02 Mar

Check the Label: Know the Synthetic Fragrances of Your Perfume

Most perfume manufacturers do not want their consumers to know the specific blends they are using in their products. In cases like this, the broad term “fragrance” is used. If you found this term in the label of your perfume, it only means that its fragrance is synthetic.  Aside from perfumes, you can also find this term in haircare products, detergents, and residential cleaning products.

Limonene

Giving most citrus fruits their distinctive smell, Limonene is used as a synthetic fragrance and in water-free hand cleansers. Limonene is also used in the field of medicine. They say that this chemical promotes weight loss, treats bronchitis, and prevents cancer. Experts say that limonene blocks cancer-forming cells. Aside from those, it is also used as a flavoring in chewing gums and other foods and beverages.

Galaxolide

Used in perfumes and other personal care products, Galaxolide are from fish from US and German waterways. This fragrance additive was first synthesized in 1965; a few years later, experts used this chemical in creating laundry detergents and fabric softeners. Galaxolide’s smell is sweet and slightly woody.

Tonalide

More commonly known by its trade name Musk Plus, Tonalide is strong persistent nitro-free musk which is commonly used in the perfume industry. It is one of the most known polycylic musks.

Musk Xylene

Just like any other synthetic fragrances available in the market, Must Xylene mimics natural musk but compared to others, it smells deeper and richer. In the 1980s, this perfume fixative was the most used of all “nitro-musks”. But because issues concerning safety and its effect to the environment were raised, the use of Musk Xylene has declined. The European Union is no longer using this synthetic fragrance. Also, many US companies are phasing it out.

Musk Ambrette

If you have a vintage perfume with Musk Ambrette in its label, do not use it anymore. This synthetic fragrance is already banned by the European Union because of numerous safety issues. It is believed that most perfume companies are not using Musk Ambrette anymore. But beware of perfume products made before the year 2000; they might still contain this hazardous chemical.

Basically, perfumes are composed of a base and fragrance compound. As a consumer, you must make sure that the you can trust your perfume manufacturer because some brands might still contain chemicals that are not good for your health. If you are looking for that perfume manufacturer in UAE that you can trust, just click here. We assure you that are products are safe for your health.

 

02 Mar

Post-Construction: It’s Not Over Until You Do These Things

Construction work, whether it’s a restoration, remodelling, or building from scratch, requires the use of materials and equipment. You may hire contractors for major projects, or you may do minor ones yourself. Both options include using materials that may need cutting, reshaping, painting, sanding, or other related processes. No matter the situation, it’s important to pay attention to these things after the construction project is finished:

Cleaning up

Any construction project, regardless of the scale and difficulty, will generate dirt and debris. From the cutting of wood to the mixing of cement, there’s a need to clean up afterwards. After the project, you need construction cleaning services in Dubai to make sure that every corner of your property is left as clean as it was before the construction started. Why do you need professional service for this? Well, they use specialized equipment that gets the job done, leaving no trace of the construction at all. Visit their website to see what kind of equipment they use.

Securing the Property

When you hire contractors, their presence is expected in the property. Neighbours might get used to them being around, which is fine while the project is ongoing, but after that, you should make sure they aren’t taking advantage of their familiarity in the neighbourhood. Change your locks if you must, and tell everyone that the contractors are done working on your property. This way, they’ll report any suspicious actions they might see around your property.

Keeping the Contractor’s Contact Details

Many residents in Dubai choose the same contractor for various projects because they have already established a good relationship with the company, and they trust it to deliver good results every time. If you’re satisfied with the contractor’s services, ask for their updated contact details so you can contact them easily for a later project. Being a part of their mailing list also gives you access to their promos and discounted services. Now wouldn’t that be a good prize for your loyalty?

You may think that painting the newly added room to your property or putting the furniture back in the house concludes the construction, but things don’t end there. Until every single debris has been cleared, it’s not yet over. Don’t forget to have a thorough clean-up of the property, and part ways with your contractor on good terms so that you won’t have a hard time contacting them for any additional work.

28 Feb

Facts about the Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World

According to language experts, there are 2,700 languages spoken around the world today and the most widely spoken languages are Chinese, Spanish, and English. Below are some interesting facts you might not know about the top three spoken languages:

Chinese Language Facts

  • Studies show that about one in five of the world’s population can speak a form of Chinese.
  • There is only one writing system of about 4,000 symbols for all Chinese dialects; these symbols are universally comprehensible.
  • With more than 800 million speakers, Mandarin is by far the most widely used form of Chinese. It is also the official language of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong (which is now once more part of the PRC) and Taiwan.
  • Aside from Mandarin, other important Chinese dialect groups are Cantonese, Wu, Xiang, Min, Hakka and Gan. Most of the Chinese-speaking people in the U.S. speak Cantonese.

Spanish Language Facts

  • According to Instituto Cervantes, Spanish is spoken by 500 million people today and with its growing trend, the Spanish language will reach 600 million speakers by 2050.
  • When it comes to the largest population of Spanish speakers, Mexico is on the top of the list with 114 million speakers followed by the U.S. with 50 million speakers.
  • The Spanish language is also called Español and Castellano (the Spanish equivalent of “Castilian”) by the people who speak it. The labels usually vary regionally or according to the speakers’ political viewpoint.
  • Aside from French, Italian, Catalan, Romanian, and Portuguese, the Spanish language is also classified as a Romance Language.
  • Spanish was the diplomatic language up until the 18th century.

English Language Facts

  • The official language of the sky is English; all pilots speak English on international flights.
  • Because of a printing error, the nonexistent word “dord” appeared in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940. It is now known as the “ghost word”.
  • ‘Uncopyrightable’ is the longest word in the English language that can be spelled without repeating any letters.
  • The longest word in English is a lung disease: ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’. It has 45 letters.
  • Around 4,000 new English words are added to the dictionary every year. That’s approximately one new word every two hours.

Not all of us are polyglots. So, if you have documents that need translation (technical manuals, brochures, medical reports, financial statements, websites, contracts, etc.), please visit our website today. Our language experts are the most trusted translators in Dubai. Let our experts help you!

 

20 Feb

Science-Fiction Can Influence the Creative Mind

Fans of science-fiction are a loyal lot. More than just follow along with their favorite motion pictures and television programs, they live through them. Science-fiction novels and other tales may live through their fans in overt ways. Cosplay is a perfect example of how this is done. And then there are more subtle ways in which a love of science-fiction comes through. Creative and artistic pursuits may reveal a love for science-fiction — a very positive thing. The stylized and futuristic look of all things sci-fi can definitely enhance the visual appearances of almost anything.

Science-fiction is alluring. Overall, the science-fiction genre has a positive air to it. Yes, there are dystopian works to be sure but most sci-fi — to most people — is a genre of upbeat whimsy. Creative people of all stripes can tap into such upbeat sentiments.

Futuristic-Looking Website Design

Taking advantage of a website builder is something publishers with “DIY inclinations” are prone to do. In addition to exploring their creativity, they can save a lot of money. When the website is only needed for minimal pursuits, working with a site builder program makes sense. The end result does not have to be a boring one. This is doubly true when science-fiction themed inspiration exists. Jazzing up a website’s borders with silvery colors common to make classic sci-fi movies would be a nice touch. The overall look does not have to be campy or over-the-top. Even minor sci-fi touches can have a nice visual effect. Website design is one example. Business cards, banner advertisements, t-shirts, and more could benefit from this unique stylistic approach.

Art and artistic pursuits do involve a creative process. A few things should be considered by those wondering about taking their creative pursuits in a fantastical direction.

Look for the Subtleties of Sci-Fi Entertainment

Grand special effects do make a unique spectacle out of science-fiction entertainment, but the art direction is what adds the little touches to the proceedings. Small things such as how simple furniture is tweaked to fit in with an image of a far off future reveals the attention to detail those crafting the entertainment display adhere to. Creative person should mute the volume on their favorite sci-fi movie or television show and look beyond the primary action in the frame. Try to focus on the minor touches. The influence of these little things might not be lost to a creative mind. What is kept in the back of the mind may come forth once again when the time comes to put together something unique, artistic, and futuristic.

20 Feb

TRAVELLING SOLO FOR WOMEN

The idea of women travelling on their own may seem outrageous and scary for the majority of the people, but traveling to a different place on your own provides you with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

Travelling on your own doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re lonely. Rather, deciding to travel on your own to an unknown place is one that speaks volumes about how confident you are about being on your own. It takes guts to travel on your own to a totally different place, most especially if you’re a woman. If others can do it, why can’t you?

Find the courage to travel and then just do it.

Plan your trip wisely and proceed with everything in caution.

One of the major concerns for women travelling on their own involves their safety. Crimes like theft and sexual harassment are just some of the pressing issues that concern women who would like to try travelling on their own. Ensuring that you are in a safe environment with secure conditions is essential. Women naturally have this instinct to protect themselves.

 Here are a few tips to have a safe and pleasant trip: 

BE STREET SMART.

Wherever you may go, always proceed with caution. Be a woman who is self-reliant and independent. Come prepared with thorough research about the place you’re going to and take all the necessary preparations beforehand. Even if you’re new to a place, act like you actually know where you’re going. Even if you get lost, make sure to choose wisely when you ask people for help. Seek help from another woman, go to a store or restaurant to ask for directions or simply just study your map.

When in need of withdrawing cash, make sure to get what you need for the day and choose a busy street where there are lots of people passing by.

If you’re feel that there’s something isn’t right with someone who’s trying to talk to you, make every effort to leave as soon as possible. Never take food or drink from someone that you just met. Trust your gut instinct on this. Even if in the end you find yourself mistaking a person’s intentions, it’s always worth trusting your instincts than to being sorry later.

BE OBSERVANT

Always observe the people that you encounter and try to learn from their ways and their culture. Be highly observant about the place that you’re going to and learn whatever you can, especially about directions. Try to map out and picture in your mind the layout of your hotel’s streets to keep you from getting lost. You never go wrong when you are more observant of the place and the people around you.

USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

Once you arrive at your hotel, consider using their local public transportation to visit different tourist spots. Knowing how the transportation system works in a certain place is crucial so you’ll know how to get to your destination and return to your hotel as well. Gather as much information as you can about how people travel and learn their ways. Be on the lookout for bus stops, terminals and landmarks while travelling to help keep you on track.

If you’re taking the train on long trips, avoid sleeping in empty cabins. It’s safer to share a room with someone than be on your own in times like these. Try sharing a compartment with a family or you can try asking for a female roommate.

DEALING WITH MEN.

Let’s face it, women will always have to deal with being seen as vulnerable and weak, especially as compared to men in general. Being vulnerable is what makes women perfect prey. Despite that, eventually you’ll have to learn how to deal with different kinds of men you meet along the way. One of the best ways to learn more about the place you’re staying is by talking to the locals. In smaller towns, the majority of the English speakers are men. So if you avoid talking to men entirely, you miss the opportunity to know more about the place.

Though there will always be a difference in terms of culture, learning how to deal with men is essential, especially if you’re travelling on your own. It’s ok to talk to men, but make sure to choose wisely who you’re talking to. Avoid giving out too much information, especially to people you’ve just met for the first time. Try staying with groups when exploring and avoid night strolls, especially in places with few people around.

In all places, always dress modestly to minimize unwanted attention from men. Learn from the women around the place and make sure to dress appropriately. If you want to be respected by men, you’ve got to act like someone who’s respectable. Be clear about your intentions and learn how to say NO clearly. Make sure to express it properly, using facial expressions and gestures to express what you feel. This will help ward off any unwanted attention.

Extra tip:

You can try wearing a fake wedding ring to ward off unwanted attention or pretend that you’re not travelling on your own and that you’re meeting someone who will be with you during your whole stay. This will help ward off opportunists and criminals from attempting to do anything to you.

Being a woman should never be a hindrance to where you want to go or what you want to do. Instead, let it empower you to find the woman you’ve been called to become as you embark on this journey of finding yourself.

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20 Feb

Considerations in Accessible Tourism

Accessible tourism is one of the greatest improvements that has happened in the accommodation industry. It is a type of tourism that enables guests with access needs such as vision, mobility, cognitive dimensions of access, and hearing, to function with dignity and equity. Their independence is accomplished by delivering tourism products, environments, and services that are all universally designed. This definition includes senior citizens, people travelling with kids in prams, and people with disabilities. Take note of the following if you want to know more about accessible tourism:

  1. a)       Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Here, your personal information is secure. It enables the U.S. Consulate, the Department of State, or the U.S. Embassy to reach you, your friends, or your family during an emergency, based on your preference.
  2. b)      To avoid accommodations that are inaccessible to you, you should learn to make calls and do research on the places you want to visit. You need to be certain that the places can provide your special needs, including wheelchair accessibility. Remember that your vacation does not need to be a struggle, just because you need special care.
  3. c)       Secure your bookings months ahead. It is more economical if you book your accessible accommodations months in advance. Remember that hotels located in European City Centers have only up to two rooms that are accessible. The best rooms are usually booked weeks in advance. If you want to leave for your summer vacation, complete your reservations as early as December.
  4. d)      Stay in parts of town that are accessible. Also, make sure that the areas outside your accessible hotel are also accessible. Research the hotel’s neighborhood by using apps like Google Map Street View, so that you can ask your chosen hotel anything you need to know about it.
  5. e)      Plan your route with care. Doing so allows you to see if there are accessible entrances, bus routes, sidewalks, train stations, and certain establishments.
  6. f)        Keep your back up plan. Every vacation has surprises. If there is an unpleasant surprise, be sure that you can deal with it. You can choose to travel with a person who can help you if ever there is a crisis. Be sure you remain calm and flexible, so that small setbacks do not ruin the trip. Back up plans make you enjoy your vacation despite the crises that happen.
  7. g)       Do you want a tour? Look for a company that specialized in accessible tourism, so that the tour you get is the smoothest and flattest ever. Here are some of the questions you can ask the driver or the guide:
  • What route will the guide choose?
  • Is the guide licensed and qualified?
  • Is the tour a personal one or will you be part of a group?
  • Have there been other disabled guests that the guide handled?

Always remember that you are having a vacation because you deserve it. Accessible tourism paves the way for accessible accommodation. Accessible accommodation is key in helping your stay become pleasant and comfortable despite your special needs. You need to be certain that everything is in order way before you pack your bags. So, do your homework and be prepared to enjoy your coming vacation.