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Amala: Vitamin-Charged Beauty

Amala Products

The list of ingredients reads like a grocery list carried in the pocket of a natural foods fanatic. Figs, olive oil, berries, amaranth seed, macadamia nuts, acai, yoghurt, papaya, avocado and white tea. Certainly, you’ll find all these items in your favorite earth-centric store or amongst the rows at your farmer’s market. But, you’ll also discover them inside the products produced by Amala, one of the cleanest, most effective skincare collections in the world. Amala_Farms_Distillation_004

Amala, which means “most pure’ in Sanskrit, is based in a tiny hamlet in Bavaria. There, from a carbon-neutral, state-of-art lab, at high altitude, amid sun drenched walls surrounded by gardens, with views of the snow-capped Alps, Amala cranks out a cornucopia of transforming, plant-powered products, each brimming with healing and restorative properties. Made by scientist with an artisanal spirit, the myriad products address skin concerns for every age and type of skin. Confirmed by third party clinical studies, Amala’s staggering results cannot be denied.

Utilized by posh spas such as the Spa at the Four Seasons Chicago, The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental New York, and the Dolder Grand Zurich, Amala products lend themselves to both instant results and long term maintenance. Developed by chemists who have learned how to distill and use the whole plant for each product, Amala relies on nature’s bounty to supply its products with healing components.

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Researching indigenous healthcare and beauty rituals, the founders of Amala draw from centuries-old traditions and unexpected ingredients to formulate their highly concentrated custom blends. From Peru, they gather cocoa beans, from Egypt, jasmine, and from France, lavender. India gives them blue lotus, and Turkey provides narcissus and myrtle. Uniquely, Amala sources only from farms and farmers they know and trust. With high standards, searching for organic produce grown in its native, ideal habitat, Amala has spent years cultivating partnerships across the globe. As a result, they not only procure the quality plant product they require, but Amala’s efforts lend support to their global farming partners. Throughout the years, Amala has seen these farmers flourish economically, and have noticed the local pride as the regional growers produce ethically and environmentally safe crops with passion. Sometimes playing a role as adviser, the fair trade farmers, too, have shared an ancestor’s beauty secret–and the Amala team has been inspired by that history. Amala’s  contemporary interpretations of these old world secrets result in potent, all plant solutions for gorgeous, healthy skin.

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A green company, with a deeply entrenched conscience, Amala uses sustainable outer packaging and containers specially designed to naturally protect and preserve the effectiveness of the plant essences. “When it comes to skincare, one shouldn’t have to sacrifice results for responsibility,” says founder, Ute Leube, her skin glowing. The ultra premium products are divided into categories, each supported by a key ingredient, then balanced with a wealth of other botanical components. The categories address specific skincare concerns: rejuvenate (cocoa bean for anti-aging), purify (blue locust for acne prone skin), soothe (desert fig seed for sensitive or irritated skin), brighten (narcissus for skin, which has lost its luster), hydrate (jasmine to moisturize), and detoxify (myrtle to cleanse). Since Amala is the only skin care brand to have its entire collection certified by Natrue, the world’s most recognized and respected natural and organic cosmetic certification organization, upscale spas around the globe have embraced the brand, often creating a custom facial that synergistically fuses varies products in the lines for certain results. Consider the BioRadiance Facial offered this season at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental New York. It brightens, plumps cheeks, sculpts and douses the complexion with a super green smoothie of beauty. $455 for 110 minutes.

Becca Hensley

Becca Hensley

Austin-based Becca Hensley has never met a stranger. Award winning, this travel and lifestyle writer, poet and essayist can't resist the unexplored alley, that glass of champagne in an unknown bar or taking the train far beyond her planned destination. An ebullience addicted curiosity seeker, a peripatetic globe trotter, an expert in all things luxe, her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and on myriad websites. She dishes on hotels, food, drink, spas, art, design, people and nature. Read her monthly dispatches in Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine. Find her frequently in Washington Flyer, National Geographic Traveler, Toronto Star, Organic Spa, Bridal Guide, Travel Channel, Destinations, Weddings & Honeymoons, Austin American Statesman, Fodors and Virtuoso Traveler.

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