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European online stores (review)

AikaAika Posts: 35Registered Users
Living in Europe can be pretty challenging, if you want to try all the great products people talk about on nc.com. I’ve spent a lot of time searching for online stores in Europe and thought it would be a good idea to share my experience here. Please if you know other good places (with international shipping) let us know.

The best three shops – based on personal experience:

British Curlies – UK
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Language: English
Shipping: UK: Royal Mail Recorded Delivery: £3.99 for all orders
Europe: £9.99 for all orders over £25, £7.99 for all orders under £25
Customer service: absolutely excellent, emails answered, personal assistance.
Unique products (not available other places): Curls Like Us Curl Cloth
Prices: very good

Lines:
Aubrey Organics, Batia & Aleeza, Crown Pride, Curl Junkie, Curl-ease towel, Curls, Curls Like us, Curly Hair Solutions, Kinky Curly, Miss Jessie’s, Mixed Chicks.

Note: a fast growing store, new lines being added quite often

Sistas Curl Collection – Holland

Dutch: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sistas-curlcollection.com" class="Popup
You can choose English from the main site. Or go straight to the English version:
English: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sistas-curlcollection.eu%2F" class="Popup

Language: English/Dutch
Shipping: app. € 11-13 with TNT, very fast, takes 48 hours to Denmark
Customer service: absolutely excellent, emails answered, personal assistance
Unique products: Komaza Care, Beauty by Donna Marie
Prices: very good

Lines:
African Wonders, Curls, Komaza Care, Beauty by Donna Marie, My Honey Child, Darcy’s Botanicals.


Lexies Curls – Germany

German: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lexies-curls.de%2Fjoomla%2F" class="Popup
English: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lexies-curls.de%2Fjoomla%2Findex.php%2Fen%2FNeue-Produkte.html" class="Popup

Language: English/German
Shipping: A small parcel up to 2 kg within the EU costs € 9.50 (no insurance and no
tracking number). A parcel up to 5 kg with insurance and tracking number € 18.00
Customer service: very good, personal assistance
Unique products: Curly Hair Solutions Roller Jaw Clamps
Prices: very reasonable

Lines:
Blended Beauty, Blended Cutie, Mixed Chicks, Sizta 2 Sizta, Curls, Curly Q's, It's a Curl, Jessicurl, Curly Hair Solutions, Giovanni, Shea Moisture, Nubian Heritage, Cantu, Jane Carter Solution, Curl Harmony, MopTop, Fuzzy Duck


Other interesting online shops by country:

Holland:
Mariposa
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mariposa-import.eu%2F" class="Popup

Maripossa improved very much after they got a new place and started shipping on the same day (if you order before 17.00). The shipping is with DPD and I pay € 13.50 to Denmark. I had problems contacting them in the summer, they don’t answer emails. Only telephone contact: Tuesday till Thursday from 14:30-16:30. Language: English.

Many lines, but prices are quite high. Ingredients are not listed.

Unique products: Oyin, Qhemet Biologics

Doeli
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.doeli.com%2F" class="Popup
I haven’t tried them personally. Site is in English or Dutch.
Lines: Curls, Mixed Chicks, My Honey Child, Afroveda.

Mengelmoez:
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Dutch or English, haven’t tried personally. Lines: Blended Beauty, Blended Cutie, Mixed Chicks

Scandinavia (everything is rather pricey).

Denmark
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fafrohairsecrets.dk%2F" class="Popup
Site is in English. Good customer service, many lines and accessories.
Jessicurl, Lustrasilk, Biosilk, CHI

Some prices are very reasonable, some are quite high. The Lustrasilk is only DKK 45.00.

Sweden:
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lockbutiken.se%2F" class="Popup
Kinky Curly, Curly Hair Solutions, Jessicurl

UK:

Hejhog – natural products
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fhejhog-uk.com%2F" class="Popup
Aubrey Organics, Giovanni, John Masters Organics
Reasonable shipping charges, good service

Essentials London
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.essentialslondon.com%2Fvgm_category.aspx" class="Popup
Naturtint, Aubrey Organics, Burts Bees
Very fast shipping.

Comments

  • ninadefninadef Posts: 243Registered Users
    I'm in the process of setting up my one online store and you just helped me do my market research!:blob4:

    I'm not even going to try to compete with the UK stores but the rest: Here I come!
  • mimibumskinsmimibumskins Posts: 1Registered Users
    Wowwww this is great research! I live in holland and I have ordered from mariposa and doeli's already, but I never heard of the sistas curl collection and any of the UK sites. Thanks a bunch for the info!!
  • AntjeAntje Posts: 94Registered Users
    I always buy my stuff with mariposa,
    I am a customer of Lori for a long time now and she is the best.
    Her shipping is much better now, but she was always helpfull when some things went not ok.

    (dutch shipping company was not a big succes)
    2c waves curls.

    Started the CG routine again!! since Februari 8 2011

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  • chenajchenaj Posts: 352Registered Users
    This is such a good idea! I do all my curl product shopping at Ironsun Organics. Here is my review (using your template did not change everything, when it was the same I just left it as is):

    Ironsun Organics - UK
    UK shopping - /home/leaving?target=https%3A%2F%2Fironsunorganics.co.uk" class="Popup
    European and international shopping - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fintlshop.ironsunorganics.co.uk" class="Popup


    Language: English


    Shipping Rates by weight:
    Postage Prices within the UK
    Up to 2kg - £5.00
    From 2kg to 4 kg - £7.06
    From 4kg to 6 kg - £9.58
    From 6kg to 8kg - £11.74
    From 8kg to10kg - £12.61

    Europe Royal Mail Airsure: signed for and online tracking
    From 20g-1kg - £10.79
    From 1.02kg to 1.5kg - £13.29
    From 1.5kg to 2kg - £15.79

    Customer service: absolutely excellent, emails answered, personal assistance and a personal touch with the product presentation, very nicely wrapped.

    Unique Selling Points: 98% of their range are "Made in UK" curl care products, they don't stock any of the American products so the prices are excellent they start as low as £4.00. They do have some unique non- UK items in their range. Everything is natural and organic.

    Unique products: (not available other places): Volcanic Earth - Tamanu Butter, Tamau Oil & Coconut oil treatment

    Prices: amazing

    Lines: Aubrey Organics, NaturalCurls, Kiwicurls, Evelyn, Botanicals, Shea Bliss, Ciccolatina, Live Native, Suki, Volcanic Earth, Frida, Simply Soaps, Petit Marie Organics, Raw Gaia.

    Note: a fast growing store, new lines being added every week. They post a weekly curl care tip on their home page and keep customers informed by e-mail of new products.
    hair type - definately 4a

    wash - any baby shampoo

    conditioning styler - homemade blend with shea, coconut, avocado mango, plam, castor, almond and essential oils

    Hair pics http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=84285
  • fonkifonki Posts: 353Registered Users
    Another website to check out is pakcosmetics.com

    A huge range of products including curls, Ecostyler, world of curls, palmers & so much more

    Customer service & delivery times are a bit lacking ... But all my parcels did get delivered eventually

    Plus it's cheap!
  • CurlyCoilyMeCurlyCoilyMe Posts: 130Registered Users
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! :) So helpfull.
  • NYCgirlNYCgirl Posts: 236Registered Users
    One of my absolute favorite coconut oils is not available in the US. Its by Akamuti, so I actually order it from the UK (thankfully they do ship internationally, at a cost unfortunately) online from /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theorganicbodycareshop.com%2F" class="Popup

    Here's a link directly to the coconut oil > /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theorganicbodycareshop.com%2Fproduct-details.asp%3FSID%3D58%26amp%3BPID%3D950%26amp%3BBrand%3DAkamuti%26amp%3BProduct%3DBody_Butter-Coconut_Oil" class="Popup

    I don't use this particular oil for pre-poo treatments but I pretty much use it when I style as well as a general sealer. I apply a little to my hair at least once, sometimes twice a day. I love it!!!
    • Oils: EVOO,JBCO, Almond Oil
    • Cleanse: SM JBCO Replenishing Shampoo, Jane Carter's Conditioning and Cleansing Co-Wash
    • Pre-poo: Trader Joe's Coconut Oil, Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner
    • LI: CRN The Leave-in Collection,
    • DC: LUSH Deep Conditioning Treatment by Miche Beauty, Cantu Deep Treatment Masque
    • PT: CJ Repair Me, Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner
    • Style: CRN Curl Maker, KCCC, WetLine Xtreme Gel, Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
  • fonkifonki Posts: 353Registered Users
  • fonkifonki Posts: 353Registered Users
  • creebsburgcreebsburg Posts: 1Registered Users
    There is now a new beautiful Dutch online shop www.naturalblackhair.nl the first in the Netherlands to sell Carol's Daughter products and other beautiful brands such as Shea Moisture and Jane Carter Solution.
  • rapunzel4everrapunzel4ever Posts: 557Registered Users
    Here you can find all kinds of curl products for wavy/curly/kinky hair:

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    Brands like Kinky Curly, Jessicurl, Curl Junkie, Taliah Waajid, MopTop, and many more.
    _____
    2b (mixed with 2c/3a) med/fine- low porosity- normal elasticity, BSL
    2B/C-3A) fine - low porosity
    Routine:
    Wash: Daily Fix,SMT, Kesham, Urtekram
    RO: Motions CPR Li, Inecto Cocos co, AO GPB, KCTT
    acv-rinse, sometimes honey-rinse
    LI: coconut oil (winter), CJBC-LI
    Styling: AVG, Etos Solid Power Gel, Taft gel, CJPP, JCCC, BRHG
    Plopping~Pixiecurl diffuse~clipping
    KrullenWijzer.blogspot.nl
  • CurlyB_CurlyB_ Posts: 126Registered Users
    this one is pretty nice too. they have a great customer service!

    curlychocolate.com

    Lines:
    Mixed chicks
    Brown Butter Beauty
    Jessicurl
    Jane Carter
    Bee Mine
    My Honey Child
    Shea Terra Organics
    Hairveda
    Curly Q
    It's a Curl!
    Curls
    Miss Jessie's
    Nano Keratin
    Kinky-Curly
    Eco Styler
    Knooty Boy
    Tiny Twirls
    Afroveda
    Beautiful Curls


    Shipping Costs:
    Germany-4,90€
    Austria-12,90€ (Same price for europe shipping I guess)


    The shop is situated in Hamburg-Germany
  • KdeebeeKdeebee Posts: 7Registered Users
    Gidore.com

    Curly Hair, Kinky Hair, Mixed Race Hair Care Products - Gidore


    Lines
    Jane Carter Solution
    Aubrey organics
    Curls
    Beautiful Textures
    Mixed Chicks
    Mahogany Naturals
    Keracare
    As I Am
    Phillip Kingsley
    Original Sprout
    Roots 2 Ends
    Akoma Skincare
    Solomon's Daughter


    Shipping

    UK Deliveries £4.99

    European Deliveries £10.49

    Next Day Delivery (UK Only) £14.95 - Orders must be received before 1 pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

    I've found customer service to be excellent and delivery time fast, you also get loyalty points with each purchase which you can use to get money off future orders :cheers:
    Do not remove the kinks from your hair, remove them from your brain- Marcus Garvey

  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    woow this is great! im in germany and are still looking for a go too site, my normal routine that has worked great for so long, hasnt been working any more so i have to look for somthing else.

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Omg thanks SO much for this thread!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!! So helpful!!!
    4-2.png
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D
  • scigrlscigrl Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thanks for this! I am finding it really difficult to find products in France - but just came across Le CurlShop (Le CurlShop - Des produits naturels pour le soin des boucles - Des perles et des accessoires cheveux)! Unfortunately it is only is french.

    Postage:
    Delivery to France - 5€95
    Also sends to Europe

    Brands:
    Aubrey Organics
    Baka Beautiful
    Coco Curls
    Curl Harmony
    Curly Hair Solutions
    Curl Junkie
    Curly Q
    Curls
    Crown Pride
    D-Lab
    Dabur
    Darcy's Botanicals
    Denman
    Donna Marie
    Doobaline
    Fro Her
    Foxy Curls by Tigi
    Hesh
    Hairveda
    It's a Curl
    Jane Carter Solution
    Janelle Beauty
    Jessicurl
    Karen's Body Beautiful
    Kinky Curly
    Komaza Care
    K pour Karité
    Les Secrets De Loly
    Love,Peace & the Planet
    Macadamia Natural Oil
    Miss Jessie's
    Mixed Chicks
    MyHoneyChild
    NATURALISTA COSMETICS
    Original Sprout
    Shea Moisture
    Stay-On Satin
    Uncle Funky's Daughter
    Vatika Dabur
    Vitamin System
    Hand Dry
    Tangle Teezer
    Diva Darling
    Satin Pillow Case
    Bello Panda
  • waterlily716waterlily716 Posts: 781Registered Users
    I've been studying abroad in Spain and ordered some products from iHerb while I was here. The shipping was only $6 and took about two weeks. It was a very positive experience. They sent a nail file and some free sample vitamins with my package.

    iHerb.com - Vitamins, Supplements & Natural Health Products

    They carry kinky curly, nature's gate, giovanni, dessert essences, avalon organics, aubrey organics, kiss my face, and a lot of other organic/natural lines you would find at Whole foods in the US.

    I also heard vitacost was good for international shipping, but didn't get to try it out as they don't ship to spain, but I'll leave it in this thread anyways:
    Discount Vitamins, Supplements, Health Foods and Sports Nutrition - Vitacost
    [sigpic][/sigpic]
    3a/b low to normal porosity curls
    CG method since 2006 @:-)
    CO wash: suave naturals coconut
    rinse out CO: GVP conditioning balm
    stylers: KCNT, CK, jessicurl spiralicious
    @waterlily716 on YouTube, FB, & Twitter
    Blog: Curls and Blossoms

  • LauraimesLauraimes Posts: 880Registered Users
    F - LP - HD - NE
    Fine, low porosity, high density, normal elasticity
    Hairtype 2c

    Low poo: Petal Fresh Organics Rosemary & Mint Volumizing Shampoo
    Protein: Colorful Neutral Protein Filler
    Detangler/RO: KCKT (winter) or Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil (summer)
    Styling: KCCC

    Beauty Is Not a Number