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Published March 1, 2021
Published March 1, 2021
Costa Brazil

Amyris, a leading synthetic biotechnology company active in the Clean Health and Beauty markets through its consumer brands, and a top supplier of sustainable and natural ingredients, announced the addition of Costa Brazil to its portfolio of consumer brands.

WHO: Costa Brazil is a clean luxury concept created by founder Francisco Costa launched in 2018 to capture the rich, natural essence of his homeland of Brazil. All products are made from pure, potent, enriching ingredients, sustainably sourced from the Amazon, and activated using the latest laboratory technologies. At the core of Costa Brazil’s skincare rituals is an exclusive Jungle Complex consisting of mineral-rich Kaya, antioxidant-packed Cacay, and sacred, soothing Breu resin.

Amyris is a science and technology leader in the research, development, and production of sustainable ingredients for the Clean Health and Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets. Amyris uses an array of exclusive technologies, including state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Their portfolio of consumer brands includes Biossance, Pipette, Rose Inc., JVN, and Terasana.

WHY: This deal will further Amyris’ market leadership in clean beauty. The addition of Costa Brazil and Francisco Costa’s creative leadership will support Amyris in deepening an authentic connection to consumers.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “My vision for Costa Brazil has always been to create a brand where beauty is inseparable from the health of the earth,” commented Francisco Costa. “Amyris will be able to help execute this vision through its innovative science and research. There is no other company that has the same level of commitment to clean formulation, social responsibility, ethical sourcing and performance. Amyris puts the needs of customers and of the planet at the forefront, and I’m excited to be part of the transformation they are bringing to the beauty industry.”

“We are very excited about the acquisition of Costa Brazil as it adds a truly differentiated offering based on original, natural ingredients,” said John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amyris. “We welcome Francisco, whose successful track record at Calvin Klein, launch of Costa Brazil, together with his own creative talents, will help us accelerate the transition of the beauty industry to a science-backed business that delivers sustainability without compromise to performance. The Costa Brazil brand is loved by its consumers, and the addition of Mr. Costa to our company will deepen that authentic connection between Amyris brands and our consumers. We are experiencing a consumer “Supercycle” in beauty driven by consumer demand for healthy skin and a focus on clean, sustainably sourced ingredients that deliver the best performance for consumers and our planet. Amyris’s clean beauty consumer business continues its recent trajectory of more than doubling revenue versus the same period last year.”


  • Upon acquisition, Francisco Costa will become the Chief Creative Officer of Amyris. The addition of Francisco Costa will support Amyris in deepening an authentic connection to the consumers of Amyris products.
  • Amyris will bring its world-leading science platform and fermentation technology to the Costa Brazil brand by scaling its ability to sustainably source ingredients from the Amazon, while engaging and giving back to the local communities where these ingredients are discovered.
  • In February Amyris acquired CBD skincare brand Terasana.

Kelly Kovack talks with Francisco Costa, founder of Costa Brazil, who has built such a brand. From the name to the packaging and from the formulations to the supply chain, the vision is uniquely tied to Francisco’s personal story. Listen Now.


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