Beauty standards of Germany vs India

Heya everyone!

How you doin’ ? 😉

I moved to Germany exactly a year back for my studies.  Ofcourse, the studies and new culture along with friends and parties take a lot of time from my hand. But here I am. 🙂 My idea of beauty changed a lot after coming here. You will read that shortly.

Let me introduce you to the average weather here. I live in southern Germany,where one gets an ample amount of Sun throughout the year,specially during Summers. Summer temperatures range between 25-38 celsius.Winters on the other hand are dry and windy with temperatures below 20 all the time.

So for an Indian,how does the beauty market of Germany differs keeping in mind the weather conditions?

  1. Fitness Pro- In India, you don’t see many women hitting the gym or fitness classes. Most of the young ones go for a walk or jog,the middle-aged ones do Yoga or walk and the old ones? Forget about them…Maybe they go for a walk too,but not at a pace which defines it fitness level. Men on the other hand,specially the young generation till 30 years, either play a sport or go to gym extensively. Beyond that age, its restricted to walks only. In Germany, all age groups and gender hit the gym regularly. There are more Yoga courses here than I could find in my hometown in India.  I used to do home exercises along with Yoga, but on landing here,I joined a gym.I must say,it brings a different level of fitness and energy to you.
  2. Go Natural- The weather here is mostly perfect,so there is no fear of melting/dry makeup,but in spite of that, German women prefer living without makeup or maybe they are using a natural makeup look. I have hardly seen anyone wearing a bright lipstick or eyeshadow (maybe during parties or festivals) . In India, it’s true the humid summers wreak havoc on your makeup,so most of the women avoid it,but if you go to the big cities, women do embrace going outside with full face of makeup in varied hues. When I was working, my makeup was restricted to a coloured eyeliner(matching with my attire) and a nude lipstick atmost.Now,it’s all about just using a tinted sunscreen and compact powder. 😀
  3. Grayscale Life- This can be said for most of the Europeans. People love wearing various shades from B/W spectrum during winters. This amuses me as I think winters are already gloomy with gray skies,on top of it,people choose to wear matching clothes to make it more disheartening (There are some occasional rebels 😉 ). Summers are entirely different here. With the bright Sun,clothes become more colourful and eye-catchy. If you visit India, you would notice that we are not biased against any season. For us ,colour is part of life and we are not afraid to wear it everyday.
  4. Skincare Saviour- This is in harmony with point 2. You have variety of skincare labels to choose from when you visit an Apotheke (drugstore). Germany prides itself on good skincare and this shows in the German women. The reason why they go natural is because they are more concerned about their skin and prefer making it flawless,rather than layering it up with cosmetics. Indians usually opt for regular skincare ,influenced by the telemarketing or the ones the doctors suggest. But I have seen that there is an increase in awareness about beauty products nowadays,specially among young women. 🙂 

These are all my observations till date. I know I have more to learn. Also, it’s just a personal perspective so I hope no one gets offended. 🙂

If you find anything worth mentioning or something I forgot , jot it down in the comment section below. 😉

Till next time, Cya. 

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Deutchland Reisebericht(Germany travelogue)

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Wie geht es Ihnen? ( Gosh! I remember from my German class)

This is another chapter from my Europe tour.If you haven’t already gone through my earlier travel posts,I will link them below.

London Diaries

Amsterdam travelogue

After an amazing Amsterdam experience,it was time for Germany.All of us have heard its famous for its beer and Oktoberfest.But there’s more to it.It is immensely strong in its technological frontiers as well.

We boarded our coach in the morning from our Amsterdam hotel to visit Cologne cathedral situated amidst bustling lanes of Cologne.

Now,I know,obviously your mind will wander off towards,” Is the Eau De Cologne invented here? “

To answer that,bear with me and go through the rest of the beauty this city has.Cologne is notable for its Gothic architecture.The familiar arches and tall cathedrals will mesmerize you for sure.

And one such cathedral is the famous Cologne cathedral.It is the most visited site in Cologne and is dear to the native people.You literally have to strain your neck to photograph it in its mighty glory.It contains the bones of 3 wise men or 3 kings which is gilded into elaborate golden sarcophagus.It is a must visit sight if you want to be spellbound.

After taking in all the wonder this cathedral has to offer,we went around  in the nearby market.Now let’s come to your question.Eau de cologne as you may have heard,was developed by the Farina family of Italy. In 1803 Wilhelm Mülhens was granted to use the Farina family name and opened a cologne shop.Later on,it was denied and then,the house no. through which the cologne was sold,was used to brand the cologne name.Any guesses? 😉 It is none other than 4711. We did buy vials and a perfume from their official store in the same market adjoining the cathedral.

Next we went for River Rhine cruise along which the city of cologne thrives.It was an hour long cruise which took us through serene waters.It was indeed a peaceful cruise.We all sat on the deck,soaking up the Sun.It has a bar as well and I tried the famous beer Kölsch. It was amazingly having a sweet tinge to it.We could see lot of castles and medieval rest houses on the hills,which is the touristy part of this cruise.

On deboarding it,our coach took us to Heidelberg to get a feel of past European life.You can easily spend a day roaming aimlessly on the streets. 😀

If you see the pictures above,  there is a mouse and a monkey.Monkey symbolizes that neither the city-dwellers nor the outsiders are better than each other and that they should look over their shoulder to remeber this while crossing the bridge.It is believed that if you touch the fingers of the Bridge Monkey it would ensure your return to Heidelberg, touch the mirror for wealth and touching the mice will ensure fertility.I didn’t touch the mice ofcourse. 😀

Next day,we drove to Black forest.I guess the tasty blackforest cake derives its origins from this part of Germany.Black forest is home to fir trees and an apt fairytale setting.Also,it is an abode to Cuckoo clocks.Worldfamous Cuckoo clocks!All of us had,atleast once in their lifetime,have possesed this clock or seen it somewhere. We watched a demonstration on how its made .We did empty our pocket as well .:-P We bought a battery operated clock as its convenient.There’s a shop called Drubba.They have 3 stores in there.The one which comes first,will fit your budget.Drubba family is the oldest family which is continuing this clock business.Hope my history is correct.

We had free time to ourselves to stroll the streets.We bought some souvenirs.Personally,I would love to visit Germany once again,as I feel I havent even touched 1 % of their things to see.

Shopping tip:When in cologne,we saw that there’s a ‘Deutch Markt’ just up ahead in the market ,which is like a drustore.They also have Eau De Cologne 4711,which is sold at cheaper prices.I feel it’s best to buy from there.We already bought our stuff from the official store,so couldn’t do much.

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