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Instructional Video - How to use the Enzyme Cleansing Oil plus key benefits!

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Have you ever wondered if you are oil cleansing properly? Because it will help you get the most out of your oil cleanser and create an overall superior cleansing experience!

Check out the video we created below on how to properly oil cleanse:

But why should you oil cleanse?

We highlight the key benefits of oil cleansing with the Pleni Naturals Enzyme Cleansing Oil so you understand why this form of cleansing is superior to traditional soap or water based cleansers:

  • Cleansing oils remove dirt, debris and makeup more effectively than water based formulas. The reason is because a cleansing oil works like a solvent or "magnet" on the skin, lifting and binding makeup, dirt and debris. In other words, with a cleansing oil, “like dissolves like” and a cleansing oil efficiently and deeply cleanses without stripping skin of its natural protective barrier, making oil cleansing appropriate for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone.
  • The oil cleansing method makes washing your face a unique cleansing experience! Once you activate the oils by adding water to your skin and start massaging, the oils transform into a milk to help effortlessly remove the cleanser – while leaving your skin feel refreshed and balanced; not stripped!
  • BONUS! Our cleansing oil also contains exfoliating papaya enzymes! The enzymes digest dead skin cells and help prep the skin for leave on skin care products like toners, serums, and oils. The reason it is so important to exfoliate regularly is because your skin care products cannot absorb through a layer of dead skin cells. It would be such a shame to moisturize your dead skin cells and not fresh, healthy facial skin! 
  • BONUS #2! Our cleansing oil is more bang for your buck! Instead of having to purchase a separate exfoliating mask, you can cleanse and exfoliate with our 2 in 1 product, saving you time and money! This is something we can all use a bit more of, right?
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Why pH Is Important in Skin Care

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Being the aesthetician that I am, I am all about the pH of a product!

But first, what is pH?

The term pH stands for “power of hydrogen” and it measures how acidic or alkaline a solution is. The pH range is from 0-14 and the lower the pH, the more acidic a solution is. The higher the pH, the more alkaline a solution is. The pH of water is 7, and it is a neutral pH. The skin’s natural pH, interestingly enough, is slightly acidic with a range between 4.5 and 5.5. So when a product says it is “pH balanced”, it is within the same range as the skin’s pH, between 4.5 and 5.5.

How does pH of a product affect the skin and why is it important to use pH balanced products?

The skin has a lipid layer called the “acid mantle”, which is a protective film the body naturally produces on the top layer of the skin. This film creates a “barrier” and keeps unwanted bacteria and other pathogens from entering or thriving on the skin. When we use cleansers or products that are pH balanced, the protective lipid barrier is kept in tact, which supports the skin’s natural, healthy, slightly acidic state. Using pH balanced skin care is also important for protecting and not stripping our skin's microbiome, which we have learned is really important for proper skin immune function.

Looking closer at a baby’s skin, it is thinner and the lipid barrier is not as fully formed as an adult’s skin, making it more vulnerable to dryness, irritation and other skin issues. This makes it that much more important to use pH balanced skin care products, since baby skin is already more delicate and more easily thrown off balance and when baby's skin is balanced, it is hydrated, healthy, and free of irritation!

Alternatively, when we use soaps on our skin that are alkaline, the skin’s lipid barrier is stripped away, disrupting the skin’s natural, healthy state, making it more susceptible to pathogens and other environmental elements. Typical side effects of a skin with a disrupted lipid barrier is dry skin, irritation, and dermatitis. Interestingly, castile soap, which is found in many baby wash formulas, is alkaline with a pH between 8-9 (or higher). Understanding that products that are alkaline strip the skin’s natural protective lipid layer, we don’t feel castile soap is an ideal choice for sensitive skin and especially in baby care products.  FYI Castile soap in baby washes usually reads olive oil (or sometimes coconut oil) and potassium hydroxide on the ingredient list. When the oil is mixed with potassium hydroxide in a chemical process, this creates the castile soap.

 

The Pleni Naturals product that is pH balanced is the Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash . FUN SCIENCE-Y FACT: we cannot measure the pH of the Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil or the Berry + Olive Baby Balm because these two products are made from oils, and you need an aqueous solution (like water) to measure pH!

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Naturally Woman Owned Founders’ Top Gift Picks for the 2020 Holiday Season

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Happy Holidays! Did you know October is National Women’s Small Business Month? The focus and support of female-led businesses is especially important this year as COVID has significantly impacted women in the work place and many have had to step away from their jobs to care for children and family members. Some have even coined this challenging time as the first “female recession”.

 In support and celebration of women-founded businesses (and all women, really), we’ve partnered with some of our favorite woman-owned businesses in the naturals category and are sharing our top product picks from each others’ brands

 

Allyson Owens, Founder of Pleni Naturals picks:

Honeybee Gardens – I love their Effortless Eyeliner Pencils in all sorts of fun colors. I personally have colors Jet Set, Blue Jeans and Smoking Gun but with my hazel eyes I reach for the color Passion the most. The pencils are soft and blendable yet stay put. Highly recommend. And fun story; my sister didn’t know I am friends with Melissa, founder of Honeybee, and she bought me the same Passion eyeliner pencil that I already have. Twin power! Ha! And clearly these pencils make a great gift! 

 

Kosmatology – Every year I buy a bunch of their Holiday scented hand soaps and give them away as gifts (plus keep a few for next to our bathroom sink, too!) Their Holiday soaps are so festive and I love they are also Made Safe Certified

Luna Nectar – Their Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum is a must! If you use this product on your eyelashes and/or eyebrows you will see a difference! I gave this serum away as THE holiday gift to a few of the ladies in my life last year.

 

Erin’s Faces – It’s a toss up between Erin’s Faces Matcha Mascara and the Radiant Firming Concealer. But since I wear concealer more than mascara I am going to say their concealer is my top pick! It makes a great gift as the concealer is packaged in glass which feels more substantial and fancy! FYI, their Matcha Mascara is packaged in glass, too! 

 

Tuore – I really love their Coconut Cleansing Powder. Sometimes I use it alone or mix it with another cleanser and leave it on as a mask! So multipurpose and so fun to use! Makes a great gift for the skin care lover in your life. 

 

Molly’s Suds – I religiously add the Oxygen Whitener in every load to freshen up the laundry and keep fabric looking bright. It’s a must for us. I like this product as a gift for someone who usually uses bleach to whiten and brighten clothes as this is definitely a safer option and it works. I've given this product as a gift long before the holiday season has started as it's hard to find a fabric brightener that really works! 

 

 

Lagunal Herbals – Have you tried their Nail Restoration Balm? It’s great for weak, brittle nails (which I have, unfortunately) and this makes my nails stronger and healthier. Plus I love the way it smells. Great stocking stuffer!

 

More #NaturallyWomanOwned Founder Favorites Below! 

 

Melissa, Founder of Honeybee Gardens Picks 

Janice, Founder of Kosmatology Picks 

Mia, Founder of Luna Nectar Picks 

Erin, Founder of Erin’s Faces Picks 

Kriss, Founder of Tuore Picks 

Monica, Founder of Molly’s Suds Picks 

Andrea, Founder of Laguna Herbals Picks 

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Pleni Products WON Best Baby Wash and Best Baby Massage Oil

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Pleni won two awards!
The Beauty Shortlist announced their winners in the 2020 Mama & Baby Awards and Pleni made the winner's list in two categories:
Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash = Best Baby Wash
Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil = Best Baby Massage Oil
We are honored that our fruit and veggie-filled skin care products have been recognized as winners! 
What is special about the Beauty Shortlist awards is that they are sponsor free and ad free and the winning products are selected by experts - this gives smaller brands an equal playing field as larger brands in being discovered. To see the entire list of the Beauty Shortlist 2020 Mama & Baby Award winners (including Pleni) click here
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Pleni ingredient spotlight: dishes for the winter season

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Happy holidays, Pleni family! To celebrate the festive season, we’ve put together three cozy recipes featuring natural ingredients we use in our products. These are perfect to whip up over the next couple of days as 2019 comes to a close — and they’re also great to have on hand for all the chilly winter nights to come. Read on for the dishes!

Warm cinnamon apples

This unbelievably warming winter treat might just be the food equivalent of sitting by a crackling fire wearing your favorite cuddly sweater. Made using a few simple ingredients (most of which you probably already have on hand), cinnamon-spiced apples can be made in either a saucepan on the stove or in a crockpot.


Saucepan method:


  • 4 to 6 apples of your choice (a mix of red and green works beautifully!), peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter (or vegan butter alternative)

In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well to coat.


Heat a large saucepan over medium heat.


Add the apple mixture to the pan. Add the water and butter, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the apples reach your desired tenderness.


Crockpot method:


  • 6 apples of your choice (a mix of red and green works beautifully!), peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, cubed (or vegan butter alternative)

Combine all ingredients in your crockpot. Stir to coat the apples in the spices.


Cook on low for four hours. Enjoy!

Raw broccoli, walnut, and cranberry salad

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself when the weather’s on the cold side (or ever, really) — but if you find yourself craving something ultra-healthy, this raw salad will do the trick. Featuring Pleni ingredients broccoli and cranberry, this is a crisp, crunchy, bright dish that’ll nourish your mind as well as your body.


For the dressing:


  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ¼ tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Big pinch kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a jar. Screw on the lid, and shake to combine.


For the salad:


  • 2 heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • ½ cup bacon, chopped and cooked (optional or use vegan bacon alternative)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Top with your dressing, and toss to combine.

Spiced orange-clove cookies

Zesty orange meets warming spices in these pillowy winter cookies. Known for its invigorating properties, orange anchors this recipe with a touch of both zest and extract, while the full spectrum of seasonal spice staples (Ginger! Cinnamon! Nutmeg!) adds pleasant complexity and festive cheer. Don’t be fooled by the long ingredient list here; these chewy cookies are super easy to make!


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened (or vegan butter alternative)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (to make this gluten-free, use a 1:1 baking mix like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • More granulated sugar (to coat the dough in)

In a large mixing bowl, use a handheld mixer to cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg, and beat until combined. Add the vanilla, molasses, orange extract, and orange zest, and beat to combine.


In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add these to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. (As always, don’t overmix!)


Refrigerate the dough for an hour. This will concentrate all those wonderful winter flavors, as well as making the dough firmer and easier to roll.


Preheat oven to 350°F. 


Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll into balls, coat with more granulated sugar, and place two inches apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.


Use the back of a measuring cup to slightly flatten each cookie.


Bake for 8 to 10 minutes before removing from the oven and cooling on a wire rack.

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