Certified Aromatherapist • Licensed Esthetician • M.Ed.Counseling •
This is an attempt to provide additional information to those of you searching. This is a place to start, with a collection of academic articles on healing plants, or those endangered species used commonly in practices of skincare and aromatherapy. There are articles featuring specific skin care ingredients as well as brands/companies I am exploring who are representative of the value system I strive to operate from. There are titles to identify skincare and aromatherapy resources, and this page begins with information about racism, and all the "isms" tied to the ways in which oppression operates in the structure of American systems.
Because of the long standing violence that comes from human hands, please educate and share resources, because Skin is not a threat.
Anti Oppression Resources
Documentary on Amazon Prime called, "Contact"; directors Martin Butler & Bentley Dean 2009. Witness how colonialism operates through video footage from the 1960's in Australia.
Inequalities in Health Care regarding Covid 19; Interview with a Canadian Dr.; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo7g83bIqAY
The Next Question hosts' interview guest, Brene Brown, who shares her perspectives about the racial realities of this moment in history, and explores if the principals of wholehearted living are inclusive for all communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiHRvVuzRT0
How much do people know about LGBT History? Find out by watching this cool video shot across the pond. This one features UK history, what do you know about US history... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HasDzYc2P8
Martin Luther King Jr. Saw Three Evils in the World, Racism was only the first. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/martin-luther-king-hungry-club-forum/552533
What really Happened at Standing Rock
A conversation about Race and Privilege with Angela Davis and Jane Elliott
Megan Ming Francis, Ted Talks Getting to the root of racial injustice
Notes from the Field, HBO live one woman show about the school to prison system, Actress Anna Deavere Smith
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
Anti Violence, Anti-oppression resource page
Study Guide; The rights of Indigenous People
The NDN; Mission and Campaigns
Change keeps Happening; 1/6/21; Rev. Warnock wins GA Senate Seat; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVTTmM5jdrE
An empowered way to change the story; CNN calls Native Americans, "Something else" Natives react #29; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAg8PV2Inc
Sexuality and Disability: Forging Identity in a World that Leaves You Out | Gaelynn Lea | TEDxYale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akGYugciSVw
The NY Times presents the 1619 Project
Why protests are happening around the world for George Floyd
We Cannot stay silent, Hasan Minhaj
Ava DuVernay, press conference about the 13th amendment (13th amendment doc is free on Youtube)
Lyla June, Healing Women and Nature, through a Navajo Lens
Hidden perils of white supremacy in the trump era
How Structural Racism Works, Tricia Rose
White Fragility, Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Rep. Al Green
Trevor Noah, the Daily Social distancing show, Brianna Taylor; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWBppiSkr1M
Why are black and white funeral homes still separate? Ask a Mortician
The Bail Project
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Aging Woman Syndrome; Stefana Serafina; check her out!
We should all be feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Want to support small business owners, committed to natural skincare, with backgrounds including aesthetics, product formulation and aromatherapy, who are committed to animal safety and plant sustainability? Some of these lines are handcrafted, producing small batches for sustainability and using recyclable packaging. Other lines promote inclusion for groups under represented and often overlooked in the beauty industry. Check out some of these resources.
Veronica Lorenze, former Professional make up artist, and creator of the The Vamp Stamp, and eye liner that can be applied by self (using a stamp method for application) or applied by another to produce cat like, lined lids.
Kohl’s Kreatives, Wow Trishna Daswaney! Maekup brushes for everyone, and if you have a motor disability, there are tutorials and support available. Also beautiful photography and models on website.
Ayele's approach to beauty is not a one size fits all approach, and I agree with this. Its why ingredient knowledge is so important...based on ingredients, the cleansers look amazing. https://ayele.co/collections/cleansers
Klur, is a skincare formulator and did her field work as an esthetician. Her vision is to create a brand that reflects the values of clean, ethical and inclusive beauty. Her products represent a minimalist routine with incredible ingredients, both luxurious and sustainable. https://klur.co/pages/about
Angie Watts began her journey into skin care by creating an eczema formula for her daughter. Her Deep Cleansing oil is worth checking out if you are into the oil cleansing scene. (I love her cleansing oil!) https://www.angiewatts.com/
The owner and formulator for Herb' N Eden is inspired by nature and farmers markets. The detox deodorant kit is something that can boost your health and her soaps are all natural and plant based. I have personally tried these soaps and I am going to say go for the 5 for $25, and if there is a scent you like for a dollar more, don't hesitate trust your self. https://www.herbneden.com/
Indigenous-owned brands become a part of beauty’s inclusivity conversation
Pradosbeauty.com; PROUDLY INDIGENOUS. UNAPOLOGETICALLY BEAUTIFUL. What more needs to be said? If you love make-up, check out the brush collections!
https://niawen.com/; This looks like a beautiful brand, but without ingredients listed I can't tell you all my thoughts. What I like a lot, watch the opening video, where it is explained that the plants are seasonal, and products vary in price as well as availability. That makes more sense than anything I have ever heard in the natural beauty industry!
Livinglibations.com; Living Libations has been a staple in my back bar (industry term for the products estheticians use to provide facials). I love the variety in oil cleansers and the moisturizing creme's are a treat for any skin type. This company has a love for nature expressed in all the skin, body and health products.
https://www.laurelskin.com/; Laurel organics begins with plant medicine for the skin. This skincare line focuses not only on healing the skin slowly and naturally, but focuses on the importance of working with the land.
DVINITI skincare looks beautiful! She is using flowers in her oils, and self care is a key principal of her business. https://dviniti.com/
Botnia is a company I was introduced to by a respected skincare professional. It is the first product line that got me curious enough to try a cleanser outside of oils...and it was because the main ingredients started with hydrosols (another love of mine). So check them out, lots of wonderful things happening on this farm to bottle company. https://www.botniaskincare.com/product-type/face-wash/
Stratum Cornuem layer
Oil Cleansing resources; great for information about specific oils and demo on one way to cleanse; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z0YPACfhBk
Resource list of Herbal Farmers (see Rosalee De la Foret)
Child labor and the Truth about Shimmering Cosmetics; Refinery 29
Truth about where Hair Extensions come from; Refinery 29
Sacred Trees, endangered resources used as ingredients in natural products
Baobob Trees National Geographic;
Baobobs in Danger; https://www.worldbook.com/wbblog/Baobabs-in-Danger
Climate change and Baobos; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/13/climate-change-baobab-africa-tree-of-life
United Plant Savers, Sandalwood; https://unitedplantsavers.org/sandalwood/
Pregnancy and Natural Skincare
Hyalauronic acid and pregnancy/breastfeeding;
Living libations blog on pregnancy and breastfeeding, safety of products;
Aba love apothecary has some amazing looking tonics and oil blends. The ingredients in the Grooming oil/Men's facial serum look well matched for any skin type and its multi purpose for folks who want one product to do it all.
Threatened essential oil species
Endangered trees and Essential oils
Conservation with attention to essential oils
Priyanka Singh and Aditi Chaturvedi1; Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cancer Pain Management: A Systematic Review
Cold Flus and Inhalation of essential oils
Essential oil articles for pain and neropathy
R. Gatefosse Documentary
Resource list of Herbal Farmers (see Rosalee De la Foret)
Krista Scruggs, meet a cool lady who believes wine is farming.
Support local bookstores, try the bookshop