfect Corp will showcase its new tech tool at this year’s Cosmoprof...

The Mink Beauty portable makeup printer is here

The Mink Beauty portable makeup printer is here

By Deanna Utroske

Well, almost here. The 3D-printer that promises to turn digital images into ready-to-wear color cosmetics is available on pre-order and will be in consumers' hands in 2020.

Direct-to-Consumer beauty marketing is key, shows Yotpo survey data

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Direct-to-Consumer beauty marketing is key, shows Yotpo survey data

By Deanna Utroske

The commerce marketing solutions firm recently published findings that illustrate what motivates cosmetics and personal care consumers to buy directly from brands via ecommerce or social media rather than shop for beauty at conventional retail stores....

L'Oréal Canada gains access to local tech startups with new partnership

L'Oréal Canada gains access to local tech startups with new partnership

By Deanna Utroske

In the hands of a multinational beauty company like L’Oréal, any tech can become beauty tech, a minor detail that is not lost on the leadership of L'Oréal Canada or its new partner OSMO. And so, the two distinctly different ventures are working together...

5 digital beauty retail developments that just changed everything - Amazon, Apple, Instagram, Unilever

5 digital beauty retail developments that just changed everything

By Deanna Utroske

In recent weeks, major technology companies, social media platforms, and personal care makers have made a handful of announcements that definitively change the way consumers buy makeup, personal care, fragrance, and more. Here, Cosmetics Design takes...

Aptar partners with Odore on fragrance sample distribution platform

Aptar partners with Odore on fragrance sample distribution platform

By Deanna Utroske

The internet-of-things sampling platform company announced the partnership last month—a deal that gives Aptar and its beauty dispensers business reach in the digital retail space as well as an additional service Aptar can offer existing and prospective...

Top LATAM articles of 2018

Top LATAM articles of 2018

By Simon Pitman

It has now been a full year since Cosmetics Design USA started its dedicated coverage of the Latin American market, bringing you the business news, trends and technology developments from that region.

IFF teams up with Aryballe on digital scent technology on exhibit at CES 2019

IFF teams up with Aryballe on digital scent technology

By Deanna Utroske

Today the fragrance maker is debuting new olfaction sensor technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. International Flavors & Fragrances has worked with digital scent technology before, but the current partnership with Aryballe...

Croda invests further in skin care device maker and health tech company Cutitronics

Croda invests further in Cutitronics

By Deanna Utroske

The beauty ingredient maker announced this week that it is putting even more money into Cutitronics, a health tech company that’s developing consumer skin care devices to deliver customized product and to gather data. The companies are at work on a devise...

The Cosmetics Design beauty and personal care industry trends for 2019

The Cosmetics Design 2019 Trends Video

The Cosmetics Design beauty and personal care industry trends for 2019

By Simon Pitman

During 2018 the Cosmetics Design team has had its eye on the big trends in an effort to determine what is going to be driving the industry in 2019. In this video we have combined our know-how to bring you a total of 20 trends to look out for in the Americas,...

Are beauty consumers growing tired of social media?

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Are beauty consumers tiring of social media?

By Simon Pitman

If a new report from TABS is anything to go by beauty consumers are losing interest in social media as a go-to for purchasing decisions. Here we take a closer at the data and try to find out what is next.

Is machine learning from the Atolla Skincare System the key to truly personalized skin care serum?

Is machine learning the key to truly personalized skin care?

By Deanna Utroske

Beauty tech entrepreneurs Meghan Maupin and Sid Salvi think so. They’ve just launched their Atolla Skincare System on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter and are optimistic that data-based customized serum formulations are the answer that today’s digitally...