Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fortune Paid to Proof first “100% Natural Cosmetics”?

In hope to halt hype and deceptive stories of several cosmetic companies, the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK offers to pay US$1.5Million to anyone showing proof of a 100% natural cosmetic product.

Who would not wish to claim an easy 1.5 million dollars? Just show to RSC a cosmetic product consisting of 100% natural ingredients, it is that simple right?

Why such unusual offer? Just to challenge untruthful stories created by clever marketers of even the largest organic skincare brands in the world who confuse consumers by letting them believe that their certified natural or organic cosmetics do not consist any chemicals.

What about cosmetic companies that claim to have 100% natural products?

According to RCS and the very best scientists in the world, cosmetic products consist by definition of chemicals whatever brand and whatever price they are being sold for. Any claim of cosmetic companies to suggest that they make products that are 100% natural is truly misleading. There are not even clear definitions about what is natural according to chemists. Any natural organic ingredient for that matter is a chemical as well. So much for the buzzwords “certified organic” as well.

We at Paul Penders Company support the Royal Society of Chemistry; a professional association with the goal of advancing chemical sciences worldwide that includes 50,000 professionals with offices in Europe, USA and in China.

Anyhow, I will report here when a cosmetics company receives 1.500,000 million dollars and thus make their claim true. But so far after several years and with lots of publication about this offer not one cosmetic company was able to make their case and thus take the huge amount of cash.

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The Caribbean Seaweed Expedition (Part 2 of 6)

The Search for Seaweed in Crystal Blue Waters


UNDERWAY– LEAVING COLOMBIA FOR THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS

Wherever I go in the world, I love to research local resources that could benefit our customers, especially for skin care. I am always on the lookout for new ingredients, and whenever possible, try to test them on people in different countries, in different circumstances and in differing climates. I have been looking for years for something that brings “instant results” for a variety of skin types and skin conditions from very dry skin to even semi-oily skin.

We sailed from Aruba to Cartagena, Colombia where we took on fresh provisions for the next leg of our journey and berthed in a marina there where we made new friends. Soon we would set off on a four days sail for the remote San Blas islands off the coast of Panama in search of a very special seaweed.

Dolphins jumping around our ship reminded us that the marine life here on the western edge of the Caribbean is truly unspoiled. Isolated by rough seas and strong winds, the San Blas islands remain pristine and truly beautiful. I found myself offering up a little prayer that this magical paradise will not be destroyed and will be preserved ‘as is.’

As we drew close to the island group, we began to see the fabled seaweed floating on the crystal clear waters. This far out at sea, the man-made pollutants that surround the coasts all over the world have not yet contaminated these islands. It is one of the last places on the planet that remains truly pure and natural.

The tiny plankton (microalgae) and the brown, green, and red seaweeds (macroalgae) all share certain important qualities. Their growth depends on the availability of sunlight, conducive water temperature, and nutrients. Most seaweeds have a super-absorbent ability to attract and extract nutrients from water, as part of the photosynthesis process. In fact, seaweed is used in water filtration and algae scrubbers for lakes and reefs because it can virtually purify the surrounding water, absorbing into itself harmful or undesirable nutrients like ammonia, nitrites and nitrates from fertilizers, phosphates, iron, copper, etc.

If conditions are right, pure seaweed can be one of the healthiest foods and one of the best substances for skincare. Did you know that seaweed and its by-products are used in thousands of products from ice cream to dental moulds to wound healing bandages? You may have used agar instead of gelatin in recipes or tasted the sea in the nori seaweed wrappings for sushi. Most seaweeds are high in iodine absorbed from sea water. As the human body does not make iodine and it is essential for life, we have to get it from food – and eating seaweed is one of the best ways.

You have probably also heard of seaweed spa treatments which many claim detoxify the body and improve the health and appearance of skin. Many cosmetics companies now produce special seaweed-based serums and lotions.

But one of my concerns is where they do source the seaweed?

How pure is seaweed brought in from coastal waters polluted by the effluent from seacoast cities? How much of the ‘bad chemicals’ has the seaweed absorbed?

As I looked down through the crystalline waters all the way to the sea bottom below our ship, the clarity of the water made certain things very clear in my mind. Seaweed from the San Blas archipelago might be among the cleanest, purest and healthiest in the world – and would be perfect for Paul Penders skincare products.

Join me next time for more of the Caribbean Seaweed Expedition!


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The Caribbean Seaweed Expedition (Part 1 of 6)

Ship Ahoy! Seeking a Lifesaver for Beautiful Skin!

Wherever I go in the world, I love to research local resources that could benefit our customers, especially for skin care. I am always on the lookout for new ingredients, and whenever possible, try to test them on people in different countries, in different circumstances and in differing climates. I have been looking for years for something that brings “instant results” for a variety of skin types and skin conditions from very dry skin to even semi-oily skin.

Just over a year ago, I heard about a very special seaweed that we might be able use for a brand-new product formula. In a total of 6 blogs, I look forward to sharing my exciting adventure sailing in the Caribbean with you.

This trip provided an ‘ultimate test.’ Would I find the ‘magic’ seaweed growing around remote islands off the coast of Panama? How would I know? What could be a better test of new natural skincare products than trying them out on peoples’ skin, even on a sailboat in the tropics? Our skin was battered all day long by the brutal sun, dry conditions, salt water and strong winds.

Some 100 km off the coast of Panama lie the pristine and isolated San Blas group of some 350 islands, of which a few inhabited by a very small population of Kuna Yala Indians. In this remote place, the islanders manage to retain much of their traditional lifestyle. A friend had told me that the locals use a high-mineral seaweed both for food and for their skin care regimens. I had to go see for myself!


 
TWO “PAULS” SAILED THE CARIBBEAN TOGETHER
 

Luckily, my lifelong friend Paul Roncken is also interested in the wonderful things of nature and is actually sailing around the world on a beautiful 90-foot sailboat called “Aria.” I flew to Aruba to meet him. We sailed to Cartagena in Colombia where we took on extra provisions. Then it took us four days and nights in treacherous seas to reach the San Blas islands — but we finally got what we had looked fo…

We heard of boats of people who had tried to reach the remote islands and had had to turn back. Many ships lie buried beneath the wild waves or are cast up on the reefs. To see these ships buried was hard to look at. We were lucky as we had an experienced crew and captain!

Testing Nature´s Finest Ingredients

Sometimes the best tests can be done outside the laboratory. The ultimate test lab is Nature itself. The natural environment, the weather, the factors of sun, water, wind, and available nutrients all force the local flora and fauna to adapt. The San Blas archipelago endures some of the harshest conditions and remains among the world’s most pristine and unpolluted. What we were to find there would have to be very special.

Where is Nature’s lab? To me it is anywhere in the world.

In nature’s lab, we can finish what our R&D people start. Our scientists work long hours to make sure all components are in the right chemical balance. Of course, we always try them out in study groups to see if they perform well and meet my own critical expectations as well. Under nature’s harsher conditions, however, we can put our new creations to the ultimate tests. Then we can decide whether these new formulations will really stand up against the elements of life, such as ageing, sun and wind damage, and man-made pollutants.

Please join me for the next parts of this Caribbean adventure when I’ll tell you more about what we discovered!

 


 

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Monthly News 2014 -2

We keep you informed with what's new in the world of natural beauty, our own R&D discoveries, interesting people and causes we care about – and lots more…

February 2014                  Please click on the links to read the full story!
 
The flora of Paul Penders – Today: Angelica
Angelica (Angelica Archangelica) is a mild anti-microbial herb that soothes irritations. From the 10th century on, angelica was cultivated as a vegetable and medicinal plant, and achieved great popularity in Scandinavia in the 12th century []
 
Scholars with heart..
Nature lies at the heart of Asian wellness traditions. Extract the healing essences of indigenous herbs, leaves, flowers and roots and the blessings are manifold: a burst of energy, a clear complexion, a feeling of inner tranquility. The ancients in Malaysia knew this – and much more – all along. []
 
Celebrating The Chinese New Year
Happy Year of the Horse! Excitement is building here in Asia and throughout Chinese communities around the world. Chinese New Year, known in China as “Spring Festival,” is just around the corner. It marks the culmination of the 15-day festival of lantern parades []
 
A very special seaweed
In January Paul went on a 3-week expedition for finding the best seaweed possible. The journey did start in Aruba from where he sailed to Cartagena, Columbia and finally ended at the beautiful and mysterious San Blas islands near Panama where he found a very special seaweed. This will be a story in 4 parts starting in February called: “The Caribbean Seaweed Expedition”.
 

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