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Our Next Appearance: Educare’s Earth Day Carnival, May 31st

Soap + Water + Toddlers = MAYHEM!

I’ll be setting up a little table at Educare Section 16 (where my son absolutely enjoys learning!) on May 31st to support the playschool’s “Earth Day Carnival”. It’s an even organised for the public, so EVERYONE is most welcome to join in the fun activities! Among other things, there will be carnival games, face painting, henna art, a recycling project, some earth-themed F&B and plenty of squirmy children going nuts over the hubbub!

On my part, I’ll be bringing a limited array of soap to be sold. More importantly though,  is that I have to dream up of some hands-on activities for the kids and adults to do with my soap to inject a bit of a fun element to my stall. Hmm… any suggestions, apart from using cookie-cutters to stamp out soap shapes?

Please do come and support this event. If you have children, bring them along – I can testify that the teachers at Educare truly care about their wellbeings and love all their charges to bits. Oh, and if you have plenty of old newspaper and other recyclable items that need to be cleared from your home, drive them over to the Carnival too. Remember to provide your own shopping bags and food containers, or you can purchase “Green Earth” bags at the Carnival and funds collected from these sales will be channeled to WWF and UNICEF.

EDUCARE’S EARTH DAY CARNIVAL

  • Sunday, May 31st 2009
  • 0800hrs – 1200hrs
  • Educare Child Development Centre,
    42, Jalan 16/6,
    43650 Petaling Jaya,
    Selangor
  • Theme: The Green Camp

See you there!

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Homemade Hair Conditioner

Get ready for this–probably the EASIEST thing you’ll be able to put together for your hair that will leave it with the kind of bounce and shine most commercially-produced haircare products boast of!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, strained to remove pulp (I use 1/4 of a lemon for my short hair)
  • 10 parts plain water

What to do:

  • Mix in a bowl
  • After washing and rinsing off the soap from your hair, use this solution in your hair and scalp, then rinse off thoroughly. If it gets onto your face, no worries – lemon juice is great for tampering oily skin!

Ta-da! All it takes is a little effort on your part and you’ll have an all-natural hair conditioner to use every day which, I’m sure, your hair will show it’s grateful for. I loved the results–let me know if you do too!

Important note: if you are photosensitive (i.e. sensitive to sunlight) or get sunburned very easily, try not to use lemon juice as the oil from its skin contains limonene, which is phototoxic when exposed to UV light from the sun.

[15 June 2018 Update: While you’re here, do check out our all-natural shampoo bar, The Mane Event, that’s been receiving lots of attention (and rave reviews!) ever since a viral video of Lush’s Shampoo Bar made its rounds on FB. Ours may not look as fancy or last as long, but we don’t use sodium lauryl sulphate as our base, which Lush’s Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar does.]

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Our First Official Appearance At Jaya 33!

RM60 Mother's Day gift basket

What a fun weekend it was from the 7th till 10th of May, when I set up our first real flea market stall at Jaya 33! Thank you to everyone who took the time to browse through our selection of handmade soap, or stopped to chat. You are all lovely people.

Our top 3 best-selling soaps that weekend were the Goat’s Milk and Patchouli, Cocoa Butter and Just Lavender bars. We also had yet another lucky draw (this will be a regular feature in every flea market outing we do) and CHUA PAULINE was this week’s winner! Still waiting to hear from you, Pauline. πŸ˜‰

I wish I had the presence of mind to take photos of the stall and my newly-found friends with my camera though. Argh! But nevermind, I promise there’ll be lots more flea market appearances in the future, so watch this space for announcements. I’ve been absolutely up to my eyeballs with minding the children and all sorts of other things of late – my apologies for letting this blog fall silent for quite a while.

Kinder Soap's stall at Jaya 33
Kinder Soap's stall at Jaya 33

(Update: Ah, here’s one shot I managed to coax out of my phone)

Again, it was a pleasure to have met so many of you at the bazaar and I look forward to crossing paths with you once again. I am also humbled that many of you commended The Kinder Soap Company on our principles regarding keeping our ingredients free from artificial additives, and how we are striving to adopt environmentally-friendly practices in our business. Your continued support and belief in what we stand for is priceless. πŸ™‚

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Experience Hand Made Soap Tomorrow at Mont Kiara!

That’s right! We’ll have a booth at Tongue in Chic’s charity event at Somo, Mont Kiara, from 3pm till 7pm on Sunday, March 1st 2009. Full details here.

Soaps on sale:

  • Cinnamon Coffee
  • Pour Homme (Lime, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Crushed Black Sesame Seeds)
  • Floral Herbal
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Olive, Wheatgerm and Honey
  • Eucalyptus
  • Goats Milk Patchouli
  • Charcoal Tea Tree

You’ll also have a chance to win yourself a bar of our all-natural, handmade soap in our lucky draw! Just leave your name and e-mail address with me at the event, or your business card–that’s all there is to it. The draw will be done at the end of the event itself, and we’ll get in touch with the winners via e-mail.

So if you can make it, do drop by to look around. The event is in aid of the Women’s Aid Organisation, where all proceeds from sale of clothing (all priced between RM5 and RM15!) will be channeled to the WAO. =)

Take care now, and have a wonderful weekend.

(Update: Congratulations to Yi Hueih on being our lucky winner!)

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Valentine’s Day Gifts – Last Minute Orders!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note that if you’re still shopping around for Valentine’s Day gifts, Chamomile Labs has something a little different for you and that someone special to enjoy together this year! (And don’t forget that it helps us move towards raising RM1,000 for World Vision’s Gifts of Hope project by this 20th March)

1. VALENTINE’S BASKET

RM100 (Save RM15)
3 x soaps of your choice
1 x 2oz Goats Milk Honey lotion
1 x 2oz Edible Massage Oil (contains Macavo oil, sweet orange oil and peppermint oil)
1 x Loofah

2. MINI VALENTINE’S BASKET

RM50 (Save RM10)
1 x Soap of your choice
1 x 1oz Goats Milk Honey Lotion
1 x 1oz Edible Massage Oil (contains Macavo oil, sweet orange oil and peppermint oil)

We’ll leave it to you to decide how you’ll be naughty or nice with these. πŸ˜‰

HOW TO ORDER

Just call Michelle at 012 213 7898 and we’ll get things going!

DELIVERY

We can arrange for a pickup point on Friday, if you’re within the Klang Valley. Otherwise delivery via a courier service would be the next best option.

Indicative Delivery Rates using PosLaju:
Within Malaysia: RM8.50
To Singapore: RM50.00

ANY QUESTIONS?

Call me at 012 213 7898, or drop me an e-mail at michelle@chamomilelabs.com.

Here’s wishing you a lovely Valentine’s Day.

With love,
Michelle

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Making Happy People

8:30pm: I pop upstairs with Andrea (my 7.5 month-old) to ask our neighbours if they had accidentally left a tap on because I heard water running down a drain pipe for 20-30 minutes straight. Turns out that they were having a party and no, they couldn’t think of any running taps at their place.

9:30pm: Thinking that they probably moved in only very recently, I wrap 3 bars of soap as housewarming gifts and head upstairs again to drop it off.

What was meant to be a brief conversation stretched out to become an entire evening of good wine and company. The family had just moved to Malaysia from Germany on the 1st of January this year, and were celebrating their housewarming as well as the wife’s birthday at midnight.

Somewhere during our chit chat the wife revealed that she had sensitive skin, possibly eczema–the reason behind why the family has a dishwashing machine. So when I told her what I had brought as gifts, she was delighted! I didn’t even need to explain to her how handmade soap was different from commercially-produced ones. Guess she must have already experienced the difference between all-natural soap and those containing preservatives and foaming agents.

That made my evening. πŸ™‚

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Java Jive Body Scrub

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Hope you’ve all been enjoying the holidays. Here’s our latest Kitchen Beauty recipe for you to try out at home to rid yourself of yesterday’s old skin, and let loose your inner glow.

Java Jive Body Scrub

  • 3 Tbsp coffee grounds
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp ground oatmeal
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • OPTIONAL: a few drops of essential oil (sweet orange or peppermint would be lovely!)

Mix all ingredients well in a little container. In the shower, scoop some mix and rub on your skin, focusing on rough, scaly patches. Leave on for 3-4 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. Pat dry. Say hello to smooth skin! Excess scrub can be kept in the refrigerator for several days days. As this is a fresh, preservative-free product, keeping it in its mixed state for longer than that is not advisable.

Can’t spare the time to pamper yourself with this concoction? Here’s a fuss-free alternative. Lather up well in the shower with your favorite Chamomile Labs handmade soap, then scoop some coffee grounds and rub all over soapy skin. Leave on a few minutes and then rinse off and pat dry. Follow up with some of our goat’s milk lotion or creme. My personal favorites for this are the Cocoa Butter, and the Olive Wheatgerm Honey!

The Goodies

Coffee gently exfoliates, rejuvenates skin, and contains antioxidants and caffeine, which is known for plumping up the skin to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles.

Sugar contains glycolic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that breaks up dead skin cells for easy removal, leaving you with soft, smooth skin.

Honey is an excellent humectant, drawing moisture from the air to hydrate, smooth, and soften your skin, while nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.

Oatmeal is very soothing for dry, irritated skin, and gently exfoliates and softens skin.

Olive oil is a humectant carrier oil, drawing moisture from the air into the skin to soften and hydrate it.

Give it a go–we’re sure you’ll love the results! Tell us what you think of it, okay?

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Raised RM87.91 for Gifts Of Hope Programme

I’ve just finalised our accounts for the month of December 2008. As we have pledged to always set aside 10% of our net profits to be given to charity, we have so far managed to raise RM87.91 in our very first month of business. πŸ™‚ It’s a small amount to begin with, but I’m thrilled and very proud at the thought that it was generated through a sustainable business model (which means we’ll always have the capacity to give!).

Would you like to support our goal to raise RM1,000 for [World Vision’s Gifts of Hope Programme](http://www.worldvision.com.my/images/homepage/goh_flyer_all.pdf) by 20th March 2009? Just buy any of our all-natural products. Apart from giving your skin a break from the usual chemicals found in mass-produced skincare, they make really thoughtful gifts for your friends and loved ones too! Just send either Amber (amber@chamomilelabs.com) or myself (michelle@chamomilelabs.com) an e-mail to order, or ask any questions you may have on anything we do.

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Kitchen Beauty: Cucumber Yogurt Cleansing Mask

I’d like to introduce to you Kitchen Beauty, a section in which we highlight natural spa-type treatment recipes using ingredients found in your own kitchen (or in the nearest grocery store). We’ll be adding a new recipe every week, so stay tuned!

Today’s recipe is…

Cucumber Yogurt Cleansing Mask for all skin types

What you’ll need:

1/2 peeled cucumber (1/2 if you’re using a Japanese cucumber)
1 tbsp plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp honey

Step 1:
Toss the cucumber in a blender or food processor, then mix the resulting mush with the honey and yogurt until you have a watery paste.
Step 2:
Slather it on your face (and neck if you’ve got extra). Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rub gently for another 1 minute before rinsing off with cool water. Gently pat dry. The result? Soft, dewy skin!

The Goodies:
Cucumber soothes, tones and hydrates, helping to restore the skin’s natural acid mantle.
Honey tones, softens, rejuvenates, and is a natural humectant, helping to draw moisture to the skin to keep it smooth and supple.
Yogurt is something of a miracle food for skin. It has a high zinc content, which helps to clear blemished skin. It also contains lactic acid, a mild exfoliant, and proteins that moisturize and improve overall skin texture.

Extra Tip:
This recipe can be used as is, or as the liquid portion for our Rhassoul Chocolate Milk Masque. Simply add a tablespoon of dry masque to the recipe, mix well, and proceed with step 2. The masque will be slightly thicker, and easier to apply.

Leftover mask can be kept in the fridge, but since this is made fresh without preservatives, it should be used within 2 days.

Enjoy!

Love,
Amber