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The Caribbean Seaweed Expedition (Part 6 of 6)

Learning from Our Experience

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.

My Caribbean voyage ended in Colon, Panama. I will always be grateful to my friend Paul Roncken for inviting me aboard his beautiful yacht and for being willing to sail to the remote San Blas islands of Panama in search of a special seaweed.

From Colon, my friend and I took a beautiful train ride along the Panama Canal to Panama City, crossing from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. After all our efforts to harvest the special plant, I made sure the seaweed samples were dried properly to bring back home to Langkawi.

The fresh, salty smelling fragrance of the drying seaweed permeated my hotel room in Panama City. As I drifted off to sleep, I felt I was still on the open ocean because of the rich fragrance. The salt makes it very tasty as well. People who love seaweed should try this one!

I am sure that our senior cosmetic scientist, Dr. Gatot on Langkawi Island, looks forward to what I bring back. At his side in the lab, we will work together to try to achieve the best possible skincare formula. Our company is going in new directions with direct network sales so that our products reach a much wider range of customers. As always, we try to keep up with the latest scientific developments. Dr. Gatot is now experimenting with plant stem-cell materials and their possible applications for cosmetic science and new products. The possibilities for the future are exciting.

It took me almost 4 weeks in the Caribbean Seas to find what I hope will be a ‘secret weapon’ against the effects of weather and ageing – a very special seaweed from the San Blas islands.

Our “Caribbean Seaweed Expedition” was a great adventure but not without its frightening moments. We did not always have the best weather. Though I have sailed for many years, I was seasick 2 times. On dark nights in heavy rain, huge waves surrounded us. There were times we could not see anything and sailed through the treacherous seas on instruments alone. Was it all worth it?

Many would say, “Wasn’t that excessive effort just to gather a sample of seaweed?”

Nevertheless, isn´t this one more example which shows the difference between our company and others? Constantly seeking the best makes us what we are. Isn’t that what I always have done? For that – for excellence — I ended up taking the Paul Penders company to the gorgeous tropical rainforests of Langkawi Island in Malaysia. Why? Because the first moment I saw it, I knew there may not be a better place to live in the world. Maybe it is. It is where my heart is. And I knew it is where I would find pure natural ingredients from the rainforest to produce the most effective natural beauty care products.

On this amazing sailing trip in the Caribbean Sea, I was reminded that there is extraordinary beauty to be found all over the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places. And as our adventure came to its end, I remembered that, “There’s no place like home…”

Back in Langkawi, Malaysia I shared the seaweed with Dr. Gatot, Senior Cosmetic Chemist at Paul Penders labs. He will start several extraction tests; then add the best of these extracts to our new formulations for our new products being “Instant-Result-Moisturizers”….
How exciting!


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Monthly News 2014 – 04

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The Secret Life Daphne Selfe

My parents were..
My father was a schoolteacher and a classical scholar. My mother was a singer and a pianist.

The household I grew up in..
was very happy. It was an unexciting childhood, apart from the war. We were far out of London so didn’t see much of it, but there were nights when we slept in the cellars because of the bombers, and had wonderful midnight feasts.

When I was a child I wanted to be..
a horsewoman. I worked in a riding school for several years. Then there was a competition to be on the cover of The Reading Review and I was the girl who got picked. I was 20. I wasn’t anything very special – I was a big, horsey girl – but I managed to earn my living modelling. I only became a top model after I was 70.

If I could change one thing about myself..
I’d have longer legs. I’ve never been happy in mini-skirts.

You wouldn’t know it but I am very good at..
I used to make all of my own dresses. I draw and paint as well.

At night I dream of..
I don’t dream of anything these days. It’s disappointing!

What I see when I look in the mirror..
A wrinkly old woman. Not good! It’s amazing what make-up and a bit of titivating can do, though. And when you’re animated, your face comes alive, but not when I look in the mirror.

My favourite item of clothing..
A mauve cardigan. I bought it in a sale in 1970-something and still wear it.

It’s not fashionable but I like..
baggy trousers.

I drive/ride..
I’ve been stopped driving because of my eyesight, which is a bore.

My house is..
a Tardis. It’s an old place on a row of timber-beamed houses.

My favourite work of art..
Flaming June by Frederic Leighton (1895).

My favourite building..
The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. My parents used to live in Bexhill when they were retired.

My greatest regret..
I never went to art school. I should have done art, but I never studied it properly.

My secret crush..
Alan Rickman. That velvet voice, I love him.

The last time I cried..
If I see a steam train, I’m off. I don’t know why. It must be memories and nostalgia and childhood.

My five-year plan..
Since people are living to 100 now, I have great hopes. I’ll keep at it, keep fit, eat properly and I’ll keep on working if I can.

What’s the point?
I go around looking at people and I think: “You look so sad”. I have been very lucky so I can be cheerful and I’d like to make other people cheerful, too. If wearing clothes and prancing about in funny outfits is going to amuse people, I’ll keep on doing it.

My life in six words..
Perseverance, happiness, curiosity, luck, excitement, gratitude.

Daphne Selfe was born in north London in 1928. She married Jim Smith, a TV floor manager, in 1954, and worked as a model, dancer and television and film extra throughout their marriage. Later in life, Jim suffered a series of strokes and Daphne cared for him until his death in 1997. At the age of 70, she appeared in Vogue and was signed by top modelling agency, Models 1. She has appeared in campaigns for Dolce and Gabbana, Nivea and Olay. She has three children and lives in Baldock, Hertfordshire

 

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