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The seas are full of it, and so are our bodies. It definitely makes food taste better. But besides all of this, did you know that salt is used in skincare products? Preservative, cleansing, healing, antiseptic, detoxifying, salt dries things, but contradictory, it also helps hold moisture in. How, you may ask? When mixed in hair products, it builds texture. In body scrubs, salt exfoliates and purifies. Combined in bath soaks, it helps your body and soul relax. In addition, it fights the drying hot water effect on the skin. Today, we prepared a list with our suggestions for the five best salt-based products you absolutely have to try! All five come from the same brand – Bex les Bains.

Bex les Bains is located in the Vaudois Chablais and is at the foot of a salty region that extends over 50 km². Before this place gave its name to a salt-based cosmetics line, Bex was a famous health resort. Today, Bex les Bains is a cosmetics line brand made from salt-based essences. In addition, all Bex les Bains care products are made with the greatest respect for nature and people. Moreover, they are 100% Swiss made, without fragrances, synthetic dyes, and parabens. Continue reading to find out which five Bex les Bains salt-based products are top-rated for a skincare routine!

Hands And Feet Peeling

Hands And Feet Peeling works miracles with dry areas of your skin. The repairing effect of shea butter and beeswax combined with Sel des Alpes helps rebuild and repair particularly stressed skin. Moreover, your hand and feet will become naturally beautiful and supple again. Although made especially for hands and feet, you can use this incredible peeling for other particularly dry areas of your body. It’s very easy to use, just apply to damp skin once or twice a week, massage gently into dry skin areas, and then rinse off! You will be amazed by the results after just only one use!

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Body Shower Gel

Your skin is going to love this relaxing Body Shower Gel coming from Sel des Alpes. It helps your skin become supple and relaxed through the subtle combination of Sel des Alpes with essential lavender and orange oils. Body Shower Gel offers you proper skincare – day after day. They are PH-neutral, moisturizing, and lightly perfumed. In this way, you can enrich your shower experience with something according to your wishes.

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Face Rose Peeling

Face Rose Peeling gently cleanses the skin and removes impurities with its unique formula. It keeps your skin elastic and supple. In addition, upon contact with water, the peeling turns into velvety-soft milk and can provide your skin with even better moisture. Moreover, rose essential oil is known for its regenerative effects on the skin and is one of the key elements of salt-based products. It stimulates blood circulation and slows down skin aging. Apply once or twice a week to your face, massage gently with circular movements, and then rinse off, continuing to massage.

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Bath Salt

Let the beneficial effects of a bath enriched with Sel des Alpes permeate your body. Bath Salt supplies your body with oxygen and is ideal after physical exertion and against heavy legs. In addition, it cleanses and calms your body with essential pine and juniper oil. Moreover, it has a strengthening effect. This product is ideal for giving your body calm and deep relaxation! The best part is that there are no synthetic fragrances and dyes, and it’s paraben-free.

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Pine And Juniper Oil Body Peeling

Pine And Juniper Oil Body Peeling cleanses your skin and makes it soft and naturally radiant. Moreover, the repairing effect of essential oils from pine and juniper combined with Sel des Alpes helps your skin regain its natural radiance. The salt crystallizes into tiny pearls and, thanks to its cleansing and balancing effect, stimulates microcirculation and cell regeneration while removing impurities from the skin. In addition, pine and juniper oils are top-rated in aromatherapy for their detoxifying and invigorating effects.

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To sum up..

Whether it’s more restful sleep, softer skin, or more delicious food, high-quality salt works a beneficial role in our lives. We hope you like our list of favorite salt-based beauty essentials.

Here at Swissmade Direct, we have a vast collection of skincare products from various brands. If you want to try different Swiss brands, we can fulfill your needs. Browse through our inventory and order today. We’ll deliver to your doorstep!

Meet Rudolf Rössler, a mild-mannered journalist who ran a publishing company in Lucerne. He also happened to be providing the Soviets with highly sensitive information from Führer’s headquarters at just about the same time! Here’s a story about a Swiss spy called ‘Lucie’.

On 16 January 1967, a stateless Rudolf Rössler appeared on the cover of Der Spiegel. He had died nine years earlier and had been buried as modestly as he had lived: in a simple grave in Kriens near Lucerne. Were it not for the fact that he took with him to that grave a secret that remains unrevealed to this day, it’s unlikely anyone would have given any further thought to the memory of this quiet man who, under the code name ‘Lucie’, became the Soviet generals’ most valuable informant during World War II. Rössler, who his childhood friends described as a dreamer and an aesthete, could neither operate a radio device nor send a message in Morse code. Only his raincoat, which was always cut too big, and his hat, pushed down low on his forehead, might be thought vaguely evocative of the spy cliché.

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As a staunch opponent of the Nazis, in 1933, Rössler moved from Berlin to Lucerne on the recommendation of his Swiss friend Xaver Schnieper; in Lucerne, he took over the management of vita nova, a humanistic publishing house with a stable that included authors who were now blacklisted within the ‘Reich’. The then 35-year-old Rössler had no idea that he would soon be embarking on a different life – a double life.

Just a few years later, his network of informants in the High Command of the German Armed Forces (OKW), in the upper echelons of the Reich army, in the Reich’s Ministry of Aviation (Reichsluftfahrtministerium), in the German Army Weapons Agency (Heereswaffenamt) and in Germany’s Foreign Office would enable him to notify Moscow in good time of the ‘decisive battle’ at Kursk on 1 July 1943, ordered by Hitler, with 3,000 tanks and 42 German divisions. In a battle that was decisive for the outcome of the war, the Red Army succeeded in beating back this major offensive by the German forces. The notification of the Kursk offensive was just one of the thousands of messages that made their way to Moscow from Berlin via Lucerne between 1941 and the end of 1943.

How did it come about that a quiet, mild-mannered writer became the crucial lynchpin in the Soviets’ espionage network? 

In 1939 Rudolf Rössler received a visit from two young officers of the German General Staff. They informed him of the imminent invasion of Poland. Rössler decided to hear them out, and they confided in him: “We’ll give you all the information about military operations. We regard you as our conscience. Do what you want with the information. Hitler must lose the war”, Rössler recalled later. After that, he started to work as an agent against Hitler’s Germany – initially, however, only for the Swiss intelligence service (ND). At the beginning of the war, the ND was interested neither in espionage nor in intelligence and was, in fact, rather neglected by its director, Lieutenant Colonel Masson. As a result, a patriotic young officer called Hans Hausamann took over the task of military intelligence gathering and, sometimes using his own resources, established a service that was able to operate much more efficiently on the fringes of the military hierarchy.

In 1940 Hausamann relocated his Büro Ha to Kastanienbaum in Lucerne, from where he managed around 80 agents. Rudolf Rössler had already joined Büro Ha before then. Sometime later, he hired a translator, Christian Schneider, for his publishing business; each week, he sent manuscripts to Schneider’s home in Geneva. Sharing similar political views, the two men became friends. Rössler, who from the first year of the war onwards was being supplied with reliable information from all sections of the German army, increasingly involved his Geneva representative in his covert activities, sending Schneider little notes containing details of troop movements, equipment strength and armament build-ups. Much of this was not of any immediate use for the Swiss intelligence service and Büro Ha, but for the Soviet spy ring operating in Geneva, it would quickly evolve to become a high-quality and soon indispensable source of information.

Dora, Rosa, Maud, Eduard and Jim

The head of this Geneva outpost, which later became famous as the Red Three (Rote Drei), was the Hungarian Alexander Radolfi – codenamed Dora. When Rudolf Rössler agreed in 1941 to supply his ‘notes’ directly to the Red Three through the intermediation of his employee Schneider and the Polish agent Rachel Dübendorfer, who worked in Geneva, Dora was operating three illegal radio stations in Geneva and Lausanne. Geneva radio dealer Edmond Hamel (codename: Eduard) had one of these radio devices hidden behind a wall shelf in his apartment, Route de Florissant 192. His wife Olga (codename: Maud) helped with transmission and encryption. Rado paid the couple 1,000 francs a month. The second shortwave device was hidden in Geneva at Rue Henry Mussard 8. The apartment’s occupant, Marguerite Bolli (codename: Rosa), a waitress and Radolfi’s lover, had hidden her radio transmitter in a record player. The third device was in Lausanne, at Chemin de Longeraie 2. Englishmen Alexander Foote (codename: Jim), who had previously fought in Spain, had incorporated it into his typewriter.

The instructions for Lucie were also received in Lausanne. For example, on 9 November 1942: Where are the rear defensive positions of the Germans on the line southwest of Stalingrad and along the Don?

  • On 16 February 1943: Find out immediately via Lucie whether Vyazma and Rzhev will be evacuated.
  • On 22 February 1943: Urgently find out the OKW’s plans for the Kluge commando.
  • On 9 April 1943: What operations is the OKW preparing in the spring and summer of 1943, where, with what aims and with what forces, and which armies?

Swiss spy Lucie supplied Moscow with the latest information on the situation of German troops on the Eastern Front on a daily basis. Colonel-General Franz Halder, Hitler’s chief of staff until the autumn of 1942: “Virtually all German acts of aggression became known to the enemy as a result of treachery by someone connected with the OKW immediately after their planning in the High Command of the Armed Forces before they even landed on my desk. Throughout the entire war, it was not possible to block this source”, a revelation which caused the 1967 Der Spiegel cover story to state: 

From ‘Werther’ and from ‘Olga’, from ‘Teddy’ and from ‘Anna’ and around 200 other agents [placed in Germany], the threads ran to ‘Lucie’ in Lucerne and ‘Dora’ in Geneva. The intelligence from the German Reich and its staff was collected there. ‘Lucie’ and ‘Dora’ knew in broad brushstrokes and in detail more about the German armies than any individual German general.

The end of the great Swiss spy

Towards the end of 1943, when it became apparent that Germany was on the brink of defeat and Bern felt compelled to again turn its thoughts to the virtue of neutrality, the federal prosecutor’s office (Bundesanwaltschaft) decided to dig out the network of Rado and his syndicate. The Soviet agents Foote, Dübendorfer, Böttcher, Schneider, Bolli and the Hamels were arrested. Rado went into hiding. Swiss spy Rudolf Rössler, however, remained unmolested because his contacts were still valuable to the ND and Büro Ha even though, as an agent of the Soviets, he was still on the ‘wrong side’ at the end of the war.

As before, he was to continue to be an inconspicuous man. Together with his long-time friend Xaver Schnieper, a left-wing Catholic and at that time still a member of the Partei der Arbeit (Party of Labour), in the early years of the Cold War, he scouted military secrets in the Federal Republic of Germany on behalf of the Czech secret service. It wasn’t long before that went wrong. On 5 November 1953, the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland (Bundesstrafgericht) sentenced Swiss spy Rössler to twelve months in prison and Schnieper to nine months. In the grounds for its judgment, the court did at least confirm that the German emigré Rössler had rendered valuable services to Switzerland.

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Trial of Rudolf Rössler (front) and Xaver Schnieper, in Lucerne in 1953. Both were sentenced to several months in prison.

Swiss spy Rössler served his sentence and then returned to Lucerne. Six months before his death, he had revealed to Schnieper’s 18-year-old son the names of his German informants from World War II: “When you are a grown man and all those currently still alive are dead, you may name them publicly.” A year later, Schnieper Junior was killed in a car accident. Despite endless rumors and conjecture, the true identities of WertherAnnaTeddy, and Olga are still unknown today, and the question of how the numerous secret messages were smuggled to Rössler’s publishing house in Lucerne also remains unanswered. Rudolf Rössler passed away in Lucerne in 1958, as quietly as he had lived.

Chocolate milkshake, a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of year. But why not celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12? There’s no better time to indulge in this delicious treat. Chocolate milkshake is the perfect way to show your love for chocolate. Made with rich chocolate ice cream and topped with chocolate syrup, it is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.

Little bit of history

Chocolate milkshakes are believed to have originated in the early 20th century, and they quickly became a popular menu item at diners and ice cream parlors across the country. Today, they come in all sorts of flavor combinations, but the classic recipe is still the best. Start with a chocolate ice cream base, then add some milk and chocolate syrup. For an extra-indulgent treat, top it off with whipped cream and a cherry. Or, for a twist on the classic chocolate milkshake, try using Swiss chocolate instead of the more traditional milk chocolate. Whatever your preference, there’s no doubt that a chocolate milkshake is a perfect way to celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Whether you like your milkshakes thick or thin, with or without ice cream, there’s a chocolate shake out there for everyone. And what could make a chocolate milkshake even better? Swiss chocolate, of course! So in that spirit, check out these amazing milkshakes we prepared for you! And the best part, you can get them on our website! We’ll deliver right to your doorstep! Stock yourself on time for September 12!

Caotina Original Chocolate Powder

These days, chocolate powder has become very common amongst people. The powder is hugely popular and is used to make delicious drinks. And if you want to make the best, you need the right product, just like Caotina Original Chocolate Powder.

Caotina Original Chocolate Powder is the perfect chocolate indulgence for the discerning connoisseur. Made with real Swiss chocolate it offers an original full taste experience of drinking chocolate. If you consider yourself a chocolate lover, you will definitely like it! Caotina, the chocolate drink, is for those who love to feast and to please others. The drink can be prepared without a lot of effort and a very short time.

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Caotina Original Chocolate Powder Light

Caotina Chocolate Powder Original Light is as same as the original but without sugar! It’s sweetened with fructose, aspartame, and acesulfame-K. Therefore, this chocolate powder is suitable for diabetics people as well. Furthermore, it is also drinkable for those with gluten allergies.

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Caotina White Chocolate Powder

For all white chocolate lovers out there, we present you with Caotina White Chocolate Powder! Thanks to the refined recipe with real Swiss chocolate, it provides particularly delicate white chocolate enjoyment. Don’t miss out on this delicious treat!

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Ovomaltine Choco Powder

Next, we have Ovomaltine! This is the Swiss cult drink famous for 150 years. The drink was developed as strengthening construction product by Dr. Wander. Ovomaltine Choco Powder is a source of energy which taste of malt and cocoa. It is a delicious choice for everyday use! In addition, it contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. Without crystallized sugar.

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Want all the goodness of Ovomaltine, but with less calories? We’ve got you covered. Once again for those who prefer sugar-free products, we present your with perfect guilty pleasure – Ovomaltine Line Chocolate Powder!  It’s full of essential vitamins (ACDB1B2B6), as well as niacinphosphorus and malt. Hence, it’s a real energy booster and just what you need in the morning. Most importantly, it does not contain crystal sugar, making it suitable for diabetics.

DAWA milkshakes

And in the end, we have something special for you! If you enjoy different milkshake flavors, there’s no better than Dawa Milkshakes! They are ready to drink in no time. In addition, they refresh small and large connoisseurs with four different flavors. You can choose between vanilla, strawberry, cappuccino, or banana!

Dawa Milk Shake

Demand for CBD has grown exponentially in recent years, not only among consumers but also as research continues to show its therapeutic benefits. In fact, by 2023, the European CBD market is estimated to reach €1.4 billion.

However, we still have a major issue: where is CBD allowed? There is a great deal of confusion and uncertainty regarding what is legal and what isn’t.

This infographic from Elements of Green (picture below) tries to shed light on the innately complex legal status of CBD products in Europe so users can be aware of the regulations in their country before purchasing them online.

Here’s a full list of countries in Europe where CBD is allowed:

  • Albania | Illegal
  • Andorra | Illegal
  • Armenia | Illegal
  • Austria | Legal grey area (legal lean)
  • Belarus | Illegal
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina | Illegal
  • Belgium | Legal grey area (restricted lean)
  • Bulgaria | Unrestricted
  • Czech Republic | Legal grey area (legal lean)
  • Croatia | Legal grey area (legal lean)
  • Denmark | Unrestricted
  • Estonia | Legal grey area (legal lean)
  • Finland | Legal grey area (restricted lean)
  • France | Unrestricted
  • Georgia | Illegal
  • Germany | Unrestricted
  • Greece | Unrestricted
  • Hungary | Legal grey area (legal lean)
  • Iceland | Legal grey area (legal lean)
  • Ireland | Legal grey area (restricted lean)
  • Italy | Legal grey area (restricted lean/legal for medical use)
  • Latvia | Legal grey area
  • Liechtenstein | Legal grey area
  • Lithuania | Illegal
  • Luxembourg | Unrestricted
  • Malta | Legal grey area/legal for medical use
  • Moldova | Illegal
  • Monaco | Illegal
  • Montenegro | Illegal
  • Netherlands | Unrestricted
  • North Macedonia | Legal for medical use
  • Norway | Legal for medical use
  • Poland | Unrestricted
  • Portugal | Legal for medical use
  • Romania | Unrestricted
  • Serbia | Legal grey area (restricted lean)
  • Slovakia | Illegal
  • Slovenia | Unrestricted
  • Spain | Unrestricted
  • Sweden | Unrestricted
  • Switzerland | Unrestricted
  • Ukraine | Unrestricted
  • United Kingdom | Unrestricted
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To sum up, while a few European countries have declared it illegal to buy, import, or possess CBD, the great majority of countries have legalized it.

Furthermore, since each country has its own set of restrictions, CBD users should first educate themselves about the legislation and laws that apply to them before purchasing any online.

The world’s largest chocolate fountain has recently launched in the Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg, ZH. Believe it or not, it is nine meters tall! True chocoholics are already planning a visit, are you among them? Read on to discover more exciting facts about Swiss chocolate.

1. Swiss chocolate on prescription

Until the 19th century, chocolate was sold in pharmacies as a medicine. People considered it a revitalizing and stimulating treat because it contained theobromine. This ingredient was known to be a good diuretic. Moreover, since it has a vasodilation effect, it has been used to treat heart failure. On top of that, theobromine also positively affects breathing – it relaxes the smooth bronchial muscles and promotes mucus secretion. For that reason, chocolate has also been used for asthma therapy.

2. Luminous chocolate

Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Northwestern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences have developed a chocolate that shimmers in the rainbow colors! And all that without any additives. How does it work? An embossed structure individually creates the colors; one speaks of structure colors. The effect works similarly as a chameleon. In other words, the ordered structure on the surface of the skin breaks and scatters the light in such a way that certain colors become visible.

3. Swiss chocolate color

Did you know that by cracking a bar of chocolate, you can tell its color? It’s very easy: the higher the content of cocoa, the darker and crunchier the chocolate is. The ratio of cocoa and cocoa butter proportions is a crucial factor for this.

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4. World champions in eating chocolate

It’s absolutely no secret that Swiss people love chocolate. Moreover, they are first on the European food record. In 2019, it was 10.4 kilograms per each person. Nobody on the list is close to them! With 8.8 kilos, the Germans are in second place. And the Hungarians are in third place, with 3 kilograms a year.

5. Extravagant temptation

The most expensive chocolate is from…do you think that you can guess it? Exactly, from Switzerland, too! One board costs 640 francs. The manufacturer of this fine Swiss chocolate is the start-up Attimo Chocolate from Zurich. A year ago, the company officially made it into the “Guinness Book of Records”. Its chocolate contains a few of the exclusive ingredients: chuao beans, orange crystals, and saffron. Sounds delicious?

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6. Skin and hair benefits

Cocoa contains antioxidants and zinc, which protect the skin from harmful substances. On top of that, they are also beneficial for your hair. The high-fat content and the minerals will give new flexibility to your hair. But, make sure to be careful – overuse of sugar and fat may result in blemishes.

7. White edge

Did you know that a white edge is produced when liquid fat migrates from the inside of the chocolate to its surface and crystallizes there? That doesn’t look so nice, but from a health perspective, it’s harmless.

8. For all white chocolate lovers…

Strictly speaking, white chocolate is not actual chocolate, since it does not contain cocoa. Instead, milk powder and sugar are added to the cocoa butter.

9. More enjoyment, fewer calories

Food technologists are currently researching how, by reducing sugar and fat, one can significantly reduce calorie density. To this end, during production, for example, the chocolate is foamed. This method of production not only saves calories but also enhances impressions of taste.
More enjoyment, fewer calories – we could live with that.

10. Properly storing your Swiss chocolate

Nobody likes chocolate bars that are melted. However, the refrigerator is not the right place to keep it. Sugar can crystallize at cold temperatures, so the chocolate can lose its taste. Storing the bars in a dark and cool place is better – 20 degrees is ideal.

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Now that you know these ten interesting facts about Swiss chocolate, which of the following amazed you the most?

Provide your children with access to the world of melodies and rhythms with Xyloba – the marble run that makes music!

With Xyloba, it‘s possible to integrate sound modules, like the ones found in a xylophone, into a marble run – there are 20 tones available, allowing you to recreate well-known songs and even compose your own beautiful melodies. It‘s one of a kind!

Xyloba combines the world of construction and the world of music. Children plan, construct and in doing so get a feel for music, familiarising themselves with concepts such as notes, time, and rhythm.

How it works

The Xyloba is constructed from the base, i.e. from the point where the tune ends. Short ramps produce quarter notes and connect two adjacent towers. Long ramps generate half notes and run through an adjacent tower to the next tower. Furthermore, each ramp starts from and ends in a sound block where the chime is inserted.

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Get to know the Xyloba modular system in its three progressively more comprehensive models:

  • Xyloba piccolino,
  • mezzo,
  • and orchestra.

With Xyloba piccolino, you can build marble runs that are different every time. Moreover, using 4 interchangeable sound modules you can produce simple melodies – 26 pieces.

Furhtermore, with Xyloba mezzo, you can create a great variety of melodic marble runs, using 8 interchangeable sound modules to produce complex melodies – 40 parts.

Finally, Xyloba orchestra is ideally suited for kindergartens and nursery schools. The large number of building components encourage the children to participate. You can create a great variety of marble runs, using the 16 interchangeable sound modules to produce complex melodies – 96 parts.

It’s suitable for children above the age of 5. However, under the supervision of their parents, children above the age of 3 can already start constructing musical runs with the piccolino and mezzo basic kits.

Extensions for Xyloba Kits

Extensions for Xyloba Kits make it easy to upgrade your marble run! Choose between two upgrades – piccolino to a mezzo kit, and mezzo to orchestra!

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Xyloba Assorted Melody Kits

If you really want to have it all, make sure to get Xyloba Assorted Melody Kits! Choose between three different kits – Happy Birthday, Kindergarten, and Lullabies! No matter which one you choose, we’re sure your kid will love it!

Happy Birthday kit includes 37 parts and you can play the first lines of this song.

Kindergarten kit includes 56 pieces and you can play the first lines from 4 familiar Kindergarten songs:

  • Meine Hände sind verschwunden;
  • Wie schön, dass du geboren bist;
  • Wenn du fröhlich bist;
  • Häschen in der Grube.

Lullabies kit includes 104 parts and the first line from:

  • Arrorró mi niño;
  • Au clair de la lune;
  • Guten Abend gut Nacht;
  • Hush little Baby;
  • La Le Lu;
  • Ninna Nanna;
  • O wie wohl ist mir am Abend,
  • Schlaf Kindlein, schlaf;
  • Twinkle, twinkle little star.
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Xyloba Junior

But, that’s not all! For the youngest, we present you with Xyloba Junior, the little sister of the legendary musical marble run Xyloba. The marble track Xyloba Junior combines the fun of play for the littlest of children with a playful approach to the world of music. For their safety, they only use extra-large marbles, which cannot be accidentally swallowed.

With its universal components, it enables you to build an endless number of variants for different marble tracks. Fun with learning as a side effect is guaranteed! The large, colorful marbles roll majestically over the marble tracks. Combined with the sound bricks, they produce real notes.

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Choose between three different sizes: mini, midi, or maxi!

Xyloba Mini includes 17 pieces:

  • 3x Marble Run Long
  • 2x Marble Run Short
  • 1x Starting Brick
  • 9x Structure Bricks
  • 2 Wooden Balls

Xyloba Midi includes 21 pieces:

  • 3x Marble Run Long
  • 2x Marble Run Short
  • 1x Starting Brick
  • 2x Sound Bricks
  • 9x Structure Bricks
  • 4 Wooden Balls

Xyloba Maxi includes 25 pieces:

  • 3x Marble Run Long
  • 3x Marble Run Short
  • 1x Starting Brick
  • 4x Sound Brick
  • 10x Structure Bricks
  • 4 Wooden Balls

Xyloba is a really unique product and a fantastic gift idea! How to get it? You can order this fantastic any time in our store! We’ll deliver it right to your doorstep!

Millions of women around the world struggle with dry, rough, and wrinkled skin, and if you are one of them, you are most likely looking for the best products to erase your aging signs. Luckily for you, there are countless anti-wrinkle creams and lotions available on the market today that promise to take care of all of your aging skincare problems. But do any of them actually work? Which ones are the best to revitalize your appearance? Today, we present you with the Swissforce Wrinkle Serum that works wonders with your skin! Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Swissforce Wrinkle Serum will make your skin instantly firmer and supple because of its natural complexion. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of resilience by re-densifying and firming the skin. Hence, take a closer look at this unique combination:

  • Hyaluronic acid of high and low molecular weight
  • Collagen fibrils & Collagen Booster
  • Encapsulated retinol
  • Sweet Iris Stem cells
  • Swiss Glacier Water
  • Snow Algae Powder
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Sweet Iris Stem Cells

Numerous clinical studies show us that sweet iris stem cells have an anti-wrinkle effect. They stimulate the synthesis of constituents of the extra-cell matrix-collagens while limiting the action of the enzyme that destroys them. Also, these cells help with the production and differentiation of epidermis cells – that slow down the aging.

Thanks to those associated actions, the two skin layers can get back their density and their global balance. Therefore, they’re limiting the creation of wrinkles.

How to apply Swissforce Wrinkles Serum? 

Apply the wrinkle care two drops on clean face morning and evening.

Get firm and toned skin! Still wondering why this product stands out? Let’s make a quick overview:

  • Reduces Wrinkles & Fine Lines
  • Long-lasting hydration
  • Firms and plumps up
  • Non-sticky
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Formulated with natural ingredients
  • Free from PEGs, Parabens, Silicones, Synthetic fragrance
  • Made in Switzerland

Peaceful sounds, such as meditative or nature melodies, are all forms of music therapy that can be used to relieve stress and help you sleep better at night. Many people don’t realize it, but quiet, soothing music can have a very positive effect on your mood. That is especially true if you are dealing with a stressful situation. In this article, we bring you peaceful sounds of Swiss nature with Alpklang Music Boxes / sound motion sensors that can be played in the background when relaxing in your home. How do they work?

These boxes have a motion sensor that activates as soon as you’re one and a half meters close to it. Once you come that close, you’ll hear soothing sounds for three minutes. In only a few seconds, you’ll feel like sounds brought you to another world.

In addition, these products are wireless. Instead, there are already assembled three AAA batteries that could be changed whenever it’s necessary. Of course, you can adjust the volume as well. They give you the advantage of having soothing music playing in the background while you’re at work or sleeping without distraction from the outside world. Let’s dive in!

Peaceful Sounds of Swiss Nature

Achieve peace of mind with Forest Sounds Motion Sensor! Once you’re in the same environment with this device, it will play its sounds to bring you to a peaceful state of mind. It will be your companion once it gets dark outside. Also, it will help you flow gently into the dream world with its natural sounds.

On the other hand, if you prefer to place it in the living room, this music box can welcome your guests with its pleasant sounds of nature.

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Alphorn Sounds Motion Sensor

In Switzerland, Senn is the name of an Alp farmer. When he takes care of his cattle in the barn, he prefers to be inspired by traditional sounds. And these are the sounds you’ll hear once you come close to the SENN Alphorn Sounds Motion Sensor! You can choose between four colors – red, brown, charcoal grey, and blue.

The box likes quiet places and short visits. What does it mean? It prefers playing the music of Swiss nature every now and then, instead of yodling all day long. For example, you can place it into your living room where it can welcome your guests with a pleasant melody. Or, you can put it in your bedroom and flow into peaceful dreams.

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Relax Melodies Motion Sensor

The birth of his first son, Elia, inspire composer Daniel Wallimann to create the enchanting melody that brings his son to rest. The original song has been further developed by the three artists Daniel Wallimann, Antonia Gasser, and Tobi Gmür. In the process, they created an excellent arrangement with vocals, guitar, piano, and harmonium.

A perfect spot for the Relax Melodies Motion Sensor is the children’s room. The calming, peaceful sounds will help kids fall into the dream world with a sense of love and security.

This box is designed for the night, but it doesn’t mean you can’t place it in any room you wish to play its gorgeous melodies during the day.

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Sound Cards for Motion Sensors

Whether you prefer forest sounds, relax melodies, or cow bell and alphorn sounds, you can always order additional sound cards for each of these motion sensors!

The sound cards you can order are:

  • «Drubertine» by Daniel Wallimann, Artist: Yodelling group Bärgröseli, Alpnachstad
  • «Vo mine Bärge» by Anton Wicky, Artist: Alphorn player Gerry Ziegler
  • «De Wildhuser» (traditional), Artist: Yodelling club Männertreu, Nesslau
  • «Breitwang-Jutz» by Fritz Kropf, Artist: Yodelling quartet Sichleblick, Eriz

What is marzipan and where people use it?


Marzipan is a soft and thick confectionery paste made of pressed almonds used as icing or molded into sweets. It has a clay-like texture which makes it very easy to handle. It is usually used for cakes and other sweet treats because of its pleasant flavor and texture. Furthermore, marzipan for cakes is often combined with fruit fillings or covered with chocolate to give them a richer, darker taste.


Why use this paste in desserts? Marzipan is made from strong almonds, making it an excellent alternative to sugar or refined white flour. In addition, it is also made without hydrogenated oils, which makes it healthier for you. Lastly, it is very easy to prepare. Hence, it can be made ahead of time and frozen for several weeks until you need it.
This delicious paste is usually sold in tubes, tubs, or cans.

What is marzipan? First, learn the history!

Let’s start with little history. Marzipan originally came from the Middle East, and back then, it had rose water or orange blossom flavor. As early as 965, this specialty was one of the caliphs’ tables delights. Moreover, it became known in Europe through the Arab invasion of Spain and Portugal. At that time, only kings and princes could eat this specialty. When pharmacists started producing and selling the almond paste, as they had the spice monopoly, confectionery manufacturers soon began manufacturing marzipan. However, it remained a luxury item until the 19th century. Finally, when people started to produce sugar from sugar beet, which was cheaper than cane sugar, that finally made marzipan more widely available.

What is marzipan product?


Today, we prepared a list of delicious marzipan Swiss products you should try! In addition, they are all great as a gift to your special one, a friend, or a family member. Furthermore, we’re sure your kids will adore them! So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of marzipan sweets.

Assorted Mass

Let’s start with the basic one. Assorted Marzipan Mass is ideal for shaping figures, setting cakes, or simply sniffing! Choose between various colors – black, white, yellow, green, red, rose, orange, grey, green, brown, blue, nature. You can make any figure you imagine. Your creativity is the limit!

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Potatoes With Cacao Powder

Have a craving for tiny, sweet potatoes that are actually a dessert? Than Marzipan Potatoes With Cacao Powder – or Marzipankartoffeln in German – are for you. Made from fresh marzipan and shaped into tiny potatoes, this treat is creatively dusted in cocoa powder to create the perfect potato “skin” coating! In addition, these treats are traditionally given to friends in little bags or placed on the goodie plate at Christmas.

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Marzipan Balls

You will absolutely love these marzipan candies! Marzipan Balls are incredible delicious and perfect for any chocolate lover out there! They will leave you always wanting more. Hence, you will love this great 600g package with 25 pieces individually packed! Moreover, the best part is you can choose between three different flavors – rum (rum sultanas and chocolate (15%), apricot (orange liqueur apricot pieces and chocolate (15%), and nature (chocolate 15%). No matter which you choose, we’re sure it will become your favorite!

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Assorted Figures

We saved the best for the last! Marzipan Assorted Figures are lovingly shaped and painted by hand figures you will absolutely love! Big or small pig, good luck-pig, ladybug, ladybug on a leaf, owl, bird with heart, owl, hedgehog, cow, elephant, the choice is huge! Hence, no matter which you choose, you will not regret it!

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Fruit syrups are thick, clear, viscous juices prepared from natural fruit extracts. They are not the same as juices of citrus fruits, like orange or lemon juice, nor are they the same as fruit juices made from pectin, which is the substance in apples and many other fruits. Syrups have been widely used for many years to sweeten certain desserts, but they are more popular today for use in a wide variety of cocktails.

To use fruit syrups, just store them in a bottle with an airtight lid. To get the most out of them, you should store them in the refrigerator, but they also make fine additions to your cupboards if you place them in small containers.

Today, we take a closer look at Swiss fruit syrups. Swiss fruit syrups have become very popular the world over because they taste incredible and have a wonderful texture. However, they are also incredibly popular as gifts and decorations because they come in so many shapes and sizes. The amazing thing is that these syrups are not like any other type of fruit syrups out there. They are all unique and have an amazing taste that will blow your mind away.

Experience the rush of refreshment and full enjoyment of the taste that comes with Swiss fruit syrups. These beverages retain the smell and taste of fresh fruit, so they are deliciously drizzled on pancakes, waffles, or cereal. But also, you can add a splash of sparkling water, coffee, or tea or even create a unique taste by serving them with ice cream or yogurt. How many possibilities for an irresistible taste experience, but we have even more ideas for their use.

Elderflower syrup

Elderflower syrup is perfect for the preparation of soft drinks as well as for flavoring hot and cold drinks and cocktails. It tastes great in summer and any other season – just pour hot water on Elderflowers and relish their unique taste and scent.

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Herbal Swiss fruit syrup

The beautiful nature of the Alps is now shown in one bottle full of herbs. This syrup is the unique mix of the Alps you can perfectly enjoy with cooled sparkling water.

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Special Red One and Mint

Mint Syrup, as well as the tropical sweetness of Red Syrup, is perfect in an icy cocktail, mocktails, mochas, smoothies, and sodas. A must-have for hot and warm summer days!

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These Swiss-made fruit syrups are incredible and serve any purpose. They are made by following absolute quality standards. The brand behind these incredible syrups takes extra steps to offer the best products to the end-users, from ingredients to production quality. Enjoy and have fun with tastes!

Sugar damages your teeth and your figure. A piece of chocolate here, a piece of cake there: the average Swiss often consumes too much sugar. That can have serious health consequences. But does that mean that you have to forego sweetness in your dishes? Diet-conscious people, therefore, like to use sugar alternatives such as stevia or maple syrup.

Sugar alternatives could be the solution. You can easily find them on the shelves in supermarkets or on the internet. These products often have a high price but are significantly healthier than normal household sugar. Which sweeteners are there? And are they really a useful substitute? Let’s take a closer look.

Stevia

Steviol glycoside is a calorie-free sweetener that is taken out of the stevia plant. The stevia plant belongs to the chrysanthemum family and originates from the northeast of Paraguay. Hundreds of years back, the native inhabitants of Paraguay and Brazil realized the powerful sweetening power of this plant and since then have used the leaves to sweeten their own food and beverage. Stevia is also known as a honey capsule in these states because of its irresistible sweetness. Today, stevia has been cultivated in huge parts of the world and has been approved as a calorie-free sugar substitute from several countries.

Stevia is up to 300 times sweeter than conventional sugar and is obtained from the stevia plant. In addition, it is considered healthy because it does not contain any calories.

Honey

What could be more beneficial when choosing the best natural sweeteners than a product derived from the bees? Why? Because honey contains neither fat nor cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effects on the body. In addition, it is a natural product devoid of any calories or other substances that could lead to weight gain.

Furthermore, as a sweetener, it has a plethora of health benefits that have been proven through centuries of use. Raw honey contains high concentrations of antioxidants and other healthy compounds that can help you lose weight faster.

Just a teaspoon of this sweet nectar, for example, can easily spice up dishes.

Maple syrup

Maple syrup comes from Canada, the country with the maple leaf on the flag. Not only can it be a delicious sugar alternative, but when enjoyed in balance, it can really have some incredible health benefits. Furthermore, it contains calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese, together with at least 24 antioxidants. Maple syrup provides your body with the energy it needs during the digestion process and is absolutely low in calories and high in nutritional value.

Similar to honey, the syrup is said to have anti-inflammatory properties but is no less damaging to teeth than sugar. However, when you consume maple syrup, your blood sugar rises slowly. Also, due to the high water content, the syrup has fewer calories. Keep in mind when buying maple syrup: the lighter the color, the better. Use it for salad dressings, desserts, or classically for pancakes.

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar comes from the nectar of the flower buds of coconut palms. It belongs to the group of palm sugar. Asian small farmers produce the sweetener painstakingly by hand: They cut the flower buds until the coconut nectar comes out. This is collected and then boiled down.

A simple swap for any sweet recipe would be coconut sugar. You still need to consume it in moderation, but coconut sugar carries far more nutrients than refined white sugar. In addition, it keeps nutrients like the minerals iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, together with some short-chain fatty acids like polyphenols and antioxidants. That why this sweetener is a great sugar alternative!

This sweetener tastes like caramel and is only suitable for baking to a limited extent – as it does not dissolve as well as conventional sugar.

Xylitol

In addition to the conventional sugar alternatives, xylitol is being used more and more frequently. It belongs to the sugar alcohols.

In terms of taste, xylitol can score because it is similar to normal table sugar and is also lower in calories. In addition, it doesn’t promote tooth decay. Like all sugar alcohols, xylitol has a flatulent and laxative effect in large quantities. Therefore, observe the indicated dosages.

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Since the coronavirus pandemic began, we’re all aware, now more than ever, just how important hygiene and sanitization are. Simply put, proper hygiene can help protect your, your family’s, and everyone else’s health. Besides that, the ventilation of indoor spaces is super important in the fight against the COVID-19. Since viruses can be in the room air, it’s essential to minimize this risk. Today, we present you with two Belair 3000 models, Akku and Electricity, which are specially designed to fight bad odors and also coronavirus spread.

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Belair 3000 is a product that provides the effective removal of odors in toilet rooms. It upholds the highest standards of comfort, functionality, quality, design, and energy efficiency. Belair is a toilet seat with an integrated filter that quickly eliminates unpleasant gases before dispersing into the surrounding environment. Adjustable screws allow for simple assembly and disassembly of the device on most toilet bowls. The device requires less than a tenth of conventional bathroom ventilation systems’ energy and saves on the loss of heating energy during cold periods of the year.

Belair 3000 Akku and Electricity models

Akku model has a high-quality Li-Ion battery, charger, and one active carbon filter that is sufficient for one year (approximately). On the other hand, one battery charge is enough for ~ 1500 min running time (around four months). The battery charge takes about four hours.

The Electricity model has the main adapter, which is the main difference. There is also one active carbon filter.

Belair Active Carbon Filter

The brand placed a lot of time, effort, and resources to ensure their product can meet the new and growing challenges. For instance, in addition to cleaning foul odors, Belair’s models come with a virus filter. This virus filter can make virus strains such as COVID-19 harmless. In other words, besides all regular filters, there’s an additional Corona filter so that COVID-19 viruses cannot spread through the toilet. Therefore it is efficient and useful for office space and public buildings where the risk from airborne virus contamination is relatively high.

Belair Active Carbon Filter is suitable for the Belair 3000 Akku model. It lasts for approximately one year.

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Belair Battery Charger

Belair Battery Charger provides smooth and regular activity for your Belair 3000 models. The long-life lithium-ion batteries are suitable for thousands of charging processes. You can always charge it as an additional battery.

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Belair offers a comprehensive solution for your toilet. The design is sleek, and the ventilation integrated into the toilet ring works flawlessly and very efficiently. It not only takes care of the unpleasant odor – the well-regulated ventilation is efficient enough to suck the undesirable gases and filters directly out of the air. So, each process is automatic, without the need for any human intervention. Keep the Belair Battery Charger handy and keep the Belair always active!

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