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Wild has chosen to launch its new hair care range exclusively with the UK supermarket chain

The compostable & refillable brand Tesco is betting on

By Kirsty Doolan

Disruptive UK-based personal care brand Wild has just launched standalone bays at Tesco stores and debuted its move into hair care with the retailer. We spoke to the brand to find out more…

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China focus: Latest developments in China’s booming beauty market

By Hui Ling Dang

We round up the most recent developments in the exciting Chinese beauty market, including SK-II and Amorepacific’s slump in China, Estée Lauder’s plans to capture the luxury beauty market, C-beauty brand Documents’ prospects, and Sa Sa’s sales performance....

Samaras said that Unilever R&D has around 12,000 microbiome samples from consumers of all ages, from all over the world, to get the fullest understanding of the skin

Innovating for Generation Alpha: Q&A with a Unilever R&D expert

By Kirsty Doolan

While the ‘tweens in Sephora’ headlines have raised a lot of eyebrows and some deeper concerns, it’s clear that Generation Alpha has a thirst for beauty products based on science and can potentially alter the future industry landscape.

There has been a resurgence of interest in hair relaxers, which appears to be driven by social media (Image:Getty)

5 Black hair care trends to watch in 2024

By Keysha Davis

Black hair care remains a dynamic sector within the hair category, with styling trends and methods continuing to shapeshift at a rapid pace.

Fragrances may soon be able to mimic the DNA of individuals and align with their emotional states (Image: Getty)

Using AI for fragrance creation and innovation

By Sarah Cohen

To think of your favourite perfume in a purely scientific manner can dampen the magic a little, but it seems there is a formula when it comes to engaging the senses – and AI is giving perfumers a tool with which to find it.

Grooming products designed for men are becoming increasingly sophisticated (Image: Getty)

Is men’s grooming still a lucrative market?

By Bronwyn Hardy

According to market insights company Statista, by 2028, the global male grooming market is estimated to be worth about $115bn (US dollars) – up from nearly $80bn in 2022.

The L’Occitane Group is set to acquire the Florence-based home scent brand (Image: Dr. Vranjes Firenze Instagram)

L’Occitane Group acquires Dr. Vranjes Firenze

By Kirsty Doolan

The group has bought luxury Italian home fragrance brand Dr. Vranjes Firenze, as part of its “strategy to build a geographically balanced portfolio of strong premium beauty and fragrance brands”.

It's been a regulations-packed year for the cosmetics and personal care industry (Image: Getty)

Cosmetic regulations round-up: 2023

By Kirsty Doolan

From PPWR to MoCRA, EPR and deforestation laws, it’s been a regulations-heavy time for the cosmetics industry across the globe. We recap some of the most important regulatory updates in 2023 for companies that sell in the EU, UK and beyond...

More businesses may face accusations of 'greenwashing' as we head into 2024 (Image:Getty)

How can you avoid ‘greenwashing’ accusations?

By Kirsty Doolan

As 2024 dawns among a flurry of new EU regulations designed to make our industry more sustainable, it’s clear that the topic of how to avoid greenwashing claims should be top of every business agenda.

Selfnamed said it's aimed at entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their skin care business; to enable them to sell their own products and build their own brand

Start the week with a startup: Selfnamed

By Kirsty Doolan

Every fortnight we talk to a game-changer startup business about why it exists and how it plans to transform the industry. This week we spoke to CEO and co-founder of Selfnamed, Anete Vabule, about how it plans to make it easier for budding entrepreneurs...

 CEO Anastasia Georgievskaya said the software is being used by some beauty and personal care companies to easily 'test out' the potential effects of a certain skin care line on different population cohorts

Start the week with a startup: Haut.AI

By Kirsty Doolan

Every fortnight we talk to a game-changer startup business about why it exists and how it plans to transform the industry. This week we spoke to Anastasia Georgievskaya, CEO of Haut.AI, the company behind generative AI tool SkinGPT.

The heritage beauty business rebranded earlier this year

Avon set to open physical stores in the UK market

By Kirsty Doolan

Global beauty business Avon is betting on bricks-and-mortar retail as it reveals plans to open new ‘mini beauty boutiques" in the UK to support its traditional sales model.