9 posts tagged "natural beauty"
A great many have already embraced the haircare gospel of Phylia de M.—the all-natural line created by Kazu Namise—which promises, in three easy steps (Clean, Condition, and Connect, a much-lauded leave-in treatment), to grow thicker, shinier, healthier hair. The body-boosting formula owes its magic to a combination of aloe, tannic acid, and—the real hero—fulvic acid, which was created by Namise’s godfather, Japanese oncologist Dick Miyayama. And it’s the latter that is front and center in Phylia de M.’s latest concoction, Fulphyl, an ingestible blend that stimulates cell regeneration and removes free radicals and toxins—and already has its own set of fans: Jessica Stam recently tweeted that she’s relying on it to regrow her hair. But, besides doing a lot of good from the inside out for your hair and beyond, Namise claims Fulphyl is also quite the multitasker, which, considering the hefty price tag ($220; phylia.com), is particularly good news. Here, three more ways to get your Fulphyl fill.
Drink Up: Because Fulphyl effectively mobilizes nutrients and vitamins into your cells, the best way to take it is to mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons with any of your favorite recipes, from pressed juices to smoothies, soups, or salad dressings. Namise’s favorite Fulphyl cocktail is:
8 oz. pH9 water
10 drops liquid chlorophyll
1/2 organic lemon, squeezed
1 tablespoon of Fulphyl
Make Your Garden Grow: Mix 10 milliliters of Fulphyl with a liter of water, and water your herb or plant garden. This allows for a greater humic process in the soil, which will make for more nutrient-rich and heavy-metal-free soil and plants. And that also makes the harvest more delicious!
Breathe Easy: Put a few drops into your humidifier to combat air pollutants and radiation.
The philosophy behind California-born natural skincare brand Earth Tu Face is as simple and straightforward as the products themselves: You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. And the accomplished pair of herbalists behind the brand, Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm, know plenty about what qualifies. Buscho grew up gardening, tending to some very in-demand organic greens (she and Storm were the producers for chef Alice Waters’ landmark restaurant, Chez Panisse), and studied indigenous medicine at the University of California, Santa Cruz, while learning about Western, Chinese, and ayurvedic healing and herbs at the Herb Room (a natural foods store also located in Santa Cruz). Storm also boasts a cultivated green thumb: An organic gardener for more than a decade, she is the founder of The Village Farms, a “medicinal herb garden and backyard farm” dedicated to the education about local herbs and plants. The pair met while earning their clinical herbalist certifications at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, and it was there that the idea for Earth Tu Face was birthed. The 100 percent natural and plant-based line relies on ingredients with intrinsic healing properties for products like the Nourish + Balance Face Serum (with blue chamomile and carrot seed), Hydrate + Nourish Body Butter (with coconut oil and cardamom), and Face Wash (with palmarosa and aloe)—all of them good, and safe enough to eat…though, frankly, we’ve been too busy slathering them on to bother tasting them. Here, Buscho shares the plant whisperers’ favorite local beauty and health go-tos.
THE DAILY RITUAL: Fresh flowers
Fresh flowers from the garden brighten up any day. Marina and I pull from our gardens whenever things are blooming. Farmers’ markets, like the one at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, also create incredible bouquets. It is important to me to feel close to nature, even when I’m having a busy work week—a vase of blooms and leaves creates that feeling.
SKINCARE, BY THE SEASON
Skin has different needs from season to season. In the winter, our Face Balm is a miracle worker protecting against dryness, windburn, and the chapping that occurs from going outside into the cold and then inside into dry, heated buildings. It replenishes the skin’s natural moisture instantly. We like to mix in a couple drops of serum (I’m constantly working on new ones) for added botanical benefits. In the summer we use only the Repair Serum on our faces for the instant infusion of health from antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and a restoring botanical mix. And our Face Wash is a year-round staple for both of us.
THE HAIR ESSENTIALS
Our hair feels so different since we started using Davines Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner a few years ago. It makes my strands softer but keeps the volume. That, plus a sea salt spray for beachy texture, is all we need. If we had time we’d make our own sea salt hairspray, but we love Captain Blankenship’s Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray.
THE SIGNATURE SCENT
I’m obsessed with natural perfumes and am constantly blending my own. But my all-time favorite essential oil to wear alone is vetiver; it is uplifting and reduces anxiety. Plus, it changes depending on who’s wearing it. Sometimes it smells like the forest floor after it rains, and other times it smells like a sophisticated cologne. Lately, I have been inspired by blending jasmine with vanilla and myrrh…we’ll see where that goes.
THE SPA DAY
I love taking time out to visit the Imperial Day Spa in San Francisco. There is nothing fussy about it. I get a 50-minute acupressure treatment on my feet, which makes me feel instantly relaxed and grounded. Plus, they offer an herbal sauna, hot tub, steam room, and cold plunge. You can stop in for a couple hours or make a whole afternoon out of it.
THE ONE-STOP FOOD SHOP
Both of us love to cook with fresh seasonal ingredients. Besides famers’ markets, Rainbow Grocery has everything we need and beyond. It is a co-op and offers everything healthy, and in “bulk,” that you can imagine. We go there for their huge selection of local cheeses and fruit spreads, incredible teas, the best refrigerated dried cherries, and fresh roots like burdock and turmeric that are difficult to find organic.
THE GO-TO FOR EAST BAY EATS
Monkey Forest Road is perfect for delicious little breakfast sandwiches on fresh-baked gluten-free rolls. It is so peaceful in the gallery space they created…it’s great to bring a book and stay as long as possible. Burma Superstar has the most exquisite fermented green tea leaf salad; it’s like nothing else we’ve tried. The intense flavors blend so perfectly together, I feel like it is our go-to dinner when we haven’t had time to cook.
THE KITCHEN-MADE BEAUTY TIPS
Honey makes one of the best masks for glowing skin, alone or with essential oils infused. We are always playing with new honey masks on ourselves and bringing them with us when we travel for work. Cold-water-soaked chamomile tea bags are excellent for puffy under-eyes. Chamomile reduces inflammation, and it’s just great for the skin in general.
THE STREET TO STROLL
We go here to Piedmont Avenue to visit our two favorite stores, which are just a few doors apart: Good Stock and Mercy Vintage Now. Both these places feel more like hanging out in someone’s fabulous home or closet. And the owners just joined forces to open a third store…all on the same block! Plus, the area is filled with tasty bites, coffee and tea spots, and local ice cream.
With a blizzard en route to the Big Apple, I can think of no better way to capitalize on a day at the “home office” (i.e., my couch) than exfoliating the effects of an already bitter-cold winter while I work. Instead of physically scrubbing with a battery-operated spin brush, or sloughing away dry patches via harsh chemicals (found in many face peels), Marie Veronique Organics takes a more natural approach—employing a combo of lactic acid, avocado butter, and astaxanthin (a red pond algae hailing from Hawaii that is said to be the most powerful antioxidant on the planet) in its Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask. This jasmine-scented gel formula, left on for two to five minutes depending on your skin’s sensitivity, leaves the complexion smooth and hydrated—not stripped or red. Good news, considering that I’ll likely have to face the great outdoors come Monday…and I’d like to brave the streets sans knitted ski mask.
Skin that looked vibrant, nourished, and healthy three months ago has likely declined into sallow, temperamental, and bone-dry territory. And while the side effects of winter are far from pretty, this cold-weather season is the perfect time to press the reset button on your complexion. Arriving just in time to salvage an abused dermis are two new launches from May Lindstrom, a line of “earth positive” products housed in noncrunchy, sleek black packaging. The Honey Mud, a puddinglike cleanser/mask combo, uses raw honey (which boasts antimicrobial properties), white halloysite clay, and witch hazel to gently draw out impurities. To replace moisture usurped by an overheated office or a weekend spent on the slopes, try The Blue Cocoon—a sweet-smelling balm that relieves irritation with one of the formula’s star ingredients: blue tansy oil. Used to treat everything from burns to muscle aches, this azure-colored elixir is also said to have aromatherapeutic benefits, helping to induce relaxation and ease stress. And who doesn’t need a little bit of that during this hectic holiday season?
The Honey Mud, $80, The Blue Cocoon, $160; maylindstrom.com.