5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

Hey everybody!

For those of you following me on Instagram, I am currently conducting a giveaway, for 5 winners for Que Origin shower gels in a SGVegan customised bottle as seen in the photo below:

Amanda

You get to choose your own scent of shower gel – Lemongrass (my fav!), Lavender or Rose Geranium. 🙂

Contest is running now till 17 Feb 2016, 2359hrs.

Top Prize:
1) 5 winners
2) My personalised bottle filled with your preferred scent of Que Origin natural Shower . Bath. + S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Second Prize:
1) 20 winners
2) S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Note: * denotes only applicable to first time purchase with Que Origin E-store. 

To participate:
1) Follow me @amandateng and @que_origin
2) Like and Repost this photo
3) Comment on your favourite scent – Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass
4) Hashtag 2 friends for double chance.

Rules & Regulations
1) Limited to SG residents only.
2) Contest ends on 17th Feb 2016 2359H.
3) Prizes cannot be exchange to cash nor transferable.
4) Winners will be drawn at random and will be at Organisers’ sole discretion and are final, conclusive and binding on all participants.
5) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

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[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Have you heard about the benefits of Buckwheat?

For over a year, I’ve been consuming Buckwheat Green Tea from Buckwheat Health Products Pte Ltd (BHP), a Singapore-based company founded in 2010.

BHP is now currently sold in over 40 medical halls and restaurants island-wide and have helped many Singaporeans health wise. BHP has since earned many awards such as SME1 Asia Awards 2011, Top 100 Singapore Excellence Award 2011/2012 and Singapore Brand 2012 Award 

What’s so special about BHP? Well, instead of using normal Buckwheat, BHP choses to use Black Pearl Buckwheat where the rutin content is a few fold much higher than normal buckwheat. I was told that…

  • Normal Buckwheat pricing US$0.50 to US$2 per kg.
  • Black Pearl Buckwheat pricing US$21 to US$2000 per kg. Depending MOQ.

Here’s an image that shows the benefits of Black Pearl Buckwheat:

SGVegan_Black Pearl Buckwheat

The green tea used is sencha, harvested within 14 days from 50-500 year old green tea trees as BHP says that such trees offer much better health benefits such as prevention of cancer or stopping cancer cells from replicating. As such, the price per kg of green tea leaves are more expensive compared to the usual green tea.

In short, enjoying BHP products help to:
  1. Reduce High Blood Sugar
  2. Reduce High Blood Pressure
  3. Reduce High Cholesterol

And also, it will additionally improve kidney and liver function and reduce weight! 🙂

The Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea is very smooth and delicious when consumed hot. The tea bag is made of really good material, and I can get at least 3 cups of tea just from 1 teabag.

After drinking this Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea from BHP, I personally find that the rest of the general green tea has a very “siap” taste.

The Buckwheat Green Tea can contains much lesser sugar compared to the other green tea drinks in the market and is very delicious when consumed chilled with a meal. Mmmmhhhmmm.

I’m not a coffee person so I’ve not tried the coffee but my grandmother enjoyed it so much, I heard that she finished the 5 packs I passed to her very fast!

So, with the upcoming CNY, I would like to share this great Singapore products from BHP, so that we can enjoy our sugar rich CNY cookies! 🙂

SGVegan_Buckwheat Giveaway
SGVegan Buckwheat Giveaway: 4 x 6cans (UP $9.50/pack); 2 x 30s Buckwheat Coffee (UP $22/box); 5 x 60s Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (UP $36/box)

I will be giving the Buckwheat Green Tea can in a set of 2 packs.

Please leave a comment below as to which BHP product

(Buckwheat Green Tea Can, Buckwheat Coffee, Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea) you would like to get. 🙂

Giveaway ends 31 January 2016, 12 noon. Winners will be contacted via the email address used to leave the comment and a meet up will be arranged.

Here are the expiry dates:

SGVegan_Buckwheat Green Tea Expiry
Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea
SGVegan_Buckwheat Coffee Expiry
Buckwheat Coffee
SGVegan_Buckwheat Can Expiry
Buckwheat Green Tea Can

If you would like to purchase the BHP Buckwheat products for your family members, you can head on down to: http://www.buckwheat.com.sg/products/buckwheat-products.html to make an order. Delivery is free, no minimum order, and you receive your products very fast too! Otherwise they can be found in most medical halls.

There is currently a very special price exclusive gift hamper set you can order for your family members. It comes shrink wrapped with the plastic gift tray:

Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket
Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket @ $88 (valid till 29 Feb 2016)

Do note that the Buckwheat Chia cookies contain butter and eggs and are therefore not suitable for vegans. However, the reasoning behind the Buckwheat Chia cookies is that kidney patients are unable to consume much fluids so drinking Buckwheat Green Tea/Coffee will not be suitable for them.

Que Origin: Natural Shower Gels made with Essential Oils

Que Origin: Natural Shower Gels made with Essential Oils

Today is the launch date (1pm) in Singapore for Que Origin, a shower gel that is made with entirely natural ingredients.

Que Origin is a completely new brand started from scratch with the aim to provide nourishing body care. The first product is the Shower Bath which can be both used as a body wash and bubble bath. It is formulated with natural Argan Oil, infused with botanical extracts (grapefruit, raspberry, aloe vera) and scented with natural essential oils only. Numerous harmful chemicals have been excluded, making the process of formulation a challenge, but it was successfully achieved! 🙂

Here is an image to show you what has been excluded in Que Origin shower gels:

Que Origin Free From List

Carefully selected essential oils from Australia are transported to facilities with GMP for manufacturing in Korea. As such, each and every bottle was made with the purest ingredients in an advance facility. So what’s exactly in the bottle?

Que Origin List 1

Que Origin List 2

So basically the base (1st 2 ingredients) of the shower gel is water and cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), an organic compound derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine.

This is the rating for CAPB from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website:

EWG cocamidopropyl betaine rating

Que Origin shower gel comes in 2 sizes:

Que Origin: 250mL, $7.90 (left) and 730mL, $14.80 (right)

I (together with the rest of you who voted on pricing) was surprised to learn that the price of the shower gels are very very reasonable!

250mL: $7.90
730mL: $14.80
Customise, 250mL*: $10.90 (more details to be announced soon)

Que Origin contacted me in mid Dec 2015 and I was excited to learn of this new brand that will be launching in Singapore.

Just 2 days ago, the package was delivered to me:

Que Origin product sent

The cardboard box even had the Que Origin logo on it (not shown). Well, they got me hooked on my 1st impression. I will definitely enjoy my shower everyday! 🙂

As seen in the featured image right at the top of the page, I received 3 x 250mL of each scent (Rose Geranium, Lavender and Lemongrass), of which the Lavender scent is personalised with the SGVegan logo on it.

It was an interesting experience as the shower gel when squeezed out, came out with bubbles. Mind you, its not foamy, but I suspect air bubbles so as to make it easier to lather onto the body.

Que Origin Shower gel
Notice the air bubbles? This is from the Lavender shower gel.

I was really looking forward to the rose geranium and lemongrass scent as these are not usually found in the market.

The Que Origin shower gels all smelled like the actual essential oils, and I would say, guys would definitely like the Lemongrass. If you are looking for a more flowery scent for your female friend, Rose Geranium is the one. Or, if you want something less flowery but more soothing and calming, Lavender is the one to go for.

I like that when I shower with it, my skin feels much softer and moist! 🙂

Oh, did I mention that you can personalise your gift to your friend in just 4 simple steps?

Que Origin Personalised gift

There are currently only 3 scents (Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass). More details will be announced soon with regards to customising your scent.

But here’s a little something for you, my readers:

Simply input the code, SGVEGAN on http://www.que-origin.com/ to enjoy $5 off your first purchase (min. order $10). For amounts lesser than $10, you still get to enjoy $3 off!

If you like shower/bath gels from Que Origin, by purchasing from them, you get to enjoy Happy and Reward vouchers! If you share it with your friends, you also get Referral vouchers and jigs. 😉

What are you waiting for?

Check out Que Origin at:
www.fb.com/queSG
www.instagram.com/que_origin
www.que-origin.com

And do stay tuned to SGVegan for more deals! I’m thinking of Que Origin prizes and giveaways. 😀

Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign

Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign

During World Vegan Day last year on 1 November, I had a mini gathering for friends during which we sampled some green pea cookies from Green Pea Cookie.

Green Pea Cookie packets

The Green Pea Cookie team launched a successful Kickstarter campaign on the 3rd of February​ 2015 to increase their exposure in the US and Singapore market and raise funds for operations. In a mere 7 hours of campaign launch, the Green Pea Cookie team managed to raise a campaign target of $5,000​. Till date, Green Pea Cookie has raised over $26,000​, gained over 850 backers ​and have a total of 35,000 cookies pledged​. The campaign is also a Kickstarter Staff Pick and we have been featured in US media such as Huffington Post and various US based vegan food blogs.

Here is the team:

Green Pea Cookie Co-Founders
Green Pea Cookie Co-Founders (From left to right: Tan Ying Quan, Larissa Russell, Fiona Lee)

Green Pea Cookie is founded by 3 co-­founders, Tan Ying Quan, Fiona Lee and Larissa Russell (above). Ying Quan, aged 24, is currently a Year 4 NUS undergraduate studying Human Resource Management. Fiona Lee, aged 23, recently graduated from NTU with Bachelors in Accountancy and Marketing. Lastly, Larissa Russell, aged 23, is currently working as an analyst in a technology startup called Visually in San Francisco. Larissa is also the only American in the team while Ying Quan and Fiona are Singaporeans.

The idea for Green Pea Cookie first started when Ying Quan went on the NUS Overseas College Program (NOC) in Silicon Valley in year 2014, a one year entrepreneurial program where he worked for Visually as a growth hacker. In June 2014, halfway into the program, Ying Quan asked his parents to bring over some Green Pea Cookies from Singapore during their visited because he wanted to share some Singaporean delights with his colleagues. To his surprise, he watched as his colleagues devoured the box of cookies in just one afternoon.

Green Pea Cookie

To most of us here in Singapore, Green Pea Cookie is a festive cookie that makes its appearance during Chinese New Year. However, most people in US have never heard of the Green Pea Cookie and they were surprised to hear that the cookies were made from roasted green peas. They were fascinated by the use of vegetables in making cookies.

To reach a bigger audience, the Green Pea Cookie team made the recipe Vegan and offered a Gluten-­Free option. This provided them the chance to reach out to the masses in the US with a novel and great tasting guilt-­free snack. The cookies are sweet and savory, slightly crunchy throughout and creamy at the same time.

Green Pea Cookie Background

Recently, in August 2015, the Green Pea Cookie team has brought the world’s happeaest cookie back to Singapore, setting up their local operations to handcraft each cookie to perfection locally. The Green Pea Cookie team has also launched their online shopping cart on the 11th October 2015, shipping Green Pea Cookie throughout Singapore and US.

My thoughts (Summarised from those of us at the gathering):

Having had other vegan green pea options, I found the Green Pea Cookies a tad sweet, and not as finely grinded that I experience a “melt-in-the-mouth” taste.

However, the Green Pea Cookie team has done a fantastic job behind the marketing. You experience a sense of happiness when you put a piece of “Peater” in your mouth. Peater is the name the Green Pea Cookie team named their original green pea cookie.

Green Pea Cookie Peater

This does brings a sense of justification to the price of the Green Pea Cookies, although I do hope the Green Pea Cookie team will improve their box packaging as the plastic pack is sealed manually with a clip.

I wish the Green Pea Cookie team success in the year 2016 ahead! 🙂

Online:
There are 36 cookies per box.
One box of Green Pea Cookies = $14
Four boxes = $56
Eight boxes = $112

At events (e.g. PasarBella – A Farmer’s Market), both boxes and packs of cookies are sold:
There are 10 cookies per pack.
One box of Green Pea Cookies = $14
One pack of Green Pea Cookies = $4

You can find Green Pea Cookies on their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Use coupon codes when shopping with Lazada via ShopBack!

Use coupon codes when shopping with Lazada via ShopBack!

Getting paid while shopping? How awesome is that?!

I came across Shopback quite a few months ago and have used it. Its been really great and I thought that since it is the New Year period, most of use are looking for the best deals, I should share this with you all! 🙂

Shopback is the place to go where you can get great offers and coupon codes!

Do you remember one of my previous posts where I shared about my shopping experience on Lazada? Well, the boyfriend bought Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Speakers for his family and by shopping with Lazada coupon codes on Shopback, he got quite a substantial cashback/savings into his bank account!! Now that is simply just fantastic. 😉

So here’s the easy steps I have put together to make it easier for you to start shopping on Shopback to get cashback 🙂

If like me (and many of us), you use an ad blocker so that you can watch youtube videos without those annoying commercials coming up before and during the video, you have to enable the ad blocker (just on this site). This will then allow Shopback to track your shopping purchase and give you money back into your account!

Shopback ad blocker warning
A warning sign like this will appear at the top of the page

I am using Google Chrome so at the top right, next to the url box, I clicked on the red octagon with the image of a hand. Then at the “Pause AdBlock” section, I opted to “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.

Enable ad blocker

By doing this, Shopback will be able to use those tracking cookies to track your payment on those websites which you click through to make your final purchase.

If you are still uncertain as to how it all works, do check out this link on Shopback to find out more!

Even though Christmas is over, you can still enjoy awesome cashbacks from these retailers when you click on “XMAS UPSIZED CASHBACK”.

Xmas Upsized Cashback

Notice how many retailers that we know and usually buy from that are giving cashback if you go to their websites via Shopback?

For those of us who have yet to try Shopback, I would like to draw the spotlight onto TaoBao. Check out the best TaoBao promotions now. And for those of you who have been purchasing from TaoBao, Shopback has now made it so easy to shop on TaoBao!

Check out their instructions via this short video:

 

And before you leave, you can definitely find lots of New Year sales now on Shopback.

So what are you waiting for?

Click on my link: https://www.shopback.sg/?raf=2jSEjv to sign up. You get $5 within your account and an extra $5 when you make your first purchase. Don’t forget to turn off your AdBlock!

Have a belated Merry Christmas everyone! And a Happy New Year 🙂

 

New Vegan Miso Soup from The Soup Spoon…hopefully its Vegan

New Vegan Miso Soup from The Soup Spoon…hopefully its Vegan

Got the latest September newsletter:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Miso Red Rice Stew with Wakame

Ok, so the page does not show any ingredients of this soup.

Further sleuthing on the page by clicking on “Souper Inspirations”, I came to the story behind this stew: http://www.thesoupspoon.com/souperinspiration-vegan-red-rice-miso-stew-with-wakame/

Nope, no ingredients list, but only a photo of the ingredients used:

SGVegan_TSS_VeganMisoRedRiceIngredientsUsed

Ok, looks good. Looks vegan.

For the rest of you who are confused, The Soup Spoon’s previous new stew, Japanese Style Vegan Sweet Potato Curry is not vegan even though they stated that it is:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Jap Vegan Sweet Potato Curry

Thanks to my reader, Debbie, we quickly verified that Honey was used. According to Debbie, she had emailed The Soup Spoon alerting them of this error.

SGVegan_TSS_VeganSweetPotatoCurry

I got the above photo from The Soup Spoon’s website just a while ago.

Clearly, they still believe that Honey is vegan.

I left a comment, asking them to reclassify this Japanese style sweet potato curry to Vegetarian instead of Vegan.

SGVegan_TSS_VeganSweetPotatoCurry_Comment

Let’s hope they do that soon! 🙂

My shopping experience review (and tips!) on Lazada.sg

A healthy lifestyle begins with small steps one can take to improve one’s health. When we take about health, most of us focus on the food that enters our body. However, we tend to neglect the other contributing factors such as our environment and lifestyle, which plays an equal part towards our health.

As a lady, I am always in search for the best deals. Every time I find a good deal, my happiness level goes up, and I feel good. Who says shopping does not improve our mental well being? 😉

I noticed that the best deals are obtained online on online shopping sites, because online retailers only need to cover warehousing and delivery costs, while physical retailers have to cover other overheads such as rent, workers’ wages and many other costs. These costs are then passed on to the consumer leading to products which cost more than when purchased online.

SGVegan_Lazada logo

As such, I discovered Lazada.sg last year, when I was on ShopBack.sg. ShopBack helps you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ stores, plus Cashback. By signing up on ShopBack, with my referral link (http://shopback.sg/r/2jSEjv), you and I both stand to gain $5 cashback.

Why I am introducing Lazada.sg? As I mentioned at the start, our environment and lifestyle contributes to our health.

By shopping online on an online shopping site such as Lazada.sg, one gets to enjoy cashback, and special deals and discounts, such as the Lazada Friday Frenzy deal which is going to end at midnight tonight, and Lazada MasterCard Monday.

I have personally purchased products on Lazada before, and delivery is only 2 days! If the item is not in Singapore, the Lazada will have a note on the page informing customers of the longer delivery time.

Based on a healthy lifestyle, I have chosen 5 products which can improve our lifestyle.

1. Health/DietSedona Rawfood Dehydrator

SGVegan_Sedona Dehydrator

I have chosen the Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator as compared to other run-of-the-mill dehydrators, the Sedona Dehydrator is specially designed to ensure the nutrients and taste are retained in the food and are truly raw, and not cooked.

The Sedona Dehydrator has 2 drying compartments, so you can control how much power is being used, especially if you are only dehydrating a small amount of food.

2. Health/KnowledgeKindle

SGVegan_Kindle

Knowledge is power and without knowledge, one is not able to improve our health. The Kindle is kind on our eyes, lighter than carrying an actual book and can be used for weeks/months on a single charge.

This is a product I have personally purchased a few weeks ago. It costs close to $100 but has since dropped. And there is now 8000+ free Ebooks – hooray! 🙂 Delivery is longer as it was shipped in at that time. Although the Kindle has ads, the ads is just on the screen of the Kindle when it is switched off. I am completely fine with it.

3. Health/Relaxation Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Speaker

SGVegan_Harma Kardon Onyx Studio Speaker

This is ridiculously priced. In a positive sense.

We all know that listening to music has a positive effect on our mind, mental state and mood.

The Harman Kardon brand delivers beautiful sound by combining unmatched audio quality and iconic design to create a work of both art and sound. I was surprised to see that this bluetooth speaker was going for $129 and as I was looking for a bluetooth speaker, boy, did this deliver.

Delivery came within 2 days of ordering. It came in the original packaging so it was authentic. The sound, wow. Let me just say that if you have a party at home, this is a sound system that is cheap but yet sounds good. You can blast music, or if you are like me, you can listen to it, by pairing your computer with it and you get good sound quality like in the cinemas. I find myself relaxing to the good quality sound in my room before heading to bed.

It was so good (and cheap) that my boyfriend purchased a total of 4 speakers for himself and his family members. Shh~

4. Health/FitnessNike Fuelband SE (Second Edition)

SGVegan_Nike Fuelband Second Edition

I chose this mainly because I am already the owner of a Nike Fuelband SE of the exact color. When I first purchased mine, it was only available in London and as such, I had to get a friend to buy it for me. The reason the Nike Fuelband SE attracted me out of all the fitness bands is due to the “traffic lights” at the bottom. You set a daily NikeFuel goal based on your activeness, and it tracks your activities from waking to night, where at the end of the day, if you fulfilled your NikeFuel goal, the bar of lights will be full (color adds on from Green to Red).

With my new iPhone, I get to sync it with my phone and this gives me feedback and motivation. Burn those fats!!

5. Health/ConvenienceSamsung Slimline Portable HD

SGVegan_Samsung HD

Now with everything done on a computer, we need to ensure that our data are all backed up in case anything happens. It will be a real inconvenience and headache if we lose our data. I am the owner of this Samsung Slimline Portable HD. I purchased mine 2 years ago at the main IT fair at Suntec. It works really well and now comes in 2TB! Mine is only half the size at 1TB, the maximum storage capacity 2 years back. I paid more last time too, than the amount listed here. Plus this Samsung Slimline Portable HD comes with a 3 years local warranty.

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These are the 5 products I have chosen to highlight based on different aspects of a healthier lifestyle.

Given my positive shopping experience on Lazada.sg, this is my go-to online shopping site. Delivery is within 2 days from purchase, and there is an ease-of-mind for support in case anything happens as they have a local team. After reading my Lazada.sg review, I hope you will be interested to check them out especially today as their Friday Frenzy sale ends midnight! 🙂

Click on the below image to start shopping for the best deals now!

SGVegan_Lazada Best Deals