Ruda by Alejandra

Ruda by Alejandra

@rudabyalejandra

Ruda by Alejandra is a natural skincare line driven to bring you high-quality everyday products with minimal environmental impact and maximum balance and nourishing properties. Based in Austin, TX, and founded by a Colombian-born immigrant couple, we bring the ancestral wisdom of our abuelas into the modern self care routine. Simple, natural, and in Harmony with our community and environment.

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Products

Coffee Scrub

Sweet Orange & Panela Coffee Scrub
$10 - $25
Two Sizes: > Original: 8oz.| 227gr. > Lil’ Jar: 2.5oz. | 71gr. This lush, skin-renewing formula will hydrate, exfoliate and soften your body from tip to toe! The combination of orange scent, coffee, and caramel notes of panela will make it hard to get out of the shower! As always, it is made with natural ingredients you can understand —absolutely no nasties! This Coffee Scrub can be used on both for face and body, it all depends on your personal preference. Just remember to be gentle especially when applying to your face, and always work in a circular motion. Ingredients: 
Fair-Trade Colombian Coffee*, Panela*, Coconut Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Sweet Orange Essential Oil*, Rosemary Extract* (to maintain freshness).
*Organic Ingredients. Zero-Waste Packaging: We don't like plastic! All our packaging is thought through in order to motivate you to waste less and encourage you to reduce and reuse. Our labels for example are all compostable, and the larger ones are made of plantable seed paper. Seriously, put them in soil and grow wildflowers! Our label glue is made in-house and completely plant-based; though not particularly tasty, it is even edible! Our jars are all made of glass and our lids, when not made of compostable and sustainably sourced cork, are made of aluminum. Glass and aluminum are both accepted in every curbside recycling program, as well as perfectly reusable! We will also take them back and give you a discount. Ask us how! Every order is shipped free of plastic! You can place the box, tape, and all, along with the recycled paper filling in your recycling bin. Alternatively, you can use the same box and filling to ship back your used jars. Let's reduce our individual carbon footprints!
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Vanilla Clove Coffee Scrub Bar
$10
As the bar version of our super popular Sweet Orange & Panela Coffee Scrub, this baby will surely spice up your shower routine! Feel the coffee grounds exfoliate your skin and leave it oh so soft! The yummy vanilla clove scent is made using essential oils, meaning —no synthetic fragrances! As always, made with natural ingredients you can understand —absolutely no nasties! Ingredients: Saponified olive* and coconut oils* (both extra virgin, unrefined), shea butter (wild harvest, cold-pressed), fair-trade Colombian coffee*, essential oil* (for fragrance). *Organic ingredients. Zero-Waste Packaging: We don't like plastic! All our packaging is thought through in order to motivate you to waste less and encourage you to reduce and reuse. Our labels for example are all compostable, and the larger ones are made of plantable seed paper. Seriously, put them in soil and grow wildflowers! Our label glue is made in-house and completely plant-based; though not particularly tasty, it is even edible! Our jars are all made of glass and our lids, when not made of compostable and sustainably sourced cork, are made of aluminum. Glass and aluminum are both accepted in every curbside recycling program, as well as perfectly reusable! We will also take them back and give you a discount. Ask us how! Every order is shipped free of plastic! You can place the box, tape, and all, along with the recycled paper filling in your recycling bin. Alternatively, you can use the same box and filling to ship back your used jars. Let's reduce our individual carbon footprints!
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Deodorant Cream

Deodorant Cream
$12
2.5oz. | 71gr. Smell fresh with this creamy natural deodorant! Available in 4 different scents and 2 formulas; —sensitive skin? we got you! Formulas: > Original > Baking Soda Free (BS Free) Scents: > Lemongrass > Lavender > Bergamot > Unscented Our original formula includes Baking Soda (naturally extracted from earth), which works wonderfully well in most people and is mother nature’s odor-controlling gift. However, it may cause irritation to some, and that’s perfectly normal too. Introduce our new formula, baking soda-free! for sensitive skin. Its distinctive yellow color comes from the rich beeswax we source locally in Austin, TX, and the absence of baking soda. In either presentation, this Deo will keep you smelling fresh throughout the day, free of harsh chemicals! No aluminum, parabens, sulfates —absolutely no nasties! Ingredients (Original Formula): Pure baking soda (naturally extracted from earth), coconut oil*, tapioca starch*, beeswax (locally sourced in Austin, TX), tea tree oil*, essential oil* (for fragrance), rosemary extract* (to maintain freshness). *Organic ingredients. Ingredients (Baking Soda-Free): Coconut oil*, tapioca starch*, beeswax (locally sourced in Austin, TX), magnesium hydroxide, tea tree oil*, essential oil* (for fragrance), rosemary extract* (to maintain freshness). *Organic ingredients. Zero-Waste Packaging: We don't like plastic! All our packaging is thought through in order to motivate you to waste less and encourage you to reduce and reuse. Our labels for example are all compostable, and the larger ones are made of plantable seed paper. Seriously, put them in soil and grow wildflowers! Our label glue is made in-house and completely plant-based; though not particularly tasty, it is even edible! Our jars are all made of glass and our lids, when not made of compostable and sustainably sourced cork, are made of aluminum. Glass and aluminum are both accepted in every curbside recycling program, as well as perfectly reusable! We will also take them back and give you a discount. Ask us how! Every order is shipped free of plastic! You can place the box, tape, and all, along with the recycled paper filling in your recycling bin. Alternatively, you can use the same box and filling to ship back your used jars. Let's reduce our individual carbon footprints!

Face Oil

Facial Steam

Alma Floral Facial sTEAm
$20
You read that right, it’s tea for your face! Our Alma Floral Facial sTEAm is formulated with organic flowers and herbs that are specifically chosen for their skin-benefiting properties. How do you use it, you ask? Well, in short, you put 1 or 2 teaspoons of herbs in a bowl with hot water. Then place your face over the bowl (not too close!) and cover your head and bowl with a towel creating a steaming tent. Breathe in, be present and relax. What does it do for you? I’ll tell ya! Steaming your face helps detox and dilate pores to make it easier to remove blackheads and dirt. Once your pores have opened and are clean, they can better absorb products such as our Lemon Chamomile Face Oil, a very popular combo in our line. Facial steaming can be a little ritual you add to your skincare routine. Not only brings amazing benefits to your skin, but it calms the mind and relieves stress, what better way to end (or start!) your day? This baby will most definitely help you have refreshed, clear, and rejuvenated skin —It is suitable for the body and soul. The best part? You can drink the tea after you’re done sTEAming, getting all the benefits inside and out! Suitable for all skin types but benefits dry skin the most. Ingredients: Calendula and Chamomile Flowers, Peppermint Leaves, Rose Petals. Everything in this glass tube is Organic, fair-trade, and sustainably sourced. Zero-Waste Packaging: We don't like plastic! All our packaging is thought through in order to motivate you to waste less and encourage you to reduce and reuse. Our labels for example are all compostable, and the larger ones are made of plantable seed paper. Seriously, put them in soil and grow wildflowers! Our label glue is made in-house and completely plant-based; though not particularly tasty, it is even edible! Our jars are all made of glass and our lids, when not made of compostable and sustainably sourced cork, are made of aluminum. Glass and aluminum are both accepted in every curbside recycling program, as well as perfectly reusable! We will also take them back and give you a discount. Ask us how! Every order is shipped free of plastic! You can place the box, tape, and all, along with the recycled paper filling in your recycling bin. Alternatively, you can use the same box and filling to ship back your used jars. Let's reduce our individual carbon footprints!

Soap Bars

Soap Bars
$9
We work in small batches to produce these refreshing soap bars. All our scents are made using essential oils, meaning —no synthetic fragrances!—. These babies foam beautifully and are gentle on your skin; they will surely spice up your shower routine! As always, they are made with natural ingredients you can understand ⎯absolutely no nasties! Ingredients: Saponified olive* and coconut oils* (both extra virgin, unrefined), shea butter (wild harvest, cold-pressed), kaolin clay*, essential oil* (for fragrance). *Organic ingredients. Zero-Waste Packaging: We don't like plastic! All our packaging is thought through in order to motivate you to waste less and encourage you to reduce and reuse. Our labels for example are all compostable, and the larger ones are made of plantable seed paper. Seriously, put them in soil and grow wildflowers! Our label glue is made in-house and completely plant-based; though not particularly tasty, it is even edible! Our jars are all made of glass and our lids, when not made of compostable and sustainably sourced cork, are made of aluminum. Glass and aluminum are both accepted in every curbside recycling program, as well as perfectly reusable! We will also take them back and give you a discount. Ask us how! Every order is shipped free of plastic! You can place the box, tape, and all, along with the recycled paper filling in your recycling bin. Alternatively, you can use the same box and filling to ship back your used jars. Let's reduce our individual carbon footprints!
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Blog

How We Started
The inspiration for Ruda lies primarily in the belief that everything our bodies need, mother earth can supply for us. This ancestral teaching has been with me since I can remember and became very relevant after my mother survived life-threatening health issues and I began having health difficulties of my own that were affecting my day to day. I realized it was time to rethink what we allow into our bodies, not only in our diet but also through our skin. I began creating my own self-care rituals in a sustainable and conscious way, in balance with our environment and with the purpose of healing, and feeling healthy. I started by making my own deodorant, toothpaste, face oils, and moisturizers; having absolute control of every ingredient I put in the mix and monitoring closely where those ingredients came from. This way, I knew I was giving my body what it deserved, in harmony with the environment and helping myself in reducing consumption of synthetics and plastic packages in which body care products usually come. The idea caught on quickly among friends and family, and before I knew it I was making deodorant for everyone in my immediate community! A few years and many deodorants later, inspiration met determination and so Ruda was born.
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Meet the Maker
My family migrated to the United States from a small village tucked away in the mountains of rural Colombia. I was 11 years old. I wasn’t able to return for 13 years, and when I finally did —now an adult— I marveled at the timeless and unalterable beauty of vida en el campo that I had left behind and held even more dearly to the teachings and philosophy I had taken with me from the beginning and had continued to fit in my distant life as an immigrant in the U.S. This fire echoed again in 2017, a very difficult year for my family and community. The city of Boston had been undergoing very aggressive gentrification for years —still to this day— and my parent’s rented home for the past decade was sold to a developer who had no intention of renewing their lease, but rather dress up the property and lease again to a family who could afford life in "A culturally diverse and trendy neighborhood, right at the waterfront and only minutes away from downtown”. This is the current and harsh reality of many immigrant families in the neighborhood of East Boston, who face constant increments in rent and eviction notices are distributed like greeting cards. I was already shuffling jobs to afford my own rent when my parents received their eviction notice, and as I helped them pack away their last few boxes I saw how a lawnmower indiscriminately plowed through my father's home garden. That very same garden he passionately worked on and harvested day in and day out, with the same love and determination that made him bring all of us to this country; Now to be left as an empty lot for a new and deceptively green lawn. I felt rage, desperation, and fire. But in my culture fire is also strength, and that strength made me determined to find ways —a project— to support my parents, now in their sixties, in yet another migration. This time they were heading down to Austin, TX, where they could meet my brother and his family, and I would join them with my partner a year later. The project involved selling sugar scrubs and bath salts made with entirely organic ingredients and packaged in recyclable and reusable containers. With this project, I was able to raise enough funds to finance my parents’ move, and once I realized it was a sustainable way to further support those around me, I began formulating and rethinking all those products I had been making for years and putting them in the format you can find today. THIS IS RUDA.
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