Cosmetics

L’Oréal to open virtual beauty school

Cosmetics firm L’Oréal and online video platform YouTube plan to create cosmetics-focused content together. For the French company, this is a way to compete with the independent vloggers that currently dominate the market.

Victoria Beckham and Estée Lauder launch collection together

Victoria Beckham is to launch a make-up collection, adding to her own fashion collection. She will collaborate with cosmetics brand Estée Lauder to launch the product range later this year.

Chanel launches web shop for beauty products in Belgium and Netherlands

French fashion brand Chanel now also sells its beauty products online in Belgium and the Netherlands, through its own web shop. Free shipping is included for orders surpassing 100 euro and a 10 euro fee will be charged for orders below that sum.

Sephora adds augmented reality to app

Make up manufacturer Sephora has expanded its app with a new augmented reality-based feature, which gives users a chance to immediately see how a certain make-up colour looks on their face.

Colgate cuts even more jobs

Colgate-Palmolive is to continue its restructuring plan, which means even more jobs will be cut. Everything should be finalized by December 2017 and 3,300 to 3,800 jobs will have disappeared by then.

Ontex turnover and profit on the rise

Diaper manufacturer Ontex managed a higher turnover and profit in 2015, despite "extremely competitive markets". Its non-Western European markets now contribute more than a third of its total turnover.

Estée Lauder acquires perfume brand By Kilian

American cosmetics company Estée Lauder has expanded its perfume portfolio with a new brand, By Kilian. No information was divulged about the sum it had to pay to acquire the perfume brand.

Double-digit growth for Henkel in 2015

Henkel's turnover and profit in 2015 grew markedly, partially because of its strong performance in the emerging markets. The German consumer goods giant targets another turnover increase this year.

Nivea gives Beiersdorf a good year

Nivea and Eucerin sales have helped German Beiersdorf achieve a good year, with a 6.4 % turnover growth and a higher post-tax profit.

Baby products still contain too many risky substances

Healthcare products for babies still contain too many risky substances, which may harm the baby's skin more than it would help according to a new study, performed by a European women's organization.

Nurofen and Durex' parent company beats expectations

RB, which owns Nurofen and Durex (among other brands), presented better-than-expected yearly results. Turnover remained pretty much level compared to last year, but its net profit managed decent growth.

Weaker euro results in strong quarter for L'Oréal

Cosmetics company L’Oréal did better than expected in the fourth quarter. The weaker euro, combined with stronger American and Japanese sales, gave the company excellent results.

The Body Shop wants to become the world's most ethical company

On its 40th birthday, The Body Shop commits to becoming the world's most ethical and sustainable company, as stated in its new Global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Axe makes a U-turn

Axe, Unilever's successful men's cosmetics brand, will change its marketing approach. Farewell macho clichés and say hello to the most diverse shapes of manliness. Social media reactions are overwhelming.

Kruidvat targets sizeable French expansion

Dutch pharmacy chain Kruidvat has major plans for French expansion. It only opened its first French store in Lille (Northern France) last month, but it wants to add several more soon.

Holland & Barrett (Essenza) put up for sale

Private equity firm Carlyle plans to sell Holland & Barrett, inside sources told British paper The Telegraph. Holland & Barrett is the parent company of De Tuinen and Essenza.

DA also requests suspension of payment

Convenience store chain DA Retailgroep joins V&D Group and Macintosh Retail Group as it has also asked the court in Amsterdam to grant its request for suspension of payment. All of the chain's stores will remain open.

Gillette launches shaving subscription

Razor blade brand Gillette has launched the Gillette Shave Club, a subscription service that will home-deliver razor blades at fixed times. The Netherlands will be the first European country to enjoy the service.

Ecover sells professional branch to Greenspeed

Laundry and cleaning product manufacturer Ecover has sold Ecover Professional, which means it is no longer active in the B2B market and will solely focus on consumer sales in the future.

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