By now you definitely know I'm a skincare snob. Truthfully, skincare is more my thing than makeup lately. It's been that way for some time now. So I'm always excited to try and venture out new skincare brands, especially those that use minimal and natural ingredients.
Lua Skincare started following me randomly on IG and I reached out. I knew I automatically wanted the eye serum, because my under eyes needs some serious TLC. Lori was so kind enough to send me the eye serum, the toner and a face serum. I have already been using and LOVING the eye serum so much. And the toner, let's not get started with how amazing it smells, because I want it as a perfume. It's that good.
I knew she had to be featured and spoken about. As someone who is constantly recommending skincare to my friends, this is a brand I'm adding to that list! Let's get to know Lori.
Let's get started by telling us how you got started in creating your own skincare?
I have always been into a natural lifestyle and was a skincare junkie for a long time. I really enjoy creating things so I started playing around with different skin care recipes until I found what really worked for me.
My friends and daughter became my testers so when the good reviews started coming in I thought it was time to take a chance and put it in a public realm.
How did the name Lua Skincare come about and how did the amazing and vibrant packaging come to play?
I was really struggling for a business name and when I would find one that I liked, it was taken. So I decided to name it as if I was having a another baby, what name would I want to give her? I came up with LUA and it immediately felt right. I am an artist as well and am obsessed with color so I based all the packaging on my paintings to really reflect my vision inside and out.
Prior to making your own skincare items, what brands did you buy and use?
I really liked using Arcona, Acure, and Alba Botanica. I still use Alba Botanica face wash because I love it and it’s priced right. Their facial and sport sunscreen are in my cabinet as well.
What made you make the change to natural skincare?
I’ve always had pretty normal to oily skin, with occasional breakouts but anytime I used something harsh, it made my skin feel irritated and raw. I have used oil in my skincare routine for 20 years, starting with olive oil then coconut and now my ageless oil blend. It has really made my skin more predictable and glowy plus I love the fact that it is free of chemicals.
Because you use natural skincare, what are your makeup/household brands you buy from?
I don’t tend to wear a lot of makeup but I really like Pacifica BB cream for nights when I'm going out. It adds light to your skin without feeling heavy. I use Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush and a few of their other products as well. It’s nice to see more natural and cruelty free makeup companies popping up. I also take Rainbow Light’s Women’s one a day vitamins.
The shop has only been open since last year, how has life changed since then?
I have met so many amazing people which has really helped keep me motivated and inspired. I have put many hours in front of the computer designing websites, labels, and researching supplies. Being your own boss is empowering and tiring, but would not change it for anything.
What's something you've learned since opening shop, that you want others to know?
Give back. Whether it is time, product, kind words, or encouragement, giving to others without expecting anything will come back to you. If you are good to people and have a quality product you stand by 100%, then you will go far. I love word of mouth marketing...If someone loves something they will share it with others. It all takes off from there.
As someone who does vegan skincare, what are your thoughts on vegans and the movement?
I am a vegetarian but have tried everything even though I eat mostly vegan, I just don’t do it 100% of the time. I am really about eating clean and more plant based than anything. It’s great to see any healthy and earth/animal friendly movement take hold but I feel it is a personal decision and not anything to push on someone or make them feel guilty for not eating what some may consider to be “right”.
Oils have become extremely prominent in the beauty/skincare world lately, how did you get into them?
In high school, my mom showed me a picture of an 80 year old woman (who looked 60) whose picture was on the back of a book she was reading. In the book, the women said she used olive oil on her face every night. At age 18 I started incorporating oil into my skin care routine. I turned 41 this year but no one ever believes me, so I really believe in the power of oils and plants to heal and protect our skin.
With that said, what are your favorite oils and why?
My favorite oils are;
Hempseed oil - It has a rating of zero on the non-comedogenic scale meaning it will not clog your pores, plus I love the green color and hemp is such a power plant all around, what’s not to love? You’ll find this in all of my oils.
Castor oil- It has a low rating of 1 on the non-comedogenic scale and it is a great detoxifier for your skin and your body as a whole.
Grapeseed oil- it’s rating is a 2 but it is so light, a pretty pale green, and absorbs really quickly into the skin. Most of my products have grapeseed oil in them.
Sea Buckthorn Berry oil - This orange oil is filled with antioxidants, minerals and vitamin c. It has a sweet and bitter berry scent and is amazing in healing the skin. I put this oil in my Love Your Face Cleansing Oil.
For essential oils I love ylang ylang, petitgrain, peppermint, rosemary, grapefruit, frankincense, and patchouli.
You're stranded on an island, what are the 3 things you require?
I drink so much water so definitely that, a garden, and music.
What's one of the best experiences you've had in your life?
Two years ago, I took my kids on a hiking/camping trip to Zion in Utah for their Spring Break. I had been wanting to go for years and decided to finally plan it out. We had so much fun even though our tent almost blew away with us in it. We did it road trip style stopping off in Antelope canyon first and then headed to our campsite in Zion. We hiked through the Narrows in the freezing cold water and thought our toes were going to fall off but it was a blast. On our way home we stopped off in this really cool slot canyon and explored it for a few hours. I really like spending time outside and being with my kids whenever I can so it was a perfect combination.
What's a dream or nightmare that's always stuck with you?
I have always had very vivid dreams, even when I was little and still remember a lot of them. One of my favorites was about 8 months ago. I was in the attic of a house I was living in and walked over to a round window. I pushed it open and saw that the house was on a river. There was a larger window down some steps so I walked to that and looked out. The water came right up to the window and there was a tree on the bank of the river in front of me. A giant silvery spider web hund down from it and a racoon, large spider, and birds were climbing all over the web. Then a tiger appeared and was moving through the air like a Chinese dragon kite, very fluid. I remember feeling so amazed and woke up with a real sense of peace that lasted the whole day and even when I think about the dream I can still see it clearly.
What's an interest/hobby you've always wanted to pick up, but just never did?
I always wanted to play guitar but took 12 years of piano lessons instead. I also wish I was fluent in another language.
What's one toxic/unhealthy treat, you binge on?
Ughhh...for some reason I really like Doritos. They are just so good and the natural chips just don’t compare taste wise, haha! I rarely eat them but if someone offers me some I will never turn them down. I don’t know what it is about them but there is something in there that won’t let you eat just one.
There you have it, Lori truly epitomizes someone down to earth and real. We all do the best we can with life and life decisions, but in the end, we need to do what makes us happy, like eat a bag of Doritos.
Do you feel inspired and enlightened after getting to know Lori? I know I do!
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