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Quick Read: 5 Essential Oils for Flu Season

Dana Cutolo

Winter for the northern hemisphere is cold, dry and we're all battling several strains of the demon flu. Essential oils won't heal your flu solely (except for oregano, that will), but they will sure make it hella more bearable! 

I made a list of my top 5 must have essential oils for healing exhaustion, flu and cold symptoms such as stuffiness (and irritability). *** Also, all of these oils are from sustainable and quick growing trees + herbs :)

Let's start with ways to use essential oils:

- Diffusing: Adding 15 drops to a diffuser and letting it fill the room

- Topical by adding to a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil

- Add to a bath to release mucus and relieve headaches

- Internally ** only some essential oils should be used this way


 

You can blend essential oils or use them singularly for a variety of conditions and/or just to have an amazing smell permeated through your room without smoke (like from a candle or incense). Diffusing essential oils helps me tremendously with so many conditions, such as congestion, stress, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, body pains, asthma, allergies..... and in place of a candle when your house gets stuffy. 

Okay, so the essential oils:

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1. Ginger Essential Oil

Life giving is my only way to describe this oil - add a couple drops, or if its easier put a cup of sliced ginger in a cotton bag (muslin bag on Amazon) and place it in the bath. if you have some mustard seed + lavender you can add that too.

The ginger will bring heat to the body and help your body expel mucus, especially in the weeks after your sick.



 

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2. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is essentially a natural anti-biotic, it's anti-viral and anti-microbial. You can put two drops under the tongue or take it in a shot of water twice to three times a day.

I've used oregano to heal small stubborn wounds, gingivitis, and viral illness; also if used with echinacea it can help you heal super quick! On our road trip across America this year, I had intensely swollen lymph nodes, so i grabbed my hot tea and oregano oil and it died down in a couple of days.

 

 

3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus globulus is a menthol, almost camphor like scent that clears your nasal ways and helps relieve asthma symptoms and migraines.

I constantly keep this on me, in a roller bottle with Lavender and Grapeseed oil. About 30 drops of each, making it a super powerful and effective oil. I'll just open it up and smell it when i have a migraine, im exhausted of stuffy.

When you're really bed tied - just diffuse this oil, and if you have olive or coconut oil, add 15 drops to a little bit of it and apply it under your nose. If you're asthmatic, boil a pot of water or just fill a bowl with hot sink water and add a few drops, put your face over it and breathe in. Make it more effective by putting a scarf over you and the bowl to create a small steam space. 

 

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4. Lavender

We all know how amazing lavender is... it's essential a cure-all. I carry this for anxiety, stress, stuffy nose, migraine and body pains. 

Add this to another oil like olive or coconut or water in a spray bottle. For body pains I massage this oil onto your body after a hot shower. 

Diffuse this oil at night to enhance sleep, lower stress and get a full night of sleep. 

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5. Lemongrass

This is one of my favorite oils to diffuse while I take a bath, it genuinely feels like you're in a spa - except you didn't pay a stupid amount of money and nobody is there to bother you :). 

Lemongrass helps to reduce fever and inflammation, and brings clarity to the mind so you can stop feeling fuzzy and disoriented. I feel that way a solid week after the flu. 

It's extremely strong, so diffuse only a little and if youre adding it to a bath a single drop in the running water is enough. 

 

 

I'm going to go diffuse some oils and de-stress! If you want to subscribe to our email list to receive a notification when we post just sign up below!

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Thoughts on Conservation, the Environment and Natural Beauty

Dana Cutolo

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Perception is a funny thing. - everything we see and perceive as reality is only based on our experiences. Sometimes we think we are doing good but we are actually causing unseen harm.

I see this in the natural beauty sector. It's easy to assume that because something is labelled 'natural', 'environmentally safe' or 'vegan' that it's automatically a safe choice. Most of the time this is true, and we cannot expect everyone to invest time out of their busy days to investigate labels (trust me, I don't want to do that either -_- ), but creating a basis for understanding our environment can help take the guess work out of being sustainable.

What is "Sustainable", well it's being able to use a resource without infringing on its natural habitat or using so much of it that it becomes endangered (i.e. rosewood, etc).

Here are some key points in determining a products sustainability:

  1. Are the ingredients quick growing? Do they grow quickly like rosemary, orange, lemon, peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus for example. Slow growing, hard wood trees like Sandalwood , Frankincense and Rosewood are not sustainable, despite labels claiming that they are "verified sustainably farmed" - think about it, any tree that takes many years to develop has the potential (and usually is) illegally overharvested and bought from a black market.
    Bottom line: do we need to cosmetically use ingredients that harm the earth? No.
     
  2. Don't assume vegan is better for the earth. For example BEESWAX!!! I know, vegans think beeswax is wrong because it's an animal product. That determination is wrong because nature is not that simple. Beekeepers live and breathe for the safety and health of their bees, and the extraction of beeswax is a carefully managed procedure that does not harm or kill bees in anyway shape of form. Vegan waxes such as soy, palm, and carnauba wax is extremely unsustainable. Palm and carnauba come directly from trees that aren't sustainably grown - why use them? Beeswax comes from a caring farmer that values bees and the resource is 100% sustainable, whereas vegan waxes are not. 
     
  3. Plastic containers or excessive packaging I always prefer to buy products that have a reusable or easily recyclable in your location.

These are just some quick and easy beginner tips to sustainable cosmetic choices! I'll be discussing this topic in a more depth in future blogs so stay tuned!

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Closing 2017

Dana Cutolo

What a year it has been... I don't exactly know where to start. A quote from Yoga Girl can accurately sum it up: 

"Every time I thought I was being rejected, I was actually being redirected towards something better."

2017 was a crazy year... and it all started around December of 2016. I was in a dark, bad place in my life. I had just gotten out of an unhealthy relationship and I had really started to see my own flaws clearly. 2016 had gotten the best of me, I was not confident, chronically exhausted, physically unhealthy - I was ignoring myself in an effort to please others, and that only leads you to a breakdown. Because I was in a completely devastating depression it was easy to put every goal I had on the back burner. I told myself, one day I'll get to that, soon I'll have time for this - there is never going to be a better time to put yourself first.

Thankfully, there are some pretty amazing and inspiring people in my life that were able to motivate my to change my situation. Every thing in your life, to an extent, is within your control. If you aren't happy it's up to you to change it... So that's what I did - I booked a flight to Oahu, Hawai'i for 2 weeks to get my head straight for the new year. When I returned I felt brand new, on a life high (or on a hi-life ;) ). I had reconnected with my now fiance', the love of my life - the one person that builds me up every single day and sees me for who i really am... When you feel that revitalizing life force, you need to chase it, however crazy it seems because you owe that to yourself. 

That was in January 2017 - after a long cross-country trip from New York to California, living on a boat for months and becoming a mom to the most perfect angel dog in this world - now, in December, I call Oahu home. I can honestly say I am dedicated to changing what isn't right in my life, instead of dwelling on it. Find solutions instead of just seeing dead ends... and don't let anyone put out your fire for life.

I'm realizing this is a vast over-simplification of everything that led up to me moving here - but maybe I'll save the rest for another day.

What's Next in 2018? 

My top new years resolutions are:

  1. Exploring the rainforests, taking in the beauty of this world and learning to give myself time to enjoy nature... 
  2. Planting more trees! 
  3. Become more minimalist and creating less trash waste.
  4. Spread the message of Ny'Ala and donate more to reforestation!

I have partnered with an amazing organization called "Reforest Hawai'i" and I will be launching new products that will donate directly to planting Koa trees on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

These products include a Tropical Body Serum packed with Hawaiian plant oils, a Tropical moisturizing hair perfume and plant cosmetics :) If you're interested in donating to them now, all of our new apparel donates $5 per item! 

I am so excited for the new year and all it has in store for us! If you're interested in writing for Ny'Ala, or being a Brand Ambassador - email me at DanaCutolo@Ny-Ala.com !

Happy New Year!

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Glitter is Taking Over the World.... In A Bad Way

Dana Cutolo

But really - we've come to realize that micro-plastics have seeped into every crevice of earth - including the inside of the fish we eat... well, glitter is a micro plastic. Microplastics have the potential to damage our environment severely, and because of their size, they are extremely difficult or impossible to clean up. 

Plus - don't you hate that you can never get glitter off of you after you apply it? I do..

National Geographic 2017

National Geographic 2017

An article from National Geographic "To Save the Oceans, Should You Give Up Glitter?" explains this best, here are some quotes:

“All glitter should be banned because it’s microplastic and all microplastics leak into the environment,”

"Glitter is made from plastic sheets and used in a wide array of products, including cosmetics. When washed down the drain, glitter becomes a subset of marine plastic litter known as microplastic. Microplastics, which measure less than five millimeters in length, are found throughout the world’s oceans, from the surface to the deep sea floor. They are consumed by plankton, fish, shellfish, seabirds, and other marine life. Plastic bits collect in birds’ stomachs, where they can cause them to die of starvation. Scientists have become increasingly concerned about its effects on fish and other marine life."

This is a HUGE bummer to glitter lovers everywhere, but there are other options. Mica, a mineral dust / powder that is a natural shimmer is great replacement for glitter. Ny'Ala Shimmer Oil + Shimmer Bronzer Stick were originally, and still are, formulated with natural + unaltered bronze Mica powder - because we never supported using plastic on your skin.

Why do companies use Glitter rather than Mica? Because glitter is cheaper (it's a manufactured plastic), there is a wider variety of color since it's physically made, it's a bigger particle size and has a more bold appearance. Mica is smaller in particle size. 

For us at Ny'Ala, mica is a more natural glow / shimmer / highlight, and it's safer for the body and the environment.

If you're looking for alternative shimmering cosmetics, you can shop our Shimmer Bronzing Oil + Shea Butter Bronzer Stick! 

Let's all try to commit to making the world a better, healthier place for all by finding alternatives to damaging products.

.... it doesn't seem like your single cosmetic choice can make a difference, but it does.

My Basic Balm Recipe

Dana Cutolo

Natural balms are great for winter- I carry them everywhere! You can do literally everything: lip balm, eyebrow + fly always + edge pomade, matte lip balm remover (works wonders for a matte lip stick reapplication while out!), dry spots, cuticles, removing makeup, add to a mask instead of oil for a balmy glow.

Get ready for winter and make a whole batch, put one in every bag so you’ll never be dry and patchy!

 

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You can use this basic formula as a skeleton for every balm or salve recipe. Add essential oils (like rose, lavender or camphor) or substitute oil for an infused oil - my favorites are Calendula infused olive oil and lavender or plantain infused oils

Everything is Connected - Why Small Farms Change the World (Part 1)

Dana Cutolo

We talk a lot about how we want to #savetherainforest and planting trees... but the core of Ny’Ala started out with supporting small businesses - meaning we create products with materials bought from small farms or companies with a mission - and this alters how we effect the environment.

Every purchase we make has the power to shift the world in a positive direction. Sourcing locally, or from a sustainable small farm or initiative has incredible impact in our communities and environment. That was one of our huge motivators for creating Ny'Ala - prove that we can make good choices without compromising on quality or affordability (too much).

An example: Cheaply prices palm oil is the leading (nearly sole) cause of rainforest destruction in Indonesia. Massive corporations need access to a hard oil in massive quantities in order to keep processed food and cosmetics shelf stable and cheap. Palm oil is found in absolutely everything from food to cosmetics to cleaners, used for fuel, etc.

A need is just a need. If we diversified where we got this oil, and cut it with other oils, there would be less impact. That is the bottom line - we choose the impact. If each company chose to use more local, or well-sourced ingredients, the social and environmental impact would be HUGE.

Poverty is a vicious cycle, and in a lot of countries the government does not offer assistance, so your left to your own devices to lift yourself out of that cycle. Supporting small business directly fights deforestation, mitigates chronic use of forest materials (like cutting endemic trees for charcoal), and allows people to have a sustainable job that isn’t demeaning (like gold or jewel mining, etc). 

I saw this is Ranomafana, where I was so blessed to have met the most amazing medicinal plant farmers. Unfortunately, with new medicines and technology the industry had crashed and the farmers families had moved onto to different jobs, or remained jobless.

In 2015, I had been hired for a short term job in Ranomafana to learn and work for a reforestation initiative at Centre Valbio, but also to talk about the new potential for essential oils in the natural body care and perfume industry worldwide.

The local medicinal plant farmers were so excited about the thought of having their traditional businesses back - and spoke of how it would positively impact the community and rainforest by allowing them to leave unsustainable jobs and choose better resources. They came up with a business plan and secured funding for a shared distillation machine. 

Now, in 2017, their business is developing and securing jobs for more people every day... and of course the essential oils are out of this world amazing! Deep green Geranium oil and wildly camphorous Ravintsara (and more to come!). These people have incredible talent and produce some of the highest quality oil I’ve ever used (it’s in our Magic and Revive Collections!).

It's amazing how this world is connected in every way - but it's even more amazing to be a part of the shift that's occurring... 

What a time to be inspired :)

Cold Weather Care for Skin, Body & Soul

Clara Perez

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As the cold weather settles in and the sweaters are broken out, our skin goes through a transition much like our closets.

During cold weather months, skin conditions like dryness, redness, wind burns, dry body, and itchiness become very common.

These issues can lead to uncomfortable conditions on your face and body and can leave you with irritating patches of redness and discoloration.

To get a jump on your winter routine and take preventative care now, lets learn about ingredients that can help remedy these common skin issues:

Calendula and hemp seed oil are well known natural anti-inflammatory agents. Using products with either of these ingredients will help reduce the swelling associated with itchy and wind burnt skin. Applying an oil to face and body daily helps to create a protective moisturizing layer over your skin that reduces the chances of increased dryness and persistent itch.

Baobab oil is full of antioxidants and is nutrient dense. This makes products containing this super-fruit oil perfect for treating redness, dryness and signs of aging which increases when skin is irritated.

Shea aids in your skins natural ability to produce collagen and helps to protect skins natural oils, making it a well-rounded product to use to combat dryness and irritation. Keeping skin soft and strong, products with shea and shea butter can be used on face and body daily to keep the cold weather at bay.

Ylang-ylang essential oil has benefits for skin all year around but during winter months, this aromatic ingredient helps to create a good balance between maintained moisture and oil. This balancing act can help fight dryness and improve your skins ability to resist damage from wind burn.

 

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Finding and using cosmetic products that contain these all-natural and powerful ingredients can help fight all the signs of a punishing winter. That means your face and body will always be in summer mode which is good for anyone’s soul!

3 Self Care Tips for the Overwhelmed

Dana Cutolo

This week I had goals of writing an in depth blog about essential oils; how to source them, my top most useful essential oils, how to look out for sustainability and minimal rainforest impact and the reality of the fragrance industry. Life got ahead of me, and I wasn't able to find the time to write it. I went to bed last night stressed out and uncomfortable, only to wake up and realize, it's okay to table a project and be real. Head's up, because that's coming on Monday morning!

I had a beyond crazy week, prepping for a few wonderful events this week, filling orders, starting a new (and awesome!) job, and dealing with leaving my 7-month puppy alone twice a week for 5 hours... plus a few more things. All in all, typical life stresses got me feeling overwhelmed.

SO, here I am... 6:30 a.m. before work realizing that the only thing that really keeps me sane is a work-life balance, and some self love.

You have to carve out the time for your rituals every day, and know when to give yourself a damn break... Your creativity and drive will suffer without it.

 

3 self care tips for when

you're completely overwhelmed


 

1.  Mini Spa Night At Home

Sounds in-depth but it doesn't have to be. Whip out a face mask, or a heavy duty serum and apply to your face, and hop in the shower. If you can, close the doors and let the steam warm up the room. Take your time in the shower and just enjoy the peace. You can also diffuse your favorite essential oil blend or add a few drops to the shower.

When you're done, grab a moisturizer,  (oil, preferrably) and gently massage your face and neck and shoulders. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to boost the stress relief!(I search "self-massage" on youtube for tips!)

 

2. Make a cup of tea or hot cacao!

My favorite teas for a quick calm are:

Chamomile + Honey, a quick easy blend with no caffeine to calm your stomach and mind.

Lemon Balm + Ashwagandha + Mint Tea, a refreshing adaptogenic blend to calm frazzled nerves.

Cacao + Kava + Coconut Milk, a tasty winter remedy with serious anti-anxiety power - I have to say, just because kava is a natural plant does not mean it isnt dangerous - take this before bed if it's your first time trying Kava! 

***Try the kava first! if you hate the taste, then take the tincture and drink the cacao + coconut milk + water mixture separate!

Ingredients >>> One Cup Water + 1 heaping tablespoon cacao + a splash of coconut milk and 1-2 full droppers of Kava Kava Tincture (any health food store will stock this!). Blend in a blender
How to make >>>  Combine + heat the water, cacao and coconut milk, and blend with an immersion blender or normal blender. Add Kava tincture and mix. 

 

3. Get Outside!!!

Seriously, go take a walk, go to the beach or the park. Make sure to stay there at least 15 minutes. You can write, meditate, explore around, just try not to be absorbed into your phone! 

The benefits of nature are well-known, and powerful, so get out there!

 


Now, these are just the top three things that make me feel a little more on track when I'm completely burnt out. 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Inspiration from Nature

Dana Cutolo

Tangles vines, enormous palms, colorful Heliconia flowers, big baskets of bird nest ferns and cycads, and bamboo thickets... the rainforest is a wonderland all in itself. 

These days we've been seeing tropical plants and ecology as a main feature in design, of homes, clothes and atmosphere. I have to say: we're digging it.

Bringing nature into your personal surroundings is a sort of meditation, a way to relax our minds through nature. 

I love design and I am head over heels in love with fusing nature into minimalism...

 

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How to Stock Your Own Rainforest-Friendly Makeup Bag

Clara Perez

Helping the environment doesn’t have to cost you your favorite makeup items.
Making small and simple changes to your everyday products can mean more green in your pocket and in our rainforests!

There are a few necessities that all ladies need in their makeup bags to help get
through the day. Essentials, from your morning facial oil to your evening clay
cleanser, can all be tailored to give you the same (if not better!) radiant effects
you’re used to but with more benefits to your health, wallet and planet.

Ny’Ala Skincare products can be swapped for other commonly purchased
cosmetics and skincare items. However, with Ny’Ala’s 100% all-natural
ingredients and affordable prices, your skin and bank account will thank you. And
as if that’s not enough of a reason, Ny’Ala plants trees for every product purchased!

These Ny’Ala products are a great start to shopping more consciously and
stocking up your rainforest-friendly makeup bag. Check out the table below to see how these products stack up against traditional brands…

 

Basic Moisturizing Oil

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Lip Moisturizing + Repair

 

Clay Based Facial Cleanser

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Under Eye Serum for Puffiness

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Healing Lip Treatment

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Sea Salt Hair Treatment

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Lip + Cheek Multi-Use Stain

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Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula

Dana Cutolo

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Calendula is one of my favorite flowers for beauty and wellness. It is a powerful, yet super gentle herb that can be used topically and internally (yes, it's a gorgeous edible flower!). Calendula is a type of marigold and is part of the Asteraceae family. You can use this for a wide array of skin and stomach disorders, it is so gentle that many baby rash and skin formulations are Calendula based.

Properties of Calendula

Calendula in traditional medicine is warm and drying. This contributes to it's immense healing properties. It is antiviral and anti-inflammatory and is used topically for treating acne and rashes, and is known for reducing bleeding and soothing irritations. Calendula is the best herb/flower for repairing the skin because it naturally helps the skin to build more collagen for repair. Trust me, this stuff is magic when it comes to cuts and dry lips!

 

What Can I Use Calendula For?

  • Topical: Skin irritations, rashes, cuts and infections, as a cuticle oil - use topically through a salve, balm, cream or infused oil.

  • Topical: as a lip moisturizer, especially during a dry winter or cold sore season, as Calendula is known to fight bacterial and viruses - you can check out our Calendula Lip Oil Roll On here!

  • Internal: Stomach ulcers, and inflammatory stomach disorders by drinking a tea, or adding Calendula to a soup, bone broth, or stew.

 

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Edible Calendula

Another fun recipe is Calendula (and any edible flower) ice cubes! All you do is place the flower, dried or fresh, into an icetray with water or tea and let freeze! Super cute!

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about one of my favorite ingredients.

 

I created a video to help explain some of the benefits of Calendula, watch below! I know it's pretty bad quality, but hey, I'm learning! Promise the second the video will be much better! 

The Benefits of the Rainforest

Clara Perez

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While many of us have heard about the plights to “save the rainforests”, few of us may know the true value and nobility of this cause. The rainforests are of great economic, social and moral importance to the planet. As humans we tend to not understand what we can’t see and if we don’t understand it, we certainly won’t invest time, effort or money into it. This issue can cause disconnect between us and the efforts to save our forests because our global rainforests are so much more than what meets the eye.

Biodiversity

Covering less than 2% of Earth’s surface, rainforests are home to 50% of the world’s plant and animal life, most being endemic. The biodiversity that can be seen within the layers of a rainforest from forest floor to over 200 feet into the sky, is unparalleled by any other environment on the planet. Boasting an astonishing 1,000 trees and over 300 species per hectare, the rainforest is Earth’s greatest game of I spy.

Water Cycle

Even with only covering 2% of the earth’s surface, rainforests store and recycle huge quantities of water. The Amazonian rainforest is expected to store over half of the Earth’s rainwater! SpongeBob, eat your heart out. Without the trees releasing this water back into the atmosphere, effectively feeding streams, rivers and irrigation systems, regional droughts would be far more abundant producing harmful conditions for humans and animals alike which can cause great devastation to native populations.

Indigenous People

Native populations are not limited to plants and wildlife but also to indigenous people whom also call these rainforest permanent homes. They have adapted their way of life to coexist harmoniously with the vegetation and organisms, depending on the forest for all their needs from shelter to medicine. These people possess great insight into how the rainforest operates and what benefits can be reaped without serious harm to the forest.

Medicine

Indigenous people have helped the world to discover that more than 25% of modern medicines have originated from rainforest plant species which only comprises of 1% of these extraordinary plants. The other 99% is still a mystery that has the potential to unlock cures and remedies to otherwise persistent diseases. Asia and African forests contain the rauvolfa shrub whose bark is used to cure high blood pressure and mental illnesses while Madagascar, the birth place of Ny’Ala skincare, is home to the rosy periwinkle- a plant used to cure leukemia. Another valuable plant from Madagascar is Ravintsara, a natural camphor that heals lungs and skin rashes. You can find that in Ny’Ala’s Revive Collection!

If we don’t begin to overvalue our rainforests-our natural hubs of mysticalesque landscape and wildlife, we can only look forward to global regret and repercussions.

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written by Clara Perez, from New York City, creator and blogger at The Green Scheme Blog

Why Clay Cleanser?

Dana Cutolo

Clay has been hailed a cure all in many cultures - we use various clays for detoxing, bathing, hair care and face masks - but there are also immense benefits as a cleanser too!

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These cleansers can work in a number of ways - to help remove makeup (careful not to get too much in your eyes, essential plant oils can burn sometimes!), can be used as a 'splash' facial mask or as a gentle cleanser.

Harsh soaps stripped my already dry skin, so this was my recipe for years. I started with the Glow Rhassoul Clay Cleanser and then worked to incorporate more options for various skin types.

Each cleanser is 4 oz. and lasts for 6-8 months. I use them as a mask by pumping a little into my hand, rubbing it onto my neck and decollate and leaving it for 15-25 minutes, then rinsing with lukewarm water. 

> GLOW Rhassoul clay is rich in magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium, which all help to nourish your skin. The molecular structure of Rhassoul clay gives it a unique ability to absorb excess dirt and oil, as well as extract toxic matter from the skin.. making it an ideal post-beach GLOW Collection cleanser.
•    MAGIC Pink Kaolin Clay is best used on sensitive skin to gently exfoliate and deeply absorb excessive oils.
•    REVIVE French green clay is beneficial in removing impurities and tightening the pores, toning the skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and reducing inflammation in acne (MRH). 

Each cleanser will plant 27 trees in Ranomafana, Madagascar

2016: 6,345 TREES

Dana Cutolo

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

HOW AMAZING IS THAT? .. Yes, you read that right, 6,345 can be planted with the amount donated in the first year of Ny'Ala Skin Care. This is an incredible way to ring in 2017! Thank you to everyone who supported Ny'Ala this year, every single one of you helped accomplish this, so pat yourself on the back ;) 

It has been an incredibly intense, and fun, first year in business. So many lessons were learned! I am so excited to expand our product offerings, get out in the community and be able to donate more in 2017!

Reforestation is something that is incredibly important - over 90% of the original forest has been cut down in Madagascar - BUT there are incredible initiatives, and amazing people dedicating their lives to protect, restore and monitor rainforests (globally, not only in Madagascar). The rainforests of the world are incredibly important for the planet, for human health, and for the species which inhabit them. They mitigate the spread of infectious disease, soak up immense amounts of CO2 (carbon dioxide), provide crucial medicines and foods, sustain diversity and much more. Here's a great quote:
 

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70 percent of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today’s cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.

Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world’s most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.

In 1983, there were no U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers involved in research programs to discover new drugs or cures from plants. Today, over 100 pharmaceutical companies and several branches of the US government, including giants like Merck and The National Cancer Institute, are engaged in plant research projects for possible drugs and cures for viruses, infections, cancer, and even AIDS.
— RainTree: www.paxnatura.org/RainforestPreservationBenefits.html
 

To say the absolute least, humans need rainforests - without them there will be no life. Ny'Ala Skin Care is dedicated to provided you with healthy, natural plant-based skin care, while providing capital for reforestation and conservation initiatives! Donations help - but funding via commerce can help even more in the long run. Every product you buy will plant anywhere from 5-72 trees (about ~9 trees per $1 donated). 

If you want to learn more about Centre ValBio and ICTE, the facilities we work with, check out our Reforestation page, or visit them online here.

Thank you all so much for a fabulous first year! If you have any questions, ideas or want to write a story about our mission, contact Dana Cutolo at danacutolo@Ny-Ala.com. 

Check out what our first year looked like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Dana Cutolo

It is crazy how fast time flies. It was one year ago today that I launched my website and set off on this journey. Initially, I made skin care from my heart, purely because I loved it, and I deeply loved giving people quality products to help them relax and restore themselves. I saw herbal skin care as an art, a way to express the beauty of plants in different ways, combining them, heating them, infusing them - all to create something beautiful.

I then realized that with beauty, with commerce, you can have an effective way to bring money to causes that need it. Being another source of funding for the amazing reforestation efforts in Ranomafana, Madagascar gave me a way to be directly involved in a project so close to my heart. Seeing these rainforests, and the amount of danger they face, is a powerful wake up call, it's a jolt of harsh and undeniable reality: our planet is in very real danger. Knowing what could be found in these forests, valuable medicines, wildlife that has not been discovered yet, being burned away or cut down is a risk to humanity - not just those living around the forest. We aim to try to keep these projects funded and keep them running - they could potentially be saving us. 

Thank you all for supporting this project, I cannot wait to combine more plants, play with flowers and bring you lovely skin care products that will nourish you, and plant trees! Here are some photos of Ranomafana, Madagascar and beyond :)

Bee Pollen Smoothie!

Dana Cutolo

This weekend I met some lovely people who own a company called Beezy Beez Honey. I bought some bee pollen and absolutely couldn't wait to get home and try it!  

 

... You might be wondering why I'm eating bee pollen, or what it is to begin with..  Bee pollen is the pollen collected by bees mixed with a little bit of the bees natural secretions. Bee pollen is 100% natural byproduct from bees and is a SUPERFOOD (yay!)!

Here is some more cool information by Dr. Axe, draxe.com/bee-pollen/ 

 "Bee pollen is wonderful for natural allergy relief and is responsible for the many health benefits of raw honey. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids — making it an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that strengthens the capillaries, reduces inflammation, stimulates the immune system and lowers cholesterol levels naturally. " Dr. Axe 

BEE POLLEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1/2 tsp Bee Pollen Little bit of: Hemp Seeds, Collagen, Green Powder, and raw honey :) Handful of berries Little bit of Almond Milk Handful of oats And a touch of cinnamon

Yum!! Superfood bliss 💗 

Yum!! Superfood bliss 💗 

Enjoy! Tag us in Instagram @NyAlaSkinCare if you make this smoothie 😍💗😍