How Medicine Mama’s Organic Apothecary Is Making It In The Mass Market While Keeping Manufacturing In-House
About a decade ago, Medicine Mama’s Organic Apothecary founder Donna Steinmann received a phone call from a Santa Barbara dermatologist’s office inquiring about Sweet Bee Magic, an all-purpose skincare product she’d been making from honey and propolis for a while without any intention of selling widely. Steinmann was worried someone might have been ...
Flora + Bast, A CBD Brand With A Contemporary Take On Anti-Aging, Heads To Sephora And Barneys New York
As the CBD beauty crowds multiply, brands are drilling down niches within the ballooning segment to distinguish themselves. Flora + Bast is bringing a holistic anti-aging approach to CBD or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive constituent of cannabis, to its two debut products: Age Adapting Facial Serum to repair skin from the outside and Age ...
New Clean Beauty And Wellness VC Firm Sekhmet Ventures Launches With Investment In Ingestible Brand Stamba
Sekhmet Ventures, a new venture capital firm dedicated to the beauty and wellness category, has launched with an investment in superfood ingestible brand Stamba. The firm is putting seed investments ranging primarily from $500,000 to $1.5 million toward companies targeting specific concerns with rigor baked into their business models, differentiated products and patentable ...
Indie Beauty Brands Are All Over The Place, Even At MAC-Filled New York Fashion Week
If the backsides of the models strutting their stuff at size-inclusive swimwear label Chromat’s New York Fashion Week runway show today look extra firm, you can thank Bawdy Beauty. Marking its NYFW debut, the seat skincare specialist will be doling out butt masks backstage before the show starts. “Chromat represents a lot of ...
A Dozen Big-Time Beauty Trends That Stole The Show At IBE LA 2019
When Indie Beauty Expo traveled to Los Angeles for the first time in 2016, indie beauty was in its infancy and small brands were sorting out their places in the broader beauty industry. What a difference three years makes. The nearly 200 brands exhibiting at IBE LA at the California Market Center last ...
Why The Year Of The Pig Could Fatten Indie Beauty Sales In China
As celebrations for Chinese New Year—the year of the pig—captivate China this week, more U.S. independent beauty brands want to feast on what will soon become the world’s top retail market. There are barriers to entry, though, indie brand founders say, ticking off animal testing, a complicated and pricey registration process, and a beauty ...