Products I Love

Products I Love: Benshen

So much to say, so little space. Benshen products are unlike any other, and founder Desiree Pais is such an inspiration. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine and an avid Kundalini yogi, Desiree created Benshen after learning how to naturally heal her own auto-immune, chronic fatigue, cystic acne, and hormonal imbalance. As she says, "Benshen, which means Root of the Spirit, celebrates the wisdom which teaches us that real beauty begins when we root our spirits into our bodies and radiate from the inside out."

My darling friend, Rachel, told me about Benshen when I was in the throes of really awful adult acne. Last December I stopped taking hormonal birth control after 9 years, and my body got totally whacked out. I started breaking out like I was 19 again and was so embarrassed. I bought Serums No 1 and No 2 and started to moisturize with only these products, day and night. At first, nothing happened.

Then while traveling in South America I read an incredible post by Desiree, Benshen's creator, and had a realization that my acne was there to teach me to love myself. It was showing me how to accept all parts of myself, exactly as they were. I started a daily affirmation - I love my clear, beautiful skin, began a daily self love meditation, and started treating my body kindly. I ate better and exercised more. No longer was it about looking a certain way. It was an act of self love. An act of gratitude for this miraculous body that I get to inhabit.

Serum No. 1

Serum No. 1

And slowly but surely my skin started to heal. The acne went away, the tiny bumps on my forehead cleared, and with the beautiful, natural healing power of plants, the scars started to disappear. Benshen changed everything for me, and I am so grateful. I am so grateful for these beautiful products made from nature's wisdom to allow people to reflect what's inside on the outside.

Products I Love: Thinx

Do you have "period underwear?" The old ratty pairs of panties you save for that one week each month. Yeah. Thought so.

I present to you an alternative - Thinx! Entrepreneur extraordinaire, Miki Agrawal, invented these amazing little panties for women with periods. Not only is the product brilliant, the marketing is beyond clever.

When I met Miki at Burning Man and she told me about Thinx, I really didn't think they were for me. But after enough "for women with periods" ads, I realized, "Hey! I'm a woman. I have a period. Maybe I should try these." So I bought a pair of hiphuggers and gave them a go. Side note: I am now having terrible buyer's remorse because they just came out with LACY high-waisted ones. Since when did period panties get to be sexy?!

Time read my blog, and they totally agree with me.

Time read my blog, and they totally agree with me.

While the product itself is phenomenal (it doesn't feel like a diaper AND it really works), the cause behind the work is what's truly inspiring. Thinx is on a mission to break the taboo around menstruation. They fought the New York MTA so they could post their ads in subway stations and helped reverse decades (millenia?) of backwards thinking about periods. And the best part is that each pair of Thinx you buy funds a pack of washable, reusable pads for a girl in the developing world. This helps girls stay in school which in turn helps communities grow and thrive.

Thinx recently released an amazing video called "The Week" that I highly recommend watching. As women we have so much shame around this totally natural thing that happens to us every month. Together, we can change that.

Products I Love: La Ventana Herbals

There are so many incredible makers out there, so I am starting this "Products I Love" series to give a shout out to them. Hopefully you will find some new favorite products among my selections, and perhaps even some inspiration to become a maker yourself.

About a year ago I decided to go au naturel with all of my beauty products. I realized that I was only feeding myself organic foods, yet I was treating the largest organ in my body (my skin) with yucky chemicals. Which is how I happened upon La Ventana Herbals.

Altar Sagrado and Jai Ma breast cream

Altar Sagrado and Jai Ma breast cream

La Ventana Herbals are amazing. I especially love the Altar Sagrado and Jai Ma balms. They reconnected me to my womanhood and smell super yummy. The creators grow all of the plants on their land organically and harvest them under the full moon. They sing medicine songs as they prepare them, infusing the balms with love and intention. Bonus: when you first open the jar, the balm is topped with the sweetest little rosebud.

Altar Sagrado is intended for releasing trauma to the womb. I stopped taking hormone birth control after 9 years (I'm sorry body), and Altar Sagrado has been extremely healing. I also held a lot of generational and societal sexual trauma which this balm has helped to release. Oh and I must mention that Midol has met its match. Altar Sagrado is incredible for cramps.

Jai Ma is a breast cream and they recommend massaging it in every day with your regular breast exams. Yes ladies, you are supposed to do daily breast massages and exams. Lucky for me this is how I caught a small lump in my breast several months ago (it turned out to be benign), so I can't recommend the ritual enough. And with this delicious cream the experience becomes even more enjoyable. 

I highly recommend these two products for any woman looking to connect to her femininity. They also make an incredible True Heart balm intended to open your heart and connect you to your inner voice. I love it for cultivating self love and have heard it's amazing for healing heartbreak. Literally everything they make - from sprays, to healing eye drops, to the balms - is top notch and will make you feel like a million bucks. Connect with your body and open the window to your soul.