Unilever has expanded into the skincare arena with the acquisition of Los Angeles based Kate Somerville Skincare LLC. Currently the skincare brand is distributed in the U.S., with a growing presence in Asia. Known for its Active Balance Technology, Kate Somerville products combine advanced active ingredients with natural botanicals. “The most photographed faces in Hollywood trust Kate Somerville Skincare for its high-quality ingredients, proven results and touch of glamour,” says Vasiliki Petrou, SVP prestige brands for Unilever. “It is a highly differentiated brand that is well placed in the dermocosmetic segment of the skincare category.”
Unilever finds global growth potential in Kate Somerville and looks to expand it into more countries in the near future. Founder Kate Somerville, the brand's namesake, looks forward to growing the brand in partnership with Unilever. “Our treatments, such as Exfolikate and Dermal Quench, have become tried-and-true customer favorites,” says Somerville. “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.” The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.