Category Archives: Cosmetic Business

Unilever Acquires REN

I have always been rather mystified by the appeal of REN.  I haven’t sampled the whole range, but the ones I have tried have been distinctly not particularly good examples of their class.  I have also never quite worked out the philosophy behind what they approve of in the way of ingredients and what they don’t.  But a lot of people like them and they have got good distribution and sales. Indeed, they have done well enough to be an enticing enough morsel for the giant conglomerate Unilever to add them to their wide portfolio. Continue reading

Formulating Lipstick Is Not Easy

formulating-lipstick-is-not-easy

Timea Sulenta – an Austrian cosmetic formulator has written a very informative article in the latest edition of the Personal Care magazine about the difficulties of formulating lipsticks.  Because formulating lipstick is not easy. For something so every day they are surprisingly complicated.  A lot of it is mainly of interest to beakerheads, but I thought lipstick users might be interested in some of the problems people have coming up with them. Continue reading

Dr Leah Treatments

Dr Leah Treatments

Okay, this is the internet so I have a right to talk about subjects on which I know next to nothing and pontificate on matters where my opinion is totally uninformed.  So here is a blog post about a business I have never used and have no intention of using any time soon.  I noticed the buzz on Twitter about the completion of this year’s Apprentice series in the UK.  It reminded me that last year the contest had been won by a young doctor called Leah Totton whose business idea was a chain of (relatively) low cost beauty treatment outlets on the high street. Continue reading

Are Cosmetic Chemists An Endangered Species?

cosmetic-chemist

I was sorting out some slides for a presentation to a company about the future of the cosmetic industry while listening to the Beauty Brains podcast earlier when a thought struck me.  The Brains were discussing a project they had worked on in the nineties, and chance had it that I had worked on a very similar project at about the same time.   But it made me wonder, just how long will there be such a thing as a cosmetic chemist?  Most people who do the job start it fairly early in their working life, typically just after graduating.  And it is very often a job for life.  I have clocked up 30 years and although I now do lots of other things beside, I still get into a lab and do lab work.  But is this how things will be in the future? Continue reading

Does Science or Emotion Drive The Cosmetic Industry?

science or emotion in cosmetic industry

The full title of the last talk in the Society of Cosmetic Scientists London lecture series for this year was ‘What drives trends in cosmetic claims: consumer dreams or scientific reality?’   The debate was between Stirling Murray – a marketing guru from The Red Tree consultancy and Steve Barton who trades as Skin Thinking.   The audience were mainly scientists and so were probably rooting for Steve, who set out to demonstrate that science is the key factor behind cosmetic developments. Continue reading

Crowdfunding Your Cosmetic Company Start Up

Crowdfunding Your Cosmetic Company Start Up

Is crowd funding your cosmetic company start up a good idea?  I have somehow ended up on the mailing list of a company that is putting a lot of effort into getting funding via this route.  As I am not interested in investing I am finding it all a bit intrusive and annoying and I have unsubscribed, but I dare say if I was looking to invest some money I would find it more interesting.  But it did make me wonder if this was a viable method of funding new start ups in the cosmetic sector. Continue reading

Doing Green The Right Way

green-the-right-way

I am a big fan of being green.  I’d love to see a lot more progress in that direction in the cosmetics industry and I am very happy to report on a company that according to a report in the trade journal Happi, is doing just that.  Toms of Maine have just issued a report on their project to lighten the load they place on the planet and it makes interesting reading. Continue reading