As a vegan and cancer survivor I am often asked about my skin care routine and in particular, what products I use on my skin. I view skin care just as I do food. If it’s filled with chemicals or dyes I don’t eat it. I certainly don’t have any interest in putting something unnatural in or on my body. With that in mind, I am thrilled to introduce you to my favorite skin care line, Dahliana Naturals. This line is quite possibly one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world. I am one lucky gal because not only are my favorite skin care products vegan, paraben-free, chemical-free, not tested on animals, and made from some of nature’s finest ingredients including organic acerola cherry juice, pharma-grade Co-Enzyme Q10, fresh fruit stem cells, cold pressed oils and juices, but they also happen to be created right here in my Northern California hometown of Grass Valley! I recently sat down with my friend and the Founder of Dahliana Naturals to find out how her award-winning skin care company came to be and what the latest and greatest happenings are in the world of truly healthy skin care. Take a look below at my interview with Carola May.
Cowgirls & Collard Greens: Tell me a little bit about your background, how Dahliana Naturals came to be and what your vision was for the company?
Carola May/Dahliana Naturals: My background is in clinical skin care. I worked with a dermotologist for many years and I put people on skin care regimes. I realized how many chemicals are in today’s skin care products, and I started looking for an effective acid-based skin care line. I couldn’t find anything. There was no natural, organic and effective skin care on the market. I decided to create a chemical-free, effective and anti-aging skin care line myself, enter Dahliana Naturals. My vision has always been to create an anti-aging skin care line that uses the best of nature’s pure ingredients.
CG&CG: Where did the name Dahliana come from?
CM/DN: I have always been inspired by the beauty of the dahlia flower which is environmentally safe and it’s unusual because it attracts all butterflies and bees. I wanted to incorporate the spirit of the flower into my company.
CG&CG: What is the most important thing to you as an aesthetician, the founder of an up-and-coming skin care line about your products?
CM/DN: My role is to educate people about awareness of the realities of most skin care lines and ingredients. The fact that I create fresh, natural, organic, nutrient-loaded, raw, skin care to nourish the skin sets a new tone in the skin care industry.
CG&CG: Dahliana is about to launch some new and exciting products. Can we get a sneak peek at what they are?
CM/DN: I just launched a brand new scrub that’s called Daily Therapy Scrub. It’s perfect to use in your daily skin care routine as most scrubs are too harsh, too drying and too aggressive to the skin. It’s a sweet surprise full of coconut and fresh cold-pressed vanilla bean. Those who have tried it say that it smells good enough to eat!
CG&CG: Where do you see the future of skin care going?
CM/DN: I see the future of skin care is going into raw and organic skin care. We are going to see a lot more of it over the next year. Dahliana Naturals will continue to be on the cutting edge of skin care using all the latest ingredients.
CG&CG: Thank you so much Carola for your time and sharing some insights into my all time favorite skin care company from someone who knows it best! I am excited to see where Dahliana Naturals goes in the future. I look forward to being there every step of the way. Keep up the great work!
In addition to interviewing Carola May and her fine line of luxury skin care, I’m also sharing my personal Dahliana Naturals favorites. While there are many wonderful items to chose from, here a few that I use on a daily basis:
I use this incredible cleanser two times daily (morning and night). It smells delicious and is perfectly foamy. You only need to use a tiny bit because it lasts a long time. It’s great for all skin types.
Picking a favorite Dahliana Naturals product is kind of like playing favorites amongst your children or pets. But, if I had to pick a favorite I might just choose this. I use the Seabuckthorn Berry Creme first thing after I have washed with the Refreshing Citrus Cleanser. I love the smooth and creamy texture that’s not to thin or not too thick. I have never used a day creme that I like better.
This wonderful overnight creme has the same texture as the Seabuckthorn Berry Creme that I love so much. I use this every other night. It helps to firm, tighten and lighten the skin and can be used on both the face and neck. It’s filled with wonderful ingredients like cherries.
Dahliana Naturals products can be purchased online through their website www.dahliana.com (use the coupon code: cowgirl for a 25% off discount good through 1/28/14). You can also stay connected through their social media sites:
And now for the *GIVEAWAY* !!! Dahliana Naturals has so kindly gifted me one 4 oz. Daily Therapy Scrub (this scrub smells SO good it’s almost edible!) to give one lucky follower.
In order for a chance to win, please follow these simple steps:
1. Post a comment below and mention what has intrigued you about Dahliana Naturals from this post (please make sure that you have signed up to join my blog www.cowgirlsandcollardgreens.com/blog. Both name and email address must be provided).
2. For extra giveaway entries, please share this blog post (and a photo if you’d like) on your social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and use the hashtag #dahlianagiveaway so your posts can be tracked.
~ONE random winner will be chosen and announced on Monday 1/27/14 evening and notified by email.
~All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm PST.
~If winner does not respond within one week, another winner will be randomly chosen.
~Giveaway is open to US residents only.
~Giveaway item will be mailed to winner within one week. Postage included.
As always, thanks for tuning in and for your giveaway entries! Wishing you all loads of giddy up and good luck. Yeehaw!