Making herbal beauty products is truly â€œa Marriage of Nature and Science.â€
Like yin and yang, old and new, woman and man, nothing is really whole unless itâ€™s the product of polar opposites. All the way through the manufacturing process for making Paul Penders products, you can see the relationships between these two primal forces â€“ Nature and Science. When they combine in the right way, the result can be true Beauty.
On the one hand, we seek out Natureâ€™s gifts â€“ the herbs, spices and oils. The wisdom of ancient traditions informs our choices. When we learn of a special plant that has been used for centuries for beauty care â€“ like the Kigelia from Africa and Pegaga found in Southeast Asia â€“ then we try to understand the benefits and why it has been so effective.
Thatâ€™s where the Science steps in. As one of the very few small cosmetics manufacturers that maintains its own R&D department, our scientists research, measure, test, experiment, mix and match to make new formulas based on old traditions. The benefits available in Nature can now be shared â€“ and are verified by Science to enhance Beauty.
It really is a very happy marriage!
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From all over the world, pure natural ingredients arrive every day at the Paul Penders warehouse to be transformed into natural herbal beauty products of the highest quality.
An almost endless series of inspections begins to ensure the safety and quality of the products we make from start to finish. A first inspection is done to be sure the supplier has sent exactly what was ordered It is up to our hardworking warehouse staff to inspect and inventory all shipments in and out.
The ingredients to be used that day are carefully collected from storage and inspected again to be sure their containers did not crack or break in transit and the contents have remained pure and clean. Then our lab team gets to work mixing up small batches to carry out the requests from our distributors.
â€œTotal Quality Assuranceâ€ is a step-by-step process with many checks along the way.
Under special laboratory conditions, each batch is carefully measured, mixed, and once again — inspected for quality. Checks have to be done â€“ and done again â€“ to be sure products meet both governmental regulations and our own exacting standards.
Our chemists have designed a special blending way of preparing the products which helps keep the freshness and prevents unexpected changes due to heating. They double check everything to be sure the new batch meets their exacting standards. Once the batch is ready, it will be tested once more by our international quality lab and get certified.
Then the fresh, new product is carefully poured into sterile containers. These bottles, jars or ampules of Paul Penders products are slipped into their specially designed packages. Final counts and inspections complete the process.
The packages then go into their appropriate shipping boxes, mailing labels are put on â€“ and off go these carefully made, highest quality products to our distributors in countries all over the globe.
Their safety â€“and yours — is assured at every step along the way.
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When used as intended, cosmetic products made from natural ingredients are safer, healthier, and more beneficial to the body than the chemical â€˜soupsâ€™ sold on the mass market. Of course, at any step in the process of transforming ingredients made from flowers and leaves into beauty products, thereâ€™s the potential that a batch might become contaminated or incorrectly mixed. Thatâ€™s where the Paul Penders Safety Assessor steps in! He says:
Professional toxicologist James Midgley is engaged by our company to provide an â€œoutside eyeâ€ on all the ingredients, formulas, and the manufacturing process to help ensure that we deliver the safest and highest quality products.
It can be a difficult, expensive, and time-consuming effort to receive government approvals for beauty products. New studies by scientists and reports by doctors come out almost every day in the cosmetics field about harmful contaminants and ingredients that have caused sensitivities or even illness â€“ and then laws are changed.
GMP, says James, stands for Good Manufacturing Practice. â€œItâ€™s a legal term used by the European Commission community to determine safety for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.â€ As the Safety Assessor, he looks at the MSDS â€“ the â€œmanufacturerâ€™s safety data sheetâ€ which lists the limits on what can be used in a product.
You might expect that a Safety Assessor would have a certain serious way of living his life. Yet James Midgleyâ€™s unique personality makes it a real pleasure to know him. He is a great outgoing and spontaneous person, living life to its fullest.
James worked in pharmaceuticals as a quality manager for Boots Pharmaceuticals and Reckitt Benckiser factories, the makers of household local brands that you may know.
â€œUSE AS INTENDED!â€ We know heâ€™s right! When used as intended, thanks to our extensive Quality Assurance process, we can reassure our customers that all of the Paul Penders line of beauty products for hair and skin are completely safe for human use!
Across the planet, Paul Pendersâ€™ distributors come up with exciting and creative ways to showcase our special products. With our recent designation as certified for use by vegetarians and vegans by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA), what better way to spread the good word than to partner with local establishments that specialize in vegetarian products?
A first â€˜demonstration dayâ€™ was held at the vegetarian store, Veggie4U, in The Netherlands on a recent Saturday. A Dutch tradition, a ‘braderie’ or street market, lined the main street of The Hague (Weimarstraat). Local shopkeepers set up a booth outside their front doors and invited customers inside. A Paul Penders promotional poster referred to the on-going demonstration in the back of the store.
Our distributor Marlies (seen seated above) described the event in a recent email:
â€œWe did not sell directly to consumers and only gave explanations about the history and principles of Paul Penders followed by a presentation of the various products. The consumers were invited to test the products themselves. At the shop counter, the products were displayed and sold by Veggie4U.â€
In communities all over the world, more and more people are â€˜turning veggieâ€™ as they realize the health benefits of consuming vegetables and the many cruelties found in the mass market industries which use animal products. In almost every aspect of life — from the food we eat to the personal care products we use â€“ we have opportunities to stop cruelty to animals and improve our lives.
Bravo to Marlies for reaching out to her local vegetarian community. She wrote that:
We will offer this way of promotion also to our other shops; the next one will be Veggie4all in Doetinchem. We will take care that we have some more pictures by then!â€