BASF and B2B Cosmetics form personal care partnership (IE Industry Europe)

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The personalization trend just met the vending machine…BASF and B2B Cosmetics’ latest technology allows users to create their own individualized personal care products which are then dispensed into a capsule selected by the user. No news yet on where we can expect to see the machines, but we’re guessing it won’t be a gas station!

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Unilever Is Working On A Cross-Media Measurement Model To Help Gauge Campaign Effectiveness (ADWEEK)

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Knowde Take: A  multi-channel approach is critical to engaging today’s customers so it’s no surprise that Unilever is working on building a cross-media measurement model to better gauge their campaigns’ overall performance. Efficient, smart and waaay past the capabilities of most companies who collect (then sit on) big data.   (more…)

Unilever joins Nouryon’s Imagine Chemistry (The Chemical Engineer)

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Knowde Take: Green, sustainable and innovative…what’s not to love? Nouryon’s 3rd annual Imagine Chemistry challenge brings together start ups, scaleups and other partners like personal care powerhouse, Unilever, in an effort to accelerate innovation and create value for customers. Interested in entering the challenge?  Don your thinking caps and bring your small particle solutions to the table.  You’ve got until March 8th!

NOURYON has launched the 3rd edition of Imagine Chemistry, a collaborative challenge which aims to accelerate innovation in chemistry. The chemicals company has also expanded the scheme’s partnership to include Unilever and other organisations.

Through Imagine Chemistry, Nouryon works with startups, scaleups and other partners to advance sustainable innovation. Winners work with Nouryon as equal partners to bring their ideas to market.

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L’Occitane Adds Elemis for $900 Million as Luxury Skincare Booms (Bloomberg)

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Knowde Take: In case you’re wondering if millennials have truly taken over…  luxury cosmetics company, L’Occitane International SA, recently acquired Elemis, one of the generation’s skin care favorites, in an effort to increase their presence in the natural, high-end product market. Oh…and if anyone cares, Gen X is a fan as well (wink).

Luxury cosmetics firm L’Occitane International SA agreed to buy beauty and skincare brand Elemis for about $900 million, as the maker of organic lotions looks to expand in the U.S. and U.K. with its biggest deal on record.

Hong Kong-listed L’Occitane agreed to buy Elemis from Steiner Leisure Ltd., a portfolio company of private equity firm L Catterton that focuses on consumer investments. The deal is the latest in a spate of acquisitions of high-end skincare brands, with demand for natural beauty products on the rise in Asia — a trend that has also lifted cosmetics giant L’Oreal SA.

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