Meeting Intriguing People

Simple living and simply being honest – living by a few simple principles so that we can live our lives to their fullest.  How ‘simple is simple,’ one can ask? I think that the beauty of life lies in simplicity — the simple joys of friendship, love, commitment, and most of all, respect. In regards to this, I like meeting new and exciting people — ones who can change the course of our own life for the better. Again, by ‘simple simpleness.’
 
Last year, my most impressive meeting with someone new was encountering Mr. Gary Goldschneider in person. He is not only an accomplished American classical pianist, but also one of world’s best astrologers — and lives in Amsterdam.
 
I bought several of his books in San Francisco some 25 years ago. They are available in bookstores worldwide. Since he was giving a piano recital in Amsterdam and I wanted to know more about him, I decided to take the plane from Asia all the way to Europe in order to see him perform rather than just listening to his CDs.
 
As it happened; I had a wonderful opportunity to meet him. Actually after the concert he came up to me and asked me a few questions. He looked me straight in the eyes and suddenly something like a light went on – like an instant connection – or whatever we want to call it. Mr. Goldschneider and I became friends. He invited me for dinner at his Amsterdam home. And I am proud to announce here he has been invited to perform by the Penang Art Community, in Malaysia.
 
Last week I met with Doctor Rahman, a professional healer of alternative and local Malay medicine who has studied in Australia and other countries. He lives in Ipoh which is in Malaysia in the State of Perak – a truly mountainous area where you can find indigenous peoples still living according to the old beliefs of centuries ago. They live amidst trees, plants and waterfalls which they believe have healing properties.
 
I have invited him to come to Langkawi to show him what we do and share some plans I have for new products using herbs and waters coming from the Perak mountains and communities. I had that same feeling of connection when meeting him and right away I knew that this is a contact forever.
 
Actually he reminded me of my dear friend Dr. Ab Steyn in Holland who was a famous natural healer who people from all over Europe used to consult. I am sure that in a way Ab brought me to Dr. Rahman. I know by heart that something good will come from it.

Then last month I met Teviot Fairservis, a most interesting American woman living on Langkawi UNESCO Geopark Island, the same as me.  Only a few Americans happen to live in Langkawi and they seem to be perfectly delighted with this wonderful and unique environment. As I am myself American (but Dutch born), I was eager to meet Teviot after I discovered that she writes for www.langkawi-gazette.comI was stunned by a great article about our magical island.
 
We had coffee in her apartment near the beach, together with her 2 cats. It was very pleasant and I connected very well with her. She is truly intelligent, a great organizer and has a professional background in non-profit administration.  She has a great sense of humor!  I wondered even more about what an American woman alone would be seeking by living in this beautiful paradise located on the other side of the world. I got my answer and much more than I bargained for.
 
To keep it short…..
Teviot agreed to be one of our writers.

 
She will handle the Paul Penders blog and will start doing research on local herbs and natural cosmetics related with what we do and represent on this beautiful Langkawi island. Actually her first article will appear on the Paul Penders blog very soon about one of my first products which I developed some 40 years ago — the “non-emulsified shampoo”–  which we are considering bringing back in its same simple form as it was decades ago!
 
Meeting wonderful people is exciting and actually very simple and truly can enrich our lives. To me it is the perfect example of ongoing learning and a way to gain more happiness. While trying to lessen my own ego each day, I wonder often at the beauty of life, love, and the cultivation of respect – the simple things.
 
    

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.
 
Enzymes
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.
 
Ceramides
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.
 

 
    

Brenda’s stories – Meet Hannah Montana

Did I ever tell you before how I got to know all these friends of mine in all kinds of countries? I don’t believe I did.
 
Before I settled down, got married and children I used to travel a lot. That already started when I was in college. I spent some time in Europe as an exchange student. After that I went back many times for my job as a wine merchant. As you will know, Europe is still the heart of wine production in the world. France obviously, but also Italy, Spain and Germany. I was always looking for fine wines for my company to buy and sell. That is how I got to know another of my friends that this story is about.
 
Aziza lives in Dortmund, being married to a German man called Manfred, but she actually comes from Malaysia. From Dortmund to the Southwest of Germany there are large wine estates, one of them being owned by Aziza and her husband. They produce a very fine white wine that I immediately decided to buy for my company.
 
As it turned out, Aziza and I got along really well so I went back as often as I possibly could. I was there when her daughter Sophie was born!
 
Sophie is now 5 years old and well aware of her background. One evening Aziza, keeping her Asian heritage alive, had died Sophie’s hands with henna. Something very common in Asian and Arabian culture, but not that much in Germany.

When Sophie went to school next day naturally her girlfriends asked about the painting on her hands, so Sophie explained to them it was henna. Her girlfriends, completely astonished all shouted out: What? Were they done by Hannah Montana? They all wanted to meet her and Sophie had to ask Aziza for help to explain she did NOT know Hannah Montana, but that she does know henna and how to dye hands with it.
 
After the girls had overcome their disappointment of not getting to meet Hannah Montana, they all went to school the next day with a beautiful henna painting on their hands.
 

Why Halal Certified Cosmetics?

Often people in the US or Europe ask me what halal cosmetics are. Many have heard about the word “kosher” but not “halal”. Long before the term “certified organic” became the newest kid on the block, Paul Penders cosmetics were already halal formulated. We are intensely serious about quality of our products and all Paul Penders natural herbal cosmetics are CERTIFIED HALAL
 
At the international cosmetics convention in Bangkok few months ago, Darhim Hashim of the International Halal Integrity Alliance spoke on the growing interest of halal formulated cosmetics world-wide.
 
The word halal means: permissible in Arabic. In the scope of halal cosmetics, the concept covers critical aspects of: production, sourcing of raw materials, and usage of permissible substances. All must be manufactured, stored and packaged according to specific halal requirements.
 
One of the reasons why I have been an advocate of halal cosmetics is that no animal products can be used, no animal by-products or slaughter products can be used, and no alcohol. But also, in order to get a government halal certification, manufacturing is a way more stringent process than simply GMP manufacturing.
 
Halal requirements for cosmetics have never been changed and are the same for ages. The process of certification is simple and clear; for everyone in any country of the world the same. In the US are no different requirements than in The Netherlands or in Malaysia. That too is why I like halal.
 
I found out 20 years ago that the halal requirements are exactly as to my own values. Our products are natural and use certified organic ingredients, no animal ingredients or whatsoever. Paul Penders products are officially halal certified not just the same process like organic certification board that wants to be in the business too and like the money aspects involved too. With halal certification is no money involved, period.
 
Paul Penders products are government halal certified in order to guarantee the best of ethically produced cosmetics made in the most clean environment, produced by people who care for these specific principles for the benefit of our consumers world-wide.
 

When you enter the Paul Penders offices at Langkawi UNESCO Geopark Island, the first thing is noticed are the many certificates hanging on the wall. We call it COMMITMENT towards quality of ethically produced cosmetic products without fanfare, without confusion and without sneaky business practices. A government approved halal certification for cosmetics means that these products are simply the best.
 

How Consumers are Protected Best

 
Attorney General Jerry Brown’s Office Files a Lawsuit
 
Because of serious consumer misrepresentation, “Brazilian Blowout”, a cosmetics company using a cancer-causing ingredient in their products despite false claims that their products are “safe” and “formaldehyde free”, is now being sued by Jerry Brown’s office in California. Two more attorneys file suit in LA and San Francisco. Tests by State authorities show that these products contain 8% formaldehyde (several of hundreds times higher than allowed).
 
California starts to enforce the Safe Cosmetics Law.
 
We always proposed that the Government should be involved in enforcing truth in cosmetics where ingredients are used truthfully and labeled INCI, according to the law.
 
Government checking is excellent to protect consumers.
 
Cosmetics must be made in GMP licensed factories and labeled according to the law. Consumer safety will be dramatically increased when the Government goes finally to the extent of a nationwide program where products are constantly taken from stores and test them in labs. For products that are falsely labeled there are (happy) lawyers to file suit, claim high fines, maybe even jail time, and demand taking away manufacturing licenses. Such program will benefit all; Government, lawyers and the consumer. On top of that it is cost effective without manufacturers needing to pay fees to certification boards for what at the end consumers pay more.
 
What about organic cosmetics consumer protection?
 

 
This is a slightly another story and I am afraid a little bit slippery. Some organic cosmetic companies use ingredients that in my vocabulary are as organic as a chemical can be! Some certification boards allow parabens in organic cosmetics. Is this not an insult to the organic industry?
 
In order to certify organic cosmetics there is an expensive and comprehensive system waiting, ad with a pure cost attached plus yearly royalties to be paid to these certification boards. Did I already mention this is a business? It results in increased consumer prices while the system is never fool proof but fees paid to certification boards. Paul Penders Co. till this day refuses the peer pressure to go for organic certification.
 
Natural or organic, or not, for the sake of safe cosmetics, a Government applying a random checking program will bring out the best for the consumer.
 
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Paul Penders natural organic cosmetics are made with the finest certified organic ingredients, made in a GMP licensed factory, INCI labeled according to the law in USA and EU, and obtained Government import licenses in Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, China and Europe (soon). Paul Penders natural organic cosmetics received international magazine awards in USA, and UK for its products.