Here's What I'm Loving This Month

Here's What I'm Loving This Month

Kamm Pants

Confession: I learnt about Kamm Pants from my business partner's 18-year-old daughter. Enough said.

Coclico Shoes

Our ONA Beauty Pop-Ups are costing me a fortune (see #4). At our LA event, hosted by The Wall Group's Kate Stirling, our mutual friend, Ryan Gates, was wearing a pair Coclico's Perl Wedge Espadrilles and man, I needed those! They remind me of a pair of shoes my mom had in the 70s. 

Saya Skin Care

I'm addicted to our Australian-made Saya rich and nourishing eye cream. Honestly, I know it works because I fell asleep last night and forgot to put it on. When I woke up this morning, well, let's say it took me a while before I'd leave the house :/

Utility Canvas A-Frame Duffle Bag

While doing our pop-up event at Malia Mills Brentwood store in LA I spied this bag and it was love at first sight. After coveting it for the two days we were there I couldn't leave without it. Can't wait to head of town so I can use it.

Unplug Meditation

Huge thank you to Unplug in LA for hosting our pop-up event at their beautiful space!! We love collaborating and joining forces with like minded inspiring women, nothing better. If you haven't tried a guided meditation at Unplug I highly recommend.

Marie Veronique Pre+Probiotic Mist

You may already know that I couldn't go a day without using the Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night Serum, well, same goes for the Pre+Probiotic Mist. First off the scent soothes and lifts me up at the same time. Second, why not supply your skin with an extra dose of pre and probiotics (assuming you're ingesting as well) to balance the skin and create a healthy glow.

Green Smoothie Recipe

My cousin, Eva, gave me the recipe for this delicious Green Smoothie:

Add to a Vitamix or powerful blender in this order and blend.

- 1 cup washed green grapes

- thick slice of pinapple chopped into chunks

- half an orange with peel removed

- slice of lime peel left on

- 1 cup washed spinach leaves

- 1 large kale leaf

- 1 cup of ice

Alchemist Kitchen

Last winter, while going to my first Infra-Red Sauna session at Higher Dose, I discovered The Alchemist's Kitchen, a treasure trove of botanical elixirs, local vegan cheese and a great place to have a working lunch. It's my go-to-store for all things wholistic and herbal.

Sincerely Jules Kaia Sweatshirt

I have heart eyes for this Sincerely Jules Kaia sweatshirt, and am seeing myself pulling it on for those chilly nights in upstate NY as we prepare for yet another bonfire.

Grace Alchemy Roll-On Fragrance

Grace is an intoxicating fragrance that will completely captivate you. I can't go anywhere without people asking what scent I'm wearing! And its easy to use roller and compact size allows me to carry it in my pocket everywhere I go. Which I love!! Ajai Alchemy believes beauty is the truest expression of you. Grace smells like love, and you'll feel graced by love when you wear it. The intention is to empower and strengthen your appreciation of of your own natural beauty and the beauty of the planet. 

Larissa xx

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Crystal Starter Kit — Self Care

Crystal Starter Kit — Self Care

ONDA and The Cristalline have collaborated to create a beautiful crystal starter kit focusing on self-care. We asked Rashia Bell, from The Cristalline, to share how crystals enhance your well-being. 

How do I know what crystals are right for me?

I really like to take a two-fold approach to selecting crystals. The first approach is to come at it from a problem/solution perspective by examining what isn’t working, or what you are trying to create in your life. The second one, which I think is the most important is to touch and feel stones to see which ones you are drawn to; whether by color, weight, temperature or texture. I believe that instinctively the right stones will ultimately choose you, so if you allow yourself to experience them, then you will find the ones you need.

How can I apply crystals to my daily life?

Crystals can be incorporated in so many ways throughout your day. Whether it is to carry small ones in your pocket to spark creativity, to hold one before bed to promote relaxation or to help ground oneself during mediation, interactions with crystals are useful. Crystals are great tools in that even if it is a visual cue that occurs in the mind when you see a stone sitting on a table, that recognition is eliciting a response just in the brief moment of noticing its form and beauty. It’s not about how you have to use them, but rather how you choose to. Holding a stone even briefly in your hand creates a moment where you press pause, shift your attention and energy and just experience it. Every stone and every feeling is going to be different for each person.

How can I use crystals in my home or workspace in a beneficial way?

At home crystals can be used to help balance the energy in a space, and the people who co-exist in it. Crystals have properties that hold different energies, while at the same time they have the ability to enhance, protect and transmute certain energies. Your space has its own energy, and you as the individual have another. There are crystals like Black Tourmaline to help protect your environment from the electromagnetic frequencies from all the technology in our homes, or crystals like Amethyst to create calm and help one sleep. Using crystals in this way is really about figuring out how you can resonate with your space on the best possible energy level. Crystals can be useful in a workplace by having them in your line of sight. If you are a writer you want a stone like Citrine to help you focus and ignite your creative energy. If you are in finance, you will want a stone like Green Aventurine that promotes wealth and abundance. Having them at your workspace to both see and touch, can create subtle shifts within your workday that can make you more productive and successful.

How do I know that what I'm buying is the real thing?

First and foremost you want to purchase from stores and individuals that you trust, like ONDA! What is the difference between larger stones and smaller ones? It depends on the context of the stone. For individuals it is really about personal preference, some people are drawn to smaller ones and some like larger pieces. In the context of using crystals in a space, a larger stone is going to have a bigger impact on the energy, but that is not to say that you can’t get the same effect using clusters of smaller stones throughout, it ultimately depends on what works best with you and your space design.

Is there a difference in the energy that's given off by one that is raw vs. one that is polished?

This question is something that is always up for debate. Largely, I think it depends on the application of the stone and again personal preference. A raw stone is not going to necessarily feel comfortable on the body in a crystal healing or be easy to carry around so tumbled stones are often preferred. Certain metallic stones are tumbled to help protect from toxicity depending on the use so in that instance it would definitely be recommended. Some people feel the energy of rough stones is stronger and vice versa, but it depends on the individual and the strength of the energy you are looking for at that particular time. When incorporating crystals into spaces, we love to use rough stones for the home such as those that we selected for this self care set, because the look and feel of the stones have great texture and presence. Ultimately, I think it is important for you to listen to your intuition as to what type of stone finish is the best energetically for you. What you want to steer clear of, are stones that are polished to look a certain way ie: quartz that has facets that are artificially created and not natural, or stones with artificial coloring. Those alterations can affect the energy of the stones. Which is exactly why you want to purchase your stones from a reliable source of natural stones in any preferred finish.

How can I tell if they're working?

The magical thing about crystals is that there is no right or wrong, because everyone’s experience is unique. If you come across some that you like and are drawn to them, than they are working in the way that they should because you found them. I really believe that if you even simply can start by appreciating them for their aesthetics, then you are on your way to discovering how they work. Simply take two stones, close your eyes and hold one in your non-dominant hand for a few minutes. Notice the weight, the texture, does it feel hot or cold? Do you feel any sensations when you hold it in your hands? Take note. Put that stone down and repeat the same process with the other stone. What differences do you feel between the two? Crystals are a product of nature and the minerals and earth conditions that came together in different ways and have therefore formed stones comprised of different properties. If you are able to tap into your body and intuition, you will be inherently able to notice the differences amongst various stones and how those properties resonate with the own properties of your body’s energetic composition. Is there a book you would recommend to learn more or look up specific crystals? My favorite book for this is The Big Book of Stones: Who They Are & What They Teach by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian. It’s basically a dictionary of all things crystals, and it was the first book I bought to start to increase my knowledge by reading about a few stones each night.

How do I care for and cleanse my crystals?

This is a question often asked and people think it has to be a laborious process that has to be done all the time. The frequency really varies based what is going on in your life and how often you are working with your crystals. There are many ways to clean crystals. The easiest and most foolproof method is to get them out into Nature. Let them sit outside/on a windowsill and soak up the energy of the sun or the same at night when the moon is bright (particularly Full or New Moons). You can also cleanse them with sage as you are cleansing your room or space. Open a window and let the smoke waft over them setting the intention to clear the energy. These methods are great for stones in the home, or larger ones that you aren’t really handling often. If they need a more in-depth cleansing because someone else has been handling the stones you work with personally, or you are sensing energy blockages in the stones, a soak overnight in salt water will do the trick. There are some stones such as selenite that are water-soluble, so you want to make sure to not do that with those or they will start to dissolve. When in doubt, you can also just sit them in small dish of salt overnight to clear out any negative energy and re-charge.

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BEAUTY SWAP: From Head to Toe, the 12 Natural Products You Should Be Using

BEAUTY SWAP: From Head to Toe, the 12 Natural Products You Should Be Using

Making the switch to natural beauty can be daunting because you are not sure where to start. ONDA Beauty was created to help with that exact issue — to be your natural authority for living beautifully — and with a nod to Earth Day, which is April 22, we have created a head-to-toe list for you to reference in your swap from chemical-based beauty to natural and non-toxic. 

I've created this list for you based on all the recommendations I give friends and family when they ask for a road map for making the switch. All these products will work for everyone, and are also the exact products both myself and Sarah used when we went through our own transition to clean beauty. Once you're comfortable with natural, and can see the clear benefits, you'll then be ready with adding layers to your routines. 

And of course, as always, we are here to answer questions or provide more personal recommendations. Just email us at hello@ondabeauty.com.

    1. Deodorant: Agent Nateur
      We offer a 7-day money-back guarantee on all our products so you don't have one good reason NOT TO MAKE THE SWITCH to a natural deodorant. We know this product works, and well (even if you are a super-duper stinky, sweaty person). It's one of our favorites. The aluminum found in a chemically-created deodorant is a well-known link to breast cancer. Please, please, please make the swap to a natural deodorant TODAY.
    2. Shampoo & Conditioner: Yarok Feed Your Volume
      Making the switch to a natural shampoo and conditioner may come low on your list but this is one you should jump into. The Yarok Shampoo and Conditioner not only does what it is says — adds volume — it does it with a sudsy foam shampoo and nourishing conditioner. What you won't get is limp, dull, lifeless hair weighed down by silicone. The downside to silicone is that it adds another layer (or barrier) to your hair strands, keeping nutrients from getting in or penetrating the hair, which over time can cause the hair to weaken or break.
    3. Body Wash: Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser
      This is a neck-to-toe situation so let's make it all natural. If you love Aesop you will love this scent because it's made by its original founders. Where Aesop is not natural, Grown Alchemist is, and their fresh, clean, green Australian scents are the best way to start the day. The benefits visibly condition, tone and moisturize the skin while the aromatic properties are calming.
    4. Body Moisturizer: Goe Body Oil
      There is no one I have recommended this to that doesn't love this body oil. It starts as a solid oil and once you warm it in your hands, it glides on and is quickly absorbed. The fact that it smells like the beach is another reason why it's one of our favorites. Your skin will notice a marked difference and feel nourished as much as hydrated.
    5. Face Wash: Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash
      I alternate this face wash with an oil-based face wash so my skin doesn't get too used to one product. It's important to feed your skin with rotating products otherwise it will get used to one and not be as effective. The Joanna Vargas face wash foams, is gentle, and the Acai, Goji and citrus oils help to rebalance the PH levels in my skin, while revitalizing its brightness. 
    6. Face Exfoliant: Leahlani Honey Love 3 in 1
      The beauty of this product is that it is not only a 3-in-1, it contains that magic ingredient, honey, which is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and provides deep hydration. What more could you want! Well, it cleanses, exfoliates and is a mask. This was one of my early discoveries, and I use it in the shower and if it drips into your mouth you don't need to worried. Enjoy.
    7. Face Serum: Little Alchemist Vitamin C Serum
      Serums are a booster for your skin, and Vitamin C is what you particularly need for anti-aging. This one, from Australia, has Rosehip Oil as its base, but without the strong smell of a Rosehip oil, which can be off-putting for some. It's a miracle worker, and you'll notice a clear change in your skin with daily use of this powerful potion. 
    8. Face Moisturizer: Joanna Vargas Daily Hydrating Moisturizer
      This is a light but deeply hydrating moisturizer, and perfect for the warmer months. It easily absorbs into your skin and has a unique blend of fragrance oils, which is a secret, but what we can tell you is cocoa butter and shea butter are in abundance. The smell of this active moisturizer, which also helps to produce collagen, is so much of the experience and you will look forward to using it everyday. 
    9. Face Oil: African Botanics Neroli Marula Oil
      This is one of our best-sellers because it's one of the best anti-aging face oils thanks to its main ingredient, Marula Oil, which is bolstered by vitamin C & E. Another benefit is that It also reduces redness. I regularly recommended this to friends and family because it's one of the most hydrating face oils we stock.  And the scent is universally loved, once you smell it you can't do without it.
    10. Eye Cream: Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream
      Of all the eye creams we offer, this one is the best for those with sensitive skin issues, or those who prefer a mild scent. It's gentle yet highly active and you'll see the results the very next day.
    11. Sunscreen: Suntegrity
      We don't have to tell you how important it is to use a natural sunscreen because the scientific community has done that job very well. What we can tell you is that these two SPF 30 sunscreens will protect you from harmful UVA / UVB broad spectrum rays while nourishing your skin because it's a natural mineral sunscreen loaded with anti-oxidants. 
    12. Lip Balm: OLIO E OSSO
      You won't see me without one of these in my pocket or tote. Not only is the packaging beautiful and designed for lips, it nourishes without drying and is a multi-tasker: you can use it for grooming eyebrows, conditioning cuticles, dry elbows, fly away hair, and cheeks for color. Check out the range of hues, including a clear one, but the tone is super subtle so there is a color for everyone.

Larissa xx

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Introducing The Beauty Chef

Introducing The Beauty Chef

We were thrilled to launch The Beauty Chef on ONDA Beauty with an event at Naomi Watt's home. We are strong advocates for ingestibles and so asked the founder of The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates, to share with you all what we learnt about inner beauty at our launch event. 

Why do you believe skin health starts from the belly?

I am a big believer in “beauty begins in the belly” – that gut health is paramount for healthy, radiant skin and overall wellbeing.

The first step to healthy, radiant skin is balancing digestive health. Our gut is where 70% of the immune system lies, where we metabolize hormones, where we make detoxifying enzymes and where we make nutrients, and so much of what goes on in our digestive system can impact our skin. The skin, hair and nails are the last places to receive nutrients, as they go to more important organs first, so nutrition is important for glowing skin, and fermented foods give you dense, super charged nutrition. The Beauty Chef embrace's the time-honoured art of fermentation in our products because fermenting ingredients not only pre-digests them to make the nutrients more available for the body to use, but it creates probiotics to help balance digestion.

Do you think ingestible products are gaining momentum within the skincare industry, if so why? 

There is a wellness revolution happening, there is an increase in degenerative diseases and folks are realizing that modern life isn't so conducive to good health. Too much stress, packaged food and pollution. We are going back to basics, organic food, chemical-free skincare and personal care products, and embracing traditional and healthy ways of preparing foods — such as the art of fermentation. 

  • Prebiotics and probiotics – these work to improve gut health and boost your immune system. They also support the body’s detoxification and elimination pathways. Probiotics directly neutralize certain chemicals and toxins so that they don’t have to be processed through the liver. This helps to ease the burden on the liver and the skin. A happy gut also means a healthy immune system, healthier skin, better absorption of nutrients, metabolism of hormones etc. 
  • Vitamin C – helps protect your body from oxidative damage, important for immune health and helps boost your body’s levels of our main antioxidant — glutathione — an antioxidant your body produces to protect itself against free radical damage, inflammation and cellular aging. Vitamin C helps to synthesize collagen in the body. Found in GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, BODY Inner Beauty Powder and COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost.
  • Vitamin E - helps your body recycle glutathione which also helps fight inflammation, one of the main culprits when it comes to premature aging and reduces the impact of oxidative stress. Found in our ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost.
  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids - reduces inflammation and helps protect your skin from free radical damage. Found in GLOW Inner Beauty Powder.
  • Zinc - contributes to normal skin functions and may help with a variety of skin problems from acne to improved wound healing. Zinc is also great for strengthening hair and nails and can ward off colds and aid the immune system. Found in GLOW Inner Beauty Powder and COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost.
  • Vitamin D - The UVB rays responsible for helping our bodies make the immune boosting vitamin D are low and sometimes non-existent in certain areas in winter. Which is why it is important that we get vitamin D from food or a supplement. Our BODY Inner Beauty Powder contains 50% of the RDI of Vitamin D per dose. You can also get small amounts of vitamin D from fatty fish and cod liver oil. And if you do find you need to get a blood test for other reasons – it’s worth asking to have your vitamin D levels tested to see if you are deficient. This fat-soluble “sunshine vitamin” also helps you absorb calcium to form and maintain healthy bones. Vitamin D has beneficial effects on moods, immunity, diabetes and glucose metabolism, heart health, hypertension and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. It has also been linked to the prevention of some cancers.
  • Minerals – generally – Because our soils are over farmed and often depleted in minerals, a lot of people are not getting enough minerals which are so important as co-factors for vitamins to work in the body. Minerals are vital for cellular health, overall health and skin health – for helping to repair skin cells, to energise skin cells, for elasticity etc.
  • Digestive Enzymes – Many people have poor digestive health and as we age digestive function declines – both mean that we are not making the digestive enzymes efficiently to break down the food we consume properly. Digestive enzymes are very helpful for people with poor digestion, helping that the nutrients in their food can be broken down and utilisted by the body and help to prevent hard to break down food irritating the gut. Found in ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost and CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder.
  • Broad spectrum antioxidants – Each antioxidant in the rainbow of foods we eat has its own function and protects us from a specific free radical. Which is why its important to eat many different wholefoods – bright fruits and vegetables, green tea, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, seeds etc. All of The Beauty Chef’s products are rich in antioxidants from Certified Organic wholefoods.

What are the key differences between your powder and liquid products?

My favorite way of looking at how the powders and liquid boosts work both individually and together is to think of them in the same way you would topical skincare: just like you would use a serum to supercharge your moisturizer, the Inner Beauty Boosts work to amplify the effects of the Inner Beauty Powders to address specific skin concerns. Put another way, the Inner Beauty Powders are your baseline all-rounders that keep your skin looking great on a day-to-day basis, while the Boosts are what you reach for when you need that extra hit of TLC, whether it's ANTIOXIDANT to fight against free-radical damage and cellular aging, COLLAGEN to address fine lines and sagging skin, or HYDRATION to enhance radiance and combat dryness. The wonderful thing with both the powders and boosts is that they can be used separately for powerful skin benefits, or mixed and matched into a tailored powder-plus-boost combination that works specifically for you. For example, CLEANSE + COLLAGEN would be great for anyone looking to spring-clean their skin while fighting the visible signs of ageing; GLOW + HYDRATION would tackle dry-skin concerns by maximizing moisturization and radiance from within; while BODY + ANTIOXIDANT would help to maintain a healthy weight range while providing skin and gut benefits, repairing cell damage and reducing the signs of aging. Ultimately, only you know which product or combination is right for your skin - happy experimenting!

Prebiotics and probiotics are both buzz words we’ve been hearing about recently. Can you share a little about the benefits, and how you suggest incorporating them into one’s beauty routine? 

Prebiotics and probiotics work to improve gut health and boost your immune system. They also support the body’s detoxification and elimination pathways. Probiotics directly neutralize certain chemicals and toxins so that they don’t have to be processed through the liver. This helps to ease the burden on the liver and the skin. A happy gut also means a healthy immune system, healthier skin, better absorption of nutrients, metabolism of hormones. More and more studies are showing the link between skin health and gut health. Where there is gut inflammation, there will be skin inflammation. People who have a healthier gut microbiota, have a healthier fatty acid profile in their skin, therefore their skin is more hydrated, moisturized and plumper.

You can find Prebiotics and Probiotics in all of The Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Products, which can easily be added into your daily routine. You can enjoy them in smoothies, water, yogurt, raw bars, bliss balls and lots more. 

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Here's What I'm Loving This Month

Here's What I'm Loving This Month

After doing Taryn Toomey's The Class retreat in February, and seeing my friend's Antonello Tedde Capriccioli Rombi large tote in grey, I have dreamt about having one ever since.

Spitfire Girl White Collection Candle Hydra 

Loving these candles at Spit Fire Girl! The packaging is so beautiful and uniquely designed, and each candle has an intention or purpose, not to mention an intoxicating aroma. Hope we can stock these at ONDA.

Bottega Organica Balance Face Cream

 

For all of you Bottega Organica Eye Cream lovers (and there are many bordering on obsession) I'd like to introduce you to the new Bottega Organica Balance Face Cream. It's just as rich as the eye cream, and now you have enough to nourish your whole face. 

Yoga Bodies

I'm so proud of my dear friend, Jaimie Baird, who has taken her photography career to a new level with this book. She has beautifully captured an amazing variety of people, poses, skills, shapes and sizes in her new book Yoga Bodies. It's a window into the humanity and soul of yoga for everybody. Congrats Jaimie!!!!!

 

The Upside Yoga Pant

My new favorite and go to fitness wear brand is The UpSide. Great fit, great prints, great all around. Just got these from Bandier and I'm wearing them daily!

The Beauty Chef

I first discovered Australia's The Beauty Chef three years ago and am so excited to now stock these must-have inner beauty powerhouses at ONDA. We know only too well how important it is to support your self-care from the inside out, and these three products will do just that. I started with GLOW and my co-founder, Sarah, loves the Collagen elixir. 

 

 

As with a lot of things these days, I discovered this fashion brand, All That Remains Is Love on Instagram, and immediately knew this was a love affair so to speak. Right now I am coveting the Grace top. The intricate and delicate lace work and boho vibe have me swooning.

Steering By Starlight

 

My college room mate, and dear friend (my rock really), Sue, has been trying to get me to read Steering By Starlight for over a year now. When I finally did I had to read it again and immediately sent it to 5 of my friends. For me, it just made so much sense. If you have ever felt lost, and not sure which direction to go in life, I highly recommend this book.


A friend of mine from my fashion days reached out to tell me about Rothy's Shoes. He offered to send me a pair and when they arrived I fell in love. The even better news is that Rothy's are made from recycled water bottles, are water resistant and are machine washable. AND when their life is up you can send them back to the company and they get turned into yoga mats!! I mean....C'MON!?!?!?

Reverie Milk and Rake Hair Styling Products

 

Honestly, I'm not really sure what I did before this dynamic duo from Reverie?! I use the Milk Leave-In-Conditioner right after I towel dry my hair and once my hair is dry I use the Rake to create piece-y beach-y waves. Perfection!! And I love love love the scent! 

Larissa xx

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A Teenager's Tale: What Happened When I Switched to Clean Beauty

A Teenager's Tale: What Happened When I Switched to Clean Beauty

Lucy Bryant was 17 years old when she first made the switch to natural beauty. The daughter of my co-founder, Sarah Bryden-Brown, she was beyond adamant she would NEVER use a face oil, she would NEVER use a natural deodorant and she would NEVER bother with a toner.

Fast forward a couple of months and Lucy will now tell you she can't live without her One Love Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Make Up Remover, nor the Butter Elixir Face oil

Lucy's transition has seen her combination skin, which experienced regular breakouts, become less oily and experience fewer breakouts. She also spends more time on her skincare routine because, as she says, "the smells alone are worth it."

Lucy swapped her chemical-based skincare and body care for a natural routine based on my recommendations. Here's what Lucy now uses daily (sharing more than a few of these products with her mom), and the results are clear: her skin looks brighter, she suffers less breakouts and she is ensuring that as she ages, she will see less fine lines and wrinkles, keep that beautiful youthful glow long into maturity, and protect herself against the possibility of cancer through eliminating cancer-causing chemicals.

Remember, your skin is your largest organ, and it absorbs 60% of what you put on in it in 60 seconds. You may well eat organic and use green cleaning products, but unless you also use non-toxic beauty and personal products, you're undoing all that good work. 

Larissa xx

Lucy's Morning Routine

Cleanser: Lucy simply splashes her face with water

Toner/Hydrosoal: Odacite's Rose and Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Treatment Mist

Face MoisturizerWillow Tree Lane's Rose Geranium and Lavender Face & Body Moisturizer

Lucy's Evening Routine

CleanserOne Love Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Make Up Remover,

Face ExfoliantBottega Organica Rejuvenating Face Scrub (with sea salt and lemon)

Toner/Hydrosol: Odacite's Rose and Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Treatment Mist

SerumWillow Tree Lane's Clear Skin Serum

Face Oil: Butter Elixir Face oil

Lucy's Body Care Favorites:

Deodorant: Agent Nateur Holi Stick #3,

Body Wash: Saya Lime and Lemongrass

Body ScrubCoco Rose Body Polish 

Body Moisturizer: Saya Mandarin and Patchouli Hand and Body Lotion

Shampoo and Conditioner: Reverie

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Naomi Watts' Natural Beauty Picks

Naomi Watts' Natural Beauty Picks

I have known Naomi for over 10 years now and she is the epitome of natural beauty in every way, inside and out. She's been one of our biggest supporters and I love recommending non-toxic products from ONDA for her. We've started with a few hero products that help feed and nourish her skin, producing the effects she's looking for, which is to be her best self. 

First up is the African Botanics Baobab Oxygenating Cleanser, which I love and recommend for mature, dry and sensitive skin. It includes Baobab fruit, which is rich in vitamin C that nourishes the skin. The scent is unique and exotic, unlike anything else and the texture feels smooth and soothing. The clay helps eliminate impurities and unclog pores while also balancing the skin, all without any irritation. It leaves your skin soft and smooth reducing the effects of urban pollutants and helping to reduce any redness. This cleanser is super hydrating and helps dissolve impurities so it's also great for those with problem or acne prone skin. It also includes essential oils of Sandalwood and Cedarwood, which help calm, rebalance and rejuvenate. The delicate white blossoms of Jasmine help stimulate cellular renewal and help fade scar tissue while also diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

Next is the Immunocologie Exfoliating Serum. The reason I love this one is because it's not your average exfoliator. It's a lightweight serum that helps to reveal fresher more glowing skin. Glycolic acid lifts away dead skin cells without stripping or irritating the skin, while lactic acid promotes cellular regeneration and nourishment. It also detects epidermal pH balance and sebum levels to deliver exfoliation benefits specified to your skin type. This serum can be used daily to diminish surface spots, reduce discoloration and promote a uniform, healthy and glowing complexion. Simply apply and leave on for around 10-20 min, or for some people, like myself, over night works well. But everyone's different so if you have sensitive skin start out slow and see how your skin responds. If you experience redness post treatment don't worry it will subside shortly after. That's just it doing it's job.

Third is the Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Serum, which is an all natural retinol that works while you sleep. Retinol is a safe derivative of vitamin A. Unlike retin-A this retinol will not cause any harsh irritation and has no toxic or chemical additives. Studies show how vitamins A, C and E work together to support superior collagen-building and antioxidant effects. All three of these coexist in this formula to deliver near-miraculous results. Forty years of studies prove retinol's extraordinary age delaying capabilities. Get ready to wake up and be delighted by what you see.

Lastly, I know how much Naomi loves a rich moisturizer so I have recommended the just launched Bottega Organica Balance Face Cream

Similar to their extremely rich and high performing eye cream (which, btw, is an obsession for most who try it) this cream is thick and extremely hydrating. All its organic ingredients are grown on the Bottega Organica farm in upstate NY, which only enhances the purity and efficacy of this product. Ingredients include Tulsi, which regulates sebum production, promoting a balanced complexion and French lilac to rejuvenate and brightens the skin, restoring its radiant glow. Wild carrots are high in antioxidants and vitamins essential for skin repair. Coneflower and vetiver oil stimulate healthy skin renewal while prawn sage exerts its powerful cell-revitalizing activity. Lactobacillus rhamnosus adds advanced probiotic benefits. The results? Your skin feels soft, smooth, glowing and you'll see a noticeable difference in hydration and fine lines will disappear.

Larissa xx

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Be Smooth Body Polish Kit

Be Smooth Body Polish Kit

Who doesn't want perfectly polished and glowing skin?!

Well, even though we might not be able to get away to where the sun, salt and sea can do it for us, we can take some time for ourselves and enjoy home pampering to restore, renew and reveal the magic beneath. To make it even easier, we have created a neat, effective Be Smooth Body Polish kit for you. So polish away and enjoy the results!!

With Dead Sea salt and organic plant oils this scrub is the perfect combination of exfoliation and hydration. It's based on aryuvedic traditions, detoxifying while increasing circulation of the lymphatic system to combat cellulite. The uplifting scent is so lovely and refreshing with hints of basil, bergamont and lavender. The combination is truly unique, so while you're scrubbing away those dead skin cells you're also moisturizing. When you step out of the shower, you're done! Perfectly polished, soft, smooth skin.
Dry brushing is best done when you have an extra five minutes before you get into the bath or shower.
Here's how it works:
Use our natural brush on your dry skin starting from your feet and moving in long sweeping upwards circular motions towards your heart. Go over the same areas a few times to make sure you're removing all those dead skin cells.
Dry brushing has many benefits that are more potent and effective than a wet scrub such as stimulating your lymphatic system to reduce the appearance of cellulite, removing  toxins from your body, getting rid of dead skin, helping decongest your skin so it absorbs body oil and nutrients more effectively.
A wet scrub is more gentle since water acts as a lubricant and is better for people with more sensitive skin.
Whether you choose wet or dry exfoliation, you're creating healthy, more beautiful skin, better circulation and taking some time to do something nice for yourself. Get to it!!
This active Australian brand offers many must-try products but one of our favorites is the Argan Body Oil. Your skin will thank you for using this certified organic, pure plant, antioxident rich, oil. Argan oil is beneficial because it's filled with nutrients for your skin like Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Saya's Argan oil absorbs easily into the skin and has a light, beautiful fragrance including mandarin peel, geranium and patchuli. Us this especially if you're dry brushing as this oil is the perfect second step to ensuring your beautiful skin is nourished and stays well hydrated.
Shop our Be Smooth Body Polish Kit for yourself or as the perfect gift.
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Here's What I'm Loving This Month

Here's What I'm Loving This Month

Ball Page Espadrills

I stumbled across the Ball Pages Espadrilles on Instagram and honestly I cant believe I have never seen them before?! I love an espadrille and these are so unique.

June 7.2 Topanga Pant 

I'm crazy about  June 7.2's new line of cool, modern basics. I live in my black Topanga pant and am getting a 2nd pair in gray.

Absolutely love swing chairs! Hopefully there will be one in the ONDA shop, which opens in Spring 2017 in Tribeca.

I don't normally wear strapless or a one piece swim suit but my friend Jaimie Baird gave me this one from Mikoh and I feel great in it!! What a pleasant surprise! Thanks, Jaimie, for the swim suit and this photo.

Christopher Boots

There's a lot of attention on all things Australian and all things crystal right now, so it makes sense that these two ideas have merged with Christopher Boots' beautiful light fixtures. I first saw them at Taryn Toomey's new studio in Tribeca. So, so stunning and magical.

Matta

Matta is a store in Nolita that I used to visit frequently. But how great is it when you forget about something for a while and then become reintroduced and it's new again! Beautiful, beachy, easy-to-wear pieces that are perfect for any warm weather getaway.

Thanks to Jaimie Baird for my photo!

ONDA Travel Kit

We love our new airline-friendly travel kit that is a sampling of some of our favorite travel-friendly products all in an easy waterproof zip top bag you can just throw in your carry on luggage and go. Just in time for spring break!!

Bill Granger

My business partner, Sarah Bryden-Brown, is Australian and when she went back to Sydney last December she brought me back the latest cook book, Bill's Everyday Asian, from one of her favorite places to eat, Bills. I would share my favorite recipes with you but Sarah's borrowed it and I haven't seen it since!

UMA Oils

So happy to announce that we now stock Uma oils. This beautifully packaged and scented line of products is steeped in the history of family tradition and purity. We cannot say enough of what this brand has to offer. Check it out.

Bottega Organica

Sarah was lucky enough to spend President Day Weekend in Hudson, NY, where she visited the farm and apothecary of one of our favorite brands, Bottega Organica. Production is small batch, solar infused, 100% organic and super high in results. Their face scrub is the most hydrating you'll ever experience. 

Larissa xx

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Why Everyone Needs a Toner

Why Everyone Needs a Toner

Ok, we need to talk. I have had so many women say to me, "Oh I don’t really use or need a toner, I mean what does it do any way??"

I am here to tell you what it does and that it is the most over looked and underestimated step in your beauty routine. It’s a misunderstood product, and one I would never skip. If you think we're talking about what we used as kids (who remembers Sea Breeze?), you're mistaken. Toners have come a long way and are a delivery system for many nourishing and beneficial ingredients that your skin just shouldn't miss out on. I use one every day between steps and I can tell you, yes, I have noticed a difference: cleaner, clearer, more hydrated skin. In the warmer months, I even keep one in my bag wherever I go. Here's what they do and why you should use one. 

  • It helps to prevent and heal break-outs; ridding your skin of unwanted bacteria.
  • Especially if you have larger pores that tend to become congested this is a necessary step. Toners can help to not only clean out your pores but close and tighten them as well preventing and reducing impurities from getting back in.
  • Toners help to balance the natural PH level of your skin.
  • Our skin is naturally acidic and many things can disturb its proper balance, including cleansing at times, a toner helps to restore balance so your skin doesn’t have to work overtime to do it. Some toners are anti-inflammatory so will calm, sooth and reduce redness and puffiness. Most contain humectants that work to add more hydration, which just about all of us can use.
  • Depending on the unique recipe of each toner, a good one will supply your skin with needed minerals that nourish, restore hylauronic acid, which our skin produces naturally but diminishes with age, so we’re talking serious anti-aging properties helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Help produce collagen, accelerate cell turnover, and protect your skins natural barrier.
  • Help prepare your skin to absorb your following steps more effectively.
  • If you’re using a serum or face oil this step will help insure that your skin is absorbing it on the deepest and most effective level.

So look for a toner that addresses your specific needs, and make sure it’s natural.

We have a selection of great ones to offer, ranging from light active through to heavy active. 'Active' simply refers to the ingredients list, and whether the ingredients have an effect on your skin. Light active includes more gentle ingredients and suits younger skin, while medium to heavy active is best suited to prevent anti-aging and combat signs of aging.

 

LIGHT ACTIVE

One Love Organics Vitamin D Moisture Mist:  helps to eliminate environmental stressors and delivers long lasting hydration through vitamin E.

Scent: Very little scent. 

MEDIUM ACTIVE

Odacite’s Rose + Neroli Hydra-vitalizing Treatment Mist is great for moisturizing, balancing and pore cleansing

Scent: Beautiful! Light on the rose and heavier on the neroli (which is orange blossom)

Little Alchemist Kyella Rose Antioxidant Hydrate Mist: soothes irritated skin, purifies and cleanses, brightens, delivers important vitamins and minerals, firms

Scent: Australian native botanicals 

VERY ACTIVE

Marie Veronique Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist: encourages the skin’s helpful microorganisms to thrive, calms and soothes, delivers probiotics just as important to your skin as your internal system.

Scent: light and fresh

Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist: promotes collagen and elasticity, minimizes the appearance of pores, encourages cell turn over and regeneration decreasing fine lines, calms skin to reduce any redness.

Scent: Spearmint, minty fresh 

Dr Alkaitis Organic Herbal Toner: refines pores, evens skin tone, balances and strengthens your skin, deeply hydrates. Great for problem skin, breakouts, and keeping your pores clear.

Scent: Herbal and fresh

Don’t go hating on your toner, think of it as your hero that has been waiting for you to recognize all the magic it has to offer. 

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Reward Yourself With Our Self-Care Collection

Reward Yourself With Our Self-Care Collection

In a time when taking care of yourself is more important than ever, what better way is there than to celebrate and take time for yourself everyday than by nourishing the skin you're in. Give yourself the gift of love, and pamper away. You know the oxygen mask theoryeveryone will benefit.

So here's how you can do something for yourself that not only feels good, but will make you glow with health and happiness.

Shop our Self-Care Collection.

Herbivore Coconut Bath Soak — This smooth and lightly fragranced bath soak is so delicious I could almost eat it! But I don't because it's so much better in my bath. It relaxes and detoxifies while you're unwinding. Taking a bath is one of my favorite ways to take time for myself.

Leilani Bishop Fragrance Oil — A fragrance oil lasts so much longer than an alcohol-based perfume, and is so much better for you being non-toxic, plus it actually gets stronger the longer you wear it because it works off the warmth of your body. Apply to the back of your knees, as well as the regular pulse points, to ensure it continues to work its magic long into the night. We have three fragrances for you to choose from: Pikake (which is Hawaiian for Jasmine), which is featured, Lilac and Orange Blossom.

Edible Beauty Sheet Face Mask — We love these non-toxic sheet masks made from bamboo and infused with these key ingredients: Bamboo Extract, Ribose, Swertia Chirata and Hyaluronic Acid. Relax, lay the mask over your face and let it do its magic. Even better, try it in the bath! This one is hydrating, combats inflammation, plumps your skin and works on fine lines and wrinkles. When you're done, simply rub in the excess, then add your favorite face serum and face oil. No need to rinse. You will notice the difference straight away. Promise.

Coco Rose Body Polish — I cannot say enough about this one. From its beautiful color and visual appeal to the texture and feel of it on your skin, this is definitely a self-love winner. I know we all think we don't have the time but the benefits to using a body scrub are many. First, you're taking a moment for yourself, which is always important, sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal newer fresher skin while moisturizing at the same time. Virgin coconut oil, sugar and Moroccan rose create the perfect combination to refresh, renew and recharge.

Venus Amber Oil — If you're not used to using a body oil I highly recommend this one: the experience is luxurious; Shiva Rose makes a beautiful selection of products to practice self care and self love. She truly understand the concept of connection to self, others and balance with nature. So it's no surprise that this energy would be infused into her beautiful body oil, appropriately named Venus (the goddess of love). The fragrance is light and mysterious. This body oil contains crystals of rose quartz gem that infuse the oil with love, peace, and tranquility. Love and enjoy.

You can buy the collection here, for you or for someone you think would appreciate taking a little time for themselves, too.

Larissa xx

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Here's what I'm loving this month

Here's what I'm loving this month

 

Censer

 

​I saw this beautiful diffuser from Censer at the launch of the new studio space for The Class by TT, and knew I wanted one immediately. I've never seen an incense diffuser like this one. It's cool, modern and luxurious.

 

Immunocologie Travel Set

So excited to have just added Immunocolgie to our roster of natural anti-aging products. I know everyone will love it as much as I do. My two favorites so far are the hyaluronic serum and exfoliating​ serum. Try the travel kit for starters.

 

Faithfull The Brand

I saw this dress from Faithfull The Brand on Emelinaah's Instagram a​nd ordered it the same day to wear while I'm in the DR at The Retreatment. Definitely worth following her as there's so many great beachy finds to be had.

 

Higher Dose Infrared Sauna

I'd been hearing a lot about Higher Dose's Infrared Sauna — friends were telling me, You Gotta Go — so when I came down with a terrible virus I did 3 sessions in one week and now I'm hooked. It's great for de-stressing, detoxing and the perfect addition to your self-care routine.

 

Yarok Feed Your Moisture

Love love love Yarok's Feed Your Moisture Hair Masque. Try it. You will too. ​

 

Intuitive Being

 

​Just started reading this, can't wait to spend time with it while lying on the beach. Everyone has intuition, but not everyone knows how to use it. I'm always wanting to know how to better listen to my intuition because it serves me well.​

 

Kyanite Crystal

 

​I already have a collection of crystals but recently discovered Kyanite Crystal, and lo and behold, it's now part of my collection. Kyanite helps you to tap into your intuition, open your mind center and bridge gaps with communication efforts. It also possess healing energy and brings tranquility and exceptional for transitioning into deep meditative states.​

 

Joanna Vargas

​I just tried Joanna Vargas' red-carpet-ready triple crown facial​ for the first time. WOW. But that's not where it ends because we will be stocking Joanna Vargas starting this month. Lucky us. Lucky you.

 

Healthyish by Bon Appetite

I've always thought my friend Adam Rapoport does ​an incredible job editing Bon Appetit, so I am not surprised to see this creative and satisfying new addition to the Bon App family. Healthyish. Check it out.

 

Saya AHA Face Exfoliant

Made from natural Australian botanicals, Saya's natural AHA exfoliant does a powerful job with instant results. It's gentle but effective, and is part of my daily shower ritual. Try it, you'll see for yourself.

Larissa xx

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