Homemade sugar body scrub made in Vietnam!

Today a quick and very simple recipe made in Vietnam for beauty lovers who love to do their own cosmetics 🙂 #Homemadebeauty

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A body scrub is very simple to do, but the choice of the ingredients is the most difficult part as you want your scrub to be good and moisturizing your skin.
What I choose is very basic but 100% safe and natural: Coconut oil from Vietnam, Sugar, Argan oil from Morocco (one that I got at the Cosmeeting in Paris) , Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
It brings together hydration of the skin, softness, balance skin PH and exfoliation.
Regroup the rolling ingredients:
  • 2 or 3 big spoons of sugar
  • 2 spoons of natural coconut oil (cold press is better because it will have more benefits for the skin)
  • Half spoon of argan oil
  • 4 or 5 drops of lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil
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Mix everything together and use it as your usual scrub, in circular massage into your body.
Enjoy!
Marion xx 🙂
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Cosmobeauté in Saigon

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Last Week end (24-26 of April), I went to the COSMOBEAUTE VIETNAM EVENT showcasing the growth of beauty industry in Vietnam, in district 7. I was looking forward to it since months, did my pre-registration online and everything! 

Like at every beauty show, conferences and contests are organized and a lot of different stands are here to present their brand/concept/products, at least that’s what I always saw…

Sadly I was very surprised that all of them were only looking for distributors and interested in selling the more products they have at the event. The difference in culture was terrific compared to the beauty events I have been to in Europe, where brands were really there to introduce their concept and products and more than happy for people to try it. As a Blogger I felt the exhibitors were not seeing any interest in this area. And they didn’t even see the opportunity, as they were not here to give away samples and make people try their products. On the other side, they brought a very large stock of products to sell. And most of the visitors were only interested in buying the ‘new’ products, 10 or 20 of each! Personally I felt like most of the visitors were like tenants of Spa in HCMC and were filling up their stock in order to have special products to suggest to their clients. I might be wrong, but this is really the feeling I had.

Bloggers are not very well-considered in Asia, compared to Europe. People don’t really see yet the online opportunity they could have by working with a blogger and this is very interesting from a communication’s point of view…

Also, I was surprised to see brand from all Asia and very few from Vietnam (there was one or two only). I am not sure a lot of people knew about the event, but still… Again, they might not have seen the opportunity there, which is for me very shocking. Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, France, Singapore, Bulgaria and even Italy… Majority were from Korea and Taiwan.

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Let’s talk about the important things now: What are the brands that caught my attention? 

To be honest, not a lot. There wasn’t a lot of amazing and original concepts as I saw at the Cosmeeting in Paris for example. But amongst the 150 exhibitors, few of them were very interesting:

NATURE’S ORGANIC SENSE from Italy: I fall in love with their packaging, very simple and clear, but so professional and catchy. They have an interesting range of products, specialized in hair care and hair color. Products are organic and natural, and are 100% Ammonia and Parabens Free, a PLUS for me as I am very careful with the ingredients used. They have an amazing branding and I really hope to see them on the market soon. Too bad they didn’t have any samples to test, but as I said earlier, it might not have been the main point of the exhibition.

ATRUE from Korea: They had a very beautiful stand, standing out of the others because of their primary ingredient: black tea from France. This is where you see that France is playing an important role in the Cosmetics industry. Black tea as a base, replacing water in all their range. Why not? I mean their branding was nice: True Value and True Beauty from a ‘cup of the finest black tea’. Ingredients are not the safest in their list, depending on the products but they believe in True Personal Care with unique textures and outstanding benefits from the black tea. I found the concept nice, they associate a pure and qualitative ingredient to their branding, plus it gives it a touch of luxury, making people try tea and making each product special. I found that they had a very large range of products, too much. But they gave me a very nice little box with samples (and they are the only one I have to say) containing 2 bags of black tea and 3 samples of one of their product range. I have to say I am very curious to test it!

THE PLANT BASE from Korea: What I liked the most is their ingredients list: no Paraben, no Ethanol, no Silicon, no Petrolatum, no Polyethylene Glycol and no testing on animals. Wah! They have a different range of products, all based on plant base extracts instead of water base. They use a lot of different Plant Extracts like Bamboo Extracts, Centella Asiatica, Korea Ginseng Extracts, Cactus Extracts… and this is what make their different range of product. Personally I found they had too much and I couldn’t choose an adapted range for myself. Sometimes, classical cosmetics range with less than 10 products is enough, I think they had around 25 different products. I got some mini samples (you know the little pack thing that you can use only once) that I will try but not sure I will see anything on my skin as one application is, of course, not enough.

Ps: As you can see, not a lot of them are using online communication tools as they are all missing a real website. #Interestingfact

An amazing time and a great experience 🙂 For those who are interested in the Cosmetics market in Vietnam, I have created a dedicated LinkedIn group where  everyone is invited to contribute 🙂

Click here

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Homemade lipstick activity 🙂

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The Ploughman Garden, for Veggies!

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There are so many little places around HCMC, that you simply cannot find if you haven’t heard about it. The Ploughman Garden is a good example!

Hidden in the little street of the District 2, not even Thao Dien, this veggie place is hold by Seiko, a lovely Japanese women, living here since one year.

It is a mix between a café and a restaurant because of the small size, but it is very enjoyable when you are looking for a nice quiet lunch around D2. I personally really like the style of the place. Seiko cares a lot about compost and she is actually doing her best in order to make the place very ‘green‘. That is why you will find yourself sat on a wood chair, eating on a wood table, surrounded by plants, and recycle material. Very nice!

I came just after the opening, and it was a bit weird as, I could localise the place but when I got there, the door was not completely open and a sign was indicating to ring the bell to come in. These little details make the place very personalized and at-home which is pleasant and make you feel more than just a client. It’s like when you are invited at a friend’s place for dinner, except that you pay for your meal haha!

Anyway, the Ploughman Garden is doing great vegetarian curries, sushi, Quiche, spring rolls, and more…. Great quality food and very fresh 🙂 Definitely a place to go!

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Oh yeah I had a vegetarian curry with cumin rice! and they offered me a mash potato salad with a basil and coriander sauce …

 

 

Find them on Facebook here, and do not hesitate to ring the bell 🙂

 58 Số 1, Trần Não, Bình An, Quận 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Bacoulos and its Set Lunch in D2 – Saigon

You are living in District 2 or close and you don’t know where to eat on a week lunch day? You might be tempted by a French style cuisine that reminds you where you come from: Europe

Well, let me tell you that I have tried the Bacoulos set lunch for 140,000VND.  It was actually quite nice, not the best deal ever (I really like the set lunch on this Japanese place: Tama River in D2 as well where you come out sooo full and satisfied by the quality) but it is a cool quiet place to have a peaceful lunch on a busy week day. And moreover it is not very busy!

The 140,000VND set lunch has its a special menu where you can choose between starter+main or main+dessert with a drink for both. Exactly like at the ‘Time Out’ on Quoc Huong Street which is doing good set lunch for 120.000VND 160.000VND now ... (It’s better to order ‘à la carte’ #toptip)

I had a sole fillet with a lemon and olive oil sauce as my main and feta and tomato kebab for starter with a salad on a side.

The good deal when you go for set lunch is that most of the time, you can have the expensive main usually on the ‘night time’ menu, for cheaper. That what I did 🙂 Sole fish can be quite expensive at a restaurant and having it included in a set lunch is the good way to eat good quality food for a more affordable price. You see what I mean #smart!

There is also this other option of one main for 120.000 among a large list of dishes. Mr. D had a burger and was satisfied of the food quality as well.

If you don’t know where to go on a busy week day, just try Bacoulos, you might be surprised 🙂

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And you where are you use to eat in Saigon? Do you have a favorite set lunch somewhere? I would love to try new places!!