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Mary Kay signs onto UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Mary Kay signs onto UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

By Deanna Utroske

This month, the social sales beauty company added its name to a growing roster of businesses and corporations participating in WEPs. And late last week, when Deborah Gibbins, the company’s chief operating officer, spoke at a United Nations forum focused...

Financial Freedom: a conversation with Makeup America! founder Randa Fahmy - US National Debt - CSR - cosmetics - social purpose - women

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Financial Freedom: a conversation with Makeup America! founder Randa Fahmy

By Deanna Utroske

Makeup America! is an indie color cosmetics brand proudly building a business around the value of made-in-America beauty products and a social mission of paying down the US national debit—a unique mission which Fahmy hopes other brands will take up and...

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Indie beauty was everywhere at 2019 CEW Product Demo

By Deanna Utroske

Voting closes Thursday night. And it’s a tough call for the Beauty Awards this year: the room of indie beauty brands attracted quite a crowd, while elsewhere on the show floor startups and founder-led brands competed with legacy brands and multinational...

4 novel beauty innovations seen at Beauty Squared: Botanical Signature packaging, Moi Cosmetics with CBD, espinache spinach skin care, Sway mask an...

4 novel beauty innovations seen at Beauty Squared

By Deanna Utroske

This week’s Beauty Squared event in New York City features 20+ indie brands, all orbiting the mindful beauty space. Here Cosmetics Design looks at 4 brands doing things differently in packaging, color cosmetics, skin care, and personal care.

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NYSCC to host event for aspiring cosmetic chemists

By Deanna Utroske

Next month, the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is bringing together speakers from 4 major North American universities for a half-day event entitled Cosmetic Science in Academia.

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Aptar continues outreach to indie beauty brands with new site

By Deanna Utroske

The packaging company launched its new site for startups and standalone cosmetics and personal care brands at this week’s Luxe Pack event in Los Angeles, California. It’s the next iteration of Aptar’s Indie Boutique offering.

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Can limited-edition packaging work for indie personal care brands?

By Deanna Utroske

OLIKA believes it can. The design-driven consumer goods brand launched 2 years ago and still has essentially one product: hand sanitizer. In late January, OLIKA debuted the first of its Rare Bird Collection, a limited-edition series of OLIKA’s popular...

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PCPC celebrates 125 years and readies for 2019 annual meeting

By Deanna Utroske

The Personal Care Products Council will hold its annual meeting later this month, bringing together 500+ industry executives, supply-side professionals, and media for a mix of educational programming, networking, and strategic meetings.

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Editor's Spotlight

Can overseas indie brands change the pace of beauty?

By Deanna Utroske

The independent beauty movement is truly global, as evidenced by the international spectrum of exhibitors at IBE LA last month. But a subset of indie beauty brands from abroad aren’t just going global, they are inviting consumers to be patient, seek balance,...

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Fragrance Foundation to honor 2019 Notables in NYC this February

By Deanna Utroske

On Thursday, February 7th at the LVMH Magic Room in New York City, the non-profit professional organization will host an event acknowledging and celebrating 11 rising professionals in the world of fragrance—professionals working with top brands and corporations...

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Arcade Beauty and Vengo Labs team up to reinvent beauty on the go

By Deanna Utroske

Portable skin care products, mini beauty, and sample sizes of everything from hair care to body care have become increasingly popular over the last year or so. Now, sampling company Arcade Beauty and retail tech maker Vengo Labs are teaming up to put...

Gallinée showcases the latest in microbiome skin care at IBE LA 2019

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Gallinée showcases the latest in microbiome skin care at IBE LA

By Deanna Utroske

In 2015 Marie Drago founded a new kind of personal care brand, one that promised to be “revolutionary skincare with a patented complex of pre, pro and postbiotics to support your skin's microbiome.” At this month’s Indie Beauty Expo event, Cosmetics...

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