Lessons I've learnt on my way to launching ONDA Beauty

Lessons I've learnt on my way to launching ONDA Beauty

      1. Fear is negotiable. Don't let it win or take over. If you keep putting one foot in front of the other, after a while, when you turn around to look back, you'll be amazed how far you've come.
      2. When you’re on the right path, you'll know it. Everything and everyone will show up for you, and help make your dream a reality.
      3. Switching to natural products shouldn't come from a place of fear about what you’re doing wrong, but rather the desire to nourish yourself and develop self-care rituals that are deeply satisfying.
      4. Changing your skincare routine will keep your skin nourished beyond the type of products you use. Your skin gets bored with the same routine and will show it if you don't surprise it from time to time. Take a look at our starter kits for an easy way to swap your routine.
      5. Oil combats oil so don't be scared to use a face oil even if you have oily skin. It's probably just what you need.
      6. Just because something says it's natural or organic doesn't mean that's all it is. If you’re not sure about a product you are already using or want to try, you can ask us at hello@ondabeauty.com and we will let you know if it’s truly natural. And if it’s not we’ll suggest an alternative.
      7. Warning: piercing your ear cartilage to mark your next life opportunity is more painful than it looks, and worth (there's a 6-12 month healing process). 
      8. If you are going to only change one product to a natural one, make it your deodorant. Here is my favorite
      9. A toner/hydrasol is one product you might think you can do without but it's actually on my must-have list. A toner/hydrasol helps your skin to absorb your serums, face oils and moisturizers more effectively. In my opinion it’s the most overlooked and underestimated. We have one in our face starter kit, which is a great place to start.
      10. Lip scrub. Once you start you'll never go back. My go to is Henne.
      11. I never wore nail polish, almost always buffed, however since my friend Nadine Abramcyk started Ten Over Ten, I collect a new color every season and have the full set of base, top and remover, just in case I can't get into the salon. You can too because we stock it here.
      12. Never give up the pursuit of what really makes you happy. Everyone in your life will benefit, not just you.

I would love to help you with personal recommendations for the best products to suit your skin and lifestyle. You can send your questions to me here, and I will answer you back as quick as possible.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jaimie Baird Photography

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Why Natural Beauty is the Best Choice

Why Natural Beauty is the Best Choice

Two years ago, when I left my 23-year-career as a fashion market director for magazines such as Instyle and Glamor, I began exploring the world of natural beauty, in part because something was missing from my NYC life, something authentic, pure and simple. I started meditating, taking better care of myself inside and out, and trusting that the universe was looking out for me. But at the core, and what I now can't go without, are my daily natural beauty rituals, their ingredients feed my skin and their scents nourish my spirit and my soul.

At first blogs and websites helped as I began educating myself about natural ingredients that actually worked, as well as products that make a difference, and, step-by-step, I swapped my long-standing beauty rituals for natural ones. Concerned about the efficacy of natural beauty, as well as the safety aspects of using natural products, I turned to the FDA for peace of mind, but found none because it only has partial regulations in place for 11 toxic ingredients while the EU has banned over 1300 toxic ingredients. I was shocked. 

I began to learn more than just facts about natural beauty as I sketched out what a career in the wellness space could look like for me, I started learning lessons, about both myself and the products and rituals I was exploring. I realized with every day that passed, as I talked to people and learnt something new, it all added up to the dream I'd held about what I could create within the natural beauty market. 

It's important to me to know what I’m talking about, of course, and I want to be the one who has tried every product, understands the labels and figures out how I feel about each product before I can talk to or help others with what they need. 

My mission is to create a space where women can come, easily access luxurious, high-end natural beauty products in a warm, inviting, helpful environment where everything is waiting for you. 

We're starting with this site, where we curate the best natural beauty products, all of which you can trust to be both safe to use and that they will work! We've created four starter kits to make it easy for you to swap to natural beauty, as well as try new prouducts: we have a full-face kit, mini-face kit, winter glow and body-care kit

We are also working on launching ONDA's own line of natural beauty products. This we're very excited about.

What we feed our bodies, both inside and outside, along with growing illness and disease in this country, means access to natural beauty is more important than ever. ONDA's focus is to provide you with a trusted resource, and products that are not only non-toxic, but botanically-driven, hand-batched, sustainably-sourced and under-pinned with honesty and integrity.

My mind and body responded so positively to introducing natural beauty to my life. I value the time I spend on self-care, and the rituals that come with that, including recognizing the meaning and importance of creating time for yourself, to nourish yourself, in ways that bring out the best you, all of which flow on to those you love. You may know this as the oxygen-mask theory — you can't look after others until you first look after yourself.

Equally important to all this is balance. One of the most important lessons I've learnt over these past two years is balance, so if that means you have a favorite product that you can't imagine giving up, don’t, for now. Every step is a step in the right direction. Switching to natural shouldn’t feel like you are giving up something, rather that you are gaining something better. And if you’re already there, we hope ONDA introduces you to lots of new products and brands to experience. We have a particular focus on Australian natural beauty products because not only is ONDA's co-founder, Sarah Bryden-Brown, Australian, Australian ingredients are freshly unique and so, so good.

I've come to learn that nature offers everything we need. It's a matter of choosing the right product that works for you, and of course scent is key to this. We've tested a lot, learnt a lot, and this journey is not over, it never will be. 

We have created ONDA to make shopping natural beauty safe, easy and fun for you. We hope you love it as much as we have loved creating it for you. If there is anything you need or questions we haven't answered, please let us know — hello@ondabeauty.com.

Larissa xx

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Best Body Kit

Best Body Kit

ONDA has hand-picked easy-to-love products for our best-body kit. This collection offers all you need to experience natural beauty for the first time, or if you are a natural beauty devotee already, our curated kit will save you time and money. 

Our body-care kit contains:

1 x Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo 
1 x Yarok Feed Your Volume Conditioner

I fell in love with this duo from the second I opened the first bottle. The scent was light, herbal and citrus, and very refreshing. It definitely does the job, and for those who aren't loving the new no-suds shampoos, this will provide plenty. I love 'Feed Your Volume' in particular because it does just that.

1 x Grown Alchemist Body Exfoliator

A lovely and very refreshing scent that's part peppermint but a bit floral as well, perfect for helping you to wake up in the shower. I find it to be the exact consistency that I love, leaving my skin soft , smooth and moisturized.

1 x Grown Alchemist Body Wash

A body wash should smell as good in the bottle as on your body, and that's why I love the Grown Alchemist body wash. It's subtle scent lingers once you're dressed and out the door!

1 x Agent Nateur No.3 Deodorant

I have tested many natural deodorants and I can tell you as someone who needs to use this product, it works!! It goes on easily and the scent is light and beautiful. If there is one product you are going to swap for a natural beauty product, please switch to a natural deodorant and consider trying this one.

1 x Goe Oil

This was one of the very first natural products I discovered and fell in love with on my journey. Perfect for someone who wants to try a body oil but needs a step in between. Its a solid oil that melts in you palms the second you start to apply it and the scent is nothing less then a perfect day at the beach, at least that's where it takes me.

Shop our best-body kit for yourself or as a gift.

Larissa xx

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Why I Love Face Oils

When I switched from a moisturizer to a face oil, and yes, I switched completely, everything about my skin changed for the better. What I didn’t realize, and most people don’t, is that oil combats oil.

Yes it is true.

So if you have oily skin or tend to break out a little or a lot I bet you will find a face oil is the answer you’ve been looking for.

A few other things I've discovered that I want to share with you:

  • Face oils are for all skin types.
  • Most oils, by nature of being oils, tend to be botanical, so therefore natural and non-toxic, so you won't be pumping synthetic chemicals into your blood stream. 
  • Oils are also more hydrating than a moisturizing cream. Your skin absorbs an oil more easily, and an oil also helps other products to be received more effectively, such as serums.
  • Face oils can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping skin cells therefore making them look fuller. Often they are filled with antioxidants as well, which nourish your skin, feeding it with essential nutrients and creating a healthy glow that you just can't get with a cream.
  • For me, finding the right face oil was like finding the perfect pair of jeans, the fit is perfect, they feel super comfortable, flatter you in all the right places and you’ll never want to part with it. And like a great pair of jeans, you can have more than one. I have many face oils I love and use often. Enough said. Over to you.

Love Larissa xx

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