Specialty Actives: Market Insights from China

Personal Care Ingredients Market in China
Active Ingredients for Cosmetics

China is the largest market for professional skin care and the third largest consumer of active ingredients globally. What are the key growth drivers, which trends are reshaping the industry, and how will this region perform in the future? We asked Kline’s Chemicals & Materials industry experts to share their insights on this highly promising market.

What are the key drivers of the specialty actives market in China?

Today, Chinese consumers are increasingly concerned about the efficacy of cosmetic products and the active ingredients used in them. (more…)

Scanning the Growing Segment of Dispensing Skin Care Physicians

Physician-dispensed Skin Care
Physician-dispensed Skin Care

Driven by an increased number of physicians dispensing skin care products from their offices, as well as a high frequency of consumer visits to physicians’ offices, medical care providers continues to emerge as the strongest professional channel in the U.S. professional skin care market in 2014. Findings from the 2014 edition of Physician-dispensed Skin Care: Perception and Satisfaction Survey show that almost one-fourth of dispensing physicians generated over 15% of their revenue from the sales of skin care products, and many of them said they want to increase this number in the near future. (more…)

At-home Beauty Devices Market Takes Flight in Europe in 2014

At-home Beauty Devices Market Takes Flight in Europe in 2014Our soon-to-be-published report on the at-home beauty devices market revealed some interesting trends that we have not seen since we’ve started covering this market four years ago. This year, it is expected that Europe’s growth for the at-home beauty devices market will outpace the United States, approaching to a 25% increase. This is an impressive number as other related markets, such as professional skin care, achieve an approximately 7% growth. What’s driving this growth? (more…)

Professional Skin Care Market Rx: Top Five Ingredients

Professional Skin Market Rx: Top Five IngredientsIn our recently published reports—Professional Skin Care Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities and Physician-dispensed Skin Care: Perception and Satisfaction Survey—we learned about the ideal “prescription” that makes this $6 billion global market for professional skin care products thrive. Some of the most important key areas that skin care market players should consider are:

  1. Emerging markets: although small in dollar sales, they show high potential in the future.
  2. Medical care providers represent a tremendous distribution opportunity. (more…)

Beauty’s Best Kept Secret: Awareness of At-home Beauty Devices Remarkably Low while Satisfaction is High Among those in the Know

At-Home Beauty DevicesNearly 70% of the respondents from the newest consumer research, which queries women from China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States that own devices for aesthetic benefits are either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with these high-tech gadgets, according to our recently published Beauty Devices: Global Market Brief. Meanwhile, awareness is low with “didn’t know about them” as the second most commonly given reason from those who have not yet tried an at-home beauty device.

“Our research shows that women who use skin care devices have a high level of satisfaction. However, the penetration rates of these high-tech gadgets are low across most regions due to lack of awareness about them, indicating significant opportunity for marketers to attract new consumers,” notes Karen Doskow, Director of Consumer Products at Kline. (more…)

Consumer Research for At-home Beauty Devices Points to China

Beauty Devices AsiaAccording to our recently completed consumer research on at-home beauty devices usage, all signs point to China as being the most opportunistic market for beauty device marketers, as well as for brands that address a myriad of beauty issues. The younger population are the ultimate “beauty junkies”

Our research queried women from six dynamic markets: China, Japan, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States on their beauty device usage, as well as their attitudes on aging and where they go for advice on products. In general, penetration was relatively low for device usage; overall, it was well above average in China where beauty devices are used by nearly 60% of respondents. (more…)

Spring 2014: Whimsy and Elegance are in the Air

Spring 2014: Whimsy and Elegance

The change of season is always a good opportunity to welcome new trends. This spring, we see a dichotomy of products, largely skewing toward either a playful, fun side or an elegant, sophisticated one.

In makeup, many spring collections turn to fun pastel and bright shades. Cover Girl introduces its Pastelicious collection, which features new pops of powder blue, green, and pink for spring. In nail salons, manicure shades turn to ice blue and bursts of yellow. In lip balms, EOS offers a limited-edition two pack of its Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit Smooth Sphere lip balms, touted as “the perfect springtime gift.” For a fresh, simple look, shimmery nudes are featured in foundations and powders from multiple brands including Bobbi Brown and Maybelline. MAC’s website features “Altogether Peachy,” an online palette of fresh peaches in creamy, gleaming fan-favorite formulas for the lips and face.
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COSMOPROF 2014 – A New World of Beauty

Cosmoprof 2014Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna has always been the perfect stage for the latest trends and the most innovative products of the beauty universe, being a reference point for professionals and specialists of the sector.

This year, the show brought together about 2,000 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors around the world. Over 90,000 square meters­ of exhibition space were dedicated to the various sectors of the beauty industry, including perfumery, natural cosmetics, packaging and contract manufacturing, beauty salons and spas, hair, nails. (more…)

Rough Road Ahead, but U.S. Personal Care Sales March Onwards

Cosmetics & ToiletriesThe cosmetics and toiletries market continues to move upward, but is still influenced by societal and economic trends. Despite the recent struggles, total U.S. sales exceeded $41 billion at the manufacturers’ level in 2013 and are up 2.4% from 2012 levels. Backed by the strong performance of the makeup and skin care product classes, the market has seen revenue growth for the fourth consecutive year. Furthermore, a few mature product classes, such as hair care and oral care, contribute to the market’s overall growth, signaling that companies are making inroads leveraging innovation and new products to keep their revenue streams buoyant. (more…)

Exchanging Ideas with the Legendary Dr. Robb: From Skin Care Concerns to New Technology

Global Beauty & Wellness ExchangeWhich beauty segments are enjoying the fastest growth? What’s driving this growth? Questions like these were addressed recently by Kline’s very own Carrie Mellage, Vice President of Consumer Products. On February 18, 2014, Carrie had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion with Pam Busiek, President and CEO of Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), and the legendary Dr. Robb Akridge, founder of Clarisonic, at the 2014 Global Beauty & Wellness Exchange held at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, FL. (more…)