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Yuzu beauty news – a fragrance, a foundation, and a fabulous fruit-growing lab



Louis Vuitton On the Beach Les Colognes fragrance

Latest update on beauty ingredient, yuzu fruit. Since I mentioned it in my spring trend round up, the Japanese citrus has cropped up in a summer fragrance and a radiance boosting foundation.

The fragrance first. Louis Vuitton’s On the Beach‘ (£200, above and below) is part of its Les Colognes line (colognes but with eau de parfum concentration) and combines a top juicy note of yuzu (the note you smell first), with a herby cocktail of thyme, rosemary, pink pepper, cloves and cypress, plus a floral neroli note. It’s designed to smell subtly coastal rather than full-on beachy (despite the name). Fragrantica has some early reviews here.

Louis Vuitton On The Beach fragrance with yuzu note

On the foundation front, Clé de Peau Beauté has just launched its Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation* (£110, below) to accompany last season’s Radiant Fluid Matte Foundation. The Japanese do understated make-up really well, and the innovative J-beauty brands are big on adding skincare benefits to make-up.

The new foundation contains quince seed extract and yuzu seed extract to retain moisture which adds to the natural-looking ‘radiance-enhancing’ finish. It also offers 12-hour wear and protection from UV rays and oxidisation. I can vouch for its long-wear, natural finish (I’ve been trialling a sample) and also its nuanced shade range – there are 31 shades that cater for different undertones. Buy it at Harrods* and Cult Beauty*.
Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural

On a related yuzu-flavoured note, I recently read the most fascinating story about former Tate Modern Director Vicente Todolí and his Italian citrus fruit research-lab-slash-garden Fundació Todolí Citrus. Created to conduct research into the medical, culinary and cosmetic uses of all sorts of global citrus plants, the sale of yuzu to restaurants helps to fund this non profit. The original piece I read was in the new (and highly recommended) issue of Konfekt but as that’s not available online, this piece is a good substitute.

Finally, if you missed out on Jane Cunningham’s original yuzu-scented Japanese Cleansing Cloud, it’s back in stock at Victoria Health here.

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Welcome to the latest travel retail column for DRG by Alison Farrington aka The Retail Planner (TRP)

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Lancome Renovated Absolue Cushion

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