Cosmetics

Zalando will sell make-up

Fashion web shop Zalando will start selling beauty products in Germany from now on. In order to better present those products, it will open a physical beauty store in Berlin. The company also revealed its quarterly results, with a near 30 % turnover growth.

Dollar Shave Club ready for Europe

The Dollar Shave Club will arrive on European shores next year. The razor blade subscription service, owned by Unilever, has long since been a success in the United States.

Unilever interested in Estée Lauder

Increasing rumours say that cosmetics company Estée Lauder may be up for sale and that there are a number of interested parties, including L’Oréal and Unilever.

Sephora launches smaller store formula

Cosmetics manufacturer Sephora launched a smaller store formula in the United States. Up until now, it had focused on large stores, but has now turned its attention to smaller stores.

Brazilian takeover of The Body Shop confirmed

L’Oréal has officially confirmed the sale of its British subsidiary The Body Shop to Brazilian Natura Cosméticos. The deal was signed this week, is estimated to be worth 1 billion euro and should be finalized before the end of the year.

AS Watson wants to acquire Holland & Barrett

AS Watson, Kruidvat’s parent company, has entered negotiations to acquire Holland & Barrett. It is apparently willing to pay one billion pounds (1.15 billion euro).

Estée Lauder doubles Victoria Beckham product range

Things are going very smoothly for Estée Lauder and Victoria Beckham. Their first two “limited collections” sold out instantly and that is why the former Spice Girl will create a third collection.

Brazilian competitor on the verge of The Body Shop acquisition

French L’Oréal has entered exclusive negotiations with Brazilian Natura Cosméticos to sell store chain The Body Shop, in a deal that should be worth a billion euro.

Belgian online pharmacy Pharmasimple wants to conquer Europe

Pharmasimple, an online pharmacy founded in Brussels seven years ago, experienced a 66.2 % turnover growth to 11.3 million euro in 2016. However, it has lofty ambitions, targeting a 100 million euro turnover in the next five years.

Amazon turns attention to medication

Amazon is looking for someone within its ranks to figure out how it can move into the highly lucrative medicine sales industry. According to several sources, Amazon has been contemplating this move for some time.

Unilever buys South American Quala's care division

Unilever acquired South American company Quala’s care product range to its own portfolio. Similarly to Unilever, Quala has food brands, which will become its new focus.

Strong turnover and profit increases for Henkel

Henkel’s first quarter turnover and profit both grew a lot. It also achieved a nice feat: for the first time ever, the German trade group surpassed the 5 billion euro turnover milestone.

The Body Shop targets mobile with its new eCommerce platform

Store chain The Body Shop launched a new eCommerce platform, better suited to mobile devices. The goal is generate 20 % of its turnover from online channels within the next few years.

Plenty of interested parties for The Body Shop

French cosmetics company L’Oréal has received fifteen bids for its British chain The Body Shop, for which it hopes to get at least one billion euro. The bidders reportedly include private equity firms like CVC, Carlyle, Advent and Bain Capital.

Collaboration between Burberry and perfume specialist Coty

Not even five years after Burberry took full control of its perfume activities, the British luxury brand will once again outsource it once more. American specialist Coty will manage the popular My Burberry, Mr Burberry and other perfumes from October onward.

British cosmetics company Lush considers options outside of UK

Because of the increased concerns about brexit's fallout, British cosmetics company Lush is looking to expand beyond the UK's borders. It fears it may have to pay increased import taxes and that it cannot find the right employees easily any more.

L’Oréal wants to sell The Body Shop

French cosmetics giant L’Oréal has asked business bank Lazar to investigate the different options for the environmentally-conscious store chain The Body Shop, but it is likely the ailing chain would be put up for sale.

New Head & Shoulders bottle made of washed up plastic

Procter & Gamble will manufacture a new Head & Shoulders bottle, partially made from washed-up plastic. The bottle will also be fully recyclable.

Unilever acquires hair care brand Living Proof

Unilever has reached a deal to acquire Living Proof, a hair care product manufacturer, for an undisclosed fee. It is mostly known for its biomedical research into hair problems.

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