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Companies, Organizations  

Beauty Brands Are Failing to Reach Out To Casual Consumers

Jamie Johns, the Director of Merchandising at Birchbox, the direct-to-consumer subscription beauty platform, believes many brands are missing opportunities to engage with the more casual beauty consumer, and are focusing too much on what she calls the beauty “junkies”. Johns, who will be speaking at the Innocos beauty networking event in Florence Italy in June, said most women are casual consumers who tend to focus on the purpose and effectiveness of the products they are buying. For these consumers, Johns believes existing strategies of massive launches and big influencer campaigns aren’t effective. Birchbox has been able to reach them through sampling. Johns admires certain direct-to-consumer brands, such as Glossier and Kylie, that are

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"Birchbox on ‘Beauty Buff’ or ‘Beauty Casual’: Are you talking to the right consumer?", Cosmetics Design Europe, May 17, 2018

Innovation & New Ideas  

Korean Makeup Brand Offers An Array Of Products With The “Scent Of A Coca-Cola”

Although the connection with its “total beverage company” strategy is little more than a scent, Coca-Cola is nevertheless expanding into cosmetics in a limited-time venture with a Korean beauty brand. The connection in fact is literally a specific bouquet: the brand’s new lipsticks, lip tints, lip glosses, foundation compacts, powders, and eye shadows – many tinted in red, pink, and coral – are all redolent of Coke. The packaging also captures the Coca-Cola look of red and white, and the lip glosses “have a super cute, candy-striped wand,” according to British news website Metro. The products are being sold in South Korea, but are also available online

"Coca Cola launches limited edition makeup line in South Korea", Metro, June 14, 2018

Marketing & Advertising  

Glossier Is Expanding In Europe This Year

US direct-to-consumer cosmetics brand Glossier is set to expand internationally, with shipments to Ireland under way and plans for Sweden in June, and Denmark and France later in the year. The brand launched in the US four years ago and reached both Canada and the UK in 2017. It has been using social media, including Instagram, to create a community of followers, with some becoming brand ambassadors, some paid and some not. The brand seeks people in the new markets that are highly engaged, meets them, and treats them as influencers. The approach worked for the UK launch, and helped attract 10,000 people to its London pop-up in October last year. Estimates put the brand’s sales at around $50 million in 2017, and it has so far raised $86

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"Inside Glossier’s International Expansion Strategy", The Business of Fashion, May 17, 2018


Scentbird Raises $18.6m Funding for Market and Talent Expansion

Subscription-based fragrance firm SCENTBIRD successfully concluded a financing round which raised $18.6 million, the biggest Series A funding received by a direct-to-consumer brand led by a female CEO. Consumer technology firm Goodwater Capital and other venture companies including Y Combinator, Rainfall Ventures, FundersClub, Soma Capital, Scrum Ventures, ERA led SCENTBIRD's latest funding round. The company will use the proceeds for market expansion, product development, and talent acquisition. The firm currently has over 250,000 subscriptions across the United States. They contribute 95% of its total revenue. In the past year, SCENTBIRD established its own personal care and home fragrance products, expanding the range of its sampling

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"SCENTBIRD Makes Their Mark with a $18.6 MM Series A Funding Round", PRNewswire , May 17, 2018

Products & Brands  

Miller Harris To Offer Fragrance Samples Through Vending Machines

Luxury perfume brand Miller Harris has partnered with sampling solutions provider Odore to provide consumers in London with fragrance samples through vending machines. Consumers will be able to get a free sample of their preferred scent from Miller Harris's range of perfumes by answering a short survey. The data collected will be used by Miller Harris to gain consumer insights which will help the brand improve its sales and marketing strategies. Odore's smart vending machines will be installed in several fine dining venues owned by M Restaurants group. The solutions provider plans to expand beyond the United Kingdom and to partner with other brands and venues. 

"Miller Harris partners with smart fragrance sampling solution Odore", Cosmetics Business, May 18, 2018

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