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Period: August 28, 2018 to September 4, 2018
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Ancora Investment Holdings Invests In Vapour Organic Beauty

Ancora Investment Holdings said it has invested in Vapour Organic Beauty, a natural luxury cosmetics brand. Founded by natural cosmetics industry pioneers Krysia Boinis and Kristine Keheley, Vapour Organic Beauty focuses on making high-end natural color cosmetics. Its mission is to serve a diverse clientele made up consumers from across age, race, and gender groups, the company said. 

"Ancora Partners With Vapour Organic Beauty", PR Newswire , July 23, 2018

Bulldog Launches Shower Gel In Environment-Friendly Refill Box

UK-based men's grooming company Bulldog has announced the launch of the Original Shower Gel Refill Box. To be sold exclusively at Whole Foods from August 2018 and on the company's online store, the product contains the equivalent of 25 bottles of shower gel. This is to help reduce plastic packaging waste, the company said.

"Bulldog’s new refillable product reduces plastic waste by 85%", Cosmetics Design Europe, July 24, 2018

MDacne's Online Payment Deal With AskToPay Makes It Easy For Teenagers To Complete Transactions

Dermatology company MDacne has signed a partnership with AskToPay, an online payment platform for teenagers. One of Mastercard's startup of the year awardees, AskToPay allows teenagers, MDacne's target market, to send payment requests to their parents and complete their transaction with the acne treatment company. Teenagers will find AskToPay's technology convenient to use, the payment service provider said. 

"MDacne Partners with AskToPay for Revolutionary Sales Solution for Teens", PR Newswire , July 25, 2018

L'Oreal Partners With Casino Group To Open Multi-Brand Pharmacies In Paris

L'Oreal's pharmacy business Le Drugstore Parisien has partnered with mass retailer Casino Group to open the first two multi-brand pharmacy stores in Paris. Located in the city's high-end 6th and 9th districts, the stores sell a wide range of products, including cosmetics, dry cleaning, accessories, and snacks. L'Oreal brands, such as L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline, and Garnier, will also be featured.

"Le Drugstore Parisien: L'Oréal reinvents retail pharmacy with new multi-brand store concept", Cosmetics Business, July 26, 2018

Lime Crime Marks 10th Year By Opening For Business At Selfridges

Lime Crime, makeup brand with cult following, celebrated its 10th anniversary by launching its products at Selfridges' beauty department. Know for its “colorful, vegan and cruelty-free products”, Lime Crime was launched when online beauty retail or ecommerce was relatively beginning. Its popularity among YouTube beauty bloggers helped make the company popular. According to the company, its decision to launch in Selfridges was prompted by the fact that the UK is its second largest market.

"Digital First Beauty Brand, Lime Crime Unveils First European Retail Presence in Selfridges", Women’s Wear Daily, July 27, 2018

Brandless Secures $240-Million Investment From Softbank

Japan's Brandless Inc. revealed Softbank's $100-billion Vision Fund investment unit has invested $240 million in the online retailer. In three previous rounds of funding, the online seller of exclusively own-brand, generic daily household products had easily secured $51 million. According to Softbank managing partner Jeff Housenbold, Brandless' data focus and its ability to create excitement around ordinary products have convinced the bank to invest in the online retailer.

"This No-Brand Startup Won $240 Million to Fight Amazon on Price and Quality", Bloomberg Businessweek, July 31, 2018

Look Fabulous Forever Launches At-Home Selling Program

UK-based Look Fabulous Forever has launched its At Home home selling program, a sales-representative-based retail scheme similar to those of direct-selling brands, such as Avon. According to the brand of cosmetics for elderly women, the program provides customers and sellers the opportunity to socialize and test the company's collection of beauty products. In early 2018, the company implemented a brand refresh, which included a packaging and design revision.

"Look Fabulous Forever: ageless beauty player launches at-home selling model", Cosmetics Design Europe, July 31, 2018

Aloette Cosmetics Launches A-List Loyalty Program With Subscription Boxes

Aloette Cosmetics said it has launched Aloette A-List, a loyalty program exclusive for members only. Featuring bi-monthly subscription boxes, the program also provides members with product discounts and offers, as well as for-their-eyes-only updates. Priced at $19.95 per month, the subscription box is valued up to $150 and comes filled with full-sized Aloette products and a surprise gift.

"Aloette Cosmetics Announces the Launch of A-List, An Exclusive Beauty…", Virtual-Strategy Magazine, August 02, 2018

Blue Gems Acquires Cult Beauty Brand ICONIC London

Blue Gem said it has acquired ICONIC London, a cult beauty brand that has acquired a global following three years after its launch. According to Blue Gem, its investment will support ICONIC London's expansion into the US in the latter part of 2018, as well as help grow its retailer lineup in the UK. As part of the deal, company founder Jade Elliott will continue leading the company and remain its creative director. Selma Terzic assumes the CEO position.

"Blue Gem acquires Instagram startup beauty player ICONIC London", Cosmetics Design Europe, August 19, 2018

Chanel Launches New Male Beauty Line, Starting In South Korea

In September, Chanel will launch its first male beauty line, Boy de Chanel, in South Korea. It will feature three products: a lip balm, eyebrow pencil and a tinted fluid. The line will also be rolled out online from November on the Chanel site. The range is named after Gabrielle Chanel’s lover, Boy Capel.

"Chanel Set To Launch First Men’s Beauty Line Boy De Chanel In South Korea", Global Cosmetics News, August 23, 2018

L’Occitane Is Opening A Concept Store In New York

The L’OCCITANE Group is opening a concept store for its L’OCCITANE en Provence brand on Fifth Avenue, New York. The natural cosmetics brand aims to provide a destination that will communicate to visitors its key features and encourage consumer engagement. The brand is following a “glocal” approach in creating exclusive brand experiences and has recently opened new concept flagship destinations in France, Brazil, China, Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Paris store, for example, offers food inspired by some of the brand’s iconic ingredients. Christina Polychroni, the brand’s North American Chief Marketing & E-Commerce Office, says that visitors to the New York store can use immersive installations to explore the brand’s history and signature products.

"L’OCCITANE raises the bar on customer experience and disrupts New York’s Fifth Avenue with its new experiential concept store", World Press OnLine, August 23, 2018

Colgate-Palmolive Invests In Male Grooming Brand In India

Colgate-Palmolive has purchased a minority stake in the Indian direct-to-consumer online male grooming brand, Bombay Shaving Company, as part of a series A funding round. The company, launched in 2016, now has some 80,000 customers and offers over 30 products, including shave, skincare, beard care, and bath and body items. BSC says it aims to leverage Colgate-Palmolive’s long experience to help it grow the grow the brand, and the funds will be spent on brand building, innovation and improving key capabilities. 

"Colgate-Palmolive buys minority stake in grooming firm Bombay Shaving Co", Business Standard, August 23, 2018

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