Ona Organics is elevated skincare in every sense of the word. Rooted in Ayurveda and Eastern Medicine, the organic skincare line created by best friends Amanda Arapoglou and Elizabeth Dorow manifested itself through their shared mission of nourishment on every level — mind, body and spirit.
From the moment you have their products in hand you can feel the attention to detail, from the beautiful glass bottles to the incredible scent and potent ingredients like moringa, ylang ylang and pearl powder. You are inspired to slow down, practice mindfulness and really enjoy the ritual of applying these products.
The full body care set is made up of four products, creating the ease and simplicity in skincare we all need. Begin with the facial exfoliant to detoxify the skin, balance with the enliven mask, finish off with the radiance facial oil and abhyanga (self-massage) with the grounding body oil.
It has been a cherished part of my morning and evening routine over the past few months and I am not planning on changing that any time soon. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am not shy about expressing my love for this brand. I look forward to using the oils every day and the facial exfoliant and enliven mask 2-3x per week to brighten and soften my skin for days.
You can learn more about the potent plant ingredients used in their products here and company ethics here. If you can I would highly recommend starting with the full body care set as it really supports creating a beautiful and effective skincare ritual. If you want to start with one product I would recommend the enliven mask — the blend of adaptogenic herbs, oils and minerals is a dream and every time I use it I am blown away by the glow it gives my skin. Keep reading for an interview with the founders of Ona Organics.
Can you please share with us your background and what led to the creation of Ona Organics?
Amanda: My background is in the arts. I’ve always loved to travel and have a deep respect and admiration for ancient cultures and their traditions. I’ve been inspired by the Ayurvedic and holistic lifestyle and wanted to create a product that not only nourishes the physical body but celebrates the spirit as well.
Elizabeth: I farmed and studied Moringa, an Ayurvedic adaptogenic tree, for many years and as I learned more, I became more and more passionate and amazed by its power. I’ve always been obsessed with skincare and as an herbalist I have such a fascination and love for plant medicine.
Who/what/where do you draw inspiration from?
Amanda: Seeing the way other cultures embrace beauty and ritual in their daily practices has been an enormous inspiration to me.
Elizabeth: For me, inspiration comes from plants and the teachings of Ayurveda and Western Herbalism. Within these philosophies is creative inspiration for a lifetime. I love the complex puzzle of creating, combining, and balancing different elements from the earth to create a pure and truly effective product.
What motivated you to create a holistic and conscious company?
Amanda: Motherhood. Having my daughter brought me a greater sense of responsibility to create something that has a positive impact on the world.
Elizabeth: I wanted to create a product line that was pure not only in its physical form but ethically as well. It was important to me to create something with an expanded concept of self care which is why a portion of our sales are donated to the ACLU. We believe we care for ourselves by also caring for others.
What are the daily routines or rituals that keep you grounded?
Amanda: Meditation. I practice Vedic meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. This is the practice that has changed my life.
Elizabeth: Yoga, being connected to my body and quieting my mind allows me to focus without frenetic energy or fear blocking my way forward.
What role has Ayurveda played in your life?
Ayurveda has reframed our perceptions of everything to a holistic view that focuses on the emotional, physical, and spiritual elements of everything. We were both really drawn to the focus on prevention in Ayurveda. As cliche as it might sound, a problem easiest resolved is definitely a problem that isn't given the opportunity to start.
Can you tell us about the ingredients you chose for your products and what makes them so potent?
Moringa leaf and moringa seed oil are the central ingredients of Ona Organics. Moringa is an ancient adaptogenic and Ayurvedic tree considered by many as the most nutritious plant on earth. It’s highly nourishing and full of concentrated, bioavailable omegas and antioxidants such as Vitamins A, B, E and C, which encourage deep healing and protection from both internal and external stressors.
What is next for Ona Organics?
We try to always stay in a constant state of growth and expansion both personally and professionally. Our intention is to remain on this path of growth and intuition and trust in the journey rather than focus on the destination.
Where can we find you to follow your journey + connect?
We love sharing our stories and special moments on Instagram. We’ve found that Instagram has been an incredible way to connect with the holistic community all over and especially with our customers. Our Instagram handle is @onaorganics