How Beauty Unicorns Are Made

In the wake of big beauty transactions such as Puig’s reported $1 billion acquisition of Charlotte Tilbury and Shiseido’s $845 million pickup of Drunk Elephant, speculation is rampant in the industry about the brands that might...

What’s Behind Beauty Brands’ Uneasy Relationship With Amazon?

There are more active Amazon users than people living in Indonesia, the fourth-most populated country in the world with some 273 million inhabitants. The sheer reach of the e-tail giant, which continues to mount, presents an

What It Takes To Win At Beauty Retail Now

To say that 2020 was hard on brick-and-mortar beauty retail is an understatement.  Even Ulta Beauty, a longtime Wall Street darling, saw its sales dip 16.8% last fiscal year to $6.2 billion. Smaller chains, mom-and-pop stores...

What’s Behind The Sexual Wellness Retail Revolution?

In 2021, sex stuff has become mainstream. Consumers can buy lube at Nordstrom, vibrators at Holt Renfrew and arousal oils at Urban Outfitters rather than having to patronize sex shops for intimate goods....

What Founders Need To Know About Developing Skincare Suited To Spas

Even with all of prestige beauty’s troubles in 2020, skincare is still a star. The segment is the fastest-growing category in beauty and now has more users than makeup, according to Larissa Jensen,...

How Beauty Brands Are Responding To Mental Health Struggles Exacerbated By The Pandemic And Ongoing Racial Inequities

Almost exactly a year into the coronavirus public health crisis that’s limited human interaction, damaged the economy and ballooned the daily burden on women, the toll on mental health has reached epidemic levels. According to a data collected...