Cosmetics

From natural, forest-inspired hues to acidic limes, green nails have seen 1,736,528 combined views and posts so far this year (Image: Getty: lambada)

Top 10 nail trends of 2024 so far…

By Kirsty Doolan

New trends data analysing Instagram and TikTok posts has revealed the top nail trends of 2024 (so far). Read on find out more…

Neurocosmetics is a growing trend as more beauty consumers demand products that make them feel good as well as look good (Image: Getty)

4 new neuro-cosmetic ingredient innovations

By Kirsty Doolan

The InCosmetics Global show will kick off in Paris later this month and ingredients based around the mind-skin connection are set to be a big focus for 2024. Here are four new innovations that will launch here…

Lettice shared that in 20 years' time she expects the period care landscape to look dramatically different to that of today

Behind Mooncup’s launch into Asda

By Kirsty Doolan

We spoke to sustainable period care brand Mooncup about its new retail partnership with Asda, disrupting the period care market, and whether women will still use tampons and pads in 20 years time…

The next Bologna show will return between 20 - 23 March in 2025

The Cosmoprof and Cosmopack Award winners

By Kirsty Doolan

The 55th edition of international beauty trade show Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna has just closed. According to the organiser, this year’s show attracted 248,500 visitors from 150 countries.

The prestigious new collection has launched into London's Heathrow Terminal 4 as part of the brand's expansion plans

UAE’s Ajmal Group expands into UK travel-retail

By Kirsty Doolan

Luxury Dubai-based fragrance company Ajmal Group has chosen the UK travel-retail market to launch its new collection. The CEO shared more about the move; how the UAE fragrance consumer differs to the European one; and how he has worked with leading perfumers...

In 2023, the company opened over 200 new stores across the globe, including its first stores in Asia

How Rituals Cosmetics built a €1.7bn business

By Kirsty Doolan

The Dutch lifestyle and personal care company Rituals Cosmetics reached a record-breaking year in 2023 and enjoyed huge global expansion. Here the brand’s CEO shares five insights…

Beautynova owns the professional hair care brand milk_shake, which has seen mounting success in the EU and US markets

Beautynova poised for EU & US growth following acquisition

By Kirsty Doolan

Private equity firm PAI Partners has acquired a majority stake in expanding Italian hair care business Beautynova, which owns an array of brands including milk_shake, z.one concept and Medavita, and is eyeing future growth...

A recent study found that the effects of climate change could trigger eczema or worsen flare-ups of the skin condition (Image: Getty)

How climate change is impacting skin care NPD

By Kirsty Doolan

As air temperatures continue to rise and more of the world experiences extreme weather conditions, this is likely to negatively impact more people’s skin and create a need for new cosmetics solutions…

With Dubey's support, L’Oréal has embraced generative AI for creativity and trialled brands in Web3 and metaverse beauty

L’Oréal CMO on how to market a beauty brand in 2024

By Kirsty Doolan

L’Oréal’s chief digital & marketing officer Asmita Dubey recently won the World Federation of Advertisers’ (WFA) Global Marketer of the Year award. We spoke to her to learn more about her award-winning strategies and how the business is navigating...

According to Watson, speaking for longer than necessary can detract from your authority and expertise (Image: Getty)

Expert tips to excel in video content

By Kirsty Doolan

With the popularity of TikTok and other video-based social media platforms as marketing and educational tools, more consumers expect to see brand ambassadors on-camera sharing their expertise. How can cosmetics brands ensure they are getting the best...

The King and Queen of Spain were present at the official opening of Puig's new offices in Barcelona

Skin Care becomes Puig’s fastest-growing segment

By Kirsty Doolan

Spanish beauty company Puig hit total sales of €4.3bn in 2023 – up by 19% from the previous year – and the company is now making waves in the skin care category, outside of its traditional focus on fragrance and colour cosmetics...

In 2023, Nivea enjoyed a record-breaking year for Beiersdorf, while its derma brands Eucerin & Aquaphor also saw strong sales

Beiersdorf CEO on record-breaking 2023 sales

By Kirsty Doolan

Nivea saw record-breaking sales in 2023, which offset the disappointing performances for La Prairie and Chantecaille. The CEO shared his action plan to boost these luxury brands.

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…

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.

Soeder hopes that its practices can showcase how other beauty and personal care brands can start to establish fully circular processes

Start the week with a startup: Soeder

By Kirsty Doolan

Every fortnight we talk to a game-changer startup brand about why it exists and how it plans to change the industry. This week we spoke to founders of the personal care brand Soeder, Hanna and Johan Olzon Åkerström, about its circular business model,...

Could the 'skinification' of hair further combine with the wellness movement this year? (Image: Getty)

What's new in the 'skinification' of hair care?

By Sarah Cohen

Actives traditionally used in skin care, as well as skin care-related regimes and claims are becoming more commonplace in the hair care category, as consumers take more interest in holistic hair wellness.

Cox said the company's future goals revolve around developing new sustainable and zero-waste packaging and ecosystems for clients, and swapping as many ingredients as possible with sustainable upcycled counterparts (Image: Getty)

Start the week with a startup: Genie Supply

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 of Genie Supply, Megan Cox, about how her private label business model could be the future of beauty product...

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.

SLS is widely used in shampoos and soaps for its cleansing and foaming properties  (Image: Getty)

Exploring EU regulations: SLS in cosmetics

By Kirsty Doolan

As the final story in our three-part series about regulations for the most misunderstood cosmetics and personal care ingredients, we focus on sodium lauryl sulfate, known as SLS. We explore why this ingredient was in the spotlight, and speak to regulatory...