ReportersNotebook — Beauty Care, 8/27/12
SUPPLIER NEWS — At-home gel manicure system Red Carpet Manicure has unveiled new limited-edition nail art kits, which hit Ulta Beauty stores this summer and will launch nationally in the fall. There are three kits available — Tips and Tricks, French Manicure, and Gems and Jewels — which provide users with the necessary tools to get creative and customize their manicured nails. A QR code on the packaging directs consumers to Red Carpet Manicure’s video website for more information and tips.
Lip Smacker is celebrating its 40th anniversary next year with an array of limited-edition flavors and promotions. The company will roll out new limited-edition flavors, strawberry and cupcake lover collections, special consumer value promotions and QR code links to historical ads, Lip Smacker trivia, monthly sweepstakes and special social media events.
EXECUTIVE NEWS — Effective Aug. 1, Coty CEO Bernd Beetz retired from the company and has been succeeded by Michele Scannavini. Scannavini had been president of Coty Prestige for the past decade. Beetz will remain on the Coty board as a nonexecutive director. In this role, he will continue to share his experience and contribute to a smooth leadership transition supporting Scannavini. Scannavini completed the creation of a comprehensive fragrance portfolio through the launch of exclusive luxury licenses. He also has guided the company’s growing presence in skin and body care.
Innovation and education shine
With summer officially under way, it comes as little surprise that sales of sun care products rose during the most recent 12 weeks available from SymphonyIRI Group. Product innovation and greater consumer education on how to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays also helped fuel growth.
According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of suntan lotions and oils rose more than 2% to $388.67 million during the 12 weeks ended July 8 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).
The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Sun Care Sell-Through Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.
Anti-aging floods market
The slew of new facial anti-aging products hitting the mass market shows little signs of slowing — despite the lackluster category sales — as manufacturers feverishly work to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and bank on consumers’ undying desire to turn back the hands of time.
According to SymphonyIRI Group data, sales of facial anti-aging products slipped 0.8% to just shy of $800 million at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) for the 52 weeks ended July 8.
The good news is that not only are manufacturers keeping their fingers on the latest innovations and trends, but also a wrinkle among the U.S. professional skin care market could spell greater opportunities for mass. According to recent research by international consulting and research firm Kline & Co., sales within the largest channel of the professional skin care market in the United States — spas and salons — has declined as spas reduce the number of brands carried, underperforming spas close down, and more salons and hotels divest their spa business to refocus on the core business. Another factor, a surge in at-home beauty devices, reportedly has impeded business in the spas channel.
Meanwhile, manufacturers continue to innovate to bring the latest and greatest to mass. Coming to retail in September is Vichy’s new LiftActiv Serum 10 anti-aging serum and La Roche-Posay’s new Redermic [C] anti-wrinkle firming moisturizer. RoC Skincare launched earlier this year the RoC Retinol Correxion Max wrinkle resurfacing system. The two-step system includes an anti-wrinkle treatment and resurfacing serum. Taking a complete approach to skin health and leveraging conjugated linoleic acid — or CLA, a natural compound derived from the safflower plant — is the new skin care line Own, which launched in the spring.
The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Skin Care Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.