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Personal care brand, Mamaearth, raises Rs 130 cr in a round led by Sequoia India

Sangeetha Chengappa Bengaluru | Updated on January 08, 2020 Published on January 08, 2020

The FDA-approved personal care brand, Mamaearth, has raised Rs 130 crore ($18 million) in a third round of institutional funding led by Sequoia India, with participation from existing investors, Fireside Ventures, Stellaris Venture Partners and Sharp Ventures. With this round, Mamaearth has raised a total of $23 million to date.

Two early angel investors exited the company in this round, with a return of over 20X on their initial investment, the company said.

Founded in 2016 by husband-wife duo, Varun and Ghazal Alagh, Mamaearth claims to be Asia’s first Made-safe certified brand that offers 100 per cent toxin-free and natural skin care, hair care and baby care products. Mamaearth’s product range, targeted at millennials, includes over 80 natural, toxin-free products which have been used by 1.5 million plus consumers in over 500 cities across the country. Besides its own platform, www.mamaearth.in, Mamearth products are available across major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Nykaa and Flipkart. The brand is now expanding its footprint to offline channels and has established a presence in over 2,000 multi-brand stores across 40 cities in the country.

“Across India, millennials are becoming increasingly conscious and are looking for safe natural alternatives to replace the existing cosmetic products offered by large multinationals. Mamaearth is catering to this growing demand. We plan to use the fresh funds to build Mamaearth into a Rs 500-crore brand, by acquiring 5 million new customers over the next three years. We crossed Rs 100 crore in the revenue run rate last October, and are currently at a Rs 150-crore run rate. We plan to ramp up our team from 100-plus at present to 250-plus in the next two years, with a few CXO level hires in the next 12 months, and also a foray into the international market – the ASEAN cluster of markets excites us the most,” Varun Alagh, founder and CEO of Mamaearth, told BusinessLine.

The funds will also be used to launch sub-brands under Mamaearth in categories such as color cosmetics and bamboo-based diapers, as well as to launch more new brands targeted at other opportunities for millennials under the Honasa Consumer Pvt Ltd umbrella, which is the parent company of Mamaearth, said Alagh.

“Online channels contribute just 3-5 per cent of India’s $15-billion-plus personal care market. With 15-20 per cent of Indian shoppers influenced digitally and expected to double in the next 7-8 years, digital-first brands have the potential to redefine the architecture of tomorrow’s FMCG companies. Varun’s vision is to ride these market tailwinds to create a multi-brand, cross-geo, FMCG company over the next decade. The team at Sequoia India is excited about being partners in this phenomenal journey,” said Ishaan Mittal, Principal, Sequoia Capital India LLP.

Published on January 08, 2020
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