Dubai, UAE: The international flavour at next week’s Beautyworld Middle East 2019 trade fair in Dubai will be notable for the robust European participation, with nearly one third of the 1,790 exhibitors at the three-day event coming from the Old Continent.
A total of 541 European companies will span 9,400sqm of exhibition space when the region’s largest international trade fair for beauty products, hair, fragrances, and wellbeing opens from 15-17 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Perennial beauty powerhouses France, Italy, Spain, and Germany are at the vanguard of European exhibiting countries this year, comprising a national pavilion line-up that also includes the UK, along with debut pavilions from Belgium, Romania, and Lithuania.
France is the largest European exhibiting country in 2019, with 123 (75 pavilion, 48 stand-alone) Tricolour companies bringing to the fore the French cosmetics know-how and expertise recognised around the world.
Italy is next, with 94 exhibitors, followed by Spain (51 exhibitors), and Germany (41 exhibitors), while other European exhibitors are coming from Portugal, Iceland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Belarus.
With an annual turnover of €25 billion, France’s cosmetics industry is the country’s third largest export sector, with a 25 percent share of the global market and a trade surplus of €7.6 billion. The sector, according Government agency Business France, has 79,000 establishments in France employing over 170,000 people, with the UAE and wider Middle East among its key growing export markets.
The very best of French cosmetics, fragrances, skincare, and haircare will be on show at Beautyworld Middle East 2019, with a number of exhibitors preparing product launches for the regional market.
Among that group is Ozalys, which will launch the first professional range of products and spa treatments for women affected by cancer. Isabelle Guyomarch, President of Laboratorie Ozalys, said the product line-up will cover six treatments for the face, body, hands, feet, and scalp, while the treatments are also designed for the wellbeing and safety of beauticians.
“A revolution in the world of dermo-cosmetics, Ozalys is a brand created by women for women affected directly or indirectly by breast cancer,” said Mrs. Guyomarch. “Because taking care of yourself is the first victory against the disease, Ozalys is a complete range of dermo-cosmetic products which innovate through their formulas, their galenics and their packaging. They respond to the specific needs of those women who must learn to live with the side-effects related to their treatments.
“But Ozalys also ensures the day-to-day safety of beauticians in their salons,” added Mrs. Guyomarch. “Indeed, Ozalys is the first brand in France to evaluate the toxicity and guarantee the tolerance of its products for professionals to ensure professional exposure with total peace of mind.”
Végétalement Provence is another French brand launching its ‘sup’organic’ and holistic skincare range as well as a plant based keratin haircare treatment for very dry and damaged hair.
Jean-Marc Delabre co-founder and CEO of Végétalement Provence, said the company is the leader of professional alternative cosmetics, and has plans to expand in the Middle East and makes its brand well-known.
“The Végétalement Provence brand is synonymous with sup’organic and ethical beauty, recognised for its eco-responsible and cruelty free approach,” said Mr. Delabre. “Its unique collections are dedicated to the beauty, health and wellbeing of hair, skin, and soul. Its efficient plant creations, fruit of its expertise in green chemistry, are all made in-house with care in the heart of Provence.”
Mr. Delabre added that clean beauty is the big trend in 2019: “Consumers are after beauty products that are respectful of the earth, are animal cruelty free, and are eco-friendly. Végétalement Provence’s sup’orgnaic content banishes everything that is bad for the health, while restoring hair and skin’s health and giving that beauty back.”
Italian brands will also be in the spotlight, with dozens planning their own product debuts for thousands of trade buyers and beauty professionals.
Ciccarelli, for example, will launch its latest oral care product line, along with Dimensione Uomo – an organic certified male cosmetics brand. Dr. Maurizio Stefano Bignotti, Ciccarelli’s Export Manager, explained: “Dimensione Uomo is a brand of male cosmetics established in drugstores and in perfumeries in the 1970s.
“Today the line has been re-designed with the aim to offer a new point of reference in the male universe that for the first time combines the naturalness and safety of certified organic ingredients with an elegant, refined and rich history.
“Contemporary image and design, suitable to transmit the innovation of products, combining the organic concept with details that celebrate the historical experience of the brand starting from the name ‘Dimensione Uomo’ and the symbol of Leonardo.”
Luigi Borrelli Fragrances and Italcosmetici are other premium Italian manufacturers introducing their latest products at Beautyworld Middle East 2019. The former will launch Silk Eau de Parfum among other new fragrances, while the latter will showcase more than 50 new colour cosmetics, including eye shadows, compact foundations, and lipsticks.
“For the first time this year we will take part in Beautyworld Middle East 2019,” said Viliyan Petrov, Luigi Borrelli Fragrances’ CEO. “This is a good springboard to introduce our fragrances to distributors and customers from this region.
“Silk is a cool and caressing scent, built on a traditional masculine combination of citruses and Vetiver. The composition combines traditional Mediterranean scents: freshness of citrus gardens, green spiciness of Clary sage, elegant severity of Vetiver and Moss, creamy-almondy sweetness of Tonka beans and dry amber wind.”
Giuseppe Campanella, Chairman of the board of directors at Italcosmetici – a private label cosmetics manufacturer – spoke about the big three trends in the global cosmetics market: “We see continuous growth of consumer demand for ‘natural’ products, where natural is perceived as a big leap back to the original raw materials offered by nature.
“A second trend is the use of colour as an expression of the inner personality; that is more colours and more sparkling nuances. The third trend is that men are increasingly discovering skin care and make up. These are global trends and we believe they are emerging as well in the Middle East.”
Mr. Campanella added that Italcosmetici exports about one third of its total turnover to Middle Est and Africa region: “Saudi Arabia and the UAE are very sophisticated markets where we sell mainly in full service (filled and packed products), whereas Iran and North Africa buy mainly bulk.
“In these countries we find many customers who are ready to pay for quality and reliability. Women are very keen for personal care and the millennials represent a high percentage of total population.”
Beautyworld Middle East 2019 will feature 1,790 exhibitors from 66 countries when it opens for the 24th time next week. The annual three-day event covers the six product groups of Hair, Nails, and Salon Suppliers; Cosmetics and Skincare; Personal Care and Hygiene; Machinery, Packaging, Raw Materials, and Contract Manufacturing; Natural and Organic; and Fragrance Compounds and Finished Fragrances.
The showpiece event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and will this year introduce Front Row, a brand new three-day programme of live makeup and hair demonstrations, where interactive panel discussions on successful business brands will be interspersed with bold shows presenting the biggest and best trends and innovations in global beauty.
Other new features in 2019 include Ready to Beauty, a showcase of brands that cater specifically to the wants and needs of a multicultural audience; and the three-day Beauty Business Conference, covering pertinent topics such as women entrepreneurship in the beauty business and sustainable packaging of beauty products.
All the regular popular features will be back in 2019, including the Battle of the Barbers, a live three-day competition where the UAE’s finest male grooming technicians will battle it out for two coveted titles: the UAE’s Best Barber and UAE’s Best Shave. The Fragrance Station and Nail It! By OPI and Artistic – a nail art competition – are other returning highlights.
With 25 country pavilions, six product groups, and a packed programme of special features, Beautyworld Middle East 2019 will again present an unrivalled platform of business networking and inspirational ideas for an expected audience of 35,000-plus trade buyers and beauty professionals.