full disclosure: we timed our overnight stay at the boutique to coincide with the launch of lavera, a skin-care line made in germany that's 100% organic. a lot of people think that organic means vegetarian. not so. we've eaten organic chicken, which tastes no different from regular chicken, but you take comfort in the fact that the chicken was a happy chicken before it was slaughtered. so on the outside, these beauty products look, smell, and feel like any other product you buy and use, but the difference is in the ingredients. man, with so many products out there, it's no wonder we're confused! anyhoo, lavera hosted a lunch at antonio's, the charming house and garden converted into one of the most exclusive restos in tagaytay (as in, don't bother coming if you don't have a reservation). so here's what we learned from petra, the german lady from lavera who taught us all about the organic lifestyle... • lavera means "the truth" in latin, so when they say they're organic, it means that the products are made of the purest plant oils, herbs, and flower extracts. no synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, detergents, and petroleum products.
• lavera products are not just organic, but vegan too—they are 100% animal- and cruelty-free.
• they use no artificial fragrances or colors.
• their sun-care line contains no oxybenzone and cetyl cinnamates, which are found in most other sunblocks. these ingredients accumulate in body fats and breast milk, and mimic the effects of estrogen, causing undesirable hormonal changes. so using regular sunblock can do more harm than good. yikes!
• lavera is available exclusively at marionnaud, mall of asia.