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This Father's Day, we have collaborated with the dynamic duo, Lee Lin and Mei Lee from Tribal Spirit Workshop. They are very passionate about jewellery making and conduct workshops to share their knowledge and love of jewellery making.

Each Father's Day Gift Set purchased will be bundled together with a personalised handcrafted keychain worth RM 39.90. You can personalise the keychain by indicating the name or message up to a maximum of 10 characters including spaces at checkout. 

Our Father's Day Gift Sets are specially curated for dads and include the popular natural handmade soaps, shampoos, body washes and even diffuser to help them unwind and rejuvenate after a long day at work. 

The first stage of making the keychain involves cutting out rectangles from a sheet of scratch metal using a jewellery saw. After that, a hole is drilled into the rectangle metal. 

The next stage involves the handstamping technique where each alphabet of the personalised keychain is carefully stamped with the right amount of pressure using a hammer.

After that, the metal keychain will be polished by hand to make it shiny. The last stage involves laser engraving of The Olive Tree logo. It is evident from the entire process that each personalised keychain is lovingly handcrafted by these artisans. 

Tribal Spirit Workshop provides a learning platform through workshops for those interested in creating handmade jewellery. These workshops are custom tailored from basic to advanced levels and cover a wide range of techniques such as traditional metalworking, enameling to name a few to make unique wearable works of art. They also offer couple rings making, handstamping and jewellery beading workshop to commemorate special milestones in life.

So, mark this Father's Day with a difference by treating your dad with these exclusive gift sets. 

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This Mother's Day, we have tapped into the hidden talents of one of our team member, Ee Ling to help us with our exclusive Mother's Day gift sets. 

Ee Ling, a mother to a lovely teenage daughter works in our Pavilion store. Apart from cooking, baking and getting her hands dirty in clay, her hands are seldom idle and she can be frequently found holding a needle and thread. She has sewn many handmade bags, cushion cases and other household items during her spare time.

Ee Ling is also an avid essential oil user and she never leaves home without them. As essential oils are fragile items to carry around, she specially designed and made a drawstring pouch for that purpose. When she showed the pouch to us, we immediately fell in love with it and thought it would complement our gift sets for Mother's Day perfectly. 

This handmade drawstring pouch made from cotton and straw mat is versatile, portable, washable and sits well at the bottom of your handbag. The pouch can fit up to 3 bottles of essential oil / roller or even 3 bottles of 100ml travel size. You can easily retrieve your favourite oils without having to rummage through the entire bag. 

This limited edition handmade drawstring pouch is worth RM 29.90 and while stocks last, it is bundled together with selected online exclusive Mother's Day Gift Sets.

With this maiden collaboration with us, we truly hope creative individuals like Ee Ling will continue to weave their magic through their arts and crafts. 

The Olive Tree - Meet the Maker Tan Ee Ling - YouTube

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“About 12 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year and will take hundreds of years to degrade. Every year, thousands of ocean creatures are killed by eating and getting entangled in plastic pollution.” - Greenpeace International.

At The Olive Tree, we have evolved very much in terms of our sustainable approach since we started the brand as we recognize what we do will have a great impact to society. Therefore, we started our little reducing waste journey last year.

We have been consciously reducing the use of plastic and waste by offering reusable cotton bags as gift packaging, reducing the usage of boxes and doing away with wrapping paper during the recent Christmas.  Customers who bring back their used The Olive Tree bottles to our stores are given RM 1 cash rebate for each bottle to be offset against their purchase. These bottles are given a new lease of life and reused at the zero-waste community store The Hive Bulk Foods in Bangsar where we have started to offer refilling services on our selected range of shampoo and body wash.

We tasked ourselves to reuse all packaging materials to avoid throwing them away after single use. Therefore, some of you may have received some reused bubble wraps, foams and mailer boxes when you received your parcels.

These are just our baby steps going towards plastic free. Our next big step would be sending out our parcels without flyers.

Please join us on our journey by telling us “No packaging”, “No paperbag” & etc.

From now till 22 April 2018, we are rewarding RM 13 off on selected products when you bring back our clean used bottle.

After 22nd April, for each empty bottle returned, we will give RM 1 rebate to utilize on your next purchase. On top of that, whenever you shop with us using The Olive Tree Reusable Cotton Bags, we will also give RM 1 rebate on your next purchase. 

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Did you know that it is perfectly normal to shed between 50 - 100 strands of hair daily1?

In general, around 90% of our hair is in the growing phase while 10% of our hair is in the resting phase2. During the growing phase, hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. During the resting phase which lasts around 3 months, the hair is no longer growing. Towards the end of the resting stage, a new hair begins to form. 

A quick way to gauge if you have noticeable hair loss issue is to grasp around 60 strands of hair between your thumb, index and middle fingers from the base of the hair near the scalp and firmly but not forcefully pull it away from the scalp3. It is normal to find around 6 strands of hair coming out when it is gently tugged.


There are many causes of noticeable hair loss and it includes hereditary, hormonal changes, age, stress, nutritional deficit, harsh hairstyles or treatments among other things. Please do seek medical advice if in doubt. 

If you are looking for a gentler and milder natural shampoo which is aloe vera juice based, you can try our Rosemary & Mint Shampoo which is suitable for normal scalp as the rosemary essential oil can help stimulate blood flow to the scalp to help promote hair growth. Tea Tree & Mint Shampoo is for oily scalp while Lavender Chamomile Shampoo is for sensitive scalp and is suitable for eczema or psoriasis skin types. Do pair it with the silicone free Refreshing Conditioner or Gentle & Mild Conditioner to make the hair more manageable.

 

Sources:

1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926

2. http://stylecaster.com/beauty/how-much-hair-loss-is-normal/

3. Francisco M. Camacho-Martinez. Hair loss in women. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2009;28:19–32. [PubMed]

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In line with our efforts to reduce waste, this season's gift wrapping comes in a reusable The Olive Cotton Bag ("Cotton Bag"). This Cotton Bag is lightweight, versatile and makes a handy travel companion.

Read on to find out more about this season's key theme.

1. What is The Olive Tree's key theme for Christmas 2017?

We realized that for the past two Christmases, our gift packaging which was usually used only once mostly ended up in the bin after the gift was unwrapped. As such, we tasked ourselves to develop a more meaningful gift packaging for Christmas 2017 which reduces waste, recyclable and reusable. We wanted to make a difference this Christmas by gifting without the unnecessary packaging.

2. What is the inspiration behind this year's Christmas packaging?

Hong Mei got the inspiration from an Indonesian hotel’s laundry bag which she got five years ago. Till this day, she still brings along the said laundry bag with her whenever she travels.

The Olive Tree’s Cotton Bag is lightweight, versatile and portable. You may use it as a toiletry bag, laundry bag, gym bag, shoe bag or grocery bag. There are just so many ways to use the cotton pouch due to its versatility.

During this Christmas period, each Christmas set now comes with the Cotton Bag. 

Apart from this, we will also organize a special event at both our stores at Pavilion (8 Dec from 12 pm - 4 pm) and 1 Utama (15 Dec from 12 pm - 4 pm) that offers personalization services. Spend RM 300 & above, customers get to personalize their name on The Olive Tree Cotton Bag.

We would like to encourage our customers to shop with us by reusing this Cotton Bag. Each time they bring along this Cotton Bag to make a purchase at our store, they will be rewarded with a RM 1 cash rebate to offset against their purchase as a token of our appreciation to them for using less single use paper bag.

3. What does reducing waste mean to The Olive Tree?

It was reported in The Star recently that The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association estimates that the average citizen uses 300 plastic bags a year. Based on a population of 30 million, this adds up to nine billion bags used and thrown away, annually.

These plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose and normally end up in our oceans, drains, streets and landfills. They leach chemicals and toxins into surrounding ecosystems, contaminating water supplies from ocean water, marine life and plant

We strongly believe that it is not that we do not care about the impact of our plastic bags usage, we are just unaware about the adverse impact.

Each of us can make a huge impact in our homes by making small changes in our routines like saying NO to the following:

  1. No plastic bags – Bring your own cotton bag, recyclable bag or container.
  2. No straws.
  3. No coffee take-away cups – Bring your own mug.
  4. No mineral water bottles – Bring your own bottles.
  5. No wastage of food.

4. The Olive Tree is using PET bottle for all liquid products, how would you address this in terms of using less plastic?

Our ultimate goal is to provide refill services at our stores where customers can bring their own bottles to refill any liquid products. We will be starting this service at a Zero Waste community center called The Hive Bulk Foods at Bangsar where the Zero Waste community can purchase their food and essential items by bringing their own bottles or packaging. So stay tuned. 

“We do not inherit the earth from our fathers, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb.

Let’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle together.

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After we launched our essential oil range, we have been constantly thinking about launching our own soy candle. Unfortunately, we lacked the expertise in soy candlemaking. However, early this year, we discovered Lilin + Co which specializes in making artisanal soy candles. When we met them, we realized we shared the same vision of introducing soy candles blended with essential oils. So, for the past months, we collaborated to develop our own range of soy candles blended with essential oils.

We are really excited to share the fruits of our collaboration as each soy candle, made from 100% premium soy wax and 100% pure essential oils, is carefully hand-poured in small batches. Currently these soy candles are available in Ylang Ylang and Geranium scent, retailing at RM 69.90 each and burn time is approximately 20 hours. 

Soy wax is made of 100% soybeans oil, which is a renewable source and the wax is naturally biodegradable, making soy candles very eco-friendly. It is 100% natural (hence non-toxic) while the commercially available paraffin candle is derived from petroleum. Soy wax is a softer wax and has a lower melting point that causes soy candle to burn longer and at a cooler temperature compared to paraffin candle. This makes the soy candle lasts twice as long.

Compared to paraffin wax, soy wax burns more cleanly with lesser soot. As soy wax does not contain any petrol-carbon soot, you no longer need to worry about blackened walls.

Furthermore, soy candles burn evenly, leaving almost no excess wax on the sides of the jar.

Click here for frequently asked questions about our limited edition soy candle and care instructions. 

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