Few Unique Benefits Making Botanical Cosmetics More Effective.

LevensESSENTIE Gold ® is the beauty secret to every Paul Penders product. It’s a concentrated extract of 22 certified organic herbs, of which was the start was pioneered by Paul’s grandmother some 100 years ago in Holland.
The today’s version of this unique, concentrated, organic herbal extract is made from a mixture of eastern and western herbs from USA, China, Europe and Malaysia. LevensESSENTIE Gold ® has been proven to provide a healthy complexion.
Its extraordinary anti-aging ingredients, such as vitamins A, B, C & E, enzymes and phyto-tocotrienols counteract the early signs of aging and sustain a healthy skin.
Pegaga is a characteristic rainforest herb with anti-bacterial and healing properties.

Pegaga is native to Langkawi Geopark and an essential part of the LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract that is used in all Paul Penders products. Pegaga is known as ‘miracle hero’ of the rainforest because it helps to heal the body in many wondrous ways.
It is a traditional medicine used to alleviate fatigue and depression, but also known as a ‘beauty herb’ because it clarifies skin for greater radiance and glorious fresh looks.
Pegaga has been used since ancient times, especially in the ayurvedic medical system of India and in Chinese traditional medicine. Pegaga is even recommended by the World Health Organization as one of most important medical plant species to be conserved and cultivated.
Coconut water

Coconut water has been used for medicinal and cosmetic properties in Southeast Asia for thousands of years because it is rich in lipids, lauric acid and glucids as well as vitamins, nutrients and minerals. For generations, Asian women have used fresh coconut water to cleanse the face, and coconut fruit in moisturizers that keep the face and body young. Coconut water regenerates, revitalizes, moisturizes and softens the skin. All Paul Penders products (excluding lipsticks and powder products) include coconut water.
Loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, enzymes are catalysts for cell renewal. By capturing free-radicals and thus preventing damage caused by pollution, bacteria and sun, enzymes are capable of effecting changes such as wrinkle reduction and a healthier glow. Together with liposomes, the enzymes in Paul Penders skincare products can open blocked skin pores to prevent whiteheads and blackheads; hydrolyze oils for smoother skin finish and remove dead skin cells.
Enzymes create finer skin texture and reduce pore size when used over time. Papaya (papain) and pineapple (bromelain) enzymes are strongly beneficial to beautiful and a fresher looking skin.
Paul Penders cosmetics stop the decline of natural ceramide levels of our skin by using a liposome-based delivery system. A decline in the skin’s natural ceramide levels, over time, results in the familiar signs of aging, however skincare products with added ceramides increase the skin’s total moisture content.
Utilizing a liposome-based delivery system, ceramides and other anti-aging ingredients can readily target skin locations most in need of protection.
No Heat during Processing
The effectiveness of our skincare products, containing many fragile bio-active ingredients, would be minimized, or even destroyed, with the typical hot manufacturing process. Paul Penders uses a cold blending technology where products made in small batches are not heated above 35°C.

Paul Penders herbal skincare containing LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract with added ceramides, liposomes and coconut water, as well as various vitamins offer effective and powerful results. The “cold-blended” manufacturing system ensures that all bio-active ingredients remain at full strength making our products most effective as possible.


Introducing an International Spa & Wellness Expert in Langkawi

I have the great pleasure to know Kamila Delart, an international spa and wellness expert, who recently settled in Langkawi. She wrote for Langkawi Gazette the first complete Langkawi Spa Guide that features the 30 most noteworthy Spas on our beautiful tropical rainforest island.
The Spa Guide includes detailed portraits of all reviewed spas, an impressive spa glossary, and feature stories capturing Kamila’s most memorable Spa Review experiences. Nobody before has promoted professionally our rainforest island’s spa industry to the many thousands of wellness tourists who visit every year.
The Langkawi Spa Guide is truly a great asset for this beautiful UNESCO island!

Ayurvedic masters and more
I met Kamila few times and first we were discussing all about spas, wellness centers and the true natural beauty of Langkawi. I wish to mention here that Kamila is fascinated by aboriginal healing practices, and passionate about touching people’s lives. Actually, she spent years of traveling the world to learn about ancient holistic techniques directly at the source of their origin.
Ancient holistic massage techniques include Abhynga massage from Ayurvedic masters in India, Nuad from Buddhist monks in Thailand’s monasteries, Lomi-Lomi Nui from Shamans on the volcanic islands of Hawaii and the Hot Rock massage from Native American elders. What a wealth of experience! I am very impressed with what she told me.

Kamila studied also aroma & color-therapy, she is certified in cosmetology, and received an honors diploma from Spa Management in Toronto, Canada. She established one of the leading urban day spas in Germany, and a prestigious German Wellness Academy providing education to Spa Therapists.
After that she joined leading international spa chains such as Six Senses or the Hyatt Hotels, and managed as a Spa & Wellness Director a number of award winning spas, prior to choosing a career of a spa consultant and wellness writer.
Now Kamila makes Langkawi her home!

Kamila was born and raised in Czech Republic, one of these pure, natural countries in east Europe. Two years ago I visited her home country, and wrote about my experiences in our blog. It was a profound experience because Czech Republic has an astounding nature with local herbs and fruits growing almost everywhere in the country side.
Same like me, Kamila has deeply fallen in love with the magic of this great Langkawi Island, and she decided to make it her new home as well! She said that it is so beautiful here that she will never, ever leave. She now lives in an idyllic river chalet surrounded by a dreamlike tropical garden, and divides her time between her passion for spa writing and gardening.
As one quickly can visualize, Langkawi Island, especially the Spa and Wellness industry, will greatly benefit from the arrival of Kamila; a true professional.


Managing Sopanam Ayurvedic Hospital & Wellness Centre

Managing an Ayurvedic Hospital with physicians, traditional Ayurvedic massage therapists, a full-range Ayurvedic pharmacy… and of course patients visiting from anywhere in the world, who need various treatments, including Ayurvedic dental care may not be the easiest job in the world.
I was traveling with the group of Paul Penders Company to India together with my business partner Bastiaan Penders, also from Holland. As part of this special company trip we also stayed for 4 days in this fantastic Sopanam hospital and I thought it would be a good idea to interview the GM of Sopanam Hospital and ask him how it is to run an Ayurvedic Hospital which at the same time is a few stars hotel accommodation with a superb vegetarian kitchen as well.
Mr. Lonappan, the General Manager is a graduated accountant, who studied at Christ College in Irinjalakuda, Kerala state, India. After his graduation he started working in Bombay, after which he went abroad. He spent 16 years working in Saudi-Arabia and 6 years in the UAE.
While working in the UAE Mr. Lonappan and a friend made the plan to set up a specialty Ayurvedic Hospital in India because they felt there was a real need for quality care and with it spread the word about Ayurvedic Medicines as well. So in 2003 they bought land near Kochi in Kerala State and started to build the famous Sopanam Hospital & Wellness Centre.

    Entrance of Sopanam Ayurvedic Hospital


    The rooms in Sopanam Ayurvedic Wellness Centre are very comfortable

Building the hospital took approximately four years and in 2007 it opened for patients and guests, therefore the hospital is now already three years in operation.
Mr. Lonappan tells that roughly there are two groups of people visiting the hospital.
The first group is people that come especially for Ayurvedic treatments, in combination with regular tourism. This group is offered a light diet during the first three or four days of their stay, and they can go out of the hospital on various trips. Possibilities are the Athirapilly Waterfalls, an elephant sanctuary or shopping and sightseeing in Kochin. After these first couple of days, the people will be put on a complete and strict diet and will not be able anymore to go out on daytrips as the schedule will be full with treatment sessions, doctor’s monitoring, yoga etc.

    Athirapilly Waterfalls                  Our morning yoga sessions

The second group is the real patients. They become truly hospitalized. Sopanam Wellness Centre has successfully treated several patients that could not be treated by modern medicine. Among them were a few stroke patients, but also a patient that had had a transection. This particular patient was advised by modern medicine that she would never be able to walk again. After 33 days of treatment in the Sopanam Wellness Centre she could get up out of her wheelchair and has now recovered to a normal life for over 70%.
I asked Mr Lonappan what is the secret of Ayurveda that it can achieve results that modern medicine cannot achieve?
His answer was that it is a matter of the correct diagnosis, the correct treatment and the correct medicine. “So far not really different from modern medicine, but as Mr. Lonappan says, Ayurveda looks for a cure not for a remedy. As it is also 100% natural, treatments will not negatively affect other parts of the body, such as is possible by modern medicine. Here Mr. Lonappan refers to, for example, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Ayurveda is a lifestyle, not just a medical treatment.

    Side view Sopanam Ayurvedic Hospital


Mr. Lonappan has the ambition to make Sopanam Hospital one of the best centers in the world for Ayurvedic treatment. He strongly believes that the future is promising and the centre already has such a good reputation as well.
Besides operating the center, Mr. Lonappan explains they are looking for a small factory to produce Ayurvedic medicines. Mr. Lonappan shows a genuine interest in both visitors, as well as the staff working in the center. He easily remembered several patients, and we saw him busy at several places in the center, helping the staff. He has two sons of 25 and 15 years old.
I was extremely impressed with him and with the special care and great vegetarian meals we received each day, with the Ayurvedic treatments and yoga, meditation we got. The kind and professional way the hospital is managed in general. Soon they will start an Ayurvedic dental service as well.
We wish Mr. Lonappan and his wonderful staff all the luck in the world to make a long-time dream come true where Sopanam becomes the best specialty Ayurvedic Hospital where all people want to be for the best and affordable health and inner peace as well.

    General Manager Mr. Lonappan and interviewer Ingmar Waarheid

Sopanam is a Multi-specialty Ayurvedic Hospital that falls into the organic way of living with specialty clinics for gynecology, paediatrics, eye care, general medicine, dermatology; and contains special programs for: spine care, slimming, rheumatoid and rejuvenation. They promote healthcare from Abhyanga, Patra Potali Sweda, Choorna Pinda Sweda till Vasti and many more treatments; as well as traditional Ayurvedic massages, yoga and meditation classes. Rooms are very comfortable and meals all authentic vegatarian; lovingly prepared exclsuive from fresh certifed organic ingredients.
Please visit www.sopanamayurvedic.com.


Asian markets are getting hungry for real stuff

Words like halal, ayurvedic, biodynamic are actually statements in Asia. Even the word “natural” has special meaning here because of a different cultural background. The lifestyle of people in countries in Asia seems more connected to nature than the commercialized lifestyles of most people in the west. The word “natural” is not being raped of its true meaning like in the U.S. and Europe.

Asia is certainly turning green! But not much interested in confusing regulations of few certifying organic bodies in the U.S. and Europe. In Asia people seem to think conservative but I rather use the word “pure” in stead. People seem to understand the ego, greed and competitive business few certifying bodies have become in. In Asia they look at things in mature ways and as far as I have seen rather develop their own unified certified standards for cosmetics.

Meeting at Indocert

Interesting enough I was several weeks ago a guest at Indocert (the Indian certifying body accredited by DAkks, Ecocert, USDA, etc.) I felt inspired with that visit and surprised too because of the professional, clean and kind ways Indocert goes about its business of certifications.

Compare to what happened at the last Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California? Wasn’t this a disgrace? Of course it was. U.S. and European certifying bodies can learn a bit from the approach here in Asia.

Here some results of a recent research about how Asians think about “their” own standards regarding natural organic products and its certification process:

Here is what I think.

Whatever happens in the future in Asia, true winners are consumers looking to get true information with a cosmetic purchase. No hoopla stories of some certifying bodies. And I can say you this. With all what I saw and heard at my visit at Indocert, I believe that Asian countries may come up with the right dose of honesty.

Of course I look forward to your comments, not really like that lady from New York who recently scolded me about natural soybean oil, using words I can’t use here for thousands of people reading this blog.

I start to love Asia more and more. Talk about culture, kindness, understanding and respect… well, the certified organic game is on in Asia as well. And I am watching.