100 Good Things: Shop and do good

Would you go out of your way to buy ethically and sustainably-produced merchandise, or something that benefits the less privileged? 100 GOOD THINGS, a little shop at Balestier, is hoping that you’ll make the trip

The do-gooder
The do-gooder
04 Sep 2015

The do-gooder

Joan Koh, a travel-wellness writer and owner, says 100 Good Things is her ode to conscious living, which means being conscious of our interconnectedness with everything.

To be honest, unless you live in the area, the idea of a tiny shop at Balestier that retails a small selection of hand-crafted fairtrade goods, organic skincare balms and natural produce such as honey, coconut oil and pepper may not be a huge draw.

But what if we told you there was an interesting story behind every carefully-curated product? Or that you can grab a coffee or caffeine-free tea at 100 Good Things and chat with Joan about her adventures sourcing for these products, while maximising your visit to Balestier (the shophouse blocks are a stone’s throw from Thomson Medical) by popping into The Flat, a beautifully-quirky double-storey furniture store next door (open Tue & Thu, 11am-6pm, or by appointment) and to The Frosted Chick, a takeaway cupcake shop nearby? Doesn’t it all sound more attractive now?

Throw in the fact that there’s a built-in do-gooder element (karma points!), while you get products that are good for you, and it becomes a no-brainer. So, see you in Balestier?  

For goodness' sake
For goodness' sake
04 Sep 2015

For goodness' sake

(L) Wild honey: This raw forest honey ($13.90) is gathered from wild bee hives in the forests of Laos, instead of the usual commercial bee farms. According to Joan, “you can taste that it’s wild.” The honey has a slightly bitter taste thanks to the nectar in the flowers from the forests and farmers receive fair trade compensation that benefits their rural communities.

(R) Scraps of good: This purse ($59) is made from Cambodian silk with azo-free dye. The shop also offers cushions and other fabric items made from fabric waste scraps. “It’s disgusting, the amount of waste there is in the fashion industry,” says Joan. The shop also has recycled paper necklaces made by disabled Cambodian landmine victims.

Wham, balm, thank you m’am
Wham, balm, thank you m’am
04 Sep 2015

Wham, balm, thank you m’am

The Baby Calm Balm and the Relief Balm ($11.90; above) are minimal-ingredient and free of synthetics and parabens, with a base of virgin coconut oil. Made by rural Cambodians displaced by the redevelopment of a lake, the Calm Balm is a delicious lavender concoction we’ve been rubbing all over ’cos it smells so great, and the Relief Balm works miracles on mosquito bites and stuffed noses.

100 Good Things is at Block 2 Balestier Road, #01-685, Tel: 9383-1047. Open Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm, and by appointment; www.live100goodthings.com.

Other organic and good-for-you products you need in your beauty arsenal
Other organic and good-for-you products you need in your beauty arsenal
04 Sep 2015

Other organic and good-for-you products you need in your beauty arsenal

01. Coat nail colours, $25 each
An eco-friendly local label with polishes made in the US, Coat is Singapore’s first 5-Free nail lacquer label (that means no toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, formaldehyde or resin). Also try the organic base coat and top coat.
Available at Hands+Feet Studio, 44 Siglap Drive, Tel: 6448-7187, and selected nail spas and retailers.

02. Naturals by Watsons Marula Oil Body Scrub, $6.90
Watsons’ Marula Oil body and hair care range features organic Marula Oil and Mafura butter from Africa and is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids for protection against free radicals. Yay for affordable goodness.
Available at selected Watsons stores.

03. Arcona Triad Pads, $44
A relatively new-to-Singapore brand with natural ingredients such as plant lipids, Arcona eschews petrochemicals, chemical stabilisers, parabens and all the bad stuff. These amazing-smelling cranberry pads cleanse, tone and remove make-up.
Available at Sephora.

04. Estelle & Thild BioCleanse 3-in-1 Cleansing Foam, $42
An organic Swedish skincare brand beloved for mixing pure bio-active ingredients with scientific research. The cleansing foam refreshes and energises the skin while washing away impurities.
Available at Sephora.
 

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