Archive for September, 2016

Organic skin care „Pure Elements“ 

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Normally my blog is mainly on tea and travels, but I have to admit that I have one further weakness which is skin care and even more so, natural and organic skin care.

I have these all-time favorites, but I also really love to try new brands, especially as so many great ones have been created in recent years.

Therefore, I wanted to share with you my latest discovery which I love so much that it already became part of my essential skin care routine.

Last weekend I went to my parents‘ house. It’s located in the middle of Germany, but also in the middle of the countryside. The next highways are half an hour drive away and the surroundings are captured by hills, mountains and lakes. It’s actually a really beautiful area. However, do not expect any vibrant cities close by. However, every time I go there, I always try to leave enough time to go to the local drug store called „Müller“. It’s a German drug store chain with stores all over Germany. The reason why I like to go to that particular drug store in the little town of Korbach is because they have a huge selection of organic cosmetic brands. Just to name a few: Ahava, Annemarie Börlind, Primavera, alva, Burt’s Bees, farfalla, lavera, i+m, Korres, Living Nature, John master’s organic, Melvita, Oliveda, etc. And last but not least and brand new in their product range is the brand called pure elements.

I was looking for a skin care that nourishes my skin, gives it enough moisture and at the same time takes care of the first fine lines which I cannot deny anymore with being in my mid-30s and jumping on airplanes so frequently.

The shopping assistant at the drug store was really knowledgable in the field of natural cosmetics and recommended me to try the pure elements series. 

Pure elements is a German cosmetic brand, which was recently founded and combines western natural cosmetics, Asian philosophy and knowledge according to Feng Shui. Imgredients as frangipani, tomato, mango butter in combination with different essential oils and mountain crystals energized by the sunlight are supposed to give harmony to the soul, body and therefore to the skin.

I was sceptical and curious at the same time. But once I tried this cosmetic line, I was hooked! I currently use three of their products: „Energie“Frangipani face toner, „Anti Age“ Hyaluron serum with lotus extract „Energie“ facial day cream with tomato extract. I have been using it for three weeks now and my skin really does look much more nourished, glowy and really more healthy. 

Tea Tasting No. 8

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Tea type: Black Tea
Tea name: Nepal black tea
Bought at: David’s Tea, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Water Tower Place, Chicago/USA

Impressions: very smooth, slightly sweet flavor with a hint of malty aroma. I would recommend not more than 2 steepings, using hot water (95°C). This is currently one of my favorite black teas, as it is so smooth in taste with only very little astringent flavor. On the website of David’s Tea, they describe this tea as follows: „From the first sip you’ll notice its rich, sweet, honey-like flavour. What doesn’t come through in the cup is how much good this little tea garden does. They’ve set up a ton of amazing community programs to benefit local schools, underprivileged families, and the elderly.“

I really like that this tea not only taste great but also does great things for the community in Nepal.

Black Nepal Tea

A day in Hamburg

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Two weeks ago I spent a couple of days in Hamburg. Although I have never been a huge fan of the city – who knows for which reason – I really loved the days I spent there. It was such a nice trip and in addition, the weather was just amazing. I found some cool spots and places and had a great time exploring the city.

Where I stayed: Schanzenviertel through airbnb. I can highly recommend to stay in this area if you are looking for a vibrant neighborhood with lots of nice cafés, bars, individual little shops and conveniently located when going for further sightseeing in Hamburg. 

Coffee places I liked: Nord Coast Coffee Roastery is located at the Speicherstadt and the barista was super helpful when I had to choose between the different coffee varieties they offer. The café less political is much smaller and a cosy little place for coffee in a more quiet area in the Schanzenviertel. Both cafés offer a great space for sitting outside to relax and enjoy the sun. If you are as lucky enough to get some!

Nord Coast Coffee

Nord Coast Coffee

 

less political coffee shop

Food I liked: Bok Restaurant is an Asian style restaurant which only uses fresh ingredients and without using any glutamates. They have several locations througout Hamburg, but two already at the Schanzenviertel. I went there twice while I was there because I really liked it! You can also get the food to go if you want.
The shop I liked most: Amara Ajai – a cute little shop with unique pieces. You can find everything from jewellery to fashion and home deco. I found this wonderful and unique watch from the German brand called Kerbholz which creates high quality watches made out of wood.

my newly bought watch from Kerbholz

China travels – August 2016

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I just came back from two weeks of business travel in China. This time, our schedule was super tide and I still felt the jetlag from my previous trip to Chicago for a little while.

So after hitting the Qingdao Beer Festival (the little brother of the German Oktoberfest!) right after my arrival, I was ready to appreciate the few quiet moments and quiet places which we discovered along our trip through China.

Tiny breakfast place in Qingdao

Bayannoer Hotel in Inner Mongolia


After a few days in Qingdao, we traveled through Shandong province before going to the Gansu province and to Inner Mongolia.

And visiting the fields and the countryside is always a very great way for me personally to get an authentic and true feeling of a country or an area I’m visiting.