Everyone knows the old adage “You are what you eat,” but we’re learning that what we put on our bodies is almost as important as what goes in our bodies. Everyone loves to look good, smell great, and have soft, smooth skin, but if you’ve checked out the ingredient list of some of your favorite body care products, you may be alarmed to discover that you’re exposing yourself to chemicals, toxins, and harsh agents every day. Fortunately for you and your skin, there’s a better way: one that is luxurious, healthy, and eco-friendly. You just need to look to The Orange Owl to find a company that is all about helping you feel and look your best.
The Orange Owl is a body and skin care company based in Vermont, but with roots halfway around the world. When founder Akshata Nayak came to the United States from her home country of India in 2003, it was to attend school, where she ended up with not just one, but two Master’s degrees: Biochemistry and Applied Clinical Nutrition. After a stint in the medical field, Akshata turned to her Nutrition training and became a nutritionist at her husband’s holistic health center, Alternative Roots Wellness Center. She also began her own business, The Orange Owl, whipping up sumptuous body care products that were good for her customers’ health and great for the environment.
When choosing a product to put on your skin, especially a daily use product, it’s important to make sure the ingredients are safe and beneficial. This is where The Orange Owl shines. These handmade products are all natural. You won’t find any of the additives that are common in other skin care products, like phthalates and sulfates, petroleum-based ingredients, parabens or dyes. The products are all vegan, and even the packages they come in are green! Best of all, if you’ve been frustrated with trying to find good skin care products that are also safe for allergy-prone or sensitive skin, you are in luck . . . The Orange Owl can custom make a product just for you! Whether you’re allergic to a specific ingredient, such as nut-based oils, or are going gluten-free, The Orange Owl can whip up the perfect soap, body butter, scrub, or lip balm just for you.
Are you plagued by dry skin? An Orange Owl Body Butter in a delightful scent like Orange or Mint will melt into your skin and leave it feeling (and smelling) amazing. Need to protect your lips, but hate all the chemicals in most lip products? Grab an Orange Owl lip balm in a yummy flavor like Citrus or Cinnamon and Spice, and protect those lips with a combination of natural and nourishing oils. Maybe you just want to escape and relax, but don’t have time for a day at the spa. An Orange Owl bath salt soak, made with a carefully blended combination of Epsom, Dead Sea Mineral and Himalayan Pink Salts, will help you soak your cares away. You will even be squeaky clean thanks to The Orange Owl’s handmade soaps, with a combination of soothing oils and natural botanicals that will treat your skin right. Each type of Orange Owl product also comes in a “Naked” formula for those who don’t want (or can’t have) a scented product.
It’s not enough for The Orange Owl to just provide customers with heavenly, luxurious bath products that are healthy for you and the planet. Part of founder Akshata’s mission is giving back through her company. She has chosen to do so with the help of The Schooling Project. This is an organization based in India that focuses on helping children receive the financial tools and resources they need to stay in school. Rather than ending up out on the streets at a young age because their families can’t afford to keep them in school, kids receive help financing a basic education, plus the organization offers workshops to help expose kids to many occupations. A child in India can attend school for a full year for just $75, and The Orange Owl helps support this by donating 5% of every sale to The Schooling Project.
Owls are often characterized as wise creatures. That makes the owl a fitting mascot for a company that wisely provides healthier products made in an Eco-friendly way, and also upholds a social responsibility to help kids gain access to education. The Orange Owl’s products will inspire and pamper you, while helping you feel good about what goes on your skin and how it impacts the Earth. We’d say that’s a “wise” Owl, indeed!