Begin Again: Beauty News to Start the Year Right, From Cult Brands Making it to Manila to Skincare on the Go - Mirror,Mirror

Here are a few launches and releases that you should check out.

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A Japanese favorite enters the market

Japanese luxury skincare brand Clé de Peau Beauté (or “the key to skin’s beauty”) has finally arrived in the Philippines. Since launching in 1982, it has expanded to over 2,600 stores in 19 markets. Its entry into Manila came by way of Galerie Clé de Peau Beauté, a pop-up concept in Greenbelt 5, Makati.

The company has come to be known for their belief that skin is “smart,” and responds well to good, science-backed stimuli. This philosophy is expressed through bestsellers like La Crème, The Serum. A boutique, set to open in the middle of this year, will offer the brand’s full range of products and facial services.

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Sustainability is a key value for this local brand

A proudly local skincare brand that wants to champion Philippine botanicals, Habitude (or “habit” in French) launched at the tail end of 2021. They are starting out with three core products—the Hardworking Miracle Water, the Seriously Revitalizing Serum, and the Go-Getter Moisture + Sun Stick.

The botanicals that have been used in their formulations include Galactomyces, micronutrient-rich rice ferment filtrate (Oryza sativa), Carrot Seed Oil, Tomato Leaf Extract, and Aloe Vera. Habitude’s products are also housed in full-print packaging made with recyclable materials and its tube is certified 100 percent compostable.

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This could be your next go-to travel kit

A pioneer of mixing natural ingredients with advanced technology, New York-based luxury skincare brand Malin+Goetz is now available in the Philippines. The brand was founded in 2004 by Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, whose collective experiences include stints at L’Oreal, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Vitra.

To understand what their brand is about, you should take a look at their Essentials Kit. This is a set of six travel-ready toiletries includes the Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Bergamot Hand + Body Wash, Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer, Peppermint Shampoo, and Cilantro Daily Hair Conditioner.

For more information, visit Adora.

New scents for a small-batch brand

Daily Bar was launched in 2016 by Apple Albano, who got into soap-making as a form of therapy. “The passion to be well was also brought about by my skin sensitivity which was eventually passed on to my two daughters,” she says.After starting out with plant-based soaps, it has since expanded into body washes, massage oils, balms and loungewear.

Last month, it launched two new scents for its Hand and Body Wash: Elemi + Rosemary and Calamansi + Lemongrass. The former is infused with elemi oil, which lends skin rejuvenating benefits while the latter’s citrusy blend is meant to awaken and balance the senses and enhance skin texture and suppleness.

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