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The numerous medicinal properties of rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, the medicinal plant rosemary, originally called Rosmarinus officinalis, belongs to the mint family and has various health and beauty benefits.

Fresh or dried rosemary leaves are a good source of vitamin C and they are also contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Rosemary has numerous uses and benefits for your mind and body.

  • Boosts memory
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates pain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Detoxifies the body
  • It also has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Rosemary is not only a great addition to your diet, it’s also used as a beauty remedy due to its anti-aging and healing properties. This medicinal plant alleviates blemishes and helps to create a natural glow. Furthermore it also helps to treat stretch marks, cellulite and dandruff.

It’s for these reasons that we chose to use this powerful medicinal plant in our WAY TO RADIANCE Profound Nourishing Cream Concentrate.

The skin can absorb this cream immediately and it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin.

It leaves the skin profoundly nourished, which over time creates a healthy glow.

ZERO PALM OIL

More than half of the products in the supermarket contain palm oil and maybe even your investment fund.

It is very hard to avoid palm oil today, as it is included in food, cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products. Even a conscious consumer almost can’t avoid using it, since there is only an obligation to declare palm oil on food products. In cosmetics and cleaning products palm oil is used in a modified way and therefore gets a new name such as Stearate SE or Cetearyl Alcohol. All LE PURE products are palm oil free and we support campaigns such as Zero Palmöl and are listed in their product database.

Below you can find a list of ingredients that contain or are likely to contain palm oils:

–  Vegetable Oil

–  Vegetable Fat

–  Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^

–  Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^

–  Palm Kernel#

–  Palm Oil Kernel #

–  Palm Fruit Oil #

–  Palmate #

–  Palmitate #

–  Palmolein #

–  Glyceryl Stearate #

–  Stearic Acid #

–  Elaeis Guineensis #

–  Palmitic Acid #

–  Palm Stearine #

–  Palmitoyl oxostearamide #

–  Palmitoyl tetrapeptide3 #

–  Steareth 2 *

–  Steareth 20 *

–  Sodium Kernelate #

–  Sodium Palm Kernelate #

–  Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^

–  Hyrated Palm Glycerides #

–  Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^

–  Cetyl Palmitate #

–  Octyl Palmitate #

–  Cetyl Alcohol ^

–  Palmityl Alchohol #

# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

Are you investing in palm oil without knowing it?

A new report by the Friends of the Earth US (FoE) states that some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by ploughing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements.

FoE and As You Sow have developed a new database where members of the public can search for the name of their fund to see what palm oil holdings, and the value of the assets, are in the portfolio.

 

New Design of our single-dose Sachets

We have recently changed the design of our single-dose sachets to make them more environmentally friendly and more suitable for our organic products. Previously the sachets were black with golden letters and a lot of black ink had to be used to create this design.

In a sachet the ink is very close to the product and the scent of the ink can mix with the natural scent of the contents. Therefore we have chosen a material that already comes in white and needs only a little bit of ink to print. We are now gradually changing the sachets of all products to the new design. INSTANT LIBERATION is the first product that we are launching with the new design.

Green Sponsoring at the East End Film Festival 2016

This year’s East End Film Festival goodie bags are sponsored by green companies and LE PURE did not miss the opportunity to be part of London’s biggest alternative film festival. This festival is a completely not-for-profit CIC (Community Interest Company) and is committed to the work of first and second time directors.

The East End Film Festival was founded in 2000 and is one of the UK’s largest film festivals. It has a very diverse and rich programme and furthermore enables independent filmmakers to show their pioneer work. The EEFF’s mission is to offer a platform for filmmakers living and working in East London, where they can show their first projects. In the heart of London’s most dynamic quarter visitors get introduced to a totally innovative cinematic experience. The East End Film Festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year and has established itself as a major international film festival.

Previous guests of the EEFF include Hugh Grant, Clive Owen, Ken Russell, Danny Boyle, Ron Perlman, Richard E. Grant, Julian Temple, Shekar Kapor, Ben Wheatley and Mike Figgis; as well as composers Michael Nyman (The Piano, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover) and Nitin Sawhney; producers Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game) and Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting); and writers Tony Grisoni (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) and Ayub Khan Din (East is East). The festival has also welcomed musicians such as The Libertines, Annie Lennox, The Levellers, Karl Hyde (Underworld) and The National; and artists ranging from Gilbert & George to Tracey Emin and Gillian Wearing.

This year’s East End Film Festival takes place 23rd of June until 3rd of July 2016. Don’t miss it!

9 Superfoods that prepare your skin for the summer

Preparing your skin for the summer should be done well in advance of long sunbathing sessions. The ideal preparation already starts months before. The skin has the ability to protect itself and this ability, just like a muscle, needs to be trained. Sunscreen, especially chemical filters, should be used in a very limited way, as there are better ways to protect your skin from the sun.

Our skin needs sunlight to synthesise vitamin D, which is very important for our skin, bones and immune system. Therefore gradual tanning is the best way to get the sunlight your body needs, without damaging your skin. Start with a few minutes and then increase day by day). Use physical protection (hat, long sleeves, etc.), if the sun is very strong or if you have been exposed already for a while.

Another way is to help the skin from the inside. Certain foods increase the activities of the melanocytes, which are synthesising the skin pigment melanin. Green and orange plants are the ideal allies to help your skin: pumpkin, carrots, spinach, mangold, parsley, mint, green tea and also berries activate the skin’s autoprotection. You should start eating a few weeks before sunbathing.

Marie Carrasquedo explains how LE PURE is redefining organic skincare

Marie Carrasquedo is the creator of LE PURE’s formulas. She has spent the past 40 years studying plants and their beneficial ingredients. Thanks to her extensive experience in formulation, she has created unique formulas that support the skin’s natural functions and do not include any unnecessary additives.

During our event in collaboration with Cortana, Marie gave a speech on the origin of our brand, its values and its mission. She explained about how LE PURE improves the well being of the individual, but also of the community at large: “We care about skincare, but also about the protection of the environment. Our holistic approach implies that people’s health cannot be in contrast with nature. Our products are designed to avoid any negative impact on the environment.”

Marie’s words highlighted that “every day our skin suffers from external factors, such as air, water and food pollution. However, we cannot blame only the environment, we are responsible too.

The concept behind LE PURE is based on three main pillars: purifying, nourishing and repairing only with 100% of natural and active ingredients.

How do we know, if the product and its ingredients are beneficial?

Marie explained how to find out: “There is a very easy way to know, if you are using the a natural product: read the ingredients! If you want to know, if a product uses natural and plant ingredients, check for ingredients in Latin on the label: in fact, while ingredients made or manipulated in the laboratory use English names, plants are designated by their scientific Latin name. Therefore, the more Latin, the more natural ingredients are in the product.”

A last consideration: nature is our master. We have to learn from nature and live in harmony with it.

The speech is in Spanish language only.

Event – LE PURE Skincare & Kobido Japanese facial massage

On Saturday, April 18, at 17:00 we are presenting our certified organic skincare line LE PURE in the gallery La Niña de los Peines. Thanks to the collaboration with Mariona Aupi, we are also demonstrating the ancient facial rejuvenation technique from Japan called KOBIDO.

LE PURE’s founder, Julia Atzesberger, holds a speech how LE PURE is redefining the skincare market.

Join us for a sensorial experience that combines LE PURE’s unique products with the Kobido massage.

Address: La Niña de los Peines, C/ Josep Torres 6

Cortana presents LE PURE Skincare

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Cortana presents LE PURE Skincare

Last Thursday Cortana, LE PURE Skincare and Qikobido organized a cocktail in Cortana’s store in Barcelona. Clients and members of the press were able to talk to designer Rosa Esteva about her new collection, try LE PURE’s organic skincare line and watch Mariona Aupí’s hand during a live session of Kobido, the ancient Japanese facial massage.

The creators of LE PURE, Julia Atzesberger and Marie Carrasquedo held a speech about the inspiration for their skincare line and what makes it a unique alternative in the market. The evening’s happenings were immortalized thanks to photographer Isabella Antonelli and Anna de Codorníu was the delicious cava of the evening.

The Cactus

A cactus is a member of the plant family Cactaceae within the order Caryophyllales. The word “cactus” derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos), a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes (also called platyclades) armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.

According to Wikipedia, when Carl Linnaeus published Species Plantarum in 1753 – the starting point for modern botanical nomenclature – he placed all the species of cactus known to him in one genus, Cactus. In 1754, the Scottish botanist Philip Miller divided cacti into several genera, including Opuntia. He distinguished the genus largely on the form of its flowers and fruits.