[Mekhala] Organic Asian Sauces Lunch on 6 Oct 2014, 12-2pm

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If you love Asian food made with sauces such as Pad Thai, Black Pepper and even Red/Green/Yellow Curry, please join us for this upcoming event. All sauces used are organic and vegan.

Organised in conjunction with Mekhala, SGVegan would like to invite you for a lunch tasting session at Pasarbella @ The Grandstand this coming Monday, which is a public holiday.

There are shuttle buses that run from Botanic Gardens MRT Station, Toa Payoh MRT Station and Clementi MRT Station as well as Sixth Avenue Centre and other locations every hour.

More info (including schedules) can be found here: http://thegrandstand.com.sg/shuttlebus-schedule.aspx

Otherwise, the closest MRT station is Botanic Gardens and there are a few buses that go to Sixth Avenue Centre and from there, it’s a 10 min walk up to the grandstand :)

SGVegan_Mekhala Living at Pasarbella

SGVegan_Mekhala Living at Pasarbella

Mekhala:
200 Turf Club Road
The Grandstand #02-K57
S(287994)

Mekhala is located between Balloon Blasters and Anjeli (chocolate shop), but the space that this event will be at is across from Mekhala, next to Poppy the florist.

Lunch tasting is by invite-only. There are limited seats (20 invites) available. Please leave a comment below and I will confirm with you via email. See you soon.

[Pure Tincture] Santaverde Age Protect Line for Dry Combination Skin

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For the past 2 months, I have been consistently using the Santaverde’s new Age Protect toner and face oil in my skincare regime.

I have unique skin. It is combination skin type. But, instead of having increased oil secretions at the T zone, my skin has dual layers – oily underneath, and dry on the surface.

I am sure the rest of you who suffer from such combination skin can “feel” my agony. Not all products for dry skin are suitable for our skin.

Helen from Pure Tincture recently invited me to try out part of the new Age Protect range from Santaverde.

The full Santaverde Age Protect line consists of a toner, moisturiser, face oil and an ampoule treatment as seen below.

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SGVegan_Age Protect Line

For the Santaverde Age Protect Moisturiser, I have only tried it in sample pack size since at that time they were out of stock for the full sized product. Helen supplied me with sufficient sample packs for a month’s use. :)

But for both the Santaverde Age Protect toner and face oil, full sized products were used over the past 2 months (August + September 2014).

I will not be covering the ampoule treatment in this review.

SGVegan_Santaverde Age Protect Toner and Oil

SGVegan_Santaverde Age Protect Toner and Oil

 My thoughts:

Santaverde Age Protect line:

NATRUE certified organic skin care. Free from synthetic fragrances, colourings and preservatives. Does not contain any animal ingredients (vegan).

The Santaverde Age Protect line is based on Aloe Vera Blossom.

Scent-wise, it has a slightly grassy-like smell that has a tinge of subtly-flowered “bright” scent. In simpler words, the scent is pleasant and “grows” on you the more you use it.

Santaverde Age Protect Toner:

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract*, Cistus Incanus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Atractyloides Macrocephala Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil*, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Citric Acid, Silver Sulfate, Parfum**, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.

*Certified organic

**Natural essential oils

The Age Protect Toner is not very watery like most toners. When shaken, I noticed the bubbles formed do not “disappear” that fast. However, there is no need to give the Age Protect Toner a shake before use.

I use about 6-8 sprays of the Age Protect Toner after cleansing my face. The bottle dispenses the Age Protect Toner in a fine mist onto my face. I am reminded of the scent of roses whenever I spray this Age Protect Toner, which improves my mood as I feel elegant (or atas) and obtrusive.

The Age Protect Toner is based on Aloe Vera juice and rose water which are organic.

*Note: While most people are concerned about not having any alcohol in their skincare products, particularly toners, the minimum percentage of alcohol in the Age Protect Oil comes from the plant and flower extracts. The Age Protect Toner’s alcohol content is also less than 5%. I do not find the use of either the Age Protect Toner or Oil drying. In fact, my skin now feels more balanced, and less prone to dryness.*

Santaverde Age Protect Moisturiser:

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract*, Alcohol*, Persea Gratissima Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Extract*, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Myristyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Oenothera Biennis Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Atractyloides Macrocephala Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Silver Sulfate, Parfum**, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

*Certified organic

**Natural essential oils

As mentioned above, the Age Protect Moisturiser was provided in sample pack sizes. I combined the packs into a small travel sized plastic container so that it was more convenient for daily use.

When used in combination as part of the whole Age Protect line, the moisturiser is creamy, but yet easily absorbed.

During the month of August which I was using the Age Protect Moisturiser, I find my skin does not suffer too badly from dryness. I would recommend getting the full sized Age Protect Moisturiser.

Santaverde Age Protect Oil:

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SGVegan_Santaverde Age Protect Oil

Ingredients: Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil*, Isoamyl Laurate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract*, Parfum**, Glycerin, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Atractyloides Macrocephala Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Alcohol*, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

*Certified organic

**Natural essential oils

If you look closely at the photo, the Age Protect Oil is a two-phase oil emulsion that you have to shake before you. This way, the oil and the active ingredients at the bottom are mixed well.

The oil layer contains Apricot Kernel oil, Olive oil, Safflower oil, Jojoba oil, Evening Primrose oil, Argan oil and Sunflower oil (all organic).

The active ingredient complex consists of Aloe Vera flower and root extracts.

I use about 3-4 drops of Age Protect Oil as part of my night time regime before bed. The first few times I used it, I was not so used to the smells. However, as time went by, I got used to the slightly grassy-like smell that has a tinge of subtly-flowered “bright” scent.

Compared to other oils, after the use of this Age Protect Oil, I find that the oil has a slightly “matte” effect (not greasy) after a few minutes, which is very useful on the days I have drier skin because I can use it in the morning.

*Note: While most people are concerned about not having any alcohol in their skincare products, particularly toners, the minimum percentage of alcohol in the Age Protect Oil comes from the plant and flower extracts. The Age Protect Toner’s alcohol content is also less than 5%. I do not find the use of either the Age Protect Toner or Oil drying. In fact, my skin now feels more balanced, and less prone to dryness.*

Where can you purchase the Santaverde Age Protect line?

Pure Tincture:
1 Coleman Street The Adelphi #B1-10
Singapore 179803
(Go down the steps, left of the bridal store)

Pure Tincture is currently having a giveaway promotion for Santaverde.

SGVegan_Pure Tincture Sataverde limited edition giveaway

SGVegan_Pure Tincture Santaverde limited edition giveaway

Simply purchase SGD120 and above and you get a free limited edition Santaverde Aloe Vera Creme and Santaverde Hydro Repair Gel (5mL tubes). Plus, you receive 10% credit to be used for the next purchase. Be quick, as there are only 25 sets to be given away! :)

Yankee Candle: Fresh Clean Scents – Better Mental Clarity

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I strongly believe in the power of scents. A scent can improve one’s mental health. A scent can invoke even the long lost memories… A scent can completely change your overall mood :)

The Yankee Candle Company is an American manufacturer and retailer of scented candles, candleholders, and accessories.

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SGVegan_Yankee Candles

Located at 8 locations around Singapore, Yankee Candles are made with the finest American craftsmanship. It looks atas (Singlish: high class), but yet is an affordable luxury.

They currently have new Autumn fragrances in store. I was send 4 Samplers® votive Candles to try out.

SGVegan_Yankee Candles Autumn Fragrances

From top: Cranberry Pear, Bay Leaf Wreath, Silver Birch and Ginger Dusk

I visited their shop at JEM last weekend. After exploring the shop, the sales assistant happened to introduce the Good Air® Just Plain Fresh™ scent to us. Upon inhaling, I was immediately drawn to the scent, and the quirky name. She informed us that it was one of their bestselling scents and the below air freshener was the last piece.

SGVegan_Good Air®

Thanks to an NTUC Credit Card discount of 10%, I purchased it at $9.90 less 10%. :)

My thoughts:

I have been carrying this Good Air® Just Plain Fresh™ air freshener in my bag since Monday. Friends who have a sensitive sense of smell, thought it was my perfume. My bag smells good and the smell has permeated into my wallet too! I have received positive feedback about the Just Plain Fresh™ scent and I can’t wait to try out the new autumn scent candles! :)

I particularly love the scent called Fluffy Towels too :)

Yankee Candle is located at:

  • Great World City #03-33
  • Velocity@Novena Square #02-41
  • JEM Jurong East Mall #01-14
  • Parkway Parade #B1-28
  • Suntec City Mall #02-366
  • Takashimaya@Basement 1
  • Robinsons Raffles City @ Level 3
  • TANGS Orchard@Basement 1

SGVegan_Yankee Anniversary Sale Roses

Starting today, they are having an Anniversary Sale of 20% off storewide till Sunday. Why not head down and discover your favourite scent?

 

[Important Update] The Soup Spoon Korean Menu is no longer vegetarian

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Update 24 Sept 2014:

No longer vegetarian as Kim Chi used contains Anchovies

Kimchi Dubu Doenjang Jjigae on the new Korean Menu @ The Soup Spoon is no longer vegetarian.

Previous posthttp://sgvegan.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/update-new-korean-veg-option-available-at-the-soup-spoon/

LoveInBread: Vegan Groupon Deal

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SGVegan_LoveInBread Groupon Deal

SGVegan_LoveInBread Groupon Deal

For a limited time period: http://www.groupon.sg/deals/singapore/loveinbread/718956384

Busting the Stubborn Flab at Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals

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Ladies and gentlemen!

SGVegan_Ugh

Have you ever felt bloated?

Want to remove those stubborn fats at the tummy but they just don’t seem to disappear?

Want to have improved digestion and eliminate constipation?

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Or do you just want to curl up in bed every month when periods come?

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Jamu is a natural, traditional remedy from Indonesia. Made from natural herbs and spices, Jamu has been practiced throughout Indonesia’s history, be it for medicinal or aesthetic uses, male or female.

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Introducing the Jamu Tummy Slimming Treatment at Crystal Maiden.

Compared to other Jamu treatments elsewhere, Crystal Maiden’s Jamu treatment is specifically targeted at the tummy area.

The Jamu slimming powder used at Crystal Maiden is made with a nourishing rice powder base and a traditional blend of herbs and spices for a unique thermal slimming treatment. In addition, Crystal Maiden added Chuan Ciao (Grounded Szechuan Pepper) and Chilli Powder for that extra boost of heat! :)

So, how does a Jamu treatment at Crystal Maiden work?

First off, we have to strip! *winks*

There will be a disposable dark blue panty provided, and towels to cover your legs and feet to ensure you are kept warm. In addition, a small towel is provided for ladies for modesty. :)

Only when you’re ready, do you inform the female therapist that she can enter. She will start off first by cleansing the skin at your tummy. They will also exfoliate the skin with a gentle scrub. This will then allow the better absorption of the Jamu ampoule and paste.

Now, the Jamu ampoule, will be applied on the tummy.

It is formulated with Minyak Serai and Wintergreen Massage Oil for an effective, traditional warming relief for muscle aches and pains.

Jamu Ampoule Ingredients:

  • Minyak Serai
    • Traditional blend consisting of Citronella oil, Peppermint oil and Eucalyptus oil
  • Wintergreen Massage Oil
    • Most popularly known for its pain relief properties. But it also aids in removing excess water, fat and salt from the body, thus helping with water retention, and aiding in weight loss

During this process, the therapist will be able to “feel” your digestive system as they massage your tummy area. They will engage you also in a conversation regarding your dietary intake and habits, and share some suggestions as to how you can improve your digestive health. All tailored to the individual. :)

Finally, the therapist will quickly pop out of the room to add warm water to the Jamu Thermal Slimming Powder and apply it as a paste to the tummy area.

Jamu Thermal Slimming Powder Ingredients:

  • Rice and Glutinous Rice
    • Emollient and exfoliation properties to keep skin supple
  • Chuan Ciao Powder
    • Warms the body and alleviate pain
  • Chilli
    • Warms the body and boosts metabolism and circulation
  • Cumin
    • A general tonic; it increases heat in the body and boosts metabolism
  • Coriander
    • Detoxifying and antiseptic properties to heal dryness and skin disorders
  • Cinnamon
    • Relieves symptoms of cold and fever and abdominal discomfort caused by excess gas
  • White Pepper
    • Warms the body and helps to stimulate circulation
  • Fennel
    • Soothing, cleansing and toning effect on skin

Now, the therapist will wrap a few layers of cling wrap around your tummy. This will be followed by a heated pad wrapped around the tummy area for the next 10-15 minutes.

During this period, you can grab the chance to snooze – which I did! I always feel more recharged after the 40 winks! :)

If you have entered dream land like me, the therapist at Crystal Maiden will quietly enter the room, and with a slight slow pressure movement, gently arouse you from your induced stupor.

She will then proceed to remove the heat pad, cling wrap and Jamu paste, before massaging the remaining Jamu ampoule to your tummy area.

At Crystal Maiden, the therapists do not just leave the room immediately. They will gently aid your rise from the lying position to the sitting position. And a series of quick back massages to kick start the blood circulation around the body.

My thoughts:

After undergoing 8 x once-a-week sessions of Jamu treatments at Crystal Maiden, I could really sense the difference in my tummy, and digestive system.

I am thankful that I do not have menstrual cramp every month. But I do suffer from bloating and water retention.

After the Jamu treatments, I find that tummy is not as bloated as before, and my periods come more easily than before. In addition, it is much easier when heading to the loo for a number two.

I always believe that the digestive system (read: colon) is very important to good health. All diseases in the body generally start from the colon as the colon is the rubbish bin of the body. If one does not keep the colon clean, the colon is unable to effectively eliminate the wastes and toxins from the body, resulting in these bad things building up within the body.

If you would like to burn the stubborn fats at the tummy, combine the Jamu treatments with core exercises for the abs. My tummy fats were “softer” after the Jamu treatment, which means, the fats are soften and if core abs exercises are done during this period, this will be an easier journey to a well-defined tummy.

So, what are you waiting for? Make a Jamu appointment with Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals now! :)

PS: SGVegan readers get a super exclusive price when you quote SGVegan. Promise!

Orchard outlet:

150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23
Singapore 238841
Tel: 6735 4540

[Lucky Pick] Lunch with Friends at Xin En Vegetarian

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Dear SGVegan readers,

SGVegan receives media invites for food tasting.

I would like to invite you, my readers, to lunch at Xin En Vegetarian on 20 Sept 2014, 2-3pm 12-1pm.

SGVegan_Meal with Friends

SGVegan_Meal with Friends

To receive an exclusive invite to this free lunch food trying event, leave a comment below by 17 Sept 2014, 2359hrs :)

An email will be sent those who will be joining us for lunch by 18 Sept 2014.

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心恩素食 Xin En Vegetarian
710 Clementi West Street 2
Singapore 120710
Normal Operations on Monday to Saturday;
Alternate Sundays, 1st and 15th of Lunar months

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