I am proud to carry brands founded, created, and run by women. These brands are thorough in their search for quality, sourcing, processing, and creating. The skincare lines I carry are mostly organic, often wild sourced, biodynamic, hand-crafted, hand-bottled, sustainable, and vibrantly alive.
They use plants, nuts, flowers, seeds, spices and oils to lovingly make their deeply nourishing and healing skincare products. These small companies build and maintain relationships with farmers in the US and other countries to create and source their lines with integrity, care, and the highest quality ingredients.
As a practitioner, I try to be as thorough and thoughtful as possible in the products that I bring into the treatment room - every detail is considered. Below is a list of the lines that I carry and use in both my massage and skincare therapies. These lines are small batch, sometimes seasonally influenced, impeccably sourced, and consciously crafted.
science-based skin remedies
Botnia's mission is to offer you plant-based skin remedies that truly work. Botnia grew from Justine Khan's belief that skincare should soothe, nourish, and heal the skin, not strip it or treat it aggressively. Botnia cares deeply about sourcing and growing locally, and is committed to growing as many botanicals as possible for these raw ingredients in their backyard micro-farm.
"We love your skin. It’s a simple statement, and it cuts to the core of how we formulate our products for you. Every ingredient that we use is carefully chosen to illuminate your natural beauty. By harnessing the nourishing power of plants, our products repair and soothe, nurturing the long-term health of your body’s largest organ. We believe that effective, healthy skincare should be accessible to everyone."
Potent and Healing Organic Beauty
Earthwise Beauty is founded by Ava Zhan. Ava writes, "I founded Earthwise Beauty over a decade ago setting out to make unique, no-fillers, powerful skin care products for the modern woman. Our formulas, each oftentimes a year or longer in the making, are made from unrefined, unprocessed fair-trade ingredients: unrefined botanical oils and butters, traditionally prepared herbs, and therapeutic-grade essential oils and absolutes. Our products are painstakingly handcrafted in small batches to imbue them in that lovingly-handcrafted energy.
Our commitment to the earth starts, of course, with the products themselves. We cultivate many ingredients right here on our own organic mini-farm, and we gather wildcrafted materials from local fields, forests, and meadows, always being careful to harvest sustainably and leave enough flowers and herbs remaining to reseed the area. We also source herbs from a few select US-based organic herb farms, choosing those that are local to the Pacific Northwest whenever possible. For ingredients that do not come from our part of the world, such as many of our premium oils, absolutes, butters, and teas, we only work with carefully-vetted vendors who use sustainable growing and harvesting techniques. For ingredients like babassu nut oil, buriti palm seeds, and acai palm seeds, for example, we work with local growers in the Amazon region who use traditional, non-invasive harvesting methods. In this way, we are able to support the livelihoods of these local populations and help prevent the clear-cutting of the wild trees that produce those seeds and nut kernels."
Luxury Niche Beauty For Rebel Skin
Celestyna Brozek is a physicist turned holistic acne healing expert who founded moss in 2015. With an innate talent for formulating and a passion inspired by her own struggles with teenage and adult acne, she decided to create her own products when she could find nothing on the market that was non-toxic, pleasant to use, gentle for sensitive skin AND truly effective to manage her own persistent acne.
moss stands for Modern Organic Specialized Skincare. Our mission is to be a cutting edge, luxury acne apothecary, offering truly powerful solutions for acne-prone skins through an experience that is kind to the skin and intoxicating to the senses.
Helping our clients to optimally healthy and radiant skin is what drives us to continue producing remarkable and safe products that truly work.
Reiki-infused holistic skin care
Within is you, the pure essence of what beauty truly is, for you are and always have been beauty.
Christy Whitney-Matz is the founder and potion maker at pAra. She describes her skin medicine as intertwining human spirit, plant spirit and the divine: "Our potions are created through intuitive sensing, visioning and listening with the help of ancestral guides and the backing of scientific research. Our plants are grown organically or are wildcrafted and come from small farmers who grow lovingly from the very beginning seed to harvest...we hand batch all of our potions in a small studio space overlooking a green cliff, listening to the sweet sounds of bird song, flutes and chimes, while intermingling with smokes and essences and infusing healing intention into each batch." Countless hours of research go into each product and Christy takes care to keep the products both true to our bodies and true to our earth. You can feel the love, magic, and deep plant medicine each time you anoint your beautiful skin.
Plants Are Magic
Alexis Smith, the founder, creator, owner and herbalist at Ocotillo Botanica, hand crafts her balms, essences, and tinctures in small batches using mostly locally grown or wildcrafted plants and herbs.
"Our process is simple. Most of our preparations are born out of a need for something, like a salve for cracked skin...Every preparation is something we would, and do use, frequently. Herbalism is a slow practice, and we take that to its core...We strive to create products that are not only ethical, but ethereal, small batch + hand crafted...we love our community, and we love plants.
When you buy from Ocotillo Botanica, you can know that each salve and tincture was lovingly hand-made in our home studio in Marfa, Texas...A good portion of the plants we use are grown in our home garden, or harvested locally from susutainable locations such as local ranchlands."
the skin breathes
"Our line of holistic and organic skin care products is inspired by the wisdom of nature, formulated to support the rhythms of the body, and created to transform the modern perception of beauty.
Truth heals: Authentically organic plant material is nutrient-dense, therapeutic and free from industrial toxins. Purchasing from small organic farms protects against mono-cropping and the industrialization of agriculture. The biodiversity created by small farms heals the soil and our bodies."
Starwest Botanicals, Eden Botanicals, and Rise Up Remedies
I also source essential oils, herbs and massage oils from these organic and sustainable companies.