Beauty and personal care offers further opportunities in licensing

As I explore in our ‘Global Licensing Trends in Beauty and Personal Care’ global briefing, licensing is becoming an important factor across many categories.

While fashion houses’ sales in the industry continue to grow, character franchises are driving licensing in baby and child-specific products as well as children’s oral care.

As many celebrity properties struggle in fragrances globally, there could be further opportunities in emerging markets. Untapped categories, such as bath and shower, hair care and men’s grooming could potentially present good prospects for the licensing industry to expand.

Key findings:

Main categories

Baby and child-specific products, fragrances, colour cosmetics and oral care are the most important beauty and personal care categories in terms of licensing.

Opportunities beyond established categories

Relatively untapped categories by licensing, including bath and shower, hair care and men’s grooming, could potentially present good opportunities to expand.

Baby and child-specific products: Licensing is driven by character properties targeting children

Asia Pacific is home to more than half of the world’s 0 to 14 year-olds, while lower birth rates and postponing motherhood bring both challenges and opportunities globally. As brands with natural/organic credentials gain popularity, there could be further prospects for increased collaborations between licensors and niche players. In total category, which includes overall sales of both licensed and non-licensed products, spend per child: Portugal, the UK, Switzerland and South Korea are the top markets.

Fragrances: Fashion and celebrity are the most predominant licensing types

Fashion licensing permits access to luxury within fragrances. Developing markets, offer better prospects for celebrity fragrances. They possess larger youth populations, and consumers have a stronger power distance, meaning that they are more likely to view celebrities in high regard.

Colour cosmetics: Fashion licensing increasing penetration

The category remains a far less explored option, with only a handful of fashion brands in the top 20 global colour cosmetics rankings. Foundation, lipstick and nail polish are the top three most receptive categories to licensing, according to Euromonitor International’s Beauty Survey 2015.

Oral care: Character licensing targets children’s products

In the Middle East and Africa, 0 to 14 years population is projected to increase by almost 148 million over 2015 to 2030, the fastest growth globally. Children’s oral care is a segment that the licensing industry could benefit from, if more players actively pay greater attention to it. Licensees and licensors could utilise the category to be an educator and a catalyst for dental health improvement among children in nascent markets.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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