Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Therapeutic Essential Oil Question…….Again !!!

This question comes up repeatedly from consumers.

“May I know whether the essential oils available for purchase on your website are of therapeutic grade or aromatherapy grade?”

And my reply……

In the essential oils industry there are no such grades as “therapeutic” or “aromatherapy.” These are terms are invented up by advertising people or dishonest traders. This terminology is not  scientifically supported. Nor does it have any support in the commercial essential oil field.
As a buyer, you should ask suppliers about the quality of their essential oils. The important things to know are the methods of extraction (some methods can contaminate the essential oil), safety information, and the laboratory Certificate of Analysis (CoA) with Lot #. In Malaysia, some suppliers will try to pass the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) off as a CoA, and you should never accept this.

At Indochine Natural we only import essential oils that have a clearly marked Lot # on the bottle. They must have a  CoA.  We also require an analysis of the allergens. We are the only company in Malaysia that demands these standards. Anyone buying our essential can have this certification on request.

Dr. Mike Thair

Founder and Managing Director
Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Are you wasting money because of Angel Dusting?

Many body wash, shampoo and face cream products these days promise incredible results. These products appear full of expensive healing and skin nourishing ingredients. Do you sometimes think you have been misled into buying these products?
This is a frequent practice these days called “Angel Dusting.”
In Penang, our Australian Co-Founder & Chief Formulator, Dr. Mike Thair, has written a short booklet illustrating how you can avoid this scam. Download for FREE here:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Productivity Tips

Our Australian Co-Founder & Chief Formulator, Dr. Mike Thair, gives personal insights into how he maintains high levels of productivity.

“OK, I admit it, I’m a workaholic.  Being the co-owner of a cosmetics company plus managing my international consulting assignments is demanding.  It requires long hours, international travel, and strict deadlines. Keeping my health and energy levels at peak levels is important.
Productive days aren’t just a win for your own health and happiness: it’s a must for success. It important to stay inspired. Read my tips to make your days more productive and enjoyable.

Start the day right
Start the day early. For me, this means around 5:00 AM. There are no distractions. My priorities are to catch up on important correspondence and reading. Check all the news.
Exercise is important. I recommend a 3 to 5-minute workout for those who are time-poor and inactive, yet still, have a wish to improve their fitness and keep a healthy body weight.
First minute: 15 seconds of squats, 15 seconds push-ups, 15 seconds leg raise holds, 15 seconds high knees
Second minute: 30 seconds squats, 30 seconds push-ups
Third minute: 30 seconds leg raise holds, 30 seconds high knees

The right frame of mind
Morning bathing rituals are an important part of starting my day in the right frame of mind.  I use Indochine Natural products.

The important thing to remember here is that we only use high-quality essential oil in our products. These oils can have positive effects on your mood and general outlook.

To-Do Lists
We all like to multi-task. Yet if we are not careful, valuable hours can be eaten up by flipping between lots different jobs. You may not have achieved very much at the end of the day.
My approach is the daily to-do list. Focus on one task, ignore everything else. Attack one thing at a time, and by doing it well, can make your to-do list shrink faster. You will achieve a lot more by the end of the day.
In your to-do list, an important productivity tip is to tackle your most daunting task first. Get it out of the way first thing in the morning rather than procrastinating. When done, it gives an instant sense of achievement while freeing you up to focus on better things for the rest of the day.

Light up your day
We need good light to operate at our peak. Light up your workspace with a proper lighting, or open blinds and curtains for some natural light. Not only will natural light brighten your mood, it can improve your alertness. If you can, work by a window. During the day, take breaks, go for a short stroll and get a ten-minute blast of daylight. This can work wonders for your productivity.

Keep it fresh
As the afternoon drags on, I find refreshing spritz of facial mist  does wonders.
Essential oils  can help increase productivity.  A room diffuser charged with your favorite essential or a blend can help.

Wind down before bed
I finish the day as I started.  Evening bathing rituals are an important part of winding down and ensuring good quality sleep. I use Indochine Natural products

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Glowing skin kit by Indochine Natural

For blissful and self-indulgent “me-time” there is nothing better than a cleansing and skin rejuvenating clay mask.  The use of clays for cosmetic purposes has existed for centuries, and in more recent times people are rediscovering the benefits of clays for different health and skincare conditions.

French Pink Clay

Clays are very effective in absorbing excess oil, dirt, and toxins from the skin while exfoliating and improving skin circulation.  With regular use (we recommend once or twice a week) your skin will seem smoother and softer, and you can feel the clay working as soon as it’s applied.

French Pink Clay is used in exclusive Spas and is the mildest of all clays and is recommended for sensitive skin, but works well for all skin types.  Rich in natural trace elements, French Pink Clay absorbs excess oil and dirt from the skin surface, refines, tightens pores, detoxes and removes dead skin cells and impurities to reveal soft, smooth skin full of vitality.

Organic Face Mists

Pamper time…..anytime…face mists are a beauty essential, and applying throughout the day not only cools and refreshes skin and mind but gives your skin a moisture boost, leaving it looking revitalised and radiant.

Pure organic Rose Damascena envelopes the senses as it tones and hydrates. Beneficial in dehydrating conditions such as air-conditioned offices, during air travel, or just whenever your skin needs a pick me up. Freshening, soothing, and hydrating with blossoming notes of pure natural rose freshness.

For instructions on how to transform your skin to be clean, smooth energised, and moisturised, read the “Routine” section below.


Step One: Litsea Patchouli Face Wash Cleansing- Deep clean, replenish and refresh the skin with the power of refreshing and astringent Litsea, calming Patchouli, and anti-inflammatory Cedarwood.

Step Two: Organic Bulgarian Rose Hydration Mist- Refresh, and balance skin pH to prime for further clay cleansing moisturizing and to remove any leftover impurities.

Step Three: French Pink Clay Mask – Using a wooden or plastic spoon, combine a teaspoon of clay with Bulgarian Rosewater at 1/1 ratio, mix into a paste, then using a soft brush smooth over your face (use your fingers if you don't have a brush handy). Relax a while and let this mask do its job. About 5-10 minutes later rinse with warm water to reveal fresh, bright skin.

Step Four: Essence Des Plantes Organic Face Oil – Moisturize with our formulated face oil to replenish and hydrate the skin.

What to Expect

Cleansed, hydrated, toned and brighter, healthier looking skin

As a special introduction for the launch of our new French Pink Clay and Organic Bulgarian Rose Hydration Mist, we have bundled these together with two other products. No need to go to an expensive spa, now you can experience your own super indulgent face treatments at home and save hundreds.

Want see the Combo Pack in action..... get the Combo pack for your own verdict.
Total value = RM 240.70

Order online
REE SHIPPING (Malaysia only) via Poslaju & GST included if your order is RM 150.00+.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Skin Care While You Sleep

Our Australian Co-Founder & Chief Formulator, Dr. Mike Thair, gives some insider tips on skin care while you sleep.

“OK, these days many of us are time-poor and sleep-deprived (and that includes me). We need to be aiming at looking good and well rested, even if we don’t feel it. One secret I can share with you is maximizing skin care while sleeping.

You are probably well equipped in caring for your skin during the day against environmental stress.  At night you skin is in repair mode regenerating new cells and restoring damage. Sleep allows for detoxification and nervous system recuperation. This is not a time to be bombarding your skin with synthetic chemical-based skin care products. My advice is to keep your approach simple. What your skin requires overnight is good vitamins, antioxidants and nourishment.

Our Essence Des Plantes Organic Face Oil is the perfect answer in maximizing skin care while sleeping. The organic Jojoba seed oil contains vitamin E and B, chromium, copper, and zinc, which all nourish your skin after daily environmental stress. Organic Sesame seed oil contains linoleic acid that provides both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is rich in antioxidants, hence they are easily absorbed into the skin, nourishing it from deep inside and promoting skin softness. Organic Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Vitamin E accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil as it helps restore skin smoothness. The organic Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal, and of course an excellent moisturizer. The organic Sunflower oil is also rich in Vitamin E and a strong antioxidant that struggles against the damage done by free radicals, helping in anti-aging. This oil also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity

On top of all these benefits, our Essence Des Plantes Organic Face Oil has a fresh, floral, oriental fragrance.  The exotic blend of Geranium Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang flower essential oils convey a sense of well-being and calm. Perfect for a good nights sleep.

Use in the evening after showering when skin is still damp.  Only a very small amount (usually less than 1 pump) is required. Pump the oil into your palm, rub hands together and gently pat your face, neck, and décolletage, spreading a thin even layer. Leave for a few minutes to let the oil sink into the skin.”

Dr. Mike Thair
Managing Director & Chief Formulator
Indochine Natural Sdn. Bhd.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A peek into our production facility……TRACEABLE INGREDIENTS

The intricate journey from raw ingredient to the final product is complex.  Our in-house Quality Manager, Ms Yus Roseniza Binti Yahaya BSc (Hons) manages this journey. She is experienced and highly qualified for this job.

Firstly, she will establish that every ingredient purchased has a Certificate of Analysis and Lot Number on the ingredient container.

Secondly, she checks that this Lot Number appears on the Batch Manufacturing Record (BMR). The BMR has a unique Lot Number for the product being made.

Finally, when you purchase an Indochine Natural product, this Lot Number is on on the packaging.  If you, the customer, contact us about a product you have purchased, from the Lot Number of that product, we can tell you the exact details of every ingredient.

Further, for every product batch produced, we keep samples.  In our production facility, we have two laboratories. The first is our microbiology laboratory and the second our physical chemistry laboratory. For other tests, including Heavy Metals, we send these to an outside laboratory.  Again, from the product Lot Number on the product you buy, we can tell customers of the lab results.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to be sure of the high quality and traceable ingredients used on your skin?  Body care product ingredients are absorbed by the skin. Any toxins will appear in your bloodstream where they can be accumulated by your body organs.

Honour your wellbeing with all-natural, artisan made small batch products. Feel safe in the knowledge that they are free from harmful chemicals and toxins. Check out our website products.

Dr. Mike Thair
Cofounder and Chief Formulator
Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Indochine Natural Difference – Globally Unique - Made in Penang

Most consumers never get as far as the ingredients label on their body care products, and they therefore miss a unique property of Indochine Natural products that sets them apart globally. Indochine Natural are among a very select group of manufactures globally, including for example Dr. Bronner’s, that use only whole vegetable oils, and nothing else, to produce their body care products.

Check for yourself……our ingredients lists only include whole plant oils that have been saponified, water, essential oils, and nothing else !!!

            Splice Island Body Wash:

            Pure Aqua (water), Potassium Soyate (soybean oil), Potassium Cocoate (coconut oil),  
            Potassium Palmate (palm oil), Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Citrus sinensis 
            (Orange  Sweet) peel oil, Litsea cubeba (May Chang) fruit oil, Cinnamomum 
             zeylanicum  (Cinnamon) bark oil, Illicium verum (Aniseed China Star) fruit/seed oil,
             Eugenia  caryophyllata (Clove bud) oil

Other body wash and shampoo products include the following sorts of ingredients that are not whole oils and are mainly synthesized plant extracts plus various synthetic ingredients. A good example are the ingredients in a well know "natural" brand shower gel (you will need to get out your chemistry texts to understand this one):

               Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), 
               Glycerin (Humectant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Benzyl Alcohol 
               (Preservative), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), 
                Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (pH 
                Adjuster), Mel/Honey (Natural Additive), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Citrus 
                Nobilis Fruit Extract/Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Glycine Soja 
                Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Benzophenone-4 (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), 
               Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium 
               EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Salicylic Acid 
               (Preservative), Sodium Dehydroacetate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 15510/Orange 4 (Colour), CI 
               15985/Yellow 6 (Colour).


When our Australian co-founder Dr. Mike Thair develops products he has two prime objectives……firstly to produce all-natural products devoid of synthetic ingredients so as not to add to consumer Toxic Body Loads and environmental pollution, and secondly, to create daily bathing rituals to enrich your sense of wellbeing and to soothe the mind, body and spirit. Both objectives can only be achieved using whole plant oils.

Indochine Natural products are Available from all JustLife stores, or  online  directly from Indochine Natural

BE QUICK……prices are due to increase on May 1.

Monday, April 6, 2015

But I Have Oily Skin…Should I Really Use a Face Oil ?

We hear this comment often when introducing our organic face oil to customers.and the quick answer is YES.

Face oils are nothing new, they date back to the ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman empires, but it is only recently that they have come back in vogue. The fact is that plant-based facial oils are moisturizers that provide a bigger boost of hydration than your regular lotion moisturizer, and the reason is simple. Plant oils are technically known as lipophilic (fat loving), so they absorb into the skin’s lipid barrier keeping your skin hydrated, and the big side benefit is that this absorption softens the appearance of fine lines.

We need to be VERY clear on one thing here…..we are talking plant oils, not mineral oils.

Now, back to the oily skin question. With oily skin, natural plant oils trick your skin into thinking it already has enough oil, thereby shutting off sebum production.

If you have dry or blemished skin, the soothing plant oils will help to lock-in moisture by forming a protective barrier, while also cleaning out or refreshing pores.

According to many experts, plant oils are a great addition to your daily beauty ritual, regardless of skin type. Oils do not cause breakouts, and they can decrease inflammation, decrease the appearance of fine lines, and have the potential to help clear a range of skin conditions and protect against infection, dry and flaky skin.

Our Indochine Natural Essence Des Plantes Organic Face Oil is a sumptuous blend of eight carefully selected botanicals that deliver exceptional hydrating and balancing benefits to the skin. It absorbs quickly and evenly, detoxifying patchy skin, imparting a feeling of wellbeing and a smooth, matte finish. Formulated to leave skin brighter and toned without feeling greasy, this healing botanical oil is a favourite with men and women alike.

Ingredients:  Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil*, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil. *Certified Organic

Routine: Use morning and evening when skin is still damp after cleansing. Use only a very small amount (usually less than 1 pump). Pump the oil into your palm, rub hands together and gently pat your face, neck and décolletage, spreading a thin even layer. Leave for a few minutes to let the oil sink into the skin.

Now for some good news & bad news...... the good news is that our 50 mL Essence Des Plantes Organic Face Oil at RM 50.00 is the best value face oil in Malaysia today.......the bad news....we cannot hold this low introductory price much longer, and on 1 May 2015 the price will go up to RM 68.40.

Available from all JustLife stores,   or online