Unilever Ventures Acquires Minority Stake in Microbiome Beauty Brand Gallinée

UNILEVER VENTURES ACQUIRES MINORITY STAKE IN MICROBIOME BEAUTY BRAND GALLINÉE

LONDON, 29 January 2018 Gallinée Ltd, the innovative skincare range focusing on the skin’s microbiome, has closed its series A financing round with Unilever Ventures acting as lead investor.

Gallinée is the first personal care brand to focus exclusively on the growing science of the human bacterial ecosystem, a major revolution in health, and a new field of research in dermatology for the treatment of acne and eczema. The investment is Unilever Ventures’ inaugural foray into microbiome-based products, a key beauty trend in 2018.

Launched in 2016 by Marie Drago, a French pharmacist with 15 years’ experience working for successful skincare brands, the brand was inspired by her history with autoimmune diseases and her desire to create products that support the skin’s good bacteria. Drago’s pharmacy thesis was the basis for the patented combination of probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics that are the core of the Gallinée range.

Designed with sensitive skin in mind – and now tested successfully for atopy-prone skin – the brand has been stocked since April 2016 in Harvey Nichols, and is now available in department stores and pharmacies in France and the UK, as well as online. It will soon be available on Zalando Germany and QVC France, as it builds a cult following amongst beauty professionals and consumers alike.

“I am delighted to welcome Unilever Ventures as an investor,” says Marie Drago. “It is such a great honor for a young company, and their expertise will be invaluable for us. It will allow us to keep innovating in the microbiome field though new studies and products, expand our online business and extend to new territories, especially the US.”

“We have been impressed by Gallinée’s level of innovation and consistency. It is rare to find such young brands with the right mix of science and consumer focus. I look forward to working with Marie and her team to build upon the company’s momentum and many growth opportunities” said Anna Ohlsson-Baskerville, Director with Unilever Ventures.

Investment from Unilever Ventures, along with other strategic partners, will be used to develop the team, extend the range and finance R&D. Gallinée plans to double-down on e-commerce, hire an experienced Head of E-Commerce and expand its global direct retail operation.

For more information, please contact

Marie Drago – marie@gallinee.com

About Gallinée: Gallinée Ltd is a ground-breaking new skin and body care range that takes care of the skin’s good bacteria. The very first brand to target the skin’s protective ecosystem – the microbiome. Developed by a pharmacist, Gallinée uses a patented complex of prebiotics, probiotics, and lactic acid, based on the latest research in microbiology. Please visit: www.gallinee.com.

About Unilever Ventures: Unilever Ventures is the venture capital and private equity arm of Unilever. They invest in early stage, promising companies, and accelerating growth by providing access to Unilever’s global ecosystem, assets and expertise. Unilever Ventures’ existing investments include for example Trinny London, SACHAJUAN Haircare, True Botanicals, Blow Ltd, Nutrafol, Gousto, Sunbasket and Instacart as well as enterprise tech companies such as Percolate, Blis, Celtra and Discuss.io. For further information, please visit: www.unileverventures.com.