Natural Bliss: Two Sisters Passionate About GMO-Free, Wild Harvested, Organic Skincare Products

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In 2007, when their mother told them about the harmful chemicals in commercial beauty products, Latoya and Ayanna decided to look into their own skincare products. What they chose to do was radical: they didn’t just trash their beauty products, they actually embarked on quite the journey together, creating their own skincare line made with GMO-free, wild harvested, and organic ingredients.

Their mission was to create affordable, all natural skincare products, and they succeeded in doing just that with their product line, Natural Bliss, founded in 2009. They avoid using synthetic preservatives, artificial colorants, fragrance oils, petrolatum, alcohol and other harmful chemicals. They use organic and wild harvested vegetable oils, natural butters, essential oils and herbs, which makes their skincare products excellent for sensitive skin and naturally anti-aging.

The two sisters are extremely selective about the manufacturers they work with: many of their skin care ingredients are imported from Brazil, Dominican Republic, and India. They choose to not refine their oils and butters and prefer virgin oils because they actually contain the full nutrient content of an oil (once an oil is refined its nutrients are depleted. All that is left of such an oil, is the “feel”.)

When I used their products for the first time, this “perfectionism” for simple, high quality products really shined through. From the packaging to the texture and smell of the products, Natural Bliss was made for the health-conscious woman. As they put it oh so perfectly on their website:

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On their blog, Latoya and Ayanna also speak of the benefits of passion fruit oil (also known as Maracuja Oil, Passion Flower Oil, or Passion Fruit Seed Oil), an oil rich in vitamins A and C, fatty acids, and minerals. It absorbs quickly and possesses natural anti-aging properties, which prevents pre-mature aging while promoting a natural youthful glow.

Latoya and Ayanna have tested out their products on their husbands, children, and friends because Natural Bliss is not just a business, it’s become  a way of life. In our conversations, Latoya has mentioned that since making their own natural skin care, the sisters have never had to use foundation or makeup. Even after giving birth, their skins still maintained that natural pregnancy glow. Yes, ladies, you heard that right 😉

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Ingredients: sweet virgin almond oil, grape seed oil, golden jojoba oil, virgin guava seed oil, virgin buriti oil, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), copaiba resin, Essential oil blend: sandalwood, ginger, may chang, clary sage, orange.

Sweet Almond Oil soothes skin irritations and inflammation, promoting soothed and supple skin. Grape Seed Oil is easily absorbed, and due to its astringent properties, it tones and tightens skin. Guava Seed Oil is rich in the antioxidant Lycopene. Lycopene is a natural sun protector and neutralizes harmful free radical damage.  Guava seed oil has anti-aging properties which fight fine lines and wrinkles, allowing more supple skin. Buriti Oil is native to the Amazon rain forest, one of the highest sources of beta-carotene, and known to protect from sun damage. It also contains vitamins C and E as well as essential fatty acids which support the production of collagen and elastin.  This helps to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Copaiba Resin Oil is one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth. Its astringent properties tightens and tones skin, diminishing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and scars. Sandalwood Essential Oil’s emollient properties soothe the skin. It is also mildly astringent, which supports firming up of the skin. Ginger Essential Oil stimulates circulation and removes skin toxins, reducing the appearance of varicose veins, aging skin, stretch marks, and blemishes. May Chang Essential Oil has astringent, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It helps balance your skin’s natural oils and tightens the skin. Clary Sage Essential Oil balances skin sebum, strengthens and tones skin, and reduces inflammation. Orange Essential Oil eliminates skin toxins, clears skin blemishes, and smoothes out cellulite.

This Firming Body Oil my favorite product that I tried out from Natural Bliss, mostly because the scent is far superior to the rest of the products I received. Orange essential oils are so fragrant! I also loved how well the oil absorbed into my skin. It did feel tighter after applying the oil.


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Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 11.36.49 AMIngredients: 100% pure, undiluted, wild harvested cold pressed virgin passion fruit seed oil.

Passion Fruit Oil is high in essential fatty acids:

  • Linoleic Acid: 77.0%
  • Oleic Acid: 12.0%
  • Palmitic Acid: 8.0%
  • Stearic Acid: 2.0%
  • Linolenic Acid: 1.0%

It is recommended for: Mature, Aging Skin, Dry, Cracked Skin and Other Skin Conditions, General Skin Care, Dry, Brittle, and Damaged Hair, Lip Care, Muscular Aches and Swelling, Massage, Relaxation, and Insomnia.

I am so excited about my long-term use of Passion Fruit Oil. It has so many benefits! The only slight negative I found was that its scent isn’t as wonderful as the firming body oil’s. But that is to be expected with only one, pure, undiluted ingredient! Passion fruit oil has a slightly tart smell that may not be pleasing to everyone… but when it does the body so much good, it’s definitely worth it!


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Ingredients: unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, virgin avocado oil, virgin tamanu oil, unfiltered honey, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), rosemary extract, essential oil blend: orange , lemon, neroli and ylang ylang, cold pressed vanilla oil.


Belly Butter Ingredient Properties:

Raw shea butter contains cinnamic acid. Its antioxidant properties heal inflammation, possess UV protection which act as a natural sunscreen, and assist with cell regeneration. Shea butter stimulates collagen production which provides younger looking skin. It is extremely moisturizing, healing dry skin conditons such as eczema. It protects and  strengthens skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Virgin coconut oil is easily absorbed into the layers of skin and keeps connective tissues strong and supple. It contains vitamins K and E and is rich in Lauric Acid, known to relieve inflammation. Virgin Avocado Oil is an extremely deep penetrating oil, rich in vitamins A, D, and E, potassium, and 20% of essential fatty acids. Its emollient properties make it ideal for mature and dry skin. It also helps relieve dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema, helps sun damage, and scars. Virgin Tamanu Oil penetrates into all three skin layers improving the appearance of skin. It contains a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory fatty acid named Calophyllic, known to fight acne and aging. Tamanu oil contains three types of fats—neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids—that keep skin well nourished and supple. Tamanu oil is ideal for healing wounds, soothing skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, and dry skin. Raw honey is a humectant, which attracts moisture and locks it into the skin. It is antibacterial and loaded with antioxidants that promote a youthful glow. The essential oil blend of orange, lemon, neroli and ylang ylang brightens dull skin, rejuvenates sagging or tired-looking skin, eliminates cellulite, improves circulation, fades scars and stretch marks, and maintains healthy skin. 

This is an incredibly rich belly butter. I had one of my pregnant friends try it out and she was blown away by the “whipped” consistency of the product. This belly butter rub is fragrance-free, perfect for the first trimester.


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Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, unrefined shea butter, virgin avocado oil, lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, oat flour, calendula flowers. Contains vitamins A and E, chlorophyll, anti-oxidants, squalene and more.

Squalane is an antioxidant, prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots, promotes cell growth and is an antibacterial. Raw shea butter creates a  more creamy and conditioning soap. Avocado oil adds more nourishment and healing properties. Oat flour soothes itchy dry skin and rashes. Calendula flowers assist in wound healing, including diaper rashes. Lavender essential oils calm baby, encourage a good night’s sleep, and soothe skin irritations. Cedarwood essential oils have a calming effect; their sedative properties promote an undisturbed sleep.

This soap’s nourishing oils make it perfect for baby skin. I love its smell, too! Latoya and Ayanna started out as passionate soap makers and it shows. It doesn’t get much better than this!


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Ingredients: sweet virgin almond oil, grape seed oil, virgin buriti oil, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), roman chamomile essential oil, lavender essential oil.

Grape Seed Oil is rich in vitamin E and contains essential fatty acids which protect and nurture the skin. It is very easily absorbed and glides onto the skin, making it a top choice for massage therapists. Virgin Buriti Oil is a bright orange color because it is so rich in beta-carotene, actually one of the highest sources known. Buriti Oil is known to soothe burns and protect the skin from UV damage. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is uplifting and has a calming effect on the body. It has a sweet, fruity aroma, pleasing to the senses. Lavender Essential Oil’s floral aroma helps promotes a restful sleep. It also helps with nervousness while improving circulation.

Like passion fruit oil, grape seed oil has an interesting smell that some may find a little surprising. However, this Calming Baby Oil absorbs quickly and has so many short and long term benefits for babies. I love the added Buriti oil, and I actually didn’t know it was one of the highest sources of beta-carotene before sampling this product. 

Thank you Latoya and Ayanna for sending me your products and letting me experience Natural Bliss! I am a fan of your philosophy and product line and wish you many more successes!

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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