Monday, October 20, 2014

Product Review: Mustela's Very High Protection Sun Lotion

Once upon a time, we uprooted ourselves from "the big bad city" and lived in paradise...Palawan. Each time I would see my mother, she would remind me about sunscreen. She insisted that I place skin protection on myself and my son because we just looooove basking under the sun on the beach. Of course, the rebel in me wouldn't listen. Many years later, I see the wisdom in preventive measures for the skin, our largest organ in the body which is really our first physical barrier againt anything beyond ourselves.

"Protect today for tomorrow", says Mustela. Part of their newest sun protection line provides protection against dangerous UVA and UVB rays. They're both known as contributing factors to premature skin aging, wrinkling (photoaging), eye damage and skin cancer. It is very humid in the Philippines; I am glad to know that Mustela's Very High Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 is resistant to water, sweat and rubbing from towels since it is easily absorbed into the skin.

At the recent Mustela launch, SPF (sun protection factor) was explained as a measure of how well the sunscreen will protect skin from the UVA and UVB rays. If it takes 10 minutes for your still to turn red and burn, applying SPF 15 will theoretically extend that to 15 times more. Although I haven't actually experimented on this, it is still recommended to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours.

I brought the sun protection lotion with me on our recent FLOW retreat in Bohol. 7-month old Maya allowed me to place the sunscreen on her bodyand face without a fuss. It has a subtle pleasant smell and lathers very well onto the skin. All baby products are also mommy products in my book, so I placed some for my face as well. And if I had brought a bigger bottle, I would've used it all over my body, too!

Have you seen Mustela's official website? Look what I found,

"Enriched with Avocado Perseose, a patented natural ingredient which protects the cell stock of babies' and children's skin, this product, which has been specially designed for use on the face, provides improved cellular protection, preserving the skin's natural defences and preventing the cells from getting damaged."

This gives me an obvious clue to eat more avocados for our skin.

"Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha carotene, beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and luthein. These free radical quenching compounds provide significant protection for your skin from environmental damage that lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging. HIgh amounts of carotenoids in your diet have been shown in scientific studies to improve skin's density, thickness, tone and general appearance." - The Healthiest Foods

In the website, this particular Mustela product states to have 86% ingredients of natural origin. I really appreciate the honesty. In the beauty industry, where many companies claim to have all natural or organic products, it's good to know Mustela is truthful about their ingredients. And that would make me, a critical consumer and mother, trust their brand more :)

Please do check out their local website for more information on their complete line of products and store locations nearest to you. Oh, and eat more avocados, too! :)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

How a Single Kiss Can Make A Difference in Chilldbirth

Hello, I'm back from blog absence due to moving homes! I've finally settled in my new (but old) home where I am preparing to nest and birth my second child, a vbac waterbirth!

So, recently I have been surfing the net for some inspirational videos and this interview of Ina May Gaskin came up. Interesting how she narrates of her experiences in birth. One highlight is that of a couple who just had to kiss to help relax and OPEN the mother for the natural birth. Watch it.

I also love how she states the body is 70% water and that we need to learn how to "relax our muscles like jello." This is the exact cue words I have in my yin yoga classes ;)

Have you had a natural birth? What was your experience like?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Coco Dolce Healthy Artisan Chocolates

I'm on a chocolate high taste testing the best local chocolates from Davao. Presenting Coco Dolce artisan chocolates. Free Food, the company behind Coco Dolce is also a manufacturer and exporter of organic coconut sugar.

I'm particularly excited about this brand because it is the first in the country to use coconut sugar and vco (virgin coconut oil) among other premium ingredients. It's obviously the healthier choice because the high anti-oxidant value of cacao combined with the highly nutritious and low glycemic coconut sugar creates a superfood chocolate. I'm very impressed because it is also the richest and creamiest chocolate bar I've tried, and I am a confessed chocoholic!

Coco Dolce variants - Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Pili Nuts and Dark Chocolate (currently not available) 

Php 280 per 100g bar of goodness

To order, text +639178386261 or email

Interested regional and international resellers are welcome to inquire :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014


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