“Women who like the decadent feel of scooping up pricey wrinkle creams with their fingers may want to re-evaluate their favorite beauty packaging. Jars, the more opulent the better, have long been a favorite of cosmetic marketers. But some of the most common ingredients in anti-aging formulas, like retinol and other antioxidants, are highly unstable, meaning that they break down when exposed to air and light.” Read more at The New York Times.
“Just over two years ago, an Australian e-commerce company called Frank Body developed an entire line of skincare products that include coffee as a primary ingredient. As buzz about the brand spread around the world through Instagram and Facebook, Americans began flocking to buy Frank Body scrubs and balms; today, the U.S. is Frank Body’s biggest market. The company says it is on track to make $21 million in sales this year, up from $2.8 million two years ago.” Read more at Fast Company.
“It’s been a little over two years since Net-a-Porter got into the competitive beauty business, selling a mix of well-known and niche products online. Now, its discount fashion offshoot The Outnet is getting into the category as well. While it won’t be selling discounted skincare and makeup per se, there will be deals for those willing to buy multiple products at once.” Read more at Fashionista.
“r/SkincareAddiction operates under an edict of ‘trust, but verify.’ If there is a recommendation on this forum — like the use of antibacterial medication in the treatment of acne — it is frequently accompanied by a citation from a medical journal or other reputable source. According to the forum’s extensive set of rules, all selfies posted to demonstrate improved skin must be accompanied by a detailed beauty routine, along with any lifestyle changes that could have produced the same results. Posters are bound by the forum’s rules to only promote products that they have used themselves, and have no financial stake in their purchase.” Read more at Cosmopolitan.com.
“Last year, Saje Natural Wellness was listed on the Profit 500 ranking as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, with a five-year growth rate of 267 per cent. Saje’s founders plan to open 50 stores in Canada by the end of 2016, before looking to break into international markets. This year’s retail expansion will bring them coast-to-coast with a new storefront in St. John’s, Nfld.” Read more at the Financial Post.
“A group of scientists in the UK have revealed new research that suggests the impact of microplastic pollution from cosmetic and personal care products may be even greater than first thought. The scientists, who are based at the University of Plymouth in Southwest England, show that the quantity of plastics contained in products such as scrubs and facial cleaners, means that as many as 100,000 of the tiny microbeads are released with every single application.” Read more at Cosmetics Design.