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Meet our client TATA HARPER!

Crowned the Queen of the Green Skincare Movement by Forbes Magazine, Tata Harper, the Colombian-born founder of her eponymous skincare line, relied on Beautyterm to revamp the brand’s packaging translations.

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Tata and her husband turned a dreamy 1200-acre Vermont farm known as Julius Kingdom into a multinational luxury-beauty business, where they live and work with their 3 children and countless dogs.

Produced exclusively on the farm, which is nestled in the heart of Champlain Valley, the collection is dedicated to toxic-free wellness.  It features many raw ingredients grown in the surrounding fields of lavender and the organic garden.


Beauty and health guru Gwyneth Paltrow described it as “pure, natural luxury”:

“With her chic green-glass jars and pots, Tata Harper set a new bar for glamour within the natural skincare space; she’s also taken authenticity in sourcing to a new level, formulating and growing the majority of the ingredients in her products on a certified organic farm in Vermont.”

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The case of a geo-specific beauty brand name: necessary or not?

The skincare brand Olay originated in South Africa in the early 1950s.  Invented by an ex-Unilever employee, the original product went by the name of Oil of Olay, chosen as a spin on its key ingredient “lanolin”.  The thick pink liquid was marketed as an anti-aging ‘beauty fluid’ and in the 1970s the range expanded to include other types of skincare products.

In the 1980s, Oil of Olay was acquired by Proctor & Gamble and in 2000 the group decided to take it global.  So the name was modified in each country to sound “pleasing to consumers”: Oil of Ulay (UK and Ireland), Oil of Ulan (Australia) and Oil of Olaz (France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany).

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P&G eventually streamlined the brand under a global name, removed the possibly misunderstood word “oil” and eliminated many of the name variations. According to P&G, “the original name no longer fit with what women have come to expect from Olay — a light, greaseless formula.

Today, there’s just “Olaz” (in German-speaking countries) and “Olay” (everywhere else).

Drop us a note, if you’d like to share other similar stories of geo-specific brand names in the field of beauty! We’d love to hear from you!

The stirring atmosphere at the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) New York 2012

IECSC 2012 Collage 2Back from Javits Center in NY, where beautyterm visited IECSC NY 2012.  On day two, the trade show was bustling with visitors and exhibitors alike.  One of the leading spa events in the United States, celebrating this year its 10th anniversary, the exhibit presented a rich tableau of all sorts of activity as we descended the escalators to enter the exhibit hall.

The exhibitor list included a wide variety of companies in the business, but we were most interested in skin care manufacturers.  The first brand that caught our attention, thanks to its massive, brightly lit stand was Repêchage, a US-made line of professional skin care sold in spas and resorts worldwide.  Sanitas Skincare is another American brand that immediately stood out in the crowd as we entered, probably owing to its very stylish and elegant look.

We had, of course, come to look specifically for our Parisian favorites Decléor and Carita.  Both stands were very busy, practically overrun by visitors, clamoring to find out about products and to benefit from discounts and special offers.  Carita representatives were especially gracious and took extra time to chat with us in the midst of all the flurry and rush.  They were also particularly photogenic as you can judge for yourselves (no photoshopping in the picture!)!

After our friendly chat at Carita, we continued our exploration up and down the exhibit hall, surrounded by throngs of men and women (mostly women) scurrying around in great excitement.  Some stands had salon, spa, massage and even teeth whitening equipment on display and were running demos.  Others showcased beautiful multi-colored makeup and nail accessories.

Many visitors walked away happy with a free facial or makeover, including our very own Head of Human Resources, who is a big fan of Sonya Dakar.  An American-made brand from Beverly Hills, Sonya Dakar is a recognized Hollywood staple among popular celebrities, including Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, James Franco, Gwyneth Paltraw, Drew Barrymore, and many others.  Sonya Dakar introduced MicroVenom Daily Defense and Sun-Kissed Facial at the IECSC NY 2012.  Nate Dakar, co-founder and president of Sonya Dakar Skincare, was there on Monday, explaining the benefits of his famously luxurious, celebrity coveted line, and shaking hands with star-struck admirers like ourselves.

All in all, the conference provided a wonderful experience, infused with the inimitable vibrancy, vitality and energy of New York City you will find nowhere else in the world.  There were so many brands; we could not possibly name them all, but we would like to thank everyone who was kind enough to talk to us for their time and for their professionalism!  Special thanks go to Agnes at Aquafolia, the ladies at DermaSwiss, B.Kamins, Nelly Devuyst, dermalogica, glo professional, Physiodermie and to the entire family at VMV Ltd.

Congrès International d’Esthétique Appliquée 2012

BANNERFounded in 1957 and organized by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Magazine, this professional trade show with a rich history is held in Paris on a yearly basis.  It brings in 250 exhibitors and showcases 650 brands of cosmetics, nail and hair care products, salon and spa equipment, and more.

Attendees to the show include professional beauticians, makeup artists, hair and nail salon as well as spa service providers, hairstylists, pharmacists and beauty and health store owners, physical therapists and body treatment experts.  In 2011, the event drew 23,000 visitors and this year the program offered 50 topical workshops and conferences.

Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa sponsors four International Congress of Esthetics and Spa educational conferences in the US (in Miami Beach, Dallas, Long Beach and Philadelphia).

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