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

Consumers desire Education about Natural & Organic Claims

I ask myself many times how small companies like Paul Penders (small but still selling our products to many countries in the world) can succeed in make you become more informed about our products and values.

A brand-new study in the US by Kairos Consumer points out that consumers require more education about effectiveness and claims of organic and natural cosmetics.
Consumers understand conventional cosmetic claims and are familiar with the brands associated with these claims. They are more likely to buy brands with claims they understand over products labeled organic or natural.
But consumers who buy organic and natural cosmetics admit that they know little about what is an organic or a natural product. They say that these products appeal mostly to them because of ‘absence of negative ingredients’.
They believe cosmetics are safe when they are free of ingredients they view as bad, such as parabens, dyes and chemicals. They place trust in a brand’s reputation making brand familiarity an important influence when buying cosmetics.
Smaller brands like Paul Penders also can educate organic shoppers more about the effectiveness of organic and natural ingredients. Many people in the study of Kairos Consumer indicated a desire for this information.
Can you let us know what is important to you when you buy cosmetic products? How can we at Paul Penders Co do better in educating you? Or inform you more about matters that are important to you?

Receive $1,500,000 for free! Just show proof of a 100% natural cosmetic product!

This is not a joke!
In hopes to halt the hype and deceptive stories of several cosmetic companies, especially several certified organic cosmetic companies, the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK offers to pay $1.5M to anyone showing proof of a 100% so called natural cosmetic product.
Who does not want to claim an easy 1.5 million dollars? Just show a cosmetic product consisting only of true natural ingredients, right?

Why is RCS doing this?
Just to challenge many 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 organic cosmetics do not consist of any chemicals. How can we call these claims? Should we maybe call it lies?
According to the best scientists in the world, any and all cosmetics in the world consist of chemicals! Whatever brand and in whatever price class, people DO put chemicals on their face … despite these holy claims of brands claiming to be “100% natural ingredients” and “100% certified organic ingredients. Yes… it is a lie.

Bravo to the Royal Society of Chemistry; a professional association in UK with the goal of advancing chemical sciences with 34,000 professionals in the UK and 8,000 abroad, with offices in USA and China.
Several organic brands are often way overpriced and greatly lied about. This is for a large part due to the new buzzword “certified organic” and several organic certifying bodies play the game as well with high fees that create unnecessary high retail price as well. It is also one of the reasons why Paul Penders products, despite we using MANY certified organic ingredients, refuses to go for the organic certification bandwagon
Of course, we will report immediately when a natural cosmetics company, or a certified organic cosmetics company got the 1.500,000 million dollars. But for your information, so far, even after one year, not ONE cosmetic company was able to make their case and take the huge amount of cash home!
More about this incredible story in the very near future.

$1.5Million to Anyone showing a Chemical-Free Cosmetic Product!

This is not a joke! In hopes to halt the hype and deceptive stories of several cosmetic companies, especially certified organic cosmetic companies, the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK offered to pay that huge amount.
What natural cosmetic company would not want to claim an easy $1.5 million? Just proof their cosmetic product consists only natural ingredients? How easy to get such huge sum of money!
Why is RCS doing this? Maybe to challenge many lies created by clever marketers to confuse consumers and let them believe that organic and certified organic cosmetics do not consist of chemicals. The simple point RSC wants to make is that any and all cosmetics in the world consist of chemicals! That we eat organic food that consists of chemicals. That we put chemicals on our face & body despite these are called natural or organic ingredients.
It is also reason why Paul Penders Co refuses to go for organic certification because what is the point? Please see what natural certified organic lavender essential oil really consists of:
          Lavender Essential Oil (Cineole Octanol, Octanone, Alpha Bisabolol, Alpha Cadinol, Alpha Humelene, Alpha Phellandrene, Apha Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha Terpineol, Alpha Terpinyl Acetate, Alpha Thujene, Alpha Thujone, Beta Bisabolol, Beta Pinene, Beta Thujone, Borneol, Bornyl Acetate, Camphene Camphor, Cineolealpha Terpineol, Carvone, Caryophyllene, Carophyllene Oxide, CIS Alpha Terpineol, CIS Alpha Bisabolene, CIS Carveol, CIA Linalol Epoxide, CIS Ocimene, Citronellal, Citronellol, Coumarine, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Furfural, Geraniol, Geranyl Acetate, Geranyl Butyrate, Hexanol, Hexyl Tiglate, Isoborneol, Lavandulol, Lavandulyl Acetate, Limonene, Linanlol, Linalyl Acetate, Methyl Heptenone, Myrcene, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Oleanolic Acid, P Cymene, Rosemarinic Acid, Sabinen, Terpinenol, Terpinolene, Trans Carveol, Trans Epoxy Linalyl Acetate, Trans Linanol Epoxide, Trans Ocimene, Ursolic Acid)
And organic olive oil:
          Olive Oil (Tri-Glycerides of Palmitic, Di-Glycerides of Palmitic, Palmitoleic, Stearic, Oleic, Linoleic, Arachidic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Squalene, Beta Carotene, Campesterol, Methylenecholesterol, Stigmasterol, Sitosterol, Fucosterol, 28-Isofucosterol, Stigmadienol, Brassicasterol, 7-Cholestenol,Ergostadienol, Avenasterol, Triterpene Alcohols, Tirucallol, Taraxerol, Dammaradienol Beta-Amyrin Germanicol, Butyrospermol, Parkeol, Cycloartenol, Tirucalladienol, 24-Methlene 24-Dihydroparkeol, 24-Methlenecycloartanol, Cyclobranol, 4-Methyl Sterols, Esters of Tyrosol, Esters of Hydroxytyrosol, Vitamin E (Tocopherols), Carotenoids, Oleuropein) Cocoa Butter (Tri and Diglycerides of Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lead, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Isoleic Acid, Beta Carotene, p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid, Vanillic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Syringic Acid, Phenylehtylamine, Theophylline, Aliphatic Esters, Aromatic Carbonyls, Caffeine, Theobromine, Diketopiperazines and Alkylpryazines)
Do above natural or organic ingredients not contain any chemicals? Are you surprised when we tell you that the ingredients in your claimed certified organic brand are made from the very same ingredients? (or maybe call them chemicals :-)) ? That you maybe pay more for these products that contain besides these same ingredients maybe a lot of hype and deceptive marketing stories?
Of course, the natural and certified organic ingredients in Paul Penders cosmetics contain the same chemicals as the certified organic cosmetics above. Or do you want us to call them: “Natural Chemicals”? In the coming weeks we will explain our stand here in more detail.
Meanwhile BRAVO!! to the Royal Society of Chemistry; a professional association in UK with the goal of advancing chemical sciences with 34,000 professionals in the UK and 8,000 abroad, with offices in USA and China. Of course, we will report immediately what certified organic cosmetics company got the $1.5Million dollars to proof that they are 100% natural.
Whether from Germany, Australia, UK or the United States; whether small or large companies… honestly speaking, so far it has been a long wait for anyone to step forwards … how come?
          An understandable confused consumer
Maybe….. maybe because organic ingredients are not always better for your skin than great natural ingredients. We know that organic ingredients do not always produce better skincare results as you might expect.
Organic ingredients are often way overpriced and sometimes greatly lied about. This is for a large part due to the buzz about the term “certified organic” and because of certifying bodies whose fees add to a high retail price as well.