I Got You Bae
As if the shops in Hong Kong didn’t provide enough retail temptation, a brand new e-commerce platform has launched to further trouble our wallets with all things beauty. Miss Baobae is the cool older sister of much-loved baby hamper company Baobae.com, and is dedicated to unique and emerging beauty brands from across the globe, many with an eco-friendly slant. Currently on my wish list: super-pigmented organic ILIA lipsticks, all-natural miracle eczema curers MooGoo, cult organic skincare brand Aromatica, and alcohol and paraben-free solid perfumes with the prettiest packaging in town from Sabé Masson. Delivery is free in Hong Kong for orders over $450… I can sense a haul coming on already! www.missbaobae.com.
All Grown up
10/10 HOPE have long been leaders in the eco-beauty game in Hong Kong, and they’ve just added yet another exciting new brand to their rostrum: Grown Alchemist. This botanical-based line was founded by two brothers with a passion for “natural-organic alchemy” after noticing a friend’s adverse reactions to traditional beauty products whilst undergoing cancer treatment. They’ve got the hard science to back up all those au naturel benefits too, with an army of cosmetic chemists to vigorously research and test each product. With sleek, simple packaging and an all-star line up of organic and vegan ingredients free from harmful chemicals (we’re talking powerful antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid, collagen-boosting actives and plenty more goodies), this is definitely a brand to watch.
Available at 10/10 HOPE in Festival Walk, LAB Concept Admiralty and Eslite bookstores citywide. hk.1010hope.com.
One For The Boys
Male grooming has come a long way since a spray of Lynx and furtive purchasing of any product in “sport” packaging. Say hello to Austria’s hottest export since The Sound Of Music: SA.AL&CO. This premium skincare line should appeal to any men with a love of minimalism; the whole range consists of only five products: hair and body wash, shaving crème, a combined light moisturizer and aftershave balm, intense moisturizer, and deodorant, meaning even the most clueless grooming newbies should get the hang of it. Its ingredients are 100 percent certified natural and vegan, and its stylish brushed aluminum packaging is totally recyclable too.
Available at JOYCE Grooming at The Landmark, Central and Joyce Beauty in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. saalskincare.com.