By Suzanne Dawson, Co-Founder of YUNI Beauty
The idea originally came to us during our Yoga teacher training. At the height of a particularly memorable yoga practice, I found myself thinking – why can’t I feel this incredible all day long? Why can’t I bring this amazing feeling into the “real world” – just bottle it up and bring it along with me? As such, YUNI Beauty was created as a way to bring the magic we feel on our yoga mats into our everyday lives. “Bringing the goodness of yoga to the moments of our lives,” we like to say.
YUNI is the first yoga-inspired, green beauty brand. Developed by beauty-savvy yogis, the YUNI collection consists of natural, pleasurable, versatile, and eco-friendly beauty products made especially for yogis & active health seekers. YUNI’s nature-powered skincare, body care, hair care, and aroma products contain high-performing botanicals (many organic & fair-trade), unique all-natural aroma blends, sensorial cooling or warming effects, are cruelty-free, and come in modern sustainable packaging.
But most of all, YUNI was created with the Yoga-moment in mind. Our products help to prepare the body & mind, enhance the sensations of the practice, aid express clean-up and post recovery, and help to recall the powerful benefits of your practice, off the mat.
Here are 5 typical daily ailments, and the ways that we can use YUNI for recovery:
Solution: Calming, roll-on essential oils
Scent is a powerful tool to help us de-stress, as it triggers our olfactory response, helping our brain reach a place of relaxation. The Body Balance Aroma Concentrate is an anchoring and delightfully addictive blend of essential oils including geranium, bergamot, neroli, and sage. The concentrate comes in a small portable rollerball that, when used in Savasana (relaxation at the end of yoga practice), trains the brain to connect this “restfully awake” state with the aroma. We call it our “pocket Savasana,” because we can use the Aroma Concentrate to recall the sensations of balance, anywhere, anytime we need it.
Ailment: Dry Heels, Knees, Elbows
Solution: Rich warming balm with shea butter & kukui oil
As active yogis & fitness lovers, we put our bodies and feet through extremes, and our skin can often experience dryness, chafing, cracking, and damage. A quick fix for these dry areas is applying a nourishing balm like the All Purpose Body Balm. This formula was created specifically to heal highly depleted areas of your skin, delivering intense hydration with healthy natural ingredients, including organic kukui seed oil, shea butter, and an all natural aroma including bergamot and patchouli.
Ailment: Sore Muscles
Solution: Peppermint and arnica anti-inflammatory gel
Easing muscle pain and helping a faster recovery after our workout is key to maintaining overall body health. Using the Muscle Recovery Gel eases soreness quickly with a blend of fair trade green tea extract, arnica, and energizing essential oils to cool and stimulate. Arnica naturally reduces inflammation while peppermint instantly cools and reduces the perception of pain, getting us back into action the next day. This is a potent formula that works fast, is packaged in a handy roller-ball, and smells absolutely amazing!
Ailment: Incorporating a Mid-Day Workout
Solution: Cleansing shower on-the-go wipes
Maintaining a consistent workout schedule can be challenging to fit into a busy schedule, especially when we don’t have time for a shower or if one isn’t available. With the Instant Shower Sheets, we can skip a shower and instantly cleanse right after an intense workout. These extra-large biodegradable sheets offer an easy way to refresh, and contain neem which is a natural antibacterial, peppermint leaf and citrus essential oils to help deodorize, and aloe vera to cool. They are also alcohol free, can be used all over the body, and are easy to tote in any gym bag.
Ailment: Dry Winter Skin
Solution: Replenishing skin-loving face serum
As we head into the colder months, the weather is harsh on our skin, causing it to dehydrate quickly. To prevent damage and premature aging, we keep our skin nourished and healthy. The Active Calm Face Serum absorbs quickly, replenishes skin, and contains skin-loving ingredients like organic buriti oil, echinacea plant stem cells, which are known for boosting the immune system, and fair trade green tea extract to help maintain elasticity, so we can keep our healthy youthful glow.
Suzanne Dawson is the Co-Founder of YUNI Beauty. She has been a leader in driving unprecedented growth for major beauty brands including Aveda (Estée Lauder Co), Murad and OleHenriksen (LVMH) during her 25-year career which spans three continents. Her expertise in key aspects of brand development, marketing, general management and distribution reflects more than two decades of experience in naturals, eco & prestige beauty branding.
Suzanne was born in India, educated in Australia, and has been called by the beauty industry from London to Los Angeles where she now lives. Her passion for people, planet, and personal health and well-being continued to unfold in 2012 when she earned her certification as an Ashtanga Yoga teacher. This yoga form offers a respite from stress through dynamic movement and breathing, and is the basis of Suzanne’s newest venture, YUNI, the first natural, sustainable, Yoga-inspired beauty brand.
Emmanuel Rey is the Co-Founder and CEO of YUNI Beauty. The quest to align purpose with profit has defined his visionary career. French-born and one of nine siblings, Rey took his degree in engineering in agronomics (agricultural engineering) to Cameroon and The Ivory Coast, West Africa, where he worked as a cocoa and coffee-buyer in the bush, and also taught traditional growers on their small plantations how to produce more effectively, empowering them as independent business-people.
After earning his MBA in international marketing, Emmanuel, who is fluent in five languages, sought out one of the few French companies with a truly global footprint: L’Oreal, eventually becoming General Manager for L’Oreal in Portugal in 1998. In 2002, Rey joined the Aveda brand (eventually overseeing Aveda, bumble&bumble, and Darphin for all of North America) in order to marry his personal and business values. In 2012, he was certified as an Ashtanga yoga teacher and soon after began the process of developing YUNI, a brand that engages the innate connectivity of the yoga community and marries his expertise in the beauty business with yoga consciousness. He and his wife Suzanne live in the Hermosa Beach community of Los Angeles.