Retail notes from Tokyo: [Brand Profile]: Tokotowa Organics

Today I visited organic perfumery chain Cosmekitchen’s Naturopathy outlet in Shinjuku’s luxury Newoman department store to check out the aromatherapy fragrances of Japanese organic perfume brand Tokotowa Organics. I had met the founder of Tokotowa’s parent company Organic Styles at the Natural Cosmetics Conference 2017 in Berlin just last month – and of course I was immediately interested. A Japanese aromatherapy brand? Cool!

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Retail notes from Bucharest: [Store Profile] MioBio

I just returned from a few days in Bucharest. It was my second visit to the Romanian capital and we were so lucky with the weather this time: very warm, blue sky and sunshine. Beautiful! And perfect weather for sight-seeing.

Most of my time was spent sauntering around the area between Calea Victorei, Piata Romana, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru and Piata Universitatii. I also visited the Museum of Art Collections and sampled the new cocktail menus of my two favourite Bucharest bars (Fixmad and Origo by Night – Origo is a café which turns into an experimental cocktail bar after 8pm!).

I also discovered the recently opened craft beer pub Fabrica de Bere Buna (and became a firm fan of Romanian craft brewery Hop Hooligans in the process!) and in between I actually got some work done (mostly in Ted’s Coffee Co in University Square which has excellent espresso and strong wifi).

Also on my must-do list of things for this visit to Bucharest: check out organic beauty store MioBio!

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Natural Cosmetics Conference 2017: [Show Report]

This year’s Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress (Natural Cosmetics Conference) took place from 26th to 27th September 2017. I have just counted back and this was my sixth Branchenkongress conference; I first attended the event in 2011 when organisers Messe Nuremberg and Naturkosmetikverlag moved the conference from Nuremberg to Berlin. Here you can find my show reports for Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress 2013, Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress 2014 (Day One), Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress 2014 (Day Two), Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress 2015 and Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress 2016.

Has it been six years already? Wow. And this reminds me, Natural Cosmetics Conference also celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017: Happy Birthday Naturkosmetikbranchenkongress!
This conference report will be a bit shorter than my usual articles because I am flying to Asia very soon (Tokyo, Taipei and Hong Kong for Cosmoprof Asia 2017!) and there is still much to do before I leave.

However, I will of course cover the most important lectures and panel discussions. Key topics this year included the challenges (and opportunities) of digitalisation for retailers and brands, how to market to the Millennials demographic and – particularly interesting – the organic beauty markets in East Asia!

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Next Organic Gastro 2017: [Show Report]

One of my favourite Berlin-based trade shows is Next Organic. It’s a compact little food show which has been taking place annually since 2013 – check out my reviews of Next Organic 2014, Next Organic 2015 and Next Organic 2016. This year’s trade show, Next Organic Gastro 2017, took place on 21st September 2017 in Berlin’s Postbahnhof/Ostbahnhof.

Next Organic Gastro Show 2017

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OWN: Fall edition 2017

The latest issue of Organic & Wellness News has just been published – you can download the pdf for free on the company’s website. This edition includes three of my articles:

  • Asian beauty goes organic (p.12) – a round-up of some of the interesting organic newcomer brands I saw at Cosmobeauty Seoul 2017 and China Beauty Expo 2017.
  • Top 5 Organic Food Retailers in Germany (p.29-p.30) – the first installment of a new OWN article series which looks at the leading organic food retailers in various international markets.
  • Next Organic Start-Up Awards 2017 (p.30) – a round-up of the 2017 winners in this unique start-up competition.

Enjoy!

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Retail notes from Sofia: [Store Profile] Zoya

I just returned from a short city trip to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The city is absolutely worth a visit: a compact old town center which is perfect for walking around all day, with a wonderful hodge-podge of architectural styles (art nouveau/1930s/1950s and later). Most of the buildings are still very much in disrepair and/or graffitied/vandalised but enough houses have been renovated and restored that you can see the beauty of the cityscape.

My first visit to Sofia was in 2008 and back then the city looked a lot more – well, let’s say: unfinished! Today there is an almost palpable creative energy: new cafés and bars are opening in beautifully renovated historic buildings and small art galleries, fashion boutiques and maker/design stores are popping up everywhere.

And organic beauty/food retail chain Zoya is a perfect example of this new kind of urban development. The Bulgarian company’s first store was opened in 2009 which, presumably, makes Zoya one of Sofia’s organic retail pioneers. Today, Zoya operates three stores in Sofia as well as a flourishing online shop.

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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 44, 45 & 46)

Check out the last three translations for Beautyjagd blog!

News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 44) offers an article on aromatherapy hacks for travelling, a review of US brand Ilia Beauty’s new Cucumber Water Stick, a comprehensive show report of Julia’s visit to ingredients trade fair In-Cosmetics Korea (one of my favourite articles in this installment. I’ve never visited any of the In-Cosmetics trade shows!) and all the usual organic beauty news and launches, including a special Beauty Notes edition from the Austrian city of Graz.

In News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 45) you’ll find a beautifully detailed organic beauty shopping guide to Los Angeles, a feature on how to heat-proof your makeup for tropical temperatures, a product review of German brand marie.w’s new Gloss Serum Gold, a DIY starter essence beauty recipe from 1941 (!) and two Beauty Notes articles (including a Berlin-Edition!).

And News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 46) features and article on aromatherapy scalp care, product reviews of Italian brand Tiama’s Organic Shower Balm Iris and the Eau de Parfum Cavi & Jardin de Figuier from French fragrance brand 100Bon, a Beauty Notes edition from the South of France and a fascinating look behind the scenes of the fair trade macadamia nut oil in German brand Dr. Hauschka’s liquid foundation.

Enjoy!

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