The Story of Michelle

“I have been using your products for more than 20 years as I am chemically allergic to cosmetics. I use your black eye pencil and mascara exclusively. These are the ONLY I do not react to. I can not wear any other makeup as I react severely to them. I beg you to not to remove these products ever from production. Thank you!”
 

    Michelle deJarld, California, USA
    (Address not disclosed on request)

 
I use a great testimonial as follow-up to my blog article of a while ago because of the scare tactics by “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics” where our customers spontaneously write us that show that Paul Penders cosmetics are SAFE even for people with most sensitive skin.
 
What makes me upset is that our time-tested natural ingredients, according to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, are linked to cancer and a host of diseases without any scientific evidence presented by them. How is this possible in a country like the US? We receive testimonials from satisfied people all the time, but this one is special. I wish to share especially this one with you too.
 
The Story of Michelle.
 
Dear Paul,
 
I would be honored if you use my letter as a testimonial.  My name is Michelle deJarld and I live in California. I have had allergies all my life to foods, chemicals, environmental factors and most anything and everything. Wearing make-up has been very difficult as I am allergic to so many products. Paul Penders is the only eyeliner and mascara that I have been able to find anywhere that I won’t react to.
 
I was born with hives, an allergic reaction to a medication my mother had taken before delivery.  I have a lot of food allergies also. It’s been an interesting and very challenging journey so far!!
 
I am an official court reporter by day and a rock drummer in a local band by night.

The band I play in is called “Moe and the Sparrows” and we do all original Christian rock songs. I enjoy classical music very much as well, and any guitarist that I have worked with a classical background is always a wonderful musician!
 
I also have played bass guitar in a cover band doing early 60s through 90s along with current rock music. Drumming and guitar are great outlets for stress and a lot of fun!!  The stress of my day job is tremendous so to have a great outlet like this really helps!
 
I am a Blink 182 fan, but I love all kinds of music and bands out there currently. And past, from the Blues, some Jazz, rap, and of course rock artists like the Rolling Stones to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin (whose drummer John Bonham was a great influence)  to Pearl Jam to No Doubt, to Lincoln Park to Kings of Leon, etc., the list is infinite.
 
I am a Cancer Moonchild
 
Very sensitive internally along with the external sensitivities! I’m also a natural very dark redhead; French and Irish, which again adds to the sensitivities! Anyhow, for over 20 years now your products help me to be able to wear makeup like the rest of the world and even more needed and useful for my performances!
 
Michelle deJarld
 
 
    

Brigitte Bardot… An Example of True Beauty

In Los Angeles, California, more than 10 years ago, we produced a 30-minute “infomercial” television show called “A Lifetime of Beauty.” It was aired in all the big cities of the U.S. including Boston, New York, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston. The show promoted the newest product which our company pioneered — the first natural AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) cosmetic product in the world.


    GlycoFruit was the first natural AHA on the market

The novelty was that these special products called “GlycoFruit” contained acids from the rhubarb plant that naturally sloughs-off old skin cells to reveal clear and fresh-looking skin. So how did it happen that this product became featured in a 30-minute television show?


    Street sign at the famous Hollywood Boulevard

GlycoFruit became a hit in a few stores in San Francisco and our best-selling product ever in the history of Paul Penders Co. It was also advertised in several natural lifestyle magazines around the country. The advertisements got the attention of a few Hollywood celebrities and soon their agencies started to contact us.
 
To make a long story short, soon afterwards Katja and I were invited to Hollywood to visit several movie stars wanting to discuss a business deal about this new GlycoFruit product. According to them, GlycoFruit would make for a perfect 30-minute infomercial product to be shown nationwide on television!
 
Dr. Joni Laughran while working in our company in California wrote a book for the show, also with the same name, “A Lifetime of Beauty.” The book was a give-away for people who called the Paul Penders Company enquiring about our newest beauty invention.
 
Honestly, Katja and I had a blast meeting these movie stars at their homes. I can say this was a very interesting tour, and we got to meet several popular stars over a few days.


    Meredith MacRae with her special friend Bob Hope

After meeting these celebrities and their Entertainment Lawyers, I finally signed contracts with 2 stars; the most important one was Meredith MacRae (May 30, 1944 – July 14, 2000), best known as Billie Jo on the TV sitcoms, Petticoat Junction and as Sally Ann in My Three Sons.
 
Several weeks after the signing ceremony, we started shooting in the studio of Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” It was a time of learning, fun and excitement. During the shooting days, got to know Meredith better. She turned out to be a charming, intelligent and very kind person with a healthy amount of humor!
 
Part of the filming for the show was in Hollywood and part at our company’s base in Petaluma in Northern California. Meredith, her agent and a crew of beauticians all flew out to Petaluma for the shoot at Paul Penders Company.
 
We had dinner with the group the night before filming and then became it apparent how much she looked like Catherine Deneuve, the beautiful and distinguished French movie star I admired so much as well. Probably too it was that which attracted Katja and me to Meredith in the first place.


    French movie star Catherine Deneuve

Since I am talking movie stars, there is another movie star I REALLY admire and have since a young age — Brigitte Bardot. I fell for her because of a few great movies with producer Roger Vadim, and later because she became a fierce fighter for animal rights.
 
To this day, Brigitte Bardot’s focus in life is to end the suffering of animals. A little while ago we wrote about the vote in Catalonia, Spain making bull fighting illegal this year. Let me mention that Brigitte Bardot’s latest fight is to stop the bull fighting in the South of France where it is still legally practiced.


    Brigitte Bardot still looks fabulously beautiful.

She was interviewed not long ago by “France Dimanche” and told the reporter, “My life would have been worthless if changes are not made to stop bullfights in France before I die. But I am like a pit bull; when I start biting, I don’t let go easily”.

      Thank you, Dame Bardot, for being a
      living example for me by helping
      to set the standards to stop
      cruelty to animals!

 
    

Penang Island, a true Duplicate of San Francisco (Part 1)

To study herbs and what other islands in beautiful Malaysia have to offer, I drove 4 days through Penang Island. I am a very lucky to travel a lot and like to compare different cities with each other. For example, let’s review ‘my’ great city of San Francisco. Don’t Hong Kong and Vancouver possess lot of similarities with San Francisco? Of course it does. But how about a small rainforest island all the way in Southeast Asia? Well… be prepared to be surprised!
 
Stunningly beautiful Penang Island in Malaysia is only less than an hour flight from the capital Kuala Lumpur. And less than 30 minutes flight from Langkawi UNESCO Geopark island… two small tropical islands with mountains, wildlife, the ocean flowing around them bringing cooling air, a diversity of races and cultures, and… yet Penang island reminds me more of San Francisco than any other city I have seen so far. More than Vancouver and more than Hong Kong as well, and no, I am not losing my mind. Let me try to make a compelling case in 3 blog stories.
 
Arriving at Penang
When one drives north from the mainland to Penang, the coast line of Penang island unfolds with an impressive view that could be the same as seeing the shore line with the huge buildings of New York City or Chicago. A very long bridge connects Penang island with the mainland Malaysia and for sure that bridge reminds me of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Also ferries that sail every 15 minutes is giving the same impression as leaving Sausolito to San Francisco. And arriving by air, planes fly over the ocean almost touching the water like San Francisco airport… flying so low one thinks the plane is going to hit the water before reaching the landing strip.

But arriving in Penang by boat is the most exciting way of all to arrive at Penang island. Almost the same as Fisherman’s Wharf, with a marina, small eateries including many fish restaurants. Visitors enter an international island with a rich history plus the capital Georgetown as a modern city where the colonial past is being preserved among high rise buildings, luxury shopping malls and – when one is interested – museums, temples and much and much more!
 
People are very friendly and many speak English… Just ask for directions while stopping your car parked partly on a busy road, and you’ll definitely get answers with a smile. Maybe that part is little bit too much to compare with San Francisco because over there you would have a traffic ticket to deal with in no time! 🙂
 
Penang, like in certain parts of San Francisco is permeated with particular smells of food…each part there is a different flavor of food in the air. I learned by experience that during traveling, where one smells food, it means hospitality is in the air as well. Maybe food helps keep people happier by living together? Because in Penang, like in San Francisco as well, religions and ethnic background such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Portuguese, Caucasian (you will find them all over there) live together respectfully and in peace.
 
Georgetown, the capital of Penang
This fast moving city contains lots of greenery, same like San Francisco. Even in Georgetown you see the lush mountains from almost everywhere, yet also breathtaking views of beaches because the ocean flows all around the island. Yes, the crazy traffic in Georgetown is absolutely horrendous. But many streets going one way makes it still rather easy to drive. Large international corporations have branches in Penang and I noticed few well-known high-tech companies that are from south San Francisco.
 
People are health conscious and Penang has a dozen of the very best hospitals in the world. People from Europe and US travel to Penang for high quality health care and operations that are done for a fraction of the cost in the US. What more?
 
Penang is an architectural gem of the first order. Part of the city is renovated under UNESCO and the diverse cultural past provides wonderful and unique forms of food, art, music and craft to enjoy.


    Georgetown, Penang                                 San Francisco, California

In the next parts 2 and 3 I will reflect more on other parts of Penang Island that truly reminds me so very much of my beloved city of San Francisco!
 
  

I finally found Paul Penders Natural Sunscreen and I am very excited!

Author: Juliette Ald
 

“…. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with horses. My mother once told me ever since I was a baby and saw a horse, I would point to it and whinny. So, I think one is born with the “horse bug” and it will never go away! If you have such a child you better start saving your pennies 🙂
 
It has been a long road to become a horse trainer and there will never be an end. It is about the “journey”, not the finish. I try to help a horse become stronger, healthier and happier in his daily work, no matter if they are just a pleasure mount or a fancy sport horse.
 
It takes careful and methodical training to create an athlete and a whole team of farriers, vets and trainers to keep on track. There is no end to learning, so it is always interesting.

Working with animals has made me a better person because they do not lie and do not judge. Horses in particular seem to have an uncanny way to mirror one’s personality. Impatience for instance, might create a nervous horse, or you can break them down physically by pushing them too far too soon.
 
They made me realize, that relationships are built on trust and if you can win that trust, there is nothing more rewarding or beautiful winning over such an amazing animal. Being able to make him your willing partner is an unbelievable feeling. And because of this, I can deal much better with life and what it might throw my way and I realized what’s really important and what is not worth losing sleep over.

Being outdoors most of the day, we horse people need sunscreen that does not sting when you sweat and doesn’t run into your eyes.
 
I often hear my fellow riders cry out about the sticky, pore clogging, sweaty, and filled with chemicals sunscreens and the wish for one that actually feels and smells nice.
 
Well, I finally found Paul Penders Natural Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 and I am very excited about this product. It feels very nice when you put it on, like a moisturizer, does not clog your pores and has a great smell.
 

No chemicals to worry about and it stays on all day, unless of course you work ten horses a day and sweat it off. I will recommend this to all my “horsier friends” and am sure, they will love it, too.
 
Thank you so much Paul to give us this great product. It has made my daily life in the sun much more safe and enjoyable! Happy trails, everyone!
 
Juliette Ald
3017 May Road Richmond
CA 94803, USA
 
Herbal Sunscreen SPF 22 (for all skin types) provides broad-spectrum protection from harmful ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays of the sun while vitamins repair, soothe and hydrate the skin. Contain titanium and zinc oxides for UV protection and uplifting lavender essential oil. Apply liberally 20 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours and always after swimming and after showering.
 
  

Good when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Pledge Closes

To me, “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics” has grown to something as far away to understand like planet Mars. A thing to know is that The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics is a part of the political lobbying process by the Environmental Working Group (EWG); professional lobbyists who – what at many times is being said – rely on misinformation, disinformation or even lies in order to SCARE consumers. The basis of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is the Skin Deep database. After 7 years they suddenly decided to stop.
 
On their web site they invite you to “visit SkinDeep; the world’s largest database of chemicals in cosmetics” but it does not give true indication of the safety or toxicity. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics misleads consumers because the ONLY way to ensure the safety of cosmetic products is to carry out safety assessment based on existing knowledge.
 
I am very happy to report that The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics stops their Skin Deep database by September this year.

Their safety rating system from 0 (low hazard ingredients) to 10 (high hazard ingredients with many natural ingredients included) is something I disagree with many times, and that even harms the name of impeccable brands like the Paul Penders, known for using SAFE ingredients for over 40 years.
 
And even though natural ingredients can have a hazardous impact when used for long time in massive volumes, SkinDeep’s database makes indiscriminate suggestions that some natural ingredients in cosmetics are linked to cancer and other terrible diseases. And there is no such thing that SkinDeep takes into account the actual minor contents in the cosmetics product which are tested in independent labs on health safety!
 
More and more professionals in the cosmetic industry as well as scientists outside the industry criticize their rating system. They say that the conclusions of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are not based on valid scientific evidence. And they don’t pay heed to the relationship between hazard and risk.
 
Let me give you 2 examples of what we think is bad.

WELEDA CITRUS DEODORANT
 

  • “Biodynamic® lemon peel oil has invigorating properties and also serves as a purifying disinfectant. With no risky antiperspirants such as aluminum salts, your body’s natural detoxification process is supported while bacteria that cause unpleasant odors are neutralized.”.

To me, Weleda is a wonderful natural cosmetics company from Switzerland that I highly respect. They use great ingredients for their natural citrus deodorant. The philosophy of Weleda products are based on teachings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. However, this excellent product is rated by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at high hazard level with Weleda’s ingredients in this product linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies/immunotoxicity

Other concerns from them for the ingredients used are:

  • Neurotoxicity
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Occupational hazards

Now, let’s be honest here. Who in the world would want to buy a natural deodorant from an otherwise impeccable, one-hundred year old, pure natural cosmetics company that -without any doubt- Weleda is…. but their products suggested is linked to cancer and a host of terrible heath issues? Sorry to Weleda, because you guys deserve MUCH better!!!

Same devastating news as Weleda is given to several of our Paul Penders Natural Cosmetics as well!!
Paul Penders produces for 40 years natural cosmetics that even recently were awarded by few magazines in USA and UK. They are used by consumers in some 15 countries. These include popular products like: Rescue Blemish Away, Natural Moisture Foundation, Citrus Fruit Exfoliant and Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner. These contain impeccable and safe natural ingredients including 22 certified organic herbs, natural plant oils and much more.
 
But The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rates these products as being a possible health hazard because of few ingredients, for example: a FOOD emulsifier OK’d by the FDA but according to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rated as a high health hazard. And salicylic acid produced from the bark of the willow tree used in Citrus Fruit Exfoliant is a high health hazard as well. This popular product was the first natural exfoliant products on the market, introduced by our company 15 years ago in California.
 
Even we use only a fraction of these ingredients (i.e. less than 1/10th of one percent) in our final product formulation, still The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rates these products as being “moderate to high health hazard”. Therefore, our products are linked to cancer and more terrible diseases (same as the above excellent Weleda product).
 
Should this unfair Scare-Tactic not stop?
 
OK, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has become a powerful organization in the US with their fingers in politics and high-end people. But I don’t care and wrote them few times to demand to have all Paul Penders products taken off their SkinDeep database. Why? Because consumers start to think that they could get sick of using our natural products. But The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics responded and simply refuses to do so.
 
Therefore I have an attorney in California now looking into the matter. I even consider – together with few friends natural cosmetic manufacturers – a lawsuit against The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics when they will not comply with my request.
 
Is The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ rating system a joke or a nightmare? Or simply business??