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Abstract

This case is about Mark Constantine, the Co-founder of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, a UK-based producer and marketer of ethical beauty products. Constantine started his first venture Constantine and Weir Plc (C&W) during the 1970s. C&W went on to become a key supplier to The Body Shop. When Body Shop bought out the rights to Constantine's products, he started a new venture Cosmetics to Go (CTG), a mail order catalogue of beauty products. However, CTG was a failure and went bankrupt. In 1995, Constantine started Lush and brought in a unique approach to the marketing of beauty products. Lush did not have a traditional marketing department, and relied on innovative products, in-store advertising, word-of-mouth advocacy, and public relations to promote its products. Constantine was also one of the pioneers who championed the cause against animal testing in the cosmetics and beauty care industry. The case highlights the challenges Constantine faced during his early years, his role in the success of The Body Shop, the failed 'Cosmetics to Go' venture, and the factors behind the success of Lush. The case also discusses the entrepreneurship qualities and management style of Constantine.

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Abstract

This case is about Mark Constantine, the Co-founder of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, a UK-based producer and marketer of ethical beauty products. Constantine started his first venture Constantine and Weir Plc (C&W) during the 1970s. C&W went on to become a key supplier to The Body Shop. When Body Shop bought out the rights to Constantine's products, he started a new venture Cosmetics to Go (CTG), a mail order catalogue of beauty products. However, CTG was a failure and went bankrupt. In 1995, Constantine started Lush and brought in a unique approach to the marketing of beauty products. Lush did not have a traditional marketing department, and relied on innovative products, in-store advertising, word-of-mouth advocacy, and public relations to promote its products. Constantine was also one of the pioneers who championed the cause against animal testing in the cosmetics and beauty care industry. The case highlights the challenges Constantine faced during his early years, his role in the success of The Body Shop, the failed 'Cosmetics to Go' venture, and the factors behind the success of Lush. The case also discusses the entrepreneurship qualities and management style of Constantine.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate courses.

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Location:
Size:
Medium
Other setting(s):
2002-2006

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