Q&A with Sarita Coren
I had been following Sarita Coren’s blog, Edible Facial, and enjoying her holistic approach to healthy skincare when one day last year she joined Beauty Heroes as one of our members. I was thrilled to share our monthly Hero Product with her and was always excited to read her careful review, expert tips and the results she would achieve with it. Sarita’s pays very close attention to a product’s ingredients and makers, as she knows that the first ingredient in any product is a person. To me she’s a trusted beauty voice effortlessly tending to the source of beauty that comes from within and the healthy and ethically made products that she discusses on her blog and in her retreats. Today I share a conversation with Sarita Coren (a heroic mother of 5), and welcome her as our inaugural Beauty Heroes Ambassador, the first to join our community of beauty and lifestyle experts who share our passion for safe skincare.
What inspired you to begin writing about beauty and launch your blog, Edible Facial?
After a midlife crisis (a totally misunderstood term), I felt a strong need to express myself in a purposeful way that would be of service and benefit to others. That’s how my blog started—from a deep desire to share 20+ years of experience in the health and wellness field. But I also throw in personal stories because that’s what makes a blog come alive. All the information on my blog is an amalgamation of my research, as well as wisdom gleaned over the course of my life and raising five children in a holistic lifestyle. I try to get real, not show a perfect window that seems hard to attain. We are all a work in progress.
What’s your beauty philosophy?
Get in touch with your inner truth and find what resonates most deeply with you. Then do it. Live it. Live from that space and that beauty will radiate in ten directions. I have yet to meet a person who isn’t beautiful when you look into their eyes. It has nothing to do with looks, but a meeting of spirits. That means essentially that we already carry that beauty within us and we must stop being overly harsh on ourselves (I’m talking to myself too!). Negative self-talk is the only inhibitor to being our most beautiful selves. Because I truly believe that we can’t always break out of that cycle on our own, I’ve created a one-day retreat that can help us get rid of the blocks that prevent us from doing it. (More details on my retreat soon!)
What’s your prescription for Health?
Prevention, maintenance, and awe. My family and I work with a wonderful chiropractor, plus other healers. I call them our “Wellness Team.” We go when we see the first signs of a compromised immune system or to maintain good health. I treat my body like a car. A car needs occasional tune-ups to keep it functioning properly and give it longevity. It needs water and oil to lubricate it. So too our bodies require lots of water, healthy fats, a good diet, and occasional realignment to keep the channels flowing. You don’t wait for a car to breakdown before fixing a small hole in the tire. It really is an awe-inspiring, self-healing mechanism with proper care, and we can trust it to inform us when it needs a little adjusting. So I take time to listen. Now my kids tell me when it’s time for them to get an adjustment.
Do you have a favorite ingredient? What do you love about it?
I have many but I go back to magical honey, particularly high quality honey that’s naturally anti-bacterial and healing. A good honey-based mask can help scars diminish and blemishes heal. It turns around my skin! (Lately, turmeric and neem have been extremely beneficial to my blemish-prone skin too.)
What inspires you?
Simple things inspire me. Being outside in nature. Spending time with my kids and taking time to know them deeply. Staying present moment. Putting my hand on my heart and getting
centered. Cultivating myself with other spirit-driven light workers. Hanging out with people who are open and living life fully. Truth, compassion, and acts of kindness. These things.
How do you power up in the morning? How do you get energized?
I’ve been listening to sound frequencies that create the same brain waves that you’d have if you had been meditating for 20 years. Over time, I’ve been sensing the effects more noticeably like staying calmer in certain situations. But I’m finishing up the first level and am ready for the next so I’m looking forward to enhanced growth.
Do you have a personal mantra?
Take responsibility for your own happiness.
For me that has shown up as personal empowerment – being in charge of my own self-healing, freeing up my spirit, and doing more of what I love. When I’m happy, I have so much more to offer everyone else. Looking at happiness as a series of choices allows me the ability to open myself up to it and not blame someone else. If I’m not in my joy, it’s not anyone else’s fault. Knowing that is empowering.
Do you have a favorite spa treatment?
Massages and facials are absolutely essential. Even if I can’t get a full-bodied massage, I love adding extra time to my regular pedicure to get in some bonus relaxation. I take my kids to the salon too or massage them myself. I’ll never forget going to a chiropractor that said that when people were suffering from health issues, he’d test them for “HT” and nine times out of ten they were deficient in it. What’s “HT”? Human Touch.
Can you share one thing we don’t know about you yet?
Every week, I take a spiritual sabbatical from Friday night to Saturday, and shut off all devices, computers, phones, TV and videos, cars, everything. I don’t know how I’d function otherwise. The spirit needs time to recharge. The pace of life has become increasingly frenetic. Sometimes by the end of the week, I feel like my head is spinning and I want to get off the merry-go-round. I cherish this day, the time that it gives my family to BE with each other, and none of the kids begging to watch a video (we limit viewing and electronic times). Instead, we read together or next to each other, get plenty of cuddle time, do puzzles, board games (remember those?!), play cards, take walks, hang out, and enjoy extended meal times. With nowhere to run to and no distractions, it’s an opportunity to stay present and reboot.
Zen Moment: How do you unwind at the end of the day? How do you relax?
At the end of the day, I get to snuggle in bed with a few of the kids (those who still want to!). We talk, we giggle, we say nighttime prayer together, we hold hands and curl up, and sometimes we fall asleep. There is something about shutting out the light that makes children open up about their day. I learn a lot about them in those precious moments. It’s the best.
In addition to your successful blog, Edible Facial, what else do you do for work, hobbies and fun?
It’s still hard to believe that it has only been two years since starting my blog. I work at it every day and now it’s expanding into other areas, so I’m going with the flow. I’ve been coordinating events, classes, and a retreat, plus supporting other bloggers, brands, and retreats. To me that IS fun and I doubt I’ll ever tire of the joy I feel when I have the honor of connecting two people who need to know each other!
After turning 40 I’ve discovered new interests and it’s fabulous! If you see my Instagram account, you’ll know how much I love photography and hope to keep improving. In the summer, my favorite activity is biking on trails with my husband and some of our kids. It’s the one sport we can do together other than walking, since he’s a really strong athlete. I love listening to music and dancing in the kitchen or with my kids. When they were younger, they didn’t make as much fun of my moves as they do now! I’m ok with that. It’s good to be silly sometimes.
Where are we most likely to run into you on a Sunday?
Sunday is family time. We love getting out of our house on Sunday because no matter how much cleaning up we do (a lot!), it still looks like a tornado hit us over the weekend when everyone’s home.
We usually grab a bite somewhere, take walks, get together with my sisters or brother (we all live near each other), swim, or do a fun family activity like visit the Liberty Science Center.
What is your Superpower?
These are great questions! I really have to dig deep and think about them. My first thought went to being in truth and then to childbirth. I was completely determined to give birth naturally, so I did—five times (three at home). If that doesn’t give a woman superpowers, I don’t know what does. Being in truth means that when I’m not, my entire body and emotional system weaken, like being exposed to kryptonite. But truth combined with compassion and tolerance of others give a person superhuman powers.
What is your mission as a Spa Heroes Ambassador?
Spa Heroes isn’t a box that’s merely based on selling a great product—though it excels at introducing incredible products too. I align with the entire mission of educating the consumer about ingredients and product consumption with the tagline: Use Less. Love More.® Spa Heroes does it in such a fun and positive way. I love that. Let’s educate and have fun while sharing impeccable products that are priced affordably so everyone can enjoy them. I’m honored to be on board!