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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

We're Moving!!! (towards our goals!)

Dana Cutolo

 

Ny'Ala Skin Care launched in December of 2015 with a mission to create a product line that was healthy for the body, the planet and the people and regions where the ingredients come from.

We began in Madagascar with the hope that we could get every ingredient in country in order to strengthen the micro local economies and create jobs, while providing our customers with top of the line farm direct ingredients- while this was a a wonderful goal we shortly realized that everything takes time - and creating a business which would use 100% Malagasy ingredients and employ only Malagasy was a very lofty goal. In reality that kind of business is intensely difficult to start up in a foreign country with minimal resources. Instead, we chose to work smarter, support initiatives with like goals and work towards our mission slowly. 

 Ny'Ala began in Ranomafana, and has partnered with friends in an amazing organization I have directly worked for,  ICTE (Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments) and their research facilities in Ranomafana, Madagascar,  Centre ValBio to sustain their reforestation and community development project, which you can learn more about here!  

 

 

Ny'Ala's goals were the same, but the process had to change in order to make an impact sooner than later. The goal was and always has been to

  1. Support direct conservation work,
  2. Support local economic growth in Ranomafana, Madagascar and tropical conservation hotspots (especially regions in which we purchase our ingredients from).
  3. Intentionally source materials from sustainable farms.

This is life- we make goals and sometimes we have to pivot and change along the way to reach them, right? Well, over the past year and a half we successfully built our brand to support our first two goals, now, it's time for our third. We have been blessed to get ingredients from wonderful sources such as the farmers of Ranomafana and northern Madagascar for our essential oils, and @AtacoraWellness for our Shea Butter and Baobab Oils and wonderful American farmers and businesses for our Sea Salt, beeswax ( Staten Island, NY based Beezy Beez, flowers and more! Now we're ready to take it a step further.

Living in New York made it difficult to stay present in tropical conservation issues, and even more difficult to interact with sustainable farmers. We are now moving to Oahu, and our goal is to use as many local, American/Hawaiian grown ingredients as possible, and to educate beauty consumers on the impact of their ingredient choices. We cannot wait for this journey! The power in knowing the person who created your ingredients is truly so immense! Mother Nature is not limitless - every plant is grown in quantities unique to that particular plant, once we learn how to live our lives sustainably and within natures bounds we can live fuller lives in tune with our world. See, we do not have to deprive ourselves of the worlds bounties, just learn how to do it sustainably! 

So, that being said we are closing the website for a few weeks in order to relocate and acquire some local ingredients to concoct amazing Skin Care for all of you beauties!!!

We will be closed from May 20th - September 1st! In the meantime our products will be solely available at FarmtoPeople.com - an amazing local Brooklyn based company that supports local American makers and farmers from the east coast! You can buy food, condiments, beauty care, gift baskets and more along with your Ny'Ala Skin Care! (Talk about an amazing deal!) Get everything quick while supplies last because they have a limited quantity of our best sellers! 

Most of all, thank you so much to all of our supporters! We very much look forward to sharing our journey and bringing you the best, locally farmed and conscious skin care and body products soon! 

 

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 😍💗😍 

Turmeric + Holy Basil Mocha Frap

Dana Cutolo

I've recently came to the realization of how therapeutic self-care can be. I get this amazing joy from making healthy recipes - and coming up with new ideas of how to use food as medicine. 

In this recipe I'm using the combination of Holy Basil, "Tulsi" and Turmeric. Holy Basil is a renowned herb known for it's ability to regulate and decrease stress, and heal the mind + body. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Overall - this is a great combination to start your day with. Typically, if I'm having a really stressful week, I'll try to add holy basil and honey (i have a sweet tooth!) to my recipes to help me chill out.

.... and this week I definitely needed it! I had 4 wisdom teeth removed + a torn cornea in the same week - so my stress level has truly been at an all time high!

BUT - back to the recipe!!! - let's end this little rant with one of my favorite quotes (and a fitting one, too..)

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

― Hippocrates 

TURMERIC + HOLY BASIL MOCHA FRAP


Cold Coffee or Mushroom Coffee

pinch of Cinnamon + dash of Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Holy Basil

1 teaspoon Turmeric

Milk + a little cream (or coconut cream)

1 Frozen Banana

3-4 tbsp of Cacao powder

maple syrup or raw honey

and a few dates!

*you can add a bit of green powder or protein powder too*

& BLEND



Behind the Scenes: Travel + Experience in Africa

Dana Cutolo


TRAVEL + EXPERIENCE


Travel is what broadened my mind - in every way. I was very lucky because growing up my mother made it an absolute point to make me well-travelled. Those experiences made me into who I am today. When you step outside of your world - whats normal to you, what you are used to and see every day - you realize that the world is so much bigger, and yet also smaller at the same time. If there is one thing I value it's new experiences - in any way. I just want to meet different people, from different backgrounds with drastically different views of the world - I want to see new "norms" and grow from that experience.
 

My most wild travel experience has impacted me so much that I chose to start this company because of it! The thing about leaving home on a whim and moving to across the world is that you're thrown into a totally new routine. Suddenly, hiking kilometers, intense humidity, no electricity, bucket showers, and karaoke, cow skin with moonshine for a night was my new normal. And it was so.damn.exciting. 

New experiences also do wonders for the physical mind - expanding your thoughts and allowing you to come up with new ideas. Isn't 'crazy' defined as repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results? - That's a bit how I felt when I thought of conservation, environmental problems and poverty. These intertwined, insurmountable world problems that are devastatingly and notoriously difficult to conquer. It wasn't until months after my travels that I realized something: why not just change our norms? Like, for instance, our products, the simple act of buying a product could have reasonable drastic effects - you can buy something toxic, low-grade and made by child slaves - or you can opt to buy a product that donates profits to bettering the world, uses finer, less impactful ingredients and make a difference. Only by making a different choice. So, in a single second, you made an impact.

That's what happens when you travel - you expand, you think, you get more creative. I'll be posting tons of blogs about my personal travels, and hopefully getting some guest writers to dish on their travels as well!

If you want to contribute, contact us at danacutolo@Ny-Ala.com - <3

 

OUR FAVORITE TRAVEL QUOTES

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Some behind the scenes photos of my journey

 

D&D in Africa on Ny’Ala Skincare: From the Rainforests of Madagascar

Dana Cutolo

In the summer of 2015, in the smoggy city of Antananarivo, Madagascar I met Danielle and Daniel - a badass couple traveling through Africa to learn more about themselves and their next steps in life.. Danielle recorded almost every step on her blog "D&D in Africa", including how she met me and learned about life in Madagascar! Here is the blog, and below is the text :) 

Ny'Ala Skin Care: From the Rainforests of Madagascar by D&D in Africa

written by Danielle Overhill

My first impression of Dana, the founder of Ny’Ala, came as we were driving in a caravan through small colorful towns across the impossibly beautiful landscape of Madagascar. More beautiful than most of what I’ve seen in my 24 years, despite having lost 90% of its original forest cover to the timber industry, agriculture, and other destructive uses. This drive to Ranomafana took 10+ hours on dangerously windy and broken roads. We made a few stops on our way, and at each one, there were always 5-10 people waiting to sell their goods to us.

 

 It’s a very emotionally complex moment-when you’re staring straight in the face of stark distinction between worlds-and you feel that you can’t really do anything truly meaningful to strike a balance except for buying a few trinkets. I was visibly shaken at one of these pit-stops, squished between some intensely convincing salesmen and a car full of empathetic travelers who had been in Madagascar long enough to know how to avoid losing their heads in these emotional cultural exchanges.

This was when Dana came in for the first time with her voice of reason as she stated that there are, in fact, genuine ways to make changes in the lives of the Malagasy people. The answer is in community development, she told me. I was moved as she explained that the real way to help the people of Madagascar is to aid in long-term projects with concrete objectives that help communities grow organically, sustainably, and on their own feet.

I learned quickly that this girl was walking the walk! She was in Madagascar to continue in the development of her business, Ny’Ala Skincare. Ny’Ala, meaning ‘of the forest’ in Malagasy, (the language of Madagascar) is an all-natural botanical skincare brand that uses fine oils and other products that have been sustainably harvested from plants in Madagascar, by the people of Madagascar. Her brand is inspired by the traditional healers of the island, by a deep affection for nature and the healing power of botanicals, and by a love for the Malagasy people.

Needless to say, I was a fan of this sustainable, all-natural, non-toxic, plant-based, high-quality, fair-trade, and community development driven company from the moment I set ears on it (try saying all that good stuff in one breath). Oh, don’t let me forget that 10% of its proceeds go to reforestation projects in Ranomafana.

And why Madagascar, you might ask. Well, Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. It has more unique plant and animal life than almost anywhere on the planet, and is cherished by many people who recognize the true and intrinsic value of such a place. In layman’s terms; it’s too beautiful for words. But despite its biodiversity and unique cultural identity, Madagascar needs help.

All of the biodiversity of Madagascar, including the people, faces an enormous threat to its survival every day. There’s a laundry list of reasons why the island has been deforested so intensely, but many of them have to do with the lack of job availability for people who live outside major cities-which is 70% of the population. With so few job opportunities, people turn to the only capital they can reach, which is often the land-the forest and the species or minerals within it.

When something is harvested or mined in Madagascar, it often not done sustainably, it is likely done in earnest because people need to feed their families. This is part of the reason why the forest is almost gone, because the people of Madagascar are left without other options. This is also why community development is so important; the people need income, and the forests need protection. Ny’Ala provides a beautiful opportunity to meet both needs.

Aside from the brilliant philosophy behind this product line, the product itself is ridiculously high quality. Over the last two weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to sample the “Magic Everything Oil,” and the “Magic Body Exfoliant.” Both of which are made with geranium and calendula sourced from Madagascar (among a small handful of other redeeming ingredients). My experience has been amazing and I would give both products I tried a 10/10.

 

An icy winter in DC has left my skin needing some TLC, and “Magic” came right when I needed it most! I’ve been using the oil on my dry hands and body, as well as my curly hair-which can always use extra moisture at any time of year. After these past two weeks my hands have never felt so smooth. And because of the aromatherapeutic qualities of the geranium (which contains balancing properties) and the calendula (which is a known healing oil with endless applications for skin conditions), using the oil is often a meditative moment in my day.

I also used the oil in my hair, which is always flying away from me. Running my fingers through it with some “Everything Oil” keeps it shiny and moisturized but not too oily, plus it smells amazing! I’m a proponent of coconut oil, but it always seems to weight my hair down too much. The “Everything Oil” is more of an infusion and less of a dousing! The body exfoliant has also been good too! I savor the experience by using it only a couple times a week, but when I do, my skin comes out feeling like silk.

These products are made with high-quality ingredients, a lot of love, and they benefit so many amazing causes that using them is the most purely gratifying experience. If you want to treat yourself or a loved one, or if you just want to know you’re making a difference, check out Ny’Ala’s website to see all the amazing products that you can try and feel amazing about; because they are nourishing to you, and they are truly helping the people of Madagascar.

Do Something Good Today!

Xo-Dani

Ny’Ala Website: http://ny-ala.com

Ny’Ala Instagram: NYALASKINCARE

 


How to Reuse Ny'Ala Packaging

Dana Cutolo

We at Ny'Ala love to reuse everything - which is primarily the reason we chose reusable packaging - oh and for esthetics (because who doesn't love glass?!). 

Glass bottles + Muslin Bags are so incredibly easy to reuse because they can be used in so many ways. Here we listed some of our top favorite alternative ways our packaging can help you out :)

Travel Essentials Bag

Organizing for travel is one of my favorite things - but it can also be tedious. I prefer to just bring multi-use essentials only, which almost always fit into this (or two) little bag. 
Another tip - Jewelry - I almost always lose at least one piece while traveling - just toss everything in the muslin bag :)

 

Gift Bag

Need a bag for a tiny gift? Have a friend/family member that values conservation over new packaging? PERFECT. 

 

Tea / Drink Mix Carrier

This makes the best tea leaf carrier, you can also carry instant coffee/espresso with powdered creamer for a cup of delicious (&cheap) coffee on the go, you can put powdered gatorade or gym drink mix. Trust me, nothing will be better, especially if you commute/travel every day. 

 

Refill Dropper Bottles

 

You can take warm water + soap mix to scrub the labels off of our dropper bottles, and then use them for anything you like. DIY Perfume, Tinctures (travel with Kava Kava, trust me!), Make travel sized versions of essential products.... and more!

Bath Tea Bag or Poultice Bag

I use herbs a LOT, for nearly everything. My favorite uses are bath teas and poultices, but they are always messy. The muslin bag is amazing, you can put anything in it, avoiding a mess. Every get an amazing DIY bath soak recipe, but fear the clean up? Yeah? Well, fill the muslin bag and drop it in the bath, like a tea bag, let it swell with water and squeeze it a few times throughout the bath and voila, mess-free herbal bath! 

A poultice? What is that? - Well a poultice is similar, its a way to take herbs and apply directly to a would/affected area. You just put the herbs in, soak or dip in hot water and apply. Here are two DIY recipes for both of these uses..

 

Detoxifying Ginger Bath

4 parts Epsom Salt
1.5 part Ginger (powdered, 1 part if freshly ground)*
1 part Mustard Seed, powdered *
Lavender + Rosemary Essential Oil
(this combination is relaxing + stimulates blood flow - use any essential oils you prefer)

*typically available in grocery stores, definitely available in indian spice/grocery stores

- Fill up the Muslin Bag and place in bath, this will prevent the powdered herbs from clumping around the bath and prevent a difficult clean up -

 

Burn Poultice - 2 recipes -

Take dry lavender flowers (powdered or whole) and place in muslin bag, dip in water and apply

or

Take whole oats and fill muslin bag. Then dip in water and apply.

 

... So there you go, do you have another way to use our packaging? <3 happy reusing!

How stress can affect your skin...

Dana Cutolo

 

We all know stress affects our skin + our general wellbeing. Stress is a key factor in acne breakouts, facial cysts, dull skin, darkened undereyes, and more.

Our health literally depends on it... but if you are looking to really fix your skins appearance - this step is crucial.

In our society, life is fast paced and highly stressful. We tend to feel guilty about being self indulgent and taking time out for ourself -- but we shouldn't. I am calling for us to all practice intentional relaxation. We should all take a night out of our schedule to self indulge, for our health and for our minds.. whether it's meditation, exercise or a nice, relaxing home spa night.. let's just force ourselves to be a priority. 

 

The winter is cold, stressful and general exhausting on the body - so self care is sort of like a power boost.

A simple self-care night is one of my favorite ways to calm down and zen out. It can be a face mask + a hot shower, or a self massage – or anything, just take the time J

Read our blog on "The Ultimate At Home Spa Day" for some tips! .. We'll also be posting self care tips every week, so check back :)

Winter Remedy: Bentonite Clay + Lemon Detox Bath!

Dana Cutolo

Herbal baths are an excellent winter "pick-me-up". Want to bust dull winter skin and rejuvenate your bodt? My favorite routine is a face mask + bath + massage combination - nothing makes you feel better than this!

A few things are extremely important, especially during the winter because the following occurs:

1. We are more dehydrated than usual because of the dry, cold weather, and the fact the ultimately, we drink less water.
2. Our body becomes stagnant - because it is cold, there is less warmth in our bodies - leading to blockages in lymph.
3. Our skin becomes dry and flaky

What I can recommend is drinking a lot of tea, or room temperature water, staying as warm and bundled as you can, eating warm/dense/nourishing foods and moisturizing our bodies. This routine will resolve all of these factors.. You will need to do a few things before you start:

 

Okay, now for the spa treatments, you'll need the basics first! 

 

1. Make a bath salt containing 1 cup Epsom Salt, 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay, 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil, 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil.
-optional ingredients- 1 tbsp Activated Charcoal, Chamomile Flowers, or you can switch or leave out the essential oils!
2. Cut up lemon slices for the bath!
3. Have your REVIVE Everything Oil ready for an awesome self massage after the bath!
 


Steps:
1. Fill the bath with the salts and apply your face mask.

2. The face mask can stay on throughout the bath or you can wash it off directly in the bath water.

3. Sit, relax, breathe.

4. Get out, lay on the towel and massage your neck to relax

5. Hop back in the bath for a few more minutes (embrace the warmth, ahh...)

6. Get out, lay on the towel and massage your face and body with the oil - take your time, limb by limb, taking care to moisturize and massage your whole body... 

I am such a huge fan of massaging oil into my skin and scalp on relaxing nights like these - oil massages help move lymph - preventing colds, flus and general ill days...

<3


Happy world lemur day!!!

Dana Cutolo


SO - it's World Lemur Day - and I have to say, I am so excited! There is so much passion and drive towards conservation in Madagascar that I find myself in complete awe. 

Lemurs. The single most amazing primate - Right now I am thinking back to this day I hike in a region of Madagascar called Andasibe, to see the Indri, one of the most vocal, and also the largest of the Lemurs. Here's a video, just so you can feel it. That day was so magical, it's just one I will never forget it. 

Lemurs are endemic to Madagascar - this means they do not exist anywhere else in the world. There are 101 species, 48 of which are endangered, and 22 are considered critically endangered. This is scary mostly because each Lemur species is specifically adapted to their environments - so if the land is destroyed, if they aren't protected, they will be lost forever. 

But it isn't all sad news - there are incredible scientists, conservationists and NGO's working hard to protect them and the natural environment in Madagascar! Isn't that exciting?! Ny'Ala has partnered with one of the best - Patricia Wright, a world renowned primatologist to put a percentage of each purchase toward to protection of the rainforests of Ranomafana, Madagascar.

As you can tell - we LOVE Madagascar - so we want you guys to learn more about this amazing country, especially today!! - So follow the links below :)

 



Berry Muffins!

Dana Cutolo


Combine all ingredients, mix and then fold in the berries.

I would get a bit more complicated and tell you about combining the dry ingredients and then slowly mixing and folding in the wet – but – im not a traditional type baker, so I just combine it all and hope for the best. This recipe was luckily pretty forgiving and came out amazing!

 

.. so just combine, mix and put em’ into the muffin pan! (oh, this recipe should fit into one muffin pan perfectly!)

Are my cosmetics poisoning me?

Dana Cutolo

 

This topic has been of interest to me since I started college – as an environmental student, I learned about the vast and diverse amount of synthetics and additions in my body products and cosmetics. Now – this is near impossible to avoid, right? The convenience of walking into a store and grabbing something that works efficiently, is priced right and is in the same store as my groceries – that is such an easy sell, sometimes I even fall victim to it.

 

But is convenience and price really worth potentially damaging our bodies? I say potentially because there is always going to be a debate – but quite frankly, if you can’t eat it (albeit some plant products should not be eaten either) – why are we putting it onto our bodies?

 

This is a post that will be discussed over multiple posts because I feel it’s important to keep you all in the know about recent news on this topic. This week’s famous cosmetic poison headline: TOXIC NAILPOLISH CHEMICALS FOUND TO STAY IN WOMENS BODIES.

 

Super comforting, right?

Basically, this is it… Nail polish companies have been using a chemical found to have a highly negative effect on womens body – it’s shocking: an endocrine disruptor– Duke University just published a study highlighting the effect of this power trio of chemicals (here’s the link to that study HERE)

Here is a quote from a Fox News article on it: 


The study found that women who painted their nails with nail products including triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) had a metabolite of the chemical in their bodies 10 to 14 hours later. Their levels of diphenyl phosphate (DPHP), which forms when the body metabolizes TPHP, increased by nearly sevenfold, according to a news release.

“It is very troubling that nail polish being marketed to women and teenage girls contains a suspected endocrine disruptor,” study co-author Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., MSPH, a senior scientist at EWG, said in a news release. “It is even more troubling to learn that their bodies absorb this chemical relatively quickly after they apply a coat of polish.”
 
More than 1,500 nail products— including those made by Sally Hansen, OPI and Wet N Wild— contain TPHP, according to EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database.


 

Here’s a wrapup - triphenyl phosphate or TPHP (used as a plasticizer in nail polish, making it flexible) is a known endocrine disruptor – the system that regulates hormones, growth + development, sexual functions, sleep, mood – consisting of the following: pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries and testes. – What can this lead to? Accumulation of the toxin can lead to neurodevelopment issues, reproductive problems and more (look at the EWD site HERE + HERE for specifics) – this means by using these nailpolishes regularly you are accumulating this toxin (and the well know trio of nail polish toxins > toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate).

 

 

Want to ensure you’re using good products? Check out the Environmental Working Group Website – they also have an amazing app to track + check your products!

 

We will be hosting a few blogs about toxins in skin care and body care products in the coming weeks - hopefully with some guest writers as well! So keep checking our social media or sign up on our email list for updates!

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Masala Chai Recipe for Autumn

Dana Cutolo

It’s Autumn – finally, the leaves are falling, the air is getting crispy – it’s tea season! Now – I HATE the cold, truthfully, I could live in the jungle all year long and only deal with the slightest cold, the southern hemisphere “winter” is nothing like the harsh New York winter.
Spice tea is my favorite – so today I’ll show you my favorite type – this Masala Chai.. and I added a little Malagasy touch by using Pink Peppercorn - just a little bit different.

Now i love masala blends because spices are naturally healing - so this tea is a great blend for cold season. The ginger warms the body internally, the clove gently cleansing to the body because of the natural antiviral properties and nourishing as they are rich invitation c + k and have a high amount of antioxidants and contain manganese - cinnamon also warms the body and fights off colds when the weather gets chilly.. and for a little energy boost - black tea!

 

Remember to use just a little bit of pepper, a small bit of fennel (too much can leave a bitter taste), and a small bit of anise. Take the Ginger, Clove, Pepper, Anise, Fennel, Cinnamon and Cardamom Pods and heat them on the stove in a small pan. Add the water and Milk and tea bag and let it boil for a little while until the smell fills the room. Let the tea steep then strain and enjoy – (maybe add a little honey before sipping).

 

 

ENJOY <3

Exfoliation Nation!

Dana Cutolo

THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS I GET ABOUT MY SKIN CARE REGIMEN – WHY DO YOU “NEED” TO EXFOLIATE. YES, WE NEED IT.

EXFOLIATION IS SORT OF LIKE A MAGIC TRICK, WELL, IF YOU KEEP IT UP. BY NOW, I FEEL LIKE MOST OF US KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF EXFOLIATION, BUT THERE ARE STILL SO MANY QUESTIONS – WHICH INGREDIENTS, SALT OR SUGAR, WHAT ABOUT FOR MY SKIN TYPE?!.. TOO MANY CHOICES!


I UNDERSTAND, IT’S DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHAT THE BEST OPTIONS ARE WHEN THERE ARE A HUNDRED OPTIONS AND COMPANIES SCREAMING – THIS IS THE MIRACLE CURE!!

... BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE IS RARELY A MIRACLE CURE. POINT BLANK. THERE ARE GREAT PRODUCTS, ONES THAT WORK MORE THAN OTHERS – BUT USUALLY IF YOU ARE CHOOSING A NATURAL PRODUCT OVER AN ARTIFICIAL SCRUB, YOU’RE ALREADY AHEAD. 

SO, LET'S ANSWER THE TOP QUESTIONS ABOUT SCRUBS - 



ESSENTIALLY, SALT SCRUBS ARE GREAT DETOXIFIERS AND THEY SUPPLY NUTRIENTS TO THE SKIN AND BODY, SALT PROVIDES A BETTER EXFOLIATION FOR THE BODY. SUGAR SCRUBS ARE BETTER FOR THE FACE AND SENSITIVE SKIN BECAUSE SUGAR IS NATURALLY LESS ABRASIVE.
.. BUT HERE’S SOME MORE INFO!
 

SUGAR SCRUBS ARE GREAT FOR MANY REASONS..

·      SUGAR IS LESS ABRASIVE, MAKING IT A GREAT CHOICE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN ON THE FACE OR LIPS (ESPECIALLY THE LIPS, BECAUSE IT TASTES BETTER!)

·      IF YOU HAVE CUTS OR WOUNDS, IT WONT STING (ALTHOUGH THE STING DOES CLEAN THAT CUT OUT!)

·      GLYCOLIC ACID – NATURALLY FOUND IN SUGAR HELPS TO CONDITION AND MOISTURIZE THE SKIN WHILE PROVIDING PROTECTION FROM TOXINS.

·      CAN BE USED MULTIPLE TIMES A WEEK AS A DRY OR OIL BASED SCRUB

             - TIP: USE UNREFINED CANE OR BROWN SUGAR IN A DIY SCRUB - 

            SALT SCRUBS (MY FAVORITE) ARE GREAT FOR MANY REASONS TOO..

·      SALT DRAWS OUT TOXINS – THE SKIN IS OUR LARGEST ORGAN, EVERYTHING WE PUT ON OUR SKIN WE TAKE IN – SO CONSIDERING THIS, THE MORE GENTLE + NON-INVASIVE DETOXIFICATION WE DO, THE BETTER.

·      NATURAL MUSCLE RELAXER

·      UNCLOGS PORES AND SUPPORTS CELL RENEWAL

·      USE ONCE PER WEEK AS A DRY OR OIL BASED SCRUB..

 

 

BOTH DRY SCRUBS AND OIL SCRUBS ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE SKIN. AS SOMEONE WITH CONSISTENTLY DRY SKIN, I PREFER OIL-BASED SCRUBS – BUT I STILL USE BOTH. I RECOMMEND EVERYONE USE BOTH TYPES – HERE ARE SOME TIPS.

·      SUMMER TIME – BEFORE GOING OUT, TO KEEP SHINY SMOOTH SKIN, USE AN OIL BASED SCRUB.

·      FOR AN AT-HOME SPA NIGHT, GO FOR SKIN-RENEWAL AND BALANCING BY STANDING IN THE TUB AS IT FILLS AND SCRUBBING YOUR BODY WITH A DRY SCRUB, THEN SITTING IN THE BATH AND LETTING IT SOAK INTO YOUR SKIN. 

 

 

I TYPICALLY USE A SCRUB TWICE A WEEK, IN THE SUMMER + WINTER - I JUST LOVE THE FEEL OF SOFT + SMOOTH SKIN, IT'S AN ADDICTION!

·      SOFT SKIN, DUH.

·      DETOXIFICATION

·      SKIN REPAIR – DISCOLOURATION, BLACKHEADS,
ACNE, STRETCH MARKS – I SWEAR, SCRUBBING THE SKIN HELPS THEM ALL!