Hope In A Blog’s first brand introduction : Su:m 37.
Su:m 37 was introduced in 2007 by the LG Household Corporation (Yes, the same LG that does mobile phones, television etc) as a high-end premium line.
It now boasts 8 lines to it’s name and has become a fast uprising brand in Korea.
Meaning “respiration” in Korean, “su:m” refers to the skin’s respiration, while “37” represents the optimal temperature for fermentation. Therefore, the brand name “su:m 37” captures the science behind naturally fermented cosmetics.
Sum37 products are free of fragrances, artificial colors, and synthetic preservatives.
Believing in “fermentation cosmetics” as the next growth engine in the industry, LG H&H launched su:m 37, Korea’s first naturally fermented cosmetics brand.
▣ Full-scale department store marketing is to be initiated following its launch at the Daejeon Lotte Department Store in October, the Yeongdeungpo Lotte Department Store on November 30, and Busan Lotte Centum City in early December. LG H&H plans to enhance its brand position in high-end department stores by securing a presence in about 10 department stores by 2008.
▣ LG H&H believes that fermentation technology will be a new growth engine that can reinvigorate a Korean cosmetic market already saturated with Oriental medicine-based cosmetics.
Known to many as the Korean equivalent to SK-II, SUm 37’s signature ingredient – extracts of 50 plant species developed through natural fermentation.
Their marketing/brand story is a very smart and interesting one :
▣ In particular, su:m 37 differs from artificially fermented* cosmetics already on the market in that it offers pure, naturally fermented products. About 50 plant species grown organically in Hokkaido, a pristine area of Japan, are naturally fermented at a temperature of 37°C for 1102 days, or “3 years + 7 days.”
(*Artificial fermentation: A cosmetic is artificially fermented by adding a substance to induce fermentation.)
▣ Meaning “respiration” in Korean, “su:m” refers to the skin’s respiration, while “37” represents the optimal temperature for fermentation. Therefore, the brand name “su:m 37” captures the science behind naturally fermented cosmetics.
▣ su:m 37 is created using a fermentation technique studied for about eight decades by Japan’s Otaka Research Center, renowned for its research in fermentation. In the first step of this process, undiluted solutions of some 50 clean and pure plants are extracted and stored in a Japanese cedar keg in the Research Center for seven days.
▣ The extracted solution is moved to a storage area with a constant temperature of 37°C. It is left to breathe in tune with the melody of a music box while it is fermented dozens of times over three years. The process also produces new substances Zyen and Zyen-γ, which are highly effective at improving the skin.
▣ Zyen and Zyen-γ, naturally fermented substances, contain various amino acids, natural organic acids and antioxidants. They do not irritate the skin and stimulate the skin’s metabolism. They help the skin appear healthy and smooth.
The product containers’ attractive combination of luxurious golden tones and glass is designed by a leading French design firm echoes the shape of nature through Oriental simplicity and the beauty of flowing curved lines.
Ready to be shocked?
The most expensive line of Sum 37 is of course the Centenica 1909 Cream. For 50ml, it retails for about 1000 $USD ! Contains only the best fermented ingredients in the world such as the famous Château d’Yquem wine, the balsamic vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale) which is fermented for a minimum of 12 years, Ashwagandha or known also as Indian Ginseng, FOXO3 a human protein which is nicknamed the ‘longevity’ protein, and lots more goodies.
Secret Programming Essence
– Often compared to SKII’s famous essence, the secret programming essence is also the star product of SUM 37 and generated 70 billion korean won in sales after only 8 months and secured SUM 37’s position in the korean cosmetic market! Every 3 minutes, 1 bottle is sold ! This essence is made out of 80 kind of plant extracts!
Wrinkle Treatment Line
This is a rather new line which consists of the Face Lifting Treatment and the Wrinkle Corrector
1102 Extreme Time Line
The 1102 line, which contains Zyen-γ produced over 1102 days of fermentation, is a basic skincare line that effectively lifts skin loosened due to aging. Enriched with polysaccharides, a third sugar, it adds density and vitality to skin.
372 Skin Translucent Line
Time Energy Basic Line
White Award Line
Special Care Line
Consists of BB Cream, Sunblock, Overnight Pack, Masks , etc
For the full list head over to Sum 37 official website (not in English)
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