The Paul Penders e-Newsletter: June 2008
In This Issue:
California Lawsuit
Blind Sailors
Misleading Skin Cream Advertising
Natural Health Farm

California Challenges Mislabeled Cosmetics

Earlier this month, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. filed a lawsuit against several personal care companies whose products allegedly contain 1,4-Dioxane, a compound that has been linked to cancer.

This makes California one of the few regions to focus on enforcement of existing consumer protection laws, rather than promulgation of laws and regulations that often overlap and contradict each other. Many European countries, as well as several industry certification boards, have taken the latter approach, resulting in a dramatic increase in rules that do little to protect consumers but significantly increase manufacturers’ costs.

“I am proud to be from California,” says Paul Penders. “They are doing the simple thing, by separating the liars from those living by the truth. Eventually, justice will be done and some people may even go to jail. That’s how it should be.”

Under California’s Proposition 65, consumer products should not expose users to chemicals known to cause cancer or toxicity without giving clear warning.

The lawsuit accuses Avalon Natural Products, along with the Whole Foods Market California, Beaumont Products and Nutribiotic of failing to give clear and reasonable warning of the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in their products.

In March of this year, the Organic Consumers Association released a study exposing several natural and organic brands that were found to contain 1,4-Dioxane. A byproduct of ethylene oxide,1,4-Dioxane is used as a surfactant.

Earlier this spring, Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps filed a lawsuit in California against several leading organic and natural brands and two certification bodies regarding the mislabeling of products as organic, but which contained conventional petrochemical or agricultural ingredients.

First Legally Blind Sailors Cross the Pacific Ocean, Heading Towards Langkawi

Later this year, the first legally blind sailing team to cross the Pacific Ocean will arrive in Langkawi, where Paul Penders will host a welcome reception.

In October 2004, Scott Duncan and Pam Habek left San Franciso for their round the world voyage. They sailed south to Mexico, then headed east through the South Pacific and into New Zealand. On November 10, 2005, Scott and Pam officially crossed the Pacific, setting a world record.

Over the next two years, they sailed into Australia, with intermittent breaks to work and complete upgrades to their Pearson 390 Starship following engine failure.

Scott and Pam are now on the seas again, heading east from Australia through the Indian Ocean, around the southern tip of Africa, across the South Atlantic Ocean, then north through the Panama Canal and home. Their trip will take them through Malaysia, where they plan to stop in Langkawi Geopark. Of course, we will organize a warm welcome at the local Langkawi Yacht Club.

With a deep love of the high seas, Paul Penders is a long time supporter of sailing. The Paul Penders skin care products provide excellent performance at sea, to sailing and yachting teams around the world. Paul Penders is also a sponsor of Scott and Pam.

To read more about Scott and Pam, and their voyage of a lifetime, please click here.

Skin Creams Found to Violate U.K. Advertising Rules

According to a recent survey of beauty advertisements by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), almost 20% of skin cream ads do not comply with ASA advertising rules.

This is significantly worse than the average for all cosmetics products, which are 93% compliant.

The ASA’s survey examined 445 cosmetic ads that appeared in all media. It found that skin cream ads often claimed greater benefits than their manufacturers could prove. This was particularly true for products based upon new technologies such as stem cells and nanotechnology. Several ads for these products, which were examined by the ASA, claim cell regeneration when there has been no clinical evidence to support this.

Skin cream ads also tend to claim cumulative benefits to the skin over time, but few have been found in scientific testing to accomplish this.

Since the survey was completed in September 2007, the ASA reports that it has continued to see such claims in skin care advertisements.

To read more about the survey, and access the full report from the ASA, please click here.

Natural Health Farm to Carry Paul Penders Products

The Natural Health Farm (NHF), a Malaysia-based manufacturer of natural health supplements founded by naturopathic physician Dr. Jessie Chung, will soon also carry select skin care, hair care, body care and cosmetics products exclusively produced by Paul Penders.

NHF is committed to providing highly quality, natural health products that help maintain wellness and balance between the body and the environment. Its products include nutritionals, detoxifiers, and vitamins, as well as products designed to address specific medical conditions for natural self healing.

In May 2008, the NHF marketing and quality control teams visited the Paul Penders company, where they toured the facility and met with Paul Penders and his scientific team. Because all Paul Penders products are naturally formulated from organic ingredients and designed for use on the hair, skin and body, they compliment NHF’s line of nutritionally-based products.

To visit the NHF website, please click here.

To read more about Dr. Chung, and her 2007 award for Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence, click here.