Where are you from and what’s your sign?
Hi! I’m born and bred in Los Angeles and I’m an Aquarius :) Should I provide my other signs too? I feel like Aquarians have such a bad rep, ha. I’m also a Cancer rising, and Scorpio moon. While we’re here (and since my pseudo science of choice are personality tests), my Myers-Briggs sign is INFJ, and my Enneagram is 4w5.
How have you learned to live slowly and consciously? Where did you begin?
I feel like the inclination towards sustainability has always been ingrained in my upbringing. Since I was a young girl I would watch my mom try to save rainwater by leaving huge buckets outside, plant what she could in our small backyard, save jars for reuse, use up every morsel of whatever ingredient when cooking and composting scraps by tossing them into a corner in the backyard, preserve food by pickling and drying (outside in the sun, over using a dehydrating appliance), never leaving any bit of food we either made or bought go uneaten, and never taking more than what was needed- the list goes on. I think observing my mom doing all those things really shaped my mentality about minimizing waste, saving money, and being conscientious early on. During highschool and throughout college/early adulthood I think the extent of my sustainability efforts went to buying tote bags instead of using plastic ones at the grocery store, getting a Brita filter and reusable canteens instead of buying plastic water bottles, always preparing my own lunches with my own tupperware and utensils for work. It wasn’t until early 2016 that I started getting a little more “serious” and expanded to bringing my own canvas bags to buy produce at markets, composting, making my own coffee/beverages and dairy-free milk at home, buying in bulk, switching from disposable items (eg cotton rounds, tampons, razors, paper towels, ziploc bags, etc) to their reusable counterparts, bringing my own utensils and tupperware for leftovers whenever I dined out, and then in 2019 to setting up rain barrels around my house, raising free-ranging chickens to produce fresh eggs and cut down on food waste, starting another method of composting with worms, planting fruits and veggies to cut down on food miles, line/air drying clothing, etc.
If I had to pinpoint a specific time where I think it finally “clicked”, I’d have to say it was when I sat in my apartment in 2015, feeling really overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I’d gotten from influencer gifting, and the gross feeling I had when I felt like I’d become a vessel to pump out content just for the sake of selling XYZ -- coupled with increasingly distressing articles about sea animals dying from excess waste, I started to feel so sorry and guilty. Don’t get me wrong, I recognize that I have been really fortunate to receive great products from brands and I don’t want to shame anyone for living certain lifestyles, but I think it dawned on me that we’ve trailed way too far from a “normal”, healthily-paced lifestyle, that I only wanted to work with brands that I felt were absolutely necessary and/or doing some good. In short, I wanted to use my influence for good. So I tried turning my guilt into something productive and started googling ways to live more sustainably, and went from there.
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to live a more conscious lifestyle?
Go easy on yourself! I remember at first I would feel extremely guilty if a waiter handed me a plastic cup, or a plastic utensil when I didn’t ask for it, but those things happen and will continue to happen until sweeping legislation happens and until we all communicate on the same page. I think it’s easy to feel let down and discouraged on “doing it all” because it obviously stems from our well intentioned passion to do better, but when it discourages all too often, it’s easy to give up. Ease into it and start changing up one thing at a time, ie. maybe swap out paper towels with reusable towels one week, then try incorporating bulk shopping and bringing your own reusable produce bags the next, etc.
What’s your morning rituals, before skincare?
I make myself a cup of coffee while I pursue TikTok (I gave in and got hooked fairly quickly), I go outside to let my chickens out of their coop and sit under a citrus tree to drink my coffee and calibrate to the sound of morning birds chirping.
What is your Odacité skincare regimen?
At night, I cleanse my face with the Blue Aura Cleansing Water. Then I wash my face again with Green Ceremony Cleanser, and after patting dry I will put my favorite All-Embracing Serum (smells SO good) before putting on the Ba+S Eye Contour and Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum.