Mr. Nopparut Thanapattarachaitat, Managing Director of Tip Surat Company Limited, founder of Durrianar By SQ, enthuses that the company has launched Durrianar By SQ with skincare benefits from durian, the king of Thai fruits and the country's famed best-selling economic crop. Durrianar By SQ is a skincare formulated with extensive research information of the much-loved local fruit, which has substantial potential to be commercially diversified to add value to the fruit and to be exported as international product.
"I'm from Rayong province, where durian is our local pride, and I saw the potential of durian to be diversified into many different products. We did some research and found that durian has more than just nutritious benefits that we can get as fresh or processed fruit, food or snacks," Mr. Nopparut says.
The research shows that durian is packed with benefits for the skin, especially bioactive compounds that act as antioxidant agents to combat skin ageing signs. Durian extracts are incorporated in high quality skincare that aims to benefit and care for all skin types.
"It all started late 2018 when I had the idea of using durian extract in skincare. I then reached out to Asst. Prof. Dr. Jiraporn Tongtan from Suan Dusit University to help conduct a primary study of durian extract's antioxidant properties to set the direction of our skincare production. We are now applying for patent and research funding to expand the study and properly regulate the extract for consumers' safety," Mr. Nopparut says.
Fusing the benefit of durian extract, the company earlier launched face masks under the brand Durrianar By SQ early in 2019 through online channel, following by a launch roadshow in China which proved to be well-received by the Chinese consumers. It was only natural then at Durrianar By SQ should have more products added to the brand.
Using advanced technology and cosmetic science know-how to transform the king of fruit to the queen of beauty. The extract is harvested from durian young shoots which are cold pressed to preserve the bioactive property which is the essence of Durrianar By SQ. Another key highlight of the product is its unique fragrance of durian flower – not durian fruit – which is currently under further studies to add more value to the fruit.
Durrianar By SQ uses durian young shoots from organic durian farm in Rayong, which is overseen by young smart farmers. Every step of the plantation uses machines and technology and less manpower and chemicals to ensure high quality and safety, making the durian young shoots from the farm most suitable for Durrianar By SQ skincare.
Mr. Nopparut also adds that Durrianar By SQ now offers 7 products across 3 lines: Age Care Cream that prevents ageing signs, moisturizes and restores dull skin; Whitening Cream that naturally brightens; and Anti-acne that reduces acne and redness from acne. All Durrianar By SQ products are "jelly mask" lightweight night cream that deeply moisturizes during the night, ideal for daily use without having to rinse off.
Popular products from Durrianar By SQ include "Golden Durian Facial Mask" and water solution, alcohol-free 3-in-1 facial cleansing "Extra Gentle H2O Cleansing" that delicately and thoroughly cleanse eyes, lips and face for all skin types. Durrianar By SQ also looks to launch more products in the future.
"We want to offer skincare products for evert age group. Anti-acne aims for teenagers with acne problems, while Whitening Cream targets 30+ consumers who can also benefit from our Age Care Cream. I see the growth potential of skincare market, and I am confident that the story of Durrianar By SQ will grab attention of skincare lovers and draw their interests to skincare brand with durian extract by Thai people, and so far is the first and only brand of its kind to be distributed internationally,'' Mr. Nopparut says.
In Thailand, Durrianar By SQ is currently available via popular online channels such as Shopee, JC Central and soon at Lazada. Consumers can also purchase Durrianar By SQ via https://www.facebook.com/DurrianarTH/. Durrianar By SQ has been available at King Power since 2020 and has since become a channel where international consumers know the brand from.
"Durrianar By SQ started off with international market with distribution in Kin Power and launch activations in China. We also see the potential in the Thai market, especially with the e-commerce channel that has grown exponentially this year. We are pushing our products more via online shopping channels and looking to repackage our products to appeal more to Thai consumers," Mr. Nopparut says.
Durrianar By SQ has registered its trademark in Thailand and more than 10 other countries, including China as well as Thailand's neighboring countries like Myanmar and Laos. In China, Durrianar By SQ has been distributing through www.tmall.com by Alibaba, which is one of China's largest e-commerce channel, since July 2021. The company sees much more potential in the Chinese market, mainly because durian is already popular among Chinese consumers.
For this year-end, the company is planning to penetrate Vietnamese market, and negotiation is currently underway with Vietnamese partners. Durrianar By SQ is also set to expand to other countries in ASEAN with the same approach, i.e. through local partners that understand the market and consumers' behaviors.
"People in ASEAN love durian, and we take this opportunity to introduce Durrianar By SQ in this market because the consumers are already familiar with the fruit. Our future plan is to build Durrianar By SQ as an international brand and promote Thailand to the world," Mr. Nopparut concludes.
Published : September 22, 2021