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Estée Lauder to acquire skin care brand Glamglow

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Estée Lauder has signed an agreement to acquire Glamglow, a skin care brand focused on treatment masks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in January 2015.

Founded in 2010 by Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, Glamglow is a global multi-award winning, Hollywood-inspired prestige skin care brand, designed for men and women of all ages and all skin types, offering a collection of treatment masks that are designed to help give skin a gorgeous, spotlight-ready glow.

Originally known as “Hollywood’s Boutique Secret” for its ubiquity on Hollywood sets, Glamglow now has a presence in global specialty-multi channels, including Sephora and Douglas, and in select high-end department stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s and, starting in Jan. 2015, Nordstrom.

“Glamglow represents the ultimate in innovative facial masks,” said Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO of Estée Lauder. “Glenn and Shannon’s vision — to create easy-to-use, effective products for camera-ready skin — has grown into an incredible success. Glamglow is a top performer in specialty channels and effectively engages its devoted fans across digital platforms. Its unique focus on facial masks strategically complements our current prestige skin care offerings, and we are thrilled to welcome Glenn and Shannon to our company.”

The current Glamglow line includes five mud-based facial skin mask products, formulated with a patented Teaoxi leaf-steeping technology, to brighten, hydrate, refine or clear the skin. Each mask is specifically designed to address a specific skin care concern: the original Glamglow product, Youthmud, exfoliates for anti-aging effects, while Supermud is a clearing treatment formulated for problem skin. Thirstymud hydrates, and Powermud deep cleanses, while Brightmud eye treatment visibly plumps and brightens the under eye area. In Jan. 2015, Glamglow will launch a new range of ‘mud to foam’ daily cleansers. Additionally, Glamglow offers various limited edition products and gift sets.

The brand will be overseen by John Demsey, Estée Lauder group president, responsible for Estée Lauder, M·A·C, Tom Ford, Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, Jo Malone London, La Mer, Smashbox, Aramis & Designer Fragrance brands, Le Labo and RODIN olio lusso.

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Survey: Online merchants gain ground in beauty, but brick-and-mortar outlets still reign

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — While more and more beauty shoppers are buying products online, big box retailers, pharmacies and grocery stores are still the top sources for many cosmetics and grooming products, according to the findings of a recent survey by The Harris Poll.

As shopping habits shift and change, the purchase channels for grooming and cosmetic staples become increasingly varied and it may be only a matter of time before sales from online merchants begin to take over. Newly released data show consumers may be shifting gradually toward online merchants as 14% indicated they are getting more from this channel today than 2 to 3 years ago.

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,068 U.S. adults online between June 16 and 18, 2014.

Most popular purchase channels


Despite the changes in purchase location over the past two to three years, the top purveyors of cosmetics and grooming products are mainly brick and mortar, and are by and large limited to just two or three main channels: "big box" retail stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores/supermarkets. Most utilize "big box" retailers for each type of cosmetic and grooming product surveyed (sunscreen 64%, shampoo and conditioner 62%, hair styling product 62%, hair color product 60%, non-sunscreen product with SPF protection 59%, facial/skin care product 54%, and cosmetic 54%).
 
Pharmacies and grocery stores/supermarkets round out the top three merchants for most of these types of products, including shampoos and/or conditioners, hair styling products, sunscreen, non-sunscreen products with SPF protection and hair color products.

However, certain product categories stand out from the crowd in this department. Facial/skin care products and cosmetics have the most diverse responses where purchase channels are concerned, with retailer types beyond the aforementioned "top three" still delivering strong percentages.

For cosmetics, online merchants (28%), department stores (24%) and grocery stores (23%) round out the top five after "big box" retailers (54%) and pharmacies (39%). Other popular channels outside of these include in-person at a specialty beauty products merchant (19%) and in-person/not in a store (15%).

Similarly, for facial/skin care product purchasers, online merchants (27%) rank third, after "big box" retailers (54%) and pharmacies (31%), along with outperforming grocery stores (23%). Department stores (17%) are another popular channel, while another 1-in-10 turn to an in-person specialty beauty products merchant (11%).

Online merchants are currently most popular for purchasing cosmetics (28%), facial/skin care products (27%), hair color products (22%), non-sunscreen products SPF protection (21%) and hair styling products (20%). They are less popular for sunscreen (14%) and shampoo and/or conditioner (12%) purchases.

Looking at the different types of online merchants, online mass merchandisers are the most popular online channel for the majority of surveyed products (facial/skin care products 17%, non-sunscreen products with SPF protection 13%, hair color products 13%, hair styling products 12%, shampoos and/or conditioners 8%, and sunscreen 8%), with the exception of cosmetics, where online specialty beauty products merchants take the top spot (17%).

Perks and pitfalls of Internet purchases


Aside from a presumed convenience factor, the Internet has some additional perks as well, with 57% of adults stating they like being able to see grooming and/or cosmetic product reviews when shopping online. However, it's not without its downfalls, and in-person purchases are particularly important for new and first-time product purchases:

  • Sixty-two percent say since computer screen colors vary, it's important to buy grooming or cosmetic products in-person when buying for the first time.
  • Nearly 7-in-10 (69%) agree that they're more likely to purchase health or cosmetic products in-person when there are new products they want to try.
  • Sometimes the Internet just can't measure up to the in-person experience, as 33% agree they like to have an associate show them how to use a cosmetic product properly when shopping in-person.

At the end of the day, what it really all comes down to is the cost. Eighty-eight percent agree that once they find a product they like, they'll buy it wherever they can get the best price.

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India’s Clean & Clear launches new Pimple Clearing Face Wash

BY Antoinette Alexander

MUMBAI — India's skincare brand, Clean & Clear, has announced the launch of its new Pimple Clearing Face Wash.

Currently available in all retail outlets in the North and East markets of India, the product will hit stores in the South and West of India by January.

Clean & Clear's Pimple Clearing Face Wash fights against pimples by removing excess oil and dirt. It has been specially formulated with such gentle and natural ingredients as neem and lemon, which help reduce pimples and post-acne pigmentation. The face wash is clinically proven to help improve acne symptoms in seven days, the company stated.

"As a youth brand, Clean & Clear understands the struggles and changes that teens experience on a daily basis. We aim to inspire confidence in every young girl so that she can discover and enjoy the endless possibilities that surround her, without feeling inhibited by her physical experience. We know that when girls are comfortable in their own skin they have the courage to express who they really are,” said Ganesh Bangalore, GM, marketing at Johnson & Johnson Consumer India.

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