What Indie Beauty Brands Should Know Before Negotiating With Manufacturers

There is no beauty industry without beauty products. To make most beauty products, brands turn to contract manufacturers specializing in the mass production of market-ready skincare, haircare and cosmetics. Across the country, there are 190 skincare contract manufacturers...

From Typos To Misprints, Beauty Brand Founders Lament Label Mistakes

In this edition of Beauty Independent’s ongoing series posing questions to beauty entrepreneurs, we ask 12 brand founders and executives: Have you ever made a mistake on your label?

The Challenging #ChallengeAccepted Challenge And Other Social Media News This Week

Viral challenges seem to be social media staples of our virus-laden times. This week, black-and-white selfies dominated feeds in #ChallengeAccepted posts ostensibly about empowering women. Similar to the #BlackOutTuesday challenge, there’s skepticism about the purpose and impact of...

What Indie Beauty Brand Founders Make Of Cancel Culture

In this edition of Beauty Independent’s ongoing series posing questions to beauty entrepreneurs, we ask 21 founders and executives: What are your thoughts on today’s cancel and call-out culture, and is it something you think about when presenting...

Can We Pump The Brakes On Pumps?

Me: “I’m writing an article about pumps.” Husband: “Bike pumps?” Me: “No.” Husband: “Breast pumps?” Me: “No.” Husband: “Gas pumps?” Me: “No.” Husband: “Like the high heels?” Me: “No!” (I grabbed...

What Indie Beauty Brand Founders Think Of Ulta’s New Conscious Beauty Initiative

Last week, Ulta Beauty revealed a Conscious Beauty program certifying brands in five areas: clean ingredients, cruelty-free testing, vegan formulations, sustainable packaging and positive impact. Preceded by clean beauty retailers such as Credo and The Detox Market...