Touchland Disrupted The Hand Sanitizer Category—And Has Plans To Disrupt Even More In The Future

Long before hand sanitizers became the accessory du jour, Andrea Lisbona recognized the utilitarian product was in desperate need of a shakeup. “Considering millions of people use hand sanitizers on a regular basis, it was actually...

Why Jiva-Apoha Founder Angela Shore Is So Committed To Hand-Blending Oils

Before wellness and beauty became a conjoined category, Angela Shore focused on healing rather than improving. She started her brand Jiva-Apoha, which takes its name from the Sanskrit term for soul-healing, in 2013...

Milk Makeup Backer Main Post Partners Execs On The Power Of Sephora And Breakout Hero Products

Main Post Partners has big aims for its beauty business and a big pocketbook to accomplish them. The San Francisco-based private equity firm operates two investment funds in excess of $1.1 billion combined. It has...

True Beauty Ventures Co-Founder Cristina Nuñez: Ready To Bankroll Change 

Cristina Nuñez is a beauty industry double threat. She comes to new firm True Beauty Ventures, which she started with veteran beauty investor Rich Gersten, with financial and operational chops. After graduating Duke University, Nuñez plunged into...

This Indie Beauty Brand Made Hand Sanitizer Long Before It Was A Big Deal

Long before there were social media-savvy hand sanitizer brands like Touchland, Olika and Merci Handy, there was Jao Brand and Purell. Jao is the anti-Purell. Launched in 1997, it’s stylish hand sanitizer is upscale, multipurpose,...

Rich Gersten On His New Firm True Beauty Capital And Finding Investment Opportunities In A Challenging Time

Last year was a record-breaking one for beauty investment. According to Capstone Headwaters, there were 148 personal care deals, up from 118 in 2018. Big-name targets such as Tatcha, Drunk Elephant and Elemis fetched...