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Anna Riva

To: alt.lucky.w
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Anna Riva
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 04:40:20 GMT

Nimm55 wrote:
> Is Anna Riva a real person, living or dead, or is it just a brand 
> name?

According to Marty Meyer, the owner of Indio Products / International
Imports of Los Angeles, the woman once known as Anna Riva now lives in
Montana and has Alzheimer's disease. Anna Riva was an assumed name that
she used for her business and writing only -- Anna was her mother's name
and Riva was her daughter's name. When she retired, her product line and
book publishing ventures were acquired by Indio, which still
manufactures products under the Anna Riva brand.  

cat yronwode 

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LuckyHoodoo9 wrote:
> Hey, isn't Anna Riva's oils kinda ya know, fake?  I heard they were 
> all made with artificial ingrediants, chemicals and what not.  Has 
> anyone else heard of this?
> LuckyHoodoo9

I try toi only answer one question at a time. Someone asked if Anna Riva
was a real person, so i replied to that. 

But since you asked about the ingredients -- yes, the Anna Riva line
consists of essential oils and synthetic fragrances in a synthetic oil
base. There are no herbs, roots, or minerals in Anna Riva oils. As far
as i can tell, the formulas are essentially the same as those used by
Indio and other brands that were formerly independent but are now owned
by Indio, including Seven Sisters of New  Orleans, Arjax, and River of

Obviously i must point out the fact that my Lucky Mojo line is in
competition with the much more widely distributed (and more cheaply
priced) Anna Riva line  -- but that does not keep me from telling thr
truth as i know it. 

Trying to be fair, 

cat yronwode 

No personal e-mail, please; just catch me in usenet; i read it daily. 

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