Alchemy Business Development (Pty) Ltd started trading in April 2013 as a Beauty Marketing and Distribution Company and is the brainchild of Karen Laubscher, a long serving professional of the South African beauty industry. An opportunity existed to introduce and represent new brands into the South African market in response to both retailer and consumer demand for superior service and newness.
Karen is supported by a Brand Marketing and Key Accounts team which is situated in Cape Town, South Africa and supports their in-store sales teams with excellent product training, practical selling skills and focus on customer service. In addition, Alchemy also has the support of Mosaic Manufacturing.
Mosaic Manufacturing’s infrastructure supports the back end of Alchemy regarding logistics and distribution. This operation is run off of a Syspro platform and EDI is enabled with key customers. The current model allows for direct to store deliveries as well as central warehousing. Alchemy partners with all major brick and online cosmetic retailers in South Africa.
Alchemy is a Level 4 BBEEE contributor.
THE ALCHEMY TEAM
Karen was the Marketing and Sales Director of Indigo Brands, subsidiary of JSE listed AVI. She spent some twenty five years in the business with numerous brand successes and new product launches to her name: Yardley, Lentheric, Monteil and successfully launching and managing licensed brands Rimmel, adidas, Sally Hansen, Barbie, Nailene, as well as Coty’s portfolio of celebrity fragrances Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Béyonce and David Beckham as well as Guess fragrances.
Karen’s career took her to Woolworths in a retail buying capacity as well as a period in direct sales with Avroy Shlain Cosmetics. Karen consulted for Clicks and Sorbet on the Sorbet Colour Cosmetic Launch as well as worked on the development of the Foschini All Women Fragrances and Facial cosmetics.
Key Accounts Brand Manager
With more than 14 years in the retail and professional beauty industry, Seshnee has extensive experience in Sales Management, Training Development, Brand Development, Marketing & E-commerce Management. She has worked for numerous international luxury brands such as Estee lauder, Clinique & Stila Cosmetics.
Philip du Toit
Beauty Brand Manager
Philip has nearly 10 years of experience in the beauty and retail industry, with an established background in retail buying, beauty and product brand management, including professional skincare, international and local brands, electrical beauty, as well as product development and Dealer Owned Brand management. He also has experience with customer loyalty programs, digital marketing strategy, and a passion for consumer and shopper marketing. Building, growing, and evolving brands at different levels are part of his skill set.
Beauty Marketing and Distribution