Today we welcome Munemi, the founder of MUN and the superstar No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, which she developed to counteract the affects of sun and aging (holy cow it works!). Munemi is also a makeup artist and uses her gorgeous oil on set. Maybe you’ve seen her work in the likes of Vogue, Elle, or Harper’s Bazaar. When we meet her at ANFGB, she’s getting a big hug from us!
Name: Munemi Imai
City: New York City
Current Weather: Summer. Hot and humid.
Skin: Very sensitive. Combination. Dry with oily nose
Hair: Pretty full. Currently no hair dyes. Color – black.
Favorite Star From the Past: Audrey Hepburn
I am a freelance makeup artist in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries. This allowed me to try out many beauty products over the course of my career. And I love and believe in juicing.
In The Shower…
I have a bit of problematic scalp that if I use just anything, I’d have to scratch my head like crazy later. So I am careful when I select my shampoo to make sure it is gentle enough. I’ve tried fair amount of shampoo in the past and currently I have two in my bathroom, John Master’s Organics Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, which leaves my scalp very refreshing feeling, and Rahua Shampoo that is also very gentle for my scalp and do a good job. After rinsing off the shampoo, currently I am using John Master’s Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner and let it sit while I wash my body.
I use a loofah to wash my body. This is something I’ve always used since my childhood in Japan. I like that it’s natural, simple and gentle to skin. I love all the kind of natural soaps. I often buy them during my travels when I find something nice. Also I like Ayurvedic natural soaps too. Currently, I am being very basic and using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Lavender Castile Bar Soap. After rinsing off my body, I rinse lightly the hair conditioner. Once or twice a week, I use Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant to exfoliate my face, and about once a week a gommage from Morocco using an exfoliating glove for my body.
Outside the shower…
After I come out the shower and dry my skin with a towel, I use a testing formula of MUN face toner with an organic cotton pad to wipe all over my face then put MUN – No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum as a moisturizer. I brush my teeth with natural toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride in it. I’ve been using TheraNeem Organix Neem Toothpaste with Mint for sometime now.
Then I do skin brushing. I use a mitt from my aromatherapy teacher, Michael Scholes. I use a few drops of essential oils on the mitt. When I feel like focusing on detox then I like to use Juniper berry and Grapefruit mix, but during the summer time I’d be careful with Grapefruit due to photosensitivity. Other wise, mix of Lavender, Frankincense and Marjoram is fantastic for both calming mind and stimulating the cells. Most of my essential oils are from him as well. After that I put on a testing formula of body oil that I’ve been working on.
It’s summer time here and sun is strong, so if I am spending a good amount of time outside during a day, I use Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Suncreen & Primer before putting base makeup on. I am not a fan of the scent this one but it gives skin nice matte finish for the humid summer and good base before your foundation. If I know I am going straight into an inside studio all day then I skip this. I use RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up 22 all over my face as a light foundation then “Un” Cover-up 44 under the cheekbones as light shading. I don’t usually use face powder, as I like my skin with a healthy glow and shine, not matte. It’s more youthful looking.
I curl my eyelashes with shu uemula eyelash curler. This has been the best one for a long time. I recently started using Kjaer Weis Eye Shadows and on my upper lids, I mix Magnetic and Charmed, under-eye just Charmed using a small eye shadow brush. Then I use Tarte Skinny Smolder EYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx to line upper lash line and outer corner of lower lash line and fade it with a cotton swab.
For mascara, I recently started using W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara. It gives lashes a nice volume, length and separates the lashes well, but because I smile a lot, it smudges under my eyes and I could have panda eyes, so I still use this Japanese mascara Heat Jewel to coat this to prevent smudging. It’s a film type mascara to coat the lashes and comes off easily with lukewarm water.Then I fill out my eyebrow with Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Taupe.
I put Bite Beauty Lush lip tint in Black Currant on my lips to give a hint of color and hydration. It’s a nice berry natural looking shade. I reapply as needed throughout the day.
Thank you Munemi! Ok everyone, raise your hand if you’ve tried MUN No.1 Aknari and share your thoughts about it or Munemi’s beauty routine in the comments.
One Love Organics is hands-down one of the best natural beauty lines out there. They manage to produce hit after hit in terms of products that give excellent results and are gorgeous to use. Plus, they are a great value! The founder, Suzanne, is a master formulator. She not only does the simple things well (have you tried the new dry shampoo?!), she creates sophisticated, problem solving skin treats that smell heavenly. One Love Organics returns to A Night For Green Beauty, so come out and meet Suzanne in L.A. on August 7th!
Name: Suzanne LeRoux
City: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Current Weather: Sunny, Humid
Skin: Combination, sensitive, light complexion
Hair: Straight, shoulder length, low maintenance
Favorite Star From the Past: Lauren Hutton — She is a risk-taking southern-bred natural beauty.
I wake up and drink a large glass of water and take my supplements. I take Thyroid Support from Gaia Herbs and Magnesium Glycinate from Metabolic Maintenance. After the birth of my children, I began to experience dry skin, fatigue, hair loss (including my eyebrows) and difficulty sleeping that was eventually attributed to a sluggish thyroid. Taking supplements has helped tremendously and I can really feel it if I miss a day. I take magnesium coupled with Hope Gillerman’s Clear Mind or True Relaxation remedies to help me stay calm yet focused throughout the day because as an entrepreneur, you never know what the day will bring.
In the Shower…
I take a really quick shower in the morning. Once I am up, I am ready to get to our manufacturing facility and begin my day. I love my job and while I enjoy performing my beauty ritual at night, my a.m. routine is as brief as possible. I wash my face and body using Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser and my pink konjac sponge.
I wash my hair only a few times per week and cutting down on washing and drying has made my hair significantly healthier. For this reason, I absolutely love hair powder and consider it a staple in my routine. I pour a little Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder into my hands and rub it in my scalp. After a few minutes, I brush the powder through and then texturize with a few sprays of Yarok Feed Your Hold Hairspray.
While my skin is damp, I spray on one of our aromatic body serums (right now I am cherishing Gardenia) for moisture and I spray on a deodorant that I make for myself. I love products that spray in the a.m. because they are fast and convenient.
I apply a few drops of Morning Glory Complexion Brightening Booster to wake up my skin and then dot W3LL People Narcissist #2 Stick Foundation wherever I need a bit of cover. I brush over just a bit of W3ll People 51 Luminous Mineral Bronzer for a bit of color and glow. I use Tarte’s eye brow pencil in taupe to help fill in my eyebrows that never fully recovered from my thyroid imbalance. For lip color, I love Corsica lip pencil and Taj Mahal shimmery gold lipstick from Primitive Makeup. I will spray our Vitamin D Time Release Moisture Mist to set my makeup and dot Skin Savior Balm around my eyes and on any rough patches to insure that my skin looks dewy and soft for the day.
From beginning to end, my makeup routine takes less than 5 minutes. I end my morning routine with a couple of drops of Lurk Perfume — I love all of the scents but right now I am using PRJ VI — the fresh petitgrain aroma fits summer perfectly!
We love being introduced to new natural skincare lines, which is one reason A Night For Green Beauty is so much fun! Say hello to Josh Rosebrook, founder of the eponymous skin and hair care line. Believe us when we say there is so much to love about this line, from the herbal infused ingredients to the gentle scents. Items like the Hydrating Accelerator and the Active Enzyme Exfoliator are becoming fast favorites, and according to Josh’s routine we have more to look forward to!
Name: Josh Rosebrook
Current City: Los Angeles and Palm Springs
Current Weather: Sunny and warm
Skin: Medium Skin Tone
Hair: Light Brown Hair
Favorite Star: Madonna
The first thing I do every single morning when I realize I’m awake is start a stream of appreciative thoughts. I start appreciating everything from my soft beautiful bed and sheets to my health, abundance and family, my garden, the sun, the earth, the plants and the animals, whatever comes to my mind and heart. Focusing on appreciation and positive aspects truly sets the best feeling tone vibrationally for my day.
Next, I prop myself up in bed with my pillows and begin my morning meditation. I usually meditate for about 30 minutes, clearing, balancing my energy, aligning with the highest vibration for the day and set my intentions for everything I am creating.
Next I drink a big glass of water and take an herbal tincture of chickweed, burdock, reishi mushroom, calendula, dandelion, ginko leaf and a few others that I rotate in and out according to what I need. I do yoga almost every morning. Udaya.com. Rudy Mettia is my favorite instructor. He’s absolutely incredible. I also take classes from him weekly at Santa Monica Power Yoga.
After yoga practice, I shower or bathe, depending on my mood. I always add epson salt and rosemary essential oil to my bath. When I shampoo, I leave it in for 2-4 minutes while I body cleanse with a coconut-rosemary moisturizing bar I make. Leaving my shampoo on the scalp for a few minutes allows the herbs to stimulate circulation in the cells of the follicle, where truly healthy hair begins. I oil cleanse my face with different balms I am experimenting with or working on or I use an oil and herbal extract combo I’ve created. Sometimes I need water cleansing and I delight in using my Moisturizing Cleanser for that. I always moisturize my whole body immediately after bathing with a body oil-cream I developed and I’m continuing to perfect or a balm or oil I am working on.
I put a few drops of my scalp and follicle hair growth treatment on my scalp and massage it in. This product will be available soon hopefully; it is truly a miracle and is incredible for healthy hair growth. While all of this is happening, I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and oil cleanse orally, swishing to detoxify and nourish. I love oral care. I use my own toothpaste made with fennel, peppermint, neem and a host of other herbal extracts and minerals that promote gum and teeth health.
Twice a week I exfoliate using my Active Enzyme Exfoliator, and while it masks on my face I prep the vegetables for my green smoothie and begin preparing it. I make a green smoothie everyday. My usual consists of organic spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, cilantro, parsely, ginger, lemon, apple and a bit of spirulina and chia seeds.
After exfoliating, I spritz my face with the Hydrating Accelerator. The infused herbal antioxidant and anti inflammatory aloe water delivers water and vitamins into my skin. Next, I trap the hydration and nutrients in my skin with my Deep Hydrating Serum. The Deep Hydrating serum is a synergizing herbal extract and oil formula that travels deep on the “transporter” Hydrating Accelerator, hydrating and moisturizing fully.
I use my Eye Area Formula, which is a fast absorbing, active eye oil with herbal synergy. I live for this stuff, it took a long time to perfect and it will be available in the fall. Next I apply my Nutrient Day Cream with SPF, it instantly firms and brightens while moisturizing and protecting. If it’s winter, I wear a layer of balm over everything to lock in hydration and protect even further.
I use just a bit of RMS “un” cover-up under my eyes. I am genetically predisposed to having deep-set eyes that can look a little dark purple in the corners and this stuff is a miracle. I love Rose-Marie, her philosophy and her deep commitment to purity. RMS products are truly sensational.
That is pretty much my usual routine. It sounds like so much written out, but I have always been a skin and hair care addict and that is never going to change! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my routine and thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this.
What have you tried from Josh Rosebrook? What do you love?
Want to know something on our bucket list? Spending an afternoon blending essential oils with the perfumer behind LURK, Anne Nelson Sanford. LURK is one of those little luxuries that you never regret. Ultimately chic and collectable, we want everyone of these luscious, hand-crafted scents.
Name: Anne Nelson Sanford… Perfumer, Natural Product Developer, Mama ;)
City: Sag Harbor, NY
Current Weather: 72 degrees, sunny, breezy, beautiful ;)
Skin: combination, break out prone, sometimes a bit frustrating
Hair: Shoulder length, curly (getting curlier as I get older), ashy dark blond and getting grey
Favorite Star from the Past: Kim Novak
How my day starts…
I wake up between 6:00 & 7:00 every morning and like a bit of quiet time before I get into full gear. I would consider myself a morning person as I love the beginning of the day and I also really love to be able to grab just a few minutes to myself to get centered and start my day before my son wakes up. I shower at night before bed as I like to air dry my hair to prevent damage and it’s easier for me to get through my morning with a 4 year old without the added shower time. My go to shampoo is Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo and I can’t live without John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner.
Popping into my son’s room to quietly check on him and making coffee are the first 2 things that I do every day. I also drink warm lemon water while my coffee brews to get my system going and to start hydrating. I love coffee and have “given up” trying to give it up so I take extra care to get a lot of water into my system.
Next I wash my face. It wakes me up and makes me feel refreshed. I literally don’t feel awake until I get cleanser on my face. I have a bit of a skincare addiction so I have several cleansing products that I rotate and that I love. To name a few: Meow Meow Tweet Facial Cleanser, Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser and Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser. I also always use a Clarisonic as I love the results and it helps with my breakout prone skin. Next I use either a toner or a floral water and my faves are Herbivore Botanicals Balance Facial Toning Elixir or Marie Veronique Pacific Mist. I then apply a quick thin layer of treatment body oil as from the neck down I am super dry, I love May Lindstrom The Good Stuff Radiance Oil. It absorbs quickly and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started using it.
I’m in the habit of leaving my face bare for a bit before I finish my product routine. I start breakfast for my son and I then I wake him up and the fun begins. We eat breakfast together and then we get dressed side by side which can be pretty hilarious as he seems to have a budding interest in fashion and likes to play with accessories. I finish my skin/hair routine while he plays or watches a bit of TV.
My dry hair requires a ton of extra love and I swear by John Masters Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer as well as Aster + Bay Hair Oil. Both are light, incredibly effective and never weigh my hair down. They also do a killer job of keeping frizz at bay. I only wash my hair twice a week so a lightweight oil is key.
I prefer serums and oils (especially in the summer) so I wrap up my skincare routine with an antioxidant serum. I can’t live without La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate and I follow that up with an oil geared toward my skin type. I use Odacité Black Cumin/Cajeput if I’m breaking out or One Love Organics Morning Glory if I’m clear and in need of some brightening (in the winter months I need a bit more moisture and my go to crème to layer on top of the oil is Hana Organics Renew Creme) and I follow that up with Suntegrity 5 in 1 Sunscreen on my face, neck, decollete and arms.
My makeup routine is super quick for every day. Once the sunscreen has settled into my skin I apply Vapour Organics Stratus Soft Focus Instant Perfecter and then either Vapor Organics Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation or Kjaer Weiss Foundation. I wrap it up with Meow Meow Tweet lip balm (this stuff is the best I’ve ever used) and Vapour Organics Aura Multi-Use Stain in Lure on both cheeks and lips. Its an amazing wash of color that helps me looks alive.
And that’s it, I feel really lucky to have found so many amazing products that help me manage my skin and help look and feel as good as I can. I also love getting the opportunity to share what works for me and to give a much-deserved shout out to all of these amazing brands and products… xxoo
Who has tried LURK natural perfumes? What’s your favorite?
Our love for Osmia Organics knows no end. Their body oils and hand-crafted soaps are some of the most gorgeous smelling goodies we know (don’t get us started on the perfumes!). Just about anything you try from Osmia is sure to please, as evidenced by some of our reviews here, here, and here. Needless to say, we were thrilled when we found out that Osmia is participating in A Night For Green Beauty. Though we hope you can join us at ANFGB, you can get to know Sarah via her Morning Routine below.
Name: Sarah Villafranco
City: Carbondale, CO
Current Weather: Blue skies, hot, and D.R.Y.
Skin: Fair to medium tone, very temperamental, with a history (and occasional flares) of perioral dermatitis.
Hair: Brown, course, long, and rather enormous.
Favorite Star From the Past: Lucille Ball – I don’t think anything makes a person more beautiful than deep, real laughter.
My morning routine? Well, that phrase implies that my routine is the same every morning. It isn’t. If I wake up and my hair is so big that I can’t get a shirt on over it, then I have to wet it again. If my husband is traveling and my daughters have started their “Mama, we need breakfast!” chorus, then I start the day making eggs with one eye open. If one of our border collies stares at me intensely until I wake up, I begin the day feeling simultaneously paranoid and amused. But, if someone brings me tea in bed, then I feel regal and leisurely, and how I savor my morning routine!
Most days start about 6:45. I grab my phone while I stretch in bed a little, to see if any Osmia business needs my immediate attention. Once in the bathroom, my routine depends on how much time I have that day. Some days, I dry brush and oil-pull with coconut oil (there’s a blog post on our site with some thoughts about oil-pulling). During allergy season, I use a neti pot to clear my sinuses. If I can’t wake up, I drop a DIY blend of stimulating essential oils, like grapefruit and mint, on the floor of the shower, letting the warm water vaporize the oils. I love our Lemon Basil Ginger and Evergreen Shea soaps in the morning – they perk me right up! For my hair, I either nopoo with baking soda and rinse with ACV, or I use Desert Essence unscented shampoo and conditioner – about twice a week for each method. I just wish I didn’t smell so salady after the nopoo method, even after my hair dries! I use our Black Clay Facial Soap to cleanse my face. This little bar is my very best (made-of-soap) friend. (Note: most products I use are dictated by my history of perioral dermatitis. There’s an article on our site about my experience with this condition, so I will skip the details here!)
Out of the shower, I pat my face and neck dry, and wrap my hair in a towel, leaving my body completely wet. If my face feels dehydrated, I apply a layer of our Active Gel Toner, which contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide – both excellent for dry, troubled skin. It also has neroli essential oil, which is a scent that makes me feel especially queenly. I use Avene Thermal Water spray if my skin is extra dry or irritated – I keep one on my desk at work, too. I follow with our Purely Simple Face Cream on my face and neck, applied after the toner or thermal water layer has dried. And, I don’t break out frequently, but I always have a bottle of Spot Treatment at the ready. If I’m going to be outside, I use Elta MD facial sunscreen, SPF 46. It’s not as clean as I would like it to be, but it seems to irritate my skin the least, and it’s fragrance and paraben-free. (Confession: I don’t wear sunscreen every day! I only wear it if I’m headed out for a run or bike ride, or watching my daughter’s softball game! Then, I wash it off as soon as I can.)
Next, I apply one of our body oils to my wet skin. Forest is my favorite morning body oil, though – it’s like applying liquid Colorado. By applying body oil to wet skin, you are effectively creating a lotion – oil plus water – without the additional ingredients like emulsifiers and preservatives that a lotion requires. It’s such a simple and delightful little trick. Sometimes, I scrunch the ends of my hair with the residual body oil on my hands – and that’s about the extent of my hair styling. And, for my teeth, I use Jason Seafresh Deep Sea Spearmint toothpaste because it’s fluoride and SLS-free – both of those ingredients can make my PD symptoms appear. While I’m brushing, I usually stand on the deck and soak in the splendor of these mountains where we live – I’ve been here nine years and still can’t get enough.
As for makeup, prepare to die of boredom. I just don’t wear it. I did some modeling when I was younger, and was slathered with foundation enough that I developed an aversion to the feeling of makeup on my skin. Now, with PD in the picture, I find that it’s just not worth it. Plus, I’m a crunchy, Colorado girl at heart! But, on the four occasions per year when I do wear makeup (one will be ANFGB in August!!!), I love RMS Living Luminizer (who doesn’t?), and our Whisper Lip Gloss. I always curl my stumpy little eyelashes, and am still in search of a natural mascara that doesn’t smudge. It sounds like I need to try Kjaer Weis, according to NMDL readers! I’d love to play with more eye shadows (RMS?) and liners (suggestions?) – smoky eyes are super-sexy, as evidenced by saucy green beauty bloggers like Katie of The Green Product Junkie.
Finally, I take a few supplements with a green juice or smoothie in the morning, all of which are related to my skin care routine. I take Garden of Life Raw B-Complex: B vitamins are important in keeping skin and lips healthy, especially for a long-time vegetarian like me. I have also noticed a very clear connection between my skin and my monthly cycle, so I take Barlean’s Evening Primrose Oil and Oona (Type 1) Herbal Supplement to soften those, um, hormonal fluctuations. (I have an advanced degree in euphemisms.)
And, then, it’s off to the best job in the world! Thank you, NMDL, for all you do for Green Beauty, and for letting me share my morning routine!
Who wants to move to Colorado? Tell us about your favorite Osmia Organics product!