New York: Consumer goods giant Unilever is considering a $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) offer for US skincare brand Drunk Elephant, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information.

Drunk Elephant, founded in 2012 by Texan mother-of-four Tiffany Masterson and which makes skincare products with natural, non-toxic ingredients, hired investment banks in January to explore a sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. Unilever declined to comment on the potential offer to the Sunday Telegraph.

The Anglo-Dutch owner of Dove soap, has been expanding into new areas as its traditional brands stagnate.

It’s been snapping up niche labels in divisions such as vegan and organic food, while shedding stagnant business like its spreads unit, which the company sold in 2018.

New CEO Alan Jope is also seeking to boost profitability by assembling a division called Prestige with high-end skincare brands such as Ren and Dermalogica.