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Established skin care company gearing up for international expansion. Experienced professionals with private and institutional investors. 5 MNOK+ invested in product development and market introduction.

Our story
  • There is a need for skin care products targeting men.
  • Men’s skin care is of the fastest moving categories within the personal care segment.
  • Products need to be developed considering men’s preferences for simplicity and function.

Let’s set the scene. Where: Bongani Estate, South Africa. Who: our rugged, bearded protagonist, who’d just spent fifty hours awake, driving through the vast reserve, perched on the bonnet of a Land Rover on a rickety jump seat, following the sound beat of fleeing rhino hooves and screeching monkeys through the darkness, hoping to capture them for posterity on his vintage Leica. Why: because adrenaline and adventure is what makes life worth living.

However, exposure, sunlight and stress take their toll on skin, and on this occasion, salvation came in the shape of a little pink jar. And so, like thousands of men before him, Marius was introduced to skincare through his girlfriends’ products. While the cream helped heal the surface damage to his skin, he was underwhelmed by the cream’s strong perfume and dainty pink packaging.

Marius could not recall seeing a premium skin cream developed specifically for male skin, and immediately decided to create one. He wanted to create a product that captured that essence of refined, modern masculinity. It would be by men, for men, and the kind of product that men would not only want to receive as gifts from their girlfriends, but that they’d actually want to buy for themselves.

Next Marius, a military veteran having served with NATO in former Yugoslavia, realized that this experience, which had taught him the importance of integrity and being prepared for anything, could be transferred to skincare. You’re only ever as good as the people and the equipment that’s got your back, so make sure you surround yourself with quality.

Back home in his native Norway, Marius Kristiansen teamed up with Castilnano Simoons, a like-minded established designer and visionary of classic style with a rough undertone and clean functionality. Together they conceived of BAD NORWEGIAN, the male skincare and lifestyle brand that endeavors to combine the values often associated with Norway- integrity, honesty, and quality- with a rogue, confident undertone.

On the journey from boy to man, we are inevitably faced with creating our own definitions of masculinity. What are the qualities we wish to associate ourselves with, and how do we live in accordance with these, and by extension, choose the brands that represent them? We have to find our role models, but if we can’t, we can define and create them ourselves. Here at BAD NORWEGIAN, we believe that there is no discord between quality and performance, power and integrity, alpha masculinity and caring about yourself and the world around you. You can be whoever you want to be, but you still need powerful skincare.

Our products are composed of the cleanest components and we never add anything unnecessary or potentially harmful. We test on friends, not animals. Our product designs are modern Scandinavian in their clear, confident expressions, and we are never satisfied until our products have obtained the standards our discerning customers have come to expect and appreciate. We’re always badass, never half-assed, just like our users.

All grooming products are developed in Norway, focusing on function and premium quality.

 

Our business & market situation
  • We have been selling high-end men's skin care through Skin Care professionals, lifestyle stores and eCommerce since 2011.
  • In 2013 we started selling to perfumeries and tax-free.
  • In 2015, we signed a deal with Douglas (largest beauty retailer in Europe) and in 2016 we signed a deal with Kicks (largest beauty retailer in Scandinavia).
  • We have ongoing talks with the Heinemann Group regarding travel retail.
  • There is a signed distribution agreement for Denmark and Australia, and we sell our products to USA (QVC.com), UK (starting up with Wolf & Badger Q2 2016), as well as to the EU through nelly.com.
  • Accumulated revenue from sales so far is 1,4 MNOK
  • Registered trademark in Norway, EU and USA 

According to Euromonitor International industry data, global sales of skin care products reached over US$107 billion in 2013 and sales of hair care products reached US$77 billion. Both industries are predicted to grow by over 20% between 2014 and 2018. Indeed, demand for products that help consumers look their best, whether they are skin care, hair care, cosmetics, fragrances, clothing, footwear or accessories, make personal care and apparel two of the largest and most dynamic industries in the global marketplace.

Men currently account for about 8% of the market in Beauty & Personal care (Total market $450 Bn).  Men have the same physiological need for skin care products as women, but not the same frequency of use:

"While men may be forgiven for skipping mud masks, they are also far less likely than women to use sunscreen - and male skin is certainly no less vulnerable to sun damage than that of women." - Euromonitor Global Consumer Survey Personal Care (2014)

This leads us to the conclusion and foundation of our company: 

  • There is a need for skin care products targeting men.
  • Men’s skin care is of the fastest moving categories within the personal care segment.
  • Products need to be developed considering men’s preferences for simplicity and function.

 

Our team

Our team

Marius T. Kristiansen

CEO and Founder

The previously mentioned bearded protagonist. Management Consultant - Retail & Consumer (2007-2012) MSc International Marketing & Management (2007) Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship (2005)

https://no.linkedin.com/in/marius-t-kristiansen-4023a51

Castilñano J. Simoons

Creative Director and Founder

The previously mentioned designer and visionary. 6 years design experience with Making Waves and Bleed (European top20 design firm) MSc Interaction- and service design (AHO)

https://no.linkedin.com/in/castilnano

Carl-Arne Meyer Melin

Sales Manager

12 Years industry experience, including team manager for BIOTHERM, implementing KIEHLS in Norway, National Makeup Artist for YSL, GUERLAIN, CHANEL, ESTÉE LAUDER, HELENA RUBENSTEIN and LUMENE. Stock option for 8000 shares

https://no.linkedin.com/in/carl-arne-meyer-melin-956055a5/en

Aleksander Paus

Chairman of the board

Strategy consultant and entrepreneur. Extensive experience from business development in retail, finance and real estate. Sees the Bad Norwegian team, their values and the quality products as a recipe for success. Masters in Finance, Hedge funds and private equity (2013) Masters in Electronics and Computer Science (2006) Stock option for 1000 shares

https://no.linkedin.com/in/aleksander-paus-b269171

Steffen Mussche-Johansen

Investor and Board member

Investor and consultant, with broad experience from retail and sales. Entrepreneurial spirit, loves to build brands, and sees great international potential in Bad Norwegian.

https://no.linkedin.com/in/mussche

Linn Pettersen

Advisory board

Worked 17 years in Sales and Marketing within FMCG, both BTC og BTB. Worked for Beiersdorf when they launched Nivea for Men in Norway, and is currently Head of Category Management at Pierre Robert Group - Stock option for 1000 shares

https://no.linkedin.com/in/linn-pettersen-6138793

Øystein Walle

Investor (Investment fund)

Managing Director at Kimen Til Vekst. This is a foundation who invests in attractive start-up companies located in Hallingdal or Valdres. Visit our webpage to read more about the foundation. www.kimentilvekst.no

https://no.linkedin.com/in/oysteinwalle1970

Tanya Horowitz

Advisory board member

Capital A Advisors provides strategic consulting to companies based outside the USA once those companies are looking to then enter the US market.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanyamarvin