Small, indie brands are having their moment—and savvy spa directors are catching on
By : Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at InsidersGuidetoSpas.com
“The first time they dropped off stuff, I didn’t even want to look at it. I gave it to my staff,” shares Michael Conte, spa director at Meadowood Napa Valley. Conte is reminiscing about the first time Kim Borio, founder of Glycelene, and her husband, Eric a biologist and cosmetic chemist and Glycelene’s Chief Technology Officer, brought Conte their luxury, plant-based skincare line to test. But when the couple returned a month later, Conte changed his tune after he met them in person. “They’re such a great couple,” he enthuses. “I have to say, the partnership I have with Kim and Eric has been extraordinary. When you’re working with a luxury property and spa, you want to have something unique that you won’t find elsewhere.”
Cosmetics 101 Starts with Product Safety
By: ICMAD — Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors
CPNA interviewed a leading expert in the industry – Craig Weiss – in anticipation of ICMAD’s Technical/Regulatory Forum that is held February 13-14, 2018 in Newport Beach, California.
Craig Weiss, the President of the Consumer Product Testing Co. (CPT), is no stranger to the cosmetics industry. As he puts it “I was practically raised in the company.” That company is the Consumer Product Testing Co., which Craig’s father Mel started in 1975. CPT is a toxicology facility doing acute testing work for the cosmetics industry. Mel introduced Craig to the industry when Craig was young and by age 13 he was in the facility with his Dad learning by osmosis. When Craig graduated from college with a bio-chemistry degree, his father said there was no job for him at Consumer Product Testing and so Craig, undaunted, “cut his teeth” in other parts of the cosmetics industry until he joined CPT in 1991. Almost 27 years later, Craig is the President, running a $15M operation with 130 employees. CPT tests all types of products and devices from cosmetics and sunscreens, to medical devices and over-the-counter drugs.
Katerina Larden — THE visionary behind hey honey®
Katerina Yoffe Larden is a hardworking mother, wife and entrepreneur. Like most women in her position, Larden’s skincare regime took a back seat as she juggled the day-to-day duties associated with her many roles. Realizing just how much money and time she was wasting on unused products, she took matters into her own hands. Larden decided to create a skincare line that would adapt to her busy lifestyle—with a minimal skincare regime that would offer lasting effects. Her ultimate vision was to create a natural product based on the healing and nutritive properties of honey bee propolis.
By: Tribe Dynamics
WHY Instagram Stories INCREASE Follower ENGAGEMENT
This past September, we at Tribe Dynamics surveyed nearly 200 content creators to seek insight into how they engage with social media platforms. Not surprisingly, influencers reported that their most widely used channel over the last year was Instagram. Notably, their second most-frequented platform was Instagram Stories. Launched in August 2016, Instagram Stories function like Snapchat Stories, allowing users to post off-the-cuff pictures and videos that disappear within 24 hours. And while Snapchat popularized the idea of creating imperfect, real-time posts within the highly curated realm of social media, Instagram Stories have taken over that space.
Recognizing the Power of Beauty Packaging Design, Formulation and Technology.
A one-of-a-kind celebration, Cosmoprof Asia Awards are held each November at Cosmoprof Asia in Hong Kong. The prestigious event honors those creators who dare to change the face of beauty, and acknowledges their fascinating contribution to fresh ideas and products in the beauty sector. These innovators include brands and manufacturers in cosmetics, hair, skin, nail care, and beauty salon products.
Ethnic hair care is the fastest growing hair care category in the United States in 2015, recording robust growth of 8.5%. The main reason for this dynamic growth is that the category has been flooded by “multicultural” brands that appeal to a broader audience and is no longer defined by brands exclusively targeting black consumers.
Market-movers like Shea Moisture and Carol’s Daughter (L’Oréal), increase their share with naturally positioned products that appeal to a wide spectrum of consumers, including those that previously used mainstream or ethnic brands.
By Corey Huggins
- How has the growth of the multicultural sector affected product marketing and innovation for mainstream brands?
Inclusion & Innovation. The rise of the Multicultural demographic now requires General Market brands to simply be more inclusive in their thinking. They now have to include the diverse beauty needs and shades of the deeper toned consumer in their product marketing planning. This “new consumer” comes with a requirement for Brands of having to innovate different types of formulas & products to address their specific needs. For example, this can be seen with Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Corrector. Although not exclusively developed for the Multicultural market, its advanced
By Karen Dubin
I have loved fragrance since I was four years old. In fact, I know exactly when it happened… I can clock it to the day! It started with my Grandmother Rose, who brought me back little soaps from the hotels she stayed at on her trips to Europe. The Savoy and Connaught in London, The Ritz in Paris. I kept them in a shoebox. She noticed I was attracted to the scents, and on her next trip she brought me back small bottles of perfume – Jean Patou, Chanel, Carven. I loved the packaging too – the red and black lacquered bottle of Joy, the green and white stripes on the Carven box of Ma Griffe.
Something in me awoke that day, and I was forever changed. Scent made me acutely aware of my surroundings, and helped me to absorb and digest the world.
What Are You Most Excited To See at Cosmoprof North America This Year?
Anyone will tell you that when you attend Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) in Las Vegas, you are going to see what the next phase of beauty is. From first timers to return visitors; they will all attest that innovation and reinvention is represented everywhere you look. As the biggest beauty show in North America, there is an international savoire faire that gives visitors a taste of what is trending globally; if there is one show you go to this year, Cosmoprof North America delivers everything all under one roof. From hair, nails, skin care, beauty and tools, each pavilion at CPNA has what beauty industry professionals are searching for…the Next Big Thing.
Cosmoprof Worldwide was held March 9-11 of this year, and was once again a huge success. The show, held in Bologna, Italy, attributes much of its success to the tools it offers attendees, including educational conferences. This year, one of the most-talked about conferences was “Focus on the USA: Roadmap to Entering the US Market.” Check out the links to view each of the presentations after the jump!