Some old Chinese cosmetics brands that have been overshadowed by
big foreign names and even faded from stores are enjoying a
resurgence among young Chinese, the Beijing Evening News
reported on Thursday.
A great deal of netizens, most of whom are young, computer-savvy
people born in the 1980s, have recently expressed their delight in
trying out old cosmetics brands. In online forums, they often claim
that these brands are user-friendly and competitively priced, the
Young girls have now found a new way to take care of their skin
by using a mixture of Western and traditional Chinese cosmetics to
achieve the best effect.
"The moistening effect is great when you use the Phoenix
glycerol and foundation make-up at the same time," one netizen
While another said, "Vaseline and Vitamin E capsules make a
perfect skin-care mask that anybody can use and has no side
Young girls make up the large consumer group of famous luxury
cosmetic products in China. Recently they have also been tucking
old brands into their makeup kits, such as Shanghai-based
Pehchaolin, a cream that dates back to the 1940s, and ordinary
Vaseline. These brands often cost no more than 10 yuan.
Despite growing popularity, it is still difficult to find these
older brands on the shelves of shopping malls in big cities. In
general, old cosmetics brands are sold with lower profit margins.
Meanwhile, heavy fees for "admission" into supermarkets or shopping
centers have kept them out, which has caused their market to
shrink. However, the online market for these classic brands is
booming as their low prices have proven to be a sizeable advantage
over foreign brands, which may cost several hundred or thousand
Some older Chinese brands are also gaining favor in overseas
One domestic cosmetics dealer with high credit on Taobao.com,
already China's largest e-commerce marketplace, told the paper that
Shanghai-brand sandalwood soap, though not very popular in China,
is hot in Europe as it is made purely of plants.
(CRI.cn November 2, 2007)