Wulf and Supply Aino Sunglasses and Interview

Photo Jasmin Helmi

Photo Jasmin Helmi

Last summer I got extremely lucky and won a pair of Wulf and Supply sunglasses on a IG competition, who said those don’t work :). I had been eyeing those sunglasses for some time before the competition as I absolutely loved the idea behind them and that they were sustainable and made of natural materials.They are also doing some proper good, they are part of One Tree Planted organization, so with every purchase one tree gets planted.

And it was nice to know that there’s a company in Finland, in the North, in Oulu that makes products like these. And that the people behind it are young and full of passion for doing something new.
Now they have loads of new products outside of only sunglasses, like jewelry, socks and ties. So you should really check them out!
About my glasses, I chose a pair of Aino glasses, that have a classic style and are timeless. Probably my favorite thing about them is that they feel like nothing on, almost weightless. The material is certified rose wood which is beautiful. When ordering you can choose from two different lenses, I chose the grey ones to get that classic feel.
Photo Jasmin Helmi

Photo Jasmin Helmi

Here’s a little interview about the brand with the guy behind it, Vili Huovinen.
Where did the idea for Wulf came about? / How did Wulf started?
I got the idea for Wulf years ago. When I was just a kid, I coded nice looking websites with my computer and dreamed to launch this store someday. Now I’m studying business at University of Applied Sciences, I had finally all the knowledge to start my own shop. After making this decision I started to look products for my shop. It was a nice sunny day and the sun was dazzling my eyes, I started to think that we need some nice looking, comfortable to use and environmental friendly shades. And the product was found! The wooden sunglasses is a big thing these days and people are concerned about environment, so these shades were perfect for me.
Where the name for the brand came from?
Name was a little bit tricky one. I thought it a while, but without any good options. Then I called to my friend and told her that what i’m going to do and that I don’t have any good name ideas! “I don’t have any good name alternatives!” . Then my friend told me that the name should be something about me. Then I had it! Wulf is generated from my nick name. And because of the northern spirit wolf was a best choice for our brand image. 
How important being sustainable and ecological is for your brand? Tell about what steps you and the producer of the glasses do to be good to the nature.
It’s everything! We are eager to sell best quality handmade wooden products and quality textiles. In our products we have been taken into account sustainability and environmental friendliness. And for the packing and product materials we want to minimize the burden on natural resources. This state of mind controls the whole operation of the company. 

We are producing our glasses in China for now. Our manufacturer is also doing everything to minimize all the burden on natural resources. Example painting the products has special equipment that to prevent the paint to get touch with nature. And we use eco-friendly paint of course. They also has good wages and working conditions for the staff. Our manufacturer is small and liable. They have high standards for products and manufacturing them. We are also co-working with few carpenters to produce these products in Finland, but manufacturing requires special equipment that are pretty pricey. But we do our best to bring manufacture process to Finland. 

Photo Jasmin Helmi

Photo Jasmin Helmi

Was it hard to find a producer for your glasses?
Yes it was little bit tricky one. We have few rival companies in Finland and some of them use this same manufacturer. Of course we tried few other manufacturers as well, but this one is the winner with quality and liabilities. 
What would you want people to think when they think of your brand? 
High quality and environmental friendliness in a cool package. 
What are your brand values?
Respect for nature
Best customer service = happy customers
We want you to love our products as much as we do!
Where do you see your brand in 5 years or wish for it?
I hope we got good retail network in Finland in few years. And we want to expand into clothes, we are going to launch “made in Finland” shirts in near future.
And for our internationals, is it possible to order your glasses outside Finland?
Of course! We got international shipment, and it’s free for over 15€ orders for now! Please be free to check our websites and check out our collection!
Photo Jasmin Helmi

Photo Jasmin Helmi

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Super Sensitive Skin Savers : Esse Sensitive

Apologies for the almost empty bottles photo, my beauty blogger ways aren't the best ;).

Apologies for the almost empty bottles photo, my beauty blogger ways aren’t the best ;).

And once again I felt helpless when I looked myself in the mirror. My skin was like sandpaper and oil field at the same time and nothing seemed to help. It was like if I even touched it, it just broke to pieces or a massive pimple came to that very spot. All this happened and was my “normal” this past Spring when I had to start my epilepsy medication again after years of being in good enough condition to live without them.

And with my skin, I mean mostly my face and neck. I had dryness in others areas of my body but nothing crazy that I wouldn’t have always at winter time.

The thing is that I’ve been using natural, organic skincare for few years already but nothing, even the other Esse products helped. I tried so many different things and even had to use cortison creme on the worst spots to ease the irritation, which is my last resort as it’s not good for your skin on the long run.

I contacted Minna Oey from The Natural Goods Company for help, and to my massive happiness she had answers to my helpless quest. Esse had just released their new range for super sensitive skin and I got to try it out. I was very hopeful!

The thing with my skin is that it can be really good for weeks and then without no reason breakout really badly to a rash or other irritation and nothing seems to help. I try to have balanced veggie based diet and drink enough water and eat good oil to balance it, but sometimes it’s just mayhem and nothing seems to help. But now it had been longer than just a little bit, the medication had completely messed my whole body, in and out and I didn’t know what to do.

The sensitive range has three products that you use, nothing else and the important thing is to only use them and not mix anything else there to confuse the skin anymore.

Esse is a special skincare company as it uses probiotics in their products. We humans have been using probiotics in foods for long time now to help our insides but to use them on us, to benefit our skin is rather new discovery. We have microbes living in and out of us, traditional skincare these days tends to wash them all out and your skin is always a bit confused as what to do as there’s nothing real to do what it needs to do. If we try to delete all the microbes in our lives, our wellbeing will suffer as we need them to keep us balanced. Esse uses prebiotics to feed the good microbes and with probiotics helps change the skins microbial balance to help it be more balanced. And this is exactly what the Sensitive range is doing. As your sensitive skin is reactive to whatever, it needs a little boost to a better direction to be able to take what the world has these days.

My new routine was pretty simple but as I noticed would take some time to get my skin to used to.

First I needed to use Sensitive Cleanser to wash my face. It’s nice milk like cleanser with very subtle scent. It cleanses make up very well and really leaves your skin feeling clean but not like everything has been stripped away, something I felt with a lot of different cleansers before even the milky ones. The thing was not to leave it too long on your skin, just to massage it gently and wash away. And then leave the skin a bit moist, not dry all the moisture away. Even best if not at all.

Second step was to add in the beginning, as to get my skin more balanced,  a drop of Sensitive Serum to my still moist skin. This magic potion of a serum is truly a miracle worker, it’s filled with more than one billion live Lactobacillus microbes per millilitre. They activate as soon as they come in contact with water and skin, hence the moist skin. Also you need less of the serum to apply when the skin is moist. First I used this both morning and night to ease the irritation, but with time only at night. The scent on this is really nice, somehow warm but not too strong in any way. And even with that tiny bottle, it lasts very long.

Third step was the moisturiser, in my case and as my skin was so dry and sensitive but still oily and kind of mixed, Hydro Moisturiser. It’s a moisturiser that finalizes the routine and really works. And you need the smallest amount of it to cover your whole face and neck. A thing I absolutely love with all the Esse products I’ve ever tried. This moisturiser is best to add to a little moist skin, as it blends better and you need less. It uses prebiotics and probiotics extracts in very sensitive formula to balance and favor the microbes on the skin. Again, the scent of this products is really nice, nothing extra, obviously as it’s a sensitive range all the products are really thought through to fit the irritated reactive skin.

My first try was that Hello, my skin is in heaven. But after couple of weeks, my skin started drying up a lot, like it was shedding some old skin that needed to make room for the new healthier one. I also forgot at times to not dry my skin after I washed it and that was part of the situation. It’s so in us to really rub our faces after we wash them. But after those first weeks, I could really start feeling the change for the better in my skin. It looked more balanced, less breakouts and dryness, also more even color of the skin. I’ve used those products ever since and they have really been the saving ones for my skin. Balancing it to a level that I never thought could be possible, life savers! And even when I was travelling, and usually my skin reacts to different waters really easily, nothing. Again, life savers! Last but not least, I had a wrist operation start of the summer and had to use pretty heavy drugs in the beginning and they really dried my skin but still I felt that it was more balanced with these products than what it would’ve been without. And now, after a very long time, they are done and the bottles are empty, so you really need very little to get the benefits. All in all, the best products that I’ve ever used on my skin. Nothing bad to say, only LOVE!

In Finland you can find these from The Natural Goods webstore or check Esse website for your own country.

I highly recommend these and wish that others find them works as well as they did for me. ❤

Arctic Warriors : True Northern Energy

IMG_5249Couple of weeks ago I found this amazing brand from Finland, Arctic Warriors.

And last Sunday I got the chance to meet the people behind it, and got some samples to try out.

So, what is Arctic Warriors?

It’s a company from the Finnish Lapland, specific from Narkaus. They make three different plant based nutritional supplements, in the form of gel and honey shots. All ingredients are from Lapland, old power plants that are almost forgotten.

The three power shots are:

Warrior of Endurance (Taistelija)IMG_5279A sharp kick of stress killer! Made from roseroot which is also called the ginseng of the North, and nettle. It tastes real, strong like almost gingery sharp and instantly kicks a bit of energy in to you. Roseroot is said to balance your body, before and after a rough day or a workout. It also calms so that you can take it before going to bed, if you have sleeping problems.

Ingredients : vegetable glycerol, nettle, roseroot. 4g package.

Warrior of Defence (Puolustaja)IMG_5280This one kicks the butt of flu feelings or when in need of a bit of help with your immunity. Made from angelica and nettle. Angelica is one of the strongest plants in Lapland. It has been used to heal scurvy and plague, so it’s pretty kick ass plant! Taste in this one is strong too, maybe it’s the nettle, but it tastes like something real and no processed taste whatsoever.

Ingredients: vegetable glycerol, nettle, angelica, northern sweetgrass. 4g package.

Warrior of Energy (Energia)IMG_5278

My personal favorite! Made from honey, nettle and roseroot. Possible the best energy gel that I’ve ever tasted or used, so good! Honey gives the energy you would need during your endurance training or just during the day. You can also make this delicious sports drink from this one.

The first time I tried this one, I really didn’t expect it to work that well :). I took it last Sunday after working at the Fair the whole day, I felt tired and sluggish and a bit like I have flu coming. I mixed it with hot water and fresh ginger, and wow! I got woken up completely and felt so much better than before. So I can really say that it works!

Ingredients: Finnish honey, nettle, roseroot, vegetable glycerol. 10g package.

All of them are really easy on your stomach and I could think of using them even when running for a long long runs, while your stomach can go a bit of woozy at times. I love that they are clean and natural, no nonsense. All ingredients are locally grown in Lapland, so they use the best that there is.

One thing that I really love, is that all the knowledge behind these are from old folklore healer traditions. One of the three behind the brand, is actually from old healer family.

At the moment they are only being sold in Finland, but when the products are this amazing, I am sure that soon they will spread their amazingness around the world!

http://www.arcticwarriors.fi/en/