Evening Rituals 

It is June, this month gifts us with cool and dewy mornings that paint the skies grey as the days go by. I work all day and when I come home I enjoy a cup of elixir to start my evenings. I then start my daily evening  ritual of self indulgence that make me feel oh so good. Sometimes we forget the little things in life that are simple yet effective in making us feel happy and serene. I work long hours and when I get home I want to indulge in a self care ritual fill with love and of course beautiful potions.


One new thing that I have been testing out is cleansing my body with oil. I do that with my face so why not with my body I thought. I use coconut oil and rub it all over, sometimes I add essential oils such a Vanilla or Neroli. I usually do the cleansing part outside of the shower. I rub and also do a self massage, you can also do dry brushing before hand to exfoliate and stimulate the skin and lymphatic system as well. I also use a spoon that is made out of horn. I massage my skin with even and firm pressure like if I was using a Gua sha tool.

Afterwards I either will use an exfoliation usually made out of salt or sugar with herbs and spices and massage everywhere in my body.

If I am not doing a salt scrub I will do a mud treatment instead. One day I will travel to the Dead Sea but for now I use a mud from a brand call Amazing Mineral Mud Mask by Dead Sea Warehouse.

By then I will hop on the shower and rinse off everything.

I do the same procedure on my face minus the exfoliation. I have yet to make an updated one so that is in the works.

I use coconut oil and massage my face and lightly use my spoon to massage all over. My skin will turn red for a few minutes but in the end my skin will be taut and tone. I then spray a Hydrosol my favorite right now is Orange Blossom by Veriditas Botanicals.


I then wipe off the excess oil with a cotton pad and you be amazed at the dirt that comes off.

I follow with a blend of essential oils pat on my face and then use an oil follow by a balm to seal in the moisture. I do this on my neck and décolleté as well.
I always give thanks for the amazing opportunity to love and care for my temple, body, mind and spirit.


The important thing is to take time and be mindful in every step of the way. We are cleansing away all of the days grime and renewing our self with beautiful plant oils and Earths gifts. The more we learn to love and appreciate our bodies the more we want to create special rituals that make us feel beautiful.
With Love
Che

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Rainy Day

It is raining today, a rare occurance in this dry desert of a place. With the welcome of rain comes a feeling of comfort of lounging around the house. Enjoying the sound of raindrops against the ground. The palm trees swaying softly in the wind.

Days like these make me want to lounge around the house and enjoy my moments of feeling cozy. Creativity starts to flow and the energy that is the driving force creates the urgency to expand and become a reality of beauty and inspirations.

I live in a small studio and I lacked having a space that allowed me to be creative and to write post for my blog. I decided to find a solution. 

I searched around for a desk and my lovely sister Frida had one that she no longer needed. I decided to take it off her hands and create my work station. It’s a small sewing table but for now it works perfectly. I am able to stay organize and have a place to expand on my ideas and make them a reality. 

For now I am happy camper and currently working on some new blog post. 

Stay warm and enjoy life

Che

The Art of Relaxation

The Art of Doing Nothing. The Italians have a saying “La Dolce Far Niente,”

We tend to forget the simplicity of doing nothing. I remember as a child laying on the ground and just looking up at the sky. Even now, I will go for a hike near my house and sit at the top of the mountain and just relax. Sometimes there are days where I just don’t feel like doing anything. It does not mean I am lazy, but I see it as a way to recharge my self. To rest my body and mind and to feel the present moment. A lot of times we forget to really focus, truly enjoy and savor to be in our own presense. If we cannot enjoy being by ourselves then how do we expect for others to enjoy being with them.

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Even if you take 5 minutes a day to give to yourself do it. Go someplace quiet and breathe in and breathe out.Feel your body for any tension and acknowledged it. Don’t try to change it but just feel it.

Taking time to get to know ourselves is not being selfish, it is self love and we need more love in our lifes.

Enjoy life

Che

 

 

Morning Rituals

Every morning we wake up with an opportunity to create a beautiful day full of gratitude and to experience what we call life. We have a choice and when we acknowledge the fact that we are solely responsible for our life and the choices we make we begin to better understand ourself and take better care of our body, mind and spirit.

For the past month I have been waking up at 5 to 530 every day.  I believe that we can make the most of our mornings to take time for ourselves. When we take the time to be fully present and to experience mornings as they are, we begin to experience life for what it truly is, a beautiful canvas and we as humans are the artist that create our life , peaceful and serene. Every choice we make is a chance to create something magical.

Here are 5 tips to start your mornings. If we can make the most of our mornings we can experience a flow througout our day.

1) Wake up with gratitude

If you live with a roof over your head and a warm cozy bed then you are a lucky person. Waking up and having gratitude for all that you have and are experiencing is a lesson that we all must learn. Every morning we are truly lucky to experience the moment when we are most vulnerable, when dawn is upon us and when there is stillness. Stretch your body and give your self time to fully awaken. Be grateful for another morning, for another day and for the moment that you are in.

 

2) Move your body

By moving your body you create a beautiful way to express your self. Be it yoga, running, or any type of movement that you enjoy doing. I practice yoga and it allows me to be fully present as I move my body and as I take deep breaths in and release all that no longer serves me.  If you even have 10 minutes to spare you can lie on the floor and stretch and move in ways you never though you could. It’s a fun way to get to know your beautiful body.

 

3) Create a beautiful ritual

As you know I love skin care products and if they have gorgeous ingredients even better. Take a shower or a bath and allow yourself to indulge in oils and butters. Soak your hair in luscious hydrating oils. Spread a mask infused with herbs and Hydrosols .

As you allow the oils to sink in feel free to listen to some music, or even write on your journal, creating your own special ritual that is yours alone.

 

4) Still your mind

I practice meditation every morning, I cannot tell you how much it has change my life. Many times our minds wander and we are not aware and in the moment to experience our lifes. We are thinking of things that haven’t even happened or worry about things that won’t even happen. If we take the time to enjoy our moments and realize how precious they are, we begin to enjoy our life and all that is really beautiful. We are so amazing to have this awareness and to realize this is such a beautiful gift that has been given to us humans.

 

5) Take time to get ready and to be more in the moment.

If you are the type of person that rushes to get out in the morning, you didn’t give yourself time to get ready. Allow yourself to get ready by waking up at least an hour earlier if you can. Prepare your clothing and have everything that you need in one spot. I always have my purse in one spot and have my clothes out ready to put on. If you are a coffee drinker, have a glass bottle with water near the coffee pot and your favorite coffee next to it or set your tea out right next to a pot. Make your life easier by preparing.  Create your own morning rituals as they are your own.

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Take care

Che

 

 

The Rise of the Phoenix

The past 3 years since I have not written a blog post my life began to unfold in a way that was uncomfortable, at times scary. I suffered from anxiety, which led me to having strong panic attacks. One night I woke up in sheer terror, my heart was beating so fast and I was in full panic. My boyfriend at the time now husband was there reassuring me that I was fine, it didn’t help. I almost felt the need to go to the hospital. That year was a struggle emotionally, physically as well. I began to eat unhealthy, putting junk food in my body. I was clueless as to how to healed my self. Over time I got better, but I was not there 100 percent. We moved to a small studio, 2 years ago near hiking trails, and huge mountains. Nature always has a way to heal you if you allowed her. I still was not eating healthy, now consuming soda and eating foods that would make me feel awful. I realize that this was a constant battle. I knew these foods make me feel like crap and yet here I was consuming them. The anxiety was still there but not the panic attacks. I took the responsibility of taking in a dog, she taught me to live in the moment.  Truth was I was an insecure person,  I came to realize that your dog will reflect what really is going on inside of you. Change only happens if you accept what is going on, stop fighting it. Let it flow out from you. Once you understand that only you put emotion to the thoughts that come from you and only you allow them consumed you. Earlier this month, my sister and I went to my good Friends house in Yucca Valley, CA. He lives 10 minutes from Joshua Tree. It was a surreal experience, seeing the stars at and allowing myself to just be in the moment. Enjoying the company of people that I care about. I began to realize that change begins with me accepting  all of my flaws and allowing myself to grow as a human being. I am truly grateful for everything that happened in the past, but I am not my past and I cannot continue to live in the past. Remember to always be grateful for the experiences that allow you to grow emotionally, physically and spiritually as well.

I am just being.

Che

Photo was taken at Joshua Tree National Park.

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Globe Trotting Essentials

You get to your destination, it’s dry and hot. Dirt drifts into the arid air as you get off your vehicle. The streets are very busy, you see the colors of tapestries hanging on old wooden bars. There are people walking to the cafe where they sell green tea with honey. You start experiencing the smells and the sounds of a new place. All is so exciting that you feel  overwhelmed at the same time. You then wake up and realize it was all just a dream and you have only but a couple of days to finish packing before you head off to Marrakesh, Morocco.ID-100324

Although I have never been to Morocco before, it is on my list of places to visit. Imagine that you were traveling to some place and not have a clue of what to take.

What products do you need?

What would you find there?

I thought it would be fun to do a Globe Trotting Essentials

Simplicity is always good when traveling. You never know what kind of skin care products you could find and end up taking back home. It could be freshly made Orange Blossom Water from Morocco, even Argan Oil made by the beautiful Berber women or spices that you can experiment with to make facial mask. It is always good to do research before traveling. Although it might seem fun to go on a whim and not know anything, it is best to be on the safe side.

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First of all if you are traveling you don’t want to haul all of your skin care products. It will take up space in your luggage. So I would stick with the magic 4.

Cleanser, moisturizer, toner and an extra.

My cleanser of choice would be an oil that also works as a moisturizer. My oil of choice is Barbary Fig Seed Oil. It is a highly nourishing oil made from the seeds of a fruit that is also known as Tunas. It is high in Vitamin E and Linoleic acid which is the key to its anti- inflammatory agent. It is very gentle on the skin and it works by healing the skin with its other skin healing properties that it has. You can get it at La Bella Figura.

To tone the skin I choose something that is a little more exotic. I have been enjoying Tulsi hydrosol from Evan Healy. It has a spicy scent and it helps with the respiratory system based on ayurvedic traditions.

“Tulsi in all aspects and places is holier than holy. Where the breeze blows through Tulsi plants, it makes the surrounding areas pure.” Horizon Herbs, Richo Cech

As an extra I like to take Hibiscus powder. I can mix it with an oil and toner and make a mask. It works wonders on the skin. Hibiscus powder has a high amount of Vitamin C, it is anti-inflammatory and an astringent. It is gentle enough to use on most skin types.

What are your Globe Trotting Essentials?

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Enjoy Life

Che

Morocco Photographs from Free Digital Photos

Clutch is from Silvia Gattin

Autumn Love

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As summer kisses us goodbye, we say hello to the cooler weather, we welcome the crisp morning air as it hits our lungs.  We smell the dew that lays gently on the greenery.  It is one of my favorite seasons. Such changes in the weather has a huge effect on our skin. And as it gets cooler, we crank up the heat causing our skin to become more dry and itchy.

It’s the time to soak the skin in luscious oils and mask

Here are a few tips to help transition into the cooler months.

Exfoliation plays a key role in creating soft, radiant skin. One of the things that I enjoy doing for my routine is dry brushing. It is an effective way to exfoliate while promoting circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system. It helps bring blood flow to the skin, thus helping the skin absorb the precious oils. Make sure to dry brush firm but gently, it is easier to do it right before a bath or shower to rinse off dead skin cells.

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Cleansing: During the cooler months I cleanse my skin with Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You can use any type of oil that suits you. Oil is very gentle on the skin, and it does not dry out the skin like other cleansers. One thing that I have noticed was that every time I used tap water my skin would dry out. I have since stop using tap water to rinse my skin and started using just Olive Oil to cleanse my skin. It has a nice glow to it and leaves it feeling soft. The key is to use only enough to clean the face and not leaving it too oily

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Hydrosols: The only water that I have been using on my skin is hydrosols, I have been using Rose Water, Orange Blossom and Tulsi. I use them as toner to remove the excess Olive Oil. It is a gentle toner and it is very nourishing to the skin as well. Not only is it very good for the skin, but it offers aromatherapy at the same time. I also like to add some hydrosol water to my bath, and you can also use it as a rinse for hair. It is a multi purpose essential for me.DSCN1755

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Moisture:  The thing that I love most about using oils on the skin, is that they sinks in so beautifully. It is absorbed by thirsty skin and leaves it feeling soft and very nourish. There are an array of oils to choose from, all with their own healing properties. During the cooler weather, I choose thicker oils and balms made with oils. Butters are also a nice alternative to balms as they are made from the nuts and create a fatty, highly nourishing treat for the skin. There are mango, jojoba, shea butter, cocoa butters

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The important thing is to stick with a routine that makes you feel beautiful. You have to make your skin care routine sacred, and enjoy every step with products you love using.
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Enjoy Life

Che

Skin Care Regimen

I am a lover of skin, the sensual feeling of smooth, soft. velvety glowy skin.  To achieve that one must eat and use only the purest ingredients that come from mother earth.

My skincare regime consist of a couple of my favorite products. I try to keep it simple, but I do indulge in skincare. I use only the highest quality products that I can trust my skin with. My boyfriend thinks I am a bit of a nutcase with all of these beautiful products. I mean I have to admit he does have beautiful skin, and all he uses is water. But there is something about having a routine that makes me feel beautiful.

So here is my skincare routine. It might change, it might not.

“Life is the flower of which love is the honey” Victor Hugo

For cleansing my skin, I use Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Active 16+

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I basically saturate my skin with a hydrosol. Eg Orange Blossom, Rose And massage the honey onto my skin. It is a multi purpose ingredient, I could use it as a mask, cleanser, spot treatment, hair mask.

I have been using Honey for the past 6 months and it has been the only cleanser that is very gentle on my skin. It is a natural humectant and it is also antibacterial. Those two factors play a huge role in which I choose honey over any other type of cleansers.

To tone my skin I reach for hydrosols. I have a few favorites such as Rose, Orange Blossom, Helichrysum and Rose Geranium. I have several types of hydrosols that I keep in the fridge. I then pour some in a 1 ounce bottle that is travel friendly and use it till its gone.
I saturate my skin evenly and apply Cell Food, which is basically a gel that has a lot of minerals and it has been toning for my skin as well as hydrating. As dries it firms my skin and it creates a natural barrier. This product will definitely come with me when I travel on airplane.

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I also have been loving La Bella Figura skin care. All of their products are top notch. They smell incredible and make skin care a luxurious experience. They use only the highest quality oils as well as organic and fair trade. My favorite oil would have to be Barbary Fig Seed. It has a healing effect and has high doses of omega to heal skin. It is extracted from the fruit known as “Tuna”

Top Fruit is “Tuna” Bottom is Dragon Fruit.

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I also like to layer my oils, and it creates a highly moisturizing effect. And it leaves me with dewy skin, ever since using oils I have not once had dry flaky skin. And I feel my skin to be highly nourish and balance through the day.  For my eyes, I use the Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum from La Bella Figura.  It has so many beneficial oils that help diminish under eye circles, wrinkles and reduce puffiness. I am only 25, but it is never to early to take care of your skin, I don’t worry about getting older, if I can age gracefully and live my life to the fullest, then I am a happy camper. Aging is part of life, and it should be a beautiful learning experience for us as human beings. The older we get the more we can appreciate life and the moments that makes us realize how truly wonderful life is.

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Modern Radiance Concentrate is another beautiful product that has been working on my skin. It has a high dose of vitamin C from kadaku plum and it has a nice gel cream like texture that goes on smooth. It does not leave my face sticky, but instead it leaves it plump and dewy.

For added protection I use Daily Elements Defense Face Oil, I use it in the mornings and it has an earthy kind of smell, high doses of antioxidants from oils such as Sacha Inchi oil,  Pitanga Oil, Rose hip seed oil. It is a beautiful blend of oils and it is my multivitamins for skin per se.

There is also a blend that I like to use called Veriditas Botanicals Rose Regenerative Facial Oil. It is a blend of essentials oils and I use it on my neck and Décolletage area. It is very potent and I use it very sparingly.

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I know this was a very long post. But I hope you enjoy reading

Enjoy life and until next time.

Che

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Lulur

Imagine yourself in an immense rainforest, overlooking a beautiful waterfall. The water so crystal clear free of any pollutants and debris. Some people have learned to live as one with the rainforest. Only using what they need and taking care of their home, the forest, with the most respect.

I have been reading a book called Health and Beauty from the Rainforest: Malaysian Traditions of Ramuan. Actually I have read it about a dozen times, I cannot get enough of the natural beauty that earth has to offer. Everything from the vibrant red hibiscus, to the fragrant ginger root. All of these raw ingredients are used to create skin care products and also healthy delicious recipes that have so many benefits to the body. One simple recipe that was in the book is called Lulur. It basically consist of ingredients that you may have in your kitchen.

You will need 1 Tsp of Turmeric: As you know Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and it works wonders to calm the skin.

1 Tsp of Rice Powder: Believe it or not it, it works by softening the skin and a mild exfoliation.

I like adding 1 tsp of Hibiscus powder as well, but you can omit if you like.

Instead of adding water, I like to add sandalwood hydrosol, or even Rose water.

Blend and use as a scrub all over your body.

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Enjoy life

Che

 

Water Lily

Being in nature has a strong effect on me, working long hours indoors, I start to lose connection with myself. I feel isolated and depleted from fresh air, the blue sky and warm sun. To get in touch with nature one has to go back to the only place where everything is synchronize in a beautiful most eloquent way. To feel the dirt beneath your feet like golden flecks that drift in the air, as every step you make leads you to a path of belonging. There is a lake near my house, and it lies on the center of hills covered in trees. The birds sing and you can hear crickets orchestrating their ballads to the tune of the wind. It truly is the most beautiful thing as a human being to experience. To surround yourself with water, mud, dirt and greenery.

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I love how the trees grow out from the water. Nature is so amazing.

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Beautiful colors painted by nature.

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Everything is connected perfectly.

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I love the different patterns on the tree.

This inspired me to create a recipe that has natural elements. When we stick to using natural ingredients and a wholesome diet, our radiance shine. We stay more connected to who we really are, and our emotions sing with happiness because we stay in the moment. Happy to feel that connection that we ever so crave.

Each of these ingredients represent dirt, mud, greenery and water that were inspired from my hike. The have healing properties as well as detoxifying the skin from everyday pollutants that we come in contact from daily activities and our surrounding areas.

Here is what you will need.

1/4 Teaspoon Activated Charcoal: It absorbs toxins, thus help detoxify and get rid of impurities that come in contact with the skin. Deeply cleanses the skin, assist in absorbing excess oil and grime. Perfect for those who suffer from skin problems such as acne.

1/2 Teaspoon  Raw Vanilla Bean: Mild exfoliation, has a beautiful aroma. It reminds me of dirt as well.

1/2 Teaspoon Irish Moss: Rich in Vitamin A D, E, F and K, Irish Moss assist in softening the skin as well as preventing wrinkling of the skin.

1/2 Teaspoon Kelp Powder: Rich in minerals, Kelp also known as sea algae has firming abilities for the skin, and improves skin texture.

1/2 Teaspoon Olive Leaf Powder: Has anti-Inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Assist in healing wounds and has high levels on antioxidants.

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Your skin is the canvas and this is the palette that I have chosen.

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Blend with Rose Water

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Add 1 pump of Barbary Fig Seed Oil

3 drops of Neroli

3 drops of Carrot Seed

3 Drops of German Chamomile

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It blends into a smooth consistency and it is a vivid black tone.

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Apply to cleanse skin and leave for 15 min. This mask will help draw out impurities due to the activated charcoal. It will feel nice and cool on the skin. Be mindful and try not to scare people.

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Hope you enjoy this mask.

Enjoy life.

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Che

Photographs were taken by myself, inspired by nature.