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May 27, 2015 | Leave a comment


This month our friend Caroline Stilwell Burckle asked Breanne Rice what she was lovin’ and we thought we’d share what she had to say with you! And we’re proud to have made it on her list too 🙂

A few months back, the incredible Hilary Phelps introduced me to a beautiful soul….Breanne Rice. She has moved and grooved her way to the top of the food chain (no pun intended), creating a Holistic Nutrition Consulting business — Breanne’s Holistic Health. At age 19, Breanne was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease of vitiligo, thus forcing her to take her imperfect situation turn it into her passion for natural health. Stationed in Seattle yet traveling nationwide to promote her brand, Breanne is a one-of-a-kind beauty that stands for so much more than a pretty face. This chick LOVES life. She takes it and GOES. Truly inspiring!

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Butylated Hydroxytoluene…Are You Scared Yet?

May 9, 2015 | Leave a comment


Our fourth winner of Natura Culina’s What’s in my Skincare challenge is Courtney Krueger.  Her take-aways are right on point! Navigating the drugstore aisles to find beauty and body care products free of harmful ingredients is challenging, especially with misleading labels like “green”, “eco”, “natural” and or “organic”. The best thing we can do is to educate ourselves and you’ve done a beautiful job! Now we all reap the benefits of your work. Thank you!

Dear Natura Culina,
I looked at the ingredients in 13 pretty diverse, but common products such as Clearasil Daily Clear Facial Scrub, Andrea EYE Q’s Makeup Corrector, Ben Nye Tattoo Cover, Rimmel Concealer, Victoria’s Secret Party Perfect Eye Shadows, Bath and Body Works “Moonlight Path” body lotion, Avon Skin So Soft Original Hand Cream, Avon Moisture therapy lip balm, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, Victoria’s Secret “Vanilla Sky” body lotion, Scentsations by body source Cucumber and Green Tea Body Lotion, and Victoria’s Secret Pink “Up All Night” Luminous Body Butter.

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May 7, 2015 | Leave a comment


I’m so excited to announce the winners of Natura Culina’s What’s in my Skincare challenge! This was Natura Culina’s first contest of this kind and I want to thank all those who participated. It takes courage to confront messages we regularly receive in magazines, billboards, and from celebrities. It’s our philosophy at NC that you should only put the purest ingredients on your skin and we are happy you think so too!

Contest participants took commercial skincare products found around their home, investigated three ingredients from those products and generously shared their results with us! Each or our winners will receive $200 in Natura Culina products. Below are findings from winners Bry Rucinski, Lori Mclaughlin, and Angie Brown along with a Natura Culina alternative solution. Great job ladies!

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Enter To Win $200 In Natura Culina Products

April 21, 2015 | Leave a comment

Natura Culina contest

Enter To Win $200 In Natura Culina Products

Last week, I was laid up in bed for a few days with neck pain…yes, it does happen to me once in a while. Definitely brought on by stress, all I could do for a few days was rest, apply ice and heat, and take Advil. Simply said my body told me to take it easy and I did! It also gave me the chance to sift through the books and magazines that have been stacking up on my bedside table. Well into the pile, I came across something that stopped me in my tracks. It was a short message celebrating the invention of petroleum jelly and its use in modern skincare! I was floored to find this deceptive message in a mainstream health magazine. Many of you probably saw my Instagram and Facebook posts where I shared my outrage and frustration. Magazines like these are where I, and many of my friends and customers, often look for health and wellness inspiration. I was truly disappointed by the misrepresentation.

It got me thinking that many people may not be aware of the toxic ingredients commonly found in commercial skincare products and the long term effects on one’s health. The beautiful ads in magazines make it easy to turn a blind eye to what’s on the label. Ingredient lists are far to long, the print often too small to read, with crazy unidentifiable names like methyl, butyl and ethyl, so I can’t really blame you for not reading them! But it made me think, why not incentivize people to do a little digging?

So here’s my challenge you! Go to your bathroom and look through your cabinets, pick some commercial products you currently use or may have used in the past – soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc. Choose 3 products from the group and take a look at the Ingredients. Then, pick one ingredient from each product and Google it. If you REALLY want to have “fun,” I suggest picking the strangest sounding names, you know, the ones you can barely pronounce. Then email me pictures of your 3 products at info@naturaculina.com and tell me what you have learned about each of the 3 ingredients you picked. Be creative and have fun!

Please submit your your photos and what you’ve learned via email by midnight, Saturday, April 25th. I’ll choose 3 people to receive a gift code for $200 shopping spree (includes FREE tax and shipping) at naturaculina.com to replace your old products. Winners will be contacted directly and announced on NATURA CULINA’s social media page(s) on Wednesday, April 30th. Have fun and good luck! I can’t wait to hear what you discover!

Here’s how it works:
1. Choose 3 commercial skin products in your home – soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc.
2. Choose one ingredient from each product, preferably a tongue twister.
3. Google the ingredient and find out what it is, what it does in your product, and, most importantly, what it does to you!
4. Email me a picture of the three products, an ingredient from each product and details of the ingredients your researched. Send emails to info@naturaculina.com
5. Emails entries (photos and research) may be submitted anytime prior to midnight, Saturday, April 25th.
6. Winners will be notified and receive their gift codes by midnight, Wednesday, April 30th.

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Interview the World Champion Swimmer Dagny Knutson

March 26, 2015 | Leave a comment


It’s official. I have the greatest job in the world. I get to meet and talk to amazing women everyday. I’m so excited to introduce to NC Women the lovely, talented, graceful and one of the most inspirational women I have had the pleasure of meeting – Dagny Knutson! I don’t want to give too much away but I do want to say a few things about this incredible woman. She has overcome a great deal in her life and she has done it with grace, poise and strength of character. For those of you who don’t know, and even for those who do, Dagny has dealt with a lot publicly. As a world champion swimmer who had to make some very difficult decisions early in her career, Dagny no longer competes due to a series of life-altering events, chief among them the choice to seek treatment for an eating disorder she feared might take her life. She has a lot to say…

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February 13, 2015 | Leave a comment



AROMATHERAPY: What is it good for? Absolutely Everything!

Since it’s the beginning of the year and some of us are still making resolutions, I’m hoping it’s not too late for you to add to your list aromatherapy. If your list has charts and graphs and will eventually be laminated, put aromatherapy in the section for “me time.” Contrary to popular belief, aromatherapy did not start with insert-name-of-large-bath-and-body-companies-here. I feel like the concept, or even the definition, has gotten away from us and it’s become a kind-of catch-all word for anything that smells good, or is supposed to smell good, and help us relax. Which isn’t necessarily bad but it can be much more than that!

Aromatherapy is a type of therapy using the essential oils of a plant’s aroma. Plants produce oils and those oils are used to treat everything from disease to stress and anxiety. The essential oil is taken from the leaves of a plant’s flower, stalks, bark, rind or roots. Those oils are then mixed with another substance (such as oil, alcohol or lotion) and then put either directly onto the skin or perhaps poured in to the bath. Longtime advocates of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. I remember as a little girl I had an aunt who was terrified to fly and she always carried a little vile of lavender essential oil. She told me that right when she got on a plane, she would rub a little lavender oil under each nostril to help her relax on the flight. I don’t think I really understood the power of this until much later and yet I feel as though it has been a major influence-this idea that a simple aroma could calm and alleviate fears. She also said that she reserved the right to get off of that plane if she wanted to and she’s always managed to stay in her seat so something about the lavender worked!

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Breanne Rice Q&A

January 12, 2015 | Leave a comment

Lenka Tinka


As a nutritional therapist, I’m all about putting the right quality nutrients in our body so that we can function at optimal levels. While focusing on what we are putting in our bodies is critical, lets not forget about what topical products we are applying to our skin and chemical exposure. When I was officially diagnosed with Vitiligo in 2009, I payed even more attention to what I was applying to my body externally. The skin is the body’s largest organ, making it a reflection of the overall health of the body. For example, ingesting foods that your body is reactive to can cause dryness and eruptions on the skin, and lack of fat in the diet can leave your skin lacking luster. More often than not, individuals with auto-immune conditions will be hyper-sensitive and even more reactive to chemicals and topical products.

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Interview with Holistic Nutritionist Breanne Rice

December 1, 2014 | Leave a comment


Around the holidays, the word “diet” becomes a four-letter word. We are off the diet, back on the diet, starting a new diet for our New Years resolutions, diet diet diet. In the words of Charlie Brown this Christmas, “AAUGH!!!”

Enough! This month, I have invited Seattle’s own Holistic Nutritionist Breanne Rice, NTP to talk to us about healthy eating all year long. I chose Breanne because I know how important a healthy diet is for all of us and with so much information out there about what to eat, what not to eat and the latest diet fads, I thought it might be nice to narrow things down a bit. Natura Culina is not just about natural beauty on the outside. Natural beauty, as we know by now (but it’s nice to have a little reminder every once in a while) begins on the inside with a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and getting physical.

I can’t wait for you to get to know this remarkable woman. Diagnosed at just 19 with Vitiligo, a debilitating disease which causes the loss of pigmentation in the skin, she has devoted her life to the study of Holistic Nutrition in order to help herself and others. You see, she was also diagnosed with several severe food allergies. Just one of those would be life changing! Breanne is here to share with us her secrets for staying healthy and fad-free!

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Hilary Phelps Interview

November 3, 2014 | Leave a comment

hilary phelps


As I hope you know by now, I am all about the empowerment of women. We hear so much about what we women go through on a daily basis – juggling work and our personal lives – that I feel it’s so important to really support and encourage each other. You never know what someone else is going through until you ask them! I’ve made a point to start asking women around me how they are doing and what’s going on in their lives and really taking the time to listen. And I feel so fortunate that thanks to Natura Culina products I get to meet and talk to amazing women everyday! I am constantly inspired by you all and I now get the opportunity to share some of these conversations with you. I am so excited to introduce all my beauties to Hilary Phelps. She is an incredible athlete and a genuinely fun, driven woman who manages a crazy schedule with grace and poise. I wanted to find out some of her secrets to life and share them with you. Check out her healthy lifestyle blog at www.hilaryphelps.com! In the meantime, here she is!

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Caroline Stilwell Burckle Interview

October 7, 2014 | 2 Comments


I’m really excited to talk to Caroline Stilwell Burckle, former competitive swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist of the Beijing games. Most well known for her success in the pool, she is currently making waves as a health and wellness coach while obtaining a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology & Motor Behavior at at the University of Tennessee. Caroline has dedicated her post-athletic career to mentoring athletes succeed in life through believing in themselves, developing healthy lifestyle habits, and creating lasting physical and mental change. You can follow her personal journey and get great tips for athletes of any level at her blog, Stilwellness.com.

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