Asaya's Mission to Redefine Skincare for Melanin-Rich Individuals Gains Momentum

▴ Asaya's Mission to Redefine Skincare
Asaya plans to further its research and development efforts, creating innovative products that cater specifically to melanin-rich skin.

In a significant milestone for the beauty industry, Asaya, a skincare brand dedicated to melanin-rich skin, has successfully secured Rs 12 crore ($1.5 million) in seed funding. This funding round was led by OTP Ventures and Huddle Ventures, with additional support from Eternal Capital. Asaya aims to utilize this investment to advance melanin-centric research, develop new products, and expand its market reach, ultimately enhancing awareness and availability of skincare solutions for melanin-rich skin.

Founded in September 2023 by Neeraj Biyani, a former Co-founder of Paper Boat, along with Mandeep Bhatia and Eeti Sharma, Asaya has rapidly gained traction in the skincare market. The brand focuses on addressing the unique skincare needs of individuals with melanin-rich skin, a demographic that has often been overlooked by traditional skincare brands.

Asaya currently offers over 11 products and 23 SKUs, available through its own website as well as popular e-commerce platforms such as Nykaa, Amazon, Flipkart, and Myntra. The brand's product range includes solutions for common skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, and dry skin, all formulated with a focus on the specific needs of melanin-rich skin.

The market has responded positively to Asaya's offerings, indicating a strong product-market fit. According to Neeraj Biyani, Co-founder of Asaya, "Our products have received an overwhelmingly positive response, indicating strong product-market fit. This funding will help us grow from 20,000 to over 250,000 consumers in the next 12 months. We plan to enhance our communication efforts and service capabilities to better serve our growing customer base."

The funding round saw enthusiastic participation from investors who believe in Asaya's mission and vision. Sanil Sachar, Founding Partner of Huddle Ventures, emphasized the importance of catering to consumer preferences. He stated, "Consumers today are vocal about their preferences, and there are not enough products for melanin-rich skin. Asaya is bridging this gap with robust products and meaningful conversations. The experienced team behind Asaya’s mission to create inclusive skincare for Indian skin tones is what drove us to back them."

Suhail Sameer of OTP Ventures echoed this sentiment, highlighting the brand's commitment to developing tailored solutions for Indian consumers. "In a beauty industry dominated by celebrity-backed brands, Asaya continues to invest in creating products tailored for Indian consumers. The brand listens to consumer concerns and develops melanin-first solutions, especially for issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, and dry skin."

Eeti Sharma, Co-Founder of Asaya, pointed out the historical neglect of melanin-rich skin in the skincare industry. "Skincare has historically been developed for lighter skin tones in western markets. The industry falls short in addressing the concerns of darker skin tones. In India, 98% of us have melanin-rich skin, and our needs are different."

With the new funding, Asaya plans to further its research and development efforts, creating innovative products that cater specifically to melanin-rich skin. The brand aims to expand its customer base significantly, growing from 20,000 to over 250,000 consumers in the next year. This growth will be supported by enhanced communication strategies and improved service capabilities, ensuring that Asaya can effectively meet the needs of its expanding customer base.

Asaya's successful seed funding round marks a pivotal moment in the skincare industry, particularly for those with melanin-rich skin. By focusing on the unique needs of this demographic, Asaya is set to revolutionize the market with innovative, inclusive, and effective skincare solutions. The support from investors and the positive market response highlights the brand's potential to make a significant impact. As Asaya continues to grow and innovate, it promises to deliver better skincare experiences for millions of consumers across India.

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