Archive | Health/beauty

Good Grooming

A handful of licensors in the past three months have announced deals for a single functional grooming product or targeted collection. The somewhat unexpected pairings, involving properties ranging from designers to celebrities to gaming brands, have generated significant media coverage and social media discussion, some of it tongue-in-cheek and much of it positive: In June, […]

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Beauty Contest

Just in the last week, three celebrity makeup artists have entered or expanded their presence in the competitive beauty and wellness space, announcing new retail-exclusive licensing or collaboration deals: Sir John, best known for his work with the likes of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, paired with South African retailer Woolworths Holdings for a limited-edition collaboration. […]

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Women’s Cosmetics of Color

At the beginning of the year, singer Thalía Sodi launched Adria by Thalía, a new haircare brand that offers seven SKUs of sprays, foams, and shampoos promoted as working well for all women’s hair types. The affordable brand is available at Walmart and select Target stores upon its launch. This venture follows a Thalía false […]

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The ABCs of CBD

The licensing community’s interest in cannabis remains strong, but the emphasis of late has moved from products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to items containing cannabidiol (CBD). Both offer many of the same benefits, according to proponents, such as their ability to alleviate anxiety, ease pain, and reduce seizures. The primary difference is that THC, the main […]

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Pretty as a Picture

The love affair between (mostly) classic characters and adult-focused cosmetics, lip care, and nail care products continues to intensify. More properties and more marketers—often of the niche variety—are entering into relationships to produce limited-edition beauty collections. Some recent pairings: • The latest collaboration for Hello Kitty, licensed by Sanrio, is The Crème Shop’s October 2018 […]

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A Good Hair Day

Celebrity hairstylists, through a variety of collaborations and brand-extension initiatives, have gotten out of the salon and onto retail shelves over the past couple of years: Rita Hazan, who already has a range of hair care products in place at HSN and Sephora, retained The Brand Liaison last month as her licensing agent for further […]

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Credit RuPaul For This Trend

Marketers in the cosmetics industry have recently been forging deals with high-profile drag queens, a celebrity niche that up to now has not had much of a presence in licensing, collaborations, or promotions. Among the examples that have come to light in 2018: Singer and drag artist Trixie Mattel partnered with Sugarpill Cosmetics for exclusive, […]

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Scent of a (Famous) Woman

Much has been written about the decline of celebrity fragrances over the past few years. But there are exceptions to the rule, and a number of high-profile personalities have recently expanded their licensed scent programs: Ariana Grande is releasing “Cloud,” the newest in her line of fragrances with Luxe Brands. She introduced her first perfume […]

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Scents That Sparkle

Last month, Graff Diamonds announced a licensing agreement with Inter Parfums for a multi-scent fragrance line that will launch in 2019 in high-end department stores, upscale travel retail, and Graff jewelry stores. The deal is a reminder that luxury brands with roots in fine jewelry are a force on the prestige end of the fragrance […]

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The Bold and the Beautiful

A current trend in the color cosmetics industry—which has represented a growing category for licensing in general over the past few years—is to create a bold and graphic look using bright colors, metallics, and well-defined shapes on lips, eyelids, and brows. To promote this style to consumers, cosmetics companies are turning to celebrity endorsers, including […]

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