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The Okamura Story

The Okamura Story


 am tongue tied in Japanese.


Okamura Farm is named after my maternal grandmother’s family.

My Dad is an only child who came to the US when he was 13 and didn’t know any english.  Though he initially assumed his American stepfather's last name Black, he later changed his last name to Okamura.

My dad didn’t want to confuse us by teaching us Japanese.  

I wish I knew more Japanese.  I tried to take a community ed class as an adult and felt like my brain was made of concrete.  

Okamura means hill village.  I have two sisters who both changed their names when they married. I didn’t take my husband’s last name, though I encouraged him to take mine—he didn’t go for it.  Apparently when it comes to the family name, the buck stops here!

#backtowork #hillvillage #peace 



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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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Why NOT to Use Coconut Oil in Beard Oil

Why NOT to Use Coconut Oil in Beard Oil

We love coconut oil too, but if you have oily skin or blackheads, don't put it on your face!

If you have just the right ingredients:

  • fine skin texture
  • coarse hair
  • excess oil 

your are genetically primed for ingrown hairs.  Your beard alone can cause additional breakouts. Coconut oil can make your clogged pores and blackheads worse.

What makes good beard oil?

It works great on your hair, is good for your skin and is unscented or uses only 100% essential oils to create fragrance.  

Finding an oil that works for you.

It's hard enough to find oils that both work well and smell good, if you look for ingredients that will benefit your beard and skin type, your face will thank you. 

To learn more about beard oils that don't contain coconut oil click here.


Happy bearding, Friends!



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**Soul Spa Immersion** 2.13.16 & 2.20.16

**Soul Spa Immersion** 2.13.16 & 2.20.16

**Featuring Sherry Okamura Leonard performing chakra energy balancing and mini tarot readings!**

The SOUL Spa Immersion 2.13.16 & 2.20.16
Come bathe yourself in a full soul spa immersion! Uncover your divine essence by allowing all aspects of yourSelf to be pampered with love and honor. Your physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual bodies will all be tended to for three luxurious hours. Afterwards, enjoy a free one hour soak/sauna at Everett House around the corner. What better way to show yourself some love?

DATES: Feb 13: Goddess SOUL Spa Immersion 
(sisters only - couples or singles)
Feb 20: God-Essence SOUL Spa Immersion 
(all genders - couples or singles)
TIMES: For each day choose your spa time 
9am - noon or 6pm - 9pm
*ONLY 8 tickets sold for each spa time

TICKETS: $75 per single person, or $120 per couple. ONLY 8 tickets available for each session

Delectible delights & elixirs
All natural facial (herbal facial steams and/or Ayurvedic masks)
Rose water foot soak, 
Psychic readings, 
Thai Massage,
Mayan Uterine Massage,
Sensual Embodiment Treatment
**All guests receive a gift bag which includes, samples, coupons, AND a free pass to Everett House**
TICKETS: $75 per single person, or $120 per couple. ONLY 8 tickets available for each session

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Next Chakra Energy Balancing Clinic at Urbaca

Next Chakra Energy Balancing Clinic at Urbaca

Feel & sleep better.  Relax.  Find clarity.  Urbaca's licensed empaths will be on hand to provide energy balancing and help you learn to balance your own energy at our new Energy Care Clinic.

Energy Care is a gentle, non-invasive relaxation technique we share with people undergoing chemo and radiation, as well as a full spectrum of health challenges.   We teach excellent, easy self care and care for caregivers in a customizable spa setting.

Learn to adjust old habits, behaviors and beliefs as we search for creative, intuitive ways to make energetic progress in a safe and fun environment. 

Urbaca's Energy Care Clinics build an accessible bridge between western and holistic medicine.  We aspire to teach mindful self-care with honesty, integrity, curiosity and humor.

$10, 2-4 pm


January 30, 2016

February 6, 2016

February 13, 2016

February 20, 2016

120 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 101 Portland, OR 97209  More info?  Call Sherry 503.241.5030


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