Kline’s digital tracking tool Amalgam regularly scans online retailers and ranks brands monthly based on a proprietary algorithm that takes customer ratings, reviews, prevalence, and duration into account. In May 2018, Amalgam’s top ranked sunscreen brands include Thinksport (#2) and Thinkbaby (#3) from Thinksocial, a company that is focused on social responsibility and using natural ingredients in its brands. Thinksport sunscreens contain zinc oxide 20% with SPF 50+ and are touted as the first sunscreens to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements and are rated #1 by the Environmental Working Group. Continue reading
The home fragrances space is a changing landscape in 2017 as the market continues to see a dynamic shift in retail distribution among large, mid-sized, and small brands. Yankee Candle further penetrates the mass market throughout the year, entering Walmart’s doors in the spring, and the brand’s parent company, Newell Brands, opens its first ever experiential pop-up shop during the holiday season as consumers increasingly crave unique and exclusive shopping experiences.
The Internet also sees a big boost in sales as consumers shopping through online retailers, brand websites, and the Internet giant Amazon continues to rise. The direct sales channel has grown at a rate of 11.0% since 2012, and the channel’s share has risen from 10.6% to 16.2% in just five years, according to our soon-to-be-published Home Fragrances: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities report. Candle sales through the direct channel in particular have grown at a rate of nearly 19.0% over the same five-year period.Continue reading