Last weekend I wrote a post on naturally caring for your body during your period and moon cycle more generally. It received such a great response, I thought I would continue on this topic that seems to be all too often swept under the rug. Pun intended. Today’s post goes a little bit deeper into the products we use for our yonis and finding more natural ways to care for our most precious parts. Here are my top tips for natural care for your yoni.
I hope you will enjoy this read – and if you have further thoughts on other items that you would like to see included, please don’t hesitate to write in the comments below your thoughts, questions and your favourite products.
Moisturizing for your Petals: Yoni Serum
Your yoni doesn’t need the traditional moisturizer you use on your legs, but sometimes it could use a little extra love. If you find it is craving something a little extra nourishing, reach for this lovely Passion Yoni Serum from Living Libations. There is a good reason why this little bottle is almost gone – I L O V E it. I especially love this when my moon flow is ending, to help things be brought back into alignment. It hosts some incredible ingredients, including Clary Sage, Rose Hip, Rose Otto and Ylang Ylang. Help heal and nourish the delicate tissues of the area with this perfect potion.
Most of the time you don’t need much other than good ol’ water to cleanse your yoni, but some may wish for something sudsy. That’s where Yes Cleanse comes in. If I am using anything on my yoni it must be pretty pure and very gentle.
Yes! has created a great a sensitively formulated organic intimate wash, designed to respect the delicate vaginal ecology, with a refreshing and effective cleansing action using calendula and aloe vera.
It’s no surprise that for most things, you can use coconut oil. Personal lubricant is no exception. Coconut oil is safe, and oil based (and even has some anti-fungal properties, so it is doing more good to your body than not), plus it is super pure.
However, if you don’t feel comfy having a jar of coconut oil under the bed, then find this great water-based personal lubricant (chemical-free) from Yes! Many lubricants on the market are chalk-full of crap. Chemicals and things that should never touch your precious yoni. Stick with natural – always.
This topic probably deserves it’s own post, and maybe we’ll go there in the future. In the mean time, I’m going to tell you why I actually like – and do – yoni steaming myself.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about it: Yoni steaming, also known as vaginal steaming, is a practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina. Maya healers and midwives used steams for centuries for a variety of treatments includnig everything from menstrual cramping, fertility, postpartum, post miscarriage, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain and even constipation.
How To: Simply boil up some Yoni Steaming Herbs, my favourite brand is by Vibrant Souls’ Devi Steam Product, but you can also use different herbs such as: Red Raspberry Leaf, Juniper, Motherwort, Peony, Dong Quai, Oregano, Basil, Marigold, Rosemary, Chamomile, Damiana, Plantain and Yarrow.
Combine 1 Cup of dry for a large pot of water, bring to a boil, let cool slightly and then sit over top of it on a stool (or just put the pot in a clean toilet bowl and sit over top of it. Wrap a towel around your waist to keep the heat in.
Period-proof panties, vaginal steaming and menstrual cups. When it comes to natural care for your yoni, the market has gotten pretty overwhelming. Here are a few thoughts on why naturally caring for your yoni is essential when it comes to self-care.
I love my period (yes, you heard that right – I actually love it). It is a time of the month I slow down, journal more and reconnect to myself. It’s a time I make sure to kick my self care routines up a notch. But beyond that, it’s also about the products I use to care for both my body and the environment. So, I thought it was about time to sit down and get real in my latest post on what I use, why I use it and what works – naturally.
Where do we start with taking care of our yoni in the gentle, most natural way? With our moon time (aka menstruation, aka period, aka…).
Why Should You Make Sure Your Pads and Tampons are Organic?
If it were up to me, I would say ditch the tampons altogether (unless of course you are planning on going swimming today). Here’s the thing, tampons increase your cramping, and hide the quality of your moon blood. Why does this matter? It means you’re farther removed from your menstrual health and understanding of your body, and possibly farther away from self-acceptance. Getting a good understanding of your cycle isn’t just about your physical health, it can also help you connect to yourself in a more accepting way. Physiologically there is the fact that the body is trying to release the blood, keeping it clotted up in the vagina with a wad of cotton is not good for your health. Hence, TSS.
But if you’re really not ready to release the disposable pads and tampons, make sure your tampons are organic cotton. Cotton agriculture is hugely damaging to our ecosystem – it is considered “the world’s dirtiest crop.” However, the reasons extended far beyond the ecosystem of the planet, it is also about your internal ecosystem. Tampons go through a chemical bleaching process, which produces a carcinogenic byproduct – dioxin. Most tampon and pads, are made from a blend of bleached cotton and/or synthetic products, such as rayon, viscose and plastic – and that is where you get into trouble with TSS and chemical absorption. Further – it is estimated that approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually – and these products require hundreds of years to biodegrade!
Then, there is the menstrual cup. I would place cups as a second step above the tampons, as they are inserted, but allow you to see: the quality of your blood and how much you are losing each day. Both of which are great clues towards understanding your hormonal and menstrual health.
The first time using a cup can be a little tricky, but don’t give up! My cup is by Lunette. Lunette is my second run around with a cup, and I love her for when I can’t avoid activity on my heavier flow days – for example if I’m at work, or having to teach a yoga class that day.
What’s great about the cup is: they’re environmentally friendly (you reuse it for many, many moons), you actually get to see how much blood you’re losing a month – and know your body better, you avoid TSS, you can go for up to 12 hours without changing (depending on your flow) and you lesson your chemical load.
You can shop Lunette in 2 sizes (one for pre-child birth and one for post) on their site here.
Period-Proof Panties: What’s the story?
Period proof panties? Well, not quite “proof.” I love mine, but as backup for my cup on heavy flow days. On my mid-light flow days, I will just wear my “period panties,” and on those days, they’re perfect. There are also thongs that are great for replacing panty liners on your first signs of spotting and your last few days of blood.
These are my favourite for sleeping, since I don’t like wearing the cup to bed. I wear the high waisted styles, which tend to hold up to 2 tampons worth throughout the night. Except on extremely heavy bleed days (where I’ll double up with a re-usable pad), I can get by with just my “period panties”.
Mine are from the company THINX, which are quite “classy” and simple. They look like regular underwear and are even a little bit “sexy” (for period panties, anyways). Dear Kate is another brand which has more colours and varieties from which to choose.
Washable Fabric Pads
Much like the period-proof panties, cloth pads offer similar benefits – but with addition you don’t need to change the entire panty when it is saturated. These are Lunapads, and are comprised of 2 parts: (1) an absorbent, leak-resistant Pad Base with wings that fasten around your underwear and (2) a removable Insert. Inserts are made of absorbent fleece that you can change throughout the day.
Again, they can last up to five years, so you’re doing great things for the planet in reusing them, but you also get a better understanding of what is going on in your body when you can see what is actually happening. I cannot recommend this enough.
Ok, so that’s the practicals, but what about the care? For my moon cycle, I am all about essential oils, epsom salt baths and hot water bottles.
My number one essential oil for moon time is Clary Sage. It is an effective pain relief when that pain is being caused by cramping of your womb muscles. It helps to soothe them, and a 2014 study showed that simply inhaling Clary Sage dramatically decreases the body’s cortisol (stress hormone). I use it by rubbing it (with a carrier oil such as coconut oil) directly on my abdomen when I am having cramps. You can also add some drops to an Epsom salt bath to increase relaxation effect that comes with the magnesium hit.
Lavender can be used for almost anything. I love it for acne and spots that are due to hormones – by dabbing a small amount on the spots (usually around my chin) I can soothe them naturally. Further, lavender is a great aromatherapy aid as it calms the mind and body. I love to also add this into a Epsom salt bath, or diffuse it when I’m trying to catch some deeper Z’s.
One of my favourite essential oils period, is Ylang Ylang. I even wear it as a perfume. However, it serves double duty when it comes to its aromatherapy benefits which help to lower the heart rate and provide an overall sense of relaxation – if I’m feeling unruly or moody, diffusing Ylang Ylang is perfect. It’s also an aphrodisiac essential oil, and is good for hormone balancing by helping to lower the body’s stress levels. Lower stress = a more optimal functioning of the reproductive system.
Thyme is unique as this essential oil has been shown to balance progesterone levels — potentially delaying the effects of menopause. That means it can also support your hormone levels giving you a little more energy on those days you must get up but don’t feel like it. As a result, I should note: if you have estrogen dominance, avoid the use of thyme.
Why I love this roller ball is that it has many of the top essential oils that I love for my moon time, in one convenient little rollerball. I roll it directly on my abdoment and my pressure points including wrists and behind my ears. The key notes in here: Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, and Clary Sage Flower.
In my next post, I’ll talk a bit more on why naturally caring for your yoni is essential. In the mean time, find some space for self love during your next period and practice some serious self-care. Happy bleeding, beauty!
Winter is in full swing, and so is dry, parched skin. Having spent most of December back in Vancouver and now in Norway, my skin has gotten a good “workout.” Between the long-haul flights and the dry air in my home and hotels, my skin was looking less than radiant. It was thirsty. So I decided to try out a line I have been waiting to test for a while – an affordable natural skincare you can find at the pharmacy- Andalou Naturals.
Gone are the days of ordering affordable clean skincare online, or shopping for it at the tiny local health food store. These days you will find natural skincare brands like this beauty, stocked in convenient places such as your local CVS and Walgreens (and yes, of course, your local Whole Foods and iHerb, too). I love when natural skincare is made more affordable and more accessible.
So here’s the thing, I have naturally dry skin and I love my facial oils, but with the extreme travel and cold I needed something targeted at feeding the thirst. I usually mix and match my products, so this is the first time (in a while) where I tested an entire line of products from the same range. I was pleasantly surprised.
One of the things I loved about this line was it was made with coconut water! Exactly the thing I would be drinking when dehydrated and dried out on the inside on a tropical island ;) The products are all gentle and have lovely ingredients including enzymes, vitamin C, coconut water electrolytes and AquaCacteen (derived from prickly pear cactus, which is shown to nourish and binds water to nutrients). You’ll find this ingredient throughout the line.
The eye cream and youth serum had a great “kick” in from the kelp and green coffee extracts, not to mention the prickly pear. The Serum and Eye Lift Cream were very emollient, so they felt like they were not only providing moisture, but sealing in moisture.
The serum also boasted coconut milk aminos and olive squalene to make for a super nourishing base prior to moisturizer.
The day and night creams: the night cream was even more nourishing than the day cream (including coconut milk and coconut oil) – a great team for winter.
The creams also had an added spearmint leaf extract, which provided a light tingle upon application, bringing microcirculation to the surface of the skin. This is great for plumping and helping to invigorate the skin cells at the surface.
Andalou: Natural Skincare You Can Find at The Pharmacy
One of my favourite things about this brand is that you can shop for it so conveniently and affordably. You can find Andalou Naturals at your local CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Sprouts. As well as online, of course – check them out on one of my favourite online shops, iHerb.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! And with that comes darker shades in the makeup palette, and for some of us, fairer skin tones. I know a lot of beauties try to ward off the fairer skin during the winter months, but I love to embrace it - even play it up. So here is my winter Snow Queen natural and clean holiday makeup picks.
Natural Holiday Makeup Picks
For this look natural and clean holiday makeup look, I muted down the eye makeup - no eye shadow and instead went for bold lashes and brows, then pumped up the lip with red. Instead of bronzer on the highlight points, I used it as a contour under the cheekbones and kept the foundation fair.
I have been a long time lover of this foundation - you essentially create you own liquid foundation that is super natural and buildable. I love combining the minerals with a facial oil, sunscreen or facial cream to make the perfect texture. Since it is winter and skin is dry, I combined a skin balm (hard facial oil) and the mineral foundation to ensure the skin didn't look dry.
Making sure my jet lag eye bags stayed at bay for this post, was the tiny little superpower Elate Clean Cosmetic's Creme Revealer. This also helped to cover a few spots I've picked up on the long-haul flights over to Vancouver this holiday season.
Sunkiss is the lighter of Elate Clean Cosmetics' two bronzers. Normally I would wear this on my highlight points for a sun-kissed look, but for this look, I used it as a contour. I placed the product under my cheekbones and high on the forehead. I love that the pigment looks natural - and the ingredients, I am loving. The bronzer is made with natural mineral pigments, fruit and vegetable extracts, and pressed with organic jojoba oil - love!! Also - notice packaging, pretty much waste-free! All the containers are refillable and made with bamboo!
One of the few natural mascaras that I've found which you can build - and create that high impact dramatic lash. It's mineral and vegan, and non-toxic. This has been one of my favourite mascaras as of late, and you can now shop in the US/Canada!
I wanted a soft look for the lined eyes, so I chose a velvety pencil that could be blended with my angled brush, so that it's slightly smokey just on the lash line. The brown is a bit softer, but for a more dramatic look you may wish to use black.
Today it's all about hair. Hair, and my special offer to you so you can get your hands on my all-time favourite and the best natural shampoo and conditioner. <3
With quite long hair, I often get asked "what kind of shampoo/conditioner do you recommend." I've even been asked just this last week by a random man while walking down the street, and while I don't think he was necessarily curious about my shampoo choices, I did give him an honest answer: Calia.
Truth be told, there are a lot of natural hair products on the market these days that may make you doubt how effective and good a natural shampoo and conditioner combo can be. I've tried enough over the years to see why people can get fed up and stick with their conventional "tried and true" products.
Well, I'm here to tell you that my "tried and true" has been faithfully by my side for a few years now, and no matter what I've tried over the years, I keep coming back to my one-and-only. I am not kidding when I say my one-and-only - check out my 2 gallon jugs in my shower below ;)
Beauties, meet Calia. Some of you may remember this beautiful brand from a past post - including my LPN Special Haircare post a few years back. You see, Calia has been on my radar (and in my shower) for quite some time, however, no matter how many products I go through and test, this is my all-time favourite.
Depending on your hair type, I can recommend some different products from their line; however, I have a favourite of mine (especially for long and hair on the dry side). My go-to in the Calia line is their Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner, which is made with coconut oil and scented with Rosemary and Moroccan Cedarwood essential oils leaving your hair so fresh (and very unisex so can be used by partner as well).
Why Calia is the Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
The love for Calia goes beyond the natural ingredients (as all my faves do), what it comes down to is it really, really works. No matter the build up in my hair, I feel so clean after washing with my purifying shampoo and no matter how dry, my hair feels so nourished and soft after a good condition with the purifying conditioner. Smooth, and light hair. Further still, I can go a couple days in between washes super easily.
Calia Naturals Haircare Ingredients
What's in it, is purity. I'm talking natural shampoo that has the ingredients of: coconut oil, pine extract, alfalfa extract, chamomile flower extract, Echinacea extract, nettle leaf extract, clover flower extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Horse Tail extract, olive fruit oil, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Spanish Rosemary Oil, Cedarwood Atlas Oil. That's it in their shampoo. Seriously, that's it, that's all and it works amazingly.
Where to Buy
With so many beautiful readers coming from all over the world, I have a few options for you to by the best natural shampoo and conditioner (yes, European beauties, I have a link for you, too!)
In the US and Canada, head over to Calia.com use code LPNCalia and get a free gift with purchase.
You can test our the smaller bottles for only $14.99, or go big with their gallon jugs for $105 each, to last a little (or a lot) longer -- a great option for my fellow long-haired gals.
For as long as I can remember I have been pining after thick, delevingne-esque brows. But genetics would have it that I have thin (while nicely shaped) blonde eyebrows. I've been penciling over the natural hair line for eons, until I tried out this natural brow pomade that changed the game. Here's to the best natural eyebrow shading and shaping product.
With a very natural ingredient's profile, the Nourish & Define Brow Pomade was a hit. It's 100% natural, vegan and smudge proof (aka effective). It's ingredients include: castor oil, shea butter, coltsfoot, Indian Gooseberry and rice bran wax and silica, plus other waxes and colour enhancing ingredients.
I absolutely loved the product and won't be going back to another brow product (unless for testing purposes) for some time. I'll keep my pencil for emergency situations, but other than that, I'm converted.
How to Use the Best Natural Eyebrow Shading Pomade
Fall is that time when mother earth does her cleaning - the dead leaves drop and the rain washes everything away. It's also a good time to slough off dead skin cells and rejuvenate the face, since drying electric heating can play a toll on your glow. Since fall is a good time to get a good exfoliation regimen down pat, I've put together the best natural exfoliators on the market together for you to peruse.
Why exfoliate? Well, it's good for uneven skin tone and texture, congested pores, blemishes, dullness and even fine lines!
I try to aim for 2-3 times a week this time of year, to keep things fresh and glowy.
I've been trying and testing high and low the best natural exfoliators and facial scrubs, and I've collated for you the best of the best in the market right now (and of course, with the most pure ingredients). My faves for the face? Lina Hansen, May Lindstrom, Saison Beauty and Root Science - with a little Henné Organics on the side for keeping flaky lips at bay.
Your exfoliating heroes in this facial polish are rice flower, kaolin clay, bentonite clay, coconut and French pink clay. It's a light exfoliator including vitamin-rich herbs, roots, flowers (many sourced from the Nordics - Iceland to be specific) that help replenish the new skin cells. It's super gentle and not overly abrasive in anyway - it's great for all skin types (but for overly sensitive skin, please avoid exfoliators all together).
To use, place one teaspoon of treatment in the palm of your hand and add water drop by drop to form a thick paste. Massage onto damp skin, then rinse and pat dry.
Lina Hansen's trio of Cleanser, Exfoliator and Mask is a beautiful powder of Kaolin, Thanaka Wood Powder (used by the Burmese women for its effective skin care properties -- it tightens pores, clarifies skin and removes blackheads), Orange Peel Powder and Rice Bran Powder (which has been cherished by Japanese women for centuries for its ability to smooth and brighten skin).
To get the triple threat experience: add more water for use as a daily cleanser and light exfoliation, less water for a deeper exfoliation and for a mask, simply add a little water and let it sit on the skin as it removes impurities, clarifies the skin and tightens pores.
An exfoliant that foams? Yup! This gentle cleanser naturally removes dirt, oil and dead skin cells, and foams! A combination of organic rice powder (one of the best natural exfoliators), corn starch, pineapple powder and Kaolin Clay all work together for this multi-tasking product.
The essential oil blend is super lovely in this product and the foaming is great when you're trying to rid yourself of the last remnants of makeup.
This has been a long-time love of mine and is a product I always keep in my bathroom cabinet no matter what else I'm testing at the moment. Including white halloysite clay, red moroccan rhassoul clay, red alaea sea salt as well as baking soda, this exfoliator is an essential when it comes to needing the big guns.
Warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric also stimulate the skin while calendula is soothing. It's a serious powerhouse exfoliator and I can't recommend it enough.
And then there's the lips. Henné Organics has been owning the natural lip care scene since they came onto market a few years back. Their USA-made sugar and coconut oil based lip exfoliators are my faves when it comes to keeping lips smooth and soft. They have created a few variations including nordic berries, rose diamonds and lavender mint. I'm loving the nordic berries for this time of year (plus, living in Norway).
There are so many super fantastic natural skincare products on the market these days. Since I started blogging on green beauty 6 years ago (!!) I have seen - dare I say even tried - pretty much everything that has come to market. Budget Natural Skincare.
But here's the reality, not everyone is a green beauty blogger and gets an unlimited supply of skincare. So today's post is about natural skincare on a budget - a $15 USD max budget. I've been a student before and know the struggle is real. The struggle to find clean, gentle ingredients that are effective and affordable.
Also, there are a lot of green-beauties-to-be searching for a natural switch in their skincare regime but wanting to do the initial swap over, on a budget - it can be overwhelming trying to replace everything at once (my advice is go a product at a time).
For this reason I've collaborated with iHerb to put together my curated list of best budget natural skincare buys for your face - each item under $15 USD (and sometimes, a lot less).
Here are my favourite budget natural skincare buys.
Containing only one ingredient: Moroccan Red Clay (aka Illite, a natural mineral silicate) which can be used as a super gentle facial cleanser. Just pour a little in the palm of your hand, mix with water and cleanse away!
Super wonderful makeup remover, is coconut oil. It gently removes even the toughest mascaras, and can be washed off gently with a wash cloth and cotton pads. Use warm water to help remove the makeup and oil residue, then cleanse.
One of my "cult faves" for years (as seen here and here) is this beautiful and affordable hydrosol made with rose petals. I still use this one on the daily if I'm not testing other products. It's tried, true and while the marketing and packaging are simple, the product is magic.
The dangers or petroleum jelly and vaseline are no secret - but I get that you miss how smooth and seemingly moisturizing it feels. Grab this affordable plant based alternative instead and actually nourish your dry patches instead of concealing them. The perfect blend of extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, argan oil and shea butter.
This soothing skin cream can be used on the dryer types for hydration and be used anywhere on the body to help sooth dry and cracked skin (especially important as we move into the winter months). Calendula is hugely healing for everything from acne to insect bites, Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems. This is a cream, so not for treatment on open wounds.
Facial oils are all the rage (as they should be). I've loved them for a long time, but recognize there aren't a tonne of quality, affordable options on the market. Aura Cacia is doing a great job of blending wonderful organic healing oils with a more affordable base in order to deliver the benefits to your skin with a fraction of the cost - budget natural skincare. Check out Rose hip for dry or maturing skin, or dealing with hyper-pigmentation.
As per the above, Aura Cacia also created the soothing oil which is better for oily or acne prone skin. Don't like your acne scare you off from oils. While it can see counterintuitive, the right oils can actually be super healing for the skin. This is wonderful budget natural skincare product.
Trying to whiten your teeth naturally can be tricky - although I have a few great ways posted here. You can also consider a quick swish in the mornings with this brushing rinse, which has a whitening effect due to the food-grade 1% hydrogen peroxide.
Last, keeping your lip balm closer is easier when the pack is of 8 and costs less than a $1 each. The ingredients are super simple: using a basis of beeswax, olive oil and often sunflower seed oil and/or cocoa butter.
Alright, that's my round up beauties.
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Coming from the eco-beauty and wellness mecca of Vancouver, Canada, it is needless to say I was at a total loss when I arrived in Norway a few years back without a new army of natural beauty and wellness stops in Oslo. Need a colonic? Forget it! Want to get your eyebrows done? Wait until Summer holidays in Canada...
For years, I continued getting my eyebrows and hair done on every trip home to Canada - I simply hadn't found where the right fit in Oslo yet. Not only that, every trip home (and every work trip to NYC), I'd arrive to a room stacked with boxes from my favourite shops in the US and Canada and dutifully fill up my suitcase (or in some cases, "suitcases") with my favourite superfoods, beauty finds and eco-chic accessories.
I've finally started to feel a bit settled when it comes to getting my hair done, and taking care of my health and wellness in the city that I currently call home, so I thought I'd share with you all my Top Places for eco-beauty and wellness in the city of Oslo. This post also comes as an inspiration following my beautiful colleague who suggested it - and is new to Norway, thus facing a lot of the same trials I had when I first moved here.
And so, without further adieu, here's my Oslo Personal Beauty Army list.
Green Beauty Shops in Oslo & Online in Norway
For online and offline shopping, my green beauty go-to's are growing.
Down in the beautiful department store Eger, you will find a beautifully curated Heaven Scent, which carries a tonne of green beauty finds that you will love and admire as much as I. Think RMS & Tata Harper, just down the block from you!
In the fancy streets of Frogner, you'll find the Gimle Parfymeri, which has an "organic" side, stocked with wonderful brands that have been carefully curated for your green shopping pleasure. Check them out here.
Best Hair Stylist in Oslo
For hair, I trust one man, his name: Andrés Klovstad (don't forget the accent on the e - you've been warned, hah!). He's a talent to say the least, and knows how to turn my long hair (lovingly referred to by my mother as "amish style") into something with a banging body.
Find him at Gevir Salon in Oslo. Find Andrés at Thorvald Meyers gate 15, and book ahead. I don't do colour, so if you're seeking out natural colouring, please bring your own (and discuss with Andrés first)!
Natural Brows Shaping & Hair Removal in Oslo
I don't let anyone but Khushi Chawla do my facial hair - she does it out of her home (and also does sugaring / threading and facials). She is my hair removal favourite in this city and threads "seamlessly." I prefer threading on my brows as it doesn't stress the delicate skin around the eyes (which can lead to unnecessary stretching of the skin). She also does natural sugaring to remove the hair, so you're never using toxic artificial waxes on your skin.
Everything is super sanitary and she uses a new pot of sugar for the "sensitive areas." You'll need to call and make an appointment in advance, since she operates out of her home (Trelastgata 21). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural Facials in Oslo
My facialist is only in Oslo for 2 weeks / month, so you need to make an appointment in advance. Shirley of Sund Hud is amazing, and uses only the best natural products, as well as the bio-peeling machine. You can read more about that on my Instagram. She is between Copenhagen and Oslo each month, so you can also find her when you're across the pond. She ends the treatment with lovely ISUN products.
Natural Healing & Wellness
I am a big fan of healing ailments naturally (big surprise?). Healing what's going on, on the inside has everything to do with what is going on, on the outside. Acne, weight gain, psoriasis and the likes all start beyond the surface of the skin. Here are my favourite Oslo healers:
For acupuncture when I'm having a difficult moon cycle, or any other health issue that's tough, my go-to is Katharina Nes at Akupunktur Huset.
Mersedeh Dakini is a healer. She works with cupping and energy healing. Find her via her Instagram. She works out of her home, and she fills up fast (especially around full or new moons). The photo above is a few days following a treatment with her. It doesn't hurt, rather, it relieves pain.
For when something is out of alignment, Morten Berg at Oslo Osteopati is your go to - again he books up fast, so you will need to get your first appointment several weeks in advance.
Working with something more emotional? Like a breakup or other big life transition? Meet Anne Grethe from InnerLife Senter, who works in unorthodox ways to help you heal. She also runs workshops around mindfulness and stress reduction. Contact her directly here.
I recommend a dear bestie, Tonje Naess, who works with natural healing - specifically she works with energy and shamanic healing as well as reads astrological charts. She's not in Oslo often but can offer many of her services online. Find her here.
Homeopath & Reflexology
For homeopathic doctors, who works with functional herbs and homeopathic remedies, I seek out the advice of Helene Moxheim from Balderkliniken. Find her here.
Colonics & Cleansing
Every 6 months, I head over to Tveitan Klinikken for a cleanse. This is great for ridding yourself of toxins and helping clear the skin. Try to get in with owner Marianne, who always has a good story to tell.
Yes, there are float tanks in Oslo, and you will find them at BareFlyt. It is pure relaxation for 1 hour, where you are silently immersed in a salt water pod that feels kind of like.. well, the womb. Chill out and drop the mind clutter. Check them out in Sagene, and online here.
Most of you know I'm a certified yoga teacher, so I'm partial (of course) to the studio I teach at: Leela Yoga. Come down and take a class with me in Grunnerlokka - find the schedule here.
Hope you enjoyed this follow up to my outdated, but popular post "Natural in Norway", I bring you my Norwegian green beauty & wellness army. I suppose I should probably also write the same post for Vancouver, LA, NYC and Paris...
Oh, and if there is something I'm missing and need to check out - post below!!! Who is in your Person Beauty Army?
Following up on LPN's castor oil haircare post last week, I thought I'd continue on this trend of unorthodox natural haircare. This time with the focus on the men. I've often hit a roadblock with garnering interest of a more non-toxic lifestyle when it comes to the nearest and dearest men in my life: my dad and brother (and had my boyfriend not lived with me, probably him as well - haha). I finally peaked some interest from them when I told them that beer could be used in their self-care routines, albeit not in the form of a beverage. But rather, in beer haircare.
Before having them try out the craft beer-based shampoo and conditioner duo, it was time to learn a bit more about why beer and why in your hair?
Beer Haircare: Why?
Bröö is the mastermind behind bringing Craft Beer to your haircare routine. With all products made in the USA, and all-natural (they're free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, polyquaterniums, phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol), I wanted to know more.
Bröö's formula is based on its main ingredient: all-malt, freshly-hopped craft beer. For ages (we're talking since the Middle Ages), people have rinsed their hair with beer. As it turns out, the malted barley in beer is brimming with B vitamins, proteins, and minerals - good for shiny and strong hair. In the brewing process, malted barley releases B vitamins and proteins that nourish and condition hair, while hops flowers express their anti-oxidant rich essential oils and toning/astringent properties which work to fight off "hair pollution."
Beer also contains natural silicon (not synthetic silicone), the building block for healthy skin and hair. Through the magic of the brewing process, thousands of natural chemical reactions occur. The barley, hops, yeast and water are turned into a beverage that’s packed with B vitamins, proteins and minerals.
And the burning question: will you smell like beer?
The answer: nope. Their natural unisex beer haircare scent is wonderfully light, non-invasive and natural.