Cannabis Stores Are Proliferating, But Are They Worth Visiting?  

When the cannabis industry was underground, stores serving cannabis users weren’t much to look at. But capitalism can act quickly, and mounting recreational marijuana legalization over the last eight years has transformed old-school pot shops into modern retail...

Spas Often Alienate Plus-Size Customers. Here’s How They Can Change.

Sheri Arcuria, a 38-year-old bookkeeper and author, was getting a massage at a spa when the masseuse instructed her, “You need to go to the gym.” The masseuse didn’t end there. “She said my bones were not big,...

Attitudes Toward Menarche Are Changing—And Emerging Period Care Brands Are Part Of The Change

Growing up, nobody discussed my period with me. When I got it at 13-years-old, I felt I didn’t have anyone to tell. I finally told my therapist, who relayed to me that she’d planted a rose bush to...

Sex In Contemporary Beauty Advertising: Is It Liberating Or Damaging?

From the beginning of mainstream consumer products, sex has been a tool wielded to promote them. In the 1930s, AdAge documents a Listerine ad featured a nude woman’s back and her breast, and marketing for Woodbury soap...

How Beauty Brands Can Avoid Cultural Appropriation

In the space of a few hours last month, Dior launched an advertisement for Sauvage fragrance starring Johnny Depp and a Native American dancer wearing traditional garb, and removed it after an outcry over cultural appropriation and insensitivity....

Will Indie Beauty Brands Take Sides In The Upcoming US Presidential Election?

As the United States plunges into the presidential primaries, its divisions are being laid bare in communities across the country, polling data, Twitter posts and Democratic presidential candidate debates, which start up again today. Brand founders...

What Smaller Brands And Retailers Can Learn From Sephora’s Diversity Training

In April, the pop singer SZA tweeted that a Sephora employee called security on her while she was shopping at a store in Calabasas, Calif. Following the incident, Sephora closed its locations for an hour-long diversity...