She Taught Me by Heart I Was Right!

More and more I feel annoyed with EWG (Environmental Working Group) who sponsors and lobbying for the new “Safe Cosmetics Act 2011”. I have problems with their amazing way of making assessments of the dangers in our products as put in their “SkinDeep” data base. They do safety assessments of many cosmetic products and their ingredients including natural cosmetics as Paul Penders that contain herbs, plants, natural oils, etc.
 
I agree with them when ingredients are called “certified organic” that they are not always natural. Many chemicals and synthetics are certified by Ecocert as organic. EWC thinks that “certified ingredients” are not always superior. I agree because for several cosmetic ingredients the benefits from naturally grown ingredients are preferred and even more stable. Well, that is according to many scientist and top cosmetic chemists who prefer at times natural ingredients above organic ingredients.
 
This story is about the ignorance at times of EWG.

This came again to mind when I visited the Buddhist Temple just besides our new place in Penang (also called the holy island) where Paul Penders Co has its R&D based and beautifully located besides the ocean and foothills of a huge rainforest mountains.

I had a freak accident about a year ago and through a friend of mine we visited the temple where a monk of age 93 provides natural health treatments for free, even vegetarian meals as well. This beautiful woman lives a truly peaceful life and does lots of meditation. Meeting her brings right away a spontaneous feel of love and happiness. She was going to treat me with hot oil consisting of tar from pine trees and several herbs; all grown in the woods around the temple.

The treatment is quite simple … for 6 times oil will be heated till a temperature as hot as one can cope to put your hands and feet into the oil mass until the mass cools down, then the mass will be heat up again and this “mantra” repeats itself for 6 times!
 
The natural tar and herbs pulls out toxins from the body. It is really a vigorous treatment because during the process the body starts to sweat. When 6 treatments are finished you are totally wet and feel totally cleansed as well.
 
I am going to get this treatment for few times while it is said also to be good for several other health problems including detoxification of kidneys and stomach, as well when someone has fever and also good for diabetics. This detoxification process and cleansing of the body is caused by the healing power of natural tar.
 
Here is the essence of my story

When at age 25 I start to make my first shampoos with the help of my customers in my salons in The Netherlands, I also used pine tar. I used it to cleanse the scalp from dandruff, to detoxify and extract impurities in the skin. It always worked beautifully and my customers loved it.
 
Then these stories did arrive that natural tar can cause cancer. Like many of these ghost stories and scare techniques used by some fanatic environmentalists including now EWG these days as well. Whether few natural ingredients have been used for centuries by many cultures and in many places of the world with great results is simply being ignored often because certain benefits could not been explained by scientists of today. Therefore it is suddenly no good anymore – ergo – we could get very sick of it!
 
So already many years ago I was forced to change my shampoo formula because of these scare techniques. I needed to tell my customers using “Paul Penders Peppermint Shampoo” for many years and with excellent results for dandruff and oily hair that –according to new research- were suddenly risk!
 
Honestly speaking, I never had found something that good to replace the natural pine tar for dandruff and now we use natural pegaga herbs found also on Langkawi with excellent results as well. Still I miss my old Peppermint Shampoo formula!!!

I felt amazed when I saw the monk heating my medicine!
 
A natural complex of pine tar and herbs? She told me how many people have come to her receiving outstanding health results. But I am sure when the scientists of EWG would come by to rate this natural paradise in Penang island, they would try to stop the use of these natural healing treatment. They would declare that people could get cancer or other terrible diseases simply because they can’t explain how nature does its amazing work.
  
 
In fact, few Paul Penders products have been rated unsafe by EWG because using few natural herbs (for almost 40 years) already described by my grandmother some 100 years ago and supported by my friends Dr. Eeftink and Dr. Steyn (who were famous natural health doctors in The Netherlands). Now EWG makes assessments that these products can cause diseases and that is pure nonsense proving my case of them being ignorant.

Being in the Temple today with this beautiful, very kindhearted, loving and spirited Monk made me actually feel proud. She gave me that unshakable belief and confidence that I always have been right about my first shampoo with natural pine tar developed so many years back.Should I start producing it again? Maybe. And whatever EWG will say about my Peppermint Shampoo I don’t care anymore. I will no longer feel confused thanks to this wonderful woman who taught me a piece of true wisdom.
 
    

Paul Penders Natural Makeover Grand Finale..

The Malaysia sole distributor of Paul Penders , NIC International Company has initiated more than 20 beauty centers and organic shops to organize Natural Makeover contest in Malaysia since September 2010 and early 2011. It was organized with the intention of creating awareness on using natural and organic cosmetics for makeup and personal care. The sessions were very successful and attracted a lot of crowd. Many ladies had the makeover and photographs were taken and they looked so beautiful and attractive after the make-up!
 
Winners were selected to enter the grand final.


    Wong Yean Fann, 1st batch winner

The makeover sessions created an overwhelming effect, more requests came in to ask for extension and therefore the Grand Finale had been extended.
 
Now coming June 18 there is the Grand Finale for “The Best Makeover “winner selection. There will be 4 categories of participants at different ages: the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s!!


    Low Lai Kee 1st batch Winner

The good intention of NIC International Company for organizing the Makeover Session has achieved awesome results and has brought Paul Penders natural herbal color cosmetics to another level of success in Malaysia.
 
All Paul Penders makeup range contains the unique LevensESSENTIE Gold®; the 22 certified organic herbs added in dry form for great effects on the skin. Therefore our makeup products are ideal and healthy for all skin types. At the same time enables to bring out the natural beauty of each individual.

You bet…. this will be a GREAT PARTY again! For those who wish to attend the dinner, kindly contact NIC International Corporation S/B at 603-8926-8655 or please email Lee Booi at leebooi@nic-intl.com
 
Of course, staff from Paul Penders Co will travel to Kuala Lumpur as well. We were at the earlier session in September 2010 and we are very excited to be able to join the Grand Final on June 18th!!!
 
 

Paul Penders Natural Makeover Grand Finale..

The Malaysia sole distributor of Paul Penders , NIC International Company has initiated more than 20 beauty centers and organic shops to organize Natural Makeover contest in Malaysia since September 2010 and early 2011. It was organized with the intention of creating awareness on using natural and organic cosmetics for makeup and personal care. The sessions were very successful and attracted a lot of crowd. Many ladies had the makeover and photographs were taken and they looked so beautiful and attractive after the make-up!
 
Winners were selected to enter the grand final.


    Wong Yean Fann, 1st batch winner

The makeover sessions created an overwhelming effect, more requests came in to ask for extension and therefore the Grand Finale had been extended.
 
Now coming June 18 there is the Grand Finale for “The Best Makeover “winner selection. There will be 4 categories of participants at different ages: the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s!!


    Low Lai Kee 1st batch Winner

The good intention of NIC International Company for organizing the Makeover Session has achieved awesome results and has brought Paul Penders natural herbal color cosmetics to another level of success in Malaysia.
 
All Paul Penders makeup range contains the unique LevensESSENTIE Gold®; the 22 certified organic herbs added in dry form for great effects on the skin. Therefore our makeup products are ideal and healthy for all skin types. At the same time enables to bring out the natural beauty of each individual.

You bet…. this will be a GREAT PARTY again! For those who wish to attend the dinner, kindly contact NIC International Corporation S/B at 603-8926-8655 or please email Lee Booi at leebooi@nic-intl.com
 
Of course, staff from Paul Penders Co will travel to Kuala Lumpur as well. We were at the earlier session in September 2010 and we are very excited to be able to join the Grand Final on June 18th!!!
 
 

Paul Penders Products Re-Introduced in Holland at the LIBELLE SHOW

The most famous consumer show in Holland happened last week…. The Libelle Show is the biggest event in The Netherlands for women to get to know the hottest new products available at shopping malls and large cosmetic stores.

Although there was lots of rain the number of people attended was almost 10,000 at the first day only! This show lasted no less than 7 days from early morning till evening! So thousands of women have noticed the re-introduction of our products in the Netherlands…. It was great fun watching all women with shopping bags and goody bags passing by the Paul Penders booth… and to fill-up their bags with Paul Penders goodies as well!
 
The Libelle Show is famous in Europe to kick off a new brand; selling natural cosmetics with certified organic ingredients and a specific style and essential oil… and that are Paul Penders products of course!
 
Women we talked to where very interested in the story of the herbs, the certification for organic ingredients and the non animal testing.

We are very happy to see the interest of high quality. Lots of questions about the organic aspects, and the store locations. Considering that there was quite some competition of local Dutch cosmetic brands, with this in mind, our contacts were excellent.
 
At the show we sold the new Mini Sizes of Aloe & Lavender A.M. Moisturizer and Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk as a special trial promotion pack. One lady even returned buying more products after she tested the Aloe & Lavender A.M. Moisturizer without having an allergic reaction, what she experiences with other brands. She was so happy to find out a new brand that suited her skin so very well. And of course, we were very happy too, to be able to provide her with our Paul Penders solution!!
 
Again, the fair lasted for 7 days with great and spontaneous interactions with the Dutch female consumers. It was a lot of fun, talking to these ladies and selling Paul Penders products!!!
 
 

Certified Organic Cosmetics Sales in UK Falls 27%

The own revenues of the Soil Association in UK in 2010 was no less than USD30Million, which is a 800% increase of income in five years. But despite the Soil Association much increase in revenues, the retail sales of certified organic beauty purchases in UK is 27% lower!

The hype created lately has lead to more manufacturers paying a percentage of their sales to these certifying bodies; but many people do not know that these Soil Associations, Ecocerts and all other ones are businesses like any other business.
 
The cost of paying these organizations is incorporated in the cost of product, which leads to higher retail prices. Of course, these certifying bodies are very happy because their businesses continue to thrive but not one penny for farmer families who really could need some more income to survive.
 
Are consumers in UK maybe saying… enough is enough? No more money to these new burocrats? Not paying higher retail prices to keep more of these certifying organic bodies in business?
 
The huge fall of sales in certified organic cosmetics is therefore maybe a healthy development after all.