A Hero’s Journey

Introducing Free + True, Serious Skincare for the Green Gal on the Go

When we were introduced to Free + True, we instantly knew that this brand was doing something different and right, and we dug it. This elegant and efficient brand intuitively positioned itself to sit between the single, multi-tasking product and the elaborate skincare ritual, filling a void for the skincare enthusiast who wants convenience and results in equal measure.read more

Smooth Operator: Silicones in Skincare

Want that “silky smooth” texture from a serum? Or a luxurious “shine” from your haircare treatment? Chances are, you’re wanting that special something that silicones in skincare often provide.read more

Adaptogens for Sex and Spirit

Sex can be a lot of things –  a way to connect, a way to relax, an act of love, a ritual, a euphemism for ‘Netflix and chill’ – but most of us do not think of sex as a marker of our overall well-being. In today’s fast, hyperconnected culture, we use a different rubric for measuring “well-being”: Our appearance. Our energy level. Our social life. Our stuff. Our accomplishments. But sex? Sex is often categorized as a marker of a healthy relationship, isolated from other aspects that make up a healthy life. Research shows there are several possible reasons we’ve put sex in a silo. First, our culture has largely reduced sex to a purely sensational, superficial and spontaneous experience. In so many ways, we’ve disassociated sex from intimacy, and certainly from the sacred or spiritual. read more

Meet STAMBA: The Brand To Lead The Whole Food Awakening

So we start 2020 with an unlikely Hero product from a brand we’ve long loved. We first introduced you to RANAVAT last winter with our Indies Discovery. You may remember my interview with Michelle Ranavat where she shared her passion for ingredient sourcing and her devotion to creating the most regal Ayurvedic beauty rituals. Michelle’s aesthetic is unparalleled – from her formula’s scents and textures to the smallest detail in the brand’s design, Michelle has defined a new standard of luxury for Ayurvedic-centered brands. read more

THE BAKUCHIOL BUZZ: ALL HYPE OR HERO-WORTHY?

So we start 2020 with an unlikely Hero product from a brand we’ve long loved. We first introduced you to RANAVAT last winter with our Indies Discovery. You may remember my interview with Michelle Ranavat where she shared her passion for ingredient sourcing and her devotion to creating the most regal Ayurvedic beauty rituals. Michelle’s aesthetic is unparalleled – from her formula’s scents and textures to the smallest detail in the brand’s design, Michelle has defined a new standard of luxury for Ayurvedic-centered brands. read more

Project Blue Beauty: Can a Color Cue a Consciousness Shift?

A new year brings a promise of a new beginning, and a new decade, even more so. But in many ways, 2020 feels different. On the horizon looms an election, a deeply divisive impeachment process and worsening climate conditions. The season is ripe for any solution that attempts to inspire unity and to relax our anxieties during social, political and environmental unrest. And this is when we turn to art, ‘blue beauty’ and nature for a moment of reprieve. Enter Pantone. For 20 years, Pantone has announced a Color of the Year, based on global trend analyses across fashion, beauty, entertainment, travel, and social and economic conditions that inform the cultural zeitgeist of our time. The Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to effectively translate the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy. Who can forget the infamous scene in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly, claps back at Anne Hathaway’s fashion ignorance with the most perfectly delivered monologue about the power of Cerulean Blue (2000’s Color of the Year) to drive global commerce, from the runway all the way down to the clearance bin? The Pantone Color of the Year not only influences product development and purchasing decisions across industries, but it is also meant to reflect the psychological and emotional state of our time. The 12-day itinerary involved much more than the main event, which was to support Danielle Burden, Saalt’s Director of Impact, as she educated rural Kenyan women and girls on the transformative power of the menstrual cup. I also participated in a women’s day for widows and guardians of orphans, hosted by Outreach to the World (OWI). We celebrated at a day-long birthday party for the orphans, visited a free medical clinic that was open to the entire city of Kitale, and spent time at Sister Freda’s Medical Center and girls school, a day I’ll never forget. Needless to say, there’s absolutely no way I can share the full experience in one blog post. I have never been on a trip that was solely dedicated to social impact and service so I wasn’t expecting the lessons and gifts that came from it. The most remarkable experience was realizing that when we’re in service, we end up receiving so much more than we give.read more

RANAVAT: The New Royals

So we start 2020 with an unlikely Hero product from a brand we’ve long loved. We first introduced you to RANAVAT last winter with our Indies Discovery. You may remember my interview with Michelle Ranavat where she shared her passion for ingredient sourcing and her devotion to creating the most regal Ayurvedic beauty rituals. Michelle’s aesthetic is unparalleled – from her formula’s scents and textures to the smallest detail in the brand’s design, Michelle has defined a new standard of luxury for Ayurvedic-centered brands. read more

Highlighting the Aloha Glow

It’s been just over three years since launching our very first Honua Skincare Hero product, Aloha Youth Serum, which is still an everyday Hero product in my morning routine. Over the last few years, as I’ve witnessed Honua’s growth from indie beauty darling to leading Hawaiian skincare brand, I’ve remained impressed by the brand’s commitment to honoring native Hawaiian tradition, sustainably and ethically sourcing healing botanicals from the Hawaiian islands. With each new product, Honua fills a void in her own line, and in the clean beauty industry in general, only adding what is essential to one’s daily routine. Her commitment to minimalism is impressive, especially as an esthetician. She’s never one to overdo it, knowing that the skin only needs so much to be healthy, as evidenced by her own aloha glow. read more

Beauty Heroes Travels to Kenya

I’m back from Kenya…did you follow my trip? If you did, first of all, thank you for coming to witness a tiny bit of my experience of Beauty Heroes in Kenya. If you didn’t, we’ve added all of my posts from Saalt x BH as a Highlight on Instagram. The 12-day itinerary involved much more than the main event, which was to support Danielle Burden, Saalt’s Director of Impact, as she educated rural Kenyan women and girls on the transformative power of the menstrual cup. I also participated in a women’s day for widows and guardians of orphans, hosted by Outreach to the World (OWI). We celebrated at a day-long birthday party for the orphans, visited a free medical clinic that was open to the entire city of Kitale, and spent time at Sister Freda’s Medical Center and girls school, a day I’ll never forget. Needless to say, there’s absolutely no way I can share the full experience in one blog post. I have never been on a trip that was solely dedicated to social impact and service so I wasn’t expecting the lessons and gifts that came from it. The most remarkable experience was realizing that when we’re in service, we end up receiving so much more than we give.read more

Dana Jackson on Healing Luxury and Radical Self Care

When Dana Jackson was diagnosed with Lupus and Lupus Nephritis, it was after a long battle that left her house-bound with debilitating pain and an unsightly skin and hair condition for which she could find no relief.  Alone and without the answers she was looking for, she began creating the solutions she needed to treat her damaged and dry skin using potent, organic, wild-harvested botanicals. Her first successful batch of Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé was literally a balm for her soul – both soothing to her skin and also, finally, a small victory on her healing path. And, it was the catalyst for her brand, Beneath Your Mask. We were delighted to feature her first Hero product in last year’s Indie Holiday series, (watch the video below to hear more about Dana’s story!) and we’re bringing it back to a wider audience this year, alongside her new product, Remedy Conditioning Lip Balm. More on that in a moment.read more

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