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Stevia—Whatsittooya

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what’s in my bag?- blue packets, noya lip balm, perfume, keys, ipsy makeup bag, nail file, wallet..the necessities!

Are you the girl with a sandwich bag full of sweetener packets in her purse? I am. If you’ve got a sweet tooth like mine, your Sunday is ruined when you learn that the brunch spot doesn’t have your packet of choice (Ok, I may be a little obsessed).

Within the past few years a new packet has come to town –a sugar substitute called stevia. This sugar-substitute boasts to have no calories, no carbohydrates, and . Whatsitooya? Stevia——is naturally derived. The way they extract sweetener from the stevia plant is much like how they get sugar in tropical areas of South and Latin America.

Some say stevia may even have health benefits, ranging from a solution for dandruff to a bacteria-fighting remedy to gingivitis. So far I’ve only used it in my coffee and on my lips (it’s what gives noyah lip balms a naturally sweet nibble), and I’m satisfied with its genuine sugar texture and expectedly sweet taste.

My favorite stevia sweet treat is on a chocolate rice-cake with peanut butter (sweetens to taste like a peanut butter cup, yum!) Answer the poll below to tell us your favorite sweetener –then comment and tell us how you use it!


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How a daily exercise routine can make your skin glow!

We all know that exercise is amazing for our body for so many reasons, but it seems that not many of us realize how great it is for our skin too!  Makeup works wonders for concealing and enhancing our natural beauty, but nothing is better than naturally clear skin.  One good sweat every day truly makes a difference in our complexion.  Here’s how:

  • Exercising makes us sweat.  And sweating helps the body clear toxins that can clog pores and pester our skin with pimples and other types of blemishes.  Less pimples means less reason to pick at our face, which could possibly cause scarring, thereby leaving it nice and flawless. (Yay!)

  • When we exercise, our muscles get toned, which in turn helps the skin look tighter. This is also helpful for those looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  • It gets the blood flowing!  And increased blood flow brings more oxygen to the skin.  Along with a boost in blood flow and oxygen to the skin come other sources of nourishment that enhance the skin’s health.  When our skin is healthy it releases natural oils that won’t require the use of as much  moisturizer. (Winter is coming, and for most of us winter is also bringing dry skin season with it!)

So the next time you’re wondering what it is that can help your skin clear up, or wondering why all those expensive facials aren’t quite helping, try putting on those tennis shoes and going about it the natural way – exercise!


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The 4 Easy Steps to Genuine Gratitude

Once November hits us, so does the pressure! No, we don’t mean the pressure to shop for holiday gifts, or think of a great turkey recipe for Thanksgiving dinner, but the pressure to feel grateful. We devote so much time and energy into planning for the holidays ahead, that often we overlook taking the time to nurture our mental and emotional well being. Cultivating gratitude is a proven way to feel better and happier, so we thought we’d share our top four tips on how to experience genuine gratitude every day.

1. Look for what’s good: The mind can be like a magnet for both positive and negative things, and very often we let our minds focus too much on what stressed us out. Instead of that, try to focus your mind on what’s good around you in the precise moment that you are in, whether it’s someone’s brightly colored scarf, or a nice cool breeze, keep your attention on those things around you that make you feel good.

2. Gratitude Journal:  One of our favorite tricks for feeling grateful is keeping a gratitude journal, and writing down at least 5 things that we are grateful for every day. At the end of the year you can look through it and physically experience the bounty of life by flipping through page after page of your self-expressed gratitude. Another version of this would be a jar that you slowly fill up with with colorful post-its full of what you’re thankful for (and it makes for super cute desk decor!)

3. Say it out loud:  There is no better way to reconnect with old friends or reignite old friendships than by offering a quick thank you for everything they’ve offered to your life. Whether you send a handwritten note, or simply send a cute meme over Facebook, sharing your gratitude with another not only strengthens your bond, but adds to your experience of gratitude by including others in it.

4. Helping Others:  There are as many ways to help out others as there are people on this planet that need help! Whether it’s through work with an official charity or simply a shopping trip for an elderly or disabled neighbor, self sacrifice is the fastest road to gratitude that we know. A great resource for finding volunteer opportunities in your area is VolunteerMatch.org, a website specializing in matching people to volunteer options that are close to their areas and their hearts.  And if you’re hard pressed for ideas on where to help out, don’t forget noya’s alliance with the National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council to distribute free lip balm to homeless and low income people. For every lip balm you purchase and send a photo of, noya will donate one to the National HCH Council, while supplies lasts. Click here for more details:  buy a balm, give a balm

We hope these suggestions help you to dedicate just a few minutes a day to cultivating gratitude, and spark your imagination to find your own ways to fill yourself with the joy of gratitude. Let us know what you like to do to stay upbeat, positive and full of thanks, and as always, live divinely!


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Top 10 Fruits to Add to Your Beauty Routine!

If you love fruit as much as we do, put some on your face! That’s right, nature’s dessert can double as fantastic treats for your skin! Check out our list of the top ten fruits that work wonders inside and out:

1. Lemon – Full of Vitamin C, B, and Phosphorus, lemon has a number of benefits for skin of all types. Rub some on elbows to get rid of discoloration, or use lemon juice in a mask to treat acne and blemishes, as well as to add a youthful glow to the skin.

2. Avocado – The Vitamin A in this magic fruit (that’s right – avocado is a tropical fruit!) helps clear skin of dead cells, while antioxidants make it a great weapon against wrinkles and dullness. Making a mask from this tasty treat is a cinch – just mash it up and apply directly to your face!

3. Bananas – Everyone’s favorite yellow friends are more than just a source of potassium, they’re packed full of Vitamins A, B, and E making them a great anti-aging mask. Smash one up and use it as a mask for fresh, glowy skin.

4. Apple – They don’t just keep the doctor away but fine lines and wrinkles too! Packed with collagen, elastin, and Vitamin C, an apple-peel mask is a quick and easy way to perk up the skin.

5. Papaya – The Vitamin A and Papin (a type of protein) in Papaya make it super effective at treating blemishes by removing dead cells. It’s perfect for hydrating dry, cracked skin – whether it’s on your face, elbows or heels!

6. Kiwi – This power fruit is the leading source of Vitamin C and also contains a ton of Vitamin E – both fantastic anti-aging vitamins. Cut into slices and place over  eyes to reduce puffiness and darkness.

7. Peaches – This summer fruit is loaded with Vitamin A, C, K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, and selenium, so it may protect skin from UV rays while healing sunburn and hydrating dry, dull skin. Add some mashed peaches to plain yogurt for a yummy peaches-n-cream face mask.

8. Pineapple – Not only is pineapple full of Vitamin A and C (both great for anti-aging benefits) but the enzymes in this tasty fruit improve skin elasticity and hydration, while removing dead cells. Use a big slice in the shower as a loofa for skin that’s soft, glowy and sweet.

9. Tomato – That’s right folks- tomatoes are a fruit, and one chock-full of Vitamin C, A and anti-oxidants. And because it’s high in acidity, it’s perfect for balancing oily, acne prone skin. Just cut in half and rub on on your face for a cooling and toning mask. So easy!

10. Cucumber – No list of beauty boosters would be complete without this super star, crammed full of Vitamins  B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Calcium, Iron, and Folic Acid, you can quickly grate a fresh cucumber and mix with water for an all-over face mask that hydrates dull, dry skin leaving behind a youthful glow.

Phew! When it comes to beauty, nature doesn’t mess around 😉 Who would have thought that all the best beauty secrets are hiding in your fridge? Let us what beauty superstars hide in YOUR fridge in the comments below, and as always, live divinely.


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NOYA Lip Balm Series – Coconut Oil

As promised, we are continuing our NOYA series, discussing each of the three main ingredients found in our nourishing lip balms. Last time we covered the health and beauty benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and today we move on to a personal favorite – Coconut Oil!

Coconut Oil is extracted from the meat and kernels of coconuts. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (also know as EVCO) is developed from the fresh kernel of the coconut by natural means and without undergoing chemical refining. This leads to EVCO being an extremely healthy oil to consume. It works with your metabolism to increase your energy level and burn more calories, thus contributing to weight loss. It is also known to lower cholesterol, helping to decrease chances of heart disease. The saturated fats in EVCO have antibacterial properties which help to protect our bodies from illnesses such as the flu and common colds.

EVCO is not only a great product to add to your next meal for health benefits, but it also can be used externally to aid with the healing process of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. So be sure to keep some in your medicine cabinet for those clumsy days.

Now for the fun benefits of any product – how they help our beauty regimen! EVCO has been said to be the most penetrating of all oils, making it a hair necessity for lots of naturalistas. You can add it to your hair as a pre-shampoo treatment, saturating your hair and leaving it on with a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes before washing. This will help moisturize your hair and protect it from the harsh sulfates found in some shampoos. When you’re done cleasing, add some to your favorite conditioner for a cheap, yet rich DIY deep conditioning treatment. Your hair will love it and thank you with days of luscious strands.

With EVCO not only being an extremely moisturizing, but also an anti-aging oil (thanks to its natural UV protection), this makes for the perfect face and body moisturizer for all skin types. It will leave you looking refreshed and smelling heavenly throughout the entire day.

Recently, we’ve established some of our favorite ways to use EVCO – as a cuticle treatment. Just like the rest of our body, our nails need frequent moisture. By using EVCO as a weekly cuticle treatment (massaging it into the nail bed) and also applying it as the first coat (before your base coat) when polishing your nails, you are moisturizing your nails, decreasing chances of yellowing of the nails, and protecting them from harsh chemicals in some nail polish. Within a few months you will have those long healthy nails you’ve been working forever to achieve.

The best part about EVCO is that a little goes a long way, making it an affordable natural beauty product with properties that can benefit each of us in different ways.

Leave us a comment telling us how you have benefitted from EVCO!