Shiva Rose: Activist, Naturalist & Actress
I was recently introduced to Shiva Rose, the Iranian activist and actress, and fell in love with her down-to-earth beauty and her well-informed holistic health and lifestyle site, The Local Rose. I’ve been following Shiva’s dedication to non-toxic skincare and reached out to her to partner with us for our Cabinet Detox campaign. I now look forward to each new article she shares on The Local Rose along with all the gorgeous photos that make up a collection of resources to support spirit, skin, body, mind and heart. We’ve had a few chats about beauty – her muses, mantras and how she ceremoniously weaves the beauty of nature into an active, healthy, inspired and holistic life. Our last dialogue morphed into this interview. Enjoy.
What rituals help you feel your most confident and beautiful?
I like to create a beauty ritual when making my own bath salts or an infused sugar scrub. I take a few moments to light incense and send a prayer before mixing and blending. I also like to start each morning with a meditation while drinking Living Tea. This centers my energy for the day.
I am my most joyful and in a most grateful space when hiking in the canyons with my shepherd Luna, making my products, practicing Kundalini yoga, laughing with my daughters and swimming in the clean blue sea.
What’s the best thing you do for your skin?
Using non-toxic skin care products, making a face masque with avocado and raw honey, and incorporating ghee and coconut oil in my diet.
What Superpower do you wish you had?
Definitely to be able to fly.
What is your personal mantra or guiding principal?
The Four Agreements are pretty clear and concise and help guide me. They are:
- Be Impeccable with Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- Don’t Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
- Always Do Your Best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Your best beauty secret that no one else knows about?
My divine beauty secrets are practicing daily meditation and having been blessed by Amma, the Divine Mother.
How does what you do bring out beauty in others?
I make my beauty products with love. When working, I am always surrounded by crystals and mantras. The ingredients are completely natural, locally sourced, and nourishing to the skin and soul.
How important is being an activist for the causes you support contribute to your overall beauty philosophy?
How often do add a new product to your skin care line, Shiva Rose? How long does that process take?
I am in the midst of creating few new gems that I’m so excited to share with all my sisters: Radiant Rose Water Toner Mist with sea minerals and botanicals and Glow Face Balm for luminous beauty. I don’t rush the process. A new product unfolds when it’s ready and it varies by product.
We know that Rose is your favorite superpower ingredient. What do you love about it?
Rose is the super flower of all The Queen flowers. It has the highest energetic vibration and is tremendously beneficial for the skin. It’s also my plant ally and namesake so of course I am connected to it forever more.
How about a favorite product in the collection?
I am in love with my Nectar body oil at the moment. The cardamom and ylang ylang oils are so good for the skin and smell divine.
Do you have a creative muse?
Nature in all her glory is my muse.
How do you relax?
I relax by taking daily baths and by hiking in nature.
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