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Invisible by day, reflective by night 

27 Feb

Running or walking at night is dangerous, the road are not always well lit and we are invisible to the cars because of the dark colors we are wearing.

I’m not fan of the yellow reflective safety vest because it’s not really a fashion item (doesn’t match my style) …

I found something better … something invisible by day and that makes me visible by night … thanks to the Albedo 100 reflective spray.

How does it work?

  • Shake well the spray can
  • Start spraying your clothes, shoes, backpack, …

Invisible by day, the reflective particles will be revealed by the lights of the cars!

Wash your clothes and the spray will disappear, then spray again.
I ordered my spray can on Amazon.

My first spray was for my shoes and black backpack.

I cut a carton in the shape of a flamingo of and sprayed it on my black backpack. Not really happy of the result, it’s not invisible on the black textile … maybe I sprayed too close or over sprayed … I will try again.

Then I sprayed my brand new kicks from Vans. Pretty cool and like promised invisible by day and reflective when lit. I wore them during a snow storm in NYC, walking in the snow and it’s still reflective!!

This is fun, and really answers a need for road safety when you walk, run, bike or skate at night.

PS:  did you know they also even invented a spray for your favorite pet!!!

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Wrestling in the mud or spreading green clay?

23 Nov

Wrestling in the mud or spreading green clay?
Recently I started racing pumptracks, now I’m testing my balance and coordination doing tricks with my new skateboard …
You don’t make omelet without breaking eggs … I’m the egg … I get road rash, cuts and of course bruises … not good during the bermuda season in sunny Miami … I needed a solution … and I did found it with the green clay paste from the Clayers!

Let’s talk to Thibault (aka Tibs) the founder of the Clayers.
Who are you Tibs? How did you discover green clay?
I’m a professional skateboarder (@tibsparise) and I have been using the french green clay in France when I got injured. I healed up my knee, rashes and other wounds. I discovered it from a friend.
But since I’m in the USA, I couldn’t find this product I trust and love, so I decided to make it and share it.

What’s the green clay?
The French Green Clay is technically mud, but it is really rich in minerals and help the healing of injuries and skin issues. It’s natural and has been used for centuries, Cleopatra, soldiers, and more people have been using it.
French green clay is composed of different clays, illite, kaolin, montmorrillonite, bentonite and/or others.

Where is it coming from?
You can find green clay all around the World, but the one we use and have is from a volcanic area in France. It’s certified USDA Organic, it’s composed of 3 differents pure clay, which makes it unique and the purest in the world. Our clay is even scientifically proven. We have been picky on the choice of our ingredients, we care about quality.

How do you apply it?
The application is different as a cream, you have to apply a thick layer on the wound or skin condition, and let it dry. The more you apply, the more it absorbs and remove toxins. Just do not let it dry out on your face.

What can it heal?
It can heal inflammations, road rash, joint pain, bruises, sore muscle and more, also skin condition like acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburns and burns.

What are the range of products available?
Right now we have

  • the Classic Clayer ready to use paste that you can use on everything we said above, it’s composed of our high quality French Green Clay and Alkaline water from Carlsbad California (6floz for $24)
  • the French Green Clay powder (20oz for $49)is available for your DIY facemask or poultice.

Thanks Tibs, this clay seems very interesting.
Actually, I’ve been testing it for some weeks now and I love it!
The great thing about the green clay is that it works too if you don’t skate … sprain ankle, tired muscles, … it will work miracles for anyone.
Do I like it? Yes!
Because it’s organic, because it’s easy to use and because it works!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and our friends from the Clayers are offering 40% OFF for Black Friday Week!

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Smelly goats or not … NOT!

10 Oct

I met goats which smell liked toasted marshmallows, lily, mint, …

More seriously, I discovered the Barn Lab soap through a friend, and it’s a real discovery.
Barn Lab is about producing handcrafted artisan soap made with pure goats milk and blend of oils and scents.

Exactly what we need after a long day at work!

Let’s discuss those high quality soaps with Clint the founder of BarnLab.

1/ How did it all started, how did you become and entrepreneur?
Why did you chose to handcraft soap bars? 

It started as a hobby which was spawned from a desire to create something tangible – something that I could hold in my hand and say “This. I made this.” I’ve always had the compulsion to break things down into their simplest components and put them together again myself. To literally create from scratch. For example, I started grinding my own flour to make bread because buying flour from the store wasn’t enough. I wanted to dig deeper. Finally, I wanted to make something that was creative, but was ultimately useful and what is more universally useful than soap? I started to research and dig and learn about all of the terrible chemicals in commercially produced soap and wanted to make something with as few ingredients as possible and that’s what we make at BarnLab. Our soap has literally 6 ingredients.

2/ Why goats?
What do they bring extra to the plate?
How many goats do you have?

Goat milk contains AHAs which naturally and gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the high fat content of goat milk and vitamins found within hydrates and nourishes the skin. I currently source my goats milk from 3rd party vendors, but hope to one day have some goats of my own who can also double as brand mascots. 🙂

3/ Where is your Lab?
What’s the process, from the goat to the beautiful bear, owl-shaped soap bars?

The Barn is located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York just a few miles west of where the original Woodstock took place. It shares 3 acres with our 180 year old farmhouse. 

The soap making process requires precision and safety (we’re dealing with caustic chemicals) but is fairly straightforward. In simplest terms, you melt down and mix your oils – in my case that’s olive, coconut, sweet almond & walnut oils. Separately you dissolve lye in frozen goat milk. I then combine the oils with the lye/milk and mix until it starts to thicken, add essential oils, mix until dispersed and then pour into molds. They stay in the molds for at least a day and then they are cut into bars where they must cure for 4-6 weeks to harden.

4/ Where can we find the Barn-Lab soap? 

You can find us at ShopBarnLab.com.

5/ Which one is your best seller?

The soap that started it all and my personal favorite is our Campfire soap it ruggedly, masculine and smokey. Our top seller is our Honeysuckle soap. Additionally, we just launched some new scents (Champagne, Lilac & Ivy League) that we are really quite excited about.

 Thanks Clint and we wish you all the best with your soaps. I love them and I will become a regular! 

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We have a YouTube channel

1 Oct

Check our skateboard adventures on our YouTube channel! 

I’m pumping … 

8 Jun

And here’s the result of my intense practising sessions … Almost there …
Also, don’t forget to check my article “Pump it“!

And if you are around Miami on June 12th, you are invited to the grand opening of the pump track in Amelia Earhart Park!

It’s squeaking!

25 Nov

Biscuit by HamboardsAs you may know, I’m a beginner at land-surfing and this summer was dedicated to masterize the art of standing on a board without breaking my leg, arm or wrist.

Biscuit by HamboardsI must admit I succeeded after a lot of patience and hours of practice.

Now, as any board, mine is squeaking a bit, and I hate that!

So I went on YouTube to find the solution and apparently the key is to use household paraffin. I decided to hike to CVS and the only paraffin I found was “Hawaiian scent”, so let’s go to Hawaii.
Basically, the guy on YouTube said to peel the paraffin with a cutter and cover the bolts and nuts with the paraffin chips. It smelled good, worked a bit but I wasn’t fully satisfied as it was still squeaking …

… still squeaking until the big Pete Hamborg from Hamboards shared with me one of his secrets and I will Biscuit by Hamboardsshare his enlightenment with you too!
To stop squeaking, use lip balm!

I clean my bolts and nuts from the paraffin and started the process all over again with the lip balm and … I’m back to land-surfing in peace and silence, it worked!!!

If you are not into skateboard, this works too with a squeaking door … Just saying.

PS: Thanks Pete!!!

More infos on my Biscuit skateboard by Hamboards

The last 3 figures that matter

26 May

Last time I travelled to Miami for less than a week, I had the pleasure to receive a phone call from my banker after I paid my taxi back home in Paris.

Did I spend too much in Florida ?
Did I forget to send him a postcard ?

No! Someone stole my cards details and was still doing some shopping while back in France …
Annoying and costly …
The bank cut both my cards and reissued new ones!

What did I do wrong so they could copy my bank card details ?

Thinking about it a lot, I gave my cards to a taxi driver who didn’t have the machine but something they use to take the print of the card. Then I think he turned the card and memorise the 3 security numbers and he had all the infos necessary to copy my card.

When I told the story to my mom, she said it couldn’t happen to her because she had a trick.
A trick? What trick?
And then she shared it with me and I will do the same with you.

To protect your bank cards, you need
. a pair of scissors,
. a sheet of paper
. and some adhesive or simply a sticker.
Cut the paper so I will cover the last 2 digits of the security code.
Than put the adhesive on it.

So easy, now they won’t have ALL your information and won’t be able to use your card to shop 4 times a day a pretty full cart in the Publix like it happened to me.

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PS: also be careful with the contact cards, and prefer wallet with anti-RFID shield so the thieves won’t be able to get your bank infos (just by hanging close to you in the metro or bus …)

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