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Friday, March 27, 2015

Guardian Introduces Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair & Body Collection‏

Guardian Introduces Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair & Body Collection
Environmentally-Friendly Beauty Using Ingredients Harvested From Nature 

 I am sure you know that it's important to take care of our skin though we are always busy on schedule.  In response to the rise of informed, eco-conscious consumers who prefer natural beauty solution, Guardian, the largest pharmacy, health and beauty retail chain in Malaysia introduced the new Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair & Body Collection, at a botanical garden themed event at Delicious, Sunway Pyramid, that reflected the collection’s ingredients that are harvested from nature.

The collection is a performance line with eco-certified ingredients that is affordably priced yet environmentally and ethically produced, to suit consumers who want natural, organic beauty solutions that reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals. 

On each table, awaiting us to try the Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil hand lotion.

Ms Loi Liang Tok, Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Health & Beauty Sdn Bhd on the left, 
Mrs Segolene Defline, Corporate Brand Director of Health & Beauty at The Dairy Farm Company, Limited on the right.

According to Ms Loi Liang Tok, Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Health & Beauty Sdn Bhd, the introduction of the new Botaneco Garden range reflects Guardian’s brand promise of ‘Trust + Passion + Inspiration’.

“Guardian is committed to building and keeping the trust of our customers by evolving with their changing needs by gaining their trust, feeding their passion and providing them inspiration. The new Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil range uses eco-certified ingredients to complement our consumers passion for greener, more environmental personal care products, inspiring them to do more and care more for nature, “ Ms Loi said.

The Botaneco Garden Organic Argan and Virgin Olive Oil collection is not added with harmful ingredients such as parabens, soap, artificial colorants, SLS and lanolin giving consumers who are health-conscious and environmentally-friendly, peace of mind.

Mrs Segolene Defline, Corporate Brand Director of Health & Beauty at The Dairy Farm Company, Limited said, “The Botaneco Garden serves a growing group of Guardian customers who want natural and organic products that deliver results. The ingredients need to be organic, ethically grown, produced and tested to meet the exacting standards of these customers. We are happy to share that the Botaneco Garden Organic Argan Oil and Virgin Olive Oil collection delivers on this promise.”

The collection comprises of the body care collection of Body Wash, Body Butter, Body Scrub, Hand Cream, Hand & Body Lotion, and hair care collection of Hair Shampoo, Hair Conditioner and Hair Serum that uses 100% eco-certified organic Argan Oil from Morocco and Virgin Olive Oil from Spain that have proven beauty and wellness benefits.

“We combined Moroccan Argan Oil that is only recently being used in skin care commercially, and Virgin Olive Oil that is renowned for its natural health, beauty and wellness benefits. This strikingly distinctive, vibrant combination brings out the best from both ingredients, for a feel good and do-good factor that will help start and end the day right,” she added.
 Ms Evelyn Tay (left), Guardian Beauty Ambassador trainer, with a model, she detailing how and when the Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Collection should be used to maximize the benefits of the ingredients.
Ms Evelyn Tay , Guardian Beauty Ambassador trainer explains the important of using the circular movement in applying lotion or taking shower. You can go with big or small circular movements as some people would worry of how long it takes them in the bathroom.

 The high dose of fatty acids in argan oil such as Omega-6, Omega-9, vitamin A, tocopherol and linoleic acid can provide soothing, anti-aging, anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties to skin [1] . It can make hair look shinier, eliminating limp tresses and strengthening the hair, increasing manageability, reducing breakage, preventing frizz and split ends. 

Olive oil is packed with anti-oxidants such as squalene, that is known for its skin health benefits that can help repair skin damage[2] . The natural conditioner properties of olive oil add moisture to the scalp for soft and shiny hair.

“Working with two potent natural ‘miracle’ ingredients required that we did not tamper with nature. This is why there are no harmful ingredients. We formulated the Botaneco Garden range to be rich yet non-sticky, easy to use and rinse off, allowing for layering of the products for a long-lasting, delicate fragrance to complement users who value natural and organic solutions to beauty needs,” Mrs Defline explained.

Adding to the skin and hair benefits of the body and hair care collection is a blend of botanical extracts, butter, oils and vitamins that provide 4 times the essential ingredients to optimize moisturisation and conditioning performance.

The Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair and Body Collection has been dermatologically tested and proven and is safe for use on almost all skin types.  

“With this collection, consumers have the essentials for a natural and organic spa experience at home, for daily pampering that they can indulge in with full confidence in the provenance and certification of the ingredients, free from harmful ingredients, and without animal testing. It is a beauty solution for today’s informed consumer, nourishing the body and soothing the mind,” she said.

Members of the media were treated to a hands-on workshop on body care techniques by Guardian Beauty Ambassador trainer, Ms Evelyn Tay and a hair care workshop by A Cut Above, Head of Academy, Mr. Peter Wong. The workshops showcased the full range of Botaneco Garden Organic Argan and Virgin Olive Oil collection, detailing how and when the products should be used to maximize the benefits of the ingredients. Thank you, Guardian for inviting me to the workshop, I have learned so much from there. 

Mr. Peter Wong,  Head of Academy,A Cut Above, sharing hair care tips using the Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Collection.

Below picture is her assistant and a model of the day, we get to know her hair difference before and after. We get to feel her hair too, we been told that after using the Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Collection you'll feel your hair is lighter. Wow! I didn't know that ingredient in shampoo can caused the hair heavy after shampoo or conditioner. 

I learn about there is two ways to shampoo your hair, you can either wet your hair first then use the conditioner then only use shampoo to wash it off then apply the conditioner on hair then rinse it off. 
I am sure most of it usually use shampoo first then only use conditioner. 
Now you know, there is another way to wash your hair, do you want to give it a try? Conditioner the hair will be at the end of hair, not the scalp! 

Ms Loi Liang Tok, Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Health & Beauty Sdn Bhd and Mrs Segolene Defline, Corporate Brand Director of Health & Beauty at The Dairy Farm Company, this is not ribbon cutting ceremony as no ribbon is being used, can you guess what it is?   

Ms Loi Liang Tok, Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Health & Beauty Sdn Bhd and Mrs Segolene Defline, Corporate Brand Director of Health & Beauty at The Dairy Farm Company launched the new Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair & Body Collection

The collection is a performance line with eco-certified ingredients that is affordable priced yet environmentally and ethically produced, to suit consumers who want natural, organic beauty solutions that reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals. 

Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Collection comprises of Hair Shampoo, Hair Conditioner and Hair Serum  use 100% eco-certified organic Argan Oil from Morocco and Virgin Olive Oil from Spain. The hair collection is  high in essential of Omega 6 and 9 to promote healthy, soft and silky hair. The hair collection’s formulation are free from parabens, soap, colorant, SLS, lanolin and DEA (except shampoo with DEA).

Hair Shampoo
Formulated with mild and gentle botanical cleansing ingredients, Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Shampoo nourishes and restores hair natural protective coating, leaving it soft and shiny. The hair shampoo comprises of four essential hair & scalp conditioners ingredients by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem, panthenol and Vitamin E. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Shampoo (290 ml) retails at RM22.30. 

Hair Conditioner
Formulated with botanical ingredients, Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Conditioner detangles our hair, leaving it soft, smooth and manageable with ease. The hair conditioner also comprises of four essential hair and scalp conditioners by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem,  Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair  Conditioner  (290 ml) retails at RM22.30.

Hair Serum
Formulated with botanical ingredients, Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Serum restores smoothness and tame fizzy hair for shiny and lustrous look. The hair serum also  comprises of four essential hair and scalp conditioners by leveraging aloe vera, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and Vitamin E. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hair Serum (95ml)  retails at  RM19.70.

Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Collection comprises of Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Body Butter that use 100% eco-certified organic Argan Oil from Morocco and Virgin Olive Oil from Spain. The body collection is high in essential of Omega 6 and 9 to promote healthy, youthful and radiant skin. The body collection’s formulation are also free from parabens, soap, colorant, SLS, lanolin and DEA.

Body Wash
Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Wash gently cleanses and nourishes your skin with mild and gentle botanical cleansing ingredients. The body wash also provides four essential moisturizer ingredients by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem, Vitamin E and Glycerin. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Wash 290ml and 60ml retails at RM22.30 and RM2.89 respectively.

Body Scrub
Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub gently exfoliates and restores skin radiance with mild and gentle botanical cleansing ingredients. The body scrub exfoliates dead skin effectively with olive seeds. Additionally, the body scrub also provides four essential moisturizer ingredients by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem, Vitamin E and Glycerin. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub (250g) retails at RM22.00.

Body Lotion 
Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Lotion deeply hydrates and nourishes skin with botanical ingredients. The body lotion also provides non-greasy and quick absorption. The body lotion provides four essential moisturizer ingredients by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem, Vitamin E and shea butter. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Lotion retails at RM22.90.

Hand Cream
Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hand Cream deeply moisturizes and protects dry hands with botanical ingredients. The hand cream also provides non-greasy and quick absorption. The hand provides four essential moisturizing ingredients by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem, Vitamin E and shea butter. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Hand Cream (60ml) retails at RM11.40. 

Body Butter 
Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Butter provides intense nourishment and prevents dryness of our botanical ingredients. The body butter also provides non-greasy and quick absorption that works perfectly well on dry areas such as elbow, knee and heel. The body butter provides four essential moisturizers ingredients by leveraging aloe vera, bamboo stem, Vitamin E and shea butter. Botaneco Garden Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil Body Butter (250ml) retails at RM23.90.

Now don't be lazy to nourish your skin with the richness of organic Argan Oil from Morocco and Virgin Olive Oil from Spain. Botaneco Garden will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Pricing* and Availability
The Botaneco Garden Organic Argan and Virgin Olive Oil collection is available nationwide at all Guardian outlets and e-store at Prices range from RM2.89 to RM23.90.

*Pricing is inclusive of GST

[2] Trimarchi, Maria.  "5 Ways Olive Oil Helps Your Skin"  28 December 2012.

Pharmaton® Introduces Brand Personalities Fara Fauzana and Sherson Lian

In today's modern world, I am sure you know most of lead hectic lifestyles and it can be difficult to look after our health and diet. It is paramount that we do not neglect our health as in the long run it is a good health that matters most. Eating well may not necessarily provide our body with the complete nutrients hence multivitamins are essential in supplying most of them in the form of a super convenient supplement. 

Pharmaton® the market leader in multivitamins in Malaysia is a brand  that delivers more than your daily vitamins and minerals. Pharmaton®   provides the energy to fuel ones fast paced life and to ensure one is  ready to face challenges head on. It improves bodily functions and assists in  reducing tiredness. Pharmaton®’Swiss formulation that is  enhanced with standardized Ginseng Extract G115® and a combination of  vitamins & minerals, delivers the nutrients enabling one to achieve more  besides providing optimal health benefits.

Ms. Carmenza Alarcon, Head of Consumer Healthcare Malaysia/Singapore,  Boehringer Ingelheim (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Fara and Sherson as the brand personalities for Pharmaton® 
Both of them are perfectly capture the essence of product's benefits with their active and energetic lifestyle.

They are both dynamic, charismatic, successful and are the perfect embodiment of a Pharmaton® user who is sharp, focused and want to achieve nothing but the best in  everything that matters to them.

At a recent event, members of the media were introduced to the two new  Pharmaton Personalities, Fara Fauzana and Chef Sherson Lian. The event was held in Talent Lounge at Damansara Perdana.

Emcee of the day, Nadia Heng, she introduces two new Pharmaton Personalities, Fara Fauzana and Chef Sherson Lian
Official signing ceremony of Pharmaton Personalities – Fara Fauzana 

In a chat session during the event, Fara and Sherson shared their personal tips on sustaining energy levels despite their daily challenges.  

Fara Fauzana or more fondly called by her fans FaFau, mentioned that her day starts very early. She needs to wake up 4am every day and be at the office at 5am in ther morning, at the break of dawn, she says it requires a lot of discipline and energy but she's passionate about her job and do not mind doing it every day. 

She added “You have to be hyped up at 6.00am when the show begins, be well-prepared and be engaging with my listeners”. 

With Pharmaton®, she is on top of her job and has the energy that can see her through till the end of the day including playing her favourite sports every  night with friends. 

Official signing ceremony of Pharmaton Personalities –  Sherson Lian

Sherson on the other hand claims that he has to stay alert and physically fit  due to his nature of work.

If you love cooking, I am sure that you know cooking requires planning and precision. Sherson needs to have focus in everything that he can do from planning the menu to choosing the best and freshest ingredients. As chefs he needs the energy to be able to manage the challenges in the kitchen such as the heat, heavy utensils and being on their feet for long hours. I know that as my brother works in the kitchen before. 

Sherson as a host on food programmes, it is important for him to have the alertness, to be able to memorise scripts as well as endure long shooting hours. 

Sherson when asked about why Pharmaton® is important in his daily life. In 2012 he set up a consultancy called Cookery Chemistry Solution that handles everything with food from restaurants, to food consultancy and shows. 

Meet the Pharmaton Personalities – Fara Fauzana & Sherson Lian
 Fara Fauzana, Carmenza Alarcon and Sheason Lian photographed with Pharmaton

At the event, Sherson also showed off his culinary skills as he prepared a special dish created with the key ingredient, Ginseng found in Pharmaton®.
Fara Fauzana & Sherson Lian preparing the Pharmaton inspired Ginseng ice cream
Check out my instagram video, you'll see smoke coming out from the blender, find out why.

Pharmaton Capsules and Pharmaton Caplets

Now I am sure you are awaiting to know the recipe of the Ginseng Ice Cream. It's my first time to see dry ice being use to make ice cream. 

Pharmaton Inspired Ginseng Ice Cream Recipe
Equipment needed 
1. Stove x 2
2. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl x 3
3. Stainless Steel Whisk x 1
4. Measuring cup x 1
5. Sauce Pot x 2
6. Large  Spoon x 2
7. Sift x 1
8. Ice Cream Scoop x 1
9. Table Top Mixer x 1 (with flat beater attachment )
10. Blender 
11. Serving plates (if there is going to be tasting)
12. Serving spoons as well ( if there is going to be tasting )
13. Small bowls or containers for the ingredients

1. 1 ½ cups – cream
2. 1 ½ cups – milk
3. 1 tblspn – vanilla extract
4. 5 egg – yolks 
5. ½ cup – sugar
6. 2tblspn – butter
7. 1nos – cinnamon stick
8. 1 cup – macadamia nuts 
9. 3/4 cup water 
10. 1/3 cup – ginseng chopped
11. 1 handful – ginseng flower
12. Pinch – nutmeg powder  
13. Salt to taste
14. Berries and flowers
15. Dry Ice

1. Put 3/4 cup water, ginseng and simmer for about 15 mins.  
Add ¼ cup of sugar and  continue to simmer until mixture turns into syrup. 
Sift and set aside to cool. 
2. In another sauce pot, combine milk and cream and vanilla extract and simmer. 
3. In a mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks with ¼ cup of sugar until smooth and creamy. 
4. Add into the milk and cream mixture, stirring slowly. Do not boil. 
5. Continue to stir and simmer until the mixture becomes like custard. 
6. When ginseng syrup is cool then add into the custard.
7. Blend dry ice into powder with the blender.
8. Pour the custard into the mixer’s pot with the flat beater attachment. 
9. Turn on low speed and add the powdered dry ice a little at a time. 
10. Ice Cream done!!!
For the Macadamia Caramel .
1. Put sugar into a none stick pan. 
2. When sugar is melting and nice and brown add in 1/3 cup of water with cinnamon stick. 
3. Allow to dissolve and thicken then add in the macadamia nuts and butter. 
4. Salt to taste. Serve. 
1. Scoop ice cream onto a bowl, drizzle with the macadamia caramel, and some macadamia.
2. Place berries around. 
3. Garnish with edible flowers. 

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