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Retail notes from Shanghai: Urtekram China [Yatikelan]

The last stop on my recent Asia trip was Shanghai; China’s largest city (according to Wikipedia) and one of the country’s four so-called top tier cities. It was my first visit to Shanghai (and mainland China) and I loved it.

Granted, I only saw the (touristic) city centre – I was there for just four nights (on the 144 hour transit visa deal for EU citizens) and two of those days were spent at China Beauty Expo 2017 – but still: such a cool city!

It’s great for exploring on foot, has a fascinating cityscape, interesting buildings, stores and markets, and the food!!! And Shanghai has a fabulous bar scene, too – I wish I could have had an extra few nights to try out all the bars on my short list; thank you @asia.cocktails! – but at least I managed to visit Speak Low bar. An excellent night.

But this article isn’t about Shanghai’s tourist attractions, it is about an organic beauty brand which I discovered quite by accident in a Watsons drugstore on Nanjing East Road (Pedestrian street ). Even more surprising was the fact that I knew the brand – Urtekram is one of THE best-known and oldest Danish organic beauty brands and they have a wide European distribution. However, it seems that Urtekram (or “Yatikelan”) also has a product portfolio of around 100 sku designed specifically for the Chinese market. Exciting stuff!

Essences, toners, lotions, BB creams, CUSHION FOUNDATIONS, men’s care; face masks – these are Asian formats and textures. None of these product ranges are available anywhere in Europe (or in East Asia either; at least I haven’t seen these products in any of the beauty stores I’ve visited in Tokyo, Taipei or Hong Kong). The ranges aren’t listed on Urtekram International’s website either.

I tried to contact Urtekram China through their official Shanghai address but didn’t get a response. I can’t read a word of Mandarin, unfortunately, and Google Translate doesn’t work so well with non-Western scripts, but I did my best to dig up some info for y’all. Keep in mind that most of this info is based on assumptions, conclusions, inferences and some creative lateral thinking.  If anyone of you kind readers out there can confirm or correct the facts or has additional info about Urtekram China, please let me know and I’ll update the article accordingly.

I also took a whole bunch of photographs (I think I spent almost an hour sitting in front of the product display; the sales assistants were starting to give me distinctly nervous glances) and I bought two of the hydrating toners which are SUPERB! Loving the textures.

Anyway, this is probably the longest teaser paragraph I’ve ever written for a trend-traveller article, so click on the link below for more info and pictures!

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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 40, 41, 42 & 43)

I just realised that it’s been a while since I last posted Beautyjagd translations on my blog. So here they are: the most recent four chapters of Best of Beautyjagd in English – with more international organic beauty info than ever!

News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 40) includes reviews of Uk brand Nourish’s 3D Kale Cleanser and US brand RMS Beauty’s limited edition Pop and Mod Collections, a feature on the renaissance of the General Store retail format in Los Angeles and two very detailed Beauty Notes articles with all the latest launch info about organic beauty in Germany and internationally.

In News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 41) you can read a feature about five organic niche brands from the US, a detailed article about the OrganicCup menstrual cup, a special travel Beauty Notes edition from Kenya, and product reviews of the Skin Dew Coconut Cream from US brand One Love Organics, the new fragrance Two Eternities from UK brand Walden Natural Perfume and tattoo skin care from German beauty brand Eco Cosmetics.

News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 42) features Julia’s annual Best of Organic Sun Care 2017 market overview,  an article about German herbal brand Frühmesner’s new bath additives, a detailed shopping guide to German brand Dr. Hauschka’s relaunched colour cosmetics range and a review of German artisan perfumer Florascent’s new men’s fragrance Le Mec.

And News and Review from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 43) offers detailed Beauty Notes from Tokyo and Seoul, a trend feature about water-free cosmetics, a product review of French organic brand Eau Thermale Jonzac’s new REhydrate+ H2O Booster Lotion, an article about organic household cleansing products and a special Finland/Estonia Beauty Notes edition from Helsinki.

Enjoy!

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Retail notes from Shanghai: [Show Report] China Beauty Expo Shanghai 2017

It was my first trip to Shanghai and my first visit to China Beauty Expo. The trade fair was immense, chaotic and exhausting (as trade shows tend to be!) but also very interesting; mostly because I don’t know many Chinese brands so there was plenty to discover – after all, China Beauty Expo is one of the biggest C&T trade shows in mainland China. Click on the link below for a detailed show review with over 100 high-res pics!

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Retail notes from Tokyo: [Show Report] Beautyworld Japan 2017

From 15th-17th May 2017 Beautyworld Japan took place in Tokyo, Japan. It was my first visit to Beautyworld Japan and my second Japanese C&T trade show – click here to read my show report of CosmeTokyo 2014.

According to organisers Messe Frankfurt, the 20th edition of Beautyworld Japan was a success: 634 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions presented themselves and their brands at the show. The majority of exhibitors – 526 – came from Japan, the rest were from overseas. And a total of 72,594 visitors attended the trade fair at Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre.

Click on the link below to read more about Beautyworld Japan 2017!

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Retail notes from Seoul: [Brand Profile] Yuri Pibu – organic beauty from Korea

While I was in Seoul I had the opportunity to visit the marketing office of organic Korean beauty brand Yuri Pibu. Yay! I should explain that so far I had only read about Yuri Pibu’s iconic beauty products (like the famous parsley toner and artichoke serum) on various  K-beauty blogs and forums.

Yuri Pibu is not retailed in Europe (yet!); in Korea the brand is sold online only and Google Translate wasn’t particularly helpful with the Korean-language website. Basically, I was intensely curious about the brand and although I’m really good at online research I was getting nowhere with Yuri Pibu.

So I was very excited when EGT Korea, the company behind Yuri Pibu, invited me to visit their office and check out the products myself. I also asked them a bunch of question about the brand, the products and Yuri Pibu’s further expansion plans. Click on the link below to read more!

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Retail notes from Seoul: [Store Profile] Agarbatti DIY

I discovered this store purely by accident: I was actually walking to Gwangjang Market when I saw the sign “Coffee & Cosmetic” on the other side of the street. These are two of my favourite things; so I obviously had to go and check this out. Turns out that Agarbatti is a really cool DIY cosmetics store / garden café.

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Retail notes from Seoul: [Show Report] Cosmobeauty 2017

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I am currently in Seoul. And I’m so happy to be back! The main event here was, of course, Cosmobeauty trade show which took place from 27th-29th April 2017. It was my second time at Cosmobeauty – you can read my show review about Cosmobeauty 2016 here – and it feels like it was a different trade show.  Although I liked Cosmobeauty 2016 I almost prefer this year’s show – and not just because there were so many new organic beauty brands to discover!

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