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Navigating Amazon's Premium Beauty Category: What is premium beauty? How do I join?

Learn about the Amazon beauty category from beBOLD by understanding the nuances between Amazon Premium Beauty, Professional Skincare, and Indie Beauty.

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As the beauty and personal care industry continues to grow, Amazon has responded with its own Premium Beauty category. This is a special section of Amazon that is dedicated to prestige brands and professional beauty products. If you are a business owner who wants to sell your products on Amazon, it is important to understand what this category entails.

In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between the regular beauty category and the Premium Beauty or Professional Beauty category. We will also provide tips for beauty brands that want to join this Amazon category!

What is Amazon's Premium Beauty category, and what can be found in it?

Premium Beauty (used to be called "Luxury Beauty") is a category on Amazon for beauty products that are sold in luxury retail stores such as Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom to name a few. The term "premium" is used to distinguish these products from mass-market or drugstore beauty products. To have your beauty brand be considered premium, a product must meet certain criteria, such as being made with high-quality ingredients, having unique packaging, and providing exceptional results.

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Which brands are included in the Premium Beauty Category, and why were they chosen?

The category includes a wide range of prestige brands. These high-end beauty brands were chosen for their quality, effectiveness, and luxury appeal. Some of the most popular brands in the category include La Roche-Posay, Embryolisse, and Grande Lash.

Here is the full list of Premium Brands

These brands are known for their luxurious formulations and high-end packaging. They offer a wide range of products that are sure to meet the needs of even the most discerning beauty lover. In addition to these well-known brands, the category also includes several lesser-known but equally impressive brands.

This provides customers with a broad selection of products to choose from, ensuring that they can find the perfect product for their needs. Whether you're looking for a new skincare routine or want to experiment with a new makeup look, the premium beauty category has something for everyone.

Content Differences In The Premium Beauty Category:

  • Product detail requirements differ from traditional products sold on Amazon. You are allowed three bullet points versus six — Description, Benefit, and Suggested Use.
  • Description: 229 characters
  • Benefit: 115 characters
  • Suggested Use: 160 characters
  • Small images with icons or callouts are also allowed for the bullet points.

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Are Beauty Brands gated in the Premium Beauty Category?

The Premium Beauty is a gated section of the Amazon website that can only be accessed by authorized sellers. This means that third-party sellers are not able to sell products in this section. This is an Authorized Seller Environment, which means that all products sold in this section must be brand new, authentic, and unopened.

This helps to ensure that customers are getting the best possible experience when shopping for beauty products on Amazon. While the selection of products is limited, the quality is high, making it a great place to shop for premium beauty products.

Is Premium Beauty part of Vendor (1P) or Seller (3P)?

Amazon's Premium Beauty selection is available to both vendors and sellers, making it a 1P/3P marketplace. This category is a curated selection of high-end beauty products that must meet certain quality and performance standards to be included.

Vendors can apply to have their products featured in Premium Beauty, and sellers who are invited to participate can list their products under the Premium Beauty category. Because this is a high-end category, it typically has higher prices and margins than other beauty categories on Amazon. As a result, it can be a lucrative opportunity for both vendors and sellers.

What happened to the "Luxury Beauty" category on Amazon?

The "Luxury Beauty" category on Amazon was renamed to "Premium Beauty" in 2019. This change was made to reflect the growing number of premium brands that were available on the platform and because Amazon was creating the Luxury Stores to sell luxury fashion. The store was to include high-end brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, and Badgley Mischka.

How can my Beauty Brand join the Premium Beauty Category?

Contact beBOLD

 

What is Amazon Professional Beauty?

Note: the only difference a consumer can see on Amazon between Premium Beauty and Professional Beauty on Amazon are the badges (which I highly doubt consumers even see).

Professional Beauty contains products that can be found in professional settings like spas, salons, and dermatologist offices. Further divided into the Professional Skin Care and Salon & Spa categories, it contains all items a professional might use for their customer’s hair, skin, and nails.

With benefits like free shipping for beauty professionals, it provides a convenient destination to shop for high-quality products. 

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How can my Beauty Brand join the Professional Beauty Category?

Contact beBOLD

 

What is Amazon Indie Beauty?

With its vast customer base, Amazon provides an opportunity for smaller brands to stand out. The Indie Beauty category on the website gives these emerging products access and allows them not only to be seen but also to give customers what they want in terms of quality natural or unique items that no other store has available

The launch date was 2018 which means this new feature came about shortly after; it's just another way indie companies can get ahead by leveraging one major player who may otherwise ignore their business because there are so many others vying for attention.

If you are an indie beauty brand and would like to be considered for the Indie Beauty category, note that Amazon must invite your brand to participate.

How To Sell In The Indie Beauty Category:

  • Brand must be at least 50% owned by an independent operator
  • Brand must not be available at large retailers like Ulta, Sephora, Target, Walmart, or other major retailers
  • Brand must have an active Amazon storefront
  • All products must be Prime eligible

Amazon Premium Beauty Category: Frequently Asked Questions

What does Premium Beauty mean on Amazon?

Amazon's “Premium Beauty” program has a unique benefit for the brands that are enrolled: brand gating. This means that Amazon will restrict third-party resellers from selling gated brands' products.

What is premium beauty?

Per Amazon, Premium Beauty offers “a curated collection of the world’s most sought-after luxury brands,” such as K18 and JLO Beauty. The biggest advantage to joining the premium program is to help prestige brands maintain control over their brand image as well as crackdown on unauthorized 3rd party sellers of their products. 

What are premium beauty brands?

Assuming you're asking about luxury beauty brands, there are plenty of options out there to choose from. Amazon offers a wide selection of products, ranging from skincare and makeup to hair care and fragrance. Some of the most popular premium beauty brands available on Amazon include NARS, SK-II, La Roche-Posay, Herbivore Botan

Does Amazon have a beauty brand?

Yes, Amazon has 2 beauty brands of its own.  Belei by Amazon which is a skincare brand. Amazon Aware, which has everything from apparel to housewares to beauty products.

Takeaway

Navigating Amazon’s vast beauty category isn’t always easy. It’s important to remember that there are customers eager to try your unique products, but reaching them can be challenging. Our Premium & Professional Beauty Amazon Experts at beBOLD Digital can help - contact us today!

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Denny Smolinski

CEO & Founder - Denny’s experience and knowledge of the professional and prestige beauty industry and Amazon allows him and his team to grow beauty brands globally within the Amazon ecosystem. He understands the full scope of brands that are doing business in professional beauty or retail such as Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom and more. Denny’s stands behind his professionalism and years of reputation in the beauty industry.

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