Holistic Esthetician, Environmentalist, and Owner of Ny'Ala, a small batch herbal beauty company.
I write about sustainability, herbal remedies, natural beauty, wellness and healthy good.
Benefits of Black Sesame Seeds
Black Sesame, Sesamum indicum, is a delicious nutrient packed seed used in dessert and foods like ice cream, mochi, bagels, soups, breads, desserts, salad and more. It contains many important nutrients and it’s a fun ingredient to experiment with. In this article I’ll highlight the benefits of Black Sesame Seed, and some fun and creative ways to use them!
2021 Trends: Minimalist Skin Care + Beauty
In 2021 I see minimalist skin care and beauty routines as a leading trend. We are moving away from excessive products and 12-step skin routines and into a “less is more” approach. Consumers are understanding environmental impact, the risk of cheap toxic ingredients, and overall wanting to cut down on overwhelming products, and expenses. Also, COVID-19, has made it more difficult to shop, get treatments - so an at-home D.I.Y. approach seems to be necessary.
Skin Care: Hydrating vs. Moisturizing
Since winter is here - let's talk about hydrating and moisturizing your skin. While they may seem the same, they are two distinctly different ingredients to perfect skin.
HOW TO MAKE A GLYCERIN TINCTURE
There are many ways to use herbs as medicine or for beauty - tinctures, whole plant matter, a poultice, tea, infusion, decoctions, etc. One of my favorite ways to use plants is making a shelf stable tincture. This way, you can add your remedy to many mediums, or even take on it's own.
Cannabis + Usage Options
My famous Cannabis Serum has stirred up a couple questions – and even got me booted from a deal with a major big box retailer (… Hemp Seed Oil is NOT the same as THC or CBD extractions!). So I thought this was the perfect time to talk about all the wonderful pakalolo products 😊!
ALOE GEL D.I.Y.
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO USE ALOE… Aloe vera is one of my favorite soothing plants, when I’ve really damaged my skin (sunburn, beach day, camping or if I have a reaction), if I’ve had stomach issues (indigestion, acid or ulcer pain), and when I get a dry irritated scalp - essentially, Aloe is a savior.
SUGARING: Organic Sustainable Waxing
If youre interested in sustainable beauty, you'll know that hair removal is a service often forgotten in this realm. Shaving, waxing and creams all carry an environmental impact - yes, you read that right - waxing isnt environmentally friendly. The plastic based strips do not degrade, anywhere from 10-15 strips are used per brazilian (leading wax service) and that would be done 1x per month - nevermind the gloves, cleansers, liners, disposables and products associated. Well, in comes Sugaring!
How to Make Face Masks
Why do we use face masks? Seems like an odd question, but you would be surprised how often I get this question. It's 10-15 minutes of self care, time you take specifically for yourself - but it's also a way to deliver condensed ingredients to the skin.