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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

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Our Home On The Web!

Finally–Chamomile Labs has its very own domain name on the big wide web. Watch this space for our all-natural handmade soaps and skincare products that we make to provide comfort for people who live with sensitive skin (and for babies too!)