Unilever Ventures Invests $2M In Scalp Care Brand Straand

Straand has received $2 million in pre-seed funding from Unilever Ventures, the venture capital arm of Unilever. The funding represents the Australian flake-fighting haircare brand’s first institutional capital and comes as the...

Norwest’s Sonya Brown On How Problem-Solution Brands Solve Problems Facing Beauty Businesses Today

Sonya Brown, co-head of the growth equity team at investment firm Norwest Venture Partners, has been a prominent beauty industry backer for two decades. As a VP at private equity firm Summit Partners in...

Follain Founder Tara Foley Jumpstarts Investment Bank Consensus Advisors’ Beauty And Wellness Practice

At retailer Follain, founder and former CEO Tara Foley guided many early clean beauty brands taking their first steps into stores. Now, in her new position as managing director at boutique investment bank Consensus

Gen Z Consumers Are Skipping Deodorant. Will They Foul The Deodorant Market?

When Lila Negrete entered tweenhood, her peers at school began using deodorant, and she encountered the dizzying rows of it that occupy stores. She asked her mom for one and was given a Dove deodorant to...

Meet Miles, A New Deodorant Brand For Teens And Tweens Spreading Positive Masculinity

In the spring of 2020, Carly Broderick’s then 10-year-old son Jack reached a major childhood milestone—receiving the puberty talk at school—and she realized she’d shortly be reaching a major parenting milestone: having him stink up the...

Why L’Oréal Alums And WYOS Founders Jamie Glassman and Wendy Charland Believe Self-Care Is Evolving Into Community Care

In 2021, The New York Times columnist Tara Parker-Pope wrote that the most important lesson of pandemic life was, “Self-care isn’t selfish.” She explained, “During Covid-19, we’ve learned that we are all connected, and that...

The Craftory’s Ernesto Schmitt On What It Takes To Be A Great Beauty Brand In 2023

Ernesto Schmitt, co-founder of The Craftory, a $600 million impact investment company, believes the beauty industry is at a true tipping point pushing it toward substance over style. “I personally have looked at 3,000 beauty...