I’ve been thinking about this recently, so I posed this question on Facebook and received a good response with some good suggestions. So I wanted to open this up to you on the blog, because I know not everyone is on every social media platform.
I have noticed a bit of a boom in local, Malaysian cosmetics in recent years. I am, as you will know, Malaysian and based here in Malaysia. I may be grumpy about how things are run, but I am patriotic. There is a difference. However, be it due to my not being of the target market, or perhaps, just being a snob (ha!) I am quite unaware of, and unfamiliar with, the local brands and products that are out there.
This is where you come in! If you use or know of a reputable local cosmetics brand, or perhaps you own one, please feel free to share, and reach out.
In past years, whenever I came across a local brand, I was always happy to offer my support. I have found 2 local scented candles brands this way (Sanctuary and Lilin & Co), that I am very impressed by, and that I have bought more from. They smell lovely, and they are affordable so they don’t burn a hole in my wallet. I enjoy my Jo Malone and my Diptyque, but I am just as happy, if not happier, to burn a Lilin & Co candle! 🙂
But I realised after a while with beauty, that there was a problem with longevity, quality, packaging and marketing. The quality and crappy marketing issue bugged me the most. Then came the onslaught of repackaged OEM products, and recently krim kilo, and I ran screaming for the hills, and pretty much stopped looking at ANY local brand. I could never be sure of the quality.
Those of you who know me well enough, will know that I do not and will never recommend a product that I won’t put on my own face or body. 90% of the pitches I receive, I reject, for I have no confidence in the brand or product.
Do you wonder why you don’t see a certain brand on my blog that might be on most other blogs? This is why. I am very particular about what goes on my skin, and I am quite confident with my preferences, skin type and what will or will not work for me. I am, to put it mildly, discerning and critical, and many people don’t like that.
I am also today, trying more niche beauty brands than before, and I think it would be nice to discover something local and niche, that is (hopefully) more affordable, well packaged and most importantly, effective and impressive. Affordability is a little subjective, I’d agree. So my key criteria is efficacy. Ingredients, texture and formula are key.
So, I’m turning this over to you. If you are using or have used a local cosmetics brand or product that you think I might be interested to try, or that you think is impressive, please leave a note in the comment box. If you are a brand owner, please feel free to reach out. I’m open to all suggestions – skincare, makeup, bath and body etc. I’d just like to know what are the local cosmetics brands out there, and perhaps, even have a go at them.
But please keep them legitimate. I am not prepared to consider any ol’ Ali, Muthu and Ah Kau brand ok? 😀 If it can be found in a pharmacy, or store or a legitimate website, I will take a look. I don’t do products that are sold only on a social media platform, or that have no online presence, or are just dodgy as a RM25 bill.
Do you use a local cosmetics brand? Are you interested in using or learning about them?
I admit wholeheartedly to being a snob. But I also realise that quality appears to have improved in recent years, so I’d like to have another go. So, hit me up. I know you guys know what’s what! 🙂