Friday, August 7, 2015

Glowing skin kit by Indochine Natural

We have declared August as "SELF PAMPERING MONTH"......and here are two new products that can only mean more "me-time," some serious skin pampering, and a new-look healthier and glowing skin !!


For truly 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 simultaneously exfoliating and improving skin circulation. With regular use (we recommend once or twice a week) you skin will feel 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 known to be 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 which is full of vitality.

Organic Face Mists
Pamper time…..any time…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 naturally hydrates. Especially 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 instruction 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 left over impurities. 

Step Three: French Pink Clay Mask – Using a wooden or plastic spoon, combine tea spoon of clay with Bulgarian Rose water 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 perfectly formulated face oil to replenish and hydrate the skin. 

What to Expect

Thoroughly 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
Promotion discounted price = RM 192.56
You save RM 48.14
FREE SHIPPING via Poslaju GST included.      Order  online

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Suffering from dry skin even though applying lotions and creams?

Did you know that the emulsifiers and binding agents that allow oil and water to mix in moisturizers and lotions actually leaves a residue on your skin that disrupts your skin's lipid barrier, allowing water to evaporate from the skin faster. What happens is that you get a fast shot of moisture that eventually fades….the result... you use more lotion, and your skin gets drier, and the cycle just continues.
Not only does this expose you to dozens of unregulated and untested chemicals that are ingredients in lotions, but it's costing you money, these moisturizers and lotions can be expensive. The cure? Switch over to pure unadulterated organic oils for skin moisturizing.

Our Indochine Natural Essence Des Plantes Organic Face Oil (50 ml) is a luxurious, moisturizing and protective face oil that will envelop both your senses and your skin in a gentle caress. Organic face oils are known to hydrate even the driest skin, but they are also one of the best treatments for oily skin and breakouts. Indochine Natural Face Oil is suitable for any skin type, providing a nourishing blend of antioxidant oils that protects skin against infection, inflammation, dry and flaky skin.

In Malaysia, available from all JustLife stores, and internationally online.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cinnamon Harvesting

The cinnamon essential oil we use at Indochine Natural is sourced from various countries including Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Viet Nam. The process of harvesting the raw cinnamon has not changed for centuries.

When a cinnamon tree is around two years old it is cut back to a stump and covered with soil. This causes it to grow like a bush, with new shoots emerging out of the sides by the following year. It's these shoots that are used to make cinnamon. The leaves are removed and the outer bark scrapped off the twigs in one piece and rolled in layers, telescope style, into long quills that are left to dry for several days.

The cinnamon essential oil is later extracted by steam distillation.

Selecting cinnamon essential oil for use in Indochine Natural products requires thorough scrutiny as the fragrance can be affected by where and how the plant was grown, extraction method, plus the soil, air and water in the growing region, the health of the plant, and how long it sits before distillation. At Indochine natural we have been known to reject entire shipments of Cinnamon essential oil.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Exactly What are Essential Oils?

For a start  the term essential oil is a misnomer as they do not contain the fats that are usually a part of anything we class as oil. Therefore they are vastly different from the vegetable oils pressed from nuts, olive flesh and seeds. Essential oils are volatile, and if left exposed to the air will evaporate completely becoming the airborne vapours detected by our sense of smell.

The fragrances of plants come from different parts, for example cinnamon is extracted from bark, ginger from roots, basil from leaves, ylang ylang from flowers, lemon from the fruit rind.

There is a range of extraction methods, depending on the oil. For example oils in citrus rinds are extracted by simple pressing. For most other plants a distillation process is used.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dr. Mike’s Guide on How to Smell Essential Oils

Most people just smell from the top of the bottle…..this is not the right way. Why? Because you will usually only get  the top note, the light and volatile constituents that are at the top of the bottle, and you will be missing out on the other fragrance components in the rest of the bottle.

At Indochine Natural we use “professional” Fragrance Testing Strips, but at home you can use strips of paper towel. Put one or two drops of the oil on the scent strip, let the oil on the strip dry for a minute or two, then inhale. Fragrances are all about emotions and feelings, when assessing an essential oil for the first time makes notes of:

        • The fragrance layers (is it one dimensional or complex)
        • Would you describe the fragrance as pointed, sharp, rounded or dull?
         • What memories are aroused by the fragrance?
         • What feelings?

Make an assessment of the oil initially, then wait ten minutes and smell the strip again. Then again in twenty minutes, an hour, two hours. Notice how the oils (or blend) aroma changes in time. Let your test strip sit overnight and smell it in the morning. Of course the lightest top notes will be barely perceptible the next day; the deep base notes, the woods and roots, will be deeper and richer tomorrow.

Describing what an essential oil fragrance can be difficult, however common terms used include floral; woody; citrus; herbal; spicy; minty; camphor; pine; vanilla-like. We then have a number of sub categories of each: soft; strong; mellow; sharp; smooth; harsh; bitter; sweet; sour; full; flat; and all the ones in between.

Dr. Mike Thair

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Indochine Natural

Penang Island, Malaysia

Friday, February 13, 2015

Is this the beginning of the end for Fair Trade handicrafts ?

I am noticing more and more Fair Trade handicraft retailers going under, and this article (or see link below) is typical of most, and highlights some of the challenges faced by small business, and in particular Fair Trade retailers. As a Fair Trade producer, Indochine Natural is at the opposite end of the supply chain, and we disagree strongly with the sentiment expressed in this article that "fair trade for hand-crafted products can only work under a non-profit." In our opinion, if this was to become the norm it would be death of fair trade handicrafts.

At the end of the day, as a Fair Trade producer, what we are working towards is a sustainable business model for ourselves and the partners we work with, not one that is based on charity and non-profit……this can never lift people out of poverty and creates dependency. At the retail end, the non-profit approach would kill off competitors who did not have access to volunteers and donations. As a Fair Trade producer this is not an environment we want to be selling into, and it would simply drive down prices that we can expect for our products.

Even more surprising to me is that we do not see any open discussion among Fair Traders on this issue as more and more of these retailers close.