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

Make the world a better place

Michael Jackson – Heal The World

Paul Penders - Michael Jackson (Source: legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson was one of the most successful and influential entertainers of all time. Although he is no longer with us, his music, dance and contributions to the world still remain in the hearts of million people. One of his songs that has left the deepest impression is  “Heal The World”, which is a song from his album, Dangerous, released in 1991.

Jackson said “Heal the World” was the song he was most proud to have created, in a 2001 Internet chat with fans. I agreed! This song is so beautifully written, meaningful and inspirational that it warms the heart of a listener. As I am writing this post, I have “Heal The World” on repeat mode, and I have never felt so excited to the degree that I want to put my thoughts in words and share it with the world.

Paul Penders - Michael Jackson's Heal The WorldWhen you litter, do you think about the flora and fauna that may die from extinction? When you buy a new car, do you think about your children who may not have fresh air to breath in? When you start wars, do think about the innocent ones who may have to live in fear and terror?

Although “Heal The World” by Michael Jackson is a simple song, it will forever have a place in my heart as being an inspirational song that literally shaped and defined, not only who I am today, but also many others such as Paul Penders Co., World Wide Fund For Nature, Malaysia Nature Society, and The United Nations Children’s Fund, who want to make this world a better place to live in.

Alia Goes To University

alia-ghaniI received a call from Ms. Hong yesterday afternoon. She told me that Alia, our young chemist, was leaving for KL to further her studies. It was indeed a shocking news as she had never mentioned about pursuing a degree in the near future.

Later that afternoon, Alia sent me an email breaking the news that she would be leaving Langkawi this Friday and register at a university in KL. She said that it had been a blast knowing and working with us, although it was only a short span of time. However, she assured us that this wasn’t a forever goodbye and that we could hang out again when she’s back in Langkawi. It was sad to hear about this news.

Alia took up a Diploma in Chemistry in Sabah before she worked for Paul Penders. Her knowledge had helped significantly in creating the mineral blushers, eyeshadows and foundations, which consist of certified organic ingredients. I must say that it’s a major achievement for her and I’m sure there are more to come. Although she had been doing great in this company for 5 months, she decided to pursue her degree to gear herself for the future. Despite her sudden decision to leave, we have found a good replacement.

Alia is a nice, bright and easygoing girl whom I’ve known since secondary school. She was very active in school and had good relationships with her friends and teachers. When I first knew her, I’ve always thought that she would be successful in her career as she possesses such personalities that can lead her to great achievements in life.

Well, Alia…We all wish you all the best in your studies and in your future career. We are going to miss you loads and we hope to see you soon! Take care and keep in touch. *hugs*