Xiamen is in a subtropical location with a monsoon climate, and experiences high rainfall and temperatures in the summer. Xiamenese consumers tend to prefer cosmetics featuring a high level of sun protection. In addition, beauty products, especially skin care products with herbal elements, such as Pien Tze Huang, enjoy a high penetration rate in Xiamen.
The traditional Chinese herbal formula Pien Tze Huang is widely popular among both locals and tourists. Its formula is solely owned by Zhang Zhou Pien Tze Huang Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Local consumers generally have a strong interest in natural and herbal products, which have a significant presence in supermarkets and drugstores.
Xiamen is strategically important for international brands. International brands usually prefer distribution in local high-end shopping malls targeting wealthier consumers. Domestic brands, such as Herborist, typically set up counters in department stores.
The establishment of a free-trade zone in Xiamen has given local consumers and tourists greater access to imported beauty and personal care products, with competitive prices and guarantees of quality. The wide variety of products available and customised services attract consumers to purchase in beauty specialist stores and at local spas.
Imported brands have increased the range of hair care and body care available in Xiamen. Local mid- and high-end supermarkets have introduced selected products from other Asian countries, notably Japan and South Korea. Domestic brands compete with imported brands through a presence in community stores and effective local marketing.
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