Millennials & Gen Z’s 10 Favorite Beauty/Personal Care Brands

What’s the one beauty/personal care brand that rules among both males and females 13-34-years-old? We found out…

Did you know that Millennials spend more money on self-care than any generation before them? NPR reports that 18-33-year-olds spend twice as much on self-care as Boomers, and in 2015, more 18-42-year-olds made commitments to personal improvement than older consumers. The obsession coincides with the rise of the Internet—Google gives endless info on health and beauty through a simple search, with self-care searches reaching a five-year high in 2017.

While some of this care is internal, with the rising interest in mindfulness, meditation, and mental health, of course they’re also spending a ton on beauty and personal care products as well. According to our newest finance and spending tracker, 24% of 13-17-year-olds and 52% of 18-34-year-olds are spending on personal care/beauty products monthly—while 35% of 18-34-year-olds are spending on personal care/beauty services monthly as well. Our recent survey on beauty and personal care products found out where they’re buying them, what labels are making them more likely to purchase, who’s influencing their shopping, and more—including their favorite products. We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds, “What is your favorite beauty or personal care brand you purchase in a store or online?”*—and one brand ruled for both males and females. Which was it? Here are their top ten lists, according to gender:

*This was an open-end response question to allow us to capture the full range of beauty/personal care brands that Millennials and Gen Z like best—without our preconceived ideas shaping their responses. As with any qualitative question, the responses include those that are top of mind and those that are most popular. The list is ordered according…

 
 

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“[Anna Victoria is] a good role model to women and is changing the way the world looks at fitness and body image.”—Female, 21, CA

Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

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