Since 2020, the cosmetics and personal care sector in the UK has seen significant changes due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, with a 13.8% increase in consumer prices and an 8.9% rise in production costs between January 2022 and December 2023. Despite market fluctuations, the UK's trade position as a net importer or exporter of cosmetics has been relatively stable, with exports decreasing by 6.8% and imports contracting by 5.6% between 2018 and 2022. Consumer spending on cosmetics dropped sharply by 20% from 2020 to 2022, with average monthly household expenditures declining from £14 to £11.2. Market structure analysis reveals a 33.6% growth in active enterprises in the perfume and toiletries manufacturing sector from 2019 to 2023, and wholesale and retail sectors also showed growth, although retail saw a slight contraction of 5.3% between 2022 and 2023. Notably, trends point towards increased demand for "Clean Beauty" products, with the global market valued at $5.89 billion in 2023 and an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44.9% through 2028. Major manufacturers in the UK include Avon Cosmetics Limited and Revolution Beauty Limited, among others, while leading retailers are Boots Uk Limited and Superdrug Store PLC..Emerging Trends and Dynamics in the UK Cosmetics Market The UK cosmetics market has been subject to a myriad of influences, with trends and dynamics shaped by both internal and external forces. One of the driving factors in recent times has been the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which has had ripple effects on the UK's economy, affecting numerous sectors including cosmetics and personal care. Inflation has been notable, with a significant increase of between 10 and 15 percent in the consumer price index for personal care products from early 2022 to late 2023. Furthermore, the escalation of production costs, evidenced by an approximate 5 to 10 percent increase in the producer price index for perfume and toiletry articles during the same period, has compounded these pressures. This economic climate has undoubtedly influenced trade, consumer behavior, market structure, and even advertising narratives in the industry. Trade flows have oscillated, indicating a shift in the UK's position as both an importer and exporter of cosmetic goods. Over the years leading up to 2022, the value of imports experienced a decrease of about 5 to 10 percent, suggesting a potential contraction in foreign supply or a shift towards local sourcing. Among the UK's key trading partners, France and China stand out as primary sources for imports, while countries like Belgium and the United States are top destinations for exports. Consumer dynamics show an even more intriguing trend. Household spending on cosmetics saw a dramatic decline of approximately 15 to 20 percent between 2018 and 2022, hinting at a potentially reduced discretionary income or a changing priority in household expenditure. Despite this overall reduction, the distribution of spending across product categories remained relatively stable, with toiletries commanding over 50 percent of the sales value. This points to a strong, sustained need for everyday personal care items, even in economically strained times. Income and age have been pivotal in the shaping of demand patterns. Interestingly, there is a strong correlation between higher income brackets and increased spending on cosmetics and hair care products, with households earning upwards of 1,300 pounds per week, spending between 20 and 30 pounds a month on these products. Age-wise, the middle-aged demographic, particularly those between 30 and 64 years old, outspend other age groups, allocating between 15 and 20 pounds per month for cosmetic and hair care purchases. Geographical distribution of demand further refines the market landscape. England leads the spending, with households allocating an average of up to 20 pounds per month, followed closely by Northern Ireland and.### Key Retail Titans in the UK Cosmetics and Beauty Landscape The UK cosmetics and beauty market is not only diverse but also boasts some of the most iconic and trusted names in retail. These dominant players have carved out prominent positions in the hearts of consumers and on the high streets of the nation through their expansive range of health and beauty offerings. #### Boots UK Limited: The Quintessential British Pharmacy A mainstay in British retail since its inception in 1849, Boots UK Limited has evolved from a family-run herbal medicine shop to become one of the largest chains of pharmacies and health and beauty stores in the UK. With a staggering network of approximately 2,200 stores, Boots stands as a beacon of wellness and beauty, providing a comprehensive selection of pharmaceuticals, wellness products, and beauty essentials that cater to a broad demographic. #### Superdrug Stores PLC: The Accessible Beauty and Health Hub Founded in 1964 by the Goldstein siblings, Superdrug has cemented its status as a popular destination for affordable health and beauty products. Today, with close to 800 stores across the UK, Superdrug continues its legacy of bringing beauty to the masses. Its shelves are lined with a vast assortment of cosmetics, skincare, and personal care items, making it a one-stop-shop for consumers seeking quality and value. #### Savers Health and Beauty Limited: The Economical Emporium Savers Health and Beauty Limited began its journey in 1988 and rapidly expanded under the wings of the A.S. Watson Group. With more than 500 stores to date, Savers has become the go-to place for discount health and beauty products. The chain offers an eclectic mix of household items, medicines, fragrances, and beauty products at bargain prices, living up to its mission of delivering savings to its customers. #### Space NK Limited: The Curator of Cult Beauty Space NK was established in 1991 and has since become a cult favorite for beauty connoisseurs. With 75 stores predominantly located in England as of December 2023, Space NK curates a luxurious and eclectic selection of over 130 brands ranging from skincare to makeup, featuring both well-known players and niche labels. Its bespoke approach to beauty retail has created a loyal clientele seeking high-quality and exclusive products. #### Lush Retail Limited: The Handmade Cosmetics Crusader Founded in 1995, Lush Retail Limited has developed a strong following with its philosophy rooted in ethical sourcing, vegetarian recipes, and environmental stewardship. Known for vibrant bath bombs, cruelty
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1 Synthèse du marché

1.1 Introduction

A cosmetic is defined as any substance or preparation intended to be applied to the various parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system and hair, nails, lips, external genital organs) or to the teeth and mucous membranes of the mouth, for the sole purpose of cleaning, perfuming, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odors and/or protecting or maintaining them in good condition. The main types of cosmetic products available on the market include:

  • Skin care products: creams, lotions, masks.
  • Makeup: foundations, mascaras, lipsticks, eye shadows.
  • Hair care products: shampoos, conditioners, specific treatments.
  • Perfumes and fragrances: eau de toilette, eau de parfum.
  • Nail care products: nail polishes, strengtheners.
  • Personal hygiene products: soaps, shower gels, deodorants.

The global cosmetics market has reached a total value of 343.37 billion dollars in 2023. For the period 2024-2032 a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4 percent under which the world market could reach at the end of the period a valueof approximately541.89 billion dollars.

This study focuses on the cosmetics market in the United Kingdom. For information on other markets in the United Kingdom, please refer to the specific studies available in the Businesscoot catalog.

1.2 The global market

Cosmetics are beauty products used for skin or body care or to accentuate the appearance of the human corm. These refer to a range of products available mainly in different categories, such as skin care and hair care. The global cosmetics market reached a value of$***.** billion in **** and is expected ...

1.3 The market in the United Kingdom

In ****, the cosmetics market in the UK is estimated at $*.** billion. A compound annual growth rate (***) of *.*% is projected between **** and ****, under which the market in this context could reach a total value of more than $** billion by the end of the period.

Cosmetics market United Kingdom, ****-****, in billions of ...

1.4 Import - Export

HS Code **** " is considered for the analysis of UK trade flows in relation to the cosmetics industry

Between **** and ****, the UK's trade position fluctuated between net importer and net exporter as evidenced by fluctuations around ***% of the export coverage ratio, determined by the ratio of exports to imports multiplied by ***. As ...

1.5 The consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in February **** generated major consequences for the UK economy. The cosmetics and personal care products sector is not exempt from the effects of the conflict. Between January **** and December ****, the consumer price index for the purchase of personal care products shows an increase of **.* points, ...

2 Analyse de la demande

2.1 Demand in the United Kingdom

Analyzing the trend of average monthly household spending on cosmetic purchases shows a **.*% decrease in spending between **** and ****. During the period analyzed, the average monthly household expenditure decreased from £**.** per month to £**.* per month. However, while there is a growth of *.*% between **** and ****, between **** and **** spending contracted by **.*%, from ** pounds per ...

2.2 Demand drivers

For the analysis of demand drivers, the distribution of spending on the purchase of cosmetics and hair care products in different income and age groups is considered.

Regarding the different income brackets, there is a strong correlation between the increase in average weekly income and the increase in spending on cosmetics ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

To visualize the geographic distribution of demand for cosmetics in the United Kingdom, a map was created with the value of the average monthly expenditure on the purchase of cosmetics and hair care products in each member country.

The highest spending values are in England, where in **** households spent an average ...

2.4 New demand trends: the "Clean Beauty"

clean beauty products are defined by their formulation free of ingredients that are potentially harmful to human health, such as parabens, petrochemicals, and synthetic fragrances. These products are made with plant-based ingredients that are responsibly sourced and humanely tested. This category of cosmetics has become popular because it offers a safer ...

3 Structure du marché

3.1 The market structure

To analyze the structure of the market in the United Kingdom, enterprises under SIC Code **.**.* "Manufacture of perfume and toiletries" are considered. In particular, the number of active enterprises, the breakdown of the number of enterprises by staff size, and the legal status of enterprises are analyzed.

Number of enterprises

Between ...

3.2 The value chain

The value chain in the cosmetics market includes several stages from the supply of raw materials to the sale to the end consumer. Here is a general summary of the main stages:

Raw material supply: this stage includes the production and supply of ingredients and materials used in the manufacture of ...

3.3 The main manufacturers

The following is a list of major cosmetics manufacturers in the UK:

Avon Cosmetics Limited:a leading beauty company, was founded in **** and is headquartered in Northampton, UK. The company is primarily engaged in the wholesale of perfumes and beauty products, and also operates in the cosmetics industry. Globally, Avon is ...

3.4 The distribution

As for the distribution of cosmetics in the territory, enterprises under SIC Codes **.** "Wholesale trade in perfumes and cosmetics" and **.** "Retail trade in cosmetics and toiletries" are analyzed.


Between **** and ****, as well as production enterprises, businesses devoted to wholesale distribution of cosmetics are also found to be growing. During the ...

4 Analyse de l'offre

4.1 Type of the offer

4.2 The prices

Between **** and ****, the consumer price index for the purchase of personal care products shows an increase of **.* points, representing a **.*% increase in consumer prices. However, while between January **** and Jan. **** there is an increase of just *.* points (***), between Jan. **** and Dec. **** the increase stands at **.* points, representing a price increase of ...

4.3 New supply trends

The trend toward innovative and environmentally friendly packaging in the cosmetics industry reflects a growing interest in sustainability. Companies are adopting biodegradable, recyclable and reusable packaging solutions. This includes: Eco-friendly materials: companies are adopting biodegradable, recycled and natural materials as an alternative to traditional plastic. These include glass, bamboo, sustainable cardboard, ...

5 Règlementation

5.1 The legislation

The legislative framework inherent in the cosmetics industry aims to ensure the quality, safety and origin of products placed on the market. Some of the main legislative references adopted by the UK are:

The Product Safety and Metrology (***) Regulations ****: includes amendments to various existing regulations concerning product safety and metrology. These ...

6 Positionnement des acteurs

6.1 Segmentation

  • Avon Cosmetics Limited
  • Revolution Beauty Limited
  • Elemis Limited
  • Clarins Uk Limited
  • Royal Sanders UK Limited
  • Boots Uk Limited
  • Superdrug Store PLC
  • Savers Helth and Beauty Limited

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Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Avon Cosmetics Limited
Revolution Beauty Limited
Elemis Limited
Clarins Uk Limited
Royal Sanders UK Limited
Boots Uk Limited
Superdrug Store PLC
Savers Helth and Beauty Limited

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