In life we meet a VSP.. only when we deserve it

The moment I meet a VSP it clicks. All feels natural from the beginning. That is how I met VSP Paul Roncken 30 years ago when we lived in Ireland and we are still close buddies. In Korea Mr. Yoo, in Japan Konno san. Also Phoebe and Mme. Chin in Malaysia are all VSP’s. And Edward Khoo in China. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world because I meet more and more VSP’s.….. (Very Special People).
The essence of meeting a VSP is based on Trust and Respect.
Few weeks ago Bas and Faye worked at the Paul Penders booth at the very busy Arab Health Show in Dubai. Suddenly a man came in the booth simply handing over his business card, saying “I want your products for my country. Soon I will come to visit your office in Langkawi”, then he disappeared in the crowd of the show. He called a few weeks later with flight arrangements made to see us. And it was such a wonderful visit and I know by heart that we became friends for life.

Mr. Ahamed Rheyas from Sri Lanka…
Was from a very young age seriously interested to end the suffering from patients who came to his father’s clinic. He decided to do something about that situation and started 21 years ago “Harcourts”, a company making affordable quality drugs available to all sick and suffering.
Mr. Ahamed relentless build his dream to become the largest drug company in Sri Lanka supplying over 600 drugs with his team of hundreds of sales people who daily visit any store in the country in order to educate about health and affordable drugs.

Now, a nine-story state-of-the-art office tower, a Medical Mall and a sprawling warehouse ensure the capacity for the next 5 year’s company’s growth for Sri Lanka. Beside his drug company, his empire consists of Super Drug Stores, a high quality herbal medicine manufacturing also for affordable prices, a “Consumer Solutions Company” for the FMCG sector. Mr. Ahamed is also involved in the hotel & travel business, as well as in advertising and construction. He must be a very busy man!

Yet Mr. Ahamed has higher aspirations than business alone as charity -as promised to his father- goes in big ways with an entire girl’s and a boy’s schools managed and funded by him. He also undertakes a philanthropic activity to enhance educational institution and soon starts a college for pharmacy.
At 46 years of age, Mr. Ahamed is extremely relaxed and takes time to shake hands with anyone he meets and sees. As he visited the Paul Penders head quarters, some of us were little bit nervous by the arrival of Mr. Ahamed, but, that was only for few seconds because as soon as he entered the building with his big smile, he immediately went out himself too introduce himself and asked how everyone was feeling.
Mr. Ahamed and we talk business and his plan is to open up several Paul Penders Centers in Sri Lanka accompanied by a serial of Paul Penders Natural Beauty Salons.

Therefore, at the end of his visit to Langkawi, Mr. Ahamed and Bastiaan flew to Kuala Lumpur and they received a great facial with organic natural herbal cosmetics in one of Paul Penders Natural Beauty Salons from our active Malaysian distributor. He enjoyed it so much and left as a very happy man! All beauticians over there were impressed with his simple, inspirational attitude; his kindness and care.
Therefore we are intensely proud to be able to mention that to us, Mr. Ahamed Rheyas, is a big VSP … part of Very Special People we are lucky to meet over and over again. A friend who not talks only business but teaches wisdom by heart based on experience in life.

      Thank you Mr. Ahamed for your trust in us, and
      in Paul Penders Natural Herbal Cosmetics.


Brenda’s Friends – Give the girl a break!

Let me tell you something about some friends of mine.
I start with Lynn, picture her as a western women in her early thirties.
Happy living together with her boyfriend. Good education, works 4 days a week, healthy living, though a bit overweight but no problems with this. And very, very enthusiastic and always busy!

When I meet her, she is always talking, and I am listening to the many stories she tells me. Telling about her travelling tour to Cambodia, exercise for the 10miles marathon in few months, preparing a trip with her family for her mother’s birthday, the pressure at work because there as so many projects that need to be finished, attending a workshop in the evening for mastering her skills, carrying heavy stones from the garden, for it has to be restructured, the coming weekend parasailing with her boyfriend…and even more.
Can you imagine that I always have fun when she comes around?
And she is happy, I can see it in her eyes.
Because I have so much fun with her, but also was wondering if she would like to have a day with nothing around, I decided to give her a break.
We went to my friend’s beauty salon for a well deserved, relaxing Ramuan treatment.
And there I could see it: Lynn talked and talked about her new exciting projects, but after an hour Lynn got silent. I saw her drifting into a relaxing state of mind. She looked at ease and enjoyed the silence.

At the end of the Ramuan day, Lynn looked even more shiny and glowing than ever before.
And do you know what she told me? We should take more moments of silence and even more, appreciate silence around us!
Can you understand why I love this lady?
Brenda’s friends are short stories of experiences of modern women. As Brenda is entirely made up by the writer, notice that she and her friends do not really exist! Thus people and stories are fiction. We hope you get an insight in our thoughts and values in life. Sometimes serious, sometimes just funny. Enjoy and we hope you get good understanding about Brenda’s approach to life!

Why Halal Certified Cosmetics?

Often people in the US or Europe ask me what halal cosmetics are. Many have heard about the word “kosher” but not “halal”. Long before the term “certified organic” became the newest kid on the block, Paul Penders cosmetics were already halal formulated. We are intensely serious about quality of our products and all Paul Penders natural herbal cosmetics are CERTIFIED HALAL
At the international cosmetics convention in Bangkok few months ago, Darhim Hashim of the International Halal Integrity Alliance spoke on the growing interest of halal formulated cosmetics world-wide.
The word halal means: permissible in Arabic. In the scope of halal cosmetics, the concept covers critical aspects of: production, sourcing of raw materials, and usage of permissible substances. All must be manufactured, stored and packaged according to specific halal requirements.
One of the reasons why I have been an advocate of halal cosmetics is that no animal products can be used, no animal by-products or slaughter products can be used, and no alcohol. But also, in order to get a government halal certification, manufacturing is a way more stringent process than simply GMP manufacturing.
Halal requirements for cosmetics have never been changed and are the same for ages. The process of certification is simple and clear; for everyone in any country of the world the same. In the US are no different requirements than in The Netherlands or in Malaysia. That too is why I like halal.
I found out 20 years ago that the halal requirements are exactly as to my own values. Our products are natural and use certified organic ingredients, no animal ingredients or whatsoever. Paul Penders products are officially halal certified not just the same process like organic certification board that wants to be in the business too and like the money aspects involved too. With halal certification is no money involved, period.
Paul Penders products are government halal certified in order to guarantee the best of ethically produced cosmetics made in the most clean environment, produced by people who care for these specific principles for the benefit of our consumers world-wide.

When you enter the Paul Penders offices at Langkawi UNESCO Geopark Island, the first thing is noticed are the many certificates hanging on the wall. We call it COMMITMENT towards quality of ethically produced cosmetic products without fanfare, without confusion and without sneaky business practices. A government approved halal certification for cosmetics means that these products are simply the best.

Tip of the Week: Did You Know That…

… if you are out of exfoliant, you can mix a little cornmeal with cleanser and use this mixture instead?
The cornmeal has a mild abrasive effect and will smooth the skin. Gently scrub the skin, using massage movements, and the roughness will be gone.
It works especially great in wintertime in parts of the world where it is cold – with central heating in the house or at work that dries out the skin.
And, of course, it is all natural…
The mixture can be used as a separate exfoliant, but the best result is reached when using it as an additional skin exfoliant.
Use it together with Paul Penders Herbal Citrus Fruit Exfoliant and the cornmeal mixture will be a perfect supplement to the biological action provided by the Herbal Citrus Fruit Exfoliant.
An all natural solution for your skin, as natural as it can be.

When mixing the corn meal with the cleanser, there are two natural choices: Paul Penders Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk or Paul Penders Alpinia & Teatree Cleansing Wash.

Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk is a natural herbal facial cleanser, formulated to effectively remove surface dirt and impurities.
Its fine plant-derived oils and its uplifting rosemary essential oil gently cleanse normal, dry and sensitive skin types, leaving the skin soft, smooth and noticeably clearer.

Alpinia & Teatree Cleansing Wash is a light, foaming facial cleanser with plant-derived ingredients that gently remove surface dirt and impurities.
The natural antibacterial action of Alpinia extract and essential teatree oil will gently, but effectively cleanse normal to oily skin – while helping to normalize the sebum production and reduce blemishes.
Of course, the cornmeal mixture is a handy solution, but a real exfoliant is always to prefer.

Paul Penders Citrus Fruit Exfoliant is a non-abrasive herbal exfoliant. Regular use will reveal soft, fresh and, healthier-looking skin. It is formulated with natural alpha and beta hydroxyl acids that gently remove the outer layer of dead skin cells.
This all-natural exfoliant will unclog pores and sweep away dead skin cells, leaving the skin softer and clearer that ever before.
Citrus Fruit Exfoliant is suitable for all skin types, and is specially created to work synergistically with the natural whitening effect of Paul Penders AquaLuna and with Paul Penders Intensive Clarifying Therapy (ICT).
Click here for a complete list of ingredients and here to find YOUR nearest Paul Penders store
Thanks to Alison for providing this tip.

Cosmetic Trends for the Next Five Years

Last December, Nick Morante asked formulators of some 200 leading cosmetic brands where they believe the cosmetic industry is heading for the next 5 years. Here is what they said:

  • Natural ingredients will have a large impact.
  • Demand in developing countries will grow.
  • China, India, Asia and the Middle East come into prominence.
  • Growing consumer awareness, with more consumers reading ingredient labels and try to understand what is in their product. Consumers are researching ingredients. They communicate about it over the internet.
  • Advances in technology do not rate high with formulators. They may feel that not many new developments will appear over the next years.
  • Men’s cosmetics will not have much impact
  • Suncare and spa products will have some more importance.

In conclusion:

  • Natural ingredients, developing countries and consumer awareness are key indicators for growth of the cosmetics industry over the next 5 years.
  • Technology, demographics and men’s cosmetics will play a small role in the industry’s growth over the next 5 years.

Paul Penders Co, although not a huge international cosmetic company player, may seem on the right path because we use pure natural and certified organic ingredients. We are involved in emerging countries. We provide in depth product information; this is a strong wish of consumers today, they want adequate, honest ingredient information. In addition, we always try to explain clearly who we are and what motivates us in trying to be the very best company we can be; not trying to become the biggest company!
With the conclusion of this research, we feel confident that in the next 5 years the Paul Penders brand will continue to grow because we head in the right way according to the outcome. Hopefully we can make even more impact on consumers worldwide who look for…. well … The Real Thing! 🙂

Juniper & Yarrow 24 Hour / Moisturizer
For all skin types.
Good for tropical skin conditions.
(1.5 oz – 40 g).
A fast-absorbing moisturizer with organically grown juniper and yarrow. Designed for tropical skin conditions. Contains natural vitamins to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient. Can be used all day long. Suitable for all skin types especially for dry to oily skin. Includes LevensESSENTIE Gold® – a mixture of 22 certified organically grown herbs – a traditional formulation which is the pride of Paul Penders.
Aqua/Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Powder, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Sclerotium Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Bio-Marine Collagen 6, Ascorbic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia(Lavender) Oil, Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Extract, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Root Extract, Panax Quinquefolium (Ginseng) Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Pennywort) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Archillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Bisabolol, Hypericum Perforantum (St John’s Wort) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract.