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Spatacular Beauty Bar Opening

I just didn’t want to hide the pictures from the store opening of the beautiful third Spatacular Beauty Bar in Düsseldorf Oberkassel two month ago.

Adress: Belsenstraße 19, 40545 Düsseldorf

 

 

Open the door and have a look around😉

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The interior looks all new and the colours are a perfect choice.

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adorable pictures from the daughters of one of the Spatacular ladies

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pretty stairs down to the treatment rooms

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comfy seats for manicures and pedicures (which I can totally recommend!)

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lots and lots of nail polishes in every shade available from treat collection and Spa rituals

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a mirror every girl dreams of with Ilia products

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luxurious Und Gretel products

Also, there was extraordinary catering by greentrees the juicery. They offered sweet treats, soup, juices and healthy snacks – some of them raw!

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I hope you enjoyed this little virtual tour and that you are going to pay them a visit the next time you are near Düsseldorf!

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A new sustainable packaging option (RePack)?

I recently discovered a new (at least for me) kind of packaging on Ethletic‘s Facebook page that could help reduce waste produced by online shops and similar businesses. But it has its pros and cons. Let me name them to you. Then be so kind and provide me with your answer. This could also help Ethletic and other companies figure out if they will change their packaging system in the future.

Their question is: is it more sustainable to use a recyclable plastic-bag that can be used 20 times instead of a carton covered in wrapping paper that is definitely waste after one use?

I bet we all know paper is more sustainable than plastic in general but we also need to know more about how both are recycled and produced. Paper bags for example need special tear-resistant cellulose fibers that are treated with chemicals. The thickness of their wall has to be higher in order to be as tear-proof as plastic bags. That makes them heavier and leads to more carbon emissions (source).

I experience that packaging problem regularly when I get parcels I ordered or got sponsored. And as much as I love upcycling glass jars or other products I received I never know what to do with “old” (in fact only once used) cardboard boxes. I put the smaller ones in the bigger ones and if they accumulated too much I deposit them at my local wastepaper container where everyone from the neighbourhood can get rid of cartons.Those are collected and deinked, then turned into 100% recycling paper or become a part of new paper with wastepaper portion. The process needs quite the amount of energy by the way.


 

Repack  partly uses old billboards and mainly the recyclable plastic polypropylene (PP), which is the second most used plastic material on earth. It also is very cheap to produce and “sustainable” as recycled PP can be used for new products out of PP. But we have to be clear about the fact that plastic will stay plastic and has to be dealt with, even if it is many times recycled. The industry advertises that PP is a very long-lasting substance. In fact, this is the problem. It is resistant against chemicals, bacteria, fungi, algae and weather so it will not biodegrade and therefore is somewhat unnatural. Mineral oil and petroleum gas are the sources of PP but it contains no emollients or harmful substances so PP might be a good choice regarding all other available plastic options. “PP, together with PE, consumes the least amount of energy during production and produces the lowest carbon dioxide emissions when compared to other plastics” is stated here. But it definitely needs 450 years to degrade. Well it never really degrades. It turns into smaller and smaller pieces until we can’t distinguish it from other things and it is eaten, inhaled, swallowed by animals and us. It is uncertain if microorganisms are able to decompose plastics completely so we don’t know if 450 years (can you imagine that for one moment?) is the maximum lifespan. Paper in comparison has a much shorter lifespan but there are also types of papers that can resist nature longer than usually and last up to 200 years. This is used in archives with important documents  but probably not a technology used in the wrapping paper Ethletic uses now for its packaging.

Have a look at some amazing info graphics I found here.

 

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Please bear in mind that these graphics come from the website of the Association of Plastics Manufacturers. They might be euphemistic but definitely informative.

As already stated on the Ethletic blog the introduction of RePack would have an impactful meaning to other companies that want to be as sustainable as Ethletic or even better. They would likely have to jump on the train, too, as customers may choose their online shops after the amount of sustainability they offer. Maybe also big logistics and packaging companies would have a reason to think about alternatives, too. I mean, with the absolutely unreal number of returns of big players like Zalando a packaging system that lasts 20 times longer while avoiding waste would have a huge impact!

The bag itself is secure enough so that the products could be put inside plain, with no other covering. Ethletic states that customers often glue the return label on the original Ethletic carton which is then useless and therefore waste. This would also be avoided by using RePack.

Also there is a reward system with RePack: when you send the RePack bag back you get a 10% or 10€ coupon off a pool of (sustainable) brands. Would you pay the 2€ extra? Some companies will need to relocate the expenses partly to their customers by giving them the choice of free standard shipping or sustainable shipping with an additional few bucks with a good conscience inclusive😉


My thoughts:

  • isn’t there a chance RePack would switch to a 100% amount of recycled materials like old billboards and similar things? At least they should guarantee that they do not need de novo synthetis of even more plastic for their bag, that they are no reason more plastic is produced.
  • there is organic plastic on its way – maybe also an option? But that is made up of corn starch and other produce so one could argument that we shouldn’t use food for other things than nutrition as there is a lack of that on earth.
  • I think the emissions would be lower if customers were able to give those RePack bags directly to a delivery guy the next time one stops at their door to drop of another item so that no one needs to do an extra round of CO2 emissions.
  • if we all would have a closer look at our own waste management we could make the recycling of plastic a more sustainable thing. Many items with plastic end up in the wrong waste bin and can not be recycled, therefor potential energy gets lost.Waste seperation should have a higher meaning in our lives.

As you can see I am not completely convinced of one side yet so here comes your turn: let me know what you think in the comments🙂

Have a look at the German blog post by Ethletic yourself here.

If you want to further inform yourself, have a look at Plasticized – the documentary here or many other documentaries and blog posts.

Cliick the pictures below to see them in increased size or go to the original website I linked to above.

 

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Review: Myrto Summer Products

Welcome back, dear visitor or friend or family – or all together!

Between July and August also Germans are often gifted with something that can be labelled as summer haha so I am happy to show you some more products for hot temperatures and with sun protective features (have a look at my summer favourites here).

Myrto is a vegan and organic cosmetics manufacture founded by Prof. Dr. Peter Kruck and Eva Kruck (she has given birth to 6 (!) children and recognized that conventional creams needed to be reapplied too often and didn’t nourish the skin as wanted so she decided to produce her own with pure and organic ingredients).

I received 3 products to try and I want to show you my favourite first🙂

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Maybe I purposely placed the after sun body oil wild berries in the middle of the picture or I just thought it looks the prettiest so I wanted it to stand out. I don’t remember, but I am sure of that: I didn’t expect the oil to feel and smell so good. But the feeling on my skin is quite luxurious and I enjoy the scent. This oil is designed to treat your skin with moisturizing and regenerating ingredients after you were out in the sun (for too long) and it also enhances the tan you got.

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The ingredients are:

Sesamum Indicum Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil** , Cocos Nucifera Oil**, Simondsia Chinensis Seed Oil**, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil**, Schizandra Sphenanthera Fruit Extract**, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon flexuosus Oil* **,  Citrus Aurantifolia Oil

I don’t think it can get any purer… and those plant oils are so valuable (they are also cold-pressed, organic and some of them fair)! I adore such short and natural + organic lists of ingredients and I don’t have the slightest doubt about putting that product onto my skin. And you shouldn’t either. Go get it! If that is not enough to convince you have a look at the golden color of this oil in the picture below. That’s how your skin looks afterwards😉

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The next product is the awarded summer day oil s with anti aging and sun protective features that supports your skins own sun protection due to the avellana oil with its natural spf of 10. It can be easily used every morning under your usual makeup and I like to spread it down to cover my décolleté aswell but as the product is very oily and leaves a thin oily layer on your skin I wouldn’t recommend putting another moisturizer on your face on top. Also I don’t love the smell but I think this is not a deal breaker as the products doesn’t contain any fragrances or preservatives and this is rare even on the green beauty market.

The ingredients are as pure and organic as the ones above:

Avellana Gevuina Seed Oil**, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil**, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil**, Schizandra Sphenanthera Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract**

This is pure plant power and therefore the product won the green product award for its innovative, plant-based sun protection!

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The last product is a deodorant roll-on with the special ingredients green myrtle. In the INCI list this ingredient isn’t listed at the beginning but the smell is quite special and hard to ignore. Yes, that means I unfortunately do not like that smell that much either.

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The ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice** (Aqua & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder**), Triethyl Citrate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil**, Cocos Nucifera Oil**, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Beta-Glucan, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate/Anisate, Salvia Officinalis Oil**, Lactic Acid, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Myrtus Communis Oil* **, Citrus Paradisi Oil* **, Melaleuca alternifolia Oil* **

In my opinion the deodorant is fine to be used every day but I wouldn’t recommend using it while you do the craziest workout or other activities where you are sure to work up a sweat.

That’s it from the Myrto front for now. What are you thinking about the brand and their products? I would love to know!

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Summer Essentials 2016

I think now is the best time to show you some of my summer favourites, as the German summer isn’t exactly know for being long-lasting and sunny. So before the weather turns colder again I am going to present 4 of my hair and face summer essentials.

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Starting with the hair there is one product I especially adore at the moment and it is the Evolve nourishing hair elixir handmade in the UK.

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The oil is very potent and only 4 drops are needed for a long and thick mane like mine, more would make the hair look too shiny and oily. The most amazing part about this 100% natural product is the scent. It smells like a combination of bittersweet orange with dark chocolate, very heavy and like a dessert. I always grab the length of my hair and hold them up to my nose to enjoy the scent as long as possible as it isn’t very long-lasting. But of course you could always reapply a drop during the day.

The next product I just recently discovered and immediately liked is the eco cosmetics compact foundation with a spf 30.

If you need medium to very good coverage and are outside a lot, this really solid foundation is a good choice. It is a little hard to get the product onto the pad but especially with hot temperatures it gets easier. It tried to use my hands and a brush instead, but hands are likely to introduce bacteria to the foundation and a brush is not solid enough to get product off.

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For the little amount of product the container seems a bit too big for me and I think there are more space-saving options out there. But still, this compact foundation is the product I like to put on my face during summer the most and that means a lot as hot weather usually doesn’t call for foundation.

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Hurraw! is a brand that offers dozens of lip balm tastes/scents and when I got to pick one, I went for grapefruit. But they also offer a balm with sun protection which I would choose if I had a second chance to pick one as we tend to forget that the skin on our lips is very thin and should be protected when exposed to a certain amount of sunlight.

I never experienced a scent in a lip products that was that alike to its original. You can really smell the grapefruit in it, not just a hint – really strong. And the ingredients are worth to be highlighted, too:  Alkanna tinctoria (alkanet) infused Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ‡Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, **Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, *Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, Tocopherols (sunflower)  *organic & cold pressed ‡wildcrafted
(This balm contains a small amount of Grapefruit essential oil. Although the natural ingredients in our balm provide some sunscreen protection, Grapefruit essential oil can make skin more sensitive to prolonged sun exposure.)

It is vegan, too and affordable with 3,79 $.

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If your sun protection comes too late and you already have a sunburn I can highly recommend the Santaverde aloe vera hydro repair gel. It feels cooling and calming on irritated and burnt skin and provides your damaged skin with the moisture it now needs. I unfortunately had a bad sunburn experience a few weeks ago and nothing seemed to help that much as this gel did. And if you know about Santaverde, you know the aloe plants they use in their products are the best thing you can do to your skin.

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Last but not least I want to mention some additional great summer products.

At the beginning of my green journey I encountered s.w. basics products and since then they are like the role model for all other products regarding the number of ingredients (just 3 here!) and the happiness they provided me with. I never was disappointed with any of their products.

The body scrub in the picture below is absolutely pure and fine to be eaten, too. And then the scrub has that divine, natural scent coming from the coconut in it. I always close my eyes and think about a tropical paradise. If you can’t afford a tropical holiday this year: buy their scrub and feel tropical in your bathroom. It is that good.

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As a real sunscreen has to be mentioned in a summer essential post I want to show you one of my favourites for the body and it is the eco cosmetics sun cream with spf 15 (higher available). It has no annoying shimmer particles in it, does not look white after a certain time of massaging it in and is a trusty and small companion that should have a place in every hand bag.

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So, that’s it for now. I hope you spotted some favourites, too or discovered new products you want to try. If there are questions post them below as always and have a nice day🙂