Review and discount code: Noo Trees? Noo way!

Review

A couple of weeks ago, we received a bag of paper products from the folks of NooTrees Pte Ltd. They had launched a range of sustainable and biodegradable bamboo-based wet wipes and tissue paper products to the mass consumer and commercial market in October 2015 and we were the cool few who got to try them out first.

In the bag, we found these goodies:

  • NooTrees® Facial Tissue, made from highly absorbent, 100% biodegradable, sustainable and BPA-free virgin bamboo pulp;
  • NooTrees® Toilet Tissue, similar to facial tissues, but made from higher quality BPA-free virgin bamboo Eco-Luxe pulp;
  • NooTrees® Bamboo Hand Face Family Wet Wipes, made from spun-lace bamboo fibre, containing botanical extracts that make the wipes hypo-allergenic and soft on the skin;
  • NooTrees® Cleansing Treatment Wipes with Eco-Dot© Technology, a range of three textured wipes with special biodegradable exfoliating dots:
    – Aqua Skin© moisturising wipes with added hyaluronic acid, Vitamins A & E and Omega 3 & 6;
    – Spa Skin© with added essential oils for relaxation;
    – Age Impact© anti-ageing wipes with added Q10, peptides and antioxidants.
  • Bumboosa Baby wipes, made from renewable, bio-friendly 100% bamboo. Soft, absorbent and naturally scented with lavender and sweet orange essential oils.

Bamboo, the alternative, sustainable material.

With the inevitable global population growth, the demand for products like toilet paper also increased. Did you know 27,000 trees a day are cut down in the wood industry each day just to make toilet paper? When we lose so many trees, we lose not only the oxygen they were producing, but the carbon of the plant life and trees is often released into the atmosphere through burning (clearing) This is know as black carbon, or carbon emissions. This create the smog and haze many countries in Asia are currently suffering with. Unlike a tree, bamboo is a grass, it’s self regenerating (meaning you can cut it and it will grow again) and being the fastest growing plant on the earth it is ready for its first harvest in as little as eighteen months after first planting. A tree will take around 25 to 30 years to mature. It also produces 35-40% more oxygen than the preferred tree of the wood pulp industry (Fir tree) as well as being supremely hypo-allergenic naturally.

According to NooTrees, their range of bamboo-fibre tissue paper and wet wipes not only present a viable solution to the larger environmental issue, but are also stronger, naturally hypo-allergenic, and more biodegradable than its polyester-based equivalent; its wet wipes are able to degrade in about 45 days in the landfill, compared to years taken by conventional polyester-based wet wipes.

say no to haze
A small step towards bigger changes.

The Wet Wipes

Pocket Wipes 1
NooTrees® Bamboo Hand Face Family Wet Wipes
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NooTrees® Cleansing Treatment Wipes with Eco-Dot© Technology

My verdict:

As convenient as the wipes claimed to be, I still prefer my fragrance free baby oil for make up removal and my cheapo facial wash as opposed to using the Self Spa wipes. I’m not crazy about the fragrance but my family don’t mind the smell at all. The wipes smell a little like the facial toner I used when I was younger. My nose is so sensitive that I had to stop using my all favourite perfumes because I’ll start out with a sneezing fit that eventually develops into brain numbing migraines that last for days. I am now so particular about smells that everything (laundry detergent, fabric softener, air freshener) and everyone (shower foam, shampoo, deodorant) in the house must pass the Liza’s Sniff Test before I allow it into the house. Everybody’s experience is unique so maybe it is more suitable for you than for me.

The Paper Products

NooTrees Eco-Luxe© Facial Tissues 1
NooTrees Eco-Luxe© Facial Tissues (boxed)
NooTrees Eco-luxe© pack toilet roll 1
NooTrees 4 roll 3 Ply Eco-luxe© pack toilet roll

My verdict:

You won’t be able to tell these were made from bamboo pulp because they felt like any regular tissue paper. They were a teeny bit rougher than the usual brand I used to buy but they are definately not sandpaper rough lah. That being said, since they don’t feel any different, within budget, why not try something that is environmentally responsible? You feel good for not killing the forests and your bum will also feel good because well, erm, they get cleaned!

 

Especially for all readers of Mother of Xander

Here is a huge incentive to try these products today! Simply key in MOXGREEN to enjoy a 20% discount when you make your purchase from NooTrees.com! You will also enjoy free shipping for all orders over $50 SGD nett after discount has been taken. 

You can find NooTrees Pte Ltd via their website or their Facebook page.

 

Disclaimer:
Products were given for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received however I will receive a 5% rebate on related sales linked from this post for the period of one month. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

A night of girlish fun plus 3 Style Essence Workshop Giveaway

When it comes to skincare and makeup, it’s all Cantonese to me. Meaning I know enough to get by but not motivated enough to want to learn more. My makeup style hasn’t changed very much over the years except now I draw my eyebrows. Ya, up until I was about 21, I walked around with almost non existent, au naturel eyebrows and thought I looked okay. Don’t ask me why I never thought of drawing my eyebrows because I also dunno. Dunno never mind leh. Whenever I saw pictures of myself I always wondered why my face always looked so sparse, like something was missing. Stupid right? I also wonder why none of my ex boyfriends ever pointed it out to me. Sigh. So anyway. Here are what I use on a typical day.

My makeup tools are:
1. “Foundation” $2 Daiso concealer
2. Eyebrows and eyeshadow – In2it eyebrow/eyeshadow. Most likely expired for years.
3. Eyeliner – Maybelline Masterliner
4. Tweezers for the eyebrows

When I want to feel fancy, I have a Maybelline Volum Express mascara which I had bought maybeeeeee 2 years ago, last used 2 years ago. A good friend of mine shared a tip with me. she said on days when she felt too lazy to put on makeup, she would at least crimp her lashes because it helps to ‘open’ her eyes and it makes her look a little more alert. It’s true you know, I used to do it but I don’t even remember where I threw my eyelash curlers anymore.

My bare essentials

Inside my makeup pouch, I have other very random things. I don’t remember why the blue Zebra permanent marker is in there but it’s certainly not for makeup.

I don’t know why I have 2 tweezers. They are just THERE.

And then this is my “daily skin care routine”.

Skincare tools:
1. Facial wash – Shokubutsu facial wash
2. Makeup remover/moisturizer – Johnson and Johnson’s baby oil

So you see, I am pretty low maintenance. That’s a really nice way of saying I’m a lazy girl. I just want my face clean fast and cheap. I’m hopeless and I need help. That is until I attended Style Essence’s self makeover workshop recently.

Singapore Mom Bloggers (SMB) which I am a member of, is celebrating our 1st birthday this year and part of the celebration included the exclusive, “just for SMB members only”, self makeup and styling workshop conducted by Style Essence. The vivacious Florinda (also a member of SMB) shared very useful tips on colour analysis, styling, makeup and skincare . Yeah!

Florinda sharing beauty tips to the class

She used the color wheel to illustrated how colors can compliment each other and with that in mind, we can use this theory when we shop for clothes and accessories that best suit our skin tones.

Colour Wheel

Florinda then did a very simple demonstration to find out which skin tone each of us belongs to with the help of a black and brown scarves. What do you think? Am I a Cool (black scarf) tone or Warm (brown scarf) tone?

Image source: The Accidental Mom Blogger
The Lao Hiao in action again.

As it turns out, I’m a Pear Shape not a Building Shape that I always thought I was. Phew! To draw attention away from my magnificent child bearing hips, Florinda suggested putting more emphasis around the neck and shoulder area. A nice shawl or necklace should do the trick but I think adding a few cup sizes won’t hurt either, yah? *wink wink*

We were all given a guide, based on our body shape, of what styles will suit us best.  This is especially handy for me who don’t really like to go shopping because I never know what looks good on me.

Body shape

After the body and colour analysis, we started the skincare routine using Mary Kay’s Botanical Effects Skin Care range. We were told we shouldn’t smoosh our faces around like how we would when we wash our car. You should always dab the cleanser on your face first then use your 3rd and 4th fingers to rub (gently) in circular motions. Less friction creates less wrinkles lah.

Once we were done washing our faces, we applied the Botanical Mask on half of our faces. It deep cleans with very little effort and almost immediately after washing it off, I could see the difference between the 2 sides of my face. The pampered side really did feel and look fresher. Whee!

So hard to just stop applying the mask halfway.

See my non existent eyebrows? No? There, I told you it’s non existent already mah.

Image source: Rachel Teo

Now that our faces were clean, it’s time for makeup! Florinda and Bernadette had prepared a wide range of colours, lipsticks and brushes of all shapes and sizes for us to experiment. For someone who only use brown, seeing so many colours on 1 plate was a little unnerving for me. Since we were all there to learn something new and do something different for a change, I went straight for the purple eye shadow. *shudder*

Loads of makeup at our disposal. Yay!
Florinda helping Pamela with the eye makeup.
Regina and Adeline putting on the finishing touches.

Here’s how I looked before and after. Never mind that I look bloated, I have colour on my face! Not so Auntie anymore hor? *giggle*

Image taken from Style Essence’s Facebook page.
Swee boh?

What’s a celebration without a group photo? Here are the crazy participants from left to right.

Top row: Bernadette, Susan, Sandra, Regina, Adeline, Madeline.

Bottom row: Jiahui, Estella, me, Pamela, Adora, PC and Florinda

Image source: Catch Forty Winks

Thank you Flo and Bern for the entertaining workshop! I haven’t had this much fun in a workshop like, forever!

Here’s the fun part!

Style Essence is giving 3 of my readers a free makeover workshop worth $150 each!

How to win? Just use the simple Rafflecopter form below and you are on your way!

Giveaway ends at midnight on 19 April 2013 and winners will be announced here on the same day. I’m not going to keep y’all in suspense for too long this time 🙂

Winners will be selected randomly and Style Essence will contact the winners directly

Faster faster enter! Good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were invited to attend this workshop and received no compensation for this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

UPDATED (19 April 2013)

Congratulations ladies!! You have each won a free makeover workshop worth $150 by Style Essence! Don’t worry, Florinda and her team will take very good care of ya! They will be in touch with you via email soon.

Thank you everybody for supporting this giveaway!