Is There Something Like Organic Sunscreen?

The FDA does not allow sunscreens to be labeled as “organic sunscreens” and here is why. There are two ways sunscreens work.

  • Physical sunscreens that physically block or reflect harmful UV rays from the skin. They have mineral pigments zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as active ingredients.
  • Chemical sunscreens that absorb damaging rays using chemicals, filtering them before they reach the skin. These cannot be certified organic.

Products containing titanium dioxide can never be considered for organic certification although titanium dioxide is a wonderful and expensive ingredient that Paul Penders uses successfully for over 10 years in our Herbal Sunscreen SPF 22 and its efficacy tested by independent labs including the Korean FDA

Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 is SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to provide a broad spectrum protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. Sun protection comes mainly from titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral). Also added ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamat (also occurring in cinnamon leaves), LevensESSENTIE Gold® (herbal extract made from 22 organic herbs), vitamin E and vitamin A, as well as natural plant oils to soothe and moisturize.

Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 efficacy is tested by independent labs including the Korean FDA

(Image from Australian Organic Association)

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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 flora of Paul Penders – Today: Angelica

The coming weeks, we will take a look at the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.

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 and is still used today, especially in Sami Culture (the very north of Scandinavia).

Angelica is as well widely used in China and Korea.

Angelica contains a variety of chemicals which have been shown to have medicinal properties. Chewing of angelica or drinking tea brewed from it will cause local anesthesia, but it will heighten the consumer’s immune system.

It has been shown to be effective against various bacteria, fungal infections and even viral infections.

It has also known to have a miraculous healing effect when used to purify blood, and to ward of infectious diseases.

Paul Penders Cosmetics uses certified organic angelica in the patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold ® 22 herbal extract for its age-old known effectiveness in being antiseptic and its ability to clarify skin purities.

Related posts:
Patent Application on LevensESSENTIE Gold ®
LevensESSENTIE Gold ® Herbal Extract – All 22 Herbs in Details

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Organic Certification – We don’t need it!

Is organic certification proof that a cosmetic company is “good” or “no good”?

So many companies jump on the bandwagon of organic certification nowadays. Paul Penders, a pioneer in natural cruelty free cosmetics and a socially responsible company provides the highest quality natural herbal cosmetics using natural and organic ingredients – and has done so for over 45 years. Anyone can make a judgement by looking at our website as to what we are and what we represent.

One point to make our case here could be considered: we have never wanted to become a “Big Business” over all these years. Yes, we have received several offers to sell our company (including from Revlon and few other large corporations). They offered large sums of money. So why didn’t we do it?

Just think about your local bakery. Or the person who lives in your community and serves as the health care provider for your family. Think about ‘what if…?’ What if they were bought out by a conglomerate or a chain? Would your community really be better off if there was just one more of the same 5,000 bakeries or of the hundreds of clinics offering the same old things?

Isn’t something lost when Big Business steps in? What about the personal touch? What about variety or specialized care tailored to the specific needs and interests of local consumers?

What would become of our company if we stopped searching for our ingredients ourselves in Europe and other places in the world? Has anyone ever seen Mr. Pearlman, the CEO of Revlon, go out into the wilderness looking for pegaga? He probably perceives “Paul Penders” as just another BRAND – an object that needs to make money, period.

Mr. Pearlman and other CEO’s of the large companies need certification to prove they are “good”.

Sure, the Mr. Pearlmans of the world need Ecocert. And Ecocert needs them. Signing up all these big companies has made Ecocert very rich.

So what does it mean when Mr. Pearlman demands that Ecocert must certify our products? Yes, if we pay money and a commission, we could put the logo of Ecocert on our products. And that would make our products better, right?

Well…. Here is the other side of the story…We do not need “organic certification.”

Certainly not from Ecocert and these other so-called organic certification bodies. We believe that consumers do not need to pay more just because of an approval by an outside business organization.

Consider that many trusted quality brands produce wonderful natural organic cosmetics without certification as well.

We do have two certifications that we are very proud of. These are what I call EMOTIONAL CERTIFICATIONS.


Recently, we were globally certified by the AVA (American Vegetarian Association) for use by both vegetarians and vegans — something only a very few companies get. For certification, AVA looks behind the products and considers the ethical values of a company. They are less interested in the new kids on the market, but look to the ones having established a long-time consistent commitment — to the environment, to charity, and of course, to the use of natural ingredients that are not derived from animal sources in the first place.

We also are certified halal by the government of Malaysia; the strictest halal certification one can get. No animal ingredients nor slaughterhouse products are used in our products – guaranteed!

The last thing I always like to say is that “certified organic ingredients” do not make better products; they do not work better. And often the ingredients that are certified as being organic are not really natural but are made from inorganic chemicals mixed up in a lab!

There is no chemist in the world who is able to verify or quantify what is a ‘natural organic’ or ‘non-natural organic’ chemical.

So please use your own judgment on the products you buy. Do your own research and look to the long-time history of a company. Ask questions of them and see how they answer you.

This is why for Paul Penders natural herbal cosmetics you will not see any so-called “certified organic” logos, simply because we are already producing wonderful cosmetics made from natural and organic materials.

And we started making them long before Ecocert even existed — and Mr. Pearlman showed up with his fat checkbook.


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Certification — There’s Always Two Sides to a Story

What does certification really mean?

Why are there so many certification boards? Do we really need ALL these certifications? Yes, I know, I sometimes ask difficult questions. It’s partly for philosophical reasons, partly for practical ones that I question the various reasons for certification.

On the surface, certification by some authoritative institution that a product is safe and reliable makes good common sense. What other guarantee does a consumer have that consumption of a product will not be harmful?

Whether you are talking about cosmetics and beauty products — or food, medicine, vehicle parts, or any other kinds of products – for a consumer to feel and be safe, we assume that certification means an authority has inspected the manufacturing process and tested the products.

On the other hand, those assumptions could be false.

As the old adage says, “Follow the Money.” Beauty is big business and the certification process can clearly be seen to favor the big brands. The application process is complex, the tests are expensive, and the monitoring and administration of the application can drag on for long time. For a small company with unique products — a family grower of the purest olive oil in Italy, or a small farm growing rosemary and lavender in France or Turkey — whether or not to apply for certification becomes a real question of time and money. Is it worth it?

The number of possible certifications is mind-boggling – just as one example, to be “certified organic,” there are now dozens of possible agencies offering certification. These institutions make claims that their certifications are important and reliable, but how often do consumers ask about the trustworthiness of the certification? Companies and products are often challenged, but how about the certifying agencies themselves?

Here are some questions consumers could ask about any certification:

  • Who founded or supports the certification agency?
  • Does the certifier actually inspect or test products?
  • How does the certifier establish its credibility?
  • What criteria does the authority use for certification?
  • How much does the certifier charge for its certification?

The bottom line is that certification may be financially out of reach for most small creative companies or for family companies who have produced their stuff for generations. They now may be pushed out of business because of the BUSINESS of certification. These certification companies are getting richer every day in a most profitable and successful business.

However, the issue is not whether or not a company should go for certification (as we have chosen to do with our PP products). Not being certified does not mean that there is something wrong with the products. Could it be that there is something wrong with the BUSINESS of certification companies?

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By Teviot Fairservis.


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