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OLUMES

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Having flawless skin is a goal for many. However, it is often hard to achieve. Our skin condition may change depending on our diet habits, the weather, the quantity of rest that we take, and the products that we apply to our face.

Aerin Gabor was paying a visit to her Kadazan-Dusun grandparents who live in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu.

There, she noticed that her elderly grandmother, aunts, and mother had clear, flawless skin.

Struggling to get rid of her adult acne and redness from switching around too many beauty products, Aerin was curious what her grandmother, mother, and aunts’ skincare regimens were.

Then, she discovered the secret lies in the Kalalit tree, which is a native species in Southeast Asian region.

“Old wives’ tales from Kadazan-Dusun elders believe that a few splashes of Kalalit water onto the face were the revitalizing touch that helped their complexions appear flawless,” she said.

Aerin tried applying the Kalalit water onto her face every day. To her surprise, her multi-problem skin got better after a week. Returning to Kuala Lumpur after this trip, she shared her newfound discovery with her friends who were mesmerized by her skin.

With the mission to help all those who have skin issues to gain flawless skin, Aerin decided to create a clean skincare formulation that works. She took this passion very seriously and even went to the UK to pursue an Advanced Diploma in Organic Cosmetic Science.

To develop suitable skin products from natural ingredients from Borneo, Aerin partnered with a local lab to extract the Kalalit water from sappan wood. It took them some time to find the right ingredients.

In December 2019, Aerin and her partner, Ika, incorporated Olumes Sdn. Bhd. Due to the pandemic, many of their plans delayed. In September 2020, they finally launched their products. Though it was a bit risky to launch the product during the pandemic, they also noticed the local e-commerce was blooming. They decided to market their products via an e-commerce website and promoted their products via social media.

The ingredients of Olumes’ products don’t come cheap. The pricing for Olumes ranges from RM80 to RM300 per product. However, they believe products that work well will speak for themself.

Soon after they launched their products, Olumes The Satin Cream has won the Beauty Insider Rewards 2021 for the Best Pore-refining Skincare.

They collaborate with Hoolah to enable their users to buy the products with instalment plans. At the same time, the team also launched a more price-friendly range of products with the same effectiveness to improve skin conditions in May.

Moving forward, Olumes plans to slowly introduce their products internationally to Europe and the US. They are excited and super proud to share the rich heritage of Kadazan-Dusun with the world.

Olumes has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

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