Saturday, November 2, 2013

Power of 9 in a bottle

“Power of 9 in a bottle”
Sun.Star Davao, Nov. 2, 2013

            As “Mom-About-Town” celebrates its 7th year anniversary today, I am extremely grateful that I have never missed a deadline despite the demands of work, family life and other commitments.

2006 was indeed a memorable year for me as I gave birth to two ‘babies’, my youngest Chelsea and this Sun.Star Davao column. I started writing for this paper in my early 30s and now, I’m proud to be 40!

Speaking of age, the past seven years have opened my eyes to the inescapable reality that I need regular ‘maintenance’--just like a well-tuned car, to keep looking my best. I have become more mindful of what I eat on a daily basis, try to squeeze in a 15-minute simple exercise in the morning, and religiously apply sunblock and moisturizer.

Would you believe that I just started moisturizing my face just a year ago? I had this misconception that because my skin type was oily, I didn’t have to put on moisturizer. But, as I aged, I noticed that my skin condition changed as well. Moisturizing my face twice a day not just became an option, it was a must!

            Recently, I discovered a very exciting skin care innovation that I gladly added to my beauty routine-- Human Nature’s Overnight Elixir.

The power of 9 in a bottle

The Overnight Elixir was the VIP or the ‘very important product’ launched during a private afternoon tea party at the sprawling home of power architect-cum-jeweller Connie Dy. The intimate gathering was hosted by Human Nature Davao’s Architect Sylvia Rieta, Joy Mempin and Monique Villanueva.

            Monique explains that the Overnight Elixir is Human Nature’s “entry into the prestige skin market”.

“Highly concentrated with 9ActivOil Nutritives, each bottle contains a blend of carefully selected oils known for their revitalizing action and antioxidant properties. These oils work deep into the skin for intense moisturization overnight”, shares Monique.

The oils include:

ROSEHIP OIL - rich in Vitamin A, known to help skin regeneration and the slowing down of premature aging;
SUNFLOWER SEED OIL  - helps lighten the skin due to its high linoleic acid content; 
PASSIONFRUIT SEED OIL - rich in Vitamin C that makes skin appear brighter andmore radiant and inessential fatty acids for healthy skin cells that promote hydration;
SOYBEAN OIL - helps soften and moisturize the skin;
AVOCADO OIL - has been known to be rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, lecithin + fatty acids. Known as a highly therapeutic oil, it is said to have healing qualities with superior moisturizing properties;
NATURAL VITAMIN E - one of the most powerful and potent antioxidants that help fight photo aging;
LAVENDER OIL - has a soothing, relaxing scent that also contributes to skin softness and moisturization;
MANILA ELEMI OIL  - has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties;
ROSEMARY OIL - an antioxidant, has an uplifting scent to help relax the senses

Tea party for beauty

While the women were in their tea-party best, that did not stop Monique from engaging the guests in a fun-filled and inter-active product presentation, spiced up with games and prizes, and ending with a live demonstration of how to apply the Overnight Elixir. 

After the plenary session, Architect Rieta invited the ladies to a sumptuous merienda composed of Pasta Puttanesca prepared by no less than Architect Dy; an assortment of mini-sandwiches from Baby Cakes; Chicken a la King Tarts from Crusts and Fillings; and a heavenly spread of Lachi’s scrumptious desserts. 

While the ladies broke up into groups in the spacious dining and living area, most of the conversations were still about the Overnight Elixir, where they asked product-related questions, which Monique gamely answered:

Can men use the elixir? 

Most definitely. 

At what age can one start using the elixir? 

The product is safe even for teenagers because it is all-natural; but usually it is used when one begins to experience diminishing skin hydration, a time when wrinkles start to develop.

 Is the elixir used only the evening? 

While it is designed for use at night, it can also be used during the day; however, a moisturizer has to be applied to “mattify” the face in preparation for make-up. 

What part of one’s skin care routine do you apply the elixir? 

One has to first remove any make-up and then clean the face with an appropriate wash and/or toner, after which the elixir can be applied. 

Human Nature Davao capped the afternoon with an exclusive sale of the Human Nature Overnight Elixir, where each bottle purchased came with an elegant Limited Edition Pouch. 

The ladies bade each other goodbye with their Human Nature packages in hand, excited to use and experience the results of a skin-care product that is truly world-class and proudly Philippine-made.

 Indeed, it was an afternoon well-spent discussing beauty over tea!

Human Nature is the Philippines’ largest brand of genuinely natural personal care, cosmetics and home care products. Operating as a social enterprise, it is driven by the core philosophies of being PRO-PHILIPPINES, PRO-POOR and PRO-ENVIRONMENT. Founded by Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto, daughters of Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, Human Nature’s products are 100% made in the Philippines and 100% free from harmful chemicals.

To learn more about Human Nature products and advocacy or to learn how to be a dealer, visit Human Nature Davao at Plaza del Carmen, Loyola St., Obrero, Davao City.

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