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Brand Innovation

This is the news category you will want to dive into to find out all the latest innovations and developments in the finished goods arena. From smart and unique marketing concepts, to boundary-breaking products that create new niches, you will find it all here.

Bookmark this section to discover what product developers, marketers, formulators and packaging specialists are bringing together to create the next generation of skin care, hair care, colour cosmetic, sun care and fragrance products. It goes without saying that this is an incredibly fast-paced industry, so staying one step ahead of brand innovation is crucial to staying on top.

Lush begins accepting bitcoins for payment

19-Jul-2017 - Global beauty brand Lush has announced it will accept bitcoins for its bathbombs.

Madison Reed is “operationally blowing up the salon channel”

18-Jul-2017 - Two months ago Madison Reed partnered with Ulta to sell hair color kits and bring its AI chatbot tool in-store. Cosmetics Design spoke with Amy Errett, CEO of Madison Reed,...

Estée Lauder ventures into chatbots

18-Jul-2017 - Estée Lauder has launched a chatbox that will build its augmented reality beauty offering, allowing users to search, virtually try and then purchase lipsticks, all directly through Facebook Messenger.

Chlitina establishes a regenerative medicine platform with Tongji University

17-Jul-2017 - Taiwanese skin care and beauty salon franchise, Chlitina, announces its collaboration with Tongji University to create a regenerative medicine platform.

DNA Diagnostics Center launches skin care test kit for consumers

13-Jul-2017 - The genetic testing laboratory has served hospitals, government agencies, lawyers, and individuals for 20 years. And now the company is putting a line of DNA testing kits on retail shelves.

Benefit ‘first-to-market’ with digital brows via augmented reality

13-Jul-2017 - Beauty brand benefit has stepped up its augmented reality offering in a new partnership with global cosmetics app developer Meitu.

FreeFrom Skincare Awards: winners revealed

12-Jul-2017 - Whittled down from 200 products from over 100 brands, the FreeFrom Skincare Awards have announced the winning products.

L’Oréal enters new global partnership to leverage YouCam Makeup potential

11-Jul-2017 - Ever apparently on the lookout for new ways to maximise on digital beauty, L’Oréal has announced a new partnership to integrate its makeup collections across worldwide brands into YouCam Makeup,...

L’Oréal digital push turns to voice search

07-Jul-2017 - The beauty multinational has also said that despite huge investments in digital in recent years, it struggles to record the return on investment.

Exclusive interview

LimeLight by Alcone: “This is where beauty is going”

05-Jul-2017 - Not long after news broke of the new beauty company’s partnership with L’Occitane International, Cosmetics Design dropped in on CEO Michele Gay to learn about that deal and about how...

How software can help you stay ahead with regulatory affairs

29-Jun-2017 - Ahead of a new Open Academy for the industry in Europe, we caught up with one of the speakers on ‘Software Tools for Formulation and Regulatory Affairs’.

FreeFrom Skin Care Awards 2017: shortlist announced

28-Jun-2017 - Organisers of the sixth annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards have announced the 200 products from over 100 brands that have made this year’s shortlist.

Meitu launches augmented reality beauty to its app with Clinque, Bobbie Brown, YSL and more

27-Jun-2017 - MakeupPlus, an augmented reality cosmetics app, has just launched a new ‘Counter’ function, bringing in major name beauty brands.

Indie Beauty Profile

Lea Anne Christine Fulton, L.A. Christine

26-Jun-2017 - In her Indie Beauty Profile, Lea Anne Christine Fulton, founder of L.A. Christine, talks about her brand’s version of multi-channel retail, which spans pop-ups and direct TV, and she describes...

What does it take to launch a probiotic skin care range?

21-Jun-2017 - We caught up with BeBe & Bella probiotics skin care founder Allison Krebs-Bensch to find out more about what it takes to launch a brand in this rapidly evolving space....

Probiotics skincare – a small niche with massive potential

20-Jun-2017 - The probiotics trend is one of the fastest growing in the skin care category right now, mainly because it simultaneously hits on key consumer demands that include wellness and natural.

L’Oreal presents ‘connected beauty’ innovations

16-Jun-2017 - L’Oréal has presented its flagship connected beauty innovations this week at the Viva Technology Paris show, with Lancome’s custom made foundation technology and an updated Makeup Genius (augmented reality app)...

Dr Jart+ celebrates global recognition

12-Jun-2017 -  The South Korean cosmetics name, Dr Jart+, enters Beauty Inc’s Top 100 and gears up for China store openings.

Indie Beauty Profile

Lynne Florio and Renee Tavoularis, Planted in Beauty

12-Jun-2017 - In their Indie Beauty Profile, Lynne Florio and Renee Tavoularis, founders of Planted in Beauty by Well Within, explain how they’re making good use of the various business services available...

Google positions Nivea mobile app innovation as ‘best practice’

06-Jun-2017 - At its recent Google I/O annual developer conference, the internet giant presented Nivea’s brand loyalty app as an example of best practice innovation in its field.

Unilever’s online gaming recruitment drive targets millennials

01-Jun-2017 - Unilever is using a digital recruitment drive to drum up internet savvy millennial talent for its business across the globe.

Special Newsletter - Indie Brands

The top ten most innovative indie beauty products

31-May-2017 - The indie beauty category has been leading the way when it comes to ground breaking and innovative products, so we at Cosmetics Design thought it a good idea to pick...

Indie Beauty: Where ideas, inspiration, innovation, and investments happen in the cosmetics and personal care industry today (part 2 of 2)

31-May-2017 - The independent beauty movement is unstoppable. It’s no longer niche and it’s no longer negligible. Here Cosmetics Design examines all things indie—what’s trending, how conventional beauty is responding, and more....

Indie Beauty: Where ideas, inspiration, innovation, and investments happen in the cosmetics and personal care industry today (part 1 of 2)

31-May-2017 - The rise of independent brands has been called everything from a competition to a revolution and by several monikers much better or worse (depending on the perspective). Here, Cosmetics Design...

Harrods launches new ‘integrative beauty’ concept: holistic beauty and wellness clinic

31-May-2017 - In a move that appears to respond to the ongoing rise in the crossover between beauty and wellness, Harrods department store in London has launched a clinic concept that promotes...

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