PACKAGING : Blackboard Chic – Tescos Finest

A little while ago I blogged about the new food packaging and merchandising at Starbucks.  It was a thumbs up from me as I love the simple black background and white chalk aesthetic.  It looks like Tesco dig blackboard chic too…check out the their Finest Restaurant Collection range….very similar.

PRODUCT WATCH : SHOWER GELS – Africa Trend

I noticed that both Radox and Palmolive have bought out limited edition African themed shower gels – are these brands testing a new direction perhaps? Radox African Escape contains ingredients such as Rooibos, Mandarin Oil and Baobab to relax and restore. The packaging has quite a manly feel. Palmolive Madagascar Sunset and Marrakech Sunrise are enriched with Ylang Ylang and Frangipani flower extracts – this is definitely more female-orientated.  

I think this could mark the beginning of more African inspired personal care  – particularly as it works well for both sexes.  As a note, it’s interesting to see the use of Rooibos (Red Bush Tea) in the Radox products because it’s not such a well known ingredient in the mass market…it doesn’t have the same all singing all dancing benefit profile (yet) as its popular friend, Green Tea. 

BEAUTY : WHAT’S NEW – November

TREND : Free information & Stylist magazine

It’s new, it’s free, and it’s really really good.  Stylist is a quality women’s weekly which comes out every Wednesday and can be found at tube stations around London as well as in other locations around the country.  It’s not about the daily news, more about everything else us women might be interested in – put across with upbeat and interesting editorial, stylish art direction and great fashion and beauty content.  There’s no obvious celeb factor but even so, publications like Grazia must be shaking in their knee-high boots. 

It’s interesting to see how much free stuff there is now for consumers.  Even the Evening Standard announced it would become free –  and that carries a glossy magazine on a friday too.  

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BEAUTY : EASY BEAUTY – Nude

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PRODUCT WATCH : Update : Neuro Drinks

In my Product Watch from LA I blogged about an interesting functional drink range called Neuro.  When I went into Selfridges at the weekend I couldn’t help but notice that they’ve now entered the UK market…just check out the colourful display.

One thing I didn’t mention in my initial post is that they offer junior versions of their drinks – ‘neuro junior’ – I haven’t seen this in a drinks range before. 

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Neuro drinks stand at Selfridges, London

PACKAGING : vida e caffe Recyclable Cups and Funky Moustache

The majority of takeout coffee cups are not recyclable which is really disappointing.  Even though I’m an exemplary recycler and eco-minded person I hate to think about the landfill caused by my Starbucks habit.  I was really pleased then to read about caffe e vida’s new recyclable cups which are made out of potato skins and the lids are made out of corn.  It feels kind of cool drinking from vegetable containers. 

In fact vide e caffe wins my vote in the cool stakes in many ways – I sung their praise in my Cape Town report earlier in the year.  I love their funky moustache campaign seen on cups and stirring sticks – enough to put a smile on your day.  I can’t wait until there is a store nearer me!

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Recyclable cups and moustache campaign