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Angela Reyes Dinglasan: Natural beauty is best


CECIL Angela Reyes Dinglasan

“Proudly Pinoy and purely organic” is how marketing maven and general manager of The Greenhouse Inc. Angela Reyes Dinglasan describes the products of Zenutrients.

After seven years of working for multinational companies Unilever and Coca-Cola abroad, she moved back to Manila and dove headfirst into spearheading a relatively new brand whose primary ingredient was VCO (virgin coconut oil) in creating soaps, shampoos, massage oils and a wide product line of everything organic.

Today, she is responsible for the continuous expansion of Zenutrients, which promotes the most natural and least harmful way to take care of one’s body, hair and skin.

Full name: Cecil Angela Reyes Dinglasan

Nickname: Everyone calls me Angela

Occupation/ title: General manager of The Greenhouse Inc./ Zenutrients

Age: 35

What exactly is Zenutrients?

We harness nature, bottle it and bring it to you. Our goal is to make organic available everywhere.

Are Zenutrients products safe for pregnant women/ children/ toddlers/ babies?

Yes, 200-percent YES. Because it is organic, and therefore made with less chemicals, it’s inherently safe for pregnant women, babies and children. Of course, I will caution that at the end of the day,  every person is unique. Before using anything, do a patch test (place a small amount of said product on the inner portion of your arm, leave for 12-24 hours, see what happens) to see what works and doesn’t work for your skin.

ZENUTRIENTS All-Around Sanitizer

What are the benefits of using organic products vs everything else on the market?


As Miranda Kerr said: “What you put on your skin soaks in.” Skin is your body’s largest organ, so it only makes sense to feed your skin the best. We’re already subject to so many chemicals daily, so the less chemicals we can subject ourselves to, the better for your health and your beauty.

Is everything you eat also organic?


I admit, not everything I eat is organic. I think it’s all about balance. Have you heard of “the dirty dozen?” It’s the fruits and  vegetables subject to most pesticides: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, cherries, kale, lettuce, carrots. I buy those organic. There’s also the clean 15 (fruits and vegetables not subject to overuse of pesticides) that are safe to buy not organic: onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, papaya, watermelon, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potato.

I do buy free-range eggs and try to buy grass-fed beef, as well. I won’t be fanatic when I eat out; honestly, if I did that, I might starve, and my husband and I are big foodies.

What are your favorite organic products, and why?


I pretty much love everything in Echostore and Echomarket; we buy a lot of products from these two stores, as well as Sesou. I think Plantex is wonderful, as well as Victoria, Messy Bessy, Human Nature. I admire these brands greatly. Abroad, aside from Zenutrients, I am a fan of Fresh Cosmetics, Aesop, Thann, Lush, Burt’s Bees.


Is organic makeup available in the market?

Yes, Milea has a great range of organic makeup.

What’s a good organic makeup remover?

The best is virgin coconut oil! Really. Dab it onto your face and wipe off with cotton or tissue, then wash your face. It’s a great moisturizer, too, and is perfect to prime your skin for regeneration in the evening. If you don’t like VCO, try another oil like sunflower or olive. That being said, we do make a nice VCO-based makeup remover.


Don’t organic products make you feel greasy and oily after, since they’re usually made out of VCO?

For me, no—I actually feel my skin is “heavier” when I use too many creams. If the oil is pure, you will not feel greasy. It’s about finding the right oil that works for you.

What non-organic beauty products do you use?


Mostly makeup. I have yet to fully switch to organic nail polish; my lipstick and makeup aren’t always organic. So that would cover: lipstick (sometimes), powder, eyeliner, nail polish, blush.

What are your favorite makeup brands?

I love trying new brands, but I do like makeup from Chanel, Givenchy, Lancome. I think Chanel’s lipsticks and nail polish are heavenly; their pigmentation is superb. Oldie but goodie: T.Le Clerq for powders; Givenchy, too. And Lancome eyeliners. Unfortunately, I’m still clueless about mascara. I really must learn at some point.


What products can we find in your bathroom?

Oh, gosh. So many. Since I’m in the beauty business, I’m constantly trying other brands as well. You will find about three brands of shampoo (my own brand, EQ, Aesop), various lotions, creams and oils (I’m always testing—forget animals, we test on ourselves in my company), facial washes—gosh, it’s kind of an exploded beauty counter, I admit, it isn’t pretty. My husband is always asking, “What’s this?” because I also bring home coded bottles from suppliers with new formulations.

What products are in your makeup bag?

Five kinds of lipstick (yes, I am obsessed with lipstick), two kinds of lip balm, one powder, one blush, one liner, one of our perfume sprays (still testing for new perfumes), my “all is well” oil.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t you live without?

Oh, gosh. Soap. How can anyone not wash?

We live in a very humid country where oil tends to build quickly on our hair. What hair-care product would you recommend for oily hair?

Tea tree. By far the best essential oil for oily hair. Works wonders on oily skin, too.

What’s the best beauty advice anyone has ever given you?

It all starts with beautiful skin. So very true—you can wear layers of foundation but exhaustion shows.

What are your best-kept beauty secrets?

Haha! I run a beauty business, so nothing is  secret anymore. But definitely, I do believe the purer, the better. I truly believe using oils in their purest form is the best for you. I use argan oil at night in place of an eye cream, I also put on my neck and hands. And, corny, but true—surround yourself with people who love and accept you. Happiness is the best beauty trick ever.

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