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!

 
    

Newly Arrived… Benefits Complex Ampule

We are so truly excited that finally the Paul Penders new generation of unique, “high-tech skincare” is ready for the consumer! This range was developed in association with various skincare professionals and through our own R&D team. Yes… it took longer than anticipated, but finally all 6 types of Benefits Complex Ampules are released!
 
Benefits Complex Ampules target, naturally, your specific skincare needs!
 

Of course, each Benefits Complex Ampule is a true COMPLEX formulation and contains Paul Penders LevensESSENTIE Gold herbal extract made from 22 certified organic herbs with very specific “high tech” ingredients added that are able to target various skin problems in the greatest detail, and, with fantastic results!
 
Benefits Complex Ampules were developed over two years in Europe and especially rigorously tested by skincare therapists in Asia. All the results were carefully monitored by the team of the Paul Penders Natural Organic Skincare salons in Kuala Lumpur. Here are the 6 types of ampules for various skin types and skin conditions:
 
1. Lifts & Astringes

    Strengthens skin’s elasticity, suppleness and firmness. It helps to refine skin texture and minimizes the pore size. Can be used for all skin types

2. Super Special Vitamin C

    Balances skin moisture and keep skin smooth. It helps to correct prior sun damage, repair collagen, increase collagen production and protects the skin from bad effects of the sun. Can be used for all skin types

3. Trace Elements

    Revitalizes fatigue skin. For dry, dehydrated & fatigue skin.

4. Purifies & Anti Acne

    Regulates excessive sebum secretion, soothes irritated area. It has an antiseptic effect on acne and pimples. Especially for oily and acne skin.

5. Anti Inflammatory

    Effectively soothes, heals and anti-inflammatory active for irritated skin areas. Can be used for all skin types but it especially benefits specifically oily skin types.

6. Soothes & Moisturizes

    Keeps the skin beautifully moisturized, smoothes and soothes irritated skin. For all skin types but especially for dry and dehydrated skin.

 
Great Starter Mini Size Packaging

As we are producing only small batches in laboratory-made quantities, Benefits Complex Ampules are available in a “mini-starter-size” packaging. Each box contains 5 glass ampules and is especially designed for a one-time use.
 
In special cases (when broken ampules are being kept cool or refrigerated) an ampule once broken, can be stored for up to few days only for the remaining contents of the bottle to be used again. The vial cannot be kept open much longer because the working of each ampule will start to deteriorate once the ampule has been opened. Hence all 6 types are packed air-tight in this glass ampule.
 
Later on we will have a larger size packaging available with each box to contain 12 or more ampules per box.
 
 
    

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.