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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. And there’s a brand new Yuzu and Nashi Pear Cloud just launched here.

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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TRP Travel Retail Style Index: March 2021



Cho Gi Seok for CR Fashion Book

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

This month’s highlights are a new sustainability experience pop-up in Hainan, China as well as region-centric luxury launches in the Middle East and Asia that hint at a return to localised exclusivity.

1/ LANCÔME’S SUSTAINABLE PURPOSE. I’m impressed with the way Lancôme has translated its latest sustainability message of ‘Caring Together for a Happier Tomorrow’ into an interactive pop-up in Sanya, Hainan. The campaign space celebrates the launch of Lancôme Absolue Rose Soft Cream Refill Set amidst a sea of roses at the resort island’s China Duty Free shopping mall atrium.

Instead of the usual selfie-culture beauty-tech attractions, Lancôme has switched to an informative note. Once inside the pop-up, guests can create a virtual rose bouquet as a pledge to plant a physical rose at the company’s Domaine de la Rose farm in Grasse, France, or they are whisked away on a virtual bike ride around the rose farm while they learn about Lancôme’s renewable energy production. (more…)



TRP Travel Retail Style Index: January 2021



Helena Rubinstein gold leaf hand massage CDFG Sanya

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

As the first update of the New Year, we kick off with a brief look at the new laws for duty free here in the UK, as well as some positive retail news from China.


1/ SEE EU LATER.
This month, there will undoubtedly be much Brexsplaining going on as travellers come to terms with the cancellation of tax-free shopping refunds for luxury fashion purchases in the UK. As of 1 January, the government has abolished the VAT Refund Scheme for non-EU travellers in the UK, meaning that shoppers from overseas can no longer claim their tax back on luxury purchases when they return home, unless the goods are shipped separately from the traveller (cost prohibitive). Meanwhile, the good news is that duty-free shopping is back for travel between the UK and EU (for alchohol and tobacco only), which means a Brexit bonanza for fans of the booze cruise. (more…)



Shop the post: Jo Malone Christmas collection 2020



Jo Malone Christmas Collection

There once was a time when Christmas wasn’t Christmas without the ‘Jo Malone Christmas in July’ extravaganza in the JML Townhouse. From the year they built a mini skating rink in the house, to the time Jonathan Saunders reimagined everything in candyfloss pink and green, you could never quite predict what the festivities would look like. (more…)