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What's In Your Bottle?

What's In Your Bottle?

Recently I checked out some other aromatherapy lines to see what they're up to, I LOVE the smells! I'm seeing a tendency to list fragrances as "essential oil blend", rather than the individual oils.  As a maker, I understand not wanting to share industry secrets, but as a licensed esthetician, I'm going to need that full ingredient list, please and thank you!

My skin care philosophy has always been use what you want, know what you're using, and why. People have sensitivities to a wide spectrum of both natural and synthetic ingredients and it's my job as an empathic skin care professional to ask questions, communicate and use intuition to avoid unnecessary challenges. It's important for people to be fully informed about what is going on their skin, it is our largest organ and one of our most useful detoxifying agents.  

I can take care of your skin using only our organically preserved products, this does not mean they are 100% organic (though many of the ingredients are) we are preserving the product with flower and plant extracts rather than synthetic chemicals.

In other products containing water we use a small amount of other preservatives that rate low to moderate health hazard because we've determined exposing you to bacteria in those products would be worse for you.  Use what you want, know what you're using, and why.

Up until RIDES Rêve I have designed every label for each product and let me tell you, ingredient lists are a beast.  But everything is listed.  I am actively trying to teach future generations of estheticians my industry secrets, how I chakra and energy balance, read tarot, wax, do my facials--people voice concern that the people I've taught will become the competition.  Well, ok.  We do open and transparent economy here on the farm.  
Y'all come back now, ya hear? #peace

 

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Sherry's Esthetics Work on NBC News!

RIDES Rêve co creator & World Beard Champion Madison Rowley (l) at the 2015 World Beard Championship in Austria 10.03.15 

Hair by Amanda at Urbaca Salon

Esthetics by Sherry Okamura at Urbaca

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Once Upon a Product: Local love - Okamura Farmacopia

A wonderful write up describing local blogger Lori Ferraro's spa visit with Sherry Okamura at Urbaca Salon!  Thank you Lori!  : )

  
About our aromatherapy toners:  
"I've been using these round the clock, as a pick me up or a calm me down. Clouds of it float throughout my house. I spritz it on my face, hair, bod, pillow, children -- wherever.  I love them. They feel cool and soothing and both smell like a giant massage/facial/pampering explosion." - Lori Ferraro
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The Birth of RIDES Rêve

Did you know our aromatherapy fragrances correspond to your chakras? 

Sachi - 1st chakra - community/family/DNA

Passion - 2nd chakra - money/sexuality/creativity

Joyful - 3rd chakra - self esteem/will/ego

Softening 4th chakra - forgiveness, loosening resentment & anger

HWY 101 - 4th chakra - balance, grounding, calm heart, masculine love

Fairy Godmother - 4th chakra - safety, protection, home, feminine love

(\\three different scents for your heart chakra!  The heart wants what it wants...)

Comfort - 5th chakra - speaking your truth

We didn't have a fragrance for the 6th or 7th chakras.

Enter Mr. Madison Rowley.  Aka Mr. World Beard 2014, soon off to compete for the 2015 title in Austria, and the creator of RIDES Mustache Wax.

After meeting and working together on our Bearded Men video, Madison and I realized we have similar smell values and he suggested we co-create some scents for beard oils.

Formulating fragrances is a unique creative process I learned in the trenches of Urbaca, co-creating signature fragrances for the stylists, even for their dogs!  

But when it comes to the Farm, I've been a one woman show and product development has been one of my closely held favorite things.  

As much as I hate ever admitting I need help, I knew I was in stasis & needed to work with someone else to create these specific chakra fragrances.  Little did I know so many people would be of assistance!

First Madison & I agreed on which oils to use, then we sniffed and mixed a lot.  Once we created something we both liked, we tried the oil in a bunch of products, some failed--the smell didn't translate, products separated. Using natural materials is not an exact science!

Then we took our creations to the Portland International Rose Test Garden, bringing together two Portland beard clubs, Bridgetown Beard Club and Portland Beadsmen, for focus group testing.  Like midwives, these bearded mid-husbands helped shape the fragrances with their feedback!  Thank you gents!

Don't even ask how long it took to do the labels.  We needed a design midwife for that one too.  Thank you Kate!

Patience has not always been my strong point.  What would have taken me less than a month rolling solo has taken 6 months with a partner.  

I must admit, is has been more fun.

And sometimes, o sometimes, working together you make something wonderful...

 6th chakra - Vision/mental health/intelligence

Preorder your RIDES Rêve here!

 

 

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February Classes / Portland, OR

The response to our MeetUps at Urbaca Salon has been really great--thanks to all who have made it so far! Here's what we have coming up:

Pro Skin Care for Empathic, HSP Teens February 15, 2015 @ 1 pm  $10 class fee redeemable in product

Learn + Play Aromatherapy Potions February 15, 2015 @ 2:45 pm $10 class fee redeemable in product

RSVP 503.241.5030 or online for special gift at class!  

All classes at Urbaca Salon 120 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 101 Portland, OR  97209

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