Meet the Team | Self Care Tips + Tricks
Christi Apodaca, Brand Founder & Proprietor
My self care time happens daily typically in the span of minutes and includes hot tea, yoga and deep breathing but in no particular order. Being a mama, wife and business owner I have learned to sneak in time for myself to recharge and replenish when I can get it. My ideal day is waking up with the sunlight, having breakfast with my two loves and spending the day hiking, complete with a picnic somewhere along the parkway followed by a hot bath with all our products, a roaring fire and cold local beer.
Cristina Brewer, Lead Retail Associate
I have so much in common with these ladies! I like to get up an hour earlier than I actually have to in order to spend time with my husband, my bunny & my coffee. I like to take the bunny, Sebastian, to play outside and watch him binky around. If you don’t know what a bunny “binky” is please look it up on youtube. It is the funniest thing and will surely make you smile. I strive to attend 4 yoga classes a week after work or on my days off. Yoga is a time for me to examine what I can improve in my life: physical and emotional. A large part of my self care routine is getting out of town. Traveling allows me to experience a new culture, a new language, a new geography that allows me to broaden my perspective and incorporate new traditions into my life. One of my 2 days off a week is usually an at-home spa day. I do a mask, soak in the tub, listen to Bossa Nova and admire my surroundings with gratitude.
Chloe Carrington, Lead Esthetician
Self care for me changes with the season, but remains consistent with bringing balance to my life and body. Throughout the work week it’s waking a bit earlier and opening a book with a warm mug in hand. Self care within my routine means having enough time in the morning for facial massage and reflexology without rushing through washing my face and running out of the door with product still along my hairline. Nothing extensive, but just a few minutes to nourish and center myself before the busy day ahead. At work self care looks like leaning into my passion to make a client’s experience unique. It’s digging into conversation and learning from one another. It also looks like sneaking in a cup of tea. When returning home self care looks like making dinner alongside my roommates and sharing our days. Self care is staying consistent with my supplements before bed and a warm shower. Self care is burning an herbal smudge stick with the lamp glowing in the corner of my room and covering myself with Arnica Massage & Body Oil before I nestle into bed. Self care is a clean face, community and plant medicine.
Ellie Conrad, Retail + Creative Associate
For me, self care is yoga, a union or connection with myself. I start the day with at least 15 minutes of meditation and movement. Beginning with a reading from "The Book of Awakening" by Mark Nepo (If it's not on your shelf already, I highly recommend picking up a copy. It also makes a great gift!), play a little tune on my harmonium, take a few deep breaths and then tune into how my body is feeling. My movement practice varies depending on time but I always include core work to gain some stability and inversion time to wake myself up. When I'm feeling particularly tight I give myself a little extra love with Tennis Ball Massage for Myofascial Release.
Right now, I’m in school for massage so self care happens on the regular with daily in-class hands-on practice. You read that right, I get a massage everyday!
On particularly long days, I resort to a bath with herbal soaking salts, a good book (give me a story with a strong female lead and a little magical realism and I'm a happy camper) and a massive chocolate chip cookie.
Callie Fern, Licensed Esthetician
In the morning I go outside with a cup of tea and handful of blueberries to recharge. There’s nothing better to me than starting my day feeling fresh-faced. So I’ll put on some folk music, apply a mask and dance around until it’s time to remove it. I like to unwind by playing some ukulele; music and skincare are my loves. I’ll finish off my night with providing my skin with hydration, slip into bed with another cup of tea and take a moment to appreciate being a part of this wild world another day.
Cate Bradley, Spa Director
Perfect self care day includes a hike with my dog, taking in the views, & breathing. Eating a healthy meal paired with a fine wine. I tell my husband I'm going to the bathroom for "me" time (which usually means he can watch all of the car shows on tv without interruption - win/win).
Pin up hair, make mask (red clay, baby!) and apply to face, neck & chest. Take 2 sips of wine. While its magic is working I prepare a bath with soaking salts & Revive Bath Oil. Take 3 sips of wine. Prepare sugar scrub - remove from container to bowl that I set on the shower. Pop in the shower to rinse mask off and exfoliate with sugar scrub. Ease into the bath with my wine & some relaxing music (usually I go for Melody Gardot, Rumer or Classical Guitar). Spend at least 15 minutes in bath while sipping the rest of the wine. Call for husband to replenish wine glass when I run out!! Go to bed immediately after bath and apply arnica salve to feet and achy parts as I get into bed. Sleep like a baby, smell like an angel.
Ali Pinto, Retail Associate
In the morning it’s a shot of espresso, sunlight, a pilates or yoga video on YouTube (Boho Beautiful is my favorite lately) and Daily Face Polish!
Throughout the day I feel my best when I get outside, stay hydrated, eat well and spend time with my family. A spritz of our Aromatherapy Mist or a touch of Woods Solid Scent always heightens my mood too.
At night, alone time is essential for me to recharge, so if it’s a bath night, our Herbal Soaking Salts and Revive Bath Oil do the trick. And on other nights Serene Shower Mist is all it takes to help me unwind. Also, some relaxing yoga, chamomile or tulsi tea and a bite of dark chocolate before bed.
Once a week I like to pamper myself by using a sugar body scrub, one of our clay masks on my face, and a coconut oil hair mask.
I truly look forward to my skincare ritual every single day. It’s such a pampering experience and I know that I’m doing great things for my skin. It makes me happy.
Liz Schoenberg, Lead Production Associate
As a new mom I have realized that self-care is more important now than ever before. For me, getting into the kitchen and baking is very therapeutic. When time is scarce the simple pleasure of a long shower with aromatherapy and some calming music is a great reset for my mind and body.