For the final post of the series concerning online stores where you can purchase Korean beauty products, I will cover e-shops in Asia, South America and Africa.
Korean beauty in the world
I know I will play Captain Obvious here, but shopping for Korean or Japanese cosmetics in Asia is definitively easier than everywhere else. A real shock, right?
Sadly, though, I had a hard time trying to find shops in South America and Africa. Mexico has a couple of interesting options, but it is a rare result. Hence, the best I could come up with is a list of Facebook pages or groups. Which is the reason why I did not comment the links, rather simply listing them.
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– Korean beauty products: where to buy them online – Part 2: Europe
– Korean beauty products: where to buy them online – Part 3: Oceania
Shopping in South America
As mentioned above, K-beauty items are not exactly everywhere in South America. Therefore, with the exception of a couple of options, Facebook pages or groups are often your best choice.
I could not get any actual info about delivery for the following Facebook links, hence I strongly suggest you to check them by sending a message directly.
– Korean Makeup Buenos Aires
– Sakura Beauty Shop Bs As
– Luxodia Cosmeticos Kr
– Boutique Kabuki
– BiBi House Tucuman
Mexico offers a few interesting choices and also an official website. However, none of the following links delivers internationally.
– Kawaii Tuga Store Note: very cute website and not only for cosmetics. It also sells bento boxes, food and accessories.
– Cherry Mix
– Momiji Beauty
– Missha Mexico Note: This is the Mexican version of Missha’s official website.
Africa K-beauty e-stores
I wanted to list more Korean beauty online shops in Africa. At the very least, I was sure to score some South African’s website. Unfortunately, I have been mostly unsuccessful. Of course, the fact that you can barely find any Korean cosmetic item is hardly unexpected. Yet, I still managed to catch some good e-store although they are all located in North Africa. Check them out!
There is no real shortage of Asian online shops, obviously. For instance, Althea website, whose main claim is being the largest e-store providing Korean and Japanese cosmetics, has many versions, including a US and also a Rest Of The World version. Hence, there are countries where the availability of these products is not a problem, while for other countries you have to dig the web a little deeper.
In case you are wondering if actual Korean or Japanese websites are in below list, the answer is yes. They are. However, instead to state the obvious, I did rather pick e-stores offering international delivery. At least, whenever I could.
Just a little piece of advice: most of the times, customs duties are not included. Therefore, do not forget to do your math before proceeding with the purchase.
Because often competitive prices are less convenient if you need to add customs charges as well.
And now, let’s find out together Asian online shops.
Note: When you purchase from an official website or a well-known e-store, it is unlikely to encounter any trouble. However, please bear in mind actual issues exist when shopping from China. Inauthentic items, unfortunately, are common. Hence, before proceeding, check the site carefully. Possibly, google for reviews. If, for some reason, you feel unsure about the website you are visiting, then stop and search for another one. There is no shopping, no bargain worth your health. For further information, please check this interesting Reddit post.
Unfortunately, this is the only e-store I found located in India.
I am not entirely sure you can also find K-beauty items in the following list. But you will definitively find Japanese excellent cosmetics, hence check these links.
– Takaski. This amazing website sells beauty items, as well as food, health, home/craft products and even drinks. All from Japan. In addition, it delivers internationally.
– Shopjpb. This website also provides international delivery
– Global Rakuten. This website also provides international delivery
– Kirei Station
I know, I know. We all could not wait to check Korean websites.
– Style Korean. This website also provides international delivery
– I Buy Beauty. This website also provides international delivery
– Cosmetic Love. This website also provides international delivery
– Korea Depart. This website also provides international delivery
– Kollectionk. This website also provides international delivery
– Shop At Korea. This website also provides international delivery
– Tester Korea. This website also provides international delivery
– Two Face Mall. This website also provides international delivery
– Vuty Design. This website also provides international delivery
I found only a Facenook page for Qatar.
For Thailand I only found Althea Thai version.
– a href=”https://th.althea.kr/” target=”_blank”>Althea Thailand
If you live in the United Arab Emirates and you can’t wait to finally begin your routine, you’ll be pleased to find out you have plenty of choices. Not only you have access to several multi-brand e-stores but also to Missha’s official Middle East website.
– My Skin Choice
– Mimo Studio
– Beauty Korea Dubai
– Pepe And Ko
– Missha ME
Wow! I still can’t believe I actually searched for online stores in the whole world. But I am glad that I did. Hopefully, you found this post-series to be useful.
A few, last notes about these cosmetics. If you are an allergic subject, please always check carefully the ingredients (INCI). I am sure this is no news for you. The most popular websites I listed so far always provide an ingredients list. Therefore it should be quite easy. That said, Korean and Japanese brands are quite famous for using generally natural elements, with no sulphates or parabens.
You probably also wondered if these K/J-beauty items are cruelty-free. Or if they’re environment-friendly. As mentioned above, most Japanese and Korean cosmetics firms use natural components in their products. In 2018, Korea will officially ban animal testing once and for all. While there are several brands claiming they do not test on animals, though, there are still many of them selling their items on the Chinese Market. In order to export in China, cosmetic companies have to submit their items to compulsory animal testing, as required by Chinese law. Hence, it is clear the choice these brands have to face: either they test on animals or they give up on the world’s largest consumer market. For further information, please check the following links: