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[Trends] Gua sha facial

Gua sha facial treatments use a jade or quartz stone to gently scrape the skin. The Chinese practice is intended to relax muscle tension and improve blood flow to the skin. The treatment has taken off as a beauty trend on social media, with over 478 million #GuaSha video views on TikTok. And 90,000 #guashafacial…

[Trends] Savology

Savology is a fintech startup focused on financial planning. Savology claims to assemble personalized plans in 5 minutes. To date, more than 15,000 users have used the tool. Originally monetized via financial product referrals, the startup recently rolled out a paid membership tier. Savology has self-reported revenue of $5K per month. The Utah-based startup raised…

[Trends] Prebiotic gummies

Prebiotic gummies are chewable candies designed to promote the growth and activity of healthy bacteria in the body. (Compared to probiotics, which contain the bacteria itself.) Yuve’s brand of dedicated prebiotic gummies ranks in Amazon’s prebiotics top 50 best-sellers list. And generates an estimated $2.24M per year. Another growing brand on Amazon, OLLY’s peach-flavored gummies,…

[Trends] Pet Honesty

PetHonesty is a DTC dog supplement brand focused on chews. Like many pet supplement brands, the ingredients found in their products (like organic mushrooms, salmon oil, collagen, and turmeric) are designed to mimic those that humans eat. According to the founders, PetHonesty has estimated annual revenues of $3M. And the brand’s allergy relief supplement alone…

[Trends] Crello

Crello is a browser-based design platform for creating social media images, like Instagram post images and YouTube thumbnails. The company reports that they have over 2M (free and paid) users. Crello’s founder, Dmitry Sergeev, also founded Depositphotos, which has raised $8M in funding to date. Crello itself hasn’t disclosed any funding rounds. What’s next: Crello…

[Trends] Snail mucin

Snail mucin is essentially the slime from a snail. The compound is rich in a compound known as hyaluronic acid, believed to moisturize the skin and stimulate collagen production. Which is why a growing number of beauty brands are adding snail mucin to their products. In some national markets, snail mucin-focused beauty brand COSRX sells…

[Trends] Video Proc

VideoProc is an editing suite specifically for 4K video. 4K video is a fast-growing market, with more than 214 million 4K consumer products shipped last year (Statista). VideoProc’s GPU acceleration is designed to speed up the processing of high-quality video up to 47x. Which means the software can be run smoothly on most standard hardware….

[Trends] Magnesium gummies

Magnesium gummies Magnesium gummies Chart Magnesium gummies are high-dose magnesium supplements in gummy form. Studies suggest that up to 75% of people don’t meet their recommended daily intake of magnesium. Which is leading to increased demand for magnesium supplements – including gummies. According to a report by retail analytics company ClearCut, the magnesium supplement category…

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