Meet Our Distributors – Mei Sin, Brunei

Several lively and encouraging photos were sent in by our buyer and distributor in the country of Brunei.

A dynamic young couple in their early thirties, Ms. Mei Sin and her husband Simon Chin opened a beauty salon some time ago. Recently, she renovated it into a Paul Penders beauty salon. With her team, they put real effort into the design and display there.

Simon Chin, Mei Sin’s husband, runs a business importing and supplying spare parts and mechanical devices to the Shell corporation. They are based in Kuala Beilat, Brunei’s second largest city. They had their second baby just a couple months ago. On returning to her beauty salon after her maternity break, Mei Sin decided to turn it into a Paul Penders specialty salon. With the help of her husband and team, this entrepreneurial young woman is well on her way to success.

Brunei salon owner Mei Sin is on the right in the green jacket.

We are always curious to know more about our distributors and their interests. It is always a benefit to hear from professionals in the field. We asked Mei Sin about her preferences and why she chose Paul Penders products for her salon.

She told us:

    “My favorite products in PP are Skin toner, A.M Moisturizer, (especially) P.M Moisturizer, Exfoliant, Body firming Cellulite Serum & Lip gloss.“

“I like the skin toner coz its got firming effects. A.M & P.M Moisturizers are my favourites coz they feel smooth, supple, refreshing after use. The more important thing is they do not feel sticky or oily after being applied.

For the exfoliant, I’m applying it after the toner and before the moisturizer, the results come out good. It cleans and gives my skin more radiance and glow as well.

The body firming cellulite serum is non-sticky after application; it feels smooth and helps me to firm up my flabby arms.

It’s very simple why I like the lip gloss — coz it’s rich in moisture!

Lastly, the smell is nice in all these PP products. :)”

She also gave four great reasons she chose to present Paul Penders products:

  • Organic Products
  • Halal
  • No chemicals &
  • No animal testing. 

When asked who would take care of the salon with the demands of a new baby, Mei Sin smiled happily and said that her mother-in-law would be helping out so she can take care of the newborn and get a little rest.

We wish them good luck and continued success.

By TeamPP

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The End of Small Natural Cosmetic Companies? Part 1

Kayla Fioravanti, Chief Formulator of Essential Wholesale, Inc. in the U.S. together with a group of small cosmetic business women met in Washington DC at the offices of the representatives Schakowsky, Markey, Baldwin, Frank and Feinstein; all co-sponsors of H.R. 5786 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

H.R. 5786 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010
They arrived in Washington DC from all over the U.S. in order to explain to the representatives how the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will make cosmetic products NOT much safer. Instead it will bankrupt thousands of small cosmetic businesses and bury the ones trying to survive in needless paperwork that cause retail prices to skyrocket. 

They explained that science didn’t always back up things about natural ingredients.  Chemical ingredients have lots of research and data available. Natural ingredients not always but natural ingredients have centuries of topical and internal history of safe use. Safety data on natural ingredients is not all that much available simply because they are not laboratory created! Nobody owns a patent on natural ingredients and also, the quality can change from crop to crop. 
The ladies talked about the tremendous paperwork, tests, costs and preparations involved that also small growers now have to do as well. And distributors selling organic products will have to get certified as well. This all will result not only in a high price of organic cosmetics but will put a strain on small cosmetic businesses and becomes a barrier to entry for new cosmetic companies because the cost of the pre-market testing and batch-testing make the development and sale of products prohibitive.

Under the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 cosmetics will be subjected to enormous safety testing with more regulations than food. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will affect small businesses terribly.

The battle has only just begun! 

You can help change this legislation while still supporting safe, natural “small-batch” manufactured cosmetics in stead of a mass produced product from these multinationals. But lots of educational work needs to be done at the level of these regulators who are sometimes being lied to or maybe let’s call it “being mislead”.

We at Paul Penders Co like to thank Kayla Fioravanti and these other women for a great grassroots initiative. This Cosmetics Act 2010 will not pass without a healthy fight. Paul Penders Co will support Kayla as much as we can!

Sign the petition today!

In Part #2 I will discuss in more detail who the big winners are of The Safe Cosmetic Act 2010. Please do not feel surprised but maybe you feel as mad as I am when I mention that the multinational brands have to gain a lot. Also please be prepared me telling you that you, as a consumer…. you are the biggest looser and on top of it will be paying for all of this as well. See you at part #2

Going Organic Part 2

Continuing my rant on mass-produced food, drugs and cosmetics, I would like to encourage everyone wanting to go organic to completely revamp their ideas about the way products should look and perform. Everything you have consumed so far has been artificially dressed up with chemical colors (food, cosmetics), pumped with drugs (eggs, dairy, meat) and often chemically preserved.

Organics don’t look as good as their chemical counterparts because obviously they are supposed to be natural, and we humans have long, long forgotten what natural looks or feels like. Honestly, do your children really know that real grape juice looks and tastes quite different from grape soda?

Organics will also take longer to produce a noticeable effect. If you are sucking on a valerian root for insomnia, you have to do it for a few days before the valerian takes effect. Organic haircare products like Paul Penders shampoo does not have synthetic lathering agents like sodium lauryl sulphate (don’t get me started on that one). As such, it will not foam as much as regular shampoos, something which might make some people think their hair is not being cleaned.

You also pay much more for organics because they cannot be mass-produced. A naturally grass-fed, free-range cow can produce maybe 5-10 liters of milk a day, whereas a corn-fed cow pumped with hormones and antibiotics can produce 10 times that much—although the milk is watery and full of drugs. In the same way, truly natural cosmetics like Paul Penders products cannot be mass produced in a short time.

The payoff is that once you eat organic food and use organic bodycare products for awhile, you simply can’t go back. At first you won’t even notice that organic food tastes better or that organic skincare is improving your skin’s texture, but that’s because both your mind and body needs time to adjust after all those years of chemical dependence.

Going organic means spending more and not looking for immediate results, but it is the only way to health and well-being in this digital age. When it comes to organics, you—the consumer—have to stop and be aware of your usual emotional responses to the advertising of food, drugs and cosmetics.

Next time you see bottles of glowing red, green or yellow shower gels, don’t fall for it. And don’t be afraid to eat those crooked carrots. They’re the way God intended them to be.

Status on the Cosmetic Market

chartA recent report on the cosmetic industry market from Fitch Inc. describes how the economical crisis has lead to a big downturn in the luxury market for personal care products.

Consumers shopping patterns have shifted away from premium brands to more affordable, mass market products.

This becomes evident when studying the latest financial results from some of the biggest market players, like Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. They have all been announcing big drops in turnover.

This indicates more and more consumers turn away from luxury cosmetic products.

Rescue Blemish AwayBut, when it comes to organic products, the report mentions growth in organic cosmetics sales during the first half of 2009.

Further on, the report predicts that overall, the market for personal care products will slow in the coming time.

Interestingly, this slowdown is not expected to happen to organic cosmetics – and Paul Penders products are in the organic cosmetics market.

This was a short summary of the reports conclusions and predictions for the cosmetic market.

GrowthWhen it comes to Paul Penders, we are pleased and happy to be able to announce an increasing growth in sales during 2009.

We have experienced a growth and turnover, exceeding our most optimistic expectations.

We expect this trend to continue during the remaining part of this year.



Book PrizeDo not forget, that Paul Penders’ blog is inviting all – connected to the Paul Penders Organization or not – to participate in our competition.

Two winners will each receive a copy of the brand new book “Health and Beauty from the Rainforest” by Professor Gerard Bodeker.

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Read more about the contest by clicking on this link