You are not alone

It’s been almost two and half years I am working with Paul Penders Company and during that time I got close to several of our distributors in Asian and European countries alike. With some of them it feels to me like they have become even personal friends. As with all friendships there are up and down, and emotional issues of all kinds; both good and sad. Today I wish to sharing about two friends; people with families that we do business with, or through our several charity programs we are involved in, or just contact with them otherwise.
Tafzeel Ajmal Moosbally is one of our good friends and a distributor all the way in the small and beautiful island of Mauritius. Those who follow the Paul Penders blog may remember the story about Tafzeel and his great enthusiasm for Paul Penders products. Once he flew into Langkawi to visit us without us even preparing anything and while still in the plane he asked me to pick him up at the airport! It was the first time he came to Langkawi and first time meeting him. He persuaded us about his true commitment for the products in Mauritius and enthusiasm for the Paul Penders team with the promise to deliver the best possible representation for us in Mauritius.

But recently, his beloved wife became ill due a serious infection. It happened very sudden and the illness got quickly worst; then it took the life of this young mother and wife. I called Tafzeel few days ago and of course he was totally heartbroken. They had plans to come to Malaysia to visit us after delivering of their 2nd child. I myself got heartbroken too.

    Dear Tafzeel and family:
    I just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear about the sudden loss of your dear wife Rizwana. I know how much you loved each other. Although I never met Rizwana personally yet know she is a cheerful, positive & very kind person. May God blesses and comforts you, Tafzeel and your family at this great loss.
    From Faye and all at Paul Penders Company

Then a written letter was received this week all the way from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from Sherry Zebra. She was a student in a professional beauty course and at that time wished to open up her own beauty centre.
Toward the final semester, she needed to pick a product brand to give full presentation as if she was representing the brand. She chose Paul Penders products as she strongly believes in our values and product qualities and contacted us for more information. I was impressed with her and Paul decided to send her free products for her presentation.

It was so exciting for me to assist Sherry in getting what she needed while she worked so hard and got an “A” for her assignment what made us extremely proud of her. For more insight read the blog story at that time
And she did start her own beauty salon but then I received a letter with the shocking news that her beloved husband Daniel suddenly passed away. Due to the sudden death of her husband she start more and more to appreciate the value of gratitude, which I am myself also still try to develop too. Those who always have sense of appreciation and gratitude never seem to reach an impasse in life.
Here is the letter received from Sherry actually addressed to Paul:

The experience of losing a loved does force us toward a deeper understanding of life. Everyone fears death and is saddened by death; that is natural. But by struggling to overcome the pain and sadness that accompanies death, we become sharply aware of the dignity and preciousness of life and develop the compassion to share the sufferings of others as our own.
Paul Penders Company wishes Sherry the best in life and surely, because she is such a strong and wonderful person, I believe there are still lots of beautiful things waiting for her.

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

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.
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.
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.


ICT, the Well Kept Secret to Beautiful Skin

For many years, we at Paul Penders understood the scientific wonders of ICT and how, with innovation, it has been used effectively in skin treatment to remove old and dead skin cells to reveal a new skin that makes you look and feel younger.
Actually the mixture of certified organic herbs and CO2 has been a well-kept secret behind the success of ICT (Intensive Clarifying Therapy). It is the unique application and scientific knowledge that produces excellent results in this exciting skin treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps to improve the elasticity of the skin, and gives you a softer, smoother and clearer complexion.

The beautiful effervescence resulting from the mixture of two product components from ICT produces very tiny bubbles of CO2 and a small amount of oxygen, which complement each other to keep your complexion always aglow and looking fresh.
We are excited with C02 based on new scientific evidence and the increased medical use of CO2 lately. At Paul Penders, we believe in providing you with the knowledge of how our products work so that you can use them confidently.
How CO2 is used these days for skincare
Dermatologists in USA bring CO2 just below the surface of the skin; it diffuses into the surrounding tissues and literally “melts away” fat cells and unwanted stretch marks. CO2 causes the blood vessels to dilate and increase the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin. This helps to eliminate fluid build-up between cells, and the skin is stimulated to produce more collagen. Fewer fat cells result in a firm and younger looking skin.
Research conducted at the University of Siena in Italy showed that CO2 was effective in helping women lose fats in their thigh and stomach. At the same time their skin became firmer and cellulite smoother.
Medical CO2 treatments are also used to treat layers of damaged skin with excellent results. The laser treatment helps to remove fine wrinkles and giving the skin a smoother complexion, besides minimizing facial scars and heavily pigmented areas. The treatments are effective in softening lines around the eyes and mouth.
We at Paul Penders appreciate CO2 as a Big Life Giver and essential part of our eco system. CO2 has been received adverse publicity about greenhouse effects and global warming but new research however shows how C02 contributes to sustain life on earth.
We, at Paul Penders, use the great advantages of C02 combined with certified organic herbs, while more and more dermatologists worldwide now continue to explore the wonders of C02 for truly beautiful skin from a medical perspective as well.

All one needs is ICT.

You can expect the best results in anti-aging treatment with Paul Penders ICT. On top of the beautiful effervescence which helps to allow quick penetration of nutrients into the skin, ICT contains 22 certified organic herbs and essential oils, ceramides and vitamins which help to nourish the fresh skin cells after the ICT has done its job. These nutrients, which are ‘food to the skin’, will improve the skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and increase moisture levels of the skin.
To prepare a fresh ICT treatment is a simple three-step process:

  1. Mix the two product components – two scoops of ICT I with ¾ scoop of ICT II (for multiple amounts use same multiple dosages). Application tools and directions are inside the ICT packaging box.
  2. Let the mixture develop for a few minutes and apply mixture with a brush or spatula onto face and neck but avoid applying close to the eyes. For dry and sensitive skin apply first a moisturizer, only then apply ICT.
  3. Leave 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse off.

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.
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.