Under Luna - Holistic Shampoo & Conditioner
UNDER LUNA || The full moon is under way. Can you feel it? The energy feels peaceful yet profound. What has manifested for you this past lunar cycle? What do you need to let go of? Could one of your releases be toxic beauty products? If so, I am highly recommending all my friends try this incredible, holistic and all-natural hair care line, Under Luna (for adults and kids). I have used both the shampoo and conditioner twice already on my hair and it works wonders. It’s hydrating, smells lovely & is made with organic botanicals. Most natural shampoos and conditioners are either too expensive or can be very drying, Under Luna is neither.
Q+A with Carly, Founder of Under Luna
Q: What is Under Luna and what inspired you to start it?
A: Under Luna is a holistic beauty line. Right now we are focusing on hair products, but the idea is to expand it into skin and body care. We've got things in the works! For years, as curiosity got the best of me, I started playing around with ingredients after I started learning what was going into so-called natural products I was buying. I'd end up taking way too long of showers because I was picking up every bottle in the shower, trying to pronounce each ingredients, trying to figure out how & where each were derived and what benefit that is to my skin and hair. Ultimately everything will be absorbed into your bloodstream so when I realized what was in these products I had a mini freak out and decided to start from scratch and create my own.
Q: Why did you choose the ingredients that you did?
A: My personal mission was to create products that only include ingredients sourced from the earth. I researched the ways in which our ancestors used to apply herbs, wash their hair, cleanse their face, treat blemishes, wounds. A quick look into the lives of Native Americans, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and you'll find they have amazing treatments for just about anything and what were they using centuries ago? The fruits, plants, trees and vegetables growing around them. Shampoo is a really tricky product to make if you're going the natural route, but yet you want the feeling and texture of a commercial product. Think about all the natural shampoos - they're drying and/or they leave your hair super greasy. I did some major homework and played around with various ingredients knowing what benefits I wanted to bring to this product and after a lot of time and a lot of testing on friends and family - our Warrior Shampoo was born.
Q: Did you make other products before this one?
A: Ohh ya. You should see how many jars I've got all over the bathroom. I've got a body lotion, shaving cream, face toner, cleaner, face and body scrub, blemish stick, deodorant, cleaning products....I think you've got the idea.
Q: Can this product be applied to any type of hair (colored, bleached, relaxed)?
A: Absolutely, the way the shampoo works is it gently cleanses the hair of the dirt or product that's in your hair. It doesn't strip the oils like most commercial shampoos do. It will add the missing nutrients back into the scalp and hair follicle and being PH-balanced, it will seal the follicle back up keeping each hair strand protected and moisturized. So whether you have colored, bleach or relaxed hair or really frizzy hair - you're in good hands!
Q: What are some of your other favorite beauty or hair products to use?
A: I'm a simple girl. I don't use a lot of products in general. I like to live by the rule less is more especially when it comes to your body. We have great natural oils in our hair and skin that will naturally balance themselves out if you allow them. For my hair, a simple jojoba oil on the ends are great to shield my hair from the environment and the oil gives my hair a little added volume and texture. For my face, I have super sensitive skin, always have, but I've found what works for me. I don't wash my face in the morning just splash it with some warm water then apply Angelina Organic Skin Care Coconut Hazelnut Sunshade Lotion - it's an amazing sunscreen that doubles up as a moisturizer. I won't leave the house without it on. I use a great charcoal bar by Apoterra Skincare to cleanse my face at night and finally a spritz of a toner I put together that is an accumulation of various native organic herbs that is moisturizing and ultra healing. Stay tuned for more info on that concoction.
Q: I know you have begun to study herbalism, what program are you in and how do herbs play a role in your life and your daily routine?
A: I completed a program with Herbal Academy of New England which I absolutely loved, but that's only scratching the surface of herbalism. There is soo much to learn so I'm doing as much reading and studying as I possibly can. Working with herbs whether it's mixing product, making tea or cooking - I'm always surrounded by lessons of herbalism. As for my daily routine, herbs are there to wake me up in the morning with a cup of fresh brewed tea and depending how I feel whether I'm feeling under the weather, maybe a little anxious or I'm in need of a good nights rest - I've got a cupboard full of remedies.
Q: What is your grand vision for Under Luna?
A: To keep expanding the product line and in doing so educate consumers on ingredients. I'm not just talking about our ingredients and what the ingredients Under Luna products can do for you, but other uses and benefits of say white willow bark and how you should reach for that if you have a headache instead of an advil. Herbs really are amazing and I hope by using Under Luna products, people will start to understand what transformative powers herbs really do have.
Q: What makes for a Super Life?
A: Waking up every day with a healthy body, clear mind and doing what you love with the people you love.