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Personal Care Business Insight Alert Archive

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November 21, 2015, to November 28, 2015

Prestige Fragrance Brand Norell Returns

Norell New York launched the Norell New York, a remastered version of the original Norell fragrance created by fashion designer Norman Norell. International Flavors & Fragrances perfumer Celine Barel remastered the fragrance, while remaining faithful to the green floral signature of the original Norell. Described by the company as having 200 jasmine petals in each bottle, Norell New York is available as an eau de parfum, body cream, body oil, and a $1,500 version that comes in a limited-edition bottle designed by French crystal house Baccarat.

Prada Parfums Launches Olfactories Fragrance Collection

Prada Parfums introduced its Olfactories collection of fragrances. As part of its efforts to promote the fragrance collection, the company is highlighting a series of still life paintings. Also, a slideshow of collages is included on a web page created for the Olfactories collection. Found below the slideshow are information and notes about the fragrances. Prada used the image of a woman’s face to represent the Purple Rain scent, while a waft of smoke stands for the Day for Night variant.

Unilever Brings VR Rainforest To London To Promote Campaign Against Deforestation

Unilever created a virtual reality forest on the South Bank in London, as part of the company’s campaign against the destruction of the rainforest areas in Brazil and Indonesia. Part of the company’s partnership with WWF to protect 1 million trees in those forest areas, the exhibit gave more than 1,200 people the chance to experience a 360-degree VR view of the rainforest. London residents who could not make it to the exhibit can show their support for the campaign by joining the People’s Climate Change March in central London on November 29, 2015.

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November 14, 2015, to November 21, 2015

Hairstory Launches New Wash Line Of Detergent-Free Haircare Products

Haircare brand Hairstory launched the New Wash line of detergent-free hair cleaning products. Created by Bumble and bumble founder Michael Gordon, the product line includes New Wash, Hairstory Dressed Up, and Hair Balm. Known for his campaign against using shampoos in washing hair, Gordon said his detergent-free products wash the hair without stripping or drying it out.

Pantene Launches YouTube Campaign For Hong Kong And Taiwan Markets

Procter & Gamble’s Pantene haircare brand partnered with Grey and Google to launch an online video campaign for its Pantene Pro V range in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Aimed at young women, the one-minute videos leverage Google search data for a more focused approach. Pantene uses the first half of each video to offer styling tips, while the second half is focused on delivering a brand message.

Sephora Announces New Store Concept

Beauty retailer Sephora will reveal a new store concept when it opens a completely renovated location in San Francisco. Called the Sephora Beauty TIP Workshop, the outlet is designed as a prototype for the retailer’s future store design. Created to help teach, inspire, and play, or TIP, the store includes The Beauty Workshop, which will offer group beauty classes for customers. It will also host the store’s online gallery, which also functions as an online store. Also, the store will feature all of the company’s proprietary diagnostic technologies, such as Color IQ, Fragrance IQ, and Skincare IQ.

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November 07, 2015, to November 14, 2015

Unilever Wins Number 2 Spot On Beauty Packaging's Top 20 Companies List

Unilever was ranked number 2 in the Beauty Packaging’s 2015 Top 20 Companies list. With total corporate sales of $58.8 billion and beauty sales of $21.5 billion in 2014, Unilever is expanding its prestige skincare business by acquiring Dermalogica, Murad, Kate Somerville, and Ren brands. Sales of personal care products grew 3.5 percent in 2014, compared with the 7.3 percent growth in 2013. Personal care accounted for 37 percent of the company’s total sales for the period.

Unilever Expands Christmas Gift Packs Portfolio

Unilever expanded its Christmas portfolio to include new and updated gift packs covering leading brands, such as Dove, Dove Men+Care, Lynx, and Impulse. Including new packs for the 2015 holiday season, the portfolio will provide retailers with a lineup of gifting products designed to appeal to a wide range of consumers in the UK. Among the gift packages are the Lynx Black washbag gift set, Lynx classic trio, and the Toni&Guy limited edition bag.

Reckitt Benckiser Plans To Invest In Internet Of Things

Reckitt Benckiser CIO Darrell Stein said his company is planning to invest in Internet of Things solutions. Seeking to find means of connecting with the consumer more seamlessly, Stein said IoT means “connecting products.” Stein said he plans to visit Israel and the United States to see and evaluate new IoT products and technologies.

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October 24, 2015, to November 07, 2015

Eucerin Launches In-Shower Moisturizer

Skincare brand Eucerin launched the Eucerin In-Shower Moisturizer, a skin moisturizer that is applied in the shower. Described by the company as an end result of the brand’s more than 100 years of innovation in skin science, the moisturizer provides fragrance and dye-free moisture. It is ideal for daily use even by consumers with dry, sensitive skin, the company said.

Mannatech Releases Freshden Toothpaste In South Korea

Mannatech, Incorporated, launched the premium toothpaste Freshden exclusively for the South Korean market during the company’s Asia MannaFestSM event in Seoul. According to the company, the toothpaste contains natural ingredients, which help fight plaque and help keep gums and teeth healthy and breath fresh. Natural ingredients in the toothpaste include spearmint, lavender oil, and grapefruit seed extract.

Rexona Upgrades Deodorant Range For Fiji Market

Rexona relaunched its range of deodorants for men in Fiji. Featuring redesigned packaging, the deodorants come with the brand’s “motion sense antiperspirant technology.” This enables Rexona deodorants to sense when the body needs extra protection. This was made possible by Rexona scientists’ discovery of the difference between the way body produces sweat when it is hot and how it does under stress or when feeling anxious.

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October 17, 2015, to October 24, 2015

L'Oreal Expands Support For Made In India Initiative

L’Oreal said it has expanded its support for the Make In India campaign in the country. Operating in India for 20 years already, L’Oreal has built two factories in Pune and Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, according L’Oreal India managing director Jean-Christophe Letellier. As much as 90 percent of the company’s products for the local market are manufactured by Indian facilities, the executive said. Having allocated Rs 1,000 crore for the period 2011 to 2016, L’Oreal plans to expand its research and development capabilities, go-to-market, and distribution network in the country.

Procter & Gamble Expands Charmin Range Of Toilet Tissue Products

Procter & Gamble launched new Charmin toilet tissue products. Charmin Ultra Strong is four times stronger when wet, the company said. It features washcloth-like texture and strength. Charmin Basic is aimed at consumers looking for affordable toilet tissue with high-end features. Also, the product range includes the Charmin Ultra Soft, which is 75 percent more absorbent and has soft Comfort Cushions, and Charmin Ultra MegaRoll, designed to offer consumers with value and to last longer than even the market’s leading 1,000-sheet brand.

Neuro-Cosmetics Expected To Be New Thing In Beauty Market, Industry Expert Says

Cosmetics with ingredients designed for neurological stimulation are expected to have an impact on the beauty care products industry, according to Institute of Personal Care Science director Belinda Carli. According to Carli, the neuro-cosmetics trend has emerged only in the past 12 to 18 months, with some of the major product launches occurring in the last six months. Some of the ingredients aimed at this new segment include raw material launches, such as HappyBelle, Bosexil, and Neurodermine. Carli said ingredients such as these can help give cosmetics products a leading edge.

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October 10, 2015, to October 17, 2015

Birchbox Launches Own Line Of Cosmetics

Beauty subscription service company Birchbox said it will start selling its own makeup line. After making a name for itself by selling samples of established beauty brands and in a move to defend itself from beauty companies’ launch of their own subscription services, Birchbox is launching the LOC, or Love of Color, line of cosmetics products, including sets of lipstick and eye shadow. Developed by the company’s in-house team, two collections will be released each year, Birchbox said.

Nivea Launches Campaign Promoting Q10 Firming Body Lotion In Australia And New Zealand

Nivea launched #standfirm, a marketing campaign in Australia and New Zealand for its Q10 Firming Body Lotion. As part of the campaign, the brand released a video featuring lettering artist Georgia Hill and her mother Judy. Described as touching and matter of fact, the video highlights the issue of ageism and how it affects women.

Avon Stock Falls After Canaccord Genuity's Bursting Of Takeover Bubble

Avon Products Inc. saw the price of shares of its stock fell as much as 6.8 percent following Canaccord Genuity’s assertion that the cosmetics company’s prospects as a takeover target are likely overestimated. Since rejecting Coty Inc.’s takeover bid in 2012, Avon has been seen as a likely target for acquisition by other cosmetics companies. Avon’s decline is fueled by consumers’ growing dislike for door-to-door cosmetics purchases, the company’s main business model, according to market observers.

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October 03, 2015, to October 10, 2015

AmorePacific Innovates Its Way To World Cosmetics Market Domination

South Korea’s AmorePacific, with a market capitalization of about $25 billion, is the world’s 14th largest cosmetics company. In 2014, the company reported its revenue rose 20 percent to $4 billion, compared with 2013. Tracing its origin from the current chairman Suh Kyung-bae’s grandmother, who concocted natural beauty products at her kitchen, AmorePacific was Forbes magazine’s 28th most innovative company for 2015. Other factors that differentiate AmorePacific from other South Korean companies include Suh’s emphasis on transparency and his company’s significant capabilities in terms of innovation and developing new products.

Dove Men+Care Launches Anti-Dandruff Shampoo In Philippines

Unilever’s Dove Men+Care shampoo is designed to help men avoid hair loss, according to the company. With caffeine added, the shampoo comes in Strengthening, Refreshing Clean, and Anti-Dandruff variants. Unilever said there are several ways to strengthen hair and avoid baldness. Men should eat a healthy diet, care about the chemicals in the hairstyling products they use, take care of their well-being by relieving stress and quitting smoking, and use the right shampoo for their hair.

Chocolate-Scented Perfume Arrives By Way Of Milan Expo 2015

Perfume fragrance artist Peter de Cupere partnered with chocolatier Patrick Mertens to develop the Cocoa 5 Senses chocolate-flavored scent. Introduced at the Milan Expo 2015, the scent takes three weeks to manufacture, using the best cocoa beans. Made using a secret process, the perfume comes in a bottle designed by de Cupere based on a 2011 drawing of a cocoa bean.

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September 26, 2015, to October 03, 2015

Estee Lauder Launches Campaign Featuring Kendall Jenner

Estee Lauder launched a marketing campaign for its Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact cosmetics product. Featuring fashion model Kendall Jenner, the campaign includes the short film “Party Zombies.” Aimed at millennial consumers, the film makes fun of people’s dependency on and link to smartphones and other mobile devices.

Unilever And Israeli Supermarket Chain Settle Pricing Dispute

Unilever and Israel-based supermarket chain Super-Sol have settled their dispute over fair prices. With both parties declaring victory, Unilever said the retailer agreed to pay millions of shekels owed the consumer goods company. For its part, Super-Sol claimed the local unit of Unilever agreed to the supermarket operator’s terms. As a result of the settlement, Unilever products will be coming back to Super-Sol store shelves.

Nivea Expands To Fragrance Segment

Beiersdorf plans to launch the Nivea Eau de Toilette, a fragrance based on the company’s Nivea skin care cream. To be launched at the end of October 2015 in Germany and later in Austria, the personal fragrance will come in a white bottle that evokes an open tin of Nivea cream. With a retail price of €24, the fragrance will be sold exclusively at Nivea-owned stores, spas, and online.

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September 19, 2015, to September 26, 2015

Indian Startup Aims To Offer Subscription-Based Products And Services For Men

The Man Company, a content-based subscription e-commerce platform for men’s grooming products, launched its service in the India market. Supported by a number of angel investors, including Microsoft India managing director Karan Bajwa and Airbnb India country manager Amapreet Bajaj, the company aims to offer male consumers in the country “convenience and choice” by integrating technology, high-end products, and high-quality content. According to the company, it seeks to meet the need for a brand and services exclusively for men. This also prompted the company to create its own brand of products for men, who currently face a limited range of choices in brands and products.

Unilever Launches TRESemme Haircare Brand In Bangladesh

Unilever Bangladesh Limited launched the TRESemme brand of haircare products in the country. Highlights of the launch party included an introduction by the company’s brand building director Zaved Akhtar, a performance by the band Nemesis, and a presentation by formers Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen.

Just For Men Launches Social Media Campaign

Just for Men launched a social media campaign for its line of hair coloring products for beards. As part of the campaign, which features sports announcers Keith Hernandez and Walt Frazier, men are encouraged to upload photographs of their beards through a designed-for-mobile website and social media sites. Also, the campaign highlights humor related to facial hair, with social media users encouraged to share photographs using the hashtag #Beardspotting.

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September 12, 2015, to September 19, 2015

Aldi Launches High-End Line Of Anti-Aging Skincare Products

Discount retailer Aldi is launching the Lacura Caviar Illumination, a line of luxury anti-aging skincare products that contain caviar and snow algae. Each product from the high-end lifting and firming skincare range for women contains an anti-aging caviar extract. According to the retailer, the active ingredient comes with a lot of protein, vitamins, minerals, and lipid components. Working to reduce signs of aging by removing uneven spots, the products also act as moisturizer for the skin restricting, the company said. Included in the product line are the Lacura Cavira Illumination Day Cream, the Night Cream, and the 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask.

Unilever Opens New Vaseline Factory In Nairobi

Unilever opened a new factory in Nairobi, Kenya. Valued at 155 million Kenyan shilling, the facility is aimed at expanding production capacity for Vaseline petroleum jelly. It will serve the East African market, as well as some countries in the COMESA region, including Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Unilever Opens Innovation Incubation Center In Shanghai

Unilever China partnered with the Shanghai Technology Entrepreneurship Foundation for Graduates to open The Unilever China Foundry, the company’s global innovation incubation program, in Shanghai, China. With Unilever investing at least €1 million per year, the Foundry project will accept business proposals aimed at helping the company in terms of smart technologies and marketing methods. Initial focus of the proposals will be on five leading requirements, including digital-enabled anti-counterfeiting technologies, smart vending platforms, and interactive packaging.
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