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A Lady’s Many Scents - The New York Times
By Jen Gunter
Feb. 7, 2019

Pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, douching: Is your body’s natural odor a “fixable” problem?
bacteria  gynecology  hygiene  intimacy  personal_grooming  personal_care_products  sexuality  smell  women 
february 2019 by jerryking
Tristan Walker on the Roman Empire and Selling a Start-Up to Procter & Gamble - The New York Times
By David Gelles
Dec. 12, 2018

Tristan Walker founded Walker & Company, a maker of health and beauty products for people of color, in 2013. On Wednesday, the company was acquired by Procter & Gamble for an undisclosed sum. The deal represents a successful exit for Mr. Walker and his investors. It also signals an effort by Procter & Gamble, the maker of Gillette, to reach new markets with its shaving products. But while many start-up founders make a hasty exit after getting acquired, Mr. Walker is planning to stay on and grow Bevel, his men’s shaving brand, and Form, his women’s hair care brand. “We’re a team of 15 with very grandiose ambitions,” he said of Walker & Company, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., but will move to Atlanta as part of the deal. “We want this company and its purpose to still be around 150 years from now.”

What’s that book you’ve got there?

It’s “Parallel Lives” by Plutarch. I’ve really been getting into Greek and Roman mythology. I’m reading something right now about the history of Rome during the 53 years when they really came into power, and this idea of the Roman state growing, the Greek state growing, and the differences therein fascinate me beyond belief. I’ve just been devouring it for the past few weeks now.

Walker attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. And from there, he got to see how the other half lived. It completely changed his life. He got to see what success could look like. He got to see what wealth was. And it completely changed his worldview.

How so?

I would walk down the halls and see last names like Ford, go to some classes and realize they’re Rockefellers. These are names that were in my imagination. It taught me the importance of name and what that can mean, not only for you but your progeny. When I started at Hotchkiss, I didn’t know what a verb was. So I spent all of my time in the library studying. I spent all of my time thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up.

What are your priorities as you keep building the company?

I’m dedicating my life to the demographic shift happening in this country. Not only for Silicon Valley. Not only for business. But for this country’s competitiveness. It’s changing. And folks need to respect that and they need to celebrate it.
African-Americans  Bevel  biographies  books  demographic_changes  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  exits  Form  insights  long-term  P&G  Romans  Silicon_Valley  start_ups  Tristan_Walker  wealth_creation  black-owned  brands  consumer_goods  personal_care_products  personal_grooming  founders 
december 2018 by jerryking
P&G Buys Walker & Co. to Expand Offerings to African-Americans - WSJ
By Aisha Al-Muslim
Dec. 12, 2018

Procter & Gamble Co. PG +0.19% has acquired Walker & Co. Brands as the consumer-products giant looks to serve more African-Americans with health and beauty products.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Walker sells grooming products for men under the brand Bevel and hair-care products for women under the Form Beauty brand.

Walker will operate as a separate and wholly owned subsidiary of P&G, continuing to be led by its founder and Chief Executive Tristan Walker, ......Last year, Anglo-Dutch consumer products firm Unilever PLC acquired Sundial Brands, a New York-based hair-care and skin-care products company predominantly targeting African-Americans, for an undisclosed sum. Sundial’s brands include SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage, Madam C.J. Walker and nyakio.
African-Americans  Bevel  black-owned  brands  exits  hair  P&G  personal_care_products  personal_grooming  Tristan_Walker  Unilever  founders 
december 2018 by jerryking
Les Wexner, the man behind Victoria’s Secret
Barney Jopson MARCH 30, 2018

Propped against the wall are boards from recent presentations about customer loyalty schemes and the nearby Easton open-air shopping complex, which was conceived by Wexner, a staunch and often lonely defender of bricks-and-mortar retail....Since his existential crisis, Wexner has devoted part of his time and fortune to philanthropy, funding leadership training and the Wexner Center for the Arts and Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, his alma mater.....The typical lifespan of a fashion business, Wexner says, is 15 years. Most retail chains, whatever they sell, don’t survive beyond 20 or 30 years. Yet Wexner has been in charge for 55 years. Behind him in the Fortune 500 longevity stakes is Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has run Berkshire Hathaway for a mere 53. The key to survival, Wexner says, is to reinvent yourself as your shoppers evolve. “When the customer zigs, you zig.”

But he is facing his stiffest trial yet. Amazon, which has conquered a series of retail categories, is now getting into underwear. Online-only lingerie specialists are trying to steal Victoria’s Secret customers....His eventual point is that most people want to express their individuality, which has a lot to do with sexuality, which means lingerie is loaded with powerful “emotional content” for women.......I talk about the predictive power of data and algorithms (one of Amazon’s great assets) but he pooh-poohs their relevance. The response is similarly dismissive when I ask Wexner — who did not marry his lawyer wife Abigail until he was 55 — whether he sourced lingerie ideas from the women he dated. “N-n-nooo,” he says. “You can’t ask. Fashion is about latent demand. You can’t research it. If I say, ‘what colour are you going to buy next fall?’, no one is going to say, ‘I think purple’s going to be a great colour’.”
........He says the death of shops has been greatly exaggerated. Sure, 9,000 US stores closed last year by some estimates. Sure, habits are changing. People used to wile away four hours at the mall and visit 20 stores. Now they skip the mediocre shops and make a beeline for just one or two, Wexner says. But humans are still “pack animals” who like to mingle. And where they go, they spend more. Amazon is great for buying commodity products when you know exactly what you want. But fashion stores are about stumbling upon “things you haven’t seen before”, Wexner says. The doom-mongers are looking at average sales across all shops. “I think they’re missing the wheat from the chaff,” he says.
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Leslie_Wexner  Victoria's_Secret  moguls  CEOs  entrepreneur  retailers  L_Brands  intimate_apparel  personal_care_products  lingerie  bricks-and-mortar 
april 2018 by jerryking
Shanghai surprise
19 August/ 20 August 2017 | Financial Times | Helen Roxburgh.

It was this frustration that pushed Sy, who graduated with a masters in international business in France, to start making her own skincare products in 2015. Like many entrepreneurs in China, she chose to forego prolonged levels of planning and instead bounced straight on to social media platform WeChat to launch the business.

In Europe, you’d prepare everything first. In Shanghai you just try it and see what happens

WeChat has more than 900m monthly users, and is used not only for messaging but everything from paying bills, buying coffee, giving to charity and taxis. According to a report in 2016, 200m users have linked payment cards with their accounts, and a third spend more than Rmb500 a month via the platform. WeChat has been pushing its in-app payments and mobile-optimised digital stores to draw in businesses.

“It’s fantastic for entrepreneurs,” says Sy. “I had this idea, posted on WeChat, that I was going to be selling my own scrubs and body creams for Christmas, and was surprised at how quickly I started to get orders. Then of course I panicked because I didn’t actually have anything yet — but within a week a friend made me some simple packaging and I was off. I ended up selling out.” After six months, she started to run Lalu full time, selling mostly through online platforms. As well as expanding Lalu, Sy also launched a clothing brand, Nubien, inspired by bright African fabrics and clothing.
women  Africa  entrepreneur  China  Shanghai  personal_care_products  product_launches  beauty  WeChat  Lalu  start_ups  MBAs 
august 2017 by jerryking
A Beauty Product’s Ads Exclude the Black Women Who Use It - The New York Times
By TRESSIE McMILLAN COTTOM MAY 3, 2017

..................When black women bought SheaMoisture products, they were rejecting powerful stereotypes about black women’s hair as inherently unattractive. Unwittingly or not, SheaMoisture was part of a political project for black women, helping us resist harmful biases about our natural hair that circumscribe our choices and well-being.

But Sundial Brands, the black-owned company that runs SheaMoisture, has its own goals. In 2015, it company sold a minority stakee to Bain Capital to finance an expansion. At the time, Richelieu Dennis, the chief executive of Sundial, said SheaMoisture would be pursuing the “new general market,” which he described as a “consolidation of cultures, ethnicities and demographics aligned with commonalities, needs and lifestyles.”

To believe it is possible to diversify SheaMoisture beyond its black natural-hair customer base, one must believe that black beauty is desirable for non-black consumers. For that to be true, black women would have to be an ideal beauty type in the global market that Mr. Dennis was going after. Mr. Dennis had one problem: reality..........SheaMoisture could not sell a product meant to make black women look “whiter,” such as a chemical treatment to straighten hair, without changing its entire product line. But it could concede to the demands of capital by marketing its existing products to non-black women. SheaMoisture eventually apologized, acknowledging the insult many black women felt. By prominently featuring white women in what had become a political project, the company had signaled to black women that we could never be enough.

Beauty is never just about preference. It is about economics and power and exclusion. Brands like SheaMoisture rely on certain ideas of what is beautiful to make money.
biases  blackness  personal_grooming  personal_care_products  women  African-Americans  hair  beauty  colorism  shadism  brands 
may 2017 by jerryking
No barrier’s too big for Brazilian hair-care pioneer
Mar. 20 2015 | The Globe and Mail | STEPHANIE NOLEN.

The barrier-breaking Leila Velez: By bringing fast-food standardization and Disney’s customer-service model to her hair-care business serving Brazil’s black and mixed-race women, the bootstraps entrepreneur has taken Beleza Natural from one tiny storefront to a chain of 29 locations – and her ambitions don't stop there.
Stephanie_Nolen  personal_care_products  personal_grooming  Brazilian  gazelles  women  trailblazers  Afro-Brazilians  hair  standardization  entrepreneur 
march 2015 by jerryking
The Shaving Cream Guide & 40 Best Shave Creams — Gentleman's Gazette
The Shaving Cream Guide

October 2, 2013

Check out fragrance-free shaving products available from Aveeno, Edge, or Clinique
personal_grooming  personal_care_products 
december 2014 by jerryking
What kind of scent should a man wear? - The Globe and Mail
RUSSELL SMITH
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jul. 30 2014

Summery scents tend to be lighter – that is, they stick more to the citrusy-soapy side than to the musk-spice-leather side. Your body’s natural odour will be stronger in hot weather, so you need to lighten up the scent. Scent will smell stronger in humid weather, too.

Here’s a new one that I really like: Michael Kors For Men, which will be on sale at The Bay in September. It’s actually constructed of spicy and woody scents, including barely perceptible patchouli and a little musk, that are generally thought to be earthy or wintery, but I have found it to be light enough – and noticeably soapy – for warm-weather wear.
Russell_Smith  fragrances  mens'_clothing  personal_care_products  personal_grooming  smell 
august 2014 by jerryking
Tristan Walker Raises $6.9 Million From Andreessen, Others - Digits - WSJ
June 17, 2014 | WSJ | By KATHERINE ROSMAN.

Walker's Bevel (https://getbevel.com/) brand of razors, shaving creams and salves has sold well, with more than 90% of customers returning for more products, Walker says. He won’t reveal revenue or sales numbers, though.

Walker plans to use the newly raised money to develop new and existing products, and to get Bevel into brick-and-mortar locations like barber shops and specialty stores. He also is planning in-person and video-conference educational programs to teach African Americans how to shave.
Tristan_Walker  Andreessen_Horowitz  start_ups  Bevel  Foursquare  entrepreneur  personal_care_products  personal_grooming  African-Americans  underserved  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid  bricks-and-mortar 
july 2014 by jerryking
Kick the tires before you buy a cologne
Rule 50


Kick the tires before you buy a cologne

The smell of a cologne when you first put it on is actually very different from what it will smell like an hour later, says Carlos Benaim, crea...
personal_grooming  personal_care_products  fragrances 
june 2014 by jerryking
Searching for a Subtle Scent for Men
March 28, 2014 | WSJ| by Steve Garbarino.
(1) Flash Back eau de parfum
(2) Bamboo Harmony by Kilian eau de parfum
(3) Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme eau de toilette
I buried my nose in tomes like "Perfumes: The A-Z Guide," by the wife-husband team Tania Sanchez and Luca Turin (the biophysicist and subject of Chandler Burr's "The Emperor of Scent") and "Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent," by Hermès's in-house perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena. "Elegance," Mr. Ellena said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in 2011, "is defined by discretion—not invading the space of your neighbor." My thoughts exactly...."an email exchange with "Perfumes" co-author Ms. Sanchez, I learned that "a citrus, often bergamot," is the most traditional note for a men's fragrance. Originally called eau de cologne, the first examples were produced in Cologne, Germany, in the late 1700s. Today, scents come in versions with varying concentrations of extracts, from cologne (which is the least concentrated, and therefore the least lingeringly smelly), eau de toilette (middle) and eau de parfum (the highest). True to its origins, many current eau de colognes have components of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, orange, neroli and orange blossom."
personal_care_products  personal_grooming  fragrances  books 
april 2014 by jerryking
Search for a Market Niche, and You Might Find a Crowd - NYTimes.com
By JENNA WORTHAM FEB. 8, 2014

Tristan Walker decided that his moon shot would be revolutionizing the skin-care and beauty-product industry for African-Americans....Kartik Hosanagar, a professor of online commerce at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said that even the smallest companies would soon have to start paying attention to so-called unconventional markets.

“There are still two Silicon Valleys,” Mr. Hosanagar said. “Young entrepreneurs in San Francisco, working at a tech firm, surrounded by the tech 1 percent, solving problems for the 1 percent. And there are companies that manage to break through that and become relevant. The Googles, Twitters and Facebooks of the world.”

The companies that break out, he said, are successful because they are adept at appealing to all users. But even those tech giants must think ever more broadly if they are to have continued success and growth. Signs suggest that these companies are trying to extend their reach and understand the complexity and diversity of their users and potential users.
African-Americans  niches  entrepreneur  moonshots  Foursquare  Andreessen_Horowitz  unconventional_thinking  personal_care_products  personal_grooming  underserved  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid  Jenna_Wortham  Tristan_Walker  pay_attention 
february 2014 by jerryking
A Start-Up Run by Friends Takes On Shaving Giants - NYTimes.com
January 21, 2014, 10:07 pm
A Start-Up Run by Friends Takes On Shaving Giants
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
personal_care_products  personal_grooming  Germany  manufacturers  mergers_&_acquisitions 
january 2014 by jerryking
globeadvisor.com: Shoppers makes move into e-commerce
October 23, 2013 | G&M | MARINA STRAUSS.
Drugstore chain to offer Optimum points to customers of Montreal-based online fashion retailer Beyond The Rack

The country's largest drugstore chain is teaming with flash-sale fashion website Beyond the Rack to give Shoppers loyalty cardholders the chance to rack up more rewards. It's an important entry for Shoppers into the world of online shopping, as global rivals move quickly to gobble up market share.

"We see it as a first step to e-commerce," said Jim Noteboom, senior vice-president of business analytics and financial services at Shoppers, which is rolling out the new Optimum-Beyond the Rack site on Wednesday.

Shoppers has already dipped its toes in cybershopping waters, launching an e-commerce site tied to its small upscale Murale beauty chain last year. But it faces competition from powerhouse retailers Wal-Mart Canada Corp. and Amazon.com, which are expanding their online beauty and consumer product stores.

Shoppers is betting that its partnership with Montreal-based Beyond the Rack, one of the largest online retailers, will help speed up its embrace of e-commerce.
Marina_Strauss  Shoppers  retailers  e-commerce  Beyond_the_Rack  fashion  product_launches  flash_sales  loyalty_management  beauty  personal_grooming  personal_care_products  brands 
november 2013 by jerryking
Amazon.ca: Books, bath and beyond
Mar. 28 2013| The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday,
e-commerce  Amazon  personal_care_products  Wal-Mart  Loblaws  Shoppers  Marina_Strauss  retailers 
march 2013 by jerryking
5 products to help you face winter like a man - The Globe and Mail
Cameron Williamson

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Oct. 18 2012,
personal_grooming  personal_care_products  mens'_health 
october 2012 by jerryking
Building a Beauty Regimen for Dark Skin - WSJ.com
March 27, 2008 | WSJ | By ELVA RAMIREZ.

After she opened her Philadelphia dermatology practice, Susan C. Taylor began thinking a lot about the beauty regimens of women with dark skin.

Since then, Dr. Taylor, who is African-American, has become co-founding director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in Manhattan and Chief Executive of Rx for Brown Skin, a skin-care line designed for Asian, Indian, Latino and black skin....The most common mistake that women make is to use the same products year-round, she says. As humidity fluctuates, the skin reacts by becoming flakier or oilier. So she changes up her products throughout the month, as seasons change and especially when she finds herself flying. (Airplanes are especially drying.) Every day, she says, "Your skin speaks to you and tells you what you need."
mens'_health  personal_grooming  personal_care_products 
june 2012 by jerryking
Skin of a lion
JUNE 2012 | REPORT ON BUSINESS Magazine pg. 59 | Christina Christoforou.
personal_grooming  personal_care_products  fragrances  stylish 
may 2012 by jerryking
What Makes Men Buy Male Grooming Products? - WSJ.com
April 26, 2012 | WSJ | ELIZABETH HOLMES.
Dude, Pass the Exfoliator
Marketers Find What Makes Men Buy Eye Cream; Start By Labeling It 'For Men'
personal_care_products  personal_grooming  Elizabeth_Holmes 
april 2012 by jerryking
Her Formula for Success - WSJ.com
APRIL 23, 2003|WSJ|By NICHOLAS VON HOFFMAN.
HER DREAM OF DREAMS

By Beverly Lowry
(Knopf, 481 pages, $27.50)

To appreciate Madam Walker's accomplishments, you have to know what she was up against. The barriers of sex, tough as they were, do not compare with those of race. Post-slavery America, Madam's America, was a society of unremitting violence toward black people. Readers will learn, for instance, that when toting up the annual white-on-black killing statistics, the statisticians of the time paused to ponder whether a man who had a heart attack running from the dogs set on him belonged in the lynched, murdered or accidental-death column.
heart_attacks  personal_care_products  segregation  women  trailblazers  African-Americans  moguls  book_reviews  C.J.Walker  the_South  Jim_Crow  hair  personal_grooming  entrepreneur  racial_violence  lynchings  terror 
november 2011 by jerryking
Skin care
May 05, 2011 | Globe and Mail | Cliff Lee.
personal_grooming  personal_care_products 
october 2011 by jerryking
WSJ.com - Pills Claim to Mask Bad Breath
February 22, 2005 | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Page D3 | By ROBERT J. DAVIS
health  personal_care_products  halitosis 
october 2010 by jerryking
Gillette's in Razors: the 11-Cent Blade - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 1, 2010 | WSJ | By ELLEN BYRON.Winning over
low-income consumers in developing markets is crucial to the growth
strategy of P&G's chief executive, Robert McDonald. Over the next
five years, Mr. McDonald wants to boost the company's total customer
base for its many products to five billion of the world's expected
population of seven billion. Many of these new consumers will have to
come from markets like India, where P&G has a small presence
compared to Unilever PLC and some other competitors.The need to grow in
emerging markets is pushing P&G to change its product-development
strategy. P&G uses what it calls reverse engineering. Rather than
create an item and then assign a price to it—as in most developed
markets—the company starts with what consumers can afford and then
adjusts the features and manufacturing processes to meet the target.

For Gillette Guard, the target was five rupees, about the cost of
shampoo sachets or small tubes of toothpaste.
Gillette  innovation  India  P&G  personal_care_products  reverse_engineering  reverse_innovation  cost-cutting  emerging_markets  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid  customer_growth  low-income 
october 2010 by jerryking
Tiny Firms Go Global to Boost Sales - WSJ.com
APRIL 17, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | by RIVA RICHMOND. Small
U.S. businesses are increasingly looking to other countries to boost
their businesses through the import of cheaper or better products. By
tapping international markets directly, small firms can cut the costs of
a middleman and limit their dependence on the U.S. market for supplies.
An expanded product selection also could lead to bigger sales. But
challenges like different customs, language and legal protections,
time-zone differences and even the local weather can make that new
business hard won.
size  entrepreneur  India  African-Americans  personal_care_products  solo  small_business  international_trade  hair  women  globalization  personal_grooming  start_ups  micro  producers  beyondtheU.S.  localization  internationally_minded 
may 2009 by jerryking
How to Turn Trash Into Treasure - WSJ.com
April 13, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | By ELLEN BYRON. Under
pressure to deliver growth, a number of consumer-products titans,
including Procter & Gamble Co., Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive Inc.,
have been selling well-known but underperforming brands to better focus
on those with more potential. Smaller firms trying to play Dr.
Frankenstein have bought such familiar castoff brands as Sure and Right
Guard deodorants, Comet cleaner, Aqua Net styling products, Pert Plus
shampoo and Rit dye.
orphan_brands  resuscitation  marketing  consumer_goods  culling  P&G  Unilever  Colgate_Palmolive  CPG  divestitures  brands  under-performing  personal_care_products 
may 2009 by jerryking

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