Osmodrama Festival Berlin [Event]: The art of olfactory storytelling

A few days ago I finally visited Osmodrama, a crowd-funded interdisciplinary art project which is currently taking place in cooperation with Berlin-based arts space Radialsystem V and the International Literary Festival. Osmodrama – illustrating/telling soundscapes with scent – is an new art form developed by Austrian multimedia artist Wolfgang Georgsdorf who is also the inventor of the world’s first electronic olfactory organ, the Smeller 2.0.

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Company Profile: Coop Switzerland

A few months ago I researched and wrote a company profile on Swiss supermarket chain Coop for one of my magazine projects. In the end, we decided not to use the Coop piece; so here it is (updated and annotated!). Coop is an interesting retailer: like its competitor Migros, the company has very strong position in the Swiss food market – basically, there is Migros (market leader) and Coop and that’s pretty much it as far as supermarket chains are concerned. At least in German Switzerland.

During my article research I noticed how closely  Coop’s brand line-up reflects current food trends: over the past few years, the company has added a number of organic, regional and vegetarian own label brands. And this June, Coop signed a distribution agreement with Berlin-based vegan supermarket chain Veganz. Another interesting project is Coop’s new market place Siroop.ch, the first online store in Switzerland to offer products from local, regional and international manufacturers on one retail platform. For more information on Siroop, scroll down the article!

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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 23 & 24)

Here are the two latest Beautyjagd translations: News and reviews from the world of organic beauty (Chapter 23) features a review of the 3rd annual Natural Cosmetics Camp, an in-depth article on the immortelle plant and its use in cosmetics; a article about a visit to the Fragrances Bar in Berlin (fabulous perfume-inspired cocktails, check out the pic!) and, as usual, loads of information about new organic beauty launches in Germany and internationally. And News and reviews from the world of organic beauty (Chapter 24), which was published today, offers an article about Japanese beauty treatments at Ryoko’s salon in Berlin, a very detailed feature about TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Austrian TCM brand Master Lin, plus the usual  organic beauty news and product reviews. Enjoy!

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OWN: A special edition for Natural Products Asia 2016 trade show

The latest issue of Organic & Wellness News has just gone online: we have published an e-paper with Asia-specific content on the occasion of Natural Products 2016 trade show which will take place in Hong Kong this August. I contributed two articles: an interview with industry expert Mei Graefe on the cross-border e-commerce business in mainland China and an interview with Brenda Lee, founder of Hong Kong’s biggest organic perfumery chain Beyorg. Enjoy!

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Retail notes from Szczecin: [Store Profile] Vegananda

A few days ago I spent the day in Szczecin (or “Stettin”,  as it is called in German), a city in Poland which is located very close to the country’s border with Germany. From Berlin, Stettin is an easy day trip (the direct train takes just 1 h 50 minutes!) so I like to visit every once in a while.

In this case I hadn’t been to Stettin for a couple of years so I used the opportunity to do some store checks (Rossmann, Douglas, Sephora, Hebe, Drogeria Natura, Dayli, Carrefour, Auchan), keeping an eye out for new beauty brands (organic and otherwise!) and also checking on the organic food situation while I was there.

On my recent trip to Budapest I had been surprised by the strong presence of Vegan and Paleo foods in the city (check out my store profile of Bio-Barát) so I was on the lookout for similar developments in Stettin. And I did find something interesting: Vegananda, a charming little Vegan store and café which was opened exactly a year ago.

Stettin, Vegananda (1)

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OWN: The Summer 2016 edition is online

The Summer Edition of Organic & Wellness News has just been published: here is the link. I have contributed two articles – a review of Natural Products Europe 2016 trade show and a feature on the organic products market in Korea. Enjoy!

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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 21 & 22)

Here are the last two installments of Beautyjagd in English: News and reviews  from the world of organic beauty (Chapter 21) includes Julia’s famous annual sun protection feature (super detailed reviews of the latest organic sun cream launches; if you’re at all interested in organic sun care products, read this!!), another Fragrant Beauties post and two Beauty Notes articles with a strong focus on French organic beauty. News and reviews from the world of organic beauty (Chapter 22) features an interview with the two founders of organic online perfumery Savue, a feature on the new liquid eyeshadows in French brand Couleur Caramel’s Zanzibar collection, the last installment of the Fragrant Beauties series, an article on UK brand Neal’s Yard Remedies’ oil-based Nourishing Lavender Shampoo and, as always, loads of information and reviews about the latest organic beauty launches from across the world. Enjoy!

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