Natural Feeling Spa | an eco-friendly oasis

In recent years, I have noticed that my fine less aren't so fine anymore.  All of the fun that I had in my 20's is catching up with me so I have decided that it's time for me to commit to a beauty regimen and with that, comes finding a skincare expert.  Obviously clean beauty and eco-friendly products are largely important, so when I was introduced to Adina from the Natural Feeling Spa, I knew it was the perfect fit.   

The Natural Feeling Spa is an adorable place in West Los Angeles.  Decorated with mostly second-hand goods, Natural Feeling Spa is environmentally-conscious and charming.  Upon my arrival, Adina told me stories of her scavenged decor, an antique lamp that she repaired herself and where she sourced her reclaimed wood.  Each piece inside has a a history and Adina has used placed intentionally.  It's completely her vision, and it's really good.  I have a lot of respect for people who bring their dreams to fruition and Adina is one of those people.  She has worked hard to create her own business out of her vast knowledge of natural beauty and been mindful of the planet throughout her process.  She has been in the skincare industry for over a decade and schooled me on ingredients inside beauty product.  She debunked myths that I brought her way and enlightened me on new products with clean ingredients.  In short, she knows her shit and gives a really good facial.  She will tell you about your skin and recommend insanely effective beauty products.  She sent me home with this moisturizer and this night gel that I can already see working it's magic.  She also sent me home with this cleanser that is a great exfoliator.  

I love the work that Adina does and am so happy that we have connected.  She was kind enough to answer a few questions on natural beauty below, I hope this inspires you to book an organic facial and start a natural beauty regimen of your own.  

How did you start your journey with clean beauty?

My journey with Clean Beauty started as a child. I am blessed to say Eco-Friendly and Eco-Beauty were instilled naturally into our families lives. 

What are some ways you are sustainable in your business?

In the lobby of my spa the furniture, fixtures, and some of the products are recycled, reclaimed and reused goods. I wanted to show just how beautiful your space can be without purchasing big items from big name stores.

What are some guidelines you use to choose your beauty products?

I am extremely picky when it comes to ingredients that enter Natural Feeling Spa. Everything must stay within the guidelines of Natural , Organic, Holistic, No Animal Testing, No Mineral Oil, No Fragrances, No Dimethicone and No Parabens. There are more yucky ones but these are some of the big ones I like to point out.

What is your best advice for someone without a beauty regimen?

Start with the three most important products every person should have in their bathroom. A good cleanser. A good exfoliant. And a good moisturizer. From there we can start adding high potency serums, masks and specialty products once you have that down.

What are your top three skin products?

Number one skincare line that I have been using for over 11 1/2 years is Lotus Moon Skincare. This is my go to for myself and my clients. It is the most natural, organic, holistic and active skincare line that I have been able to find out there. My second choice would be Plain Jane Beauty makeup products. This make up line has no dimethicone! Which is huge. Not only does this makeup brand give you full coverage and shade range but it also protects and heals your skin. You can tell immediately a difference when applying this versus over the counter brands. My third would be infusing LED light therapy into my treatments and for my home usage. My top choice is Lightstim LED Light therapy. A perfect world of science and nature combine together.

 What is the best anti-aging product?

Lotus Moon Vita A Complex which is a combination of retinol and glycolic acid. This is amazing for fine lines wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This product is very effective in helping to visibly reduce appearance of age spots, sun damage and large pores. Also Lotus Moon Skincare Hyaluronic Acid. This product is going to nourish and support your skin cells. Helping with environmental damage and fine lines. This is your antioxidant Boot Camp. 

Your session method and how you include the chakras?

Every session or treatment is completely 100% customized. Depending on what the client is going through environmentally, hormonally, stress, diet and skin routine I will customize each treatment depending on what their skin is telling me. My goal each treatment is to not only relax but to treat my client skin. Also education is key! I love having my clients leave feeling empowered and knowledgeable about their skin care products and routine.

Jade eggs, yay or nay?

I absolutely love Jade eggs! I personally have no children but I consider Jade eggs very preventative and believe that ladies as early as mid 20s should start utilizing them. My go to brand is Chakrubs. 

Anything else you'd like to add.

To go support your local shops and boutiques who are staying true to green and nontoxic principles. To be careful of products and companies that claim to be natural and green without reading labels or knowing their story. There unfortunately is a lot of green washing out there and capitalizing on this movement so be sure to support the companies who are really staying true to what they say. 

To book an organic facial with Adina (which you should because if you're like me, you're probably not treating yourself to enough facials) go here.

Sustainable Solution | packing a lunch

Having a toddler means being on move and keeping my child happy while going to and fro, means packing lots of to-go food.  After reading information like this about single-use plastic and the amount of waste that we are creating, I have replaced all of my ziplock bags with sustainable solutions.  I know that plastic bags are convenient and that many people will use them over and over, but they will eventually end get discarded.  I have discovered a few companies that I trust who make amazing sustainable food transportation solutions and I hope I can inspire some of you to start packing zero-waste to-go food.  

To start packing your lunches more sustainably, first you'll need a reusable lunch bag and cloth napkins.  Luckily I found 48 and Sea, who introduced me to this bag by Newton Supply Co. which we now use regularly.  There is no shortage of great linen napkins around but if you're a thrifter, you can always find beautiful napkins at yard sales or thrift shops for next-to nothing.

The next thing you'll need is reusable food transportation and occasionally utensils.  There are a couple of products that I like but first I will focus on To-Go Ware, which makes these cute little stainless steel containers and bamboo utensils.  

What I love about these is that they are air tight, so we can pack messier food without worrying about leaks.  They are lightweight, so I can stash them in my bag without carrying around too much additional weight and are easy to open, so Wallace can take with him to school without a problem.  The utensils work well for him and are a good size for toddler use.  

The next product that I use when we pack to-go food is Bee's Wrap.  You know how your grandparents will take home their left-over restaurant food in a napkin?  This is the same concept except these wraps are reusable and sticky so they mold to anything you put inside them.  They are also sustainably made and completely compostable.  

We use the variety pack at home and often find ourselves in need of more.  I love wrapping cheese, cut up fruit (it stays really fresh inside this wrap), loaves of bread and anything that I want to stay really fresh.  I also use the larger sheets to cover bowls that I take to gatherings which is way cuter than showing up with food wrapped in plastic.

What are some products that you really love and is there anything that I missed?  Leave me additional suggestions in the comments below.

 

Cheers to sustainable lunches!  

 

Boheme Goods + vintage tote giveaway

If you've been following along in this space, you know that thrift shopping and second-hand goods are a lifestyle that I very much subscribe to.  Naturally, after I discovered the supremely curated vintage shop, Boheme Goods and the stunning owner Sarah, I had to share and collaborate.  Boheme Goods has quickly become a site I visit weekly as Sarah is a thrift master and is constantly updating her inventory.  She has the best eye and curates an insane selection of baskets, ceramics, vintage leather goods and kid's clothes.  I am in love with these and this and this.  If you're also into vintage, I highly recommend putting this site on your radar.  

I asked Sarah a little about her process and history with vintage and have shared her answers below.  For more info about this store and the stunning owner, go here.  

 

 What's your history with vintage/second hand? 

I grew up going to thrift shops and became fascinated by all the different stories that may be behind these once loved pieces. I always preferred shopping second rather than going to the mall because I loved being able to have something that's unique and not likely to be worn by someone else.

Your favorite scores to find? 

Cashmere, African Baskets and cute kids clothing.

What are you really into right now?  What are your favorite trends for mom/babe/home? 

I'm really into plants in the home. I have no green thumb FYI but cacti have made the dream possible.
I've been happy to see a big rise in ethically made children's-wear the past few years. There are just so many shops out there with the most beautiful designs and fabrics for children.
I'm not huge on colour in my own wardrobe but I've recently invested in a few mustard and peach pieces and I have to admit, I feel so happy wearing colour!

What's one piece you can't live without?

My vintage Levi Strauss jeans. They fit like a glove and the denim is so worn in that they're comparable to sweat pants. But OK to wear outside.

Do you have any advice for thrifting moms?

Try to get a sitter so you can really spend some time going through the shop. Keep an eye out for cashmere, silk, linen, great prints. I don't sort through each piece individually, I walk up the aisle occasionally touching a piece to feel the fabric but can usually spot a great piece just by looking! Also, don't just look in your size. Vintage sizes are much smaller than modern day so if you wear a size 4, you could fit a pair of size 7 vintage jeans perfectly.

What is a typical Sunday like in your home?

We like to get out of the house and get some fresh air. Now that the weathers warming up you can catch us at Gold Creek or up in Squamish. BC has some beautiful spots.

I am honored to have connected with Sarah and am giving away this amazing tote from Boheme Goods!  To enter, follow both companies on Instagram and tag your favorite thrift-shopping partner.  Good Luck!