beauty business

Understanding Stem Cells

Ada S. Polla
Discover the variety and benefits of this ingredient—and what it could mean for your beauty store.

I sometimes think the skincare world suffers from what I think of as "flavor-of-the-month syndrome," meaning that every month there is a new ingredient that is on everyone's lips and in most brands' jars. Do you remember the pomegranate craze? Followed by the acai berry fad? And the bee venom phenomenon? The list goes on. Usually, all of these ingredients are beneficial to the skin, and, indeed, are here to stay, whether or not they remain as trendy.

Helping “Outsiders” Fit Into the Family Business

Family businesses aren’t just for family. Here are tips on making “outsiders” feel at home.

“Welcome to the family business. Take a back seat.” Does that sound friendly? Maybe not, but too often family business employees with a politically incorrect last name hear something similar. These non-family workers often get the short end of the stick. Some get shouldered out of important meetings. Others get passed over when promotion time rolls around. And the company parking lot? Family “outsiders” often get assigned the worst spots. However it plays out, discrimination against non-family employees can be costly to the bottom line.

Unilever Adds Kate Somerville Skincare to Its Prestige Brands

Unilever has acquired leading independent prestige brand Kate Somerville Skincare. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

CPNA Releases New Educational Offerings

CPNA Releases New Educational Offerings
Cosmoprof North America marketing director Daniela Ciocan unveils the educational lineup for July’s must-attend trade show.

Whether you’re sitting in on a pitch session with Mark Cuban and John Paul DeJoria, chatting with some of your favorite beauty bloggers or learning proven success tips from the industry’s top CEOs, you’ll find it hard to resist the powerful education package being offered at this year’s Cosmoprof North America. And after months of searching, planning and perfecting, CPNA marketing director Daniela Ciocan is ready to talk about one of the biggest educational events of the year.

Facial Masks: Truth or Disguise?

Ada S. Polla
Explore the value and legitimacy of this growing skincare niche.

I have always thought of the Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask as the hero product of my family’s brand, Alchimie Forever. However, for a while, industry experts and mentors alike told me that a mask could not be a hero product for two main reasons: First, it is not a product that is used daily. Second, it is not a product that everyone uses. While I thought they were right in their analysis, the recent trend in masks suggests I might have to beg to differ.

Romancing the Loan

Romancing the Loan
Here are expert tips on how to court banks for favorable terms on business loans.

Here’s some good news for anyone seeking a loan: Banks are showing new signs of vigor after a long period of infirmity following the financial meltdown of 2008. “Bank profits are up, and most have paid back the money they received under the federal Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP),” says Bill McDermott, CEO of Atlanta-based McDermott Financial Solutions (mcdfs.com). A healthier banking sector couldn’t come at a better time.