The Paul Penders e-Newsletter: November 2007

In This Issue:
New Product Development Blossoms Under Guidance of Cosmetics Expert
Paul Penders Products Included in Green Guide
Lots of Lipsticks Loaded With Lead
Paul Penders Products Coming to Indonesia

New Product Development Blossoms Under Guidance of Cosmetics Expert

Senior Cosmetic Chemist Dr. S. Gatot brings a wealth of knowledge about organic and botanical skin care products to Paul Penders. With a background in the creation of perfumes from native plants and herbs, Dr. Gatot develops innovative new products based on natural formulations. He increasingly collaborates with Dr. Abdul Ghani Hussain (medical doctor) an expert herbalist and Paul Penders company advisor who resides in Langkawi and is receiving acclaim for his educational jungle tours.

Dr. Gatot is responsible for the formulation and registration of all products with several Health Ministries in various countries, and was instrumental in the formulation of Paul Penders new Time Release Shampoo. This product, which has been heralded as the first shampoo with an ability to “break apart” to cleanse both hair and scalp, has built a loyal following around the world with both men and women seeking truly healthy, beautiful hair.

Dr. Gatot also advises the customer service person regarding her customer and distributor inquiries about the products, and trains new researchers, manufacturers and formulators. With the opening of Paul Penders China Company, Dr. Gatot headed up training for the Chinese team, both at the new Chinese manufacturing plant and at the company’s headquarters in Langkawi Geopark. “He loves teaching and has a natural gift to explain even very complicated concepts,” says Paul Penders of Dr. Gatot.

As the company continues to expand, another assistant will soon be hired for Dr. Gatot. This will allow him to spend even more time developing exciting new products.

Prior to joining Paul Penders, Dr. Gatot worked in research and development at several Southeast Asian manufacturers of pharmaceutical and herbal products. He holds advanced degrees from GadjahMadaUniversity and AirlanggaUniversity in Indonesia.

Paul Penders Products Included in Green Guide

The National Geographic Green Guide has included several Paul Penders products in its list of safe cosmetics.

Acquired by National Geographic Society in March 2007, the Guide is a resource for anyone striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It provides information on a variety of environmental and health topics, explaining how those issues impact consumers’ everyday lives. The Guide also features lists of environmentally-friendly products. Those products have been carefully reviewed by the Guide’s team of researchers to ensure that they have been manufactured in such a way as to reduce their health and environmental impacts.

The upcoming list of safe cosmetics profiles USDA-certified organic products that support the principles of the Safe Cosmetics Campaign and are packaged in an environmentally friendly manner. To learn more about Paul Penders cosmetics, please click here.

Lots of Lipsticks Loaded With Lead

According to a new report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, many popular lipsticks contain lead. This is dangerous, since lipstick is worn on the mouth and thus can be ingested.

Of the 33 brand-name red lipsticks tested by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, 61% had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm), and one third contained an amount of lead that exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy. Products containing lead included some popular brands such as Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior.

Ingesting lead can cause learning, language and behavioral problems such as reduced school performance and increased aggression. Pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable to lead exposure. Lead has also been linked to infertility and miscarriage. Because of this, more than 20 million toys made in China have recently been recalled, mostly due to the use of lead paint.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics noted that some less expensive brands it had tested, such as Revlon, had no detectable levels of lead, while the more expensive Dior Addict brand had higher lead levels.

All Paul Penders lipsticks are formulated with natural ingredients and are even free from chemical FD&C colors. To learn more about Paul Penders lipsticks and other cosmetics, please click here. To read more about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics lipstick research, click here.

Paul Penders Products Coming to Indonesia

Paul Penders natural skin care, hair care and body care products are available around the world and may soon also be sold in Indonesia. In October 2007, Mr. Indra Muljadi and Mr. Thamrin Wahyu Utomo visited Paul Penders headquarters in Langkawi, Malaysia to discuss representing the products in Indonesia.

Comprising more than 17,000 islands in southeast Asia, Indonesia is home to more than 234 million people and as such is the world’s fourth most populous country. Its capital city, Jakarta, is the world’s fifth largest metropolitan area with nearly nine million people. It is also rapidly modernizing and as this occurs, Indonesians are increasingly seeking safe, natural and effective health and beauty care products.

Paul Penders products are manufactured without harmful toxic ingredients. Instead, they incorporate proprietary blends of herbs and botanicals that have been shown over time to provide unique benefits to the skin and hair. These ingredients are combined in a unique cold manufacturing process that retains their bioactivity.