Monthly Archives: June 2010

Little Green Book Features Paul Penders

Sometimes it’s lovely to be surprised and what a delight it is to find out that our company has been featured in a book called “The Little Green Book of Beauty: 250 Tips for an Eco Lifestyle” by Sarah Callard.

Here's Paul Penders on page 28

Here's Paul Penders on page 28

We are on page 28 and featured as Tip #50 where it says:

Cold Blended is Best

Some manufacturers, such as Paul Penders, are developing cold blended cosmetics. Many conventional products are manufactured using heat processing which can destroy bio-active ingredients. Cold blending protects the ingredients, thereby making the final product more effective.

The book contains lots more tips on helping you become a better earth citizen.

We found out that this book is one of the 6 titles in the Little Green Book series. On closer look, we discovered how we could make more informed choices which helps not only us but also our planet.

In fact, this books packs in some 250 tips on cosmetics, grooming products and treatments with useful tips on packaging, ingredients, organics, toxins, animal testing and ethical issues. It has tips on how to read product labels and avoiding toxins, and much more.

According to Amazon, Sarah Callard the author “studied fashion journalism at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, before becoming a lifestyle journalist. She has been writing about natural lifestyles for more than ten years. Currently writing a weekly ‘green’ column for the Saturday Telegraph, she is a regular contributor to a number of other UK publications, including the Independent, the Observer and Ethical Living magazine. She lives an eco-friendly life in Devon, England.”

Check it out at your local bookstore or at Amazon.

Tips for your eco lifestyle

Tips for your eco lifestyle

Journey to Vanamoolika – Part 2
Meeting Fr. Joseph Chittoor, a visionary Priest

Only a few people are able to feel what I felt today: an association of beauty, and a community of hard work, devotion, love, and a dedication for a better future.

Today I had the honor of meeting  Joseph Chittoor, a wise man, as well as a Catholic Priest. A man who comes from a family that loves the growing of medicinal plants and trees. He has a degree in Theology and has written several books about traditional medicines. He is also the one who set up Vanamoolika, where I am staying for five days to study medicinal plants.

I recently stumbled on the story of this charitable organization, which is run by 375 women. They are the ones in the family who get the money for the cultivation of the certified organic herbs. In addition, the women receive profit sharing from the sales of these herbs, and are getting a better price for their products because of the medicinal purposes.

Father Joseph Chittoor, after traveling the world, had a vision of helping the poor who had no money to buy allopathic medicines. Living in the beautiful rural areas of India, he envisioned that he could also help those families get organized in making their own medications according to ayurvedic principles.

Some 20 years ago, Vanamoolika became a fact and right now the 375 women are divided into 25 groups of 15 women each. Each group has its own leaders consisting of a President and Secretary. No religion is involved and the whole organization is a democratic process where only women develop the organization. They cultivate about 700 different plants and today there is an official GMP-licensed factory that produces a diversity of different certified organic medicines.

All plants and trees are collected from the farmers around the area. Because of the profits of the organization, the farmers are being paid a fair price. The improved lives of these farmers have given the women of the organization a sense of security, self-esteem, and pride because it is their own female organization.

Besides herbs and plants, they also produce local coffee, spices, coconut oil, ginger, and cocoa. Now families in this rural area have children who can get an education and a better life style what would not have been possible before. One thing to mention here is that older plants are cultivated and not taken from nature. No wild harvesting will ever be involved and every plant being removed will be re-planted afterwards in order to sustain nature. All herbs and plants are cultivated without using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

How proud I will be to start using these wonderful natural organic ingredients in Paul Penders products. Ingredients made with such love and care.
Today, on the second day of the study visit, I was invited to see the factory. I was amazed at the devotion of the women diligently and lovingly making medicines from the herbs and plants that are collected by the farmers.

I saw modern and traditional methods of manufacturing under GMP conditions, as well as modern lab facilities. The tinctures smelled fresher and more potent than any I remember smelling before.

One of the interesting products I saw today were chocolates made with medicines for different functions to improve health conditions. Conditions such as improving stomach ailments, headaches, and energy. A product that is also good for children because children like chocolates so much.

As I sit here writing, on the balcony of my hut made entirely from the wood of 20 medicinal trees, I am surrounded by flowers, jackfruit, and bananas . I smell the typical fragrances of some of these medicinal herbs when the wind softly blows in my direction. I am thankful for being given the chance to tell the world about the great vision of Father Joseph Chittoor to empower women who previously had nothing. Now they have the possibility to give their children the education and chances in life that are meant for everyone.

Related posts:

Part 1 Love-Labor & Determination
Part 2 Meeting Fr. Joseph Chittoor, a visionary Priest
Part 3 The President of Vanamoolika
Part 4 A Gorgeous Ayuredic Doctor
Part 5 Ayurvedic Massage
Part 6 Inspirational Visit to Indocert; Indian Organic Certifying Agency
Part 7 Journey to Vanamoolika

Journey to Vanamoolika – Part 1
Love-Labor & Determination

By Paul Penders, CEO & Founder

I am now in India, actually in Vanamoolika which is a story like no other. It is a heartwarming story about Ayurveda and one built on love, labor and determination.

Because I desperately want to know more about Ayurveda (when Joji from India visited us in Langkawi Geopark), I also stumbled on a great story about women that any woman in the world wants to know.

Vanamoolika is an organization run entirely by women.

All money go to women and their families. Only women are in charge of all operations.

Vanamoolika is a community place initiated by a Catholic priest some 20 years ago in a rural area of India. Here is a small dedicated Ayurvedic healing institute and government GMP licensed processing plant of some 700 certified organic medical herbs and plants.

I have been offered to stay at the premises for 5 days to learn more about the cultivation of certified organic medical herbs and plants. In addition I will be getting a 4-day Ayurvedic treatment as well.

From Langkawi Geopark rainforest island I arrived late evening in Kerala, India, after I took no less than 4 flights plus an additional 7-hour drive through winding roads, passing small communities and massive mountains until we reached an amazing, beautiful area at 5,000 feet high above sea level. This place is called Vanamoolika.

Vanamoolika is 5000 feet above sea level

Vanamoolika is 5000 feet above sea level

After 18 hours of traveling I was offered a great vegetarian meal lovingly prepared by the community and then was escorted to a comfortable wooden hut that made entirely from 20 different medicinal trees! This will be my home for 5 days at Vanamoolika.

I am getting relaxed after so much traveling; a feeling of peace descends on me. Not only because of the way and the materials of what the structure is made but also the smell, the fragrance of the wood.

I am totally amazed with this social entrepreneurial community of idealistic professionals and native people who live here with their families scattered over 15 acres of land. Everyone is giving their lives for the growth of the best herbs and medicinal plants, processing them into authentic certified organic medicines according to the most strict Ayurvedic principles. How incredible this is!

I am here too because we at the Paul Penders Company always looks for the best and most potent certified organic herbs for our 22 herbal Levens ESSENTIE extract. The prospect of buying these wonders of nature and gifts of God from this community fills my heart with joy and great pride. I am happy we are able to support the work and livelihood of these people and pay fair prices.

I feel moved and inspired and especially fortunate to be able to be here as we look for opportunities to incorporate some exceptional Ayurvedic principles into Paul Penders LevensESSENTIE herbal extract.

As part of our journey in developing the best possible organic skincare and haircare preparations, we know that we can always try to make a difference. We want to be much more than just another skincare company. We want to know and understand the FEEL and ENERGY in our preparations and when you buy our products, you get the good results you want.

The labor and love of these people is what we want as part of Paul Penders products.

I am writing this before going to bed and I decided to write every day a short post about this wonderful and truly unique trip. It is one of these great experiences in our lives! It reminds me why we are on this earth and why we MUST preserve the good things of this planet.

The rural people here are putting their entire life in 100% dedication in just doing the best they can, without luxury; they meditate, study and work hard to know more and more of themselves in order to help others with Ayurvedic wisdom. I cannot feel more thankful!

Joji and I with some women of Vanamoolika

Joji and I with the hardworking women of Vanamoolika

That is all for now. I am very, very tired after such a long trip.

Tomorrow morning my first Ayurvedic treatment starts at 7 AM. I promise to blog each day about my journey of discovery!

Related posts:

Part 1 Love-Labor & Determination
Part 2 Meeting Fr. Joseph Chittoor, a visionary Priest
Part 3 The President of Vanamoolika
Part 4 A Gorgeous Ayuredic Doctor
Part 5 Ayurvedic Massage
Part 6 Inspirational Visit to Indocert; Indian Organic Certifying Agency
Part 7 Journey to Vanamoolika

Juraj and Lucia: Our New Distributors in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Paul Penders Cosmetics warmly welcomes Lucia and Juraj Bezručka as our new distributors in Slokavia and the Czech Republic.

Our new distributors Lucia and Juraj

Besides raising their three small children, Lucia and Juraj run an online shop selling natural cosmetics and environmentally-friendly cleaning products and toys.
Juraj wrote us recently to explain why he and Lucia were interested in marketing Paul Penders products in the former Czechoslovakia:

“After running our e-store for some time, it was obvious that cosmetics were the most rapidly growing segment of the shop and also the most interesting one. We felt a need to offer something new, something not available in our country. We were looking for high-quality organic cosmetics and after some time we found Paul Penders. After we read Paul’s story and several references, we did not hesitate to contact.

“We’ve already gained considerable knowledge of the organic cosmetics market in the area and we have established good distribution channels. We are confident that we can build a strong position for Paul Penders products in the heart of Europe.”

The ancient city of Prague

Hello Philippines!

Over the weekend we were thrilled to have our partners of Paul Penders Philippines, Inc. at the headquarters of Paul Penders Company in Langkawi UNESCO Geopark Island.

After my visit to Manilla 3 weeks ago we have been anxiously waiting for their return visit to Malaysia in order to work out details about the marketing of our products in The Philippines.

Even a congressman, excited about the opportunity to bring natural organic herbal cosmetics to the people of The Philippines, will become a shareholder assuring strength and staunch support.

It is truly a wonderful feel that in a time of worldwide grave recession, still small companies can make a difference and opportunities to grow. Over the last 3 months we have established our own companies and distributorships in Saudi Arabia, in India, in The Philippines and in Thailand!

Of course, we are delighted about this extra-ordinary development and will happily update more later on.