I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s no two ways about it. I’ve heard the rumours going around that Vichy Laboratoires is pulling out of Malaysia and so I sent out my feelers to get the official word.
And its true.
Vichy Laboratoires is in fact pulling out and will be gone from Malaysia by March 2012. Waahhhh! 🙁 I’ve found some gems from the brand that I will miss very much. There is stock clearing going on at the Vichy counters, I’ve heard, where they have Buy 1 Free 1 on products and the like. I checked out one counter but it was basically wiped out so if you can get your hands on anything, here are a few things I like.
I have a few cans lying around and I carry the small cans when I travel to freshen up. I know there are other brands around so perhaps I’ll finally give Avene a go 😛
Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel (Review)
This is a bathroom staple and I want to stock up on as many tubes as I can get my hands on! Problem is… every counter seems to have run out. Guess everyone had the same idea I did 😛 I think this an awesome awesome face cleanser and I will miss it dreadfully.
Vichy Normaderm for busting breakouts (review)
I only managed to discover this excellent combination for busting breakouts… only to find I will no longer have access to 3 out of 5 items. Disappointed? You can say that again! 🙁
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (Review)
Another product I discovered recently that works well for me. The Aqualia Thermal serum is for hydration and works to boost the efficacy of moisturizer. It works a treat and is a good alternative to the Estee Lauder Hydrationist serum. Now that its going away, I guess I’ll have to go back to Hydrationist 😛
There are a few other products I’ve come across – Normaderm Total Pore Resurfacing Essence and Purete Foaming Cleanser come to mind. I also used to be a big fan of the Vichy UV Activ sunscreen but they reformulated it and only carried the tinted version. A friend bought the tinted version and it didn’t suit them so they gave it to me and I use it on days when I just want a light tint of colour on my skin in place of foundation. It still does a pretty good job.
These are the few products I use regularly from Vichy which I will miss from the brand. The official word is that Vichy is a brand sold primarily in pharmacies and dermatology clinics through advice from pharmacists and dermatologists. The dermatology market in Malaysia is still relatively underdeveloped and so the brand has not been able to fulfil its true objective. I personally thought it carried good products for the price even if there was a perception that it was pricey. Nothing very good comes cheap.
Perhaps when the local market matures, we’ll see Vichy return 🙂 Until then, its Au Revoir! It’s been lovely getting to know you.
Is there anything you will miss from Vichy? Have you tried any of their products while they were around? I suppose if it stays on in Singapore, I could always still get my fix there 😛
The official word is that Vichy will be fully withdrawn from Malaysia by 31 March 2012