Beauty Store Business magazine - January, 2020

Unilever Adds Kate Somerville Skincare to Its Prestige Brands

Unilever has acquired leading independent prestige brand Kate Somerville Skincare. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Founded by Los Angeles-based Kate Somerville, the brand is one of the most-trusted names in the premium U.S. skincare market. Featuring unique Active Balance Technology that combines advanced active ingredients with natural botanicals, Kate Somerville’s products are known for their innovation and performance. The brand is distributed through prestige beauty retailers in the United States, and has a growing footprint in Asia.

Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever senior vice president of prestige brands, said, “We are excited to be adding Kate Somerville to the Unilever Prestige personal-care portfolio. The most-photographed faces in Hollywood trust Kate Somerville Skincare for its high-quality ingredients, proven results and touch of glamour. It is a highly differentiated brand that is well-placed in the dermo-cosmetic segment of the skincare category.

“In recent years, Kate Somerville Skincare has also made inroads into the fast-growing Asian market with successful launches in several countries across the region," explained Petrou. "We believe it has exciting growth potential, and look forward to bringing its breakthrough products to new markets. Its premium positioning effectively complements our existing portfolio."

Kate Somerville added, “I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished to make Kate Somerville Skincare into the company it is today. Our treatments, such as ExfoliKate and DermalQuench, have become tried-and-true customer favorites. Unilever shares our commitment to quality, innovation and bringing consumers the best possible products. Its scale and long history building iconic brands makes Unilever the perfect partner in the next stage of our journey, and I’m confident it will take Kate Somerville Skincare to even greater heights.”

[Image of the ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment courtesy of Kate Somerville Skincare]