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As far as I can remember, I have always been interested in the healing power of herbs and oils. One of my first memories as a child is watching with fascination my Italian grandmother making soap in a thick heavy metal kettle over a hole in the ground and a wonderful cream using some glycerine, rose water, olive oil, honey and beeswax from her beehive. Money and availability of raw ingredients were very limited in those days.

The essence of her intuitive unique method of making her wonderful products, ensuring that none of essential properties and nutrients of the raw ingredients were lost during the process, is still at the core of the way Unica products are made and formulated. It is such a shame that I have not inherited her cooking skills as well. This is what

When I started to suffer from skin problems myself I decided that it was time to put my passionate interest in natural skincare into practice.
After a spell of bad health, my skin changed, became very very dry, rough and my fingertips began to ulcerate. I could not touch anything without wearing cotton gloves and any moisturizer I tried, even the most expensive ones, would only exacerbate the problem, while the steroid cream prescribed by the doctor caused my hands to swell up. My skin was obviously reacting to the products. I later realized that I have a sensitivity to all the silicone derived ingredients which can amount to 70% of the product!

I became so desperate that I started to apply olive oil to my hands and noticed that, at least, my skin was not reacting. My grandmother used to say: when nothing else works, try beaten olive oil.
It was then that I seriously started considering only natural ingredients to sooth my skin, at first using just raw ingredients, like a bit of shea butter mixed with olive oil and water. After several courses, many books and, above all, with the backing of those invaluable teachings from my beloved grandmother, I started to produce my own skincare products and have never looked back! That's how I healed my skin and those painful ulcers on my fingertips and to this day my skin reamains healthy, soft and nourished.

This is how UNICA came about and what Unica is all about: products made using only 100% natural and organic ingredients I would use on my own skin and on my son’s skin, and nothing else.

Sonia x



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