“For years I have worked with passion and heart for developing CHOICE Finland skincare products. The result is a great representation of Finnish skills and dedication. The purely natural cosmetics line has been developed with love to you.”
CHOICE Finland product line signifies strong Finnish women and cold beautiful winter of the arctic nature. The company’s mission is to elicit positive actions and thoughts by taking care of ourselves, others, and nature. CHOICE Finland believes that the world is a better place for everyone when you look at life with an open mind and approach it with big heart. We love their products and share their views at Authentic Finnish! What an amazing tribute to the women of Finland!
As you might know, we have four very different seasons in Finland. We mainly spend our long and sunny summer days enjoying cottage life, the beautiful lakes and of course sauna. This can be tough for the skin. Opposite to that are the freezing cold winters of the North Pole where the Celsius degrees can drop up to -30! The skin has to deal with both weathers. On the other hand, the sun is very strong during spring when the nature starts to come back to life. The arctic autumn turns everything into beautiful orange, red, and yellow colors, with the down side of regular rains.
The arctic nature caused challenges for CHOICE of Finland in developing their skincare line that they however conquered so well! Not only their products do what they promise but they also are gentle and efficient without any harmful chemicals.
The love and care that has been put into their products also translate to the fully recyclable packaging materials and local production. As they told us, they feel that they have succeeded in their efforts when their purely natural cosmetics support the customers’ overall wellness. Working towards that goal is pure joy at CHOICE Finland!
“Everything beautiful and good comes from within. That is why true wellbeing starts with understanding of and empathic actions towards others. So let us take care of ourselves, of each other, and of the nature. – With huge hearts!”
I got a chance to test a few new products available at Authentic Finnish online store. I got a bottle of Hemp Seed Shampoo produced by Impola together with Laundry Vinegar and Vacuuming Powder developed by Kulkurin Kartano.
Let’s get started with the cleaning products by Kulkurin Kartano. After opening the laundry vinegar bottle, I was amazed: How can vinegar smell so good! I had the products with fragrances of Lumi and Cotton. Cotton was my absolute favorite but my mom loved the fragrance of Lumi. She actually enjoyed the products so much that I already ordered her the vacuuming powder and laundry vinegar as a birthday present.
In using the vacuuming powder for the first time, I basically poured the powder on my carpet. However, I quickly realized I needed only a bit of the powder to get an amazing waft in my apartment. The same applied when I added the laundry vinegar in my washing machine. So, don’t go overboard! – These products last long.
As a hairdresser, I have quite a lot of experience in shampoos and hair treatments in general. I’m also happy to see new hair products enter the market, especially Finnish vegan products that are currently much in demand.
Impola’s Hemp Shampoo is in fact one of the best shampoos I have used so far! It cleanses your hair but does not completely strip off the good fat that your hair needs. The shampoo leaves your hair feeling clean and fresh as well as moisturized. It does not lather as much as shampoos that contain sulfates and one needs to get used to that. We all are conditioned to expect a lot of foam when washing our hair but the truth is: It is not needed in order to get your hair cleaned! I definitely will use this shampoo again. It also is a good detox for your hair when it needs to have a break from chemicals.
All in all I’m hooked and as I run out of these products, I will try new scents, but the fragrance of Cotton will definitely stay in my house!
The products of Authentic Finnish online store typify Finnish people’s creativity, expertise, and true love of nature. Lehto Peat® with its treatment peat products represents such a unique Finnish brand.
LehtoPeat’s natural peat cosmetics are designed with 100% passion! The other day I contacted Heikki Ruha, the founder of LehtoPeat Ltd. The knowledge, passion, and excitement he talks with really take you to Lehtosuo swamp lifting the peat with him. It is amazing how everything they do and produce is organic. They are fully engaged in all the steps starting from digging and lifting the peat and ending with education about peat’s natural healing and treating powers.
Only after a few minutes talk, it is easy to notice that Mr. Ruha has worked as an entrepreneur in the peat industry for more than 30 years. The expertise of the “peat brothers,” as the Ruha brothers call themselves, is based on both strong experience and education. They acquired theoretical knowledge in peat production at Jyväskylä’s social and health education institute, and graduated in 1999 as peat treatment experts. Today, the brothers want to share their expertise and their company LehtoPeat Ltd. organizes courses to train new peat treatment experts.
Not many peat products in the market have a scientific review from research laboratories and geologists! However, LehtoPeat® products have actually been analyzed by Riitta Korhonen, a peat scientist and geologist of the Geological Research Centre. She concluded that the peat layer found in Lehtosuo is extremely old and its composition is ideal for treatment peat. In the very beginning, Lehtosuo produced fuel peat but when they came across this excellent quality treatment peat the spark had been lit! Today they focus on treatment peat and process it into the amazing, effective, and completely natural peat products that you can find in our online store.
Here below you have a few tips and tricks in using treatment peat, shared with us by Mr. Ruha!
Apply a uniform peat layer on your body or the skin area you want to treat. Make sure your skin does not show through.
Hair Peat works best when you leave it on for 20 minutes. You will get the best results when you use Hair Peat as treatment regimens.
Remember to cleanse your face before, and after, using Face Mask. Peat Toner works great for this purpose.
Bigger LehtoPeat packaging size works perfectly when shared with family & friends.
Probably any of us has heard of hemp at some point in their life. Not as many people yet know the great benefits of oil-hemp-seed products for the skin and body. The word hemp easily raises suspicion among people. Here we offer some information of the process of making hemp seed products to sweep away incorrect images and help in understanding the value of purely natural hemp cosmetics.
Hemp farmers in Finland use FINOLA oil hemp seeds and grow oil hemp that has no psychoactive THC, the ingredient that creates the skepticism around the hemp products. Already in choosing the oil hemp seeds the farmers make sure they will get the best possible wellness products for the consumers and their skin. In particular, no pesticides are needed in growing the oil hemp. Everything even during the hemp growth process is 100% natural. The seeds are cold pressed in order to have the nutritious oil which is then used as a base for shampoos, lotions, creams, soaps etc. The oil itself is perfect for treating atopic skin or eczema. It has gamma linolenic acid that helps in reducing infection and makes the oil an excellent antioxidant. The seed oil also has omega acids, amino acids, and loads of vitamin E. All these rich ingredients make it real miracle oil that works completely naturally and efficiently for your hair & body.
You can use hemp seed oil in so many different ways. For example, you can take pure oil internally to get control of eczema or atopic skin and to release the infection. Lotions and creams act perfectly on any dry skin areas but you also can apply them all over the body. Hemp seed shampoo does wonders for your hair and scalp in treating and moisturizing them naturally. You may find many other hemp seed products such hemp protein and laundry detergents.
Hopefully also this article will help to correct the false images of oil hemp products and reduce the mistrust around them. It is important to understand that FINOLA oil hemp is a completely different plant from the hemp used for hallucinatory purposes.
Midsummer is a precious time of the year for people living in Scandinavia. Each Nordic country has its own midsummer traditions and activities that derive from its ancient culture and feasts. The Midsummer Festival around June 24th represents the greatest summer celebration in Finland. It is called Juhannus and that is the time when you can see the Finnish flag hoisted from 6.00pm on Midsummer Eve until 9.00pm the following evening. This highlights the period of ”White Nights” when there is no darkness at nights. The night never goes much past twilight during these polar days. In northern Lapland, the sun does not set below the horizon for several weeks. Juhannus also denotes the start of much desired 4 week summer holidays for many Finns. It is the time to relax and enjoy the magic of Finnish nature and “the Nightless Nights.”
Celebrating Juhannus throughout the country originates from John the Baptist (named Johannes in Finnish) whose commemoration and birthday is celebrated in Midsummer. Before the 1300’s, the summer solstice was celebrated as the feast of Ukko, the pagan Finnish god of weather, fertility, and growth. Many traditions from the past are followed still today. A very popular tradition is to “go back to the nature” and celebrate Juhannus at a summer cottage with family and friends. This entails heating up the sauna, swimming, boating, and having barbecued food. Finnish people also traditionally want to build a huge bonfire (kokko in Finnish) by a lake or the sea where they get together to enjoy the ceremony of lighting the bonfire close to midnight. The ancient Finns believed bonfires to dispel evil spirits and bad fortune or to enhance the fertility of domestic animals, crops, and people.
Many other magic and supernatural features denote traditional Midsummer Eve, the shortest night of the year, giving cause to various superstitious beliefs. According to an old belief, midsummer night tempted witches, fairies, and elves to tease people or to show them their future. By performing magical rites ancient Finns believed they could secure a better future for themselves, ensure a good fortune for the household, and protect their livestock from illnesses. Juhannus is also a romantic day that has inspired Finns to seek the love of their life. Especially young maidens seeking suitors and fertility used to perform small rituals at midsummer night. One popular ritual among young girls was to pick flowers and to place them under their pillows in the hope to see their future husbands in their dreams. Others believed that by rolling around naked on a dewy field they would ensure to meet their fiancé during the passing year. Probably due to these old traditions and beliefs, midsummer is the most popular time of the year for weddings in Finland.
Taking care of your home, nature, children and pets, now beautifully packed – By a Happy Client:
These lovely products are made and packaged in Finland. Kulkurin Kartano has really nailed their design and products. Beautiful labels and scents leave regular cleaning products into their shadow. At least personally I’d much rather keep beautiful bottles on the shelves rather than the more generic ones. The best part however runs deeper. Their products like washing liquid, shower gel, laundry vinegar the whole Italy line etc. are natural and handmade so they make a beautiful gift too. The products do not leave harmful residues on your clothes or counter tops. Now you don’t need to worry about your kids or pets getting into contact with chemicals.
New wooden serving dishes just arrived at our web shop. These utensils are excellent examples of high-quality Finnish joinery. They are manufactured in Helsinki by Ranka Oy. Their skilled joiners produce furniture, kitchen furniture, and stylish gifts from various tree species. Their genuine wooden items and furniture are not only beautiful and unique designs, but also very durable and even eternal when treated properly. Ranka Oy’s thoughtful handmade wooden items are treated with oil or wax, leaving their surface with a definitive, beautiful tint. Wood is a living material that, when oiled and waxed, maintains its natural color very well. Moreover, the natural ingredients of wood destroy bacteria making wooden dishes also excellent for table settings.
The wooden household utensils designed by Ranka Oy make a stylish and timeless addition to any table setting. The joiners respect the unique characteristics of each wood type and bring out the best features of the tree species. Moreover, finishing of wood requires careful planning to ensure that the finished piece looks attractive and performs well in service. Skilled handwork combined with thoughtful designing result in elegant pieces of wood decorations for home. For example, the wooden Ranka Bowl is hand-carved from Finnish alder. It has a unique, curved and deepening shape that follows alder trees’ natural pattern. Adding non-toxic wood oil and wax on its surface naturally protects the wooden bowl and intensifies the color of alder tree. All Ranka designs are unique modern pieces of any tableware that you also can give as special presents. We deliver Ranka Oy’s wooden designs in a nice carton gift box.
Finland is rich in forests that cover in all 86% of the country’s area. Wood has been one of its most important natural resources that was utilized in industry since the late 19th century. However, there is a large diversity of plants and species in the forest ecosystem. Europe’s largest area of protected forests helps Finland to secure the number of endangered species in its forests. In addition, forest owners in Finland need to plant a new forest after harvesting trees in their forest. Unlike most other parts of the world, Finnish forests are under certification. In total, 95% of its forests also meet the international certification. This ensures that the wooden material comes from forests that are used and managed sustainably.
Green Gold – The Renewable Resource
Our current way of life consumes more and more the Earth’s limited natural resources every day. The nature is also constantly overloaded with the impurities caused by our actions. Demands for more sustainable way of life and increased use of renewable and environmentally-friendly, ecological materials are strenthening. Forests are one of the Earth’s most important renewable resources. Reserves of this green gold are constantly increasing in Finland, more than what is annually consumed. Wood has been one of the most important raw materials in Finland’s cultural history. For centuries, it has been used in many different ways both in homes and industrial production. No wonder 3 of the selected 7 World Heritage sites in Finland selected by Unesco are related to the country’s wood culture.
Finns Love Their Forests
Forests are the Mother Earth’s lungs by contributing to absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen. Green pines and spruces purify the air throughout the year and provide outdoor people with fresh and clean air. Wandering in forests is found to contribute to people’s physical and mental well-being. Stillness together with diverse scents and colors offers a profoundly relaxing experience that calms the body and mind. Forests are an important part of Finnish nature and the nature of Finns. Finns love their forests. They can hear trees whispering in the nearby forest and enjoy birds’ early morning concerts in summer. Traces of a hare, a fox or even a moose show up in the white snow of winter days. In the late summer, people can hike in the forests and pick a variety of tasty wild berries and mushrooms.
The Secrets of Wood
As a renewable resource, wood has valuable multi-function properties and new usages are being developed especially in bioscience and chemistry. Wood interests researchers seeking new solutions for energy production. Other scientists are developing new wood-based materials for replacing plastic packaging. Wooden material is organic and versatile: it is a good insulator; it smells good; and it feels comfortable both in hot and cold conditions. People do not complain about volatile scents of a spruce, nor does a wooden house cause allergies. Wood has a patterned surface that is unique for each tree and piece of wood. Compared to its weight, wood is a hard material that yet is easy to work with. It always returns to the natural cycles of our environment. Furthermore, processing wood products requires less energy than usage of other conventional materials.
The Antibacterial Properties of Wood
Wood was also a key element of Finnish culture in the 19th century. Peasants’ crofts were made of wood and they all had a planked wooden floor. There were tools in the hut for woodwork as the peasants often made their dishes and furniture themselves. Wooden spoon was the most common cutlery at those times. Each family member had his/her own carved spoon that after eating was licked and hung on the wall to wait for the next meal. We may question the hygiene of such a habit. However, ability to stop bacteria from breeding and to kill off the germs is one of the most astonishing properties of wood. The latest study shows that bacteria die particularly on the coniferous surface. This is due to both the extracts and the fragrance of those trees containing volatile organic compounds that are harmful to bacteria but not to humans. For example, wood cutting boards are more hygienic than cutting boards made of plastic. Likewise, the harmful bacteria that survive on the glass surface gradually die on the wood surface. The extracts of coniferous trees seem quite effective even against strong hospital bacteria. We do not know all the amazing properties of trees and wood yet but this green resource seems fundamental to our lives and well-being.
Further information about the antibacterial properties of wood can be found here:
T. Vainio-Kaila. 2017. Antibacterial properties of Scots pine and Norway spruce
(Männyn ja kuusen antibakteeriset ominaisuudet).
Aalto University publication series Doctoral Dissertations, 179/2017. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/28650