Voilá. From A to Beauty.

Black lives matter to us – as women, as humans, as part of this earth we share.

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As white, female owners of this tiny brand that’s so new on this platform, we are struggling with what to say. Some people think we, as a brand, should say nothing.

But silence seems wrong – especially when we feel so much about what is taking place. Some think the company should take a stand. Let people know who we stand with, who we support.

We support Black Lives Matter and what they describe as “the struggle to imagine and create a world free of anti-Blackness.” We also recognize that we need to learn how to move from passive to active support.

Some think we should stay on brand. Our brand is about skincare. It’s about showing love and care to your skin with ingredients that nourish. We say all types of skin and all colors of skin, but what we mean is your type of skin, your color of skin – whoever you are.

Our brand is also about taking a moment to care for your whole self and about making yourself feel good. So, what does that mean if nothing feels very good right now? If the world doesn’t feel very good right now?

Maybe we always thought to be open-minded, tolerant, and accepting was enough. And now, we’re learning that we must support, encourage, and act.

As we move forward — as founders, as a brand, and as a company — we hope you can be patient with us as we learn how to do that.

Avoila co-founders, Grace and Kristy

As Essential as a Summer Breeze

Summer breeze at open window in beach house

When you inhale essential oils, you stimulate the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain. These molecules enter the nose, pass through the lungs, and from there, they move to other parts of the body. 

When we were formulating, it was essential that our flagship oil has a positive effect on the skin and also offers a positive experience as a whole. We experimented with essential oils and loved the idea of balancing floral, herbal, and citrus notes within one scent.

The Power of Self-Care

The Power of Self-Care
It might seem like a lot of what’s happening in our lives is outside of our control right now... ⠀

🖍 Maybe home-schooling the kids is nothing short of chaotic.⠀
💻 Perhaps working from home isn’t as great as you thought it would be. ⠀
🤝 You probably don’t know when you will next get to see loved ones again. ⠀

We hear you. We understand. We’re going through this madness too, and there are times when doing anything can seem like too much. We shed tears, and there are moments when we feel despondent. And, beneath it all, we’re trying to deal with the worry at what comes next.

One of the ways we’re coping is by refusing to abandon our self-care habits. Wearing a bra might have become optional, but self-care is not! 💖⠀

Whether it’s the soothing ritual of caring for our skin, taking time to soak in a nice hot bath 🛀, eating well, or moving our bodies 🧘‍, we have found that self-care really can help us take some of our power back and can help us feel in control again. ⠀

What can you do today to take control in these trying times? ⠀