Often I think back to the time when I needed to flee my country of origin, The Netherlands, because the Dutch Government, some 30 years ago, want to close our factory because of our refusal to agree to do animal tests for our products. During these days, like for all countries in the world, animal tests needed to be done “in order to be sure that cosmetic products were safe for humans”. How wrong these laws have been where uncountable amount of innocent animal have suffered and died for nothing; only because it was a legal requirement by the government for manufacturers to test their products on animals!
In the “Jaarbeurs”, the largest convention building in Utrecht, The Netherlands, they organized a show for vegan and vegetarian products. To our surprise, Paul Penders Company was asked to join too because our products are world-wide certified vegan by AVA (American Vegan Association) in New York; the standard in vegan certification. It was the first time on 30 years that we were active again in my home country! It was heartwarming to see the interest for our products, after we fled Holland overnight. Why did we flee Holland? The Dutch government – at that time – would have closed our factory, despite that we tried hard to convince the government with tests we did for a very long time on a convent of catholic nuns. (See “the nun story” in our website). Well…. “Nuns are no Rabbits” was told us, and our trials on human people were not good enough in the eyes of the FDA and according to the law, soon they were to come out despite all overwhelming public support we received in newspapers and even on television …. the law is the law and we left Holland.
Before I left I discussed with the FDA in Brooklyn, New York, who were way more advanced than in Europe in regards with safety for cosmetics and they told me that the natural ingredients we used were all GRAS (generally recommended as safe) and yes, they were once tested on animals long time ago, and thus not needed to be tested again and again like the law in most countries at that time. Our company start all over in the US and now I am even a US citizen, but always longing to my home country as well.
Therefore it was great, even emotional at times for me seeing such a huge crowd that came to our presentation at the show, giving renewed support for Paul Penders botanical cosmetics after all these years! Paul Penders products finally coming back to the country of origin. Thank you to the people of The Netherlands!!
Especially “Thank You!” to Renee van Beckhoven (pictured here with “tulips from Amsterdam who always believed in us. She fought for our products to come back to Holland again. She is the company in Holland importing the products and participating at this show with many stores again taking our products that were originally Dutch to begin with. For Dutch people: www.paulpenders.nl
Thanks to our staff for their participation and hard work in the Lifestyle Expo held in Kangar, Malaysia at end of January 2016. I am truly delighted to see every staff working together giving their best to promote our products to the 1000+ visitors.
Our booth reminded me of the days in the U.S with many exhibitions I did and I was proud to see that my staff did the same set-up in Malaysia too. The Paul Penders booth was the best and most professional looking among all.
Two of our staff had the opportunity to present our products to the Queen of Perlis. I personally congratulate them for taking the bold step from their comfort zone and courage to do their best in front of the Queen and the public. Yes… Kudos to Sakinah and Umaiyah!
Sakinah sprays Paul Penders Natural Herbal Citrus Eau de Perfume on the hand of the Queen
Umaiyah explains the goodness of our herbal cosmetics to the audience
We served fresh Mujonso tea during the entire 3 days of this busy expo, and for visitors who loved the tea so much and wished to experience more of the unique health benefits for themselves, they got a free Mujonso plant!
While happy with the sales made during this exhibition, we are very excited that our brand of natural botanical cosmetics, with all our products containing the unique blend of organic 22 LevensESSENTIE ™ Herbal Extract, is now made known to more people in Malaysia, including the Royal Family!
Paul Penders’ Award Winning Products 2015
Natural Solutions Magazine editors voted four of its natural products in the 7th Annual Beauty with a Conscience Awards recently. The award honors natural beauty products which use natural ingredients, and how these products impact a person’s look and feel.
The top 4 award winning products are:
• Paul Penders Mulberry Natural Lipstick (Cosmetics Category)
• Paul Penders Sunflower Brightening Hot Cloth Cream Cleanser (Face Category)
• Paul Penders Men’s Best AfterShave Lotion (Men Category)
• Paul Penders Natural Baby Shampoo (Baby Category)
“Natural Remedies” is a brandnew concept pharmacy in the beautiful upscale Bangsar part in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today is the Grand Opening and we are proud how our own Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark brand is so wonderfully promoted to foreigners and local customers alike. A wonderful new concept pharmacy for today’s consumer needs. Thank you Natural Remedies!!
Creative I N N O V A T I O N !
Our lab works on a NON-MEDICATIVE natural anti-dandruff formula that contains no chemical sulphur stuff like Selsun, etc. Our simple criteria for this product: 1. made with botanical organic ingredients 2. MUST WORK!! I am myself a guinnipig here and start to believe we are getting this “thingy on my head” under control. A special strong herbal blend developed in Korea and yes… added will be too: Mujonso and Pegaga from Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark. Anyone having serious dandruff? Please join us as guinnipig… ? we need you! (It’s free and do not put it into your eyes!).