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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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 37, 38 & 39)

Hi everyone! I just arrived in Seoul. Before I head out to visit Cosmobeauty Seoul 2017 trade show: here are the last three chapters of my translations for German organic cosmetics blog Beautyjagd.

In News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 37), Julia talks about minimalistic face care routines; there is a new addition to her article series about historical fragrance flacons, a very detailed show review of this year’s Vivaness trade show (with a focus on mainstream organics) and all the usual organic beauty launch info from Germany and around the world.

News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 38) includes  a feature about five new organic beauty brands from Austria, Julia’s niche beauty discoveries at Vivaness trade show, a review of US brand Axiology’s new lipsticks and an extra long version of the weekly Beauty Notes with all the latest organic beauty launches.

And News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 39) features an article about Julia’s visit to Annemarie Börlind spa in Bad Teinach, a presentation of four deodorant creams from German brand Vegane Pflege, an how-to article about the Korean 7 Skin Method of face care, reviews of U brand Ilia Beauty’s new Eyeshadow Palette and Primer, and a special Beauty Notes edition from Los Angeles.

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Cosmoprof Bologna 2017 [Show Report]

Cosmoprof Bologna 2017 finished on a high note: according to organiser BolognaFiere, 2,677 exhibitors from 69 countries and more than 250,000 visitors from 150 countries attended the fair.

2017 marked the 50th edition of the world’s biggest C&T trade show and there were several new features to celebrate the anniversary. It was my second visit to Cosmoprof Bologna; you can read my show review of Cosmoprof Bologna 2016 here.

Cosmoprof Bologna is so big that it is impossible to cover the entire trade show, even if you are there for the entire five days. I decided to skip Cosmopack and the Hair and Nail halls and instead focused on Cosmoprime (Hall 19), on Hall 21 (green and natural cosmetics) and on Halls 29, 30 and 35c which is where the country pavilions are located.

And here, roughly organised by Halls but in no particular order, are some  of my favourite brand discoveries at Cosmoprof Bologna 2017!


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SPC Magazine: Show review of Cosmoprof Asia 2016

Just out in the February edition of SPC Magazine: My review of Cosmoprof Asia 2016. Enjoy!

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Fragrances Bar, Berlin [Profile]: The Art of Cocktails & Perfumery

See the picture below? That’s the motto of the Fragrances Bar in Berlin’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. And believe me, the cocktails in this bar are indeed works of art!

As you might have guessed, the drinks in the Fragrances Bar are inspired by perfumes. However, Arnd Henning Heissen – creator of Fragrances and bar chef of Ritz-Carlton’s Curtain Club – takes his innovative mixology/perfumery project one step further.

The Fragrances Bar does not offer a conventional paper-based list of beverages. Instead, the bar’s cocktail menu is olfactory, three-dimensional and fully interactive.

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Vivaness 2017 [Show Report]: The biggest organic C&T show in Europe

Well, Europe’s biggest organic beauty trade fair Vivaness and its companion show Biofach (the world’s biggest organic food show) have come and gone.

This year the two trade fairs took place from 15th to 18th February 2017 in Nuremberg. According to organisers Messe Nürnberg, more than 50.000 visitors from 134 countries visited the two trade shows. There were 2,785 organic exhibitors  in total (259 of these brands/companies were at Vivaness) and this year’s Country of the Year was the host country, Germany.

As always, it was an exciting and exhausting four days! This was my fourth trade show (if you’re interested: here are the Vivaness 2014, Vivaness 2015 and Vivaness 2016 articles). And now, without further ado and in no particular order, here are my favourite brand discoveries at Vivaness 2017!

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