Saturday, August 13, 2016

Harga minyak beribu ribu ringgit???

Yesterday before going back to Kedah, abang helped me to settle few things. Yes I am in KL with my 2 heroes as abang has to go back to his 'housemanship' life haha *evil laugh*

So we went to get Argan Oil from a regular supplier. 100% pure cold pressed oil, imported from Morocco.

A beauty junkie would know the reputation of Argan oil in skincare hehe. It is like the queen of all beauty oils. So I bought 2 Litres of this and it costed me more than RM1000! Bukan seratus tapi seribu ringgit tau! Abang stared at me in great disbelief. Emmm... Takkan minyak 2 Liter harga lebih RM1000???

Yup. The truth and nothing but the truth :) Argan is so rich in vitamins and it is a very skin loving oil. The good thing is, it doesnt feel oily at all when you apply it on the skin. The good news is, this Argan is yours and I am selling a bottle at no more than RM100! If you are keen to try and treat your skin naturally, place your order at

will share the benefits of Argan later :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nominee of 7 skincare wonders of the world

Ahhh finally I can sit down and enjoy writing!

The technical part of business is really tiring. Nonetheless I have to spend few hours a day to smooth out tangles here and there. The product experimenting part is really interesting but unfortunately money has to come in to buy the supplies. Natural ingredients are not cheap T_T So I am thrown back to the point where I have to do something with the business and bring in money hahaha.

I woke up at 5 am today and unable to go back to bed. Reason being, I was so overwhelmed with face oil from the night before!

Do you realize (if you are a beauty junkie like me LOL) that Face oil is stealing the limelight in skin care industry... in Europe.. or at least among the high end users. We the lay people still use creams and lotions uhuu. It's a hard fact, but it's true.. They are actually throwing away lotions and creams down the drain! (I hope the drain doesn't clog!)

As always, I want Face Oil for the reputation that it holds! It kind of make me feel that my skin should glow like a Hollywood star just because I use face oil ahahaha. And if it doesn't, then something must be very wrong somewhere. My fingers are itching to touch the tiny bottles holding precious potions inside them. But guess what? The same problem again and again.. the price of Face Oils threaten to choke me out! Sometimes I just can't understand why does the price have to shoot up so high when they are just..... well..... oil.

Me being me, I started researching on how to create a very lavish oil blend at a much cheaper cost. Making your own cosmetic is very much the same as baking chocolate chip cookies. You can throw in as much chocolate chip as you want. And you can choose whether you want to put in cheap unbranded chocolate chip or expensive branded chocolate chip from Van Houten. But at the end of the day, you still get something that is much cheaper than Famous Amos with possibly a much tastier cookies! Emmm I hope you get but if you don't just forget about it.

The principles behind face oil.

Our face naturally has a layer of oil on it, called sebum. Over production of this layer causes oily skin while under production leads to dry skin. There are many reasons that affect this oil layer. For example certain cleanser can strip off this oil layer, and cause dry skin. Dry skin in turn will signal to the body to produce more oil, and the nett result would be---> oily skin! It's weird isn't it? When all these while we thought oily and dry skin are at 2 different ends of a spectrum! It's like they are 2 very different conditions, yet they are very similar.

Face Oil kind of regulates the oil layer on our face. It makes dry skin more moisturized when it act as a humectant. Humectant means it traps moisture and prevent out skin from drying. It also makes oily face become less oily because the face is moisturized! (I mentioned earlier than oily face is actually a result of dry skin). If you can't grasp the science behind it, enough to know that it regulates the natural oil layer on our face, making it to be just nice :) Not too dry and not too oily!

Another superb thing about Face Oil is.. it cleanses deep into the pores! This is purely science. Oil can go into our pores and blend with the dirt, and when we wash our face it comes out. It kinds of act like a vehicle that carries the dirt away. Again if you can't really understand, just admit it that some things are real head-scratchers ahahaha. Like how can Face Oil cures acne?

I made my own blend and it is really awesome!

If you want to have a go at it, click here

Monday, August 8, 2016

Delivering nature means bringing happiness into many homes!

Yesterday someone told me that he thought his face becomes softer, after 2 weeks of using the soap. I tried touching his skin. "Ermmmmm emmmmm..." Ahahaha. I am not sure of any improvement, I haven't seen him much these days (he is busy tagging in Surgery Department) but we will always be the first person to detect any changes, don't you think so?. There is no secret ingredient actually that makes the soap extremely skin-friendly, except that it is natural. Nature is the best healer!

Nowadays all around the world, sensitivity cases (especially skin sensitivity) are recorded at a much higher number than before. I wonder why? Perhaps because we are so intoxicated with irritant chemicals since birth, too much such that our skin scream for some fresh air to breathe! Just have a look at your baby's basket. Tell me what you don't have? All kind of lotions, creams, balms, cologne, fragrance, oil and much more!

I am a minimalist, when it comes to bath and body product. Just use what your skin need, and not more than that. Ironically, your skin will flourish and glow way better!

Speaking about nature, I managed to bring my 2 heroes to the playground this morning! Something that I haven't done in yearsssss!!!! Mary Jardin brings a different aura into my life. Something that reminds me to move at a slower pace, and enjoy nature more! Something that reminds me to live life to the fullest. Something that reminds me that the value of life is in giving to others instead of staying at the receiving end :)

I hope I can help more mothers to live the life of their dream. I hope I can bring more happiness into many homes by delivering nature at their doorstep. I hope I can help people find the solution to their skin problems. I hope everybody can enjoy life and nature as much as I do.


p/s how do you like Mary jardin Facial Soap's new packaging?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tips berhenti kerja bahagian 2


Boss panggil masuk bilik. Tanya kenapa nak berhenti kerja. Tersenyum je dan 'offer' jawapan paling simple "Saya nak jadi suri rumah je"
Zup zapp terus kena ceramah.. banyak perkara yang bos bagitahu.. antaranya yang sempat terdengar

"Orang lelaki zaman sekarang bukan boleh percaya. Elok elok je, tup tup pasang dua. Kalau you ada kerja, you taklah rasa hopeless. Kalau you memang bergantung pada suami??"

Senyum lagi. Boss tak tahu saya dah ada escape plan kalau suami nak kahwin lain huhu. Tapi, cakap dalam hati je lah. Teruskan senyum. Nampak macam suri rumah nak kikis gaji suami je aku ni. LOL. Walaupun hakikatnya memang itulah kerja isteri sejak kawhin kan? kan??

Bila nak.berhenti kerja benda paling penting nak kena fikir adalah duit. Besar tak besar gaji seorang doktor, ada lah dalam RM5k. Banyak tau boleh buat dengan duit tu! Jadi kena.fikir adakah kita mampu nak hidup tanpa duit tu. Kalau dah 20 tahun kerja, kena fikir yang anda dah terbiasa duit masuk akaun setiap bulan, jadi sekarang perlu biasakan dengan duit tak masuk dah. Ada orang memilih kehidupan yang lebih sederhana, kurang shopping, kurang makan di restoran dsb. Jika boleh survive dengan gaji suami seorang, Alhamdulillah walaupun mungkin perlu lebih berhati hati dalam berbelanja.

Tapi yang paling penting adalah komitmen kewangan setiap bulan. Contoh dalam kes kami, ansuran rumah, kereta, takaful, sekolah anak, bayar bil, tanggungan makan dsb.

Step pertama

Bersihkan diri dari sebarang komitmen kewangan. Maksudnya, pastikan kita tidak terikat dengan sebarang komitmen setiap bulan. Contohnya, dalam tempoh setahun plan untuk berhenti kerja, Maryam jual lot tanah banglo di Sungai Buloh Country Resort. Selesaikan bayar kereta. Potong Astro (walaupun niat sebenar sebab tak nak ada tv dah di rumah). Berhenti menyewa rumah (di Kelantan dulu). Jadi kami tinggal loan rumah je setiap bulan. Duit makan boleh adjust ikut kemampuan :). Bila semua ni dah selesai, barulah anda selamat untuk berhenti kerja dan tidak dibebani dengan hutang piutang keliling pinggang

Step kedua.

Mulakan bisnes dengan apa yang ada di tangan. Janganlah dah nak resign, lepastu pergi pula buat loan untuk berbisnes. Kalau bisnes tak berjaya??? Menanggung hutang bank pula. Berhuhuhuhu jelah kan? Pastikan sebelum anda berhenti, anda mempunyai simpanan wang mencukupi untuk bertahan beberapa bulan sebelum bisnes mendatangkan keuntungan

Step ketiga.

Pelajari tentang bisnes sehingga anda yakin untuk berbisnes. Jangan sudah terhantuk baru terngadah. Sementara masih kerja makan gaji, hadiri seminar2 bisnes, banyakkan membaca. Bukan tunggu dah berbisnes baru nak belajar. Maryam dulu banyak belajar ketika join Shaklee. Lepastu join Azizan Osman, Najib Asaddok etc. Dan lepastu Maryam banyak berkongsi dengan downlines. Downlines dah ramai yang income 5 angka walaupun part time je. Sekarang Maryam dah tak berbisnes Shaklee dan fokus pada Mary Jardin, jadi insyaAllah Maryam akan guide agen Mary Jardin untuk berbisnes! Nak join jadi agen dan dapatkan bimbingan Maryam? Klik sini. Jangan takut untuk bermula dari bawah sebab banyak pengalaman yang korang akan dapat! Saya bermula sebagai dropshipper Shaklee je :)

Step  keempat

Pastikan bisnes dah stabil, baru berhenti kerja. Sampai income berapa? Sampai korang rasa cukuplah hehe..Ada general rule, 3 kali ganda gaji sekarang. Tapi prinsip Maryan senang je. Cuba kira berapa korang perlu (minimum) setiap bulan? Contoh korang boleh hidup dengan RM2k sebulan. RM2k x 3 = RM6k. So kalau bisnes tu dah mendatangkan hasil RM6k sebulan, katakanlah bisnes jatuh kemudian hari, korang ada peluang 3 bulan untuk naikkan balik bisnes tanpa perlu bersesak duit. Boleh faham?

Step kelima

Duduk dalam circle orang positif. Tak susah pun. Sebabnya walaupun sebulan berkubang dalam bilik tak tengok dunia luar, hakikatnya anda tetap bersosial menerusi internet. Untuk terus maju dalam bisnes, anda perlu berada pada tahap motivasi yang tinggi. Dan mansuia tidak akan sentiasa temrotivasi jika tidak bersama sama orang yang bermotivasi dan mempunyai wawasan yang sama seperti kita.

Step keenam

Tawakkal tanpa had. Percaya rezeki datangnya dari Allah :) Kita tak ada bos dah, minta segala galanya DIRECT dengan ALLAH.

Rasanya cukup dulu 6 kot :)

Semoga anda semua maju jaya!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tips dan persiapan sebelum berhenti kerja

Hari ni terasa nak kongsi satu pengalaman. Saya kira pengalaman yang sangat berharga sebab ramai PM saya bertanyakan tentang isu ni.. terutamanya yang sedang makan gaji dan nak berhenti kerja untuk berbisnes.

Sebelum tu saya nak perkenalkan diri dulu :) Saya Maryam. Seorang doktor. Hampir 5 tahun berkhidmat. Tapi saya baru sahaja meletakkan jawatan dengan tujuan ingin fokus berbisnes.

Wajarkah berhenti kerja untuk berbisnes? Tak berisiko ke???

Saya takde background bisnes. Bukan dari keluarga bisnes. In fact saya dari keluarga suri rumah! Semua adik beradik perempuan & mak saya suri rumah.

Kiranya bisnes serius yang pertama saya buat adalah Shaklee.  Hampir 2 tahun saya berniaga Shaklee. Itupun mula sebagai suka suka. Masuk dengan free membership. Tapi dengan asbab bisnes ni, saya lebih terdedah kepada dunia bisnes. Saya mula pergi kursus kursus bisnes. Yang percuma dan berbayar. Kata mentor saya, saya bayar yuran kebodohan haha. Daripada melebur duit dalam bisnes yang tak untung, baiklah saya belajar dulu dari orang berpengalaman.

Tulang belakang bisnes saya adalah suami saya. Jujur saya kata, suami saya tak pandai berbisnes (hahaha sorry abang!) Dia pemalu. Waktu isteri minta nak berbisnes, berbulan bulan dia fikir untuk bagi keizinan. Sebabnya dia malu isteri menjual! Nampak macam dia tak bagi nafkah mencukupi kot haha. Nasib baik isteri kuat semangat, hati waja macam besi. Terus juga memujuk rayu hahaha. Tapi walaupun dia malu, without fail, abang temankan pergi kursus bisnes. Tolong jaga anak waktu saya kursus 3 hari. Tolong drive ke sana sini. Tolong pos barang & COD kat customer. Paling penting, tolong layan impian isteri, tak pernah perlekehkan walaupun sekali. Bila isteri kata, I will become a millionaire, he says yes, you will! Dia bagi semangat waktu isteri down especially waktu tengah mabuk teruk mengandung. Dia kata, bila dah mulakan sesuatu, buat sampai habis. Jangan giveup. Dan sebab itulah walupun duit bisnes semua masuk poket isteri (haha maryam ni memang jenis merompak bisnes sendiri. Duit bisnes semua jadi pocket money lol), Maryam memang guna untuk family and bukan just belanja diri sendiri.

Memang rezeki sangat, dari modal 0, sekarang income berbelas, puluh ribu. Haaa terbongkar la rahsia berapa income kitorang eh. Jauh berganda dari.gaji sekarang seorang doktor. Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah.

Ok so lepas 2 tahun, I feel ready to start my own business. Produk mesti berkualiti. Mula lah maryam research sana sini, buat everything from scratch. Again abang memang tak bantu secara spesifik dalam bisnes, but he makes thing easy for me. Support system mantap xtau nak habaq lagu mana dah. Terima kasih abang, moga Allah balas..

And then... datanglah the biggest decision.. suarakan hasrat kat abang untuk resign dari jadi doktor.. bila start nampak kehidupan masyuk sebagai suri rumah, aku pun mula naik lemak haha. Abang sebagaimana sifat abang, sejak kahwin 7 tahun lepas sampai sekarang, tak pernah kata TAK BOLEH. Semua pun boleh ;p Tapi abang pesan supaya buat plan betul2. Bermulalah episod isteri bentang kertas kerja kat big boss.

Dan akhirnya.. selepas setahun maryam resign juga.

Kenapa setahun???
Haaa ni part paling penting untuk korang tahu kalau korang plan untuk resign

Tapiiii.... kejap lagi maryam sambung. Nak breakfast sat :)

Oil secret to baby soft skin!

Harini start kerja, menghabiskan waktu yang tersisa sebelum perletakan jawatan berkuat kuasa. Pagi pagi dah kena ceramah sedaih dengan 'boss'. Mampu tersenyum manis je :)

We have different goals in life, so I can't tell what is best for others. I work towards achieving my dream, and so should everybody :)

I managed to mix the oils before work, planning for another batch of lavender soap this evening :)

The oil blend looking so lovely!

The property of a soap depends on the type and percentage of oils that we use. For example too much coconut oil causes over cleansing and drying of skin. Too much olive oil results in a soap that is too soft & mushy. Too much castor oil will produce soap that is too bubbly.

We have to find a perfect balance to produce a good soap. Basically that is what I have been doing- finding a perfect balance. I used to think that oil is simply oil however this should change the way you perceive oils.. the same way it changed my perception. 4 different oils being put together in a photo :)

Are you game for natural and organic skin care? 
Are you game for Mary Jardin??

I surely am!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Do not let green-washing deceives you!

Count us among those who are thrilled, make that ecstatic, that everyone’s become aware of the importance of choosing organic and all-natural ingredients. Now that so many of us are insisting on our beauty products being green, it’s a hopeful sign that beauty can be sustainable.
But when it comes to lacing these beauty products with questionable or downright dangerous ingredients, yet calling them “organic” or “botanical” or “all-natural,” we call that dirty. The industry calls it greenwashing. And you’ll be surprised whose on the list.
Aveeno tops it. On their website, they advertise their “Active Naturals,” ingredients that are derived from nature. A banner pops up and reads, “Aveeno Inspires. All our products come from nature…” Yet, if you pick up one of their many products you’ll read words on the ingredient list like: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Benzaldehyde, Butylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, and Propylparaben. Yes, some are “natural” (for example, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are derived from petroleum, which comes from nature) but they’re probably not what you had in mind.
Sephora is on it too, sadly. They put their “Naturally Sephora” logo on products that are formulated to exclude a minimum of six of these eight ingredients:
  • GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • parabens
  • petrochemicals
  • phthalates
  • sulfates
  • synthetic fragrances
  • synthetic dyes
  • triclosan

  • 1. The Sin of the Hidden Trade-Off occurs when one environmental issue is emphasized at the expense of potentially more serious concerns.
  • 2. The Sin of No Proof happens when environmental assertions are not backed up by evidence or third-party certification.
  • 3. The Sin of Vagueness occurs when a marketing claim is so lacking in specifics as to be meaningless.
  • 4. The (new) Sin of Worshiping False Labels is when marketers create a false suggestion or certification-like image to mislead consumers into thinking that a product has been through a legitimate green certification process.
  • 5. The Sin of Irrelevance arises when an environmental issue unrelated to the product is emphasized such as claiming a product is ‘CFC-free’ when CFCs are banned by law.
  • 6. The Sin of Lesser of Two Evils occurs when an environmental claim makes consumers feel ‘green’ about a product category that is itself lacking in environmental benefits.
  • 7. The Sin of Fibbing is when environmental claims are outright false.

What’s that mean? It means that you might still find parabens (cancer-causing) or pthalates (high level exposure can lead to cancer and adult infertility; low-dose exposure studies show potential male reproductive development damage to fetuses). Why not exclude them all? Here’s why, in their own words. “Simply because sometimes an equally effective, viable, natural alternative is not yet available.” Confusing? You bet. And we say hogwash.
And the hits, they just keep coming. According to TerraChoice, an environmental consultancy firm, investigated consumer products making environmental claims in North America, Australia and the UK.
The survey focused on children’s toys, baby products, cosmetics and cleaning products.
Greenwashing is defined by TerraChoice as the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.
The firm found that as many as 98 percent of the products surveyed committed at least one sin of greenwashing.
The company subdivided the concept of greenwashing into seven specific sins, from common to least common:
So, what’s a body to do? Read labels. Get educated. And shop at trusted companies like theCLINIC who make it our life’s work to offer products held to the highest standards for organic and all-natural beauty products.
Are we perfect? Of course not. This is a fledgling industry. New information is coming out all the time. But we do our best and do due diligence, all the time, not just six out of eight times

credit to Organic Beauty Now (

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Curing the soap

Chemical free, no added colour, preservative or fragrance :) Very moisturizing and cures acne!

Assalamualaikum :)

Since so many people PM (private message) me asking about the soap, some even request for an urgent oversea delivery, I have to share about an important step in soap making. There are many ways to make a soap. Not that many, just 3 haha. Cold Process (CP), Hot Process (HP) or Melt & Pour (MP).

Melt & Pour is very simple. You buy a ready made soap base, melt it in a microwave, add in additives (colour, fragrance) and pour it into a mould. It will set in few hours and ready to be used. The problem with melt and pour is, the bases come ready made from the manufacturer. You can't really choose what goes into your soap. I first learned making soap using melt and pour technique. This is very simple, something that can be done in kindergarten art class but I found out that the soap base usually has very drying effect. Just like the soap that we buy in the store. Another thing is, it contains chemical that allows it to be melted again and again, so it defeats the purpose of making a homemade chemical-free soap.

hot process soap

Hot Process soap is a technique whereby you 'cook' the soap in a double boiler. I don't prefer this method because it produces a thick mixture, that can't really be moulded. We usually put it in a big container and once it has hardened, we can slice it down. It produces a very coarse and rustic looking soap which undeniably is homemade haha.

hot process soap
I choose the third method, which is cold process. In cold process, I make soap from scratch which give me the advantage of choosing every single ingredient that goes into my soap. The problem with this soap is it has a long curing period. Curing period is a period whereby we air-dry the soap for about 4 to 6 weeks to produce a soap that is not to soft and mushy.

I hope you guys understand that I have started making soap stock but I can only release them in 1 month time! Meanwhile, I'll continue sharing about this homemade skin care range and will open for dropship/ agent registration later. Follow closely pleaseeee! ;p

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

5 benefits of goat milk for the skin

Why choose water when you can choose goat milk to wash your face with?

Skin care products containing goat milk has already made their way into the beauty industry. This is not without a reason. Luxury brands eg Chivas saw the potential way earlier so they produce a skin care range featuring goat milk as the main ingredient. 

I have always wanted to use such luxurious skin care which contain real ingredients that love everybody's skin. But there is always one problem- they carry a hefty price tag! Another thing is some company claim that their products contain certain ingredients eg goat milk when in reality they only put a very small percentage of such ingredient. Why? To cut cost. Unfortunately the result won't be as luxurious and as moisturizing as washing your face with milk!

On the other hand I don't want to use chemical loaded cheap cleanser just for the sake of using a facial cleanser. That was when I decided to start my own skin care line containing premium skin-loving ingredients, handmade so as to preserve the freshness and goodness in each product, with the most affordable price tag in its class of equality.

I choose Goat Milk as one of our main ingredients among others. No doubt I choose only the best in which our goat milk supply is organic and arrives fresh from the farm! 

At most, you will get all the skin benefit of goat milk. At the very least, you'll get the happy psychological effect of simply cleansing your face with milk haha. But rest assured, a doctor strives on quality :)

Why Goat Milk?

Delays signs of skin aging:

Goat's milk soap delays signs of skin again due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. Alpha-hydroxy acids break down dead skin cell bonds, removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface and leaving behind new cells on the surface that appear smoother and more youthful.

Not a chemical counterfeit:

Water-based soaps on mainstream supermarket shelves use harsh chemical acids to break down dead skin cells. The lasting effect of chemical acids on the skin is more similar to a chemical "burn." Alpha hydroxyl acids found in goat's milk, work with skin instead of breaking it down and aging it further.

Anti-inflammatory properties:

Goat's milk reduces skin inflammation due to its fat molecule content. The cream present in goat's milk is a moisturizer, soothing dry and damaged skin, possessing an anti-inflammatory effect.

Loaded with essentials:

Goat's milk is packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E, that feed the skin and are absorbed into the body.

Treats acne:

Studies now show that goat's milk is effective for treating acne and skin conditions. This is primarily because goat's milk has anti-bacterial properties that delay the growth of microbial organisms that spur the spread of acne


Rejected soap blues


Starting the day right with #foodporn oooppsss. 

Abang has gone to work, all geared up for a new challenge. Neurosurgery it is. Faheem has started schooling. Hakeem is having his morning nap. It's bed after bath and breakfast :p

And me? Enjoying me time to the max in a lavender scented house. A bowl of cereal, a DSLR and a laptop. What could be more relaxing? Ahhhh Alhamdulillah :) 

Managed to finish a batch of soap this morning. It's a blend of Lavender, Honey, Oat and Goats Milk. One nice thing to know about my handcrafted soap is, I don't use artificial colours, synthetic fragrance or preservatives. It is 100% natural, just the way I like it. A totally skin loving bar with no chemical :)

I have been experimenting with many recipes for quite some time. Our house is now loaded with soaps! They are all good with premium natural ingredients- shea butter, olive oil, oconut oil, clays, honey etc but fail in the aesthetic department. lol. I have given away few batches but still I have tonnes of soaps at home and I just don't know what to do with them T_T

Any suggestion?

A distorted & rejected soap. Any suggestion what to do with this?
By the way we have just moved into a new house recently. I receive so many requests for me to share about the renovation and such, but that will have to wait for a while.. We are still in the process of settling down and my soaps take priority ;p Don't worry, I'll share the piccies and stories later!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Why facial soap has to be handmade?

I have been busy researching on OEM factories to make my skin care product. Do't get me wrong, my products are natural and home made. But I have to find a factory to help me with the production, or else I have to make soap from morning to night just to cater the market demand! Hehe. But no worries, they are very much natural and safe, made using my very own homemade recipe regardless of where they are made!

So far I haven't succeeded in this department. Do you want to know why?

Have you ever noticed that after you wash your face with a commercial soap, your face will feel squeaky clean. The same feeling you have after you polish your kitchen counter top. It feels like plastic. After a while your skin feels dry and coarse upon touching. And then it starts to become oily. 

Our body naturally produces oil to counter back dry skin. The main problem comes when the oil clogs our pores and cause acne. It then becomes a vicious cycle in which most of us will try to clean away the oil and result in having an even drier skin!

Why do they have to put chemical in soap?

Factory-manufactured soap contains lots of chemical with the main intention to cut production cost. e.g Why would you use expensive shea butter in soap making when you can resort to a much cheaper chemical right? 

Another main reason is, soaps without chemical can damage their factory machine. This is because soap without chemicals can't be re-melted. The hardened soap residue will get stuck in the machine and damage it. 

What is glycerin soap?

In the normal process of soap making, there will be a by product called glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant. It moisturizes skin and trap all the moisture on our skin. Glycerin is the 'culprit' in keeping our skin moisturized and soft. In a factory-manufactured soap, there is a process where they remove all the glycerin from the soaps resulting in a very drying soap. The glycerin are then used for lotion making. This further maximize profit at the expense of your skin!

Our hand made soap is a glycerin soap, enriched with shea butter, honey, oat and lavender. 
This is definitely a skin loving bar which you should try!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Savvy Shopper's GUIDE to Skin Care

I make a resolution to make everyday counts (and wonderful as well!). So what makes my day today??? A much-awaited appointment in the evening which I would probably blog later.

I am a very organized person (just in case you don't know haha). I have a very clean and organized house. I vacuum and mop the floor on a daily basis (or the usual case multiple times per day) I also have 2 little monsters who thinks a toy-strewn floor makes the most beautiful scenery in the world! Or a food-spilled countertop is no big deal. Or a wet bedroom floor after bath is a must have. If you think that my hair doesnt spike in all direction due to extreme brain heating, or that I don't turn green just like Shrek's wife, you are damn wrong!

I am also a self-made online businesswoman, which means I need time to do my online thingy. Have you ever wondered how did I manage to do it with an 11 month old baby boy? Ok now we are even. I wondered about it before too! But I have developed so many secret techniques. One of it is to put your baby in the sink for a 1-hour bath time. Give him some toys, let him play while you stand at the sink, updating your blog or make a Facebook post with your smartphone. Haha. At least you get something done lol.

By the way I just want to share something about commercial chemical-loaded skincare. At most, you will read the headings only (that was what I did haha). At least you know where to refer to next time you choose your cleanser or lotion in the supermarket.

infographic credit to Ann Marie Gianni Skincare

I quit my job!

We are moving out to a different state today yeayyy!!! But that has got nothing to do with the blog post haha.

Well I guess half of Malaysia already know my obsession about health and living a healthy and natural life. What the world hasn't acknowledged yet (except my ever-so-faithful husband) is that my obsession has gone off to a whole new ridiculous level! I made my own natural and organic skincare line hahaha!!! I couldn't believe it but yes it's true. On top of that, I have a whole list of things to make including bath gel, laundry detergent, dishwash etc. Oh yes I sound absurd but trust me this thing is addictive!

It all started when I was selling Shaklee. I became obsessed with healthy living, everything natural and organic. I tried to dump as many chemical-containing 'cleaner' in my house (all the soaps, detergent and what not). To maintain a natural and organic life is not cheap. I spend a fortune on organic cleaners! On top of that, a big portion of our family expenses goes to 'healthy food supply'. Never before I yearn to be a caveman. Not until I chose everything natural for my family, I thought that probably it was not a bad idea after all to live in a jungle by a riverbank where I could get everything 'healthy' for free LOL.

Of course being a natural beauty junkie, flawless skin is much more important to me than everything else. I started researching (while praying hard) to find a cheap and affordable solution to this organic skincare problem. (I previously use a skincare line that is good and natural but costed me thousands of ringgit)

To my surprise, I discovered a nasty secret! Chemicals are used in our daily product basically to cut production cost. I am talking about nasty chemicals that have short or long term adverse effect on skin and health in general. I'll share about this some other time, but enough known that explains why handmade product are usually more expensive. Pure ingredients, man-made and with more luxurious result.

A long story cut short, I am going to share this wonderful daily stuff here, because after all that was how I started. I learnt from other blogs before I attended formal course!

p/s Another thing that excites me is resigning from work hehe. I hope I can be a sweet housewife who greets hubby with a smile everytime he comes home from work! However I do have this secret worry that I'll greet him with messy hair and the-night-before pajamas haha.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Doktor, saya nak gugurkan kandungan!

Sepasang suami isteri kelihatan sugul. Si suami kemas berkopiah, si isteri cantik bertudung litup. "Doktor, saya dah 2 hari tak datang haid. Nak cek mengandung", isteri memulakan bicara. Saya tersenyum, "Awal sangat ni. Boleh tunggu dua minggu lagi, puan"

"Biasa saya datang haid tepat. Ni dah lewat 2 hari, saya bimbang mengandung, Saya tak nak mengandung!" nada suara bergetar, mengisyaratkan bahawa bila bila masa saja empangan air mata akan pecah. Dipendekkan kisahnya, saya menyuruhnya berikan sampel air kencing setelah dia berkeras ingin cek.

Nalurinya tepat. Ujian mengandung POSITIF. Kebiasaannya saya akan ucapkan tahniah penuh suka. Tapi kali ini saya memandangnya penuh empati sambil melepaskan keluhan berat. Ketika isteri ke tandas untuk kencing, sempat suaminya meminta tolong kepada saya. Katanya isterinya datang dengan harapan untuk menggugurkan kandungan. "Doktor tolong jangan bagi dia ubat gugur...," rayu suaminya. 

Saya tak pernah berikan ubat untuk gugurkan kandungan mahupun memiliki ubat itu dalam simpanan. TIDAK MAMPU. Itulah jawapan paling kerap saya terima apabila ditanya mengapa menolak rezeki anak? Dia seorang guru. Anaknya 6 orang. Salah seorang cacat dan perlu diuruskan sepenuhnya. Semua anak dijaga sendiri.Anak bongsu belum pun 2 tahun umurnya. Suami bekerja jauh dan hanya pulang dihujung minggu. 


Saya bertanya tentang amalan perancangan keluarga. Jawapan biasa- tidak ada. Tidak merancang keluarga tetapi apabila mengandung, bijak pula mencari seribu dalil untuk menghalalkan menggugurkan kandungan yang jelas ditegah oleh Islam.

Kali ini saya nak berkongsi pilihan yang ada untuk merancang keluarga. Amalan merancang keluarga adalah amalan menentukan bilangan anak yang anda inginkan dan bila anda inginkannya. Kadangkala kita ingin menangguhkan proses mengandung kerana sebab tertentu seperti masih belajar, masih belum bersedia secara emosi, anak masih kecil dan menyusu badan dan sebagainya. 

1. Pil perancang keluarga

Ada 2 jenis pil perancang keluarga bergantung kepada kandungannya. Ada yang mengandungi estrogen dan ada yang mengandungi progestogen sahaja. Biasanya pil yang mengandungi progestogen sahaja diberikan kepada ibu menyusu bagi mengelakkan produksi susu berkurang. Pil ini mesti dimakan setiap hari pada waktu yang sama.

2. Implan

Implan adalah sejenis alat kecil berbentuk rod yang diletakkan bawah lapisan kulit di lengan. Implan boleh bertahan sehingga 3-5 tahun mengikut jenis. Rod ini mengandungi hormon yang akan dibebaskan dalam kuantiti kecil setiap hari bagi menghalang wanita dari mengandung

3. Alat dalam rahim

Alat ini dimasukkan dalam rahim menerusi faraj. Prosedur ini sangat mudah, sekejap dan tidak menyakitkan. Boleh bertahan 3-5 tahun bergantung kepada jenis alat. Ada yang mengandungi hormon dan ada yang tidak.

4. Suntikan 

Suntikan hormon diberikan di punggung biasanya setiap 3 bulan. 

5. Kondom 

Cara ini mudah dan tidak perlu dapatkan bantuan doktor. Ada risiko untuk mengandung jika kondom terkoyak atau jika terlupa dipakai. 

Sebenarnya ada beberapa cara lagi uintuk merancang keluarga. Ada cara yang kekal seperti mengikat tiub fallopian. Cara kekal dicadangkan kepada mereka yang berisiko tinggi jika mengandung seperti menghidapi penyakit membahayakan nyawa. Boleh dapatkan nasihat dari doktor untuk memilih cara merancang keluarga yang bersesuaian dengan kesihatan dan cara hidup anda :)

Friday, February 19, 2016

12 Tips penting mengurus anak demam

Satu minggu ni, seisi rumah saya demam! Bermula dengan mak yang dimasukkan ke wad kerana demam denggi, berjangkit kepada ayah dan semua adik beradik. Yang terakhir, anak saya Faheem pula demam!

Memang satu keadaan yang tidak selesa bila anak demam kan? Merengek dan menangis sehinggakan emaknya yang rasa nak menangis ;p Dia mengadu sakit otak (sakit kepala), sakit mata dan sakit seluruh badan.

Sebenarnya ada beberapa tips yang boleh diamalkan oleh ibu bapa bagi menghadapai anak yang demam. Disini saya kongsikan :)