Nicola Connolly founded an Irish luxury, organic beauty wellness brand called Nunaïa (pronounced noo-nigh-ya) in September 2018.

Our journey begins with our founder’s journey.

Several years ago, like so many other women today, Nicola Connolly was feeling that the sense of balance, the simple connection to nature and the joy in her life were giving way to the increasing pressures and demands of a busy world.

Believing that there had to be a way to bring greater meaning and balance to her life, she gave up the familiar and set out on a journey of exploration to find guidance and insight.

Over the course of the next decade, she found herself living and working with local communities on the Galapagos islands, the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Andes Mountains of Peru, helping them to develop sustainable models for their unique heritage. These business models enabled them to protect their incredible natural resources and culture, as well as experience a better standard of living.

Founder of Nunaia and the Natural Nourishing Radiance Serum, Nicola Connolly

These naturally grounded people within their pristine native environments helped her find what she was seeking: a deeper connection with herself, with nature and the ancestral wisdom of the land and, ultimately a more balanced way to live.

As she discovered the art of living harmoniously, she also found a deeper meaning in her life and a wish to help others to find the same. At the heart of the insights that she has gained from this wisdom is the importance of ‘daily rituals,’ or moments of self-care. Taking the time to stop and pause, to re-connect with oneself, to what gives us meaning and fulfillment, to what is precious to us, allows us to find moments of stillness in daily life.

These experiences led to the crafting of a range of raw, living, superfood skincare rituals with a ‘Soil to Skin’ ethos and eventually to the creation of Nunaïa, pronounced [noo-nigh-yah].

Nunaïa is the dream of helping bring meaning, intention and connection into people’s lives.

Today as we now offer these rituals and products to you, we remain inspired by Nicola’s journey and committed to her vision. If we can help you find more balance, connection and joy in your life, we believe the journey to have been worthwhile.

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