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.
A Hero’s Journey
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.
This month, we paired this new launch of Josh Rosebrook’s long-awaited Hydration Boost Concentrate with Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator and Vital Balm Cream. We believe it’s the perfect trifecta for impossibly glowing skin. If Hydration Boost Concentrate it isn’t the biggest launch in green beauty this year, I don’t know what is. I like to refer to it as The Ultimate J-Glow. I can honestly say I’ve never seen a product absorb into skin quite like this one. It’s as if skin transforms into a sponge, and plumps up with just 2-3 drops. Oil and essential oil-free, this Hero product is a hydration booster that is appropriate for almost every skin type. I say almost, because nothing works for 100% of all us, but Hydration Boost Concentrate is as close as you’ll come to a product that is appropriate for all skin types.
It’s hard to imagine that in many cultures in the world today, girls and women are shamed into silence about this most natural and beautiful biological process. Their communities remain uneducated about what menstrual cycles are and, worst of all, how to properly manage this monthly event. If sanitary supplies are available at all, they are usually for sale in male-run convenience stores and girls are too embarrassed to purchase them, so they often resort to using scraps of cloth in order to avoid humiliation. You might find it surprising that this is a topic of conversation at Beauty Heroes. What does global period care have to do with healthy beauty? According to my definition of beauty: everything.
Jeannie Jarnot had a vision for bringing the thrill of discovery to life and creating an in-store experience that was filled with surprise and delight, just like her monthly subscription service. Read this exclusive access interview to learn the behind-the-scenes of the making of a Blue Beauty Brick & Mortar.
In our modern world of over-saturation an abundance of options and short attention span, it’s important to me that we stay connected to our values of conscious consumption. Rather than always introduce only new brands, I often fall back on a tried-and-true (and somewhat outdated) virtue: when I find a good thing, I stick with it. It should come as no surprise that I often return to a brand we’ve featured before in our Monthly Discovery. Such is the case with Maya Chia.This month, as we celebrate the brand’s third Hero product, I’m confident you will understand why Maya Chia is a brand that I simply can’t get enough of.
Since its Beauty Heroes debut in November 2018, Dino Apparel has been one of my wardrobe mainstays, taking me from the office to errands to dinner with friends, not to mention my go-to uniform for near every single flight or road trip. A devotee of both form and function, Dino Apparel is versatile with designs that fit, flatter and allow me to move, a must for any working mother. While I own practically every piece Dino Apparel has created and wear them all in constant rotation, it’s the jumpsuit that really jumped out at me when I discovered it last year on a photoshoot. I instantly fell in love with the flattering shape and its effortless, year-round lounge – travel – work functionality. If I had to wear only one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it.
When I met Graydon Moffatt, vegan chef, yoga instructor, beauty alchemist and Founder of the Canadian superfood skincare brand, Graydon Skincare, I was flooded with FOMO. Up until that moment, I had been missing out on one of the most … Continued
My love for all things beauty ritual began long before Beauty Heroes. It even started before my career as a spa director. The seeds were planted as a child growing up in Hawaii, watching my mother lather herself with oils and butters and creams (oh my!), a weekly routine that she relished. I observed early on the power of inner and outer transformation when we pamper our skin.
Jena Covello is a force to be reckoned with. The fiery yet feminine founder has evolved her brand Agent Nateur from a single sku cult-favorite into a complete wellness and skincare company that has maintained the quality standards and formula superiority as it has scaled. Holi (Stick) N3 was the brand’s first luxurious, concentrated and beautifully packaged product; today Agent Nateur boasts skincare, ingestible beauty and body care, each delivering on the same distinguishing markers that made the brand an early success story.