COSMANIA’s Green Energy
‘Summer’ may have different ideas this year, but COSMANIA has created these 10 Green Energy tips that are bound to bring a spot of sunshine into your life. So, say goodbye to dry, rough skin, dull hair and bad weather blues, and say hello to some conscious pampering – for the hair, body and mind. Each product available from COSMANIA has been made with the utmost respect for people and the environment. Now there’s something to feel good about.
Tip 1 - Feel the fresh Swedish breeze in your hair…
Who wouldn’t want hair with more body, strength and elasticity? That’s precisely what went through the minds of Swedish celebrity hairdressing duo, Sacha Mitic and Juan Rosenlind too. Which is why they created Ocean Mist, a leave-in formula based on their ‘Ocean Silk Technology’ in which algae proteins and salt-water minerals work their magic. This super-versatile spray can be used on both blow-dried or air-dried hair to create a natural tousled effect, just like you would get after a day spent at the beach and swimming in the sea. Suitable for all hair types, it gives volume, texture and has a matte finish, and is especially popular with fine hair. So opt for that beach look every day, even though the coastline may be nowhere in sight!
SachaJuan - Ocean Mist - 150ml - €18
Tip 2 - Go for smooth and youthful-looking skin
It's that time of the year when smooth legs are an absolute must, so do away with the stubble and minor irritations caused by shaving, and treat yourself to the wonders of a fine shave with Smooth Shave Cream from First Aid Beauty. This gentle, non-irritating shaving cream contains everything you need to obtain a close (long-lasting) shave. First Aid Beauty’s Smooth Shave Cream minimises nicks and razor irritation, and contains ingredients to soften, smooth and hydrate the skin. It is ideal for all skin types, even on the most sensitive of skins.
First Aid Beauty (FAB to those in the know) provides highly effective and luxurious solutions for everyday beauty rituals and skincare 'challenges'. FAB products are allergy-tested, dermatologist-recommended, and infused with FAB Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals and counteract the skin’s ageing process.
New: First Aid Beauty - Smooth Shaving Cream - 200ml - €18
Tip 3 - Drink more green tea
Studies show that it really pays to drink at least half a litre of green tea per day. It improves your body’s cardiovascular condition, which means that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. It has also been shown to boost the metabolism and be a great fat burner. Not only that, but you’ll become more alert and creative as a result of drinking it too. Cheers!
Tip 4 - Find a worthy green cause
Scientific research has revealed that giving makes you happy and increases your energy. And who knows, maybe giving to a ‘green’ charity will make you even happier! So why not check out www.kiva.org? By leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva (a non-profit organisation) enables individuals to help entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world by lending them as little as $25. It’s Crowd Funding in its most alluring form... You even get to choose where your loan will go.
Tip 5 - Sending out an SOS!
Is every fibre in your body crying out for a boost? If so, then get your hands on this patented body tonic – fast. SOS Circulation Serum from Elemental Herbology helps stimulate the circulation, reduce fluid retention and improve the appearance of cellulite. The invigorating body tonic shifts toxins and puts your body into gear after a period of rest or too many late nights have taken their toll.
Elemental Herbology’s products not only save your body, the brand also actively contributes to the responsible harvesting and production of all its 100% natural raw materials. They work with projects, including ones in the Brazilian Amazon region and South Africa, which regenerate the environment and local communities. And of course, their products and ingredients are never tested on animals, and their packaging is recyclable.
New: Elemental Herbology - SOS Circulation Serum - Invigorating Body Tonic - 200ml - €32
Tip 6 - Find strength and agility in the green green grass
Anyone strolling or cycling through Amsterdam’s Vondelpark on a Saturday morning between now and September is sure to come across a group of Essentrics lovers with their noses in the grass. Originating from Canada, Essentrics is a revolutionary stretching and strengthening fitness workout that quickly transforms the body into a long, lean and toned shape. Combining a range of fluid movements with some dynamic music, the workout stretches the muscles then strengthens them whilst in the elongated position. The result is a leaner, stronger body with greater flexibility – without a weight or difficult lunge in sight! And we all know that slimmer legs, hips and arms, not to mention a flatter stomach, are just what we want for summer. What’s more, this type of training goes beyond just your 'looks', as Essentrics also affects your overall fitness. You feel healthy and full of energy in no time at all, especially with lessons in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark or on Zandvoort beach! But if you can’t make it to those, you can also attend (indoor) sessions in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Zeist, or bring the workout home with one of Essentrics’ DVDs. For more information, visit www.essentrics.nl.
Tip 7 - Green science: greener than green skincare
How do you get more youthful-looking skin and care for the environment at the same time? Easy. Get your hands on some Frankincense Toning Body Cream from Neal's Yard Remedies. This nourishing Toning Cream deeply moisturises the skin, leaving it feeling and looking softer and firmer. What’s more, this vegan product is made from 77% organic ingredients – all of which have been home-grown in Neal's own Yard – where else – so it’s bursting with a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It is also paraben-free and not tested on animals.
The body cream contains age-defying frankincense, which improves the skin’s elasticity and makes it supple. It also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which influence the skin's appearance and give it a smooth texture. Gotu kola extract stimulates tired and mature skin, while avocado oil (rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids) deeply nourishes, moisturises and restores dry skin. Suitable for mature skin or skin damaged by the environment. And, of course, for younger people wanting to protect their youthful skin against the effects of ageing.
New: Neal's Yard Remedies - Frankincense Toning Body Cream - 150g - €39
Tip 8 - Scrub your worries away!
Korres Body Scrubs cleanse and refresh, give tired-looking arms and legs a boost, and soften dry, rough skin. Regular scrubbing with Korres Body Scrub helps improve your microcirculation and hydrates your skin. It’s also the perfect preparation for a lovely even tan. The scrubs come in three wonderful fresh scents: Basil Lemon, Watermelon, and the luxuriously sophisticated Fig.
Korres’ innovative, 100%-natural products are made with passion, poetry, and a great love for nature. In his Greek lab, George Korres has been experimenting with the ancient recipes of Athens' oldest Homeopathic Pharmacy since 1989. Together with a network of local farmers and researchers, he produces only naturally certified, organic products of the highest quality.
New: Korres Body Scrub - Basil Lemon / Watermelon / Fig - 150ml - €18
Tip 9 - Green hay fever tamer
Opting for yet another ‘broodje gezond’ (aka ‘healthy sandwich’) this lunchtime? That’s okay – it’s just that it won’t make you any fitter. So, go for a green salad instead. Why not try this iceberg salad with avocado, which also happens to be a perfect anti-hay fever salad: Wash 100 grams of iceberg lettuce and five cherry tomatoes, and put in a bowl together with a small avocado, cut in pieces. For the dressing, mix one teaspoon lemon juice, two tablespoons organic apple juice, one tablespoon Omega 3-6-9 Oil mix, a clove of garlic (crushed), and a pinch of herb salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, and garnish with alfalfa or other sprouts. Bon appétit!
Tip 10 - A touch of green in the morning
Warning: for those addicted to their car, this tip may well come as a shock! But believe us – once you get used to it, you’ll never turn back. Tip number 10 is this: leave the car at home, pick up your bike and take the green route to work instead. Studies show that you recover from stress quicker, and that 15 minutes of ‘green’ per day will give your body and mind a considerable boost. You feel fitter and more positive – what better way is there to start the day? So, come on… grab a map and mark your green route out today!