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What’s in a name? Blockbuster scents versus bespoke fragrance

The Estee Lauder Companies produced a set of results that it has branded ‘outstanding’ this week – but among the double-digit growth in skin care and Asia Pacific, there was one line on the balance sheet that wasn’t quite as rosy. Sales of fragrances decreased 5 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to the same period last year. According to the US prestige beauty giant, the drop was due in part to lower net sales of certain designer fragrances – although luxury and artisanal fragrances delivered solid performances – the latter strong...


Can mascara withstand the magnetic attraction of the new lash kid on the block?

When it comes to lashes, it’s a truly individual choice. My colleague, and friend, Georgina and I have different loves. Hers? Mascara (see blog post, and love note, based on her unwavering loyalty to it). Mine? Semi-permanent extensions. Of course, the choices don’t end there: mascara, strip lashes, short-term clusters, tinting, lifting, semi-permanent individuals – I mean, the list is endless. And now folks, there’s a new kid on the block – magnetic strip lashes. I have no shame in saying I am a devout user of semi-permanent individual lashes. The only beauty vice I have (aside from the...


Bar soap, reusables and zero waste: eco beauty is here to stay

I’ve written at length about single use plastics in the past – and it’s an issue that isn’t going anywhere. The beauty industry produces 120 billion units of packaging per year and by 2050, it’s estimated that there will be 12 billion tonnes of plastic in landfills generated by the cosmetics camp alone, according to research conducted for zero waste week last year. And that fact hasn’t gone unheeded by consumers. Indeed, we’ve been busy voting with our purses and the industry has reacted fast. First, our collective fear of the plastic bottle has apparently led to a renaissance...


Brandon Truaxe: why it’s time to mourn and not start a witch hunt

This week has been a devastating one in the cosmetics world. We have had to come to terms with the untimely passing of both Benefit Founder Jean Ann Ford, aged 71, and Deciem Founder Brandon Truaxe, aged just 40. While Ford passed away following a battle with cancer, leaving behind a long legacy within the industry, Truaxe’s untimely death marks the end of a tumultuous period for the troubled cosmetics genius. The circumstances surrounding the way Truaxe ended his life are still as yet unclear – Extra has reported that Truaxe either jumped or fell from this 32nd floor...


Let’s take a long look in the mirror: Gillette and gender

As we reported earlier this week, Gillette has released a new ad and it’s proven divisive. Now I don’t know whether the ad, which was directed by Kim Hehrig, was conceived to create controversy or whether the outrage it has provoked has come as a surprise to Gillette parent company, Procter & Gamble but, if it was the former, well #missionaccomplished. Although I strongly suspect it was the latter as P&G has been no stranger to this particular format of awareness-raising ad and it’s never received this amount of flack in the past. Its critically acclaimed The Talk picked...