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Pleni Founder Allyson Owens Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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I love to give gifts! Especially gifts that have a health focus. I believe in gifting my values and understand that for each healthy product I choose to spend my money on, that is a vote for the kind of world I want to live in. So if you feel the same way perhaps some of the gift ideas below will resonate with you! These gift ideas are not random; they are currently something I already have purchased myself and believe they would make great gifts for others. I hope you agree and if you have any questions about one (or all) of the gifts below, just send us a DM on Instagram, a chat through our website or connect via email. We check all three daily :).  Without further ado, THE GUIDE! 


1. I love the Fontana Candle Co. candles. They smell great, use safe ingredients and burn clean, and release healthy negative ions in the air.  Plus they are MADE SAFE certified which is a big deal in my book as you know the vetting has been done for you. No research required on your end. You seriously cannot go wrong with these candles. Highly recommend. 

2. Last year the ladies in my life received the Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit and this year it will be their newly released The Natural Pedicure.  The foot file is the best I've ever used. My feet have never been so smooth! 

3. I am a huge fan of light therapy! I love the TrueLight Energy Scarlet Lux because it is portable and it can be used on different parts of the body. This model uses red light (think deep wound healing and energy production within the cells) and also yellow (or amber) light which focuses on the top layers of the skin and can address skin irritation, flushing, the appearance of enlarged capillaries and so on. On my face, I like to use the option on this lamp that pulses both the red and yellow light and you can really feel it working on the skin. Also, remember this can be used on the body! Think areas of pain like tennis elbow, sore back and so on. 

4. This is something I have gifted a few times already! Leefy Organics makes this incredible product called Prana. Consider this "nature's pain reliever" with a combo of turmeric and ginger. It tastes YUMMY! Plus we all know how good turmeric and ginger is for us. It is a great supplement to reduce pain and inflammation. My husband had a headache and I gave him some Prana and the headache was gone. I also think this is a great option for those who perhaps do not want to cook with turmeric or make golden lattes :). You can drop Prana under the tongue, hold it for a few seconds and then swallow. Dare I say this should be included in everyone's medicine cabinet?

5. Hamama definitely had me in mind as their ideal customer when they created the microgreens indoor grow kit. I placed an order immediately the first time I saw an ad from this company!  I am on the subscription plan and have the microgreen refill seed quilts sent to me every month. I like to add the microgreens to salads, on top of pizza, mix into pestos, add to smoothies and so on. This would make a great gift for the healthy foodie in your life plus the microgreens couldn't be easier to grow. 

6. A dear friend turned me onto Vanessa Lianne Jewelry. I adore her custom signet rings. The rings are special because you can customize the ring with something meaningful on it, like a mantra. Plus, for the entire month of November, every Silver Signet ring purchase will come with a free diamond upgrade! I am gifting this ring to my sisters with the word JOY engraved on the ring to remind us to find the JOY in the everyday; to search for and savor those magical small moments! If someone on your holiday gift list loves meaningful jewelry, check out these beautiful rings. 

7. Would it be a proper holiday season if Pleni wasn't included in the holiday gift guide? Of course not! We love the Skin Care Set as it has our two certified nontoxic, vegan and fruit and veggie-filled Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Day Squad Face Oil bundled together at a great price. This set covers deep cleansing, exfoliation, protection, brightening, nourishing and moisturizing the skin. That is a lot of functionality for just two products! 

8. For all of my blonde friends and those who are embracing their gray hair, the Bruns N°24 Blond Beauty Conditioner is the cleanest purple conditioner I have found. The ingredient list is nice and short as well (so refreshing!). Plus it smells good. My friend Lisa sells it on her website #supportfemaleownedbusinesses. Switching to natural in the hair care category can be hard; this product makes it really easy. 

9. OK this product isn't cheap. It's the Medic Green Ultra from Somavedic. I had to sit on this price tag for a while. And maybe this would be a good gift for yourself as a holiday present or whenever financially reasonable? The benefit of the Medic Green Ultra is that it harmonizes the home and mitigates the effects of EMF, 5G and WiFi that we are constantly bombarded with. A healthy home is very important to me, and having a device that can neutralize the effects of EMF, 5G and WiFi is something I am very interested in for myself and my family. Plus the "field" created from this device is found to create a calmer living environment. I don't know about you, but I would do just about anything for a peaceful, calm home environment! Last, this device can restructure water to make it more like the water found in nature (think streams) and also found in our cells. It is my understanding that the restructured water can penetrate cells easier and hydrate the body on a deeper level. Is this cool or what? Again, this product is an investment but it could be something you bring into your home (or a loved ones home as a holiday gift) to increase overall health and vitality. If I get questions about any of the products in this gift guide I am sure this one will get the most. I am happy to share my experience! 

Here is a short list of my go-to holiday gifts in the past:

1. Erin's Faces Matcha Mascara.  This mascara had me at the word "matcha". Love the glass packaging, too! Feels substantial and luxe. 

2. Everyone in my neighborhood gets a gift from us. And it is always the holiday soaps from Kosmatology. Teachers/staff get this every year, too. We started this tradition before covid ;). 

3. As mentioned above, I gifted all the ladies in my life the Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit last year. 

4. Razors are not eco. This one is. Plus it is chic and beautiful. 


In good health this holiday season and always,

Allyson xx

Founder, Pleni Naturals 


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Pleni Won 5 Awards!

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Pleni WON 5 Awards in The Beauty Shortlist 2021 Mama & Baby Awards! 
Pleni won in the following categories:
BEST CLEANSING OIL - Pleni Enzyme Cleansing Oil 
BEST SHAMPOO & BABY WASH - Pleni Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash
BEST BABY OIL - Pleni Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil 
BEST NAPPY BALM - Pleni Berry + Olive Barrier Balm
To see the complete list of winners and to learn more about The Beauty Shortlist visit here
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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?

Some things to note when using the Enzyme Cleansing Oil:

1. For the best experience please shake the bottle each time before you start pumping out the product.

2. Make sure you save the little black security clip that goes over the pump cap. This comes in handy when traveling.

3. You can return your cleansing oil pump to us as they are typically not curb side recyclable.  Plus you will get a discount off your next order. More info about our recycling program here

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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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