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Why Can We Find Soy Lecithin in Swiss Chocolate?

Why Can We Find Soy Lecithin in Swiss Chocolate?

Since I live in Switzerland, many people around the world keep asking me questions about the country. How is it to live here? Is it really as beautiful as we can see on TV? Do you have a secret bank account? Most of all: Is the Chocolate really good, and can you send me some! Generally, I must say I am a good ambassador for the country and no: I do not have a secret bank account (at least I would not say it here obviously). There is one thing I always bring with me, as a good ambassador for Switzerland, while travelling is Swiss chocolate. Know-How and quality are purely magical. Very recently people started asking me about the ingredients they can read on the packages of Swiss chocolates. One ingredient caught my attention; Soy Lecithin. Why do we need it and why Swiss Chocolate brands use it? Here…

Eve Sleep, The Mattress Revolution Promising A Perfect Night’s Sleep

Eve Sleep, The Mattress Revolution Promising A Perfect Night’s Sleep

If you think everything was invented in terms of mattress and sleep business, wait until you meet eve Sleep. For a very long time, good mattresses have been sold through expensive stores at massively inflated prices. That is why eve was created. A simple, beautiful mattress, available to everyone at a surprisingly fair price. Eve Sleep, A Modern Story In The Air Of Times Eve Sleep believes that good sleep and great starts are too important to be elitist. For too long, mattresses have been sold through expensive stores at massively inflated prices. So the brand set out to create eve. We had the chance to interview Jas Bagniewski, the company Co-Founder and CEO. You can read the exclusive interview here: https://luxuryactivist.com/Interviews/Jas-Bagniewski The management team at eve spent 12 years between them developing mattresses and selling them all over the world. 70,000 mattresses later, they arrived at the most comfortable mattresses ever made:…

Reasons You Deserve To Treat Yourself

Reasons You Deserve To Treat Yourself

You go through a range of experiences and emotions during your lifetime that sometimes warrants some ‘me’ time. Many people find the notion of treating themselves as indulgent or that you might not have time to take out of your busy schedule to evaluate things. Treating yourself occasionally doesn’t have to be about buying things either, as just getting some relaxation or space to breathe can help you see things in a different light. With the stresses and pressures of everyday life, there will be times where you don’t feel enough recognition has been given or you feel sufficiently rewarded for your achievements. Even if someone else doesn’t acknowledge these, this doesn’t mean you aren’t entirely deserving of some praise. So if you feel like you need an excuse to have a little treat, take a look at some of the top reasons why you totally deserve it. It can make…

Swiss Blog #1: A Renversé Is Not A Coffee With Milk

Swiss Blog #1: A Renversé Is Not A Coffee With Milk

Our first blog post about Swiss specificities is dedicated to the Renversé! In Switzerland you do not say a Coffee with Milk, you say a Renversé… but be careful. It is not really the same thing! The name of Coffee varies a lot from one country to another and even sometimes from one region to another. However, if we compare the name given to coffee with milk in the adjacent regions of French-speaking Switzerland, we quickly see that the renversé (overthrown) finds no origin in our nearest neighbors. German-speaking Switzerland: Schale France: Café au lait Italy: Caffè latte Germany: Milchkaffee Autriche: Kaffee Melange or Kaffee Verkerhrt Netherlands: Koffie verkeerd Actually Verkehrt (herum) means reverse, upside-down in several languages. We do not really know why the term renversé was imported to Switzerland but we know more or less when. The first written proof of the usage of renversé in Switzerland seems to…

The Very Best of Vaudois Wine at Lausanne Palace – Every Monday!

The Very Best of Vaudois Wine at Lausanne Palace – Every Monday!

The Office des Vins Vaudois have the pleasure to invite you to an exceptional journey in which you will be able to taste and discover the best Grands Crus of the Vaud region. Exceptional wines that can be tasted only in exceptional places and in Lausanne only one place would honor this exceptional experience: The Lausanne Palace and Spa. During one month, you will be able to be charmed by the enchanting power and richness of Vaudois wines. It will give you a taste of the Christmas magic. Every Monday, discover 2 Grands Crus from Vaud and enjoy a relaxing start of the week. Monday 21st of November 2016 – Château La Bâtie 1er Grand Cru – Vinzel, Cave de la Côte – Château de Montagny 1er Grand Cru Villette, J. & M. Dizerens Monday 28th of November 2016 – Château de Châtagneréaz 1er Grand Cru, Mont-sur-Rolle – Les Roches Plates 1er Grand…

Swiss Blog: Aesop opens new store in Lausanne

Swiss Blog: Aesop opens new store in Lausanne

Aesop just opened a new store in Lausanne. Year after year, the Australian brand is investing into the Swiss Market as being part of one of its key european territories. Aesop is an amazing brand. It all started in 1987 in Melbourne – Australia. It was founded by Dennis Paphitis. His aim was to have a precise and expert range of superlative products in which he would gather the best of what nature and science can offer. In addition to skincare, Aesop also produces hair care, soaps and fragrance. Each time Aesop opens a new store, it is an unique new story starting. Each store has an unique design and atmosphere. In Lausanne, it is all about wood. Located in the historical area of the city, the new Aesop boutique was designed by  Marion Mouny, architect at Aesop Design department. The space is inspired by what Gio Ponti did at the Intercontinental Hotel in Naples….

Victorinox Fall Winter Fashion Collection, Modern Craft story.

Victorinox Fall Winter Fashion Collection, Modern Craft story.

What is surprising with Swiss Ingenuity is the large numbers of possibilities. Victorinox is the proud ambassador of such philosophy and the Swiss manufacturer has season after season innovated in the fashion industry. They propose a modern and clever fashion, crafted for outdoor and daily adventures. Here is our review of the new Fall-Winter collection by Victorinox. It is our Swiss Blog of the month. This is how Victorinox describes the new collection: “In the new-season collection from Victorinox, we embrace craftsmanship, celebrating artisanal skills and enjoying innovative textiles in apparel and accessories designed for endurance. The pieces in the new collection showcase the company’s trademark Swiss quilting in unexpected ways. Another key element in the collection is Damascus steel – the patterned metal giving a blade an interesting and artisanal look. Its distinctive markings are made using a handcrafting technique dating back to medieval times.” What we can say…

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Art in Switzerland: the most expected art exhibitions to come.

Art in Switzerland: the most expected art exhibitions to come.

Switzerland has an amazing network of cultural places and museums. It is probably one of the most rich countries in terms of art diversity. You can see exhibitions in Switzerland that probably you might not be able to see them elsewhere. Why is that? Probably the perfect blend between financial means (making things happening), culture expertise (to know what to do) and a strong aim to maintain a strong cultural activity. Here is our Swiss Blog post of the month about the most expected art exhibitions in Switzerland for this new season. Kunsthaus Zürich in 2016: Alberto Giacometti, Beyond bronze. From 28 October 2016 – 15 January 2017. Fifty years on from the death of Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), the major temporary exhibition ‘Alberto Giacometti – Beyond Bronze. Masterworks in Plaster and Other Materials’ illuminates the fundamental aspects of this world-famous Swiss artist’s oeuvre and technique. It is a different Giacometti that you will…

Video: when Swiss Tradition meets Pop Music, by La Cote International School

Video: when Swiss Tradition meets Pop Music, by La Cote International School

Switzerland is full of contrasts where traditions meet modernity. This week, the students of the prestigious La Cote International School created a surprising act in one of Switzerland shopping malls. By partnering with a traditional Swiss men’s choir they performed a flash mob allying Swiss traditions and French Pop. The video is quite interesting as we can see the 2 worlds collision and a very interesting synergy. In the spirit of a flashmob, The students from La Cote International school and the Swiss Choir of Candy interpreted the French pop song “L’avenir” by Louane. The act took place at the Centre Commercial Manor Chavannes. This is our Swiss blog of the month. Swiss traditions are stronger than never In this video we see one of the strong traditions in the Swiss region of Gruyere: the Traditional Choirs also called “Choeur des Armaillis de la Gruyère”. This tradition of male choirs started…

The Swiss Chocolate Industry, key figures.

The Swiss Chocolate Industry, key figures.

Here are the Swiss chocolate industry key figures. Less chocolate was sold in Switzerland in 2014 as compared with the previous year. In addition, consumers turned more and more to imported products. Sales of Swiss chocolate fell appreciably in the two most important export markets.

Discover Lausanne like you have never imagined – Science Day.

Discover Lausanne like you have never imagined – Science Day.

Next Saturday, October 3rd 2015, the entire city of Lausanne will meet at Place de la Riponne. They will discover the city in a way they have never imagined. Is the fountain of Place de la Riponne inhabited? Why there are fallows in city spaces? Is Lausanne a great place for living for Plants, insects and other little bugs? Activity done by L’Eprouvette – Lausanne University public laboratory.

Social Media in Switzerland, 2015 figures

Social Media in Switzerland, 2015 figures

Here are the updated figures for Social media in Switzerland. These figures correspond to end of August 2015. As we can see, Switzerland is a very connected country in which luxury brands but also media, electronics or retail food are all using social media to communicate with customers and fans.