Emmanuel Rey’s commitment to sustainability and kindness is apparent in his every word. It’s no wonder that his vegan beauty brand, Yuni, shows no exception.
For several years, you have displayed a great interest in making ethically sourced goods available to the public – from where did this passion emerge?
Suzanne and I did our teacher’s training for Ashtanga Yoga on the beautiful Greek island of Amorgos in 2012. We had been already practicing yoga for 10 years but wanted to deepen our practice. We noticed that the people in our group wore the same apparel brands. However, when asked about beauty, not one brand stood out. These same people also admitted that they were looking for a brand that embraced their lifestyle and values. We realized there was an interesting white space that could be explored in a very mindful way.
To me, there are no good reasons to use animal ingredients in this day and age of the cosmetic industry. We are now able to make very effective products using plant-based ingredients that are easy and fast to grow (bamboo, for example).
Everyone has different situations that they deal with on a daily basis, and I won’t pretend to lecture anyone on this.
It was the Shower Sheets. As Suzanne stepped outside of a yoga studio locker room, I caught a glimpse of a mountain of baby wipes inside. We realized that people did not have time to shower and instead used several baby wipes (some of them not very good for the environment).
Like all of our products, these are created in a clean and responsible way (in solar powered factories), pleasant to use, healthy, portable and very effective.
Our goal is to bring pleasure to the wellness journey and mindfulness to the ritual of beauty.
Shower Sheets can be used literally anywhere you want to freshen up. My OM World is a great blend of essential oils in a body spray to restore moments of relaxation. It is also great to spray on linens before going to bed. (Bergamot, Neroli, Ylang-Ylang, Sage promote tranquility and calmness.) Beauty on the Run is great to travel or to tote around festivals. Chillax will help your body to recover and relax quickly via a powerful blend of Arnica and peppermint. Glow with the Flow is a very effective scrub made with bamboo beads that you can use on the face or the body. It is infused with a blend of essential oils that helps you to breathe better — it’s like a spa in the shower!
You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As I’ve lived in many places, I suppose I easily get inspired because I think the world and the people in it are amazing. But, I would say:
Joshua Tree, because it feels like a different planet.