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European Natural Cosmetics Market: Increased Market Segmentation & Symbols Proliferation

New research by Organic Monitor ( shows that that the mainstreaming of the European natural cosmetics market is leading to increased market segmentation; new entrants and existing suppliers are developing products for specific consumer segments and sales channels.

Most developments are in the UK market, with many new product launches targeted at distinct consumer segments. In the last 18 months, new products have been introduced especially for babies & children, teenagers and male grooming. Mirroring developments in the conventional cosmetics market, other new product launches are designed for professional applications like anti-ageing and skin therapy.

The trend of increased segmentation is also manifesting itself in retailer private label products. The UK and German markets have witnessed the largest number of natural cosmetic product launches under private labels. Natural & organic products have been launched under own brands of supermarkets, drugstores, organic food retailers and even discounters. Private labels are the most successful in the German market where they comprise over 10% of total natural cosmetic sales.

High consumer interest in natural & organic cosmetics is also leading to investment in natural beauty retailers and concept stores. Established brands like Korres and Aveda are opening concept stores across Europe. Dedicated beauty retailers like The Organic Pharmacy and Naturalia are expanding their chained outlets. Most developments are in France where international brands like Weleda and Natura have opened flagship stores in Paris.

Organic Monitor finds that specialist retailers have been most affected by the economic recession in Europe. Natural & organic cosmetic sales in organic food retailers, health food shops and similar retailers are experiencing slow sales growth; whereas demand from mass market retailers and non-retail channels continues to remain buoyant. Private labels are becoming prominent because of their competitive prices. In the German market, private label products are typically 3-4 times cheaper than the leading brands of natural cosmetics.

Natural cosmetics are the most successful in Germany where they comprise 5% of total cosmetic sales. Although the UK market has been showing high growth rates, the market share of total cosmetic sales remains below 3%.

Updated market information, forecasts and projections are given in the new reports on the UK & German Markets for Natural Cosmetics. Organic Monitor expects the take-up rates of natural & organic standards to rise significantly in the coming years. The much anticipated Cosmos standard is predicted to have a unifying effect on existing private standards. However, a proliferation in the number of symbols & logos is predicted as more standards are introduced. NaTrue is predicted to gain in popularity because of its backing of some of the leading international brands. American and Australian and logos are also expected to surface in Europe as global adoption rates rise.

Organic Monitor will continue to undertake seminars & workshops throughout the year to help navigate companies through the maze of natural & organic cosmetic standards.

Research Publications

1. #1102-60 The German Market for Natural Cosmetics

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2. #1202-60 The UK Market for Natural Cosmetics

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About Organic Monitor
Organic Monitor is a specialist research & consulting company that focuses on the global organic & related product industries. Since its formation in 2001, Organic Monitor has been providing a range of business services to operators in high-growth ethical & sustainable industries. Our services include market research publications, business & technical consulting, seminars & workshops. Visit us at

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