Lamberry myst seeds

비몽 A Blog of a Dreamer~~~

Sushi has become an expensive dish here in the UK compared to Brunei, this might be because sushi origins from Japan in Asia, and Brunei is close to it so its much more cheaper. And could you believe that even for a piece of sushi like Salmon Nigiri or something close to that will might have to cost you £2plus to £4plus. So when I feel like I want to have sushi, I usually bought it in the supermarket such as Sainsburys and Mark & Spencer. They are much cheaper compared to restaurants but not as cheap as they are in Brunei ;). The picture here is a Sushi pack bought from M & S, when I first taste it, I could not believe it, the ginger and wasabi are so so so so fresh, I had never tasted a fresh wasabi ever in Brunei. The prawns and smoked salmon are delicious too, nyaman lah that’s all I can say, nda rugi tu lau kan cuba. Bali yang fresh punya which baru dorang buat, jangan bali yang yesterday made punya. Overall I would rate this sushi dish to be very satisfying for its price here in the UK.

Alright been up early today, hahaha as usual, been up early everyday no matter what time my class starts, whats wrong with me. TODAY is 29th February, it happens once every 4 year, hehehe sorry for the wrong info in my previous post. Leap year happens every 4 years. So to whoever is celebrating B’day today, wishing you a very Happy B’day, I guess this is the only chance I can greet you or else the next time will be 4 years later 🙁

Something cross my mind this morning, aku kan membuat piza weekend ani, hope so dapat. Its been raining today, ntah, ada chance ka nda kan bali ingredients. Kalau nda dapat then it will be next next week tah tu, I’ve been researching on the web untuk mendapat idea, because right now I can make any piza, I just wana widen my knowledge and get ideas on what people are doing out side. I wana be innovative, eceh wa. 😛

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Japanese Tauhu~

Japanese Tauhu or better known as egg tauhu is the picture on the right here. As you can see it is still being cooked, it taste silky and nice and I’m loving it. Since I bought 2 tube of this Tauhu, there is still one more, I think I wana fry it like the one on the hotplate when you order you fry rice at some restaurant or food court in Brunei 😉

This is the last week of February and then it will be March then, so which means less than 3 weeks till easter holiday yeaaa! And BTW there is 29 days this February, it is like 28 days some of the year, this is call the leap year. I wonder how does people who was born on the 29th day of February going to celebrate their birthday? Does this mean that they will be half as old as I am if they were born on the same year as me 🙂

Hmm what should I be doing this holiday? We’ll just go with the flow. Maybe cooking would be one wawawawawawawa. Just receive a txt from my friend calling in sick.hmmm i guess it should be “msging in” sick, so I’ve been requested to get notes for him.

Why does it feel like there is so many things to write when you don’t wana write and when you wana write there is nothing that pops in my mind at all. Well what the heck, I’ve got a class within an hour, so I decided to make a post, lama sudah nda ber posting ni, hahah walaupun 2 hari, iyakah?

Todays weather is great, with the sun shining, there is no sign of raining, but don’t be fool by the looks, you could never trust or predict the weather here in Glasgow. Its been raining and very very windy these past few days, hope it stays dry. Orite till here then rite now, hope to post again soon 🙂

Monday, 25 February 2008

N’day Celeb~

Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan yg ke 24 kepada semua penduduk dan rakyat2 Brunei Darussalam.

Didn’t have the time to update this blog, since there was so much activity goin on, in the last weekend. Ok where should I start. First of all, we have this BruScot National Day dinner at Tawa’ Restaurant. Yes, aku nda main main ni. namanya Tawa, jangan saja kamu ketawa sal ku buat buat nama restoran ani. There is this all you can makan buffet, so as you can see, the picture here is like half of the served buffet, anyways there is alot of food to eat. And it is a nice place to dine in to, hmm I guess I would recommend anyone who comes to Glasgow to try it out, its kinda worth it. Well not all the members of the BruScot came for the dinner, we’ve got most of it from Glasgow, some from Paisley, Perth, Edinburgh and some from somewhere in Scotland, hahah I lost track I guess. Some of the dishes that I remembered was fish and chips,vegetable pakora, chicken tikka, curry chicken, lamb masala.. hmm all I can remember was that there were 3 chicken dishes, 3 lamb dishes and grilled chicken wings. I am so gonna go back there if I got the chance 🙂

After having an extra full tank on the food, it was time to lose some, the next day we had badminton. Went for jogging twice on the threadmill and played some badminton matches. Hmmm I wondered if I had burned off the calories that I put in from the all you can eat buffet. Anyways, after that exercise, I was really drained out. I did bought a hot chocolate for my drink as breakfast and any other time I wana have one 😛 , it taste nice, not awful like the one I had before.

And today is Monday, as usual Monday blues, I was so tired and sleepy before noon and didn’t felt well. Felt so dreadful as I was in the lab, dragging on there, as I have nothing to do since I have finished a part of the project. I guess I’ve gotta get some more rest and be ready for the next day with 3 hours of lecture non-stop. I guess I’ll just stop here for today.

Aha! and one last thing. huhu mouse ku abis batteri, kai touchpad ja ni. I prefer mouse, as it give me the accuracy in writing or drawing lau kai handwritten in MSN 🙁

Friday, 22 February 2008

Raindrops Keep Fallin on my head~

The beautiful melody of the song by Burt Bacharach “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” plays in my laptop on a windy day today. First class don’t start till 11am, so still have time to post a blog as I had not been posting past 2 days. Hahaha the reason for me not having a post is that I can’t find picture to post 😛

Hahaha this is a crappy picture of the Keropok Soto, ukan Soto as in Soto Kuning atau puteh, ani namanya nganya. After a few months of not having asian snacks or hmmm shud I just call it junk food 😛 , The eagerness of wanted to try out this junk food was disappointing, as I tried it out, it didn’t taste nice, after a while it tasted nice, then after a long long long while it doesn’t taste nice anymore, and its like there is residue sticking to my tongue. Nyways thats an experience..

Back to real life story, thanks LuShian for the food for Chap Go Meh, I’m not sure if that is the spelling or not, next time make 300 popia bahhh hahahah, anyways Happy Belated Birthday to Kevin, I guess you are really surprise.. a plan that had been planned months ago wahahha , gotcha back!!

National Day celebration will be held on Saturday in a cool restaurant thats what they said and it will be posted in the BruScot facebook, all BruScot members are invited.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Liverpool FC 2-0 Inter Milan

The job now is half done at Anfield, the next chapter of the story will be written in San Siro. Really wish Liverpool to go through and win the Champions League. The picture at the side was taken by me from inside San Siro. This Stadium is gonna await Liverpool in the next 3 weeks. By the way, Ac Milan and Inter Milan share this stadium and the red seats are for Inter fans, the blue seats are for AC supporters, yep i didn’t type it wrong, its true.

Monday, 18 February 2008

Tao Hu Hua~

This dessert called Soya Pudding, better known as TauHu Hua is very nice, soft, smooth and most certainly delicious. Tak sangka jua ku bali ni kat SeeWoo. sal Snr bawa ke SeeWoo kai keta, so nda pyh jln jauh2, sampai sana bali TauHu hua. wa nyaman eh. lama da nda mkn. aku kan mkn TauHu pudding with Longan jua. thats another type of TauHu pudding different from this one, yang atu mcm agar2 *tersliur ku eh*

Wa!! bnyk work eh, nda ku abis, solving problem ani pun half way, stucked. Dont you just dislike it when problems that were given is totally different from what you learn and you can’t seem to solve it, *sigh*. Anyways cooked fish soup to eat with my rice today, cooked it with ginger and it sure taste gingerish, nyaman and its soup so my stomach was happy I guess 😛

Mengantuk ku eh, and bored, stuck in the middle of this Question, just like stranded on a desert sulnya wawawa exaggerate jua aku ni. tutorial ohhh tutorial~~~~

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Almost Kolo Mee~

Been thinking bout kolo mee since I went to SeeWoo yesterday, so I’ve decided to buy the noodle and fishball at SeeWoo and try to make my version of Kolo Mee fishball. Use to have it almost like everyday kat WYWY semasa di Brunei.

Cooked everything as I had planned, but when I tried it, the noodle is not the right one for kolo mee. It does taste like kolo mee gravy and everything is fine, xcept for the noodle. The noodle that I bought reminds me of the noodle that my grandmother use to cook, which is by frying it, not boiling it. Guess I had the wrong type of noodle, anyways it is still edible and kinda yummy tho~

Watched the “American Gangster” which is like 2hrs plus..phew~ what a long movie, giler lama wayang atu, ada some part yg siuk and ada some part yang boring. Cemani lah ku spend weekend ku. ni abis tia. paksa tunggu 5 hari lagi untuk rilek. Back to school work, so much accumulating and I m so damn sleepy, just got 1 kelas isuk. Projek lagi ni, sakit pala memikirkan novelty feature ni, and supervisor kan liat progress Wednesday ani.

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Anyways it was great weekend, bleh di katakan new type of taste I got from this weekend and new experience, might gonna declare it “Mini Food Festival 1” hahahha, hoping for more to come, aiye! thats wats the Scots alwez says.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Mission Durian Hunting~

It was damn simple, the goal of the day was to find Durian in Glasgow. And yes it has been founded. This picture was taken at SeeWoo Oriental supermarket up at the Saracen Street. Mahal gilerrr eh Durian di sini, it was like £5.95 per kg, and I weight one of the Durian to be roughly around 3.8kg I think. So in total it would cost around £22plus and in Brunei currency it would be like $66. waduh bayar Durian ni untuk weightnya. p weightnya mostly kulitnya yg berat. isinya berapa kg nganya. why should we pay for something that we are not going to eat and throw away?

Ada plang Durian frozen yang seedless and yang ada seed, around £3-£5 kali, nda ku ingat rah the same supermarket. Hahah might buy it next time lau banar banar kan makan Durian ni.

Anyways today 3 oriental supermarket has been visited and there are alot of stuffs that can be bought to good use where you can’t find it in Glasgow. It was a long walk to all the 3 but it was really worth it. lain kali tau tah ku ni di mana ada jual barang makanan ri Malaysia ka atau kan bali Durian ka 😛 hahahah BTW kat SeeWoo ada jual ikan yang fresh, and lobster yang besar2 dalam aquarium tangkap sendiri tu eh hahah jangan saja terkapit.

Thanks to Nwaruto for cooking a wonder and delicious ayam masak kicap. nyaman tu yoo. buleh buka biznez da ni. Bah looking forward tah ni kan buka gerai masa perayaan yang akan datang ni.

After travelling by foot in the morning, in d afternoon, travelling half by tube and most by foot, finally reach Celtic Park, home of the Celtic FC. Time atu ada match, it was Celtic FC vs Hearts where the home team won by 3-0. Talking bout soccer, Liverpool kalah ler. apa ni, one more cup ilang da chance tsk3.

Ok back to story, pas jumpa Celtic Park, terdiscovered a new shopping area called FORGE, bisai la tempat atu and after Forge, on the way balik terjumpa kadai Toys ‘R’ us, hahaha lama da nda nampak kedai sebegini. To round up stuffs, hari ini banyak beroleh la barang makanan and experience jln2 in Glasgow. Glasgow ni basar kali ah. Brehead g lum jln sana, ntah bila ada masa.

To summarize everything, I’m really glad dpt cari Durian, thats ol it matters 😛

Friday, 15 February 2008

Chix Rice~

Baru ku abis mkn nasi ayam ni bersama sayur. it goes great with Nando’s Chilli sos..yum2 rindu ku mkn nasi ayam d Brunei. Hahah I’m still craving for it altho ku abis mkn da. I cooked the chix rice, it taste nice but not aromatic enough, wonder what did I miss out. hmmm.

I’ve been eating chips for the past few days, its kinda nice to have rice once in a while when you hadnt had them. I wished I had some more of chix rice left in the rice cooker hahah *drooling*. I am looking foward for my next meal, been thinking bout it quite a while already.
I’m going to go Durian hunting tommorow, really hope to find this rare fruit in the UK. I wana proof that Durian do exist in this country and region, not only in Asia, I don’t care if it is imported, the important thing is that Durian can be found in the UK.

I’m so sleepy and full right now, hope to relax over the weekend. Karang nda batah tu, monday tia and I haven’t really rilek enuff..hahahaha

Tomorrow is going to be Liverpool vs Barnsley, K.O. time is 1600 at Anfield, hope that Liverpool can go thru the FA cup 5th round without any problem, I don’t think that Torres will be playing. I was suppose to go Liverpool today and stayed over there for the weekend,and hoping to catch a glimps of the Liverpool players there and maybe watch the FA cup 5th round there but I decided not to. hehehe. well there will always be another day that I will be in Anfield 😛

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Hari Yg Tenang~

Guess what? This is the first time I tittled my post in malay wahahaha. and it seems like my blog counter counts that its more than 100 visitors..hmm, thats nice more than 100visits within less than a week when it was launched. Anyways ku tau yg selalu visit blog ku ni c Nwar yatah bertambah ja count atu from 1 person ani ukan sal bnyk org visit 😛

This is a picture of my breakfast this morning having cereal with fresh ichigo and milk. Makes me full most of the mornings can I can overcome those sleepy moments in class. Rasa kan mkn that right now. ) waiting for my fries in the oven right now. its really slow when you have the gas mark to 5, i think it will take more than 55 minutes. its been 30minutes and my fries are still looking like it hadn’t been fried. Hey that make sense. it is suppose to be fried barutah ada sul mcm fries..anyways the most easiest and laziest cooking is just to put everything in the oven and wait till it cook. well easy n lazy comes with a price. it will take time. more minutes than cooking it or frying it over the stove.

Why did I wrote this topic as ” Hari yg tenang” hmmm I guess there is nothing interesting happening today maybe thats why it is hari yang tenang and it is just like everyday. There are alot of stuffs for me to do but, felt that I dont wana do those stuffs now, maybe when the due date comes then I would rush to do it..hahahah last minit cam biasa tu eh. gotta change gotta change gotta change.

Wa..I miss eating at Empire and Charcoal n Grill. Im surely I will try to find time to go there again and feast like I never before when I go back to Brunei 😀 hmmmm wonder if my fries are fried yet wahahahahhaha.

Eh Nwar apa ni. napa ceta ka. nda kan nada ceta. tiap hari ada jua ku ceta. walaupun nada story. walaupun hari yg tenang dan boring dapat jua me jadikan interesting hahahah lau nda interesting, nda jua kamu baca ni kan wahahahha I see U 😛

Bah thats it for now, wana go eat up my fries, put some cheese on it and it would be yummy hope so, Ciao~

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Lovely, Fresh, Red Ichigo~

Well I was walking along Byres road and then Tada. ada orang menjual ichigo. and its local and fresh. hehehe not like the ones i used to buy at supermarkets, where they are imports from other countries. Its just £1, fresh and there are alot of fruits lagi. maybe I would try cherries or berries or grapes next time.

Wahhh lau ada chocholate fountain wa lagi bisai. hahah sepatutnya tadi bali semua buah atu n then pinjam choc fountain yg basar atu rah Thorntorns Shop.

Well I did read somewhere that when you are feeling blue or sad, the best way to cheer you up might be having choclate or for those who prefer a healthier choice, strawberries are the one you are looking for 🙂

I’m still wondering why they are call strawberries. hmmm tak ada straw pun ku nampak lam berry ani. 😛

Something went wrong with my chatbox a few while ago, I wonder what’s the problem. hmm hope they sort that out fast, or else it would look like there is an error on my page hehhee..BTW nwaruto’s blog has been updated. thats cool. we want to see more of your update. Baiktah simpan bnyk bnyk ceta bah. we want to know bout u! yes u! nda kan tau sal si buku ijau.

Anyways nothing funny happen today. lau funny ada ku share tu nanti heheheh. waaa rindu ku nasi ayam yg ku mkn rah Strachylde. I had asked for the recipe, hope to get it soon. yum yum.. *drooling*

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Xam Result kuar da 🙁

Munching down some tea biscuits as I wrote down this post, haha , rasa kan mkn saja when you are stress and cold. I don’t know whats wrong with me. I think it should be both for my case.

Today’s weather is as cold as yesterday, and in the morning the mist covers all over the pathway that I always take to the Uni. Today’s lowest temperature is recorded to be 1 degrees C and the weather forecast for this week seems to be cold for the entire week with some of the days is to be negative 1 degrees C. So prepare2 tah kamu kai baju tabal2 off the heater to save karan wahahahaha, actually being under the duvet is quite nice n warm 🙂

Ini adalah gambar dari tadi pagi yg ku ambil masa itu visibility in the air atu nda berapa bagus. Baik jua nada kapal terbang pada masa itu, lau nda kana suruh emergency landing da tu. Hmmm lau driving cana tu ah nda nampak apa2, baik lagi jln kaki eh lau catu.

BTW tadi dalam kelas ada seseorang yg bernama “Hai” lupa tutup teponnya or switch ke silent mode. Skali ringing nah.. dengan gagas segagasnya dia pun cuba untuk menghentikan nada deringnya yg famous Happy Tree Frens atu. lala lala lalala. tsk3. semua orang pun tawa. steady la ko ani. cikgu pun diam leh mu. Inda jua berani ia menagur u ah. Sal ia tau orang Brunei kali 😛

Hari ni exam result kuar ler~. Sangat2 disappointed with myself, sigh~ what can i do, it’s not what I expected. STRESS stress Stress stress. patutla ku kuat makan ah hari ni hehhehehe.

Talking about eating, hahah kan abis da biskut ku yang baru ku buka ani. wa gonna finish all my stocks for the week if I keep on having stressful situations. aduh.

Anyways thats all for now I think. gotta find somemore food~~~~~~

Monday, 11 February 2008

Cold day n nite~

I’ve just watched the Twin Effects from channel streaming in the channel of Star TV (china), it kinda reminds me of the great chinese movies I’ve seen during the CNY on astro or any other channel. Siuk kali ahhhh

Anyways, back to my blog, ari ani ngalih la, mcm nda cukup tdo, masuk kelas pun mengantuk, baik jua nda tetdo. p angan2 ja la. hahha dreamerz dreaming in class nothing unusual bout that. Ku baru jua liat “Meet the spartans”, cali jua la the story. Its like 300 but in a comedy way, and most of the jokes are from other movies, some advertisements and tv shows. You’ve gotta watch this movie. its kinda stupid n funny. I wasn’t able to watch the last 5 minutes because it wouldn’t buffer anymore sigh~

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Sajuknya hari ini, I could see the mist from my window view this morning. I thought the winter was over, but I guess the cold weather must be common here in Glasgow. This morning on my way to the Uni, I saw some flowers blooming, hope to get a glimps of em when they have bloom fully. and that is the spring season. Heran ah, napa d panggil spring, nda jua ku nampak spring 😛

Best thing to do when its cold—— EAT! :), thats all for now i think.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Sweettooth :B~

Nothing like the taste of yummy donut in the morning, i was having a craving for something sweet this morning, and when i saw this great offer i cant resist buy to buy and try it. And Yes!! it is well indeed delicious, i’m not kidding, it’s well worth the time for eating and the cash spending on it 😛

Had a “Foodtastic” time last night at a CNY party, the food was nice with the chicken rice, haven’t had such nice food for a long time. Yummy yum yum, even nando’s can’t beat that. Cana jua kan mum nando’s tu jual ayam bbq ja. nada mcm style makanan org Brunei eh. and BTW nando’s is Portuguese.

Anyway gotta thanks the Strachylde pps for preparing a nice event, tho i was tired as usual but did get to play PS3 and get my first 2 wins ever in PES08 hahaha maybe I’m just lucky. Cos i always got beaten by a big score line.

Today’s the match between Liverpool vs Chelsea. I’m looking foward to that match. without Torres, I wonder how Liverpool is going to match Chelsea. altho Chelsea’s Drogba is at international duty but they still have Anelka. well we will see who is the better team. K.O. at 1600 at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Poker Nite~

Poker is not a game about winning, it is a combination of determination, the way you play and a little bit of luck. Sebenarnya ada techniquenya yg banar2 for winning ani.. something like Mind vs Mentality, its a secret..Gilerr ngantk ku eh main cani, hahaha kul brapa kamu balik ah? Kul 4 pagi da nda ku sanggup..hahah isuknya main bula ah kamu.

Haha manage to finish typing up my report but not yet edit what I have written, long way to go lagi ni. My english is not that good, yatah payah sikit kan edit ni, tambah kan simpan reference gi ni, if not kana sue later, plagiarism.

Wahhh its so bright outside, feels like going out and enjoy the sun. really a nice weather today. Hope it do not rain on days like this, it would be cool to hang out once in a while outside the house rather than stuck in the house and staring at the computer 😛

Friday, 8 February 2008

Congrates To Nwar.

Tahniah kepada Khairul Anwar yang dilantik menjadi Ketua Zon 2 di Scotland untuk UPP Brunei for the term 2008. We are proud of you. bah bila lanja ni. Nando’s lagi ni ah ok?? Eseh steady ah Nwar. woohooooo

Ingredient Overview

This page gives you a little overview about the ingredients I use in my products, I believe in complete transparency of where my ingredients are derived from.

I have yet to included ingredients such as Powders, Clays, Pigments and Exfoliants.

(please note – absolutely no microplastics are used for exfoliation products, I only use natural exfoliants such as sugar, fine pumice or rosehip seed powder).

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the ingredients I use in my products, Please feel free to contact me at: [email protected]

100% Natural ingredients.
“>Cocoa butter – Certified organic, BioGro. Certified Fair Trade, Ecocert – Fair for Life. 100% Pure unrefined.
“>Kokum butter – 100% Pure refined (Was unable to find certified organic or unrefined for this product)
“>Shea Butter – Certified organic, BioGro. Certified Fair Trade, Ecocert – Fair for Life. 100% Pure unrefined.

Evening Primrose oil Certified organic, BioGro. 100% Pure cold-pressed & unrefined.

Infused Oils Made by Me
“>Beeswax – Certified organic, BioGro. 100% pure NZ beeswax (refined)
“>Candelilla Wax – 100% Pure refined. This wax is derived from the Candelilla plant and is a perennial and native to the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico and western Texas. The wax forms as the outer coating of the shrub and helps the plant retain moisture.
“>Carnauba Wax – Certified organic, BioGro. 100% pure refined. Carnauba wax is yellow and is obtained from the leaves of a palm tree known as Copernica cerifera. This slow-growing carnauba palm flourishes in the north-eastern regions of Brazil.
Other cosmetic ingredients

90% aloe
Ingredients:
Water
Glycerin
Carbomer (thickener)
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract
Phenoxyethanol & ethylhexylglycerin (preservatives)

Aloe vera is used in skincare formulas due to its wonderful skin-soothing properties. It is said to be a powerful healing agent, have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and help to boost the skin’s ability to produce collagen.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • 2. Pomegranate & Hempseed Lotion
  • 4. Replenshing Day Lotion – with Hyaluronic acid
  • 6. Hydrating Shea & Rosehip Face Cream
  • 7. Ultra-Hydrating Papaya Cream
  • Kanuka Hand & Body Lotion
  • Gentle Cream Cleanser (with Bentonite clay)
  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Balancing Gel Cleanser
  • Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Hydrating Toner Mist
  • Hyaluronic acid Firming Face Serum
  • Blemish Support Serum
  • Tinted Moisturiser
  • Natural Moisturising Foundation
  • NZ Infusion Velvet Body Butter

Cetearyl alcohol is a cosmetic wax (which is very different to your standard known alcohols, this is a fatty alcohol) which is used as a co-emulsifier and thickener, which I generally use to give structure to my Zero-Trace beauty bar range. It also has some great emollient properties without leaving you with that greasiness feeling.

As this ingredient cannot be guaranteed Palm-Oil free, I will try to swap to Brassica Alcohol when I have used up this previous batch of Cetearyl Alcohol, then will need to undergo more product testing to ensure the same quality gets achieved with this ingredient. Although the Brassica is double in price, so this may see a price increase of some of my products in the near future.

INCI: Brassica Alcohols

Brassica alcohols are a natural, palm-free alternative to common palm-derived fatty alcohols such as Cetyl Alcohol and Cetostearyl Alcohol.
Fatty Alcohols are used as natural structuring agents and secondary emulsifiers to improve the stability and texture of a formulation.

Brassica Alcohols are naturally derived from waxes found in plants from the Cabbage (Brassica) family.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • Blemish Support Serum
  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Kaolin Face Cleanser Bar
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar
  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Cloud 9 Conditioner Bar
  • Body Scrub Bar
  • Orange Truffle Face Polish Bar
  • Tinted Moisturiser
  • Natural Moisturising Foundation

INCI:Coco Caprylate

Coco Caprylate is used in cosmetics as an emollient and emulsifier for formulations. It is an ester of coconut fatty alcohol, caprylic acid. It improves the glide of many varieties of products during application and leaves a non-greasy, soft after touch. This is a high-spreading oil, natural emollient and silicone alternative.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Chai-Silk Conditioner Bar
  • Cloud 9 Conditioner Bar
  • Intense Conditioner Bar

INCI: Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Isopropyl Alcohol

BTMS-80 is an 80% active conditioning agent and cationic (positively charged) emulsifier derived form Rapeseed (Canola) Oil.

In hair care, it leaves hair soft and tangle free and can also be used in skincare products. It is gentle enough to also use as leave on products.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Nourishing Shampoo Bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Chai-Silk Conditioner Bar
  • Cloud 9 Conditioner Bar
  • Intense Conditioner Bar

INCI: Decyl glucoside

Decyl glucoside is an extremely mild and gentle non ionic surfactant naturally derived from coconut oil and a natural sugar from corn starch. It is obtained from renewable, plant-derived raw materials, such as vegetable oils and starch.

Decyl glucoside is recommended for sensitive skin, and generates exceptional fine and stable foam. Derived from sugar it is readily bio-degradable, low toxic, extremely mild and perform well in hard water conditions. Several clinical skin irritant tests show decyl glucoside to be non irritating, even at high concentrations with an extended contact period of 24 hours.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Balancing Gel Cleanser
  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Kaolin Face Cleanser Bar
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar
  • Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Rinse-Off Cleansing Balm
  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Nourishing Shampoo Bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar

INCI: Cetearyl Glucoside & Cetearyl Alcohol
Charge: Non-Ionic

Emulgade PL 68/50 is a plant-based emulsifier. It is a non-ionic, self-emulsifying base suitable for use in oil/water emulsions. It is gentle on the skin and well-tolerated even by many with sensitive skin. I use this for the formulas that require a lower overall viscosity outcome without compromising the stability.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Blemish Support Serum
  • Tinted Moisturiser
  • Natural Moisturising Foundation

INCI: Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate

Olivem 1000 is a non-ionic oil-in-water emulsifier developed from natural olive derivatives. Safe and clinically tested to be hypoallergenic, it provides creams with an excellent spreadability with no soapy effect. It has anti-ageing properties, giving tonicity and elasticity to the skin.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • 2. Pomegranate & Hempseed Lotion
  • 3. Manuka & Blackcurrant Moisturiser
  • 4. Replenshing Day Lotion – with Hyaluronic acid
  • 5. Rejuvenating Calendula Day Cream
  • 6. Hydrating Shea & Rosehip Face Cream
  • 7. Ultra-Hydrating Papaya Cream
  • Kanuka Hand & Body Lotion
  • Gentle Cream Cleanser (with Bentonite clay)
  • Rinse-Off Cleansing Balm
  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Kaolin Face Cleanser Bar
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar

Extracts are made using palm free glycerine and are free from preservatives.

(Apart from Witch Hazel extract which contains alcohol)

Extract Strength: (Raw product before adding to formulations) Approximately 1:10 – i.e. 10% dried plant equivalent

Products containing plant extracts:

INCI: Glycerol

Vegetable glycerine is a sugar alcohol which acts as a humectant and emollient in cosmetic formulations.

The Glycerine I use is certified organic and does not contain any Palm oil derivatives, it is derived from certified organic non-GMO oils including corn and soy.

Xanthan gum

INCI: Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide derived from the fermentation of glucose or corn syrup and is used in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products most commonly as an emulsion stabiliser or thickener.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • 2. Pomegranate & Hempseed Lotion
  • 3. Manuka & Blackcurrant Moisturiser
  • Kanuka Hand & Body Lotion
  • Gentle Cream Cleanser (with Bentonite Clay)
  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Kawakawa & Spriulina Face Cleanser Bar
  • Blemish Support Serum
  • Tinted Moisturiser
  • Natural Moisturising Foundation

Tara Gum

Tara gum is a natural ingredient derived from the endosperm of seeds from the tara tree – caesalpinia spinosa plant, which mainly grows in Peru. It is commonly used as a thickener and stabilizer in food products.

Products containing this ingredient:

I use tara gum for this cleanser as it has better more stable gelling properties than Xanthan gum for this purpose.

INCI: Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium hyaluronate)

The Hyaluronic acid I source is produced from bacterial fermentation using glucose that is corn derived to create the hyaluronic acid in a biofermentation process. This is NOT an animal based product. Therefore is classed as a vegan safe ingredient.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in human tissues such as skin, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. About a third of the total amount of HA in the entire human body is found in the skin. Its ability to hydrate the skin and unique moisturising and viscous properties make the skin softened and restore its elasticity contributing a significant anti-wrinkle effect.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 4. Replenshing Day Lotion – with Hyaluronic acid
  • Hyaluronic acid Firming Face Serum

INCI: Hydrolised Soy Protein

Hydrolised Soy Protein (not to be confused with nutritional Soy Protein) is obtained from the soybean plant, glycine soja. Polypeptides are chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.

Hydrolised Soy Protein is ideal for hair and skin care products to counter potential irritancy from other ingredients – in particular surfactants. In hair it has great conditioning properties and boosts moisturing, repair and integrity of hair follicles.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Nourishing Shampoo Bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Chai-Silk Conditioner Bar
  • Cloud 9 Conditioner Bar
  • Intense Conditioner Bar

Hydrosols are waters that have been steam distilled with the addition of spray-free plant material. I make these myself in small batches, they are preservative free. These hydrosols are only kept for 3 months (refridgerated) before any remaining product is discarded and re-made to ensure they are always fresh.

Hydrosols I make and use in my products:

Please note: I am currently testing out some non-animal alternatives to this marine collagen, although they are not collagen as such, studies have shown they may give the same benefits. So watch this space as I will make the switch when my current supply runs out.

Collagen is a protein found throughout the body but is perhaps best known as being a component in the connective tissue that supports the skin. As we age, collagen degrades which can cause loss of skin elasticity contributing to visual signs of ageing such as crows feet, wrinkles and sagging skin.

(The marine collagen that is currently in use is derived from the by-products of the NZ fishing industry and not farmed purely for the purpose of this ingredient).

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • 2. Pomegranate & Hempseed Lotion
  • 6. Hydrating Shea & Rosehip Face Cream
  • Hyaluronic acid Firming Face Serum

INCI: Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20 is a stable and non-toxic solubiliser/surfactant which is particularly useful for dispersing small amounts of oils into water based products.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Hyaluronic acid Firming Face Serum

I use both of these in my products depending on what is available at the time. Both are of the same INCI ingredients, just different Trade names. These are the preservatives I mostly use as it seems to be suitable for sensitive skin types, works well in emulsion based products (I have tested the effectiveness of this preservative).

Geogard® 221 – INCI: Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid
ECOCERT & COSMOS compliant, NaTrue certified, Soil Association approved.

Geogard® 221 is a unique blend featuring dehydroacetic acid as the primary active ingredient.

It is permitted by Ecocert as a synthetic preservative in ecological and organic certified cosmetics.

Microcare DB – INCI: Dehydroacetic acid and benzyl alcohol

This product is a direct substitute for Geogard 221

Microcare DB is a blend of an organic acid with benzyl alcohol which can be used for the gentle preservation of all personal care products. It is equally effective against a broad range of bacteria, moulds and yeasts and is ideal for Ecocert applications.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • 2. Pomegranate & Hempseed Lotion
  • 3. Manuka & Blackcurrant Moisturiser
  • 4. Replenshing Day Lotion – with Hyaluronic acid
  • 5. Rejuvenating Calendula Day Cream
  • 6. Hydrating Shea & Rosehip Face Cream
  • 7. Ultra-Hydrating Papaya Cream
  • Kanuka Hand & Body Lotion
  • Blemish Supoort Serum
  • Gentle Cream Cleanser (with Bentonite clay)
  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Rinse-Off Cleansing Balm
  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Gentle Oil Control Cream Cleanser
  • Kaolin Face Cleanser Bar
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar
  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Nourishing Shampoo Bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Chai-Silk Conditioner Bar
  • Cloud 9 Conditioner Bar
  • Intense Conditioner Bar
  • Body Scrub Bar
  • Orange Truffle Face Polish Bar
  • Tinted Moisturiser
  • Natural Moisturising Foundation
  • NZ Infusion Velvet Body Butter

INCI: Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate*

*Also contains 1-2% Calcium Gluconate though this is not listed in the official INCI

A combination of a naturally occurring food additive glucono delta lactone (derived from corn) and a food-grade preservative sodium benzoate (the sodium salt of benzoic acid) along with a trace amount of calcium gluconate as a processing agent.

I find this preservative works the best for products that are water-based (had no discolouration which I have had with other preservatives for high water-based products).

Geogard Ultra™ is accepted by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Balancing Gel Cleanser
  • Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Hydrating Toner Mist
  • Hyaluronic acid Firming Face Serum

Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid found in many plants but its most well-known source is White Willow or Salix alba from which its name is derived.

Topically, Salicylic acid is most commonly found in products used to combat acne and other skin conditions such as dandruff. It acts as a comedolytic and bacteriostatic agent meaning it stimulates the shedding off dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and inhibits the growth of potentially acne-causing bacteria.

Products containing this ingredient:

INCI: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) is a very mild surfactant and is designed to work effectively in hard water.
It is derived from coconut fatty acids and is fully biodegradable. SCI is gentle enough to use in products for babies and personal cleansers for sensitive areas such as eye-makeup removers.
SCI also leaves a silky skin feel whilst simultaneously exhibiting excellent lathering properties.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Kaolin Face Cleanser Bar
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar
  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Nourishing Shampoo Bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Body Scrub Bar
  • Orange Truffle Face Polish Bar

INCI: Stearic Acid

Stearic acid is a saturated, long-chain fatty acid derived from vegetable oils. It is found naturally in various animal and plant fats, Its soap-like quality enables it to penetrate the skin, providing emollient, skin-softening properties. It is a primary choice to emulsify, thicken, or otherwise bind and stabilise lotions and creams. It is particularly useful on cleansers as it allows for dirt and oils to be lifted from the surface of the skin by water.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • Gentle Cream Cleanser (with Bentonite clay)
  • Rinse-Off Cleansing Balm
  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Kaolin Face Cleanser Bar
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar
  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Back to Basics Shampoo & Body wash bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Body Scrub Bar
  • Orange Truffle Face Polish Bar

INCI: Lecithin

Lecithin is an emulsifier which can be used in both water in oil and oil in water emulsions. One of the characteristics of Lecithin is it’s suitability to both oil and water. Lecithin is the best choice for emulsions that are high in oil content where other emulsifiers will destabilize, making this ingredient ideal for heavier creams/ointments such as my NZ Infusion Velvet Body Butter.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • NZ Infusion Velevet Body Butter

Provitamin B5 – Vitamin B5

INCI: Panthenol
Provitamin B5 or D Panthenol is well known as an ingredient in many popular hair care products.
It functions as a humectant, i.e. it helps tissues to retain moisture, this helps hair to stay soft and elastic. As the name suggests, Provitamin B5 is rapidly converted in to vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) once it has been absorbed into the skin. Thereby ensuring that the skin also benefits from it’s moisturising and softening properties.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 1. Shea & Hempseed Lotion
  • 2. Pomegranate & Hempseed Lotion
  • 6. Hydrating Shea & Rosehip Face Cream
  • Clay Cream Facial Cleanser Bar
  • Hyaluronic Firming Face Serum
  • Aqua-Cream Shampoo bar
  • Nourishing Shampoo Bar
  • Purple-Mint Shampoo Bar
  • Terminator Shampoo Bar
  • Chai-Silk Conditioner Bar
  • Cloud 9 Conditioner Bar
  • Intense Conditioner Bar
  • Natural Moisturising Foundation

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin found in many different plant oils and throughout the body where it acts as an antioxidant to prevent the oxidation of lipids.

Products containing this ingredient:

Most of my products –

The products that do not contain any Vitamin E is: Shampoo bars, Toner mist and Micellar Water.

Vitamin C

INCI Name: Ascorbyl Palmitate

Ascorbyl palmitate is a fat-soluble form of ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. Unlike ascorbic acid, which is water-soluble, ascorbyl palmitate is able to be stored in cell membranes until needed by the body. Vitamin C is well known for its immune properties but it is also a powerful antioxidant and helps with collagen formation.

Products containing this ingredient:

  • 4. Replenshing Day Lotion – with Hyaluronic acid
  • Kawakawa & Spirulina Face Cleanser Bar

Vitamin A

INCI Name: Retinyl Palmitate
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin essential to human health especially the functioning of the eyes, immune system and epithelial cells. The primary benefit is as to normalise keratinisation through the regulation of cell differentiation and growth. In this way it helps to improve skin elasticity, tone, texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as smooth the skin’s surface.

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