October 12, 2020
In Conversation With Nuni Wellness
We are fortunate enough to live and work in Byron Bay, one of the greatest treasures lay in the people here and every so often, we find a new treasure - one who shines, gives great enthusiasm for all things that really matter and emanates goodness (and try not to scroll her feed or read her packaging without a proper giggle).
We have had the ultimate pleasure of teaming up with Dayle Larter of Nuni Wellness for this very special In Conversation With piece. Dayle is the founder of Nuni Wellness, and avid breast cancer awareness campaigner. It is more relevant than ever to explore this topic, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - let's dive deep into the heart of Nuni Wellness... Enjoy (and as Dayle says) "live your breast life!".
Cancer sun (Capricorn moon, Aquarius rising)
THREE WORDS TO BEST DESCRIBE YOURSELF
Cheerful, ambitious, silly.
WHAT DOES BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU
I think true beauty is a reflection of individuality and grace. The most beautiful people in my world are beauties because of their personalities and actions. When I think of the times in my life I’ve felt most beautiful, it’s rarely appearance related (although a kick-ass red lipstick always helps!) ....it’s when I’m at my happiest. I feel beautiful at the beach, with my hair stuck to my face and by the salty ocean water and the way my skin feels being touched by the sand and sun. I feel beautiful when I’m sweaty faced and muddy shoed, belting lyrics out at the top of my lungs at a music festival. There’s a special beauty that emanates when you feel truly alive!
FAVOURITE SELF-CARE RITUAL
My ultimate indulgence is a self-care trifecta - going for a massage, followed by an infrared sauna and then a dip in the ocean. Sunday nights usually consist of taking time out to dry body brush, and soak in a hot epsom salt and essential oil bath with a sheet mask on, followed by a self boob/lymph massage. One makeup product you can’t live without: Goddess Mascara is my BAE. True love forever.
TREASURED WORDS OF WISDOM
Wellness is our greatest luxury.
THE NUNI JOURNEY
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The idea behind the Nüni range was conceived as a result of finding out that I had tested positive for an abnormal BRCA2 gene - predisposing me to a very high lifetime risk of breast and ovarian cancers. A few years ago, shortly after having my second baby, I underwent a risk reduction double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction - a choice I made on my own terms and consider a luxury that many women don’t ever get the chance to make. The thing that kept playing on my mind is that only 10% of breast cancers are a result of a genetic fault, which means that the vast majority of women have no reason to believe that they could benefit from getting to know their boobs a little better. Many young women are under the impression that it’s not relevant to them until they turn 50, and others avoid checking (or sometimes even touching!) their boobs for fear that they aren’t doing it right or might find something they wish they hadn’t. I want to do whatever is within my power to help change this mindset by helping increase self-awareness around women’s breast health in a modern, fun way. Boob care is the new self-care, with the added bonus of placing women in a much better position to recognise any changes.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION
By yoga. Specifically, folding upside down. It’s where I get my best ideas.
By magazines. Good ones.
By juicy conversations with girlfriends over cups of tea (or cocktails).
By my kids. They’re just brilliant.
By travel. I always return from travels so creatively inspired and full of fun new biz ideas...I love the quote that ‘life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all’.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU
To make a joy-filled living from making a positive change to people’s lives. CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Bringing Nüni to life! Turning my boob story into an opportunity to help other women keep their boobs healthy and happy gives me the warm and fuzzies on the daily. :)
HOW YOU JUGGLE BUSINESS AND PERSONAL
Awkwardly and with a decent sprinkling of Mum guilt, something I think most working mamas can relate to. Haha it’s a work in progress. Juggling mum life, home life and business life without too much overlap, all the while leaving space to foster creativity and play is the ultimate goal.
The message you would like to communicate to all women out there:
Touch your boobs. Touch your boobs. Touch your boobs. Firstly, for wellness. The physical benefits of massaging the breast area are reason enough! Regular massage stimulates lymphatic drainage and promotes fresh blood flow into the area, it can help improve the tone and texture of the breasts and also be helpful in reducing hormonal tenderness. Our breast care elixir has been specifically formulated with botanical oils that carry with them a host of very nourishing and healing properties which permeate the skin’s surface and get to work on a deeper level.
Touch your boobs for connection - in Taoist and Tantric traditions, the breasts are seen as the physical manifestation of the heart centre, and breast massage is seen as a powerful way to connect with qualities such as love, compassion and connection. Hormonally, this makes sense – stimulating your breasts releases oxytocin, the neurochemical associated with love, affection and bonding. I’ve been blown away by how many women have contacted us thanking Nuni for helping them reconnect with themselves and their femininity.
Touch your boobs for self-awareness. The more we cultivate a greater awareness of our breasts and nurture them as part of our everyday routine, the less fearful we are of anything going wrong, because we feel more intuitively connected to our bodies. Being proactive gives us peace of mind and eliminates the dread sometimes caused by more clinical self-checks, which tend to feel like a search and destroy mission.
Touch your boobs for prevention: the truth is, breast cancer is on the rise in Australia. Fortunately, the mortality rate is dropping, but nevertheless, it’s occurring more often. We truly need to be proactive with our breast care, particularly women under 40 who have dense breast tissue and mammography isn’t considered an effective screening measure. This means that hands-on self-awareness is our best defence. I truly believe that prevention is a modern-day way of caring for ourselves. The more we educate, gain knowledge, practise self-care and nourish our bodies both inside and out, the greater peace of mind we can achieve.
WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO
I’m really excited about continuing to grow Nuni and establishing the brand as the market leader in breast care, both in Australia and internationally. We’re in the R&D phase of some epic new products that will complement our existing niche range, and help to spread the ever-so-important breast-care message far and wide. Overall, I’m just super excited to continue inspiring women to be more proactive about preventative health and breast wellness.
HOW TO SHOW SUPPORT
We would love to share the cause you so passionately have dedicated yourself and your business to, can you recommend a specific charity who you feel are doing wonderful things? We would like to also support this charity of your choice and encourage our lovely audience to do the same.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)!! They are Australia’s leading national body funding world-class, game-changing breast cancer research, and deserve all the assistance they can get! Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with 8 women losing their life to it every day. NCBF’s mission is to stop deaths caused by breast cancer - aiming for zero deaths by 2030. They receive no government funding and really need our continued support to change these statistics.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY DONATING HERE.
Keep up to date with the Nuni Wellness team and the inspirational work they are doing by visiting their website or connecting with @nuni_wellness on Instagram.
Stay tuned for our next In Conversation With series coming soon!