About The Blogger

My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia Award
  • Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia Award
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia

  • Melvita Malaysia Stop Nasties, Start Organic


    Beautiful Skin without Nasty Ingredients

    Thanks to Melvita, I had the pleasure of visiting their #ifmyskincoultalk Stop Nasties, Start Organic roadshow at Mid Valley a couple of weeks ago. It's been some time since I could attend events since I work full-time now and that I usually prioritize my duties against anything else like blogging unless it's for a good cause, meaningful experience or a brand that I truly believe and love. Speaking of which, Melvita is one of them because they use quality, natural organic ingredients and are certified organic by Ecocert.

    What's Ecocert again?
    ECOCERT was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic cosmetics". Introduced in 2003, the specification was drawn up in conjunction with all stakeholders in the value chain, i.e. experts, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers and development organizations. ECOCERT currently supports and guides more than 1,000 companies through their certification processes.

    The basic principles of the ECOCERT standard
    To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the ECOCERT standard lays down:

    1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. ECOCERT therefore checks:
    • The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).
    • The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.
    2. A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification:
    • For both labels, ECOCERT Standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
    For the natural and organic cosmetic label:logo-organic-cosmetics
    A minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.

    For the natural cosmetic label: logo-natural-cosmetics
    A minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.

    Melvita Rose Floral Mist Shower &  Argan Oil Power Try

     curate my own Oh Honey Tote Bag design

    If my skin could talk, it'll say don't suffocate me!

     capture my own stop nasties, start organic moments

    I found out the reason for this roadshow and the message behind the "If My Skin Could Talk" from speaking to the PRs there. It's no surprise that the brand who's in love with nature for 30 years are strongly campaigning to raise awareness on saying No to nasty ingredients that could harm us. A taboo subject in the beauty industry as we know ingredients used in products have long been debated to cause more harm than beauty. Of course, these ingredients have long been used to produce not only beauty but household products in the market because it helps keep them on the shelves longer e.g paraben, mineral oil, palm oil for example.

    Bad news, these ingredients have been linked to common skin problems like clogged pores, skin allergies, hormonal imbalance and even risk in cancer.

    So if your skin could talk, what would it say?
    Would it say, stop suffocating me? I can't breathe, I am getting itchy! 

    did you know?

    learning to say NO to these nasty ingredients

    The good news is, brands are evolving to rethink their ingredients and consumers are growing more conscious of what they put on their skin. Brands like Melvita are proactively educating consumers on the 7 NOs on their brand, shop, products, and activities roll out to teach consumers to identify nasty ingredients. The easiest way of course to do this is to understand and get familiar with the 7 NOs by reading product labels (ingredients) before purchasing them.

    The 7 NOs and the Risks

    1. Mineral Oils 
    Paraffinum liquidum, paraffin. Risk clog pores

    2. Parebens
    Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben. Risk suspected to be carcinogenic (cancer)

    3. Silicons
    Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone. Risk clog pores.

    4. SLS/SLES
    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Risk Skin irritation.

    5. Aluminium Salt

    Aluminium chlorohydrate. Risk suspected to be carcinogenic (cancer)

    6. Triclosan
    Triclosan. Risk provoke allergies and risk of hormonal disturbance.

    7. Propylene Glycol
    Propylene Glycol. Risk provoke skin allergies.

    *Melvita replaces these ingredients in their products with extensive research on alternatives such as plant oils, plant extracts, essential oils (which is all the rage now), beeswax derivative and sugar derivative.

    Why Start Organic?It's probably the easiest way for you to reduce chemicals on your skin and help the earth to be more sustainable. Here are some reasons why you should go organic:
    1. Reduce poorly biodegradable waste to environment
    2. Preserve Mother Nature for future generation
    3. Lower risk of diseases and unwanted side effects
    4. Lead a healthier life
    5. Effective and safe no nasty ingredient
    6. No animal testing
    There are more nasty ingredients out there but the 7 NOs are a start. If you want to know more about organic beauty and nasty ingredients or get started with using organic products, drop by Melvita 1Utama/Mid Valley and ask the friendly SAs all about it. They'll also give you some samples to bring home and should you love a particular product, there are starter kits available. No time? Visit Melvita Malaysia Website :)

    redeem your free Melvita starter kit to start your organic journey

    Need recommendations? Here are some of my favorites from Melvita which I repurchase from time to time because they worked for me.
    1. Organic Argan Oil
      I use this on my dry frizzy colored hair after washing while it's still damp, I pumped 1 - 2 product on my palm, heat it up with my hands and gently massage onto the ends of my towel dry but still damp hair to nourish it. I then blow dry my hair.
    2. Organic Rose Floral Water
      I use this in the office to keep my skin hydrated and refreshed. Love the rose scent!
    3. L'or Bio Extraordinary Oil
      My number one holy grail from Melvita. I use this for everything, from head to toe. It's a lovely lightweight oil, with a heavenly scent. It makes my skin soft with a glow. I also use this for body massage hehe!

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