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Editors' Top Reads: News from The Body Shop, Aromatherapy Associates and more... Team
16 February 2024

Here are some of this week’s news and features highlights handpicked by team.

The Body Shop

Comment: The Body Shop's woes hit just as it should be at its most relevant

Clearly the big news of the week was the fall into administration of The Body Shop, just weeks after it was acquired by private equity house Aurelius. Tempting as it is (and others have been tempted) to blame Aurelius, it's pretty clear this has been a business in slow decline for many years.

Once a darling of the British high street and a trailblazer when it came to cruelty free and sustainable cosmetics, it has struggled to find its place in an ever-crowded beauty market. But can it be revived? I don't know. I hope so. I wrote this piece this week on my thoughts on a business I once adored.

Lauretta Roberts, Co-founder, CEO & Editor in Chief.

Aromatherapy Associates

Aromatherapy Associates names former Charlotte Tilbury manager as new Chief Commercial Officer

This is exciting news for Aromatherapy Associates, as Serina Sandhu clearly has a track record of driving growth for brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Natura Bissé, and most recently, Voya Organic Beauty.

Aromatherapy Associates feels like it's been a little quiet of late, but with this new hire, I'm hoping to see the noise ramp up.

Antony Hawman, Co-founder & Chief Partnerships Officer.

Sam McKnight

The Interview: Hairstylist Sam McKnight on 40 years of London Fashion Week

As fashion enthusiasts gather in London to witness the latest trends, a whirlwind of organised chaos is happening behind the scenes to perfectly prepare each model for the runway. Legendary hairstylist Sam McKnight is very familiar with this experience, having been involved with London Fashion Week for pretty much the entirety of its 40-year history.

McKnight speaks to about his early memories of London Fashion Week, the behind the scenes buzz, how he prepares for a show, and how trends have changed.

Sophie Smith, News Editor & Senior Writer.
Isamaya Ffrench

British Beauty Council welcomes new cohort of industry leaders to Advisory Board

When it comes to British beauty, the British Beauty Council sets the standard - literally. So, when it appoints a slew of new names to its advisory board, it's time to sit up and listen.

The appointments come in preparation for the launch of a new membership programme. New members include new-gen creatives Isamaya Ffrench, Lucy Bridge and Sylvie Macmillan as well as aesthetic expert Teresa Tarmey and consultant dermatologist Dr Alexis Granite. Together, their wealth of knowledge will be used to formulate an "increasingly aware and cohesive" roadmap for its next growth phase, starting in 2025.

Chloé Burney, Senior News & Features Writer.

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