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A Pro's Holiday Makeup Tips for 2019

We asked SF makeup artist Melissa McMillan how to freshen up your look this holiday season — whether you’re just looking to spice things up for everyday or just to add a little glitter for evening events.
Inside Our Brands

The Science Behind TWELVE's new Clementine Cleansing Balm

The Clementine Cleansing Balm is the latest addition to the stellar TWELVE lineup. Here, creator Dr. Pedro Català explains why it works so well with just five ingredients.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Traditional Chinese Medicine 101 with Dr. Anna Gold, creator of Arcana

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest forms of medicine; it’s been practiced for over 5,000 years. Even more awe-inspiring, to us, is the fact that it is not only still widely practiced, but also increasingly used to...
Inside Our Brands

Introducing the Ayla Sea Soak

Our first Ayla product has so many fascinating stories attached to it — and we’re so incredibly excited about it — that it’s hard to know exactly where to begin. So we’ll start with what it is: the Ayla Sea...

All about hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a real problem for many, and an annoyance for many more. Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D. gives us an unbiased expert perspective on what it is, how it can be prevented, and the best treatments.
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: S5

S5 has been designed to address chronic skin stress — a common culprit behind redness, sensitivity, and adult acne. Laura, S5's founder, tells us the story behind S5.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Lycoconfort & skincare during chemotherapy: thoughts from BioRecept’s founder

Anne Dupouy-Camet created her best-selling Lycoconfort de Peau moisturizer for her mother during her chemotherapy treatment. “It was the only thing that could soothe her skin,” she noted — and it’s our go-to for those whose skin is so parched...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Skincare during cancer treatment: TWELVE founder Pedro Català weighs in

Dr. Pedro Català started creating his TWELVE formulas while working as a pharmacist at a London oncology clinic. It’s no wonder his products are so wonderfully soothing — and he's full of excellent advice on how to care for skin during cancer...
Body & Mind

Rose Theodora on astrology basics & Scorpio season

Rose Theodora is a celebrated astrologer who currently resides in Spain. We're thrilled that she will visit Ayla for a residency at the end of October — just in time for Scorpio season.
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Summer-to-fall makeup tips with Susanne Manasi Persson

Manasi7 creator, makeup artist Susanne Manasi Persson, shares her top tips on the summer-to-fall transition — which can be a tricky one from a makeup perspective. 
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Dr. Thomas Cowan on how (and why) to eat more vegetables

Dr. Cowan’s Garden vegetable powders are food supplements in the truest sense: they’re actually food. Their creator — Dr. Cowan — is a holistic MD and prolific author in our home city of San Francisco.
Inside Our Brands

Tips for curls from EVOLVh founder Boris Oak

Much to our delight, EVOLVh’s founder, Boris Oak, popped in for a visit to our SF studio. Even more delightful? He told us his secret to keep curls frizz free. Read on for his tips and an introduction to the...
Body & Mind

How stress affects your skin

According to Dr. Amy Wechsler, one of a handful of doctors in the United States board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, stress can have a major impact on the condition of our skin — particularly as we age.
Inside Our Brands

TWELVE formulator Pedro Català on in-flight skincare and humectants

Pedro Català — founder and formulator of TWELVE Beauty — is one of the most thoroughly educated founder-formulators we know; he has not only a pharmacy degree, but also a PhD in Natural Product Formulation, a subject that he also teaches at...
Fun with Color

A guide to our favorite healthy mascaras

We're a very, very picky bunch; you may know this already. It's one of the reasons why we keep our product collection so tightly edited. Another reason is that we don't want to overwhelm you unnecessarily with choice — but still,...
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Manasi7

Manasi7 was created by Susanne Manasi Persson, a Stockholm-based makeup artist. It has an approach to makeup products that is at the same time deeply thoughtful and refreshingly boundary-crushing, inspiring us to mix and match and play.
Inside Our Brands

Tricks for more volume from EVOLVh's founder, Boris Oak

EVOLVh does many things well; one of the first things we noticed was how beautifully volumizing their products can be. No crunch, no dryness — just bouncy, shiny, touchable hair. So we had to ask their founder, Boris, “How do...
Inside Our Brands

Tricks for better hair color from EVOLVh's founder, Boris Oak

Much to our delight, EVOLVh’s founder, Boris Oak, popped in for a visit last week with some new products that are not only excellent, but also might fall under the “where has this been all my life” category — especially...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Air pollution's effects on skin

A clear link between air pollution and accelerated skin aging has been demonstrated in a number of studies in recent years. We asked Parisian pharmacist, skincare researcher, and chemist Anne Dupouy-Camet to weigh in.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Activist Manuka

Activist Raw Manuka honey is in a class of its own. We hadn’t spent too much time thinking about honey before spring 2019, to be candid. Then Activist came to us, and everything changed.
All About Skin

Retinol, Retin-A, and other retinoids: what they do and how to use them

Is an over the counter retinol product enough, or do you need to get a prescription retinoid like Retin-A? To get the straight scoop, we consulted Seth Matarasso, MD, our favorite West coast dermatologist.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Happy Tea: A closer look at Ayla + MyHavtorn sea buckthorn tea

We fell hopelessly in love with the delicate, health-boosting sea buckthorn leaf tea that our friends at MyHavtorn make from the sea buckthorn trees on their Swedish farm. So we asked them if we could buy all of it. 
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Niacinamide in skincare: key benefits and the latest news

Pedro Català, founder of TWELVE Beauty, is one of our most trusted resources for ingredient information; he is constantly evaluating new raw materials and is known for his exacting standards. These days, he's particularly excited about niacinamide.
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: Olio E Osso

Olio E Osso’s founder, Paola LaMorticella, has been the go-to makeup artist and stylist for top athletes for the past 25 years. Here, she shares application tips for her best-selling Tinted Balms along with various secrets about her fascinating life....
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Marie Veronique on mitochondria, cellular respiration, and skin health

When we asked the brilliant chemist Marie Veronique about what's new in skincare, she said, “It’s all about the mitochondria.” (Mitochondria: it's the new microbiome.)
Hair & Scalp

Tips for healthy hair and scalp from a top dermatologist

We asked nationally recognized hair loss expert Diane Berson, MD a question that we figured most of you would have: "How can we keep our hair and scalps healthy so that we don't lose our hair in the first place?" 
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Ursa Major of Vermont

There's just something about Ursa Major's healthy, gently-priced, and active-lifestyle-minded products from Vermont that we love. So what's the story behind this cool brand? Read on for the inside scoop from Emily Doyle, one of its founders.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

TWELVE formulator Pedro Català’s tips for dehydrated skin

Dehydration: it's the common link between combination and dry skin conditions, and it's the reason why Pedro Català created his marvelous moisture serums.
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: EVOLVh hair care

If you don’t already know the story behind this company, it’s a great one: EVOLVh is a partnership between Boris Oak and Gary Smith, the chemist responsible for such hair product superstars as Jhirmack, Jheri Curl, Frizz-Ease, and KMS.
Inside Our Brands

Vintner's Daughter: The formula behind the results

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum has been called many things: "Unicorn Tears," "The Face Oil to End All Face Oils," and "The Best Natural Beauty Product of All Time." Why is it so effective? We got the scoop from its creator....
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Brand Spotlight: Marie Veronique

Marie-Veronique Nadeau and her eponymous skincare line had been on our radar for some time. But it wasn’t until someone described her as a “mad scientist with a heart of gold” that we really sat up and paid attention.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

DIY beauty: expert tips & words of caution

DIY face masks are a lot of fun. But as founder-formulator Dr. Pedro Català of TWELVE puts it, “Natural product formulation is a science, not an experiment.” Who better to ask for a perspective on the DIY craze?
All About Skin

Sunscreen tips from a top dermatologist

To understand what we need to know about sunscreen and clear up a few frequently asked questions, we spoke to Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., a leading expert in the field of dermatology with a particular passion for sun protection.
Inside Our Brands

Product combining with May Lindstrom

May Lindstrom is often referred to as a "Skin Chef," and one of the things we love about her products is how well they work when mixed together. We asked May to lead us through her favorite product combinations. 
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: May Lindstrom

We’re delighted to be the first and only SF retailer for May Lindstrom, the much-swooned-over line of gourmand skin treats. These remarkable, luxurious formulas make skincare not only results-oriented, but also truly pleasurable. Read on for the story behind them.
Fun with Color

Makeup tutorial: Kosås Color & Light duos

Want to learn how to use the beautiful Color & Light duos from Kosås? At Ayla's SF studio, makeup artist Melissa McMillan demonstrates the use of these palettes featuring wearable, blendable blush, bronzer, and highlighter colors. 
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Foot Therapy

We've been hunting for an excellent exfoliating foot cream since 2011. Learn more about that search — and the beautiful product that MyHavtorn created for us as a result — here.
Letters from Dara

The story behind our name

Ayla, pronounced ā-lah, is an old Irish name that means “bearer of light.” The reason why we chose an Irish name for our business is one of our founder's own models of brighter beauty; learn more about her here.  
Hair & Scalp

Frizzy, limp hair: How to tame it

Bradley Crane is not just one of San Francisco's best stylists. He’s also a truly excellent teacher who understands how to break techniques down for real people dealing with real life situations: time-crunched mornings and San Francisco fog, for starters....
All About Skin

Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique on perioral dermatitis

Two of our favorite skin gurus, Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique, recently visited the Ayla studio together to share some of their wisdom about perioral and periorbital dermatitis: what it looks like, common triggers, and suggested approaches.
All About Skin

Video: A top dermatologist's acne tips

In this video, the brilliant Dr. Macrene Alexiades shares her top acne tips: understanding key external causes, considerations when choosing anti-acne skincare products and prescription treatments, and ways to prevent acne scars.
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: BioRecept

BioRecept was created by one of France’s top skincare formulators (pictured above, during a visit to Ayla) as her personal passion project. These hyaluronic acid-infused formulas leave skin glowing — and we're thrilled to offer them exclusively in the US.
All About Skin

A natural approach to clogged pores

Clogged pores and blackheads plague most of us at least some of the time. We asked Julia March, master facialist for such clear-skinned beauties as Linda Evangelista and Liv Tyler, to tell us her most surefire solutions for clogged-pore aggravation.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Les Fleurs de Bach

We didn’t know much about Bach flower essences before we stumbled upon Les Fleurs de Bach during a recent trip to Paris, but now that we do, we just have to tell you about them.
Letters from Dara

Letter from Bangkok

A note about "otherness," inspired by a visit to Bangkok at the end of 2018.
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: MyHavtorn Organic Skincare

We were delighted to be selected as the first online retailer in the US to carry MyHavtorn's sea buckthorn-infused organic skin care products. Why are we such ardent fans of MyHavtorn? Let us count the ways.
Hair & Scalp

Hair loss: What's normal, and when to be concerned

While washing your hair, do you sometimes stop and wonder if so much of it should be going down the drain? We do. So we asked Diane Berson, MD, a leading dermatologist and national hair loss expert, for advice. 
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: TWELVE Beauty

We’re always very excited to introduce a brand to the US for the first time —especially when it has considerable pent-up demand and a founder who’s also the formulator (because then we can ask all kinds of questions). 
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Fragrance 101 with the creator of Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn was created by Bee Shapiro, a chic Williamsburg mom who happens to be a style columnist for The New York Times. When we wanted to get a little Fragrance 101, Bee was naturally the first resource we thought of. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Inika Foundation Shade Finder

Inika's Certified Organic BB Cream & Liquid Foundation both come in 6 shades; Inika's Baked Mineral Foundation comes in 8 shades. How do you choose the right one? We've got you covered. 
Body & Mind

Ian Marber on nutrition basics — and his daily diet

Leading nutrition consultant Ian Marber represents a voice of reason in the world of nutrition, a realm that can be confusingly contradictory. During his visit to our SF studio, he helped us reset with a few pieces of advice for everyone.
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Kosas Shade Finder

Kosas put together a brilliant chart to help you figure out which lipstick and Color & Light palettes (Creme or Pressed) might work best for you. Still torn? Call us.
All About Skin

Skin changes during menopause: A top dermatologist's guide

Many of our lovely customers come to us for help with skin care challenges related to perimenopause and menopause, so we approached top dermatologist ad menopausal skin expert Jeannette Graf, MD, for advice on the best solutions.
All About Skin

All about rosacea, eczema, redness, & sensitive skin

Red, irritated skin can be a mystery. Is it rosacea? Eczema? Are you simply a delicate flower? Leading dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, helps us sort out the differences.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

TWELVE formulator Pedro Català's secrets to better toning

Pedro Català — founder and formulator of TWELVE Beauty — is one of the most thoroughly educated founder-formulators we know; he has not only a pharmacy degree, but also a PhD in Natural Product Formulation. As one beauty editor put it, "What Pedro doesn't know...
Hair & Scalp Inside Our Brands

How often should you shampoo, and does shampoo stop working?

Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD on skin firmness and elasticity

Firmness and elasticity are top of mind for many of us these days. For more on this topic, we interviewed Dr. Macrene Alexiades — the revered dermatologist with three Harvard degrees and one of the most enviable CVs in her field. 
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Dara's Oil

One of our founder's favorite products was whipped up specifically for her sensitive complexion by Marie Veronique herself. Marie tucked “Dara’s Oil” into our shipments from her lab from time to time, to be discovered with a squeal of delight.
Letters from Dara

Non-toxic beauty products: why they matter

Whether you call it clean, nontoxic, green, or — our favorite — healthy, this part of the beauty world has been our sandbox since the day we launched in 2011. Here's a closer look at the why and the how.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Lycoconfort & skincare during chemotherapy: thoughts from BioRecept’s founder

Anne Dupouy-Camet created her best-selling Lycoconfort de Peau moisturizer for her mother during her chemotherapy treatment. “It was the only thing that could soothe her skin,” she noted — and it’s our go-to for those whose skin is so parched...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Skincare during cancer treatment: TWELVE founder Pedro Català weighs in

Dr. Pedro Català started creating his TWELVE formulas while working as a pharmacist at a London oncology clinic. It’s no wonder his products are so wonderfully soothing — and he's full of excellent advice on how to care for skin during cancer...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Air pollution's effects on skin

A clear link between air pollution and accelerated skin aging has been demonstrated in a number of studies in recent years. We asked Parisian pharmacist, skincare researcher, and chemist Anne Dupouy-Camet to weigh in.
All About Skin

Retinol, Retin-A, and other retinoids: what they do and how to use them

Is an over the counter retinol product enough, or do you need to get a prescription retinoid like Retin-A? To get the straight scoop, we consulted Seth Matarasso, MD, our favorite West coast dermatologist.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Niacinamide in skincare: key benefits and the latest news

Pedro Català, founder of TWELVE Beauty, is one of our most trusted resources for ingredient information; he is constantly evaluating new raw materials and is known for his exacting standards. These days, he's particularly excited about niacinamide.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Marie Veronique on mitochondria, cellular respiration, and skin health

When we asked the brilliant chemist Marie Veronique about what's new in skincare, she said, “It’s all about the mitochondria.” (Mitochondria: it's the new microbiome.)
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

TWELVE formulator Pedro Català’s tips for dehydrated skin

Dehydration: it's the common link between combination and dry skin conditions, and it's the reason why Pedro Català created his marvelous moisture serums.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

DIY beauty: expert tips & words of caution

DIY face masks are a lot of fun. But as founder-formulator Dr. Pedro Català of TWELVE puts it, “Natural product formulation is a science, not an experiment.” Who better to ask for a perspective on the DIY craze?
All About Skin

Sunscreen tips from a top dermatologist

To understand what we need to know about sunscreen and clear up a few frequently asked questions, we spoke to Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., a leading expert in the field of dermatology with a particular passion for sun protection.
All About Skin

Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique on perioral dermatitis

Two of our favorite skin gurus, Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique, recently visited the Ayla studio together to share some of their wisdom about perioral and periorbital dermatitis: what it looks like, common triggers, and suggested approaches.
All About Skin

Video: A top dermatologist's acne tips

In this video, the brilliant Dr. Macrene Alexiades shares her top acne tips: understanding key external causes, considerations when choosing anti-acne skincare products and prescription treatments, and ways to prevent acne scars.
All About Skin

A natural approach to clogged pores

Clogged pores and blackheads plague most of us at least some of the time. We asked Julia March, master facialist for such clear-skinned beauties as Linda Evangelista and Liv Tyler, to tell us her most surefire solutions for clogged-pore aggravation.
All About Skin

Skin changes during menopause: A top dermatologist's guide

Many of our lovely customers come to us for help with skin care challenges related to perimenopause and menopause, so we approached top dermatologist ad menopausal skin expert Jeannette Graf, MD, for advice on the best solutions.
All About Skin

All about rosacea, eczema, redness, & sensitive skin

Red, irritated skin can be a mystery. Is it rosacea? Eczema? Are you simply a delicate flower? Leading dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, helps us sort out the differences.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

TWELVE formulator Pedro Català's secrets to better toning

Pedro Català — founder and formulator of TWELVE Beauty — is one of the most thoroughly educated founder-formulators we know; he has not only a pharmacy degree, but also a PhD in Natural Product Formulation. As one beauty editor put it, "What Pedro doesn't know...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD on skin firmness and elasticity

Firmness and elasticity are top of mind for many of us these days. For more on this topic, we interviewed Dr. Macrene Alexiades — the revered dermatologist with three Harvard degrees and one of the most enviable CVs in her field. 
Hair & Scalp

Tips for healthy hair and scalp from a top dermatologist

We asked nationally recognized hair loss expert Diane Berson, MD a question that we figured most of you would have: "How can we keep our hair and scalps healthy so that we don't lose our hair in the first place?" 
Hair & Scalp

Frizzy, limp hair: How to tame it

Bradley Crane is not just one of San Francisco's best stylists. He’s also a truly excellent teacher who understands how to break techniques down for real people dealing with real life situations: time-crunched mornings and San Francisco fog, for starters....
Hair & Scalp

Hair loss: What's normal, and when to be concerned

While washing your hair, do you sometimes stop and wonder if so much of it should be going down the drain? We do. So we asked Diane Berson, MD, a leading dermatologist and national hair loss expert, for advice. 
Hair & Scalp Inside Our Brands

How often should you shampoo, and does shampoo stop working?

Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Traditional Chinese Medicine 101 with Dr. Anna Gold, creator of Arcana

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest forms of medicine; it’s been practiced for over 5,000 years. Even more awe-inspiring, to us, is the fact that it is not only still widely practiced, but also increasingly used to...
Body & Mind

Rose Theodora on astrology basics & Scorpio season

Rose Theodora is a celebrated astrologer who currently resides in Spain. We're thrilled that she will visit Ayla for a residency at the end of October — just in time for Scorpio season.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Dr. Thomas Cowan on how (and why) to eat more vegetables

Dr. Cowan’s Garden vegetable powders are food supplements in the truest sense: they’re actually food. Their creator — Dr. Cowan — is a holistic MD and prolific author in our home city of San Francisco.
Body & Mind

How stress affects your skin

According to Dr. Amy Wechsler, one of a handful of doctors in the United States board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, stress can have a major impact on the condition of our skin — particularly as we age.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Activist Manuka

Activist Raw Manuka honey is in a class of its own. We hadn’t spent too much time thinking about honey before spring 2019, to be candid. Then Activist came to us, and everything changed.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Happy Tea: A closer look at Ayla + MyHavtorn sea buckthorn tea

We fell hopelessly in love with the delicate, health-boosting sea buckthorn leaf tea that our friends at MyHavtorn make from the sea buckthorn trees on their Swedish farm. So we asked them if we could buy all of it. 
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Les Fleurs de Bach

We didn’t know much about Bach flower essences before we stumbled upon Les Fleurs de Bach during a recent trip to Paris, but now that we do, we just have to tell you about them.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Fragrance 101 with the creator of Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn was created by Bee Shapiro, a chic Williamsburg mom who happens to be a style columnist for The New York Times. When we wanted to get a little Fragrance 101, Bee was naturally the first resource we thought of. 
Body & Mind

Ian Marber on nutrition basics — and his daily diet

Leading nutrition consultant Ian Marber represents a voice of reason in the world of nutrition, a realm that can be confusingly contradictory. During his visit to our SF studio, he helped us reset with a few pieces of advice for everyone.
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Summer-to-fall makeup tips with Susanne Manasi Persson

Manasi7 creator, makeup artist Susanne Manasi Persson, shares her top tips on the summer-to-fall transition — which can be a tricky one from a makeup perspective. 
Fun with Color

A guide to our favorite healthy mascaras

We're a very, very picky bunch; you may know this already. It's one of the reasons why we keep our product collection so tightly edited. Another reason is that we don't want to overwhelm you unnecessarily with choice — but still,...
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: Olio E Osso

Olio E Osso’s founder, Paola LaMorticella, has been the go-to makeup artist and stylist for top athletes for the past 25 years. Here, she shares application tips for her best-selling Tinted Balms along with various secrets about her fascinating life....
Fun with Color

Makeup tutorial: Kosås Color & Light duos

Want to learn how to use the beautiful Color & Light duos from Kosås? At Ayla's SF studio, makeup artist Melissa McMillan demonstrates the use of these palettes featuring wearable, blendable blush, bronzer, and highlighter colors. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Inika Foundation Shade Finder

Inika's Certified Organic BB Cream & Liquid Foundation both come in 6 shades; Inika's Baked Mineral Foundation comes in 8 shades. How do you choose the right one? We've got you covered. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Kosas Shade Finder

Kosas put together a brilliant chart to help you figure out which lipstick and Color & Light palettes (Creme or Pressed) might work best for you. Still torn? Call us.
Inside Our Brands

The Science Behind TWELVE's new Clementine Cleansing Balm

The Clementine Cleansing Balm is the latest addition to the stellar TWELVE lineup. Here, creator Dr. Pedro Català explains why it works so well with just five ingredients.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Traditional Chinese Medicine 101 with Dr. Anna Gold, creator of Arcana

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest forms of medicine; it’s been practiced for over 5,000 years. Even more awe-inspiring, to us, is the fact that it is not only still widely practiced, but also increasingly used to...
Inside Our Brands

Introducing the Ayla Sea Soak

Our first Ayla product has so many fascinating stories attached to it — and we’re so incredibly excited about it — that it’s hard to know exactly where to begin. So we’ll start with what it is: the Ayla Sea...
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: S5

S5 has been designed to address chronic skin stress — a common culprit behind redness, sensitivity, and adult acne. Laura, S5's founder, tells us the story behind S5.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Lycoconfort & skincare during chemotherapy: thoughts from BioRecept’s founder

Anne Dupouy-Camet created her best-selling Lycoconfort de Peau moisturizer for her mother during her chemotherapy treatment. “It was the only thing that could soothe her skin,” she noted — and it’s our go-to for those whose skin is so parched...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Skincare during cancer treatment: TWELVE founder Pedro Català weighs in

Dr. Pedro Català started creating his TWELVE formulas while working as a pharmacist at a London oncology clinic. It’s no wonder his products are so wonderfully soothing — and he's full of excellent advice on how to care for skin during cancer...
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Summer-to-fall makeup tips with Susanne Manasi Persson

Manasi7 creator, makeup artist Susanne Manasi Persson, shares her top tips on the summer-to-fall transition — which can be a tricky one from a makeup perspective. 
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Dr. Thomas Cowan on how (and why) to eat more vegetables

Dr. Cowan’s Garden vegetable powders are food supplements in the truest sense: they’re actually food. Their creator — Dr. Cowan — is a holistic MD and prolific author in our home city of San Francisco.
Inside Our Brands

Tips for curls from EVOLVh founder Boris Oak

Much to our delight, EVOLVh’s founder, Boris Oak, popped in for a visit to our SF studio. Even more delightful? He told us his secret to keep curls frizz free. Read on for his tips and an introduction to the...
Inside Our Brands

TWELVE formulator Pedro Català on in-flight skincare and humectants

Pedro Català — founder and formulator of TWELVE Beauty — is one of the most thoroughly educated founder-formulators we know; he has not only a pharmacy degree, but also a PhD in Natural Product Formulation, a subject that he also teaches at...
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Manasi7

Manasi7 was created by Susanne Manasi Persson, a Stockholm-based makeup artist. It has an approach to makeup products that is at the same time deeply thoughtful and refreshingly boundary-crushing, inspiring us to mix and match and play.
Inside Our Brands

Tricks for more volume from EVOLVh's founder, Boris Oak

EVOLVh does many things well; one of the first things we noticed was how beautifully volumizing their products can be. No crunch, no dryness — just bouncy, shiny, touchable hair. So we had to ask their founder, Boris, “How do...
Inside Our Brands

Tricks for better hair color from EVOLVh's founder, Boris Oak

Much to our delight, EVOLVh’s founder, Boris Oak, popped in for a visit last week with some new products that are not only excellent, but also might fall under the “where has this been all my life” category — especially...
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Air pollution's effects on skin

A clear link between air pollution and accelerated skin aging has been demonstrated in a number of studies in recent years. We asked Parisian pharmacist, skincare researcher, and chemist Anne Dupouy-Camet to weigh in.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Activist Manuka

Activist Raw Manuka honey is in a class of its own. We hadn’t spent too much time thinking about honey before spring 2019, to be candid. Then Activist came to us, and everything changed.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Happy Tea: A closer look at Ayla + MyHavtorn sea buckthorn tea

We fell hopelessly in love with the delicate, health-boosting sea buckthorn leaf tea that our friends at MyHavtorn make from the sea buckthorn trees on their Swedish farm. So we asked them if we could buy all of it. 
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Niacinamide in skincare: key benefits and the latest news

Pedro Català, founder of TWELVE Beauty, is one of our most trusted resources for ingredient information; he is constantly evaluating new raw materials and is known for his exacting standards. These days, he's particularly excited about niacinamide.
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Brand spotlight: Olio E Osso

Olio E Osso’s founder, Paola LaMorticella, has been the go-to makeup artist and stylist for top athletes for the past 25 years. Here, she shares application tips for her best-selling Tinted Balms along with various secrets about her fascinating life....
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Marie Veronique on mitochondria, cellular respiration, and skin health

When we asked the brilliant chemist Marie Veronique about what's new in skincare, she said, “It’s all about the mitochondria.” (Mitochondria: it's the new microbiome.)
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Brand Spotlight: Ursa Major of Vermont

There's just something about Ursa Major's healthy, gently-priced, and active-lifestyle-minded products from Vermont that we love. So what's the story behind this cool brand? Read on for the inside scoop from Emily Doyle, one of its founders.
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TWELVE formulator Pedro Català’s tips for dehydrated skin

Dehydration: it's the common link between combination and dry skin conditions, and it's the reason why Pedro Català created his marvelous moisture serums.
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Brand spotlight: EVOLVh hair care

If you don’t already know the story behind this company, it’s a great one: EVOLVh is a partnership between Boris Oak and Gary Smith, the chemist responsible for such hair product superstars as Jhirmack, Jheri Curl, Frizz-Ease, and KMS.
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Vintner's Daughter: The formula behind the results

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum has been called many things: "Unicorn Tears," "The Face Oil to End All Face Oils," and "The Best Natural Beauty Product of All Time." Why is it so effective? We got the scoop from its creator....
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Brand Spotlight: Marie Veronique

Marie-Veronique Nadeau and her eponymous skincare line had been on our radar for some time. But it wasn’t until someone described her as a “mad scientist with a heart of gold” that we really sat up and paid attention.
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DIY beauty: expert tips & words of caution

DIY face masks are a lot of fun. But as founder-formulator Dr. Pedro Català of TWELVE puts it, “Natural product formulation is a science, not an experiment.” Who better to ask for a perspective on the DIY craze?
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Product combining with May Lindstrom

May Lindstrom is often referred to as a "Skin Chef," and one of the things we love about her products is how well they work when mixed together. We asked May to lead us through her favorite product combinations. 
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Brand spotlight: May Lindstrom

We’re delighted to be the first and only SF retailer for May Lindstrom, the much-swooned-over line of gourmand skin treats. These remarkable, luxurious formulas make skincare not only results-oriented, but also truly pleasurable. Read on for the story behind them.
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The story behind Foot Therapy

We've been hunting for an excellent exfoliating foot cream since 2011. Learn more about that search — and the beautiful product that MyHavtorn created for us as a result — here.
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Brand Spotlight: BioRecept

BioRecept was created by one of France’s top skincare formulators (pictured above, during a visit to Ayla) as her personal passion project. These hyaluronic acid-infused formulas leave skin glowing — and we're thrilled to offer them exclusively in the US.
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Brand Spotlight: Les Fleurs de Bach

We didn’t know much about Bach flower essences before we stumbled upon Les Fleurs de Bach during a recent trip to Paris, but now that we do, we just have to tell you about them.
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Brand Spotlight: MyHavtorn Organic Skincare

We were delighted to be selected as the first online retailer in the US to carry MyHavtorn's sea buckthorn-infused organic skin care products. Why are we such ardent fans of MyHavtorn? Let us count the ways.
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Brand spotlight: TWELVE Beauty

We’re always very excited to introduce a brand to the US for the first time —especially when it has considerable pent-up demand and a founder who’s also the formulator (because then we can ask all kinds of questions). 
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Fragrance 101 with the creator of Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn was created by Bee Shapiro, a chic Williamsburg mom who happens to be a style columnist for The New York Times. When we wanted to get a little Fragrance 101, Bee was naturally the first resource we thought of. 
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Inika Foundation Shade Finder

Inika's Certified Organic BB Cream & Liquid Foundation both come in 6 shades; Inika's Baked Mineral Foundation comes in 8 shades. How do you choose the right one? We've got you covered. 
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Kosas Shade Finder

Kosas put together a brilliant chart to help you figure out which lipstick and Color & Light palettes (Creme or Pressed) might work best for you. Still torn? Call us.
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TWELVE formulator Pedro Català's secrets to better toning

Pedro Català — founder and formulator of TWELVE Beauty — is one of the most thoroughly educated founder-formulators we know; he has not only a pharmacy degree, but also a PhD in Natural Product Formulation. As one beauty editor put it, "What Pedro doesn't know...
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How often should you shampoo, and does shampoo stop working?

Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist.
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Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD on skin firmness and elasticity

Firmness and elasticity are top of mind for many of us these days. For more on this topic, we interviewed Dr. Macrene Alexiades — the revered dermatologist with three Harvard degrees and one of the most enviable CVs in her field. 
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The story behind Dara's Oil

One of our founder's favorite products was whipped up specifically for her sensitive complexion by Marie Veronique herself. Marie tucked “Dara’s Oil” into our shipments from her lab from time to time, to be discovered with a squeal of delight.
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The story behind Foot Therapy

We've been hunting for an excellent exfoliating foot cream since 2011. Learn more about that search — and the beautiful product that MyHavtorn created for us as a result — here.
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The story behind our name

Ayla, pronounced ā-lah, is an old Irish name that means “bearer of light.” The reason why we chose an Irish name for our business is one of our founder's own models of brighter beauty; learn more about her here.  
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Letter from Bangkok

A note about "otherness," inspired by a visit to Bangkok at the end of 2018.
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The story behind Dara's Oil

One of our founder's favorite products was whipped up specifically for her sensitive complexion by Marie Veronique herself. Marie tucked “Dara’s Oil” into our shipments from her lab from time to time, to be discovered with a squeal of delight.
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Non-toxic beauty products: why they matter

Whether you call it clean, nontoxic, green, or — our favorite — healthy, this part of the beauty world has been our sandbox since the day we launched in 2011. Here's a closer look at the why and the how.