24th April 2019

the end for ‘cowboy injectors’?

A campaign to tackle botched cosmetic procedures is to be launched by the government next month in response to the rise in the use of self-injected […]
23rd April 2019

90% of American teens prefer to buy beauty instore

A survey by investment bank Piper Jaffray has revealed that, despite buying pretty much everything else online, 90% of American teens prefer to buy beauty instore […]
19th April 2019


The British Beauty Council commissioned BritainThinks to conduct research to produce an agreed definition of the industry and its constituent parts.   The research comprised a […]
18th April 2019

The truth behind natural beauty marketing claims

British Beauty Council has spotted a standout good feature in Fashionista which Jessica Yarbrough (DeFino) fact-checked 8 common fear-mongering natural beauty marketing claims. Among the ‘greenwashing’ clarified by […]
17th April 2019

When beauty does (even more) good!

L’Oréal Group pledged to donate 100 million euros, along with the Bettencourt family, it’s chief shareholder, to help fund the reconstruction of Notre Dame. This is […]
17th April 2019
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Stella Live 2019

British Beauty Council is delighted to have partnered with Stella Magazine or their inaugural beauty, fashion and lifestyle event at Saatchi Gallery on 10-11 May. A celebration […]
16th April 2019

Exploring innovations that will design our future

British Beauty Council‘s CEO Millie Kendall MBE represented the British beauty business at a recent trade event in New York, showcasing the best of British innovation. […]
15th April 2019

China will not require animal testing on cosmetic products from 2020

News that China will not require animal testing on cosmetic products from 2020 is surely music to ears across all sectors of our business. This long […]
15th April 2019

Lush plans to close all social media channels

News that Lush plan to close its social media accounts has been met with a mix of bafflement and indignation this week. The high street natural […]
10th April 2019
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Should beauty supplements be categorised as being a beauty product?

As the first body to exclusively represent the British beauty industry, our premiere aim has been to create a landmark definition of our business in order […]
10th April 2019

Makeup Removal Takes On A Zero Waste Approach

Pretty Analytics on how makeup removal is taking on a zero waste approach. A report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) presented that the UK uses more […]
8th April 2019

Beauty Companies Association (BCA): the voice of the beauty industry

British Beauty Council had a inspiring afternoon at the Beauty Companies Association (BCA) seminar last week, where we went to talk about the Council and the […]
5th April 2019

The Mothership has landed in Selfridges London

PAT McGRATH LABS officially opened at Selfridges London yesterday. This is Pat McGrath European HQ – The Mothership – and as part of the launch Pat […]
3rd April 2019

Designing our future

British Beauty Council CEO Millie Kendall MBE is flying the flag for British beauty this week in New York by taking part in the Designing Our […]
2nd April 2019

Billion dollar balms!

British Beauty Council loves a beauty success story and we are high fiving the founder and team of Glossier, who include British Beauty Council co-founder Gemma […]
30th March 2019

Preparing your salon for Brexit

Planning ahead for Brexit has been a struggle for the beauty industry with so much uncertainty over when it’s happening, whether the UK will secure a […]
30th March 2019

The FACE is back!

British Beauty Council is dancing in the aisles over this piece of news. Founded in the Eighties and out of publication since 2004  THE FACE is set […]
26th March 2019

The UK beauty brand that was created to improve accessibility for all

Just when you thought mascara couldn’t get any more clever POW!  Along comes Grace Beauty a new line of specially designed cosmetics and accessories that make makeup […]
26th March 2019

Birchbox UK launch Breakthrough Beauty Incubator Programme

Fledgling beauty brands have a new mentor as of last week with the announcement of a Breakthrough Beauty Incubator Programme Birchbox UK. The beauty subscription box […]
21st March 2019


The Fragrance Foundation have published ‘The Economic Impact of the Fragrance Industry’  – the first-ever formal, independent assessment of the economic impact of the UK fragrance industry. The […]
21st March 2019

Patch Test Party!

Cardiff based CHAIR Salons founder Casey Coleman SRH has devised a rather brilliant initiative to encourage colour clients to have their skin tested before treatment. #PatchTestParty is […]
20th March 2019


As the first industry body to represent all areas of the beauty sector, the British Beauty Council’s initial task has been to create a definition of […]
19th March 2019
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End of the road for ‘skinny’?

British Beauty Council’s CEO Millie Kendall MBE added some sound comment to an interesting feature about ‘skinny marketing’ in Refinery29 UK last week. Author Viola Levy […]
18th March 2019

How changes to the National Minimum Wage could affect your business from April 2019

The National Hairdressers’ Federation have highlighted how key changes to the NMW, tax, pensions, payslips, apprenticeship fees, mat/pat pay and sick pay will affect hair, beauty […]
14th March 2019

Breaking News: Pat McGrath Labs to launch in London April 4th!

The Mothership is landing in London: Pat McGrath – aka ‘mother’ (as the industry affectionately knows her) is due to launch the first and only destination […]
12th March 2019

Ready for Mary?

The V&A museum is opening an exhibition celebrating the work of one of the UK’s most iconic entrepreneurs, Mary Quant which will be held on 6th […]
12th March 2019

Diversifying Hair Care by Pretty Analytics

Pretty Analytics has witnessed hair care branch out into focused product lines providing more inclusive solutions for the diversity of the beauty consumer. Traditional hair concerns […]
8th March 2019

British Beauty Council Announces Advisory Board Members

The newly-formed British Beauty Council is delighted to announce the initial members of its distinguished Advisory Board. As important and influential members of the beauty community, […]
8th March 2019

International Women’s Day 2019 : Balance For Better

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) this year is #BalanceForBetter, a CTA for a more gender-balanced world via collaboration. Since yesterday there have been a series […]
5th March 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) starts today as a government initiative to celebrate and promote the community of apprenticeships around the UK, and highlight the impact […]
4th March 2019

Hair & Beauty insights from the National Hairdressers’ Federation

In their 2018 report on the hair and beauty business, released at the end of last year, the National Hairdressers Federation revealed that the top 10 list […]
3rd March 2019

Raising the bar

It never left some of our bathrooms, but the soap bar is having a great revival, and in large part it’s down to the emergence of […]
28th February 2019

Johnson & Johnson Beauty Awards 2019

The Johnson & Johnson Beauty Awards took place this morning over a scrummy breakfast at Sea Containers House. The event also featured a panel talk, hosted […]
27th February 2019

Cannabis Beauty Revival

“Cannabis will become a whole body supporter, not just a novel skincare ingredient!” Where the US leads, the UK inevitably follows, especially in beauty and wellness, […]
26th February 2019

British beauty at the Oscars 2019

British Beauty Council was loving the British beauty showcased at the Oscars at the weekend. In particular the impossibly talented and modest British Oscar winner Olivia […]
21st February 2019

How transparent is your influencer marketing?

A guide for influencers from the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) explains what influencers, and the brands that work with them, need to do to avoid breaking […]
20th February 2019

Vivienne Westwood’s earth-friendly nails

British Beauty Council loved Vivienne Westwood’s earth-friendly nails, created by queen of creative nail art Marian Newman for the designer’s A/W19 catwalk show. Newman created silvery […]
20th February 2019

Victoria Beckham Beauty to launch in Autumn 2019

Our ears pricked up when we heard that Victoria Beckham will launch Victoria Beckham Beauty in the autumn. She’s known for her attention to detail so […]
19th February 2019

Top 5 Beauty highlights of LFW

British Beauty Council spotted some innovative beauty looks at LFW, see below our top five looks.   Ashley Williams SS19 Hair by Alex Brownsell & Makeup by […]
18th February 2019
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Champneys Beauty College

Have you woken up this morning determined to make some changes to your work life? Let us draw your attention to the CIDESCO Fast Track Course […]
15th February 2019

At Face Value by Pretty Analytics

A survey by online retailer Fragrance Direct has revealed that £133.77 is the average monthly spend on beauty for a woman in the UK. Diving deeper, […]
13th February 2019

New patent applied to develop a shaving composition from powder

Cosmetics Business report that a new patent has been applied to develop a shaving composition from powder. Cosmetic scientists have been trying for some time to […]
12th February 2019

The importance of full supply chain diligence when importing goods from overseas

British Beauty Council spotted an interesting story in The Guardian last week which could be seen as a shot across the bows for companies importing into the […]
11th February 2019
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What are you doing about packaging?

British Beauty Council is inspired by the initiative that Pure PR London has started in a bid to tackle the volume of waste from PR sample […]
8th February 2019
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Brave new beauty technology

If your mirror hasn’t yet told you that your skin needs a bit of corrective concentrate with a side order of hyaluronic acid, it soon will. […]
6th February 2019

Why your lipstick is saving Britain!

British Beauty Council had its week made by this story in Stella Magazine at the weekend. The opening pitch says it all really – that despite […]
5th February 2019

World Cancer Day

On Monday 4th February it was World Cancer Day, which is also a year to the day since Skcin – a charity which raises awareness, promotes prevention […]
4th February 2019

‘CTPA Navigating The New Cosmetics Landscape’

The Cosmetics Toiletries & Perfumers Association (CTPA) have announced that they are holding a Brexit event ‘CTPA Navigating The New Cosmetics Landscape’ on 14 February at […]
1st February 2019

Is men’s makeup due to go mainstream in 2019?

2019, they say, may well be the year that men’s makeup finally makes it – in other words it becomes properly mainstream. It’s taken long enough. […]
30th January 2019

Vlogging superstar James Charles brings Birmingham to a standstill!

The makeup phenomenon that occurred in Birmingham at the weekend, courtesy of 19-year old genderless vlogging superstar James Charles was a seminal moment for the business […]
29th January 2019

Haircuts4Homeless offers hair cutting services free of charge to the homeless

British Beauty Council would like to bring your attention to Haircuts4Homeless – a community group of skilled hairdressers brought together by Stewart Roberts, who offer their hair […]
27th January 2019

Diary Directory tackles the endemic issue of selling PR samples!

It seems to be a growing problem, and frustrating for all brands big and small (and especially gutting for small ones who are counting every product […]
25th January 2019

The growing importance of the beauty salon in the digital world

Gossip, magazines, coffee, cigarettes and sun on your legs: this looks like a pretty ideal situation to us. Throw in a mani/pedi, blow-dry or facial and […]
23rd January 2019
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Bursting with balms!

It’s come a long way since women’s rights activist Lydia Mary Child recommended using earwax as a dry lip salve in her book the American Frugal […]
22nd January 2019
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The face mask market is predicted to be worth $10,500 million by 2026*

In a global market study* on face masks, Persistence Marketing reveal that this sector of the market will experience even greater growth over the next 7 years. […]
19th January 2019

‘The godmother of the nail industry’

Did you know that actress Tippi Hedren, who was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock after he saw her in a TV advert in 1961 (The Birds, Citizen […]
18th January 2019

Beauty Bulb!

While new technology has provided an incredible launch pad for many new beauty businesses, the notion that building a brand from scratch is any easier than […]
15th January 2019

L’Occitane to acquire British skincare brand Elemis in $900 million deal

L’Occitane have announced their acquisition of Elemis for $900m with the aim of bolstering their growth globally and plans to take Elemis into new markets. Bloomberg report that […]
15th January 2019

Gathering Momentum : The Muslim Beauty & Personal Care Market

British Beauty Council has read an interesting feature by digital marketing agency FleishmanHillard Fishburn on the ‘meteoric’ rise of the Muslim beauty and personal care market, which […]
14th January 2019

Good at makeup?

In spite of the uncertain times we live in, the continuing growth and diversification of the beauty industry means that there has never been a better […]
11th January 2019

Global Beauty & Personal Care Market Size 2011 – 2020

British Beauty Council spotted an eye-opening report in the Business Of Beauty which shows how the global beauty and personal care market has grown – and […]
9th January 2019
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Body Details : The Future

Some body detail developments to take note of: While RECESS is transforming the art of the speedy water-free wash with a line of biodegradable body wipes […]
8th January 2019
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Non invasive face and body treatment statistics of 2018

British Beauty Council spotted an interesting report* by Euromonitor International late December showing key beauty insights from 2018. Among their key findings are some statistics on the […]
7th January 2019
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K-beauty exports have grown from $1b to $2.64b in the past 5 years

British Beauty Council has read a fascinating post in Business of Fashion about how beauty is shaping up in South Korea. They have observed a clash […]
4th January 2019

How well do you know your beauty ingredients?

Here’s a quick guide to how long it takes to start seeing results from the different ingredients in skincare:   ⏱ AHA, glycolic and lactic acids, […]
2nd January 2019
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‘Slow shopping’

Stylus recently published an interesting report – Retail For The Silver Economy – focusing on the need for retailers to be more mindful & inclusive of […]
2nd January 2019
Ready for a new start?

Ready for a new start?

YouGov UK reveal that one of our top 10 new year resolutions for 2018 was ‘to improve my appearance’ (which would have likely involved a hair […]
1st January 2019

2018’s top beauty buys via Amazon announced!

British Beauty Council knows the beauty space that Amazon inhabits so well, especially the last-minute shop or the lying-in-bed-on-Sunday-morning-and-browsing type purchase, and is fascinated to learn […]
30th December 2018

Beauty booking habits of 2018

Treatwell produced a real humdinger of a report in November analysing how we booked beauty through the year. One revelation that they shared in a section […]
29th December 2018
2019 hair trends

Cotton Candy or Grey?

Pinterest’s predictions for the two biggest hair colour trends next year – based on the 175 billion ideas pinned on the site this year by the […]
27th December 2018
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Are the eyeshadow palette’s days numbered?

While Mintel’s data reveals that one in four 16 to 24 year-olds bought one eyeshdow palette in 2017, and there’s still good evidence of new palette […]
26th December 2018

The number of apprenticeship starts in the UK is down by a quarter from 15,450 to 11,486

The National Hairdressers Federation and National Beauty Federation report that in common with many other sectors, the number of apprenticeship starts in the UK is down […]
25th December 2018

The UK bath and body care market was worth some $1.3b in 2017*

British Beauty Council is interested to read in Cosmetic Business that the UK bath and body care market was worth some $1.3b in 2017*, and that […]
20th December 2018
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Young people make up two-thirds (61%) of the UK beauty workforce*

British Beauty Council is interested to read the National Hairdressers Federation and National Beauty Federation (NHF/NBF) 2018 annual statistics giving an overview of businesses, turnover, employment, […]
19th December 2018

Is your behaviour at work putting you at risk of breaking the law?

Not all insider information is good and the Competitions & Markets Authority’s campaign Stop Cartels has been launched to generate wider awareness around competition law, which […]
19th December 2018
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‘The Prosecutors: Modern Day Slavery’ highlights the troubling rise of modern slavery

‘The Prosecutors: Modern Day Slavery’ (BBC iPlayer catch-up) highlights the troubling rise of modern slavery – reported to be up by 275% in the UK – […]
19th December 2018

The business bid a sad farewell to hairstylist Oribe Canales at 62 this week

The Cuban-born stylist had traded his early ambition to be an actor for the glamorous and – at that time – closed and exclusive world of […]
18th December 2018

#BeCrueltyFree initiative to ban animal testing in cosmetics

Uniliver has announced its support for Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree initiative to ban animal testing in cosmetics. Together they will campaign for regulatory acceptance of modern, non-animal testing […]
16th December 2018

Afro-caribbean women are reported to spend six times more than other ethnicities on beauty and hair services.*

Think Ethnic ran an insightful feature on the Afro-Caribbean hair & beauty market a little while back, in which they revealed this impressive fact that “Afro-caribbean […]
13th December 2018
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Grey hair don’t care!

New stats from Superdrug seem to suggest high profile beauty ambassadors of a certain age are helping women feel more confident in their forties and beyond. […]
12th December 2018

The Beauty Industry is Ready to Tackle Sustainable Packaging Innovation by Pretty Analytics

One of the biggest shifts taking space within beauty is the commitment, research and innovation towards sustainable futures. Delving into sustainable ingredient sourcing, supply chain processes […]
11th December 2018

Big tech companies are using data and augmented reality to enter the retail beauty market

The Global Wellness Institute recently reported on how big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook are using data and augmented reality to enter the […]
10th December 2018
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British Beauty Council in conversation with SEEN

Late November we had a very excellent morning at Mortimer House in conversation with SEEN Group’s Nicola Moulton talking about why we founded the Council and […]
10th December 2018

The epidemic of similar packaging in the beauty industry

British Beauty Council spotted a great feature in Beauty Independent on the epidemic of similar packaging in the beauty industry. This is a really good piece […]
9th December 2018
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UK retailers could be hit with an extra £186 million in business rates

As the Perfume Shop unveil an updated logo and website, trade publication Soap, Perfumery & Cosmetics (SPC) inform us that UK retailers could be hit with […]
7th December 2018
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Your chance to influence the future of British beauty!

Dear friends & followers As you might have read, the British Beauty Council is conducting research to develop a definition of the British beauty industry, and […]
5th December 2018

Wabi-Sabi Beauty by Pretty Analytics

Wabi-sabi: A Japanese term focused on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. In beauty terms, the industry is beginning to draw focus on what traditional media […]
4th December 2018

What do symbols in beauty packaging mean?

British Beauty Council spotted a great story in British Vogue on what the symbols in beauty packaging actually mean. Among those they’ve decoded for readers are […]
29th November 2018

‘What You Should Know Before Marketing & Advertising Cosmetics’ – CTPA Seminar on 11th December

Are you up to speed with the latest requirements on cosmetic claims & best practices in claims substantiation? Do you know that there is an advertising […]
28th November 2018

Beauty Innovation: Upcycled Makeup by Pretty Analytics

Within fashion, second-hand shopping, wardrobe swaps and upcycling your old clothes are becoming increasingly popular practices. However, when it comes to beauty, the sustainable solutions are […]
27th November 2018
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Managing brexit in beauty

As we know, the UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, and while there is plenty of discussion on this there appear […]
26th November 2018

Gen X & Quality Consumption

Millennials seem to garner the lion’s share of attention in the magazine world these days. Aside from iconic Baby Boomer brands the newsstand reads like a social […]
23rd November 2018

Samplicity introduces a reinvention of beauty sampling

The British Beauty Council is interested to hear how a new company is reviving the test function of sampling while offering real traceability in terms of […]
21st November 2018

Emerging Trend: Athleisure Beauty by Pretty Analytics

  According to Leisure DB’s 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report there has been a: 4.6% increase in the number of fitness facilities in […]
20th November 2018

Belfast is the self tan capital of the UK*

British Beauty Council loves a good beauty statistic and this one comes to us via *YouGov & Statista following a survey of the greatest consumption of […]
18th November 2018

Backlash against makeup in Korea

British Beauty Council are fascinated to read in The Guardian a story about an apparent backlash against makeup in Korea – beauty’s new horizon. While there […]
15th November 2018
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PZ Cussons committed to reduce plastic consumption 25% by 2025

British Beauty Council reads that PZ Cussons have announced new plastic consumption and deforestation targets in order to meet its 2020 No Deforestation / No Peat […]
14th November 2018

Trend Focus: J Beauty Concepts Influencing Our Beauty Ideals by Pretty Analytics

Whilst terms such as “K Beauty” and “J  Beauty” are defined as trends, they are robust and long lasting. They represent the thriving beauty markets in […]
13th November 2018
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The benefits of maple leaf extract on the skin

The British Beauty Council reads with interest that maple leaf extract could become a new magic bullet for skin. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island […]
11th November 2018
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Andrew Collinge Hairdressing receives royal recognition for its inspirational commitment to learning and development

Andrew Collinge Hairdressing has received royal recognition for its inspirational commitment to learning and development from The Princess Royal Training Awards – they are the first […]