Toiletries and Cosmetics Industry Guide

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Here you will find sources of information such as market research (statistics, trends, developments), key companies, trade magazines, newsletters, and Internet sources.

This guide will be useful to anyone starting a business within the toiletries and cosmetics industry and also for those wanting to further their knowledge within this area.


Start-Up Information


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The Cobra database contains practical fact-sheets on all aspects of starting, running and managing a small business – including information on writing business plans, marketing, company structures etc.

It also covers the practical aspects of how to start and run particular types of businesses – outlining necessary skills, regulations, licences and legislation etc. and highlights other sources of information and advice available.


Business Opportunity Profiles (BOP)

Afro- Caribbean Hairdresser BOP500
Barber Shop/Male Grooming Salon BOP189
Beauty Salon BOP519
Cosmetics and Toiletries Retailer BOP384
Hairdressing Salon BOP032
Handmade Cosmetics Maker BOP570
Make-up Artist BOP374
Mobile Beauty Therapist BOP029
Mobile Hairdresser BOP303
Nail Salon BOP175
Nail Technician BOP128
Tanning Salon BOP127


Mini Business Profiles (MBP)

Hair Extension Specialist MBP126
Organic Beauty Salon MBP194
Organic Cosmetic Retailer MBP296
Perfumer MBP171
Sugaring and Waxing Specialist MBP146


Business Information Fact Sheets

A Compliance Guide for Hair and Beauty Sector BIF439
A Guide to the General Product Safety Regulations BIF436


Business Legal Library

Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013 LEG605


Sector Updates

Hair and Beauty SEC003
Hair and Beauty SEC065
Hair and Beauty (Coronavirus Update) SEC095


Source of Business Information

British Association of Cosmetic Nurses SOU1069
Cosmetic and Perfumery Retailers Association SOU487
Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association SOU488
Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers SOU948
Hair Council SOU277
Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) SOU115
Hairdressing & Beauty Suppliers Association SOU492


Research Brief

Hair and Beauty SRG008


Industry Snapshot

Hair and Beauty SYN002


Market Research & Statistics

If you are planning on starting a business you will need to be aware of the latest trends, developments and opportunities within your industry which can all be found from market research.

Market research also covers market size and forecasts, consumer demographics and attitudes, the key players and products and will often include SWOT and PEST analysis showing areas of strength, weakness, opportunities etc.


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  • Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailers in the UK – G47 750
  • Hairdressing & Beauty Treatment in the UK – S96.020
  • Perfume & Cosmetics Manufacturing in the UK – C20.420
  • Perfume & Cosmetics Wholesaling in the UK – G46.450


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  • Anti-Ageing Beauty – UK
  • Attitudes towards Cosmetic Procedures – UK
  • Beauty and Personal Care Gift Sets – UK
  • Beauty and Personal Care Retailing – UK
  • Beauty Devices, Tools and Accessories – UK
  • Beauty Devices, Tools and Accessories: Inc Impact of COVID-19 – UK
  • Beauty for Teens and Tweens – UK
  • Beauty Influencers and Educators – UK
  • Beauty Influencers and Educators: Inc Impact of COVID-19 – UK
  • Beauty Online – UK
  • Beauty Online: Inc Impact of COVID-19 – UK
  • Beauty Tools and Accessories  – UK
  • Colour Cosmetics – UK
  • Colour Cosmetics: Inc Impact of COVID-19 – UK
  • Diversity in Beauty – UK
  • Deodorants – UK
  • Fragrances – UK
  • Gifting in Beauty and Personal Care- UK
  • Gifting in Beauty and Personal Care: Inc Impact of COVID-19 – UK
  • Hair Colourants – UK
  • Hand, Body and Footcare – UK
  • Holiday Beauty – UK
  • In-Salon Hair Services – UK
  • Inside-Out Beauty – UK
  • Life after COVID-19 how BPC survives recession
  • Marketing to Men – UK  
  • Marketing to Women – UK
  • Mature Beauty – UK
  • Men’s and Women’s Beauty and Grooming Routines – UK
  • Men’s Attitudes towards Haircare and Skincare – UK
  • Men’s Facial Skincare – UK
  • Natural, Organic and Ethical Toiletries – UK
  • Natural and Organic Toiletries: Inc Impact of COVID-19 – UK
  • Nail Colour – UK
  • Personalisation in Beauty – UK
  • Prestige Beauty – UK
  • Soap, Bath and Shower Products – UK
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on BPC – UK
  • The Private Label Beauty Consumer – UK
  • The Savvy Beauty Consumer – UK
  • Women’s Facial Skin Care – UK
  • Women’s Haircare – UK


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  • Cosmetics & Toiletries Retailing in the United Kingdom: Market Snapshot to 2023
  • United Kingdom – Skincare
  • UK Deodorant and Bath Products Market Data Guide (2013 – 2023)

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  • Bath and Shower in the United Kingdom
  • Beauty and Personal Care Global Industry Overview
  • Beauty and Personal Care in the United Kingdom
  • Beauty Survey 2020: Key Insights
  • Colour Cosmetics in the United Kingdom
  • Deodorants  in the United Kingdom
  • Depilatories in the United kingdom
  • Emerging Markets See Surge in Natural Skin Care Demand
  • Fragrances in the United Kingdom
  • Global Beauty and Personal Care: Products with Crossover Features
  • Hair Care in the United Kingdom
  • Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers in the United Kingdom
  • Men’s Grooming in the United Kingdom
  • Oral Care in the United Kingdom
  • Skin Care in the United Kingdom
  • Sun Care in the United Kingdom


Local Data Online

Provides a birds-eye view of the makeup and complexity of the retail and leisure offering in a chosen location.

Review key trends over time:

  • Vacancy rates
  • Occupancy trends
  • Retail mix

Understand demand profiles through demographic data such as:

  • Employment statistics
  • Average weekly earnings
  • Crime rates
  • Unemployment
  • House prices

Also, contact details and individual reports of companies in the digital communications industry are available from our electronic sources: Market IQ.



Business News & Journals

In order to find the latest news on your topic it is always worth searching NewsBank and EMIS.

You will find articles from specialist business and academic journals, as well as newspapers and magazines. You may also find market research reports and case studies. As well as profiles of leading industry figures.

You will also find articles covering recent developments, and predicting future trends in your industry.


Internet Sources

Websites containing free sources of industry statistics, information and contacts.

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) 

An association of manufacturers of cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products from the UK industry. The website contains information on the sourcing of ingredients, manufacturing and packaging, labelling and distribution, legislation, markets and a member’s directory. The CTPA also provides members with comprehensive scientific and technical advice.


Contains information on cosmetics, perfumery and the personal care industry. Also provides a Directory of raw materials and the possibility to search for product ingredients.

Cosmetics and Toiletries

Comprehensive website with information on cosmetics and toiletry formulation, packaging suppliers, legal/regulatory requirements, manufacturing directory, testing information, new ingredients, breaking news and marketing and publications, etc.


Website covers the UK and Southern Ireland and provides features and advertising, market information, news, directory and links.

Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Association

Contains a member’s directory, EU legislation requirements, and alternatives to animal testing practices, publications and news and events.

Fragrance Foundation UK

Established in 1949 affiliated with Elizabeth Arden, Coty, Guerlain, Helena Rubenstein, Chanel and Parfums Weil. Website contains online reference guide to over a thousand fragrances, search by fragrance name/company name. Provides information on awards, events, features on fragrance manufacturers, certification and publications.

Habia – Hair and Beauty Industry Authority

Habia is the government appointed standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, and barbering and African type hair. Habia creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications. Also includes information on news, events, training and skills.

Professional Beauty

Trade magazine for beauty parlours and salons. Contains information on treatments, tanning,
Hairdressing, equipment, nails and cosmetics. Includes new product reviews, new salon reviews, Company news and job adverts, buyers guide and information on events and conferences.


Please note that every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however some recently acquired items may since have been added to the collection. Please ask for help at the enquiry desk.

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