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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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Organic beauty from Romania: Prisaca Transilvania and Sabio Cosmetics

I recently visited Bucharest for the first time and really liked the city. Amazing city architecture – a very cool mixture of modern Communist-style buildings, Bauhaus and Art Nouveau; in the city center many buildings are renovated, others look like they are about to crumble into pieces any minute now.

Bucharest also has tree-lined wide boulevards, art museums, many green spaces, bakeries everywhere; antiquarian book stores and cafés…and there are some FABULOUS bars, especially Fix MAD Bar and the Origo Café  in Strada Lipscani which turns into a cocktail bar at night (check out their drinks on Instagram: https://tinyurl.com/y74xkhjs / https://tinyurl.com/y9vgat5rhttps://tinyurl.com/y88ek4re). And don’t even get me started on the Romanian food…..*happy sigh*…..

But this article really is about two rather cool organic beauty brands from Romania, Prisaca Transilvania and Sabio Cosmetics. Both were completely new to me – then again, I don’t know much about the Romanian C&T market, let alone the domestic organic beauty industry. I came across Prisaca Transilvania in one of the Bucharest outlets of German drugstore chain DM. Sabio Cosmetics, on the other hand, I discovered right here in Berlin, in the recently opened Pravalia Romanian Delights store in Neukölln neighbourhood.

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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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OWN: Spring Edition 2017

Here is the PDF version of Organic & Wellness News Spring Edition 2017, which includes four articles written by me:

  • A preview of Vivaness 2017 trade show (page 28)
  • An overview of the Fair Trade market in Germany (page 28)
  • A feature on DIY Beauty (page 1/23)
  • And a look at the organic beauty market in the US (page 21).Enjoy!

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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 34, 35 & 36)

Today’s the first day of Vivaness  trade show (yay!) so it’ll be a busy week for me. I’ll publish my official Vivaness review article in a couple of weeks; in the meantime, here are the last three Beautyjagd translations:

In News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 34), you can find an article on frangipani absolue, the annual Best of Organic Beauty 2016 review (Julia’s favourite 10 beauty products/brands from last year), a review of French beauty brand Couleur Caramel’s new limited edition “A Sunday in Deauville” and the usual Beauty Notes.

News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 35) features a detailed review of Danish brand Nuori’s Supreme-C Serum Treatment, Scandinavia-inspired Beauty Notes, an article about French organic supermarket chain Naturalia’s very cool street art cooperation and, of course, all the latest international organic beauty product launches!

And the highlights of News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 36) – which was posted today! – include a company profile of French organic niche beauty brand Graine de Pastel and – my personal favourite! – Julia’s #1pack1day Mask Challenge: a Beautyjagd Theme Week with reviews of seven different face masks (including a peat mask from Finland, a hydrogel mask from Korea, a cream mask from Hawaii and a sleeping mask from France). Enjoy!

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Beautyjagd: Organic beauty news in English (Chapters 31, 32 & 33)

Before I forget: here are my last three Beautyjagd translations.

In News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 31),you’ll find an interview with Anke Kleiner from French colour cosmetics brand Couleur Caramel, a review of five new autumn/winter body lotions, a Beauty Postcard about French brand Boho Green’s Gipsy Eyeshadow Palette and plenty of Beauty Notes about exciting international organic product launches!

News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 32) includes a line-up of organic beauty gift set present ideas for Christmas, a Finnish edition of the weekly Beauty Notes (Julia travelled to Lapland in November!), a detailed review/comparison of five manual cleansing brushes and all the usual organic C&T launch info we have come to expect from Beautyjagd ; )

And News and Reviews from the World of Organic Beauty (Chapter 33) offers the second part of Julia’s Oil Library post (+ DIY oil recipes!), a Beauty Postcard article about the Loose Flora Foundation of Australian brand Zuui Organics, a Paris edition of the Beauty Notes, a detailed book review of Imelda Burke’s The Nature of Beauty, an article about Julia’s visit to the Paris pop-up store of French beauty subscription box company Nuoo Box and, of course, a special Christmas-themed Beauty Notes article.

Enjoy!

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[Brand Profile]: Jath from ENS Korea/Jallon

And here – as promised – is the brand profile about Jath, the new organic beauty brand from Korean natural products manufacturer Jallon. I had met Jallon at Cosmoprof Asia 2016 back in November; the company has recently taken over the marketing for my all-time favourite beauty brand Whamisa. At the trade show, Jallon presented two new organic brands: Nature Belle (you can read my article about Nature Belle here) and Jath.

Jath is a premium anti-ageing face care range which was launched in the summer of 2016. Like its sister brands Whamisa and Nature Belle, Jath is manufactured by ENS Korea, certified organic by German association BDIH (Cosmos) and the entire range is completely water-free: the first ingredient in all five products is aloe vera leaf water.

The Jath line-up includes an eye cream, a face cream and three serums/elixirs which are packaged in glass bottles and jars; the outer packaging is made from stiff cardboard. All products have been scented with a similar blend of essential oils (rosewood, bergamot, geranium and lemongrass) and the fragrance is rather invigorating: zesty citrus notes, aromatic herbals and spicy wood accords.

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