I love state-of-the-art cosmetics with innovative ingredients in fine, high tech airless containers. But having said that, I still have a weakness for natural substances that have been used for centuries. Simple, pure and often cheap. One such age old ingredient taken from nature is clay. Ancient trend[...]

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In my previous blog I promised to bring you some Oatmeal-Do-it-yourself tips. Oatmeal contains lots of different active properties, making it very versatile. You'll discover this if you search the internet; oatmeal is used for treating athlete's foot, chicken pox, insect bites, itching, eczema, dry skin,[...]

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Kris Verburgh of ‘De Voedselzandloper’ can be proud of me: for years I have started my day with a bowl of porridge oats and almond milk. If I am to believe him, this will give me healthier veins, lower blood pressure, better metabolism and more energy. I do believe him, but I also enjoy it anyway. What m[...]

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You see it in more and more cosmetic products: tea tree oil. It sounds lovely and green and natural, but is tea tree oil really such a fine ingredient? Today some information about this essential oil…

Tea tree oil is mentioned in my list of “ingredients which you should not have in your products”. Having said that, I, myself, do have tea tree oil in my bathroom cabinet. For those of you who think I have lost my marbles, more about tea tree oil and how you can use it safely. In spite of the name, “tea[...]

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The question I mostly get asked in interviews is which products I use on my skin. Maybe not so surprising but... I use my own products daily, morning and night. In the first place I developed them for myself; with ingredients I could tolerate, which had proven effectiveness and in the correct concentrati[...]

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After an around the world trip with husband and kids (lucky me), I find myself sitting behind the computer once again. I couldn’t forget my work altogether on holiday though. Whether it was somewhere in the Jungle of Indonesia, the Australian Outback or a forgotten island in the South Pacific; there was [...]

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There are still many myths about skincare! Not so long ago I heard a sales consultant trying to convince a customer that, if she still wanted to look good in twenty years time, she should buy a particular cosmetic product containing that special ingredient costing more than two hundred euros.

Myths and half truths A little later the young woman left the shop with, not only, the product in question, but also, an eye cream, serum, night cream, mask and toner from the same brand. Although I've written more often in my blog about the myths surrounding eye creams, night creams, wrinkle creams, se[...]

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Last Autumn, in need of some quality time with my husband, we escaped for a few days to Marrakech without the kids. After taking in the atmosphere of the medina: the snake charmers, the rattling of the donkey carts and the calls of the street vendors, we were ready for a day of relaxation and natural beauty.

Journey to Morocco Up to the Atlas mountains! On the way we came across a number of women's co-operatives who were producing argan Oil. With my interest in cosmetics we decided to go to a factory to see how this was done. The room was packed with women sitting on the floor and peeling nuts, roasting the[...]

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It is really satisfying being able to read your own story in a magazine! It is about 'natural cosmetics' and can be found in the Estheticienne (a Dutch journal for professional beauty care and cosmetics). I have written before about natural cosmetics in my blog, but here the subject is more extensively c[...]

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Cosmeceuticals and derma pharmaceuticals. They look like jumbled words that don't really mean much. Yet the terminologies are used daily by specialists.

The definitions The products stated above are, just like cosmetics, mainly meant for applying onto the skin. Though not always very significant, there is certainly a difference between them. - Cosmetic products: are aimed at cleaning the skin, adorning, protecting or keeping it in good condition. They [...]

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