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Koya Webb’s Top 10 Indie Beauty Expo Picks

The Indie Beauty Expo is an incredible curation of some of the leading + up and coming brands in clean beauty and skincare. This year was full of buzz, beauty, and good energy.

Below you will find some of my favorite picks. They were my top picks that are vegan, organic, cruelty-free & eco-friendly. I believe that the choices that we make and the products that we shop for go a long way in healing ourselves and our earth. From the cleanest and most activating ingredients to products with a mission, here are my top 10 picks from this year’s Indie Beauty Expo 2018…

  1. Woodlot – Flora Candle

It’s so important to make sure we are burning and using clean candles in our home. Made ethically and with intention, The Woodlot flora candle has notes of lavender, bergamot and cedar and is one of the best I’ve seen on the market. With a burn up to 40 hours, flora is petroleum, phthalate, synthetic, fragrance and GMO-free. Many other companies use those and other harmful toxins and chemicals, so you definitely want to read the label and full ingredient list. The presentation is also gorgeous – all white, clear glass with a stroke of gold foil on the side. My kind of style.

  1. Woodlot – Palo Santo

Named, ‘Holy Wood’, these sacred sticks are native to shamanic rituals in South America. It is one of the oldest cleansing techniques in the world. This brand uses sustainably sourced wood from fallen branches of Ecuadorian trees. Prepare to be captivated and taken away by its powerful scent and grounding effects.

  1. Ranavat – Mighty Majesty Hair Serum

This luxurious serum is an excellent addition to your hair-care routine! With delicious notes of jasmine and amla, you can add a few drops to your hair, either wet or dry, for extra shine. You can also use it on your face and body. It’s a multi-use product that adds an extra glow. You can also carry it around day to day in your handbag for your glowy pick-me-up. Instead of using harsh fragrances, I can use this oil for a beautiful, feminine scent, extra shine, and smooth skin.

  1. Pangea Organics – Basil

Essential oils can be incredibly powerful for healing your body and changing your emotional state. The basil scent is fresh, bright and earthy. The ingredients were harvested with intention in Egypt. High in linalool, this naturally occurring terpene has been known to have anti-inflammatory and stress-relieving effects. Also supportive to the respiratory system, this basil oil can be used in organic DIY household cleaning products so that you end up inhaling the healthy oils and cleaning your space all at the same time. A perfect win-win situation.

  1. Girl Undiscovered– Crystal Cleansing Water

So light and refreshing (also happens to a gorgeous bottle with citrine and rose quartz crystals inside)! You can use this daily to rehydrate your skin and for pre-washing with your cleanser. The wild island kanuka honey and Balinese virgin coconut oil infused water removes makeup and acts as a super clean toner. Simply divine!

  1. Girl Undiscovered – Organic Face Elixir

Dewy golden goodness! This elixir contains healing calendula, bergamont, argan and raspberry seed oils that are very good for the skin. It’s got a bright and uplifting feel, great for your AM wake up routine. It also contains anti-bacterial properties, which can help to protect your skin. My new skincare crush!

  1. Girl Undiscovered– Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask

So unique and earthy! The active ingredient Thanaka Tree Bark and Kanuka Honey make for a very interesting experience. It definitely activated and tingled my face upon my first use. It has the granules from the tree bark, which help to exfoliate the face. It was activating and very clarifying. Definitely worth a try!

  1. Real Her – Girl Power Lipstick “Deep Mauve”

Gorgeous color and packaging! This cruelty-free line is lovely and donates 20% of their profits to programs that empower women and girls. I love mission-oriented products. This is a great way to support programs that you care about and also take part in some self-care and self-love all at the same time. This is a classic color you can wear 24/7.

  1. Laki Naturals – White Tea & Ginger Soap

Gorgeous with gold and scents that make you feel like you’re on a tropical island, I fell in love with the Laki Naturals handcrafted soap. It’s so important to use clean soap bars because everything we put onto our body gets absorbed into the bloodstream. This beautiful and luminous bar contains olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and the shimmery gold mica. Great for display as well as for function in any bathroom.

  1. Marie Natie – “Lust” Lipgloss

A classic dark and rich red lipgloss that’s also great for an extra shine, Marie Natie was a great find at the expo. This gloss has some of the best and most nourishing ingredients around such as jojoba, cocoa butter, vitamin E, grape seed oil, lavender oil, carrot seed oil, and coconut oil. You get the real shine on your lips without any toxic or harsh chemicals. So good, you won’t miss your old ways.


photos by Alexa Gray 


It’s Wednesday! Get to know our Woman Crush this week…Nikisha Brunson!

Nikisha Brunson is a Toronto, Canada native but spent the majority of her upbringing in Brooklyn, New York. Brunson is the co-founder of one of the most prolific lifestyle blogs – Urban Bush Babes – and for the past decade, she has been immersed in the international beauty, health and wellness scene.

She is the owner and founder of an all-natural skincare line called “Folie” where everything is handcrafted in small batches. With 260k + Instagram followers, you can find Nikisha indulging in a minimalist lifestyle promoting healthy eating, working out and being a beautiful person both inside and out. With countless features in Vogue, Glamour Mag, Cosmopolitan and nearly every chic blog, she has garnered the attention of thousands in having a voice for wellness lifestyles. As a natural born creative, Brunson has been privileged to partner with some of the most profound conscious fashion, beauty and health food brands currently in the market place. Using her platform to drive change, this trend-setter magnifies the importance of cultural ethics and social/environmental sustainability.

Her killer sense of style is evident but her impact and voice as a mother of color, is what really transcends. Having openly discussed battles with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Nikisha Brunson pushes to spread holistic knowledge, especially within the minority communities. Although residing in Austin, Texas, this holistic maven continues to evoke resilience by combining a passion for research, teaching and creating people to live healthier and happier lives.

3 ways she practices self-care:

  1. Putting on music and getting in touch with my body through exercise, yoga, & dancing. I love music and I love dancing, so it boosts my mood a ton.

2. Meditating throughout the day when my mind wants to wander outside of the present moment. I use a mantra to pull me back to the present and help me to relax.

3. I say something beautiful to myself daily. And if I mess up, I’ve learned to make a joke of it and laugh at myself. It’s being kind to myself and not taking myself so seriously. 

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