Ayurveda enhances health by creating a balance of mind, body, and spirit. One of the chief components of Ayurvedic therapy is Ayurvedic massage -a daily ritual for many which incorporates a full face and body massage into their daily self-care routines using organic oils. There is no greater expression of self-love than lovingly anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil -this practice is called ‘Abhyanga.’ The Sanskrit word ‘Sneha’ can be translated as both “oil” and “love.” It is believed that the effects of Abhyanga are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Like the experience of being loved, Abhyanga can offer a deep feeling of stability and warmth.
A daily Abyanga practice restores the balance of the doshas and enhances well-being and longevity. Regular Abyanga is especially grounding and relaxing for imbalances, but everyone can benefit from this practice. Massage the entire body. Start with the scalp, ears, face and neck. Then, move to the shoulders, arms and hands, and the front and back of torso. End with the legs and feet, letting the oil penetrate and absorbing the effect of the massage. Even just a few simple strokes will feel good and be of benefit, and can make all the difference in the world for both the skin and spirit.
Enjoy the feeling of having nourished your body, mind, and spirit and carry that with you throughout your day with these extraordinary oils from founder-driven indie beauty brands that lean clean and embody integrity, passion and spirit. Companies that tell a story, and care about ingredients, product purity, efficacy, and artisanship. These oils made with love, are those that I use and recommend to incorporate into any daily self-love ritual. Love for luminous skin head to toe.
Solavedi Organics Carrot Rose Cleansing Oil, Cleansing is both the start of a new day and the washing away of the old. Cleansing should leave your skin feeling soft, breathable, and ready to receive nourishments that follow. According to the rejuvenation therapies of Ayurveda, our cleansing needs vary from day to day, season to season, and person to person. Cleansing with oil is one of nature’s finest cleansers. Carrot Rose Cleansing Oil, highly nourishing, packed with organic, bioavailable flowerpetal and essential nutritive compounds, softens the skin, and gently but effectively unclogs pores and helps to soothe sensitive skin, while coaxing it to self-regulate. This, and Solavedi’s Honey Blossom Facial Wash, used separately or combined, are just incredible. Triple-infused botanicals for the skin and senses. Solavedi Organics Founder Carollanne Crichton is a well-respected New England-based massage therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor. In support of her practice and belief in the power of nature to promote good health and great food for the skin and soul, she was motivated to craft her own extensive line of Ayurvedic skincare and spa nourishments free of toxic chemical preservatives, synthetic additives, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes. All of her products are artfully made on-site at Solavedi Organics.
KYPRIS Beauty Elixirs, Highly concentrated facial oils nourish and protect the skin, adding powerful vitamins and antioxidants. They are more potent thus hydrating than a moisturizer and, despite their texture, absorb quickly. Most importantly, they are incredibly effective at treating a wide range of complexion issues, everything from dry skin to hyperpigmentation to acne. KYPRIS is a tightly curated, quality-controlled, holistic beauty line that epitomizes ‘slow beauty,’ made up of elegant formulations to suit distinct skin type and aromatherapeutic preference, packaged in beautiful art nouveau inspired glass bottles. Beauty Elixir II Healing Bouquet, ‘Flower Power’ for combination skin, is my holy grail for balanced, beautiful skin. Simply divine. A 100% active formula with free radical-quenching CoQ10, collagen-inspiring Vitamin C, and a rainbow of phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, and natural actives from select plant sources to continually calm, soothe, and inspire radiant, supple skin. Especially beneficial for essential oil lovers with combination or fussy skin. This special line is brought to life by the goddess creatrix Chase Polan, whose grounding ethos, beauty with a soul supported by science, manifests with purely magical results.
SUNDÃRI Chamomile Eye Oil, This penetrating oil smooths and replenishes delicate skin around eyes naturally. Healing Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil and emollient Avocado Oil nourish and soften skin. And natural antioxidants, Vitamins A & E help reduce the appearance of fine lines. SUNDÃRI’s signature product with cult-like status, for good reason. Imagine a skin care line that embodies a mind-body-soul philosophy to bring harmony to your skin. SUNDÃRI which means ‘beautiful woman’ in Sanskrit, offers a unique system of natural Ayurvedic based skin care products to address imbalances that blends modern science for immediate results with botanicals known through ancient wisdom. Co-founded by devotee of Ayurveda and avid practitioner of yoga, global philanthropist and model, Christy Turlington Burns hopes to help women discover truly beautiful skin, the Ayurvedic way. Safe for sensitive types, SUNDÃRI skincare is an excellent choice for those looking for natural and balanced solutions to skincare maintenance.
Kumari Luxury Oil Therapy, Inspired by founder, Aarti Gala’s Indian heritage and a sweet beauty ritual passed down from her mother, she designed a hair oil treatment that combines the benefits of organic Coconut, Grapeseed and Argan Oils. This nutrient-rich oil blend is infused with botanicals like Yerba de Tago and Indian Sarsaparilla to stimulate and deeply nourish the scalp and hair, with Kumari’s signature intoxicatingly aromatic Magnolia and Sandalwood fragrance. Kumari Luxury Oil Treatment is a pre-shampoo treatment, that can also be worn overnight, once a week, for increased beautifying results. Whether you’re a man or woman, with curly or straight hair, thin or coarse, hair oils are an amazing and therapeutic way to keep your hair super shiny, strengthened, really healthy and vibrant from the inside, out.
Lina Hanson Global Body Serum, This luxurious, hand blended mix of nutritive oils was created by Swedish-born beauty and makeup artist Lina Hanson following the great success of her Global Face Serum -which too, is pretty fabulous. Her 100% natural skin care products work for everyone, no matter the age, skin-type or ethnicity. A golden-hued earthy oil that includes ten of the most beneficial oils for the skin, which are sourced by Lina Hanson from all over the world -Rice Bran, Apricot Kernel, Argan Nut, Yuzu, Vanilla, Camellia Seed, Brazil Nut, Pumpkin Seed, Pink Grapefruit, and Avocado. Each ingredient used is sustainable, ethically sourced, and certified organic. This symphony of precious oils combine to deliver one healthy dose of hydration that absorbs quickly and creates an undeniable glow. Additionally it has a bright earthy scent that uplifts mood, relieves anxiety and promotes a sense of positive well-being. Light, yet lush, silky and long-lasting. The Global Serums are a must have, for their overall message of global celebration, sustainable sourcing and handcrafted artistry, and ability to help transport us to feeling beautiful, and loved.
A day in the life of Lina Hanson Global Beauty –video she recently shot for The Grind with Said Who? Productions.