Viva Shop Tour: Bud Cosmetics at Square 2
If you’re looking for natural and organic skincare products in Singapore, then Bud Cosmetics is the place to go because they have a fairly extensive organic range which can meet your beauty needs from head to toe. I have stumbled across their online store many a times but this was the first time I visited the shop, thanks to owner Eric Chew, who agreed to have his store featured under my first Viva Shop Tour. And I was pleasantly surprised to find the little shop so well stocked! I don’t know why I never discovered the gem earlier!
Well, actually, the reason is because I hardly venture to that part of town. Bud Cosmetics is located at Square 2 which is just above the Novena MRT station. While the location is convenient, it isn’t exactly at the central shopping belt. Eric told me that his store has been around for about a year and a half and most of his customers come via word-of-mouth or through their online store. In fact, those who are into natural and organic skincare here should already be familiar with Bud Cosmetics.
Biggest range of natural products in Singapore
Having visited the shop now, I have to say that Bud Cosmetics is indeed committed to the manifesto they’ve outlined on their website. Which is, to bring the finest natural products in the world and to have the biggest range of true quality natural products in Singapore, under one roof.
They currently have 11 brands of natural skincare products under their umbrella which include The Organic Pharmacy, Sophyto, John Masters Organics, Logona Naturkosmetik, Sante Naturkosmetik, 100% Pure, Eyre BioBotanics, Aqua Dessa, Badger Balm, Haven Scent Organics and Filthy Farmgirl. And they’re still on the lookout for more quality natural range. Sophyto, the world’s first professional organic skincare range from UK is the latest to the family and next month, Eric will bring in Patyka, a French label that created the first organic perfumes in the world. Additionally, Bud’s product range extends to include natural makeup from Sante and even hair coloring from Logona. “With a wider range, we can offer our customers different alternatives to help them achieve the results they desire.”
Personalized advice and even customization offered
Although Bud Cosmetics has an online presence, the bulk of the business comes from customers at the shop. “Being able to smell and feel the texture of the product is important,” Eric told me. I agree, especially when it comes to purchasing new skincare products for the first time. In addition, customers who visit the shop can get some analysis and advice on the correct products to suit their skin types.
As a matter of fact, while I was at the shop, Eric was attending to a customer and even helping her to customize products to suit her specific needs. Which isn’t so suprising after I learnt that Eric used to make his own soaps in Australia and ran a similar business then. In fact, before speaking to Eric, I’ve already gathered from the forumers that he is both helpful and knowledgeable; the latter trait coming from his years of interest and experience in natural and organic skincare products which started when he was seeking treatment for his acne problem years ago.
Tips on choosing organic skincare for the first time customer
With more and more brands claiming to be natural and organic, I asked Eric for his advice to customers who are venturing into such skincare products for the first time and these are his tips: