I Travelled To Europe To Search for Organic Products

Hi guys! I’m sorry I have been so MIA for the past month. If you’ve been following me on twitter (@mikeefederizo; shameless plug) then you know that I was in Europe for a whole month.

Just like what I did in India, I came there to check out beauty brands that are certified organic and natural. I went to 5 different countries–Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany. I had only visited Italy and Germany before so I was excited not just to be on this fun “business” trip but also to learn about new cultures.

I arrived back home in Manila 3 days ago and have been extremely sick since. 😦 As I’m writing this post, I’m currently in bed unable to move around so much because I got this massive headache, cough, colds, fever…plus horrible jet lag. I’m not here to complain though–I wanted to get on here and write my initial thoughts about my trip while it’s still fresh in my mind.

Here goes a very candid story time:

This trip is HANDS DOWN the most tiring trip I’ve EVER had in my life.

The schedule was: Turkey (Izmir) for 2 days, Spain (Valencia, Barcelona) for 5 days, Italy  (Montecatini, Bologna, Milan) for 7 days, Poland (Krakow) for 2 days, back to Italy (Pistoia, Milan) for 2 days and finally, Germany (Nuremberg, Speyer, Frankfurt) for 6 days.

I can’t count how many airplanes, trains, bus rides I’ve had this month–which consisted of waiting, sitting down for hours, carrying our crazy heavy luggage, running after bus schedules, missing trains because A) sometimes they don’t follow schedules, B) they change platforms, C) they announce in their local language which well, we don’t understand, skipping meals, arriving at a new city usually around 11pm when there are no open restaurants anymore, getting lost A LOT walking, walking and more walking. There were days when we would travel for 4 hours, 10 hours and the longest… 16 hours. Yes, 16 full hours where we would get up at 3am and arrive at our next destination 11pm.

On the other hand, I’m feeling beyond THANKFUL that I’ve experienced different cultures and met so many wonderful people, all in such a short time.

In a very very short description, here’s what I can say for each country:

TURKEY – Great people who won’t let you not have a drink, whether it be Turkish coffee (my new found fav!) or Turkish tea.

SPAIN – The most chill people ever who takes siesta time very seriously. Notable: here I got to eat the best seafood in my life!! (for so many years it was Hawaii but now Spain has surpassed this)

ITALY – The masters of work-life balance. So amazing to see how they love life and value their family and friends so much. Here I also learned to love espresso after lunchtime!

POLAND – Cold. Very cold. But, full of history! I walked around the city center and learned a historical fact literally every 15 seconds.

GERMANY – Well, Germany’s Germany. I’ve been always so amazed by how they think. I also love the feeling of freedom here–both in speech and expression.

 

Paris

I have been really enjoying writing about organic 101 and product reviews, but I’d also like to start sharing more personal content, like my photography. I’m definitely a newbie but it’s been really fun playing around with my cameras (both photo and video) so I thought I would share some of my favorite stills here in my blog–starting with the beautiful PARIS. 

First, I’d like to start by saying thank you to those people reading my blog! I only started blogging (literally just for 1 month) but I’ve been getting quite positive feedback and that makes me so inspired to continue blogging and creating more content.

Second, I have been really enjoying writing about organic 101 and product reviews, but I’d also like to start sharing more personal content, like my photography. I’m definitely a newbie but it’s been really fun playing around with my cameras (both photo and video) so I thought I would share some of my favorite stills here in my blog–starting with the beautiful PARIS. 

Paris
The city – taken from the rooftop of Arc de Triomphe

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Visiting Radico (India) – the only Certified Organic Hair Color Manufacturer

This week I had an opportunity to fly to India and visit the FIRST and ONLY 100% Organic Hair Color Manufacturer in the world, Radico. They are an Indian-based company focused on manufacturing natural and organic hair colors, founded by Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt who is a lovely man that I had the pleasure of meeting myself.

This will be a series of blog posts on Radico. This is PART 1: INTRODUCTION  *photos coming soon

Hair coloring is definitely something that is not uncommon anymore these days. If I remember correctly, I think I started coloring my hair when I was 16 years old, around the time I was in college (actually I wanted to do it in high school but my school was strict about that). But let me tell you–once you start coloring your hair, you can’t ever really stop. You will keep wanting to switch up your color, try the latest color trends (streaks, highlights, ombre–I’ve tried them all), go lighter, go darker…and one thing I’ve noticed once I started getting conscious is how unhealthy my hair was already. I resorted to chopping it all off and coloring it a single color. BUT AGAIN,  I could never really get the exact color I want anymore because different salons do coloring differently, one might give you semi-permanent and another might give you permanent, so most of the time you end up with uneven colored hair. Thank goodness I started learning about organic products and found that there is hope with my hair!

Radico organic hair color
Krishna Bhatt, Sanjeev Bhatt, Ruby Federizo, Mikee Federizo

This week I had an opportunity to fly to India and visit the ONLY Certified 100% Organic Hair Color Manufacturer in the world, Radico. They are an Indian-based company focused on manufacturing natural and organic hair colors, founded by Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt who is a great man that I had the pleasure of meeting myself.

WHY INDIA?

As India being the land of “Ayurveda”, the 5,000 year-old system of natural healing, Indians have great knowledge of herbs and natural healthcare. Also, due to their environment and weather conditions, India is blessed to have different herbs grow in their country such as Henna, Indigo, Bringraj, Amla, Brahmi and so much more (881 to be exact).

HOW IT STARTED

Back in 1992, Japan took interest in natural hair color and called up Mr. Sanjeev. Because of the success of Ayurveda, India’s system of natural healing, he took an opportunity to develop something that no one (even himself) thought was possible–organic hair color. He spent his life doing research and tried different ways of mixing and matching different herbs. He already knew that certain herbs were capable of coloring, like Henna and Indigo, but as his experiment continued, he discovered that herbs have many different unknown active ingredients that when you mix certain herbs together, they react and produce different results. Finally, after 4 years, he came up with his first formulation and the Japanese, as strict and picky as they are, loved it. Fast forward to 25 years later, they are now distributing to 54 (soon 55) countries all over the world.

ORGANIC HAIR COLORING

First we must understand that we should never compare chemical hair colors to organic hair colors. Results will definitely vary depending on our hair condition, so one must be patient in order to achieve the color that you want. The beauty of organic hair coloring is that you can change your color as often as you want (they have 23 different colors available), and you also don’t need to worry about leaving your hair to color for a long time because there are 0 chemicals that will hurt your hair or scalp.


I will do a separate post on my experience using Radico organic hair colors, and show the step by step process of how it works. The exciting news is that I also vlogged my whole trip which will be up soon! 🙂