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Made in Armenia Product Review: Shampoo to Prevent Hair Loss

Since Armenia is so full of imported products, I figure it would be a good idea to offer proper product reviews about their Made in Armenia alternatives. For some strange reason, foreign goods always seem to appear more appealing even if the locally produced are higher in quality and cheaper in price to some extent. Of course, it may even be very much worth paying a higher sum so long as you know that money goes to pay a local employer and employee, keeping the money within Armenia and spurring on local businesses. After all, how do you expect any Armenian business to thrive or even simply survive if we don’t all support them wholeheartedly. Just like it is the healthier option to take the stairs instead of the elevator, just look for the Armenian version of whatever it is you want to buy.

To start off my series of Made in Armenia product reviews, and I promise to have many from all types of different businesses here, I will start with my first ever locally produced product. I had a problem with excessive hair shedding for years before I came to Armenia. I had tried everything from baby shampoos to special organic rather expensive versions that would cost me $22.50 CAD per bottle. Nothing really seemed to work but I kept away from chemically induced shampoos in general. When I got to Armenia, 3 months in I was at a fair in Gyumri when I came across a line of shampoos and other interesting products that were mostly natural, paraben-free and looked rather intriguing. One of the items I picked up was this shampoo. It was in a bit of a different packaging then, but I love the simplicity of their labels to this day.

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The bottle cost me 2500 AMD, which is roughly $6.75 CAD. Now, it may seem like it isn’t quite affordable, but these are not made in China or manufactured by huge corporations. They are made by father and son here in Yerevan with lots of love. I have had the pleasure of meeting them and they are quite a lovely family. The best part? It worked like a charm! I won’t say that I don’t shed at all now, for it’s quite normal to have your hair replenished, but I can certainly say that I no longer stare at a handful; instead, it is a few strands that wrap themselves around my comb or fall around the house here and there. Other than that, my baby hairs have grown back in and the crown definitely appears fuller than it was when I got to Armenia. For a woman to be losing hair it is probably even more daunting than a man. Seeing your hairline fill right back up is an awesome moment. I have been using shampoos only from H Gardens at this point and could not have been happier with a hair product than I have been for the past 1.5 years. This is a brand that has fully earned my loyalty.

Armenian Amiras

The Amiras were a powerful class of Armenian commercial, industrial and professional elites in the Ottoman capital between the 18th and 19th centuries. They ran the treasury, mint and armaments factories, built palaces, mosques and public buildings, and operated many monopolies. Because of their unique position, they had good relations with Ottoman Sultans and administrators and played an important role in the development of the Armenian and Armenian Catholic millets.

Book on it: http://www.amazon.com/The-Amiras-Lords-Ottoman-Armenia/dp/1903656354

Review: http://www.reporter.am/go/article/2009-02-20–the-amiras–giving-armenians-back-some-of-their-history

Tears of Happiness

Manuel Menengichian, a beautiful love story and all in Armenian. It’s rather extremely hard to come across this amazingly perfect combination. Between cheesy lines and typical 20th century acting, Manuel’s Tears of Happiness definitely tops the list of a perfect oldies Armenian love story. I was very young when my mother surprised me with this film and have been an avid fan, constantly calling for the “Silva” videocassette for many years. Once I discovered the music cassette and then the CD that held most of his songs, I treasured it with my heart. Each and every song is special. Grab a loved one, cuddle on the couch, and for those who have never seen Manuel’s films, please do enjoy!

PS: subtitles included for those who don’t understand Armenian

Book Review: Ancient Yearnings

For anyone with a thirst for the exotic, for the naughty, for the erotic and the vampiric, with an added bonus of Armenian history, this is a perfect quick read to keep you sated for all of 5 minutes before you start craving more of the same genre. I came across the book by pure chance and decided to give it a try, doubtful of it’s potential. There were no reviews and no books similar or recommended by amazon to add onto the confection. What I wasn’t expecting was my total enthrallment with the idea that an erotic romance could have a sweet plot and sweeter characters. It’s not a very long book and I had it done within 2 hours (I’m a fast reader), but it was definitely one of my more favored romances. It’s not the best, per se, but I’m partial to the thought of it being set in Armenia, as an archaeological dig, while recounting Armenian history around 400 AD and including Armenian vampires. I think it’s the last bit that really gets me. Vampires are currently the “in” thing, especially with today’s teenagers. Where they are in love with Twilight, I lean more towards True Blood  and intercept with Vampire Diaries.

“In the 12th year of the reign of King Vramshabuh, the people of Hamparzoum erect this stone in honour of the great lord, Abaven Mardig, who turned into a Dakhanavar to smite the enemies of the land. He is the Watcher over Hamparzoum and all its people. This stone is set to protect the prison tomb of Atar, the fire demon of the South. As long as Mardig watches, the people of Hamparzoum will be safe”- the inscription on the khatchkar found in the novella.

I never knew Armenian vampires existed, let alone that they were called dakhanavars. Furthermore, what an awesome name for a protector of the land who’s a vampire over 1000 years old than Mardig! Abaven Mardig means Protective Knight, a name I find quite suitable for his role in the area. Whereas vampires known to the West are animalistic and evil creatures, the Armenian vampires were created to protect against enemies who wished to harm the Armenian people.

Needless to say, an Armenian with a love for action, vampires, ancient artifacts and sappy/erotic love stories, would definitely like this quick and pleasurable read 😀

 

the book can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Yearnings-ebook/dp/B003TFE36K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328761088&sr=8-1