Sunday, June 17, 2018

How to Buy Natural Skin Care Products Online

How to Buy Natural Skin Care Products Online? Our Penang based Australian Chief Formulator, Dr. Mike Thair, says shopping for natural skin and hair care products doesn’t have to be hard. He suggests you follow the simple guidelines he has provided below.
Also, D. Mike points out that Indochine Natural “makes the stuff.” Most other brands use contract manufacturers to produce their products. He recommends consumers to talk to the guys who make the products. Sales staff just read sales scripts and may not know too much about what goes into products.

(1) Why Buy Natural Skin Care Products

It’s all about managing your body’s Toxic Load. This refers to the accumulation of toxins and chemicals in our bodies. We ingest these from a variety of sources, including the environment, food and water, our personal care products, and household cleaning products.
Detoxing your skin care regime may seem like a huge task. But it can be done if you follow the basic rules below.

(2) Read the Labels

No matter what any website or salesperson says, all you really need to know about the product should be given in the ingredients list on the product label. When shopping online, you should also be able to see the ingredients list for each product. However, what is going on a lot these days is that brands are only listing “key ingredients,” or “active ingredients,” on the brand website. If brands are having this approach and not listing a full ingredients list – this should raise a red flag. The fact is that they have dropped off a lot of the “not-so-sexy” ingredients and those that may raise concern among customers.
If you want to become a pro in reading ingredients labels, download for free Dr. Mike’s 10 Step Guide to Understanding Cosmetics Labels.

Another free download of Dr. Mike’s is Have Your Body Care Products Been Angel Dusted?    This free e-book will teach you to avoid being “tricked” into buying certain products.
If you can learn to read ingredient labels on skin care products, then you are well equipped to make the safest purchases for yourself and family.

(3) Choose Products with Essential Oils. Avoid Artificial Fragrance.

Natural fragrances are made from essential oils. Synthetic fragrances come from petrochemicals. Many of these are hazardous. Most fragrance blends are not revealed on labels. The reason is they are legally considered propriety. Thus, it can be difficult to get a listing of all the chemical ingredients in a particular fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, avoid all products that list “fragrance.”
If you want to learn more, read Dr. Mike’s blog post Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils.


(4) Be Aware of Misleading Claims

A typical marketing approach these days are brands claiming for example “a highly luxurious shampoo that never has SLS, PEG, paraben, silicone or other nasties.” The question for consumers to ask, “where’s the proof?” The unfortunate fact is, there is no proof. Unless you can ask the manufacturer (the sales staff wouldn’t know), you must take these companies claims at face value. For example, they can hide ingredients such as paraben and some preservatives behind “fragrance” on the label.

Another term is “cosmeceutical.”  This suggests a product is both a cosmetic and pharmaceutical. Unless a product has been registered as a drug, it is not pharmaceutical. Any claims of healing, treating, or curing are false and illegal.

Another misleading marketing term is “Hypoallergenic.” This suggests that a product will not cause an allergic reaction. The fact is that there are no clear definitions for the use of this term.
“Dermatologist-tested” is another widely used marketing term. Again, another unregulated term in the cosmetics industry. All you need is one dermatologist getting a financial kickback for advocating the product. Unless a skin care product has undergone a double-blind clinical trial, they have not tested it. And it doesn’t matter what any dermatologist says.  This doesn’t mean that all skin care products need to undergo clinical trials. For most, it is not required because they are produced using ingredients that are recognised as safe. However, claims of this type should be a red flag to consumers.

If you have questions about how to buy natural skin care products online…. then talk to the guys who make the stuff. Contact us. We don’t use sales staff.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Benefits of Buying Handcrafted Skin Care Products

We need to preclude the benefits of buying handcrafted  skin care products with two important criteria:
  • skin care products are applied to the body. Therefore, the artisans doing the formulating need to know what they are doing. Moreover, they should be qualified and experienced.
  • products should be notified. This is done with the cosmetics authorities. As a result, this ensures product safety.
Therefore, once these two criteria are fulfilled, customers can enjoy the benefits of buying handcrafted skin care products.

Artisan Skin Care is Green

One of  the benefits of buying handcrafted  skin care products is that the artisans  use far less energy than mass production factories. As a matter of fact, these big factories consume huge amounts of power. Also, they can be wastefullin their energy consumption. Notably, small producers take a lot more care. Also, they generally recycle.

Locally Made is Good For the Local Community

This is all about local jobs and buying locally. This includes other local businesses that make money from the products we make. Local business also buys local.

Hand Made Skin Care is Now Easier to Buy and More Popular

Purchasing  online makes it easy to purchase handcrafted products. Now they can be shipped to your doorstep quickly and efficiently. You save money and time. There is no need to spend money on transport, parking, and waste time in traffic jams.

Artisan Made  Skin Care is Unique

There is one important reason people choose handmade skincare products. It is that they enjoy using something unique. It didn’t come from a mass production factory. Furthermore, there are not thousands of handcrafted products on retail shelves.

Handcrafted Skin Care  Provides a Fuller Sensory Experience

Handcrafted skin care uses high-quality ingredients. Therefore, they offer a fuller sensory experience.

Handcrafted Skin Care is Good for the Job Market

It’s a simple fact. Handcrafted products create jobs. Another reason you should feel good about spending your money on handcrafted products.

Handcrafted Skin Care  Makes You Feel Good About Your Purchases

The benefits of buying handcrafted  skin care products include your purchase supports local artisans and business. Consequently, this helps local communities. You can communicate directly with the artisan. Handcrafted goods are often just better. All great reasons to feel good about your purchase.

Handcrafted Skin Care Products Can Meet Your Needs Better

And finally. The benefits of buying handcrafted  skin care products include that these are made in small batches. Artisans tweak formulations. These can better meet customer needs.

And finally, check our the range of Indochine Natural artisan made products produced on Penang Island, Malaysia.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Are You Concerned about products being pH balanced for skin?

Our Australain Chief Formulator, Dr. Mike Thair, shares his toughts about pH and skin.

Notably, we see many product claims  of  pH balanced for skin. In fact, like many other body care product claims this is misleading. Let’s examine the scientific facts:


Firstly, your skin produces what is known as an Acid Mantle. This is a slightly acidic secretion designed to protect. Basic chemistry tells us that if this is acidic, the most effective way to clean off accumulated oils, dirt, and germs, is by using an alkaline soap. Handmade natural cold process soaps usually have an alkaline pH between 9.0 and 10.0. This is ideal for the job. Many mass produced soaps, many of which are SYNDETS (synthetic detergents), have pH values between 5.0 and 7.0 (acidic to neutral). So, they are not so ideal for skin cleaning purposes. Therefore, you do not need to use soap that is pH balanced for skin.


Secondly, the long-term use of soap does not affect the skin pH. The surface pH of human skin is around 5. Washing the skin with an alkaline soap will certainly increase the pH of the skin. But, it will return to a more acidic pH within a few hours. Scientific research suggests that long-term continuous use of alkaline soap does not affect the pH-maintaining mechanism of human skin.  (see Takagi, Y., Kaneda, K., Miyaki, M., Matsuo, K., Kawada, H. and Hosokawa, H., The long-term use of soap does not affect the pH-maintenance mechanism of human skin. Skin Research and Technology. 2015 May; 21(2):144-8). Again, this is evidence thet you do not need to use soap that is pH balanced for skin.

Lets put pH balanced for skin to the test

To demonstrate, let’s put the theory to test. Check out our soap products.    Make a purchase, and see for yourself. If you have any queries, please contact us. Remember, at Indochine Natural you can talk to the people who make the products.

Dr. Mike Thair
Co-founder & Chief Formulator
Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd

Monday, April 2, 2018

Acne Treatment Products

We are regularly asked about acne treatment products. Therefore, as a responsible cosmetics manufacturer, we ensure that customers aware of two things. 

Firstly, the definition of a cosmetic.  Any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body.  The purpose is cleaning, perfuming, changing appearance, and correcting body odours. Or protecting them or keeping them in good condition.”

Secondly, products intended for the cure, treatment, or prevention of skin conditions fall under the category of drugs or pharmaceuticals. In other words, these are acne treatment products.
Therefore, retailers are breaking the law by selling cosmetics with the promise they can cure or treat acne.

What is the best approach?

As a matter of fact, acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It is difficult to understand what causes acne. Dermatologists are unsure. However, acne should not be ignored. If ignored, you risk scarring.

A holistic approach is best. Have a look at this guide: How to Get Rid of Acne – The Ultimate Guide.

Also, check out the acne comments on our Tea Tree essential oil page.

Dr. Mike Thair
Chief Formulator
Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd

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

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