Soap and Cosmetic News Roundup 12/26/15

FDA creates guidelines for small and homemade cosmetics businesses.

By Simon Pitman, 03-Dec-2015

The FDA has created a webpage outlining its guidelines for smaller and homemade cosmetic players in an effort to regulate this niche but fast growing area.


Senate Unanimously Approves Microbead-ban Bill.

By Amena H. Saiyid, 18-Dec-2015

A ban on the sale, manufacture, and distribution of synthetic plastic microbeads in facial washes, soaps and shampoos could start as early as July 2017 following the Senate’s approval of the legislation by unanimous consent on Dec. 18.


Beauty Brands Inch Away from Traditional Advertising.

By Lauren Sherman, 11-Dec-2015

Spurred by the power of online influencers and user-generated content, beauty companies are shifting their marketing spend.


TABS Group looks at state of the beauty business

By Lonni Delane, 15-Dec-2015

Millennials are the heaviest beauty cosmetic buyers, according to the latest data from TABS Group. About 44% of women ages 18 to 24 years were heavy buyers, defined as women who purchased many different types of cosmetics.


What’s Next: How smart social media sells beauty

By Lonni Delane, 10-Dec-2015

A brand or a product can be timeless and classic, but it will still need to adapt and change in order to remain relevant. The age of e-commerce and Internet communication has been daunting for some established businesses – especially when it comes to social media. All of a sudden, their customer base is fast-forwarding past their big-budget commercials and favoring tiny, pocket-sized screens over glossy magazines.

Soap and Cosmetics News Roundup 8/25/15

California court rules in favour of cosmetics companies

Summary judgement ends Proposition 65 titanium dioxide case

A California court has granted a summary judgement, dismissing the lawsuit brought against nearly 100 cosmetic companies, over a failure to label titanium dioxide (TiO2) in powdered cosmetic products (CW 2 October 2014).

Key drivers for beauty? Online sales and male grooming, new study claims

By Lucy Whitehouse +, 20-Aug-2015

A new study released by Allied Market Research has revealed that, despite some belief in the anti-aging category to push forward the most growth, it seems it’s actually online sales and male grooming bringing in the big bucks for beauty.

Millennial buying power is set to transform the beauty business

By Deanna Utroske, 18-Aug-2015

As the largest generation ever, Millennials’ spending will reach $2.5 trillion dollars in 5 years and the new Women 2020 study from Meredith Corporation highlights what that means for personal care and cosmetics brands.

Forget Etsy – app Tictail wants to democratize e-commerce

Modern day entrepreneurs face a unique dilemma when trying to break into the marketplace: what if their product is not artisanal enough?

Thanks to Etsy, which enforces strict maker requirements about the items sold through its platform, e-commerce has seen a resurgence of handmade products. This focus on artisanal inventory leaves many small businesses at a loss when it comes to marketing their goods online. Tictail, a Swedish startup, hopes to change that by opening its e-commerce site to small business owners around the world – artisans or not.


Indie Beauty Expo To Launch With A Sold Out Show

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Exhibition Hall of the inaugural Indie Beauty Expo™ (iBE) on August 27, 2015 at the Altman Building has sold out, thanks to an enthusiastic response from the more than 60 exhibitors who have signed up to date. A secondary exhibition space that was recently added has also sold out. A wait list is now in place for any additional brands who wish to sign up.

Independent beauty brands are a rapidly-growing segment of the beauty and lifestyle industry. The first event of its kind, iBE provides a platform to showcase their stories to press, buyers and consumers who are looking to discover unique and emerging brands.

Co-founded by beauty industry veteran Jillian Wright, of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa in Manhattan and a brand owner herself, the Indie Beauty Expo will kick off with a press breakfast where exhibitors can partake in a ‘meet and greet’ with the national beauty media. Beauty editors, writers and bloggers will have the opportunity to explore undiscovered brands, while gathering news from better known indie darlings — all in one convenient location.

“When I started my skincare business, I was frustrated by the lack of true beauty incubators,” said Ms. Wright. “The category has consolidated into an environment where niche brands are not given the chance to flourish and take center stage.”

Throughout the business-to-business portion of the expo attendees can learn about dozens of brands, partake in informative panels and forge professional connections. In the evening, beginning at 5:00 pm, a consumer event kicks into gear with discounted shopping, panels, cocktails and, of course, a goodie bag. Admission is $59.

iBE is co-founded by Nader Naeymi-Rad, CEO of Vesture, a luxury fashion company. As a business owner and investor, he appreciates the innovation of these fresh and original brands. “Indie brands are one of the top growth drivers in the overall beauty market,” said Mr. Naeymi-Rad. “A professionally curated and scalable indie-focused expo has been long overdue and this has been validated by the overwhelmingly positive response we have received.” He added, “With over 60 indie brands exhibiting, iBE has become the ‘can’t miss’ event for buyers in specialty retail and the spa markets.”

“Entrepreneurs are driven by the thrill of watching their idea grow into a reality, and we feel the same excitement as we see the incredible response the show has received,” added Ms. Wright.”We’re honored that these dynamic entrepreneurs are joining our community and taking advantage of the support network that we are working so hard to build.”

The iBE team is also proud to support 5 Gyres, an organization that is working to pursue policies that will reduce the plastic pollution in our oceans. As the beauty industry embraces environmentally sustainable practices — with indies leading the way — the expo is proud to supports 5 Gyres and its goal of getting ocean polluting microbeads out of beauty products.


Aromatherapy Institute

Arya Essentials

Au Naturale Cosmetics

Beauty RX

Belize In You

Bottega Organica


Cecelia Wong Skincare

Essence of Vali




Fit Glow Beauty

Flynn and King

Folium Medica

Forager Botanicals

Goddess of Skin

Gold Label Cosmetics

The Good Home Co.

Grande Lash MD

Hynt Beauty

InnerSense Organic Haircare

Isa Restoratives

Jillian Wright Skincare

Juara Skincare

Kahina Giving Beauty

Kaplan MD


Lift Lab

London Brush Co

Lotus Wei

LVX Nail Lacquer

Maison for Beauty


Million Dollar Tan

Modern Minerals Makeup



New York Institute of Aromatherapy

Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Nugg Beauty

Osmia Organics

Perfect Formula

Phace Bioactive

Phia Lab

Pour Le Monde

Precious Skin Elixirs

Priti Nails

Privai Skincare

Providence Apothecary


Skin Owl





Super Natural Beauty

Svelta Tan

Tata Harper

Tracie Martyn




Violets are Blue

Vitali Berati Tanning

VMV Hypoallergenics

White & Elm

Zyderma HS

iBE’s mission is to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and promote independent beauty brands to retailers, consumers and the media. The event kicks off with a press breakfast, where exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their stories to the national beauty media. This is followed by the Trade portion of the expo, where attendees can learn about and experience dozens of brands, partake in informative panels, and forge professional connections. The event then opens to the public with discounted shopping, panels and the opportunity to directly connect with brands. General Admission tickets start at $59. For more information or to purchase tickets visit