I had a dream…a book half empty

I had a dream…a book half empty

I had a dream, a few days ago…I was in Fairfax, bars and restaurants were open, people hanging outside, just a sweet summer day filled with the buzz of a vibrant small Cali town. In my dream I suddenly realized, I was thirsty, and as the minutes went by I became more and more alert of a sense of deep dehydration…I felt hot, uncomfortable, so I naturally took my clothes off, as a child would do in front of a summer stream, or to taste the wind on its skin, so it could breathe again…but the feeling got worse, I...

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The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine

For a long time, I believed that the feminine energy was fragile and malleable and that it’s opposite, the masculine, was much stronger; I believed that one dominated the other, and to obtain visible results and safety in this world, it was the male expressions that I had to adopt. That model was also the one that the world showed me and that I was taught to believe was the way. It is through the incredible experience of life that I realized that the feminine energy was equally powerful. That it is through her that I could find a true...

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The secret powers of Hydrosols

The secret powers of Hydrosols

When observing the distillation of a plant, may it be done from fresh flower petals, crushed roots or seeds, dried leaves or twigs, the alchemical process create two very distinct products: The essential oil and the hydrosol also called the distillate or hydrolat (hydro=water/ lat=milk). This precious water is very distinct from the essential oil yet contains similar properties. The essential oil droplets are the heavier and more hydrophilic (water loving) compounds of the plant. Some of the molecules are also unique from the hydrosols especially when distilled from fresh material. These precious waters contain the genetic signature of the...

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A peak in the winter garden: Violets

A peak in the winter garden: Violets

https://youtu.be/WVnitVlqG2E Violet  ~Viola Odorata~ Violets always call to me in the garden, they remind me to watch what is hidden in myself, and to notice the small joys of life…These discreet yet abundantly aromatic flowers have so many secret virtues…. After the rain, you can find them growing wild in the forest canopy, mixed with wild strawberries and nettle bushes. Their leaves and petals exude a smell of sweetness, freshly cut grass with undertones of earth and underwood moss. Flowers start showing their noses in the winter months as they love the cool and damp air of the season. Beware...

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Biophilia in New York Times Magazine!

Biophilia in New York Times Magazine!

So honored to be a pioneer of the clean beauty Cali movement, this lovely article features 5 botanical-based beauty companies that are all doing beautiful work, and Biophilia is a part of it! I feel that my start as a cosmetic teacher at the Nova studio 13 years ago was part of the roots of this movement that needed to unfold...I was so blessed along the way with incredible cultural signatures that helped me become who I am today, as well as share knowledge abundantly to women owned emerging companies...France with its ancient alchemical knowledge and herb based pharmacy then Brazil and its...

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Harvesting white sage sustainably

Harvesting white sage sustainably

White sage is a sacred herb that has been used by the Native American tribes for centuries to cleanse and purify during ceremonial rituals. Many of us have already experienced the power of white sage smudging and its incredible capacity to relieve negative emotions, lighten emotional baggage and clean up homes and spaces to reset energy anew. This beautiful herb has unfortunately been over-havested throughout the years and many natural habitats have been exploited to make sage buddies that are then sold in our stores. It is important that we all create a wonderful and respectful relationship too Mother Nature....

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