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Julia Zaltzman

Freelance features writer & columnist
Julia Zaltzman is a freelance writer, editor and publishing project manager with over 16 years’ experience. She specialises in luxury lifestyle features, contract publishing and producing bespoke coffee-table books. She lives in sunny Hove on the Sussex coast with her husband and two children.

Articles by Julia Zaltzman
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    Give yourself a hygge

    November 24, 2017 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Long before we Brits craved the perfect night in, the Danish had a word for it. Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’ is a Scandinavian way of life that celebrates cosiness, shared meals and interactions with friends and family.

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    Cocoa shock

    November 1, 2017 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Last night, I crossed to the dark side. I unwittingly bit into a bar of chocolate that was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A bar of Green & Black’s new Velvet Edition; its first product that is neither Fairtrade certified, nor organic.

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    Coconut: It’s a hero ingredient, but what about the hero farmers?

    September 1, 2017 Guest Comment, Opinion

    Coconut oil has, for some time now, been regarded as an ingredient du jour. Interestingly, the very quality that once turned detractors against eating it – high saturated-fat content – is what now elevates it in beauty. It is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that kills bacteria, and is working its way into […]

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    Innovate to accumulate

    May 31, 2017 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Natural Beauty News, Opinion

    It’s not often that I champion a single brand to be taken up by independents – it’s not really what us journalists with integrity do – but on this occasion, I’m willing to break my rule.

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    Beauty face-off

    May 5, 2017 Guest Comment, Opinion

    Just five months into the year, and Google already has a clear front-runner when it comes to the most searched beauty trend of 2017: masking.

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    A beauty-tuned ear to the ground

    March 16, 2017 Guest Comment, Opinion

    April has become the month when emerging trends and new product developments come to the fore for natural and organic retailers, as well as the sector overall, and this is due in no small part to the Natural Beauty & Spa show.

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    The future is wearable

    January 25, 2017 Guest Comment, Opinion

    We’re only one month into 2017 and it’s already well on its way to making its mark as the year of innovative packaging.

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    Having our cake and eating it

    January 3, 2017 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Shoppers are enticed by premium designer labels rather than the contents of the product. The fact that these products often have over-inflated prices has in turn distorted consumer perspective of how much beauty products truly cost to make.

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    Keep calm and slow down

    November 29, 2016 Guest Comment, News, Opinion

    Once a year, around the month of November, great minds from the natural beauty sector assemble at Diversified Communications HQ in Brighton to attend the Natural Beauty Roundtable.

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    Fermented hopes

    October 26, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    If you don’t have an uber-dewy complexion and you’re not working your ‘bitten lip’ look every day, then you clearly haven’t got your K-Beauty ‘thang’ down pat! Asian beauty trends have dominated the beauty market since their arrival in 2014. “Asian-ification”, as dubbed by Nicole Tyrimou, beauty and personal care analyst at Euromonitor International, is, […]

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    Pay it forward

    August 23, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Pay it forward this month. One small act of organic kindness in the name of natural beauty!

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    Beautiful at 90

    July 12, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Last month I joined the special 90th birthday celebrations for Weleda’s pioneering Skin Food product.

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    Summer loving

    June 6, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Summer solstice (solstice derived from the Latin word sol, meaning ‘sun’) happens around 21 June, and is the longest day of the year. It’s also the only day of the year when all locations inside the Arctic Circle experience a continuous period of daylight for 24 hours, and many argue that it marks the official […]

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    A beautiful mind

    May 11, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Life in the 21st century is just one long, ever-decreasing circle of commonality. In the same way that the older you get, the social game of six degrees of separation actually begins to ring true, it seems to me that no matter what genre you look at, it’s intrinsically linked with all others.

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    Mirror, mirror on the wall

    March 30, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    It’s official, the ideal age for a person, according to the people of Britain, is 36. New research brought to us by a recent YouGov survey shows that the majority of the 1,700 people who took part in the poll view middle age as having the highest prestige, status and everything else deemed to be […]

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    Fairtrade for all

    March 30, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Research has demonstrated that green tea is packed with beauty benefits that consumers can attain by drinking it as well as by applying it directly onto their our skin, which is great news for all you natural beauty retailers looking for a nifty way to tap in to next month’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

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    Retail revolution

    January 8, 2016 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Black Friday, Cyber Monday, even the January sales have started appearing before we’ve sung the New Year in. Loud price slashing has always been most retailers’ preferred way of engaging with consumers, and once our interest is piqued we’re further enticed with BOGOFs, three-for-two deals and any other money-saving offer that can be dreamed up. […]

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    Pop up and listen

    October 28, 2015 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    In my July Beauty Buzz column Organic beauty retailing – the future is multi-channel I wrote about how high street fashion retailer H&M had become the latest store to relaunch its beauty collection, which included a subsidiary-conscious range of Ecocert-approved sustainable products.

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    Are we nearly there yet?

    September 23, 2015 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    As this latest installment of my Beauty Buzz column goes to press, we are putting away the chairs  and closing the door on yet another hugely successful Round Table discussion hosted by the Natural Beauty Yearbook and Natural Products News magazine.

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    Repetition is key

    August 26, 2015 Guest Comment, Natural Beauty, Opinion

    Keep it clear. Keep it transparent. And no, I’m not just referring to your well-cared-for complexion! That’s the mantra this September when the Soil Association embarks on yet another emboldened Organic Beauty Week, focused this year on the theme, Campaign for Clarity.

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