|Product type||Sensitive skin|
Simple Skincare is a British brand of soap and skincare products, designed for sensitive skin. The majority of its products use no harsh chemicals and have more kind to skin nutrients, which is its main selling point. Simple has been owned by Unilever since 2010.
The brand was developed in 1960 by the Albion Group. In the late 1980s the business was acquired by Smith and Nephew. In June 2000, Smith and Nephew divested its consumer products division; a management buyout, led by CEO Geoff Percy and Finance Director Peter Hatherly, for £140m resulted in the formation of Accantia, owner of the Simple brand.
In January 2004, a secondary buyout was completed. Following an unsolicited approach, the board of Accantia sold the company to Duke Street Capital for £225m. Accantia's existing senior management team remained in place.
In April 2009, Accantia changed its name to Simple Health & Beauty Group Limited. Simple Health & Beauty Group Limited was bought by the US company Alberto-Culver for £240 million in December 2009. Alberto-Culver was bought by the Anglo–Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilever in September 2010, and Simple was formally taken over around six months later.
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