Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BFM 89.9: Open For Business

We can still remember the day.

Dr Shelby:
It was just about October 2010 when I was driving to work at the break of dawn. Morning drives are just wonderful. It allows me the opportunity to align my thoughts and do any necessary mental plans to be executed that day. I'm also a car crooner meaning I sing alot in my car and when I say alot I mean ALOT and LOUDLY. The idea of creating my own bath and body care line had been playing at the back of my head for months but I was just too afraid to start. I was worried about the steep investment and most of all the fear of it failing. As much as we hear that failure is the greatest teacher, it's also pretty scary. On the other hand, I had so many colleagues, family and friends egging me to make my products available to public. I can't help but feel inspired to do it especially since my lip balm worked so well on myself and others. Still, I didn't know how I was to go about starting it. I love my products but knew nothing about business. I was just a doctor. Just as I zipped over DUKE with the Twin Towers on my right, a familiar song played on the airwaves.


"You'll never enjoy your life
Living inside the box
You're so afraid of taking chances, 
How you gonna reach the top?"




" Rules and regulations, 
Force you to play it safe
Get rid of all the hesitation, 
It's time for you to seize the daaay

Instead of just sitting around
And looking down on tomorrow
You gotta let your feet off the ground, 
The time is now..." 


And suddenly my neurons went on overdrive and I felt Greyson. I felt him. I felt what he was punctuating on his piano keys... his exclamations... I wondered why I ever hesitated or feared failure? Why didn't I just try to fly? I told myself there and then I'm gonna work this out. I'm going to try because I love beauty products. I've had a passion for it since forever. I'm going to try it ' cos I love making my stuff to help people who share my plight. I was already generating a tiny revenue from my pre-loved clothes for charity. With this venture, I can continue my efforts to contribute to society. Everything seemed to fall into place! 

After our stint with The Selangor Times, we figured it couldn't get any better, But it did... 'cos we on NATIONAL freaking RADIO!! It was such a delightful surprise (well, shocking more like it) receiving an email from BFM 89.9 that they’d like to have us in for a session with Freda Liu on their show ‘Open For Business’. 

In the waiting room, chomping on our fingers. This is such a cool place!

Turns out, the producer for ‘Open For Business’ had sampled some *bisou* bonbon products in Kaleidoscope and liked them! It’s such joy to learn that people like / love our products. We’d probably tear if I continue on this note. Like other makers who take pride in their craft, it’s the biggest compliment of all when people tell us they enjoy our products. Perhaps so much blood, sweat and tears have gone into *bisou* bonbon that we can’t help but feel so strongly about each and every one of thems. 



The interview ended much quickly then we imagined. We're so in awe with Freda's eloquence and her sunny personality. We hope we didn't do too badly although there were quite abit of "uh.."s  :D Still this was such a fantastic experience. World domination for *bisou* bonbon? We certainly hope so!

Here's the podcast if you didn't manage to catch it before:





This marked an important milestone for *bisou* bonbon. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Adeline and Freda at BFM 89.9 for taking such a warm interest in us and most of all to everyone who have supported *bisou* bonbon & *bisou* rose from the start, especially those who still do!

We would not have been able to be where we are if not for your support. Merci merci merci beaucoup.




Friday, March 23, 2012

hair spritzer



Jojoba:
♥ Natural moisturizing, restorative and anti-inflammatory properties ♥ Operates almost the same way human sebum (oil) does ♥ Ability to prevent moisture loss ♥ Dissolves sticky build-up on the scalp that can form from daily use of other hair products such as mousse, hair spray and hair gel ♥ Ensures that hair stays healthy and clean, with a natural shine ♥ Improved scalp capillary circulation thus improving follicle growth hydrates from the inside of the hair shaft outward ♥ Repairs split ends

Bergamot:
♥ Used to stimulate hair growth ♥ Helps build confidence and enhance mood (antidepressant qualities) ♥ Long history of use for oily and troubled skin ♥ Antibiotic and antiseptic properties ♥ Deodorant ♥ Cicatrisant ♥ Promotes happy feeling and relaxation ♥ Contained in approximately one third of all men's and about half of women’s perfumes

Peppermint:
♥ Works as an astringent which normalizes scalp's oil production ♥ Because of its PH balancing qualities, it can also be used to treat the opposite problem: dry scalp and dandruff ♥ Stimulates hair follicles and promotes hair growth ♥ Aids in removal of lice ♥ Soothes an irritated, infected or inflamed scalp


Approximately 100ml.


Shake bottle well before use. Spray on semi-wet hair and massage gently into hair.


Made of Aqua (natural spring water) ♥  Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil) ♥ Argania spinosa (argan oil) ♥ essential oils of Citrus Bergamia, Mentha Piperita ♥ lots of love + *bisou*


For external use only. Use within 6 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. This is not a medicinal product. 

Attention: Bergamot essential oil is photo-sensitizing, so avoid exposure to direct sunlight / UV rays for up to twelve hours after applying topically (in this product however, the essential oil has been diluted to a safe level and if use as directed - rinse and remove - such consequences may be avoided).


RM 18


Available




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Thursday, March 22, 2012

fairy loofah

For use on face or babies.


Read about loofahs here.


Rub it in circular motion to exfoliate / polish skin and remove dirt. When using it dry, do it once a month. When using it wet, you can do it everyday. You may use a wet loofah on the face.


Approximately 5x2cm.


For external use only. Use within 3 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. This is not a medicinal product. 


RM 7 (pair)


Available

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

goddess loofah

For use on body.


Read about loofahs here.


Rub it in circular motion to exfoliate / polish skin and remove dirt. When using it dry, do it once a month. When using it wet, you can do it everyday. You may use a wet loofah on the face. Dry loofah well after use.


Approximate length 5 inches / 9 cm. Thickness may vary. 


For external use only. Use within 3 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. This is not a medicinal product. 


RM 6


Available

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

shaving oil




Our shaving oil is packed with Sandalwood essential oil (old age barber’s secret from way back then with recent articles investigating the ability to prevent skin cancer), Juniperberry essential oil (astringent with amazing antifungal properties) and more. We hope you will have a better shaving experience with minimal razor-burns / post-shave irritation. The clear consistency of the extra virgin olive oil will aid in shaving precision ‘cos now you can see where you shave. Highly useful for when you’re shaving the nether regions or so you tell us.


Approximately 25ml.


Apply afew drops on palm of hand and apply on pre-shave area. Shave. Remove excess oil with soap / cleanser.



Made of Olea europaea (extra virgin olive oil) ♥ Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil) ♥ Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin) ♥ Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin e) ♥ Rosa mosqueta (rose hip oil) ♥ Camellia oleifera (camellia oil) ♥ essential oils of Santalum album, Lavandula angustifolia, Juniperus Communis, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Rosmarinus officinalis ♥ lots of love + *bisou*


For external use only. Use within 6 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. This is not a medicinal product.


RM 19


Available



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Monday, March 19, 2012

mozzie-a-gogo



Soybean oil:
According to the Department of Agriculture of USA, soybean oil can be an effective deterrent for mosquitoes.

Citronella + Lemongrass:
*Geraniol, which can be extracted from lemongrass and/or citronella, has been shown in tests to be quite an effective repellent against mosquitoes as well as many other types of bugs. The University of Florida conducted tests on approximately 3,900 mixtures over a 15-year period, and geraniol proved to be among the most proficient in providing protection against mosquitoes


Approximately 12g.


Dot or make small crosses on exposed skin as needed.


Made of Glycine max (soybean oil) ♥ Cera alba (beeswax) ♥ essential oils of Cymbopogon Citratus, Cymbopogon Nardus ♥ lots of love + *bisou*


For external use only. Use within 6 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. This is not a medicinal product.


RM 14


Available



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Sunday, March 18, 2012

hiver soap




Hiver, named after the season Winter, is concocted using a formula that incorporates every element of 'calm' thinkable like chamomile essential oil (a herb with medicinal reputation for 2000 years, known to be the premier treatment for soothing skin irritation and boost regeneration), lavender essential oil (powerful healing and anti-inflammatory agent with the cutest nickname ever: medicine chest in a bottle!), honey, rolled oats and fresh goat’s milk (fantastic for eczema-prone skin). We want you to have the best of all worlds in a bar!


Approximately 100g.


For use on face and body in shower / bath.


Made of saponified oils of  Elaeis guineensis (palm)  Cocos nucifera (coconut)  Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed)  Vitis vinifera (grapeseed)  Theobroma cacao (cocoa butter) ♥ Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) ♥ essential oils of Anthemis Nobilis, Lavandula angustifolia ♥  Lac (fresh goat's milk) ♥ mel millis (honey) ♥ Avena sativa (milled rolled oats)


For external use only. Discontinue usage immediately in cases of allergy. Drain soap well after use and keep it as dry as possible with well ventilated soap dish to prolong life of bar. This is not a medical product. 


RM24


AVAILABLE



Customer review:

Dr M*** Zalwani:
Your soap is really good. My daughter has eczema on her hands and the soap really helped. It works. Thank you.






Saturday, March 17, 2012

printemps soap



We named Printemps after the season of Spring to combat ‘sprouts’ and oily, congested skin. It is handcrafted using tea-tree oil (a potent antibacterial - antifungal - antiviral agent) and geranium essential oil (prized for its anti-inflammatory and skin regenerative properties) with French green clay (wonderful for detoxification and drawing out impurities) along with coconut oil (for control of sebum production).


Approximately 100g.


For use on face and body in shower / bath. 



Made of saponified oils of Elaeis guineensis (palm) ♥ Cocos nucifera (coconut)   Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed)  Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba)  Theobroma cacao (cocoa butter) ♥ essential oils of Melaleuca Alternifolia and Pelargonium graveolens  Argilla (french green clay)


For external use only. Discontinue usage immediately in cases of allergy. Drain soap well after use and keep it as dry as possible with well ventilated soap dish to prolong life of bar. This is not a medical product. 


RM22


AVAILABLE



Customer reviews:

***** Tan:
Wil you be helding a booth this month? (anywhere around pj/kl) thought of dropping by to say hi and want to get hair spritzer and the sample soap you gave me (it helps a lot for my back acne) now just left scar /thank you so much =)/ Welcome ye products are super awesome! 

Boo:
The printemps works wonders, my skin has never been clearer, for both my back and face. While my face still has some pimples from before I used it, no new ones have popped up yet.   Unfortunately I'm running out of the samples you gave me, so I'll be seeing you at the market to get a block of it.



Friday, March 16, 2012

first-aid salve



Elbow graze / insect bite / finger burns / irritating rash? Pop our First-Aid Salve from your pouch and apply to the affected area immediately. Infused with calendula with antiseptic tea-tree oil, Blue Magic lavender and healing chamomile, this pocket saviour will gently help nudge the healing process in the right direction. Hence the name 


Apply on affected skin as needed.


Made of Olea Europaea (olive pomace oil) Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) ♥ Cera alba (beeswax) ♥ Leptospermum Scoparium (manuka honey) ♥ Camellia oleifera (camellia oil) ♥ Rosa mosqueta (rosehip seed oil) ♥ Calendula officinalis (marigold extract) ♥ Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin) Azadirachta indica (neem oil)  Essential oils of Melaleuca Alternifolia, Lavandula angustifolia, Anthemis Nobilis, Rosmarinus officinalis ♥ lots of love and bisou
  
For external use only. Avoid eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Use within 8 months of MFD. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep away from sunlight, heat and moisture. This is not a medicinal product.

Approx 6g



RM 22


Available 




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Thursday, March 15, 2012

lip scrub







Lemon:
♥ Consists of 68 percent d-limonene: a powerful antioxidant ♥ Helpful in removing dead skin cells ♥ Uplifting and cleansing properties: it replaces negative emotions by creating a cheerful atmosphere of freshness and purity ♥ It can help dispel mental fatigue and psychological heaviness ♥ Powerfully astringent and antiseptic ♥ High in vitamins A, B and C

Vitamin E:
♥ Strong antioxidant ♥ Anti-aging benefits ♥ Helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks ♥ Can help prevent the appearance of age spots ♥ Helps maintain the skin’s oil balance during the cleansing process ♥ Reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin’s barrier function ♥ Aids in treatment of psoriasis

Grounded Himalayan salt:
♥ Gentle exfoliating properties ♥ Pink, rose tinge hue ♥ Contains 84 "natural" elements needed by the body ♥ Counteractive against lactic acid ♥ Counter skin irritations ♥ Purifier, dissolves and dissipates negative energy


Approximately 20g.


Apply on lips and rub gently in circular motion to exfoliate and remove dead skin and dirt. Rinse or wipe off with wet cloth / towel. Best followed by application of *bisou* bonbon lip balm. Use once a week.


Made of sal (himalayan salt, grounded) ♥ Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil) ♥ Theobroma cacao (cocoa butter) ♥ Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) ♥ Cera alba (beeswax) ♥ Leptospermum Scoparium (manuka honey) ♥ Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin e) ♥ Rosa mosqueta (rose hip oil) ♥ Camellia oleifera (camellia oil)  essential oils of Citrus Limon, Mentha Piperita ♥ lots of love + *bisou*


For external use only. Use within 6 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. 


Attention: Lemon essential oil is photo-sensitizing, so avoid exposure to direct sunlight / UV rays for up to twelve hours after applying topically (in this product however, the essential oil has been diluted to a safe level and if use as directed - rinse and remove - such consequences may be avoided).


RM 20


Available




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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

lip balm


Our Love Lip Balm is a feel-good balm that is delightful on your lips. Rose, one of the most ancient flowers in existence, that is rich in vitamin C and is a fantastic mood elevating antidote against depression.



Something citrus this way comes! Our best-selling grapefruit-tinged Energize Lip Balm is perfect for rejuvenating dry chapped lips in need of care and conditioning. Grapefruit essential oil has amazing bactericide, fungicide, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties with early studies supporting it as a helpful treatment against atopic eczema.


Apply on lips as often as needed. 


Bonjour bisou-licious lips.


Made of Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil) ♥ Argania spinosa (argan oil) ♥ Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) ♥ Cera alba (beeswax) ♥  ♥ Scoparium (manuka honey) ♥ Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin e) ♥ Rosa mosqueta (rose hip oil) ♥ essential oils of Rosa damascena / Citrus paradisii ♥ lots of love and bisou*

For external use only. Avoid eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Use within 8 months of MFD. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep away from sunlight, heat and moisture. This is not a medicinal product.

Attention: Grapefruit essential oil is photo-sensitizing, so avoid exposure to direct sunlight / UV rays for up to twelve hours after applying topically (in this product however, the essential oil has been diluted to a safe level and if use as directed - rinse and remove - such consequences may be avoided).


RM 20


Available in Love or Energize



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Monday, March 12, 2012

body scrub




Lavender:
♥ Often referred to as Blue Magic ♥ Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties ♥ Soothe, heal insect bites and burns ♥ Used in hospitals during WWI to disinfect floors and walls ♥ Ease period discomfort, aid sleep and relaxation





Rose:
♥ One of the most ancient flowers in existence ♥ Very rich in vitamin C ♥ Effective in cleansing toxins ♥ Increase body immunity ♥ Drive out fatigue, alleviate pain, offer comfort





Lemongrass:
♥ anticancer properties ♥ antifungal ♥ relieve cough and nasal congestion ♥ aid digestion ♥ relieve spasms, cramps, rheumatism and headaches

Himalayan salt: 
♥ Pink, rose tinge hue ♥ Contains 84 "natural" elements needed by the body ♥ Counteractive against lactic acid ♥ Counter skin irritations, aid rheumatism and joint ailments ♥ Purifier, dissolves and dissipates negative energy


Approximately 650g.



Apply on skin before shower / bath and rub gently in circular motion to exfoliate and remove dead skin and dirt. Rinse in shower, you may use soap after if it feels too greasy. Use once a week.


Made of sal (himalayan salt) ♥ Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil)  Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil) ♥ Theobroma cacao (cocoa butter) ♥ Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) ♥ Leptospermum Scoparium (manuka honey) ♥ Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin e) ♥ Rosa mosqueta (rose hip oil) ♥ Camellia oleifera (camellia oil) ♥ Camellia sinensis (green tea) ♥ essential oils of Lavandula angustifolia / Rosa damascena / Cymbopogon Citratus  lots of love + *bisou*

For external use only. Use within 6 months of opening. Keep out of reach of children. Do a skin patch test prior to use in case of allergy. Keep out of sunlight and heat. This is not a medicinal product.


RM 32


Available in Lavender, Rose or Lemongrass



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