Category Archives: Cosmetic Business

Why It’s Important To Develop New Products By Steve Jobs

There is very little rest to be had if you want to keep up in the beauty business.  New products come out with a frequency so high it is only audible to dogs. Consumers might well wonder why cosmetic companies are so frenetic in their launch schedules.  Well the answer is pretty simple. The beauty world is fiercely competitive. You just can’t afford to rest on your laurels. The media and the blogosphere are most interested in what is new so you had better have something new to give them. Continue reading

Talcum Powder Causes Cancer?

talcum powder causes cancer

I am rather stunned by this news story.  Johnson and Johnson has been ordered to pay damages to a woman who claims her ovarian cancer was caused by using the firm’s talcum powder.  First off, let’s get the science out of the way.  The exact cause of any individual case of cancer simply cannot be determined with the current state of scientific knowledge.  Even if there was a link between talc and cancer, it would not be possible to say that this woman was actually killed by it. The evidence that talc causes cancer is in any case not particularly convincing even by the standards of scare stories in general.  So when the jury decided that Johnson and Johnson were responsible, they were to say the least being very original in their thinking. Continue reading

The Bare Minimum You Need To Do To Comply With The Cosmetic Regulations

The Bare Minimum You Need To Do To Comply With The Cosmetic Regulations

There is a concept in the software business called the minimum viable product. This is the barebones of an application that does just enough to enable it to get onto the market so the concept can be tested. This is an interesting idea in the fast moving world of information technology where change is so fast that nobody knows what is going to work until it has been tried out. Continue reading

Avon Sells Liz Earle To Walgreens

Avon Sells Liz Earle To Walgreens

I hate to be cynical but I have to say I’m not particularly surprised to hear that Avon has sold Liz Earle. This is the way with corporate brands. Avon needed some cash, and selling off this line was a handy way of realising it. Interesting bit is where exactly it has ended up. Walgreens for people who don’t know it he’s one of the biggest pharmacy chains in United States. It is a bit like Boots in the UK. In fact earlier this year it actually bought Boots. This makes it is just about the biggest Health retailer on the planet. Continue reading

How Much Of A Cosmetic Product Do You Use?

How Much Cosmetic Product Do You Use

I don’t suppose many people stop to think about how much shampoo or body lotion they are using.  I know I don’t.  But it is something that some people need to worry about.  When cosmetic products are assessed for their safety the amount that is used is a relevant parameter.  Obviously you use a lot more body lotion than face cream for example.  So you need to take this into account.  Continue reading

Dolce and Gabbana Homophobic Comments

dolce and gabbana homophobic comments

Being a weak and not very disciplined person I tend to start my day not with a vigorous work out or reading something weighty and worthy, but scanning my Twitter feed for something entertaining.  So this morning I woke up to a meme accusing fashion house Dolce and Gabbana of making homophobic comments.  This isn’t a political blog so readers can make up their own minds what they think of whether the D&G guys had a point or not when they suggested that gay couples shouldn’t raise children.  But it did make me ponder just how careful the owner of a brand has to be. Continue reading

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

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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