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Joseibi.com joins the fight against the Sulwhasoo issue January 31, 2011

Filed under: Amore Pacific,Sulwhasoo — Hope In A Blog @ 4:49 pm
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This is a continuation of an issue we had with a Sulwhasoo USA representative :

First of all, i would like Joseibi for her support.

Joseibi.com , Hope In A Blog, and Korean Skin Care are the top 3 websites to source for all Sulwhasoo and Amore Pacific products. Joseibi.com was one of the earliest website that introduced Amore Pacific brands such as Sulwhasoo, and thanks to her website, it was how we found out about the Amore Pacific brands like IOPE, Sulwhasoo, etc that we have never heard off.  So i guess you can say Joseibi really is the big sister when it comes to this and our mentor. Joseibi.com was also selling Sulwhasoo and Amore Pacific products on her website before this.

However, Hope In A Blog held discussions amongst our members yesterday and we have decided that we will not take down the current articles on all Amore Pacific Corporation, but we will not be writting any new articles, reviews , or news regarding the latest Amore Pacific Corporation ( Etude House, Innisfree, Sulwhasoo, Hera, Laneige, Lirikos, Mamonde, IOPE ) until we hear from Amore Pacific regarding this matter.

Unlike Julia who is paid by Amore Pacific, we promote Amore Pacific for free with dedication and passion. Each article/review/news takes hours to write. Amore Pacific does not even have the courtesy of replying to our questions via the “Contact’ page when we needed help to write articles regarding their new products , and we spend hours trying to find sources, Google Translate them, and asking our Korean friends for help. We decided that it wasn’t just worth is wasting our time on a company who doesn’t appreciate blogs who help them advertise and market for free, create awareness on their products and brands, and even giving out their samples to our readers for free and we even ship them out for free and bear the high international shipping cost.

Amore Pacific clearly does underestimate the power of the internet and the bloggers who have been backing them up and help them create awareness of their brands and products. They have yet entered the international market in full force and successfully, yet managed to offend the few English blogs that helps them. If they ever enter the French market, watch out because the forum-ers at the biggest french beauty forums ( Beaute Test ) are already talking about this issue, and are all switching to the History Of Whoo.

Below is our ‘mentor’ Joseibi.com’s comments regarding this matter :

Dear Hope,

This Julia person was not speaking on behalf of AmorePacific and she’s clearly an idiot. Besides what everyone already stated, I want to add a few things too, since joseibi.com used to sell all these brands from Korea and I had dealings with Amore.

First of all, it was really stupid of Julia to offend a potential customer and to underestimate the power of the internet. That much was obvious. Why would she launch an attack?!! Seriously!!

Second of all, promoting the sale of samples is frowned upon?!!! I personally bought full size versions of something I tried as samples. The president of Charmzone said that ‘you can feel the difference by just using the samples’ (this is printed on my Charmzone product brochures in every product). The reason why Korean companies manufacture samples and give to customers quite generously isn’t because they are dumb – Julia is too shortsighted to see the big picture here. Not all of us like to live on little packets for months on end. If we like something we tried, we buy the full sizes. Samples in Korean business are the best tools to get customers.

Meanwhile, it also explains why crap brands like Lancome managed to survive all these years with their mediocre skincare products. No samples so you spend a few hundred dollars just to find out they are garbage!!!

As much as Julia did not speak for AmorePacific – and she was truly dumb to even talk big like that – I wouldn’t be surprised if AmorePacific backs her up either. Back when I ran joseibi.com it was very difficult to source Amore products from Korea, and also from their head office in Canada. The staff were nice but the head isn’t. Back then NOBODY even knew who they were and I spent all this time promoting their stuff. So I completely feel your pain, Hope.

So ridiculous too, Amore manufactured these samples so obviously whoever these sellers are, they all have to purchase the samples from Amore, it’s not like a third party is making all these samples and ripping off Amore!!

Years ago, I also used to sell DHC. My business partner in LA had distributorship of DHC products – he sourced directly from DHC America. I promoted DHC and got a lot of people who previously hadn’t even tried an Asian brand to use DHC. One day, I got a nasty cease and desist letter, sent by courier, from DHC America, threatening to sue me for unauthorized sale of their products. WTH? My partner has distributorship, but none of that matters, because when people Google DHC, my site comes up on top, not DHC’s own official site. So after all the free promotion I did for them, they had me take down all their products. Did I not buy from DHC? You bet! Even though people bought from my site rather than DHC, I was still purchasing wholesale from DHC! What the heck is the difference?

After I took DHC down, customers asked what happened. A relatively obscure (and far from mainstream even now, at least not in this part of the world) brand with no-frills packaging abitrarily banned an authorized dealer from selling after all the hard work I put into promoting their products. They didn’t want us to sell their products because they want to retain their image. And ironically, DHC products are a dime a dozen on eBay.

Dr. Ci:Labo, on the other hand, was very nice. They realized that we promtoed their products, brought them the attention they were hoping for, and graciously offer us to let us carry their brand.

I am just telling you these things from my days as a seller, some of these brands are not very nice to deal with. Amore is big, so I am not surprised. Again, this Julia person doesn’t speak for Amore. Bergdorf Goodman is one of those pretentious shishi poopoo department stores so I am not surprised how snotty and condescending they are with you.

In solidarity with you and a show of my support, I have since removed my link to Bergdorf Goodman and Amore Canada from my site. They may think we are little guys but they will be surprised how many people read our blogs.

Joseibi

We have also  received response from Ebay Sulwhasoo samples sellers :

1) Vooboodoo

Hi

I don’t know why is your representative of Sulwhasoo saying that the selling of sample sizes are illegal and fake.

All my samples sizes are purchased from Sulwahsoo authorised dealers.  I need to pay for the product I sell.  It’s not free.  If it is illegal, why Sulwahsoo sells those product out in first hand.  If they don’t sell the product, how can I buy those product to sell.

Vivian

2) Kgoodshop

we sell only 100% AUTHENTIC. If i sell only one fake.we meet trouble by customer.we have line who distirbute SULWHASOO.
Actually Amore Pacific Sulwhasoo make sample and miniature products for customer. Don’t worry our porducts are all 100% AUTHENTIC ITEMS.THANKAS

3)  Amore4u

I’m a Sulwhasoo USA representative. Can u give me those staff names and phone number that I can contact them?
And you don’t need to worry about our item quality. If you are not trust, you do not have to buy any of eBay item. That’s it.
some of from china or asia ebay seller, Maybe they sell fakes or illegal item. but we can not swear to it.

Follow up :

Ok, She is not a member of Amore Pacific USA. I believe that she is one of employment that we hired for working Bergdof
Departmental Store

4) milkyway2

Hi!
Thank you for your email!:)
All of my items are authentic.
Ebay not allow to sell fake items.
If do,buyer will dispute a claim or did.
samples and a kits from Amore pacific.
I have no idea if it’s illegal,how can hundreds of sellers selling samples or kits until now.
thanks again for your email and have a nice day!^^*
Best,

We have contacted Gmarket regarding this matter, and we will post updates when we receive any replies from Gmarket.

We have also gotten the response from a few of of the Ebay Sellers :

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LG’s Isa Knox releases 2 new creams : X2d2 Elastic Power Cream and ceramide 100 cream January 29, 2011

 

 

LG Corporation’s ISA KNOX has released two products lately from the X2D2 range – knowingly the Elastic Power Cream and the Ceramide 100 Cream.

 

 

Both creams are anti-aging/wrinkle creams that targets women with skin problems such as wrinkles, elasticity, severe dryness.

 

 

The X2D2 Elastic Power cream features 9 patented ingredients that strengthens the skin’s elastic fibers  and restores it back to it’s natural elasticity , plumps it up, and redensify the look of skin.

 

 

The X2D2 Ceramic 100 Cream targets skin with severe dryness, a problem that increases with age. Moisture boosting Patented Ceramide ingredient resolves severe dry skin symptoms and protects the skin barrier from further moisture loss while nourishing it with active ingredients.

 

 

Both creams will retail for 80,000won 50ml.

 

 

To buy this cream, search for 이자녹스 X2D2 탄력 파워크림 / 이자녹스 X2D2 세라마이드 100 크림 on Gmarket. Usually, you will have a 25% discount coupon in your Gmarket coupons for the official LG shop which sells this. After the 25% off – and you can get further reduction with your Gmarket coupons – you can try this cream at a more reasonable price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suiskin Herbalium Deep Peel and Herbalium Antioxidant Mask Review

Introduction


The Suiskin Herbalium Antioxidant Dual Masks are their best seller.

It is a 4 week home treatment program and each treatment consists of 2 masks.


  • Herbalium Deep Peel Mask

Specific Treatment

Epidermal and dermal cellular renewal

Smoothness, intense, radiance, anti aging

Herbalium Deep Peel exerts potent influence against skin aging. This peel mask helps to maintain the cellular energy and prevents DNA damage. Both are important factors in counteracting the process of accelerated aging, often induced by UV light.


  • Herbalium Antioxydant Mask

Skin Aging is a physiological phenomenon which, according to the most recent research into the matter, begins and is accelerated by the presence of free radicals such as Superoxide O2; Hydroxide HO . These free radicals are extremely harmful for biological tissues. This process is further enhanced by the external environment such as lack of rest, tobacco smoke, pollution, stress and etc.


Suiskin has created a Herbalium Antioxidant mask which has anti oxidant functions to give a natural healthy complexion that is usually lost as time goes by.

 

 

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Danahan RG II Premium EX line

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Somang ( Beauty Credit )’s Danahan has been getting immense popularity from their latest range the RG II Premium EX line featuring 5 products – cream, eye cream, toner, essence, lotion

 

There has been a huge explosion of stem cell based products in Korea lately – naming Ohui’s The First range – but Danahan’s RG II Premium EX is taking the herbal approach.

 

 

RG-II Premium Ex Eye Cream utilises stem cells derived from umbilical cord and applies it to cosmetics. This is achieved from a partnership with Medipost, a biotech company that specialises in cell replacement theraphy and the exclusive supplier of cord blood stem cell cultures.

 

 

DANAHAN RG II prevents aging of the skin by actions of ohangboyundan which is made of 6 precious oriental herbs based on the theory of Ying-Yang and the five elements infused along with RG-II ingredients extracted from Red Ginseng.

 

 

Ohangboyundan is made up of 6 oriental herbs namely old ginseng, alday, mori cortex radicis, worm wood, sponge gourd and paeonia japonica.

 

 

We found an interesting medical publication which discusses RG-II , which is also known as Ginsenosides, the major active ingredients of Panax Ginseng, which claims to protect memory impairement in rat model with vascular dementia. Here is the report.

 

 

We have also found scientific reports of RG-II which has been reported to improve the micro-circulation in various organs. The experiment was run by a group of Japanese researches : here.

 

 

However, the emphasize of the RG-II’s marketing plan revolves around this medical report which was published on the SCI. The journal can be found : here.

 


An extract of the publication :

 


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of ginseng saponin mRg2, a mixture of ginsenosides containing 60% Rg2, on the repair and apoptosis of ultraviolet B (UVB)-exposed NIH3T3 cells. When cells were exposed to UVB and then incubated with normal growth medium for 48 h, cell viability, as determined by trypan blue exclusion assay decreased to about 25%. However, when mRg2 was included in the postincubation medium, the UVB-induced loss of cell viability was significantly reduced as compared with that postincubated in normal growth medium. 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining showed that postincubation of the UVB-exposed cells in medium containing mRg2 significantly reduced the apoptotic nuclear fragmentation. Interestingly, when cells were preincubated with mRg2 for 24 h and then exposed to various doses of UV, the amount of repair synthesis significantly increased as compared with those in cells exposed to UVB alone. Western blot analysis indicated that the mRg2 postincubation after UVB exposure potentiated the level of p53 and p21. The level of Triton nonextractable proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) also remained elevated by mRg2 postincubation. All these results suggest that mRg2 protects cells against UVB-induced genotoxicity by increasing DNA repair and decreasing apoptosis, in possible association with the modulation of protein levels involved in cell cycle arrest or progression.

 

 

 

 

Follow up research of the experiment can be found here , here

 

 

 

 

RG-II stimulates regeneration of the cells and improve damaged skin. It also doubles as an anti-wrinkle and whitening cosmetics. It also contains the patented Natural PS Complex ™ ( contains 3 kinds of peptides and fermented yeast extracts)  which stimulates collagen synthesis in the skin, and improve elasticity.

 

 

 

 

RG-II and Natural PS Complex ™ reliably delivers ingredients into the deep layers of the skin.


Oh, did i mention that the company, Danahan (under the Somang group which has brands like Beauty Credit under it’s wings) is refunding you 110% if you are not satisfied with your product? Must be that good then!

 

 

 

 

However if you are pregnant, please check with your dermatologist if you are suitable to use creams that contains human growth factors.


Ingredient List in Korean :


  • Premium  Ex Cream

정제수,이소헥사데칸,글리세린,디프로필렌글라이콜,소르비탄스테아레이트,하이드로제네이티드올리브오일라우릴에스터,마카다미아씨오일,메도우폼씨오일,C10-40이소알킬애씨드콜레스테롤에스터,부틸렌글라이콜,이소프로필팔미테이트,세테아릴알코올,디메치콘,글리세릴스테아레이트,폴리메칠메타크릴레이트,피이지-100스테아레이트,C13-14이소파라핀,폴리메칠실세스퀴옥산,효모발효용해여과물,쉐어버터,베헤닐알코올,슈크로오스코코에이트,콩스테롤,하이드로제네이티드레시틴,메칠파라벤,라우레스-7,향료,폴리아크릴아마이드,에칠파라벤,토코페릴아세테이트,프로필파라벤,스테아릴글리시레티네이트,마치현추출물,백차추출물,피이지-40스테아레이트,폴리글리세릴-10디스테아레이트,해바라기씨오일,세테아릴메치콘,스쿠알란,부틸렌글라이콜디카프릴레이트/디카프레이트,하이드로제네이티드폴리데센,부틸파라벤,스테아레스-2,유용성감초추출물,에탄올,세테스-7,피이지-5레이프씨드스테롤,콜레스테롤,스테아레스-21,소듐하이알루로네이트,디소듐이디티에이,하이드록시프로필비스라우라마이드엠이에이,디이에이-세틸포스페이트,홍삼추출물(Rg-2),피토스테롤,트리에탄올아민,시트릭애씨드,피피지-26-부테스-26,피이지-40하이드로제네이티드캐스터오일,페녹시에탄올,카퍼트리펩타이드-1,아세틸헥사펩타이드-8,팔미토일펜타펩타이드-4


Looks like the star ingredient is right at the bottom of the list…..


Who’s gonna try this?


 

 

 

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Reader’s Review : Sulwhasoo Starter’s Mini Kit

In recent events with Amore Pacific, i felt that this was finally the time to write the review.


I was given this by Hope In A Blog’s review giveaway which compromised of the skin clarifying mask, emulsion, water balancer, first care serum – and they also included the firming cream which was not included in the photo.


Firstly, i would like to thank Hope In A Blog for this opportunity to discover this brand. I paid nothing for this, not even shipping – just to clarify this in case ‘Julia’ slanders the blog again for promoting sample sales.  It was my first asian brand i have tried and after testing these products , i even purchased the full size products.


While the representative had a point, she failed to acknowledge that there are other Sulwhasoo retailers ( both online and offline ), and not only  Bergdorf Goodman. From her emails, she clearly guards the interest of Bergdorf and not other Sulwhasoo sellers. Is that how a Sulwhasoo representative should act? By saying that buyers should just wait for Sulwhasoo counters to expand to their country. By saying that, isn’t she destroying business opportunities to those online companies that also sells Sulwhasoo products? Or are these retailers lower class than Bergdorf.? I am sure that Sulwhasoo sales in America is insignificant compared to the sales of Sulwhasoo products in Asia or in online retail stores.


I would never have bought products from Sulwhasoo if i had never discovered this blog and had the opportunity to try these samples that is ‘looked down’ by Sulwhasoo. The products are so expensive that no one would really purchase the products without even testing them. Now, i really do ‘look down’ at this brand and i feel uncomfortable each time i use my Sulwhasoo  full size products and i even have intentions to just give this away.


Now moving on the agenda of this – the review.


1. Balancing Water – regardless of it’s name, it isn’t exactly water, more like thick water. I guess it is more of a toner in western cosmetic terms and you can feel the hydration instantly.


2. First Care Serum – this is the first time i have seen a serum being used in the first step of a skincare regimen. I believe this is Sulwhasoo’s star product as written by hopeinablog, and i absolutely love this. I am uncomfortable with asian herbs smell but i love the smell of this serum. It absorbs instantly into the skin and hydrates it.


3. Balancing Lotion – i have seen so many good reviews on this lotion and i am not surprised why it is loved by many. It is light, absorbs quickly, and hydrates the skin well. It is also suitable for all skin types as the texture is very light and it feels comfortable on the skin and hydrates very well that you might not need a cream.


4. Revitalizing Serum – I was onlygiven one sachet of this serum but liked it enough to purchase the full size product of it anyway. The serum is gel-like and absorbs very well too. it doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling , and i have felt some firming action too.


5. Clarifying mask – i found this mask too troublesome and difficult  to apply because it was too sticky and concentrated therefore i did not purchase the full size product. However it did help clarify the skin after using the sample but i am just too lazy to be doing it all the time.


6. Firming cream – a bit heavier than the balancing lotion, use it if you have dry skin.



Overall a great line, but i will not be purchasing any amore pacific products anytime soon. It takes years to build the reputation of a company, and needs only one bad representative to spoil it. Like someone said on the comments below, there are other good brands out there. I do not need to give my hard earn money to a company who look down on their readers or on a blog that has only helped them so much. I do not need to ‘wait’ until the brand opens up at my country – i have so many other choices that doesn’t need me to wait. Maybe it’s time to buy the History Of Whoo that hopeinablog has been talking about, and i will introduce History of Whoo products to my fellow Norwegians.


To hopeinablog, you have been so wonderful introducing so many unknown foreign brands and giving out these samples for readers to try for free. Please don’t be dishearten by this and continue the great work ! keep it up.


P.S : Sorry for taking so long to write this review and sorry for making the review so short – i just had no heart and passion to write it anymore.


With love,

Bjur



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UPDATED : Sulwhasoo Has a problem with the blog–do you? January 28, 2011

Filed under: Amore Pacific — Hope In A Blog @ 2:32 pm
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We originally posted some questions for a Sulwhasoo representative and we got attacked :


Dear Hope in a blog,

Unfortunately the products you have questions about are not yet carried at Bergdorf Goodman. Sulwhasoo has been at Bergdorf’s for just under a year so we do not have the entire line. We are receiving Snowise in the Spring. I have sent off your email to our national trainer in hopes that he can answer some of your questions. I will get back to you as soon as I hear from him.

I do have some questions of my own for you. After reading a few blog entries you have written I am wondering why you would promote the sale of samples? As the Skincare Specialist for Sulwhasoo at Bergdorf Goodman I can honestly say that the selling of samples online is a practice that is very looked down upon by every beauty brand as well as store.

Samples are just that, we give them away so people can try them and later purchase the products. When someone benefits from the sale of a sample that he or she obtained for free that is reminiscent of piracy. The people who sell samples or testers online obviously obtained them in an unfavorable nature. Or even if they walked straight up to my counter and asked for them, the only people who should be benefiting from the sale of these products should be the stores in which they are sold and the companies that work very hard in producing them.

So I wonder why someone like you, who clearly has a huge interest in beauty and skincare as well as a big following would promote such a practice? Also I was wondering how many people read your blog?

All the best,

———

And our reply :

Hi Julia,

Sorry if you were offended in anyway. The blog definitely does not promote in that ‘negative’ light that you have stated. We do offer our readers a chance to buy full size products if they like it off BeCleo.com and we have even provided 10% discount code for the readers. Unfortunately, BeCleo doesn’t sell Sulwhasoo products at the moment.

As you are aware, Sulwhasoo products are expensive. Therefore, samples are a great way to try out a product before purchasing it. Sulwhasoo isn’t available in every country, for example we are in Paris, France and there are not any Sulwhasoo counters that we could go up to and ask for samples. And there are only a handful Sulwhasoo counters ( perhaps even less than 10 countries in this word? ), so where can the others obtain their Sulwhasoo samples?

We don’t know what goes on in Korea, but there seems to be even websites that sells samples. We have no idea if it is legal to do so because we don’t know the Korean system, but if u take a look at Gmarket – the korean Ebay  ( for example : http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=178730146 ) there are hundreds of sellers that are selling samples which are available in Huge quantities. If Amore had a problem with that, they would have done something a long time ago? We have no idea how these hundreds of sellers obtains so much samples that they are able to sell them and we would also like to know what happens because this doesn’t only happen with Amore brands but also all Korean brands. We are also puzzled by the situation, therefore we do not know if this is a norm in Korea.

Also, i think it was very unfair of you to attack us without doing your research first. Sulwhasoo does sell sample sets and travel kits – and these samples set and kits are LEGALLY sold. Look at legal business websites such as Sasa.com, Yesstyle.com etc – they sell these sample kits. Are you saying that this practice is ILLEGAL too?

Therefore i suggest that you consult Amore Corp on this situation before replying our email to accuse and criticize us.

This email will definitely be posted on the blog.

Regards

Reply :

Dear Hope in a blog,

I was not meaning to offend you in any way. I never said anything you did was illegal. I’m also forwarding your emails to the AmorePacific headquarters. If Sulwhasoo or any brand choose to sell their samples or products on any websites it is because these websites have the permission to sell them from Sulwhasoo and AmorePacific. There for that is justified because the sale of sample kits or deluxe travel size sets are directly going to benefit the company which produces the products, not a third party. You can absolutely post my email on your website because I am very much against the unauthorized sale of AmorePacific products and lines from “sellers” on website such as eBay and Gmarket. So is Bergdorf Goodman, AmorePacific and any other brand. Trust me on that.

All the best,

Julia


And our Reply :

Hi,

Well, if these samples are justified why did you in the first email said :

After reading a few blog entries you have written I am wondering why you would promote the sale of samples? As the Skincare Specialist for Sulwhasoo at BergdorfGoodman I can honestly say that the selling of samples online is a practice that is very looked down upon by every beauty brand as well as store.

So I wonder why someone like you, who clearly has a huge interest in beauty and skincare as well as a big following would promote such a practice? Also I was wondering how many people read your blog?

Promoting the sales of these samples is also promoting your brand since the money goes directly to your company no?

I will be taking down all articles news updates reviews information on Amore Pacific until we hear from your headquarters. Thank you.

Their Reply :

Because if the websites you mentioned have beauty buyers that purchased the sample or deluxe travel size kits (as we call them) from AmorePacific then the sale of those kits directly go to AmorePacific NOT a third party seller.

Sales from “sellers” on eBay or Gmarket only promote the seller not the company and are unauthorized by the company. This is a very big issue for all beauty brands and department stores. And I know that Bergdorf Goodman does everything they can to stop it and track these unauthorized sellers. Sulwhasoo is an expensive and exclusive brand as you know and yes it is not yet in Europe, however there are plans of expanding Sulwhasoo and AmorePacific. Unfortunately the people interested in those brands and live in a country it is yet not carried in, are going to have to wait till it is.

I did not mean to get into an argument with you. I just know how Bergdorf Goodman and AmorePacific feels about such practices. If you are offended I apologize. And if you feel you need to remove all information about the brand(s) then please do so. I have been informed by our National Sales Manager that my response to you was valid. I appreciate your interest in the line but I have to keep the integrity of what I do and how I sell the products.

Julia

Our Reply :

Hi,

So are you to say that those sellers which are selling the kits/samples on Ebay are selling it illegally?

For example :

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sulwhasoo-Extra-Refining-Kit-Refining-Set-5-items-NIB-/250764560832?pt=US_Skin_Care&hash=item3a62bb89c0#ht_1780wt_881

http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=192967432

I’m sorry if this has turned sour but when you said that our blog was promoting the sells of samples, it just flickered a light in us because all our blog did was to promote the brand. We are not paid or sent samples from Amore corp but yet we dedicate our time writing articles and reviews about brands from Amore Corp and promoting the image – and to be shot down like this – isn’t just very fair for us.

How much information in English can you find about Amore Corp brands other than our blog, joseibi’s and korean skincare blogspot?  Like one of our readers which commented on the post , there is a french saying that goes ‘should you give a carrot to a donkey, it would give you a poop’ .

We do always encourage readers to purchase sample kits and we didn’t know that these kits were illegally sold on Ebay or Gmarket. We thought that these sellers purchased these Travel Kits in huge bulks , and then sold it separately or in the original set, and that these proceeds still go to Amore Corp, because if not, how can it be explained that these hundreds of sellers manage to get amazing massive stocks of each products’ samples if it was not from Amore Corp directly?

We will make a note to our readers not to purchase any Amore Corp products in the future until they have a store in their country.

Thank you for your time.

Regards


Response from Ebay Sulwhasoo samples sellers :

1) Vooboodoo

Hi

I don’t know why is your representative of Sulwhasoo saying that the selling of sample sizes are illegal and fake.

All my samples sizes are purchased from Sulwahsoo authorised dealers.  I need to pay for the product I sell.  It’s not free.  If it is illegal, why Sulwahsoo sells those product out in first hand.  If they don’t sell the product, how can I buy those product to sell.

Vivian

2) Kgoodshop

we sell only 100% AUTHENTIC. If i sell only one fake.we meet trouble by customer.we have line who distirbute SULWHASOO.
Actually Amore Pacific Sulwhasoo make sample and miniature products for customer. Don’t worry our porducts are all 100% AUTHENTIC ITEMS.THANKAS

3)  Amore4u

I’m a Sulwhasoo USA representative. Can u give me those staff names and phone number that I can contact them?
And you don’t need to worry about our item quality. If you are not trust, you do not have to buy any of eBay item. That’s it.
some of from china or asia ebay seller, Maybe they sell fakes or illegal item. but we can not swear to it.

Follow up :

Ok, She is not a member of Amore Pacific USA. I believe that she is one of employment that we hired for working Bergdof
Departmental Store

4) milkyway2

Hi!
Thank you for your email!:)
All of my items are authentic.
Ebay not allow to sell fake items.
If do,buyer will dispute a claim or did.
samples and a kits from Amore pacific.
I have no idea if it’s illegal,how can hundreds of sellers selling samples or kits until now.
thanks again for your email and have a nice day!^^*
Best,

So there you have it readers from the words from Amore themselves : Don’t purchase or give a **** about their products until they reach your shores. Just WAIT until they do if not TOO BAD FOR YOU.

If it wasn’t for blogs/videos/internet/youtube – do you think Korean Pop and groups like SNSD / BIG BANG / 2NE1 would have achieved the success they have in Asia and Europe today?  Yet their videos and music are posted illegally on the net but also thanks to that, they have achieved immense success overseas. Even SM ENT and YG ENT has acknowledged the power of the net on their artistes’ popularity overseas. To use that as a comparison would be even wrong because we do not in any way sell these samples.

Now my question for you readers who is familiar with the Korean cosmetics market :

Is it illegal selling these samples in Korea ?

If so, why are there so many sellers on Gmarket selling these samples?

How do these sellers obtain the millions of samples? And there isn’t only 1 seller but hundreds of them.

If the companies had a problem with this, why were they not prohibited to be sold on Gmarket ? Why was this never an issue in Korea? Why was it not banned on Gmarket?

Why are there Korean websites that sells only samples if they are illegal ? One website of such : ,http://www.minisample.com/ , http://sampleshop.co.kr/ , http://www.lirimart.com/ and LOTS more.

Where do they get their stock from if Amore Pacific doesn’t provide it?

We do know that some of these samples are taken from the ‘sample kits’ ( for example : http://www.yesstyle.com/en/sulwhasoo-extra-refining-kit-water-20ml-emulsion-20ml-serum-5ml-eye/info.html/pid.1023601646 , http://www.yesstyle.com/en/sulwhasoo-basic-kit-balancing-water-15ml-emulsion-15ml-serum-5ml-cream/info.html/pid.1022972968 ) and are sold separately , so does it make them illegal to be purchasing the samples? Is the Sulwhasoo representative implying that websites who sell Sulwhasoo sample kits like Sasa.com, Yesstyle.com illegal? And those Ebay-Gmarket that sells Sulwhasoo kits are also selling it illegally?

Hope In A Blog has written and provided so much news, information and updates regarding Amore Pacific brands such as Innisfree, Laneighe, Sulwhasoo, Hannule and i’m sure we have also introduced many readers to this wonderful brand. And to be blamed for ‘promoting such a practice’ when we have been actively ‘promoting their brand and products’ sure doesn’t feel good.


Hope In A Blog will not be promoting any brands of the Amore Pacific brands, and all posts, news, updates and information regarding ALL Amore Pacific Corporation products will be taken down effective of today until the situation is clear.


Now, thank GOD we have LG Corporation.

 

Oh! So beautiful : Cosme Decorte AQMW

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Oh! So beautiful……………..


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Introducing Japan’s Cosme Decorte latest super-high end luxury line : AQMW ( Absolute Quality Miracle Wonder )


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Design by Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders, the line is designed for women over 30 years of age, the age to start preventive mesures against aging.


Package design


A dazzling white and elegant form. The striking white and willowy frame of the package reflect Marcel Wanders” idea of the “essence of a beautiful woman.” The pattern on the package of life-rich plants and flowers growing expresses the regenerative powers of the skin. The design’s sophisticated aura dramatizes the luxuriousness of time spent refining oneself.


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KOSÉ developed the skincare product line “COSME DECORTE AQ MW” focusing on the skin’s regenerative powers akin to life-rich plants that continuously sprout new life. It added sandalwood extract, a moisturizer, for the first time to all items in the new product line, because researchers at KOSÉ found that sandalwood extract helps minimize the stress of daylight on the skin. It also blended the fragrance of sandalwood for its healing and relaxing effect. Furthermore, KOSÉ added a new moisturizer, mucinsome, by using liposome technologies to capsulate for the first time mucin*, a component of the mucous membrane living structures. Mucinsome induces the high affinity for the skin, the enhancement of skin barrier function, and the protection of the skin from dryness and other external stresses.


*Mucin


●Mucin is the main component of the mucous exist in the mouth, stomach, and other digestive organs and the lacrymal fluid.


● Mucin has an important function to provide optimum moisture, moderate the environmental insult, and
consequently protect the living body from invasion by
foreign substances.

● Secretion of this element is thought to decline with age.


( If you don’t have the budget for this – just get the escargot/snail based products which are also mucin rich )

The new line will compromise 9 categories and contain 10 product priced from 4,500 yen to 30,000 yen. Product has already been launched in Japan since November and will be released in South East Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan on the 1st of March 2011.


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The line will consists of :


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1. Cleansing Milk 150ml  – 6,300 yen.

 

Non sticky and smooth. Contains essential oils of sandalwood and rose. Gentler than cream, quicker to fit to skin than oil. This cleansing milk will quickly remove make-up and alleviate dull skin tone.

2. AQMW Facial Bar 100g –  5040 yen

 

Contains hyaluronate and foams immediately. Leaves skin moist without breaking the skin barrier. A solid facial soap that removes dead skin cells with a concentrated foam so viscous it is stringy.

3. Repair Emulsion 200ml – 10,500 yen

 

A light emulsion to provide cells with ideal moisture and leaves skin soft and elastic. An emulsifier that makes skin supple and firm from the inside by smoothing the skin”s texture.

4. Repair Lotion 200ml – 10,500 yen

 

 

A skin lotion with a high concentration of the moisturizer mucinsome to enhance the skin”s barrier functionality and protect the skin from dryness and other external stresses. It creates moist and radiant skin by caressing the skin.

 

 

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5. Essential Night Balm 22g – 12,600 yen

 

A 100% oil-based cream loaded with carefully selected organic oils. Envelops the skin to
moisturize it from the inside and gently protect easy-to-dry skin.

6. Cream Excellence 50g – 31,500 yen

 

A high-concentration cream that makes skin moist and resilient. The moisturizer mucinsome enhances the skin”s barrier functionality, protecting the skin from dryness and external stresses.

7. Repair Serum 40ml – 12,000 yen

 

A serum that intensifies freshness to provide a bounce-like lift to the skin.

8. Massage Cream 93g – 10,500 yen

 

A massage cream that refreshes tired and tense skin with the fragrance of sandalwood and the richness of cream.

9. Facial Mask Duo 6 sheets – 10,500 yen

 

 

A double-sheet mask with a different composition of ingredients targeting the upper and lower parts of the face. The upper part of the mask uses the moisturizer bukuryo extract to brighten around the eyes, while the lower part of the mask helps reclaim the skin”s suppleness with shark extract, a moisturizer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Sandalwood extract (moisturizer), birch sap (moisturizer), and double peptide (moisturizer): present in all items except Essential Balm
* Mucinsome (moisturizer): present in all items except Cleansing Milk, Facial Bar, and Essential Balm

 

 

 

 

 

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