An Interview with Pleni Naturals

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We were so excited to begin carrying Pleni Naturals in our Mama Bird Boxes and want to introduce you to their company and founder, Allyson. Pleni Naturals’ products are safe and you guessed it… natural! PLUS they’re packed full of nutritious ingredients, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. So not only do they feel great on mom and baby, but is highly beneficial as well.

Read on to learn more about the company, it’s mission, and what inspires Allyson!


How long did you think about starting Pleni Naturals before launching? Some people have the idea for years while others wake up with a dream from the night before and make it happen. What’s Pleni Naturals story?

I woke up New Years Day in 2014 and just knew that it would be the year I created my own skin care line. Little did I know that New Years day it would take me TWO years of research and development work before I would launch Pleni Naturals! The reason it took so long to launch is simply because it takes a really long time to launch good skin care that is 100% natural and non-toxic! Plus, I wanted to make sure the products were safe for even the most sensitive skin so there was vigorous testing, which also takes a long time. Many ask why we focus on fruits and veggies in the Pleni Naturals products. I believe it makes sense to feed our skin, which is our largest organ, with the same nutrition as we do our body. That is why Pleni Naturals is fruit and vegetable based. Also, fruits and vegetables are wholesome and packed full of nutrients our skin needs such as essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. In addition, we are also on a mission to change the way kids think about fruits and veggies. That is why we have the cute and colorful fruit and vegetable characters on our packaging. We hope the products help connect kids and the nutritious foods they eat on a deeper level.

image of an interview with pleni naturals - Mama Bird Box How did you come up with the name?

It took me FOREVER to come up with the name! Every name was already taken!:) In all seriousness, it was hard to come up with the right name for the brand and it was also important for me to be able to have the name trademarked. I went with Pleni Naturals because the word “PLENI” in Latin means “full” and each Pleni Naturals products is filled with wholesome and nutritious fruit and vegetable ingredients. When customers see the name “Pleni Naturals” I want them to think, “Oh, that is the skin care line with all the fruits and veggies in it”. I really hope that comes across!

Food is obviously a huge value to you. What’s your kids’ favorite meal to cook with you?

My daughter Rhys is six years old and fiercely independent so we don’t cook together anymore! I’m a bit sad about it for me, but I also embrace her independence. She will cook along side me but has to do her own cooking creations. My son Liam, who is four, on the other hand, loves to be in the kitchen with me. Our favorite thing to do together is make pressed juice. We juice every Tuesday (and most Thursdays) together. On Tuesdays each week I usually put up our pressed juice projects on Instagram stories so if you are interested check it out @allysonjoyowens. My son and I also love to bake together. Usually we make healthy muffins with zucchini, apple sauce, banana, almond flour, coconut flour, etc. Also, at times I have to be creative when it comes to adding veggies to my kids day so we do a smoothie every night at dinner with a big heap of spinach in it. Their favorite is orange juice, frozen mango, banana, spinach and flax seed. My kids won’t drink smoothies in the morning but they will at dinner. Us moms have to do what we have to do to make sure our kids get all the important nutrients in!

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Pleni Naturals supports Life Lab. Tell us a little about their mission and how you got connected to them.

Life Lab is an amazing nonprofit located in Santa Cruz, California on the UCSC campus. They pioneered school gardens and established the very first one back in 1979. Today, Life Lab’s work can be felt internationally as schools from all over the world come to Life Lab to learn how to establish their classroom gardens and also are guided with curriculum to help support the gardens. We decided to partner with Life Lab because our values are aligned; we both want to change the way kids think about fruits and veggies! We also feel every child should have access to a classroom garden and hope the classroom garden trend continues to grow so all children have the chance to learn in a natural environment, connect with nature and deepen their relationship with healthy foods.

Tell us about The cucumber + Grape baby oil we include in mama bird box

Have you ever heard of the saying, “What’s good enough for the baby is good enough for me?” It’s true! The Pleni Naturals Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil is fantastic for babies and kids but it also doubles as a pregnancy belly oil and beyond! ​It’s so important to make sure your skin care is super clean during the pregnancy and breastfeeding months and ​​t​he baby oil is certified non-toxic, meaning mama can feel at ease ​when applying the oil on her growing baby belly. Plus the omega 3 essential fatty acids from organic raspberry seed oil and cranberry seed oil are great for keeping the belly area nourished and strengthened, which can be super helpful for preventing stretch marks!

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What’s a 2017 goal you have for yourself and/or your business?

On a personal level, I want to do a better job taking care of ME. To a fault, I take care of others before myself and we all know that doesn’t really work! So more yoga and meditation in 2017! On a professional level, I want to continue to grow the Pleni Naturals baby line and launch new products (which are in the works and I think the mamas are going to like it!).


Thank you, Allyson for spending the time to talk with us. We’ve loved getting to know you, your mission, and your company more!

Find Pleni Naturals online right here and follow along on Instagram here.

My Pregnancy Uniform: Keila Trevino

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We are so pleased to introduce a new blog series… My Pregnancy Uniform will be an ongoing series featuring pregnant mama’s and the routines that make them feel beautiful and most like themselves.

For our first installment we’re so pleased to introduce you to Keila. Keila is the cofounder of Scout’s Barbershop in Nashville, Tennessee – one of the coolest spots to get your locks cut and colored (one of our teammates has been herself and can personally account for it). Keila is a first time mama, pregnant with a little girl and we are so very excited for her! Read on for her pregnancy uniform interview.


What is your daily beauty routine? What products do you use? 

I just made a switch to the Honest Beauty Products, and I j’dore them! I am using their dry skin line, with a gentle cleanse and the Hydrating Cream at night. In the morning I usually just rinse my face with water and use Honest Beauty Tinted Beauty Shield for hydration and a glowy look with SPF 30. I am typically combination/oily, but since my 2nd trimester, my face is flaking off! Dry skin like I have never experienced. But their products have been very gentle and calming and are a great price for what they are. Then I use Tarte’s BB cream and Glossier’s stretch concealer on my dark circles and the Honest Beauty Mascara and cream blush and brush my brows with Glossier’s brow gel and whatever lip balm is around and call it good. Oh, and I can’t leave the house without curling my eyelashes. If I had to do one thing, that’s it! Still on the hunt for the perfect fall colored lip crayon, that’s like Revlon’s but doesn’t have the chemicals if anyone has recommendations!

Do you have any beauty rituals you adopted since becoming pregnant?

I don’t think I have changed much with my routine. I use Burt’s Bee’s belly butter and am being more a bath person vs. the shower. But I am just more conscious of the products I am using, reading labels and subbing out anything that comes into contact with my skin with as natural as possible products. And thankfully we live in a time where those options are readily available and more affordable, even compared to two years ago, it’s awesome!

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What has been your go-to style during pregnancy? Describe your favorite outfit you’re wearing these days?

I finally found the perfect pregnancy jeans from the Motherhood store. They are they kind with the stretchy belly band sewn to the top that go all the way up to your bra! But those have worked the best for me. The kinds with just side panels don’t stay up if their life depended on it. So my ‘skinny’ jeans, some comfy clogs and any kind of T-shirt or button up that still fits has been working for me. Pre-pregnancy I loved to wear loose and flowy things, but now I prefer everything to be fitted and show off my belly and curvier everything 😉 And the hubs prefers it too! So I think my style will change quite a bit after the baby, but I am excited for that now!

Are there any particular food or drinks you love to keep you feel good and glowing?

I start with Good Belly juice in the morning for some probiotics that are much yummier than taking another pill. I can’t live without Noosa yogurt! Pumpkin right now is my favorite, DUH. And in the evening, I drink a powdered solution called Calm that is a blend of calcium and magnesium that helps me relax before bed and sleep really deeply. It also helps me keep my restless legs at night calmer and helps me stay regular, which is such a gift when you are pregnant! And my bad habit is anything fruity. Starbursts, gummies, Mike and Ike’s. I can’t get enough of fruity candy, which is not usually my bag. And let’s be real, if it’s a carb, I am gonna eat all of it right now. All the breads, all the cookies, all the pasta, all the time.

What’s your favorite haircare product to use at this time?

Hands down, Verb’s Dry Shampoo and Ghost Oil. Since my skin is drier, my scalp is drier, so the Ghost oil gives it a nice shine and helps with frizzies while not being heavy. And with the dry shampoo, I can go a week without washing my hair now, so I am loving that.

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What wisdom do you hope to pass down to your little one?

What a loaded question! I am sure I will discover this as I go, or in hindsight. But right now, I want to raise my daughter to really care about others and to be loving and kind to everyone and everything she meets. But I want her to learn how to have boundaries and have the ability to say no to things and make sure she understands what good self care looks like.

What advice would you give to other pregnant moms about feeling like themselves and enjoying this time?

In this time more than any other time in my life, I have really lived day by day. I typically am anxious about the future, especially when something is coming up that I don’t know much about or have much control of. So giving birth and being a mommy is probably the biggest thing I have faced yet when it comes to not knowing or having control! But I have been very careful to not overwhelm myself with information. I had one app, Ovia, that gives you a little information everyday and a book called The Pregnancy Countdown that goes day by day. That has been so helpful to not feel bombarded with information, especially in this day and age of instant knowledge. And I have been careful to ask advice from other moms who I really trust and respect, and not just anyone who is willing to talk about pregnancy. Everyone uses there experience as the barometer of how things should be, and that’s just not true. Every pregnancy and every women’s experience is so different, so it’s been helpful to just trust in the journey and the Creator that this is the experience that I am supposed to have, no one else. And I have learned, (and want to apologize!) that every women is a different size at a different time. So saying “you look like you are gonna pop!” when you have serval months to go, could cause a pregnant lady to murder someone, so I feel terrible, because I know I have said to women when I didn’t know better!


Thank you, Keila! Wishing you all the best as you welcome your little girl into the world!

TGIM Shorts + a Business Interview with Mama Bird Box

We were so honored when Brenda Salinas reached out to us. She was interested in producing a piece for Shopify’s TGIM Shorts that discussed marketing as a subscription box service.

Click play above to hear a little more from us as we discuss running a small business from a home office and how we decided who we’d be selling our boxes to.

Thank you, Brenda and Shopify! We were so honored to be featured!