“I’ve always been attracted to the beauty of fragrance. When I found that my newborn daughter was allergic to traditional fragrance, I set out to create a line that was as safe as much as it was aspirational. I’m incredibly proud of the clean fragrance brand we’ve built, as we set out to completely disrupt the $50B perfume market. I look forward to leveraging the Starco Brands infrastructure to continue that disruption and take the brand to new heights,” said Skylar Founder Cat Chen.
Skylar is best known for being a trailblazer in the clean beauty space by making fragrances that are hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin. The fragrance collection of Eau de Parfums have quickly attracted a loyal following, the company challenges the notoriously lenient disclosure requirements of the industry, by employing a strict ingredient policy with 100% transparency. Free of toxic chemicals and made with sustainable ingredients, Skylar is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic.
“We are so happy to welcome Skylar to the Starco Brands family. Cat Chen and her team have done an incredible job pioneering and building a ground-breaking, clean, beautiful, premium, incredibly well-scented, and recyclable fragrance brand that most thought impossible just a few short years ago. With a strong retail, DTC and subscription business, we look forward to working with Cat and her team to take Skylar to the next level and build the next industry power brand,” said Ross Sklar, Starco Brands’ founder and CEO.
Skylar is yet another milestone for the company, as it continues on its path to invent and acquire behavior changing technologies and brands. Starco Brands acquired Art of Sport, the athlete-inspired personal care brand co-founded by Kobe Bryant, in September 2022. The company has embarked on an aggressive growth plan, with 2023 seeing Art of Sport launch a number of products and expand into new consumer categories.
In December 2021, Starco Brands launched Whipshots, one of the most innovative products ever to hit the spirits industry. Hailed as one of the year’s most significant consumer product launches, the vodka-infused whipped cream combines delectable flavors, cutting-edge creative direction, and a world-class celebrity and influencer partnership with global artist Cardi B.
I have over 10 years of experience in the retail industry including expertise in marketing, operations, merchandising, buying, shopping and technology. I am a former senior managing director of The School of Retailing, University of Alberta. My education includes a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Alberta in Marketing, Certificate in Real Estate and a Diploma in Fashion Merchandising and Buying from LasSalle College, a Canadian private school founded in 1959 by fashion designer Jean-Paul Morin.