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SACRED BOTANICALS: PRICKLY PEAR

 

We love a good, multi-tasker which is why we are obsessed with Prickly Pear, a highly moisturizing, skin-softening oil derived from a cactus. We’ve blended this potent and moisturizing oil into our award-winning Luxury Beauty Serum.

It might seem counterintuitive to put cactus on your face…because cacti are spiny, sharp, and can hurt!  But the inside of this desert beauty is uniquely beneficial thanks to its multitude of wellness benefits.

 Prickly Pear oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially great for mature and very dry skin. A beautiful oil for those who want to tackle the signs of aging. With high concentrations of essential fatty acids, omega-6 and -9, and the natural antioxidant vitamin E, this oil is a natural wonder for the skin.   Also rich in amino acids, which are known to stimulate collagen production and faster cell turnover. And finally, it also has vitamin K, a natural brightening ingredient that also promotes elasticity in the skin.

 

 

Prickly Pear isn't only found in beauty products, you will often find it in food.  Hailed as a Superfood, the juicy fruit is eaten or consumed in a distilled syrup. It has been a staple in Mexican and Southwestern cuisines for centuries.  Native to the Americas – Prickly Pear has since been introduced to other countries like Australia, North Africa, and South Asia. Saint Jane sustainably sources our Prickly Pear oil from a supplier in Morocco who has been cultivating this precious oil for generations.  Best-in-class ingredients are a hallmark of our brand and by partnering with traditional purveyors we ensure that you reap the full benefits of this incredible ingredient.

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Sacred Botanicals: Sandalwood

Centuries old Sandwood and its use for both medicinal and skincare benefits have been recorded for over 4,000 years, making it among the earliest botanicals to be used in this way.

Native to India, Sandalwood has a rich history and was believed to have been used in the bathing rituals of Hindu Gods. It is even written that the most powerful Goddess, Lakshmi resided in a Sandalwood Tree.

It was known then, and known now to hydrate, rejuvenate and soothe the skin. The unique and powerful benefits of this botanical are ideal for many skin concerns and skin types. As such a versatile ingredient, Sandalwood is one of our 20 botanicals found in our best-selling Luxury Beauty Serum. Our multipurpose skin calming, balancing and nourishing powerhouse serum.

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Sandalwood blends with our other botanicals and Whole-Flower CBD and attributes to the skin calming and nourishing effects of Luxury Beauty Serum. An essential ingredient in the efficacy of our hero serum.

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For complexions on the drier side, Sandalwood can provide deep replenishment for moisture loss. It’s a natural emollient with powerful, hydrating effects on the skin. The scientific structure of Sandalwood allows deeper absorption into the skin to deliver an intense dose of moisture.

Sandalwood is the perfect gentle exfoliant for brighter skin. Rich, and liquid gold in color this oil has mild, natural astringent properties making it essential for skin renewal. 

Soothing and calming. Our two favorite skin benefits of the botanicals we select for our formulas. Sandalwood doesn’t disappoint in this department. It is rich with calming compounds with the unparalleled ability to renew the complexion. A dream botanical for harsh skin concerns like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

The calming effects of Sandalwood go beyond the skin. When it comes to aromatherapy, the calming scent of Sandalwood is a favorite. It is said that the most aromatic Sandalwood Oil comes from the oldest trees. It’s rich, woody aroma is just as effective at uniting your senses as it is balancing your skin.



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CBD Infused Selfcare with Luxury Body Serum

We put our bodies through a lot both mentally and physically. Keeping up with constant to-do lists, nurturing relationships, and the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life can leave us tired and feeling lackluster. When we can find the time, it is so important to steal moments for yourself where you focus on calming self care for your body and your mind. 

Selfcare was the cornerstone when we created Luxury Body Serum. We imagined the indulgent moments and the experience when using it just as much as the incredible results it provides for the skin. A unique blend of Whole Flower CBD (200mg!) and 28 nourishing, radiance boosting botanicals like Grapeseed, Avocado, Pink Grapefruit and Blood Orange absorb deeply for silky, balanced skin.

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Incorporating Luxury Body Serum into your selfcare routine allows our darling ingredient, CBD, to help soothe tired muscles and relax after even the longest day. A true mind/body experience. We’ve shared some of our favorite (and unexpected) ways of using Luxury Body Serum in our selfcare routine, but here are a few more.

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Soothe and Soften Tired Feet

Using Luxury Body Serum on your feet will help to soft the skin to extend your pedicure or just an extra dose of deep hydration. Because of the CBD, the formula absorbs deeply and quickly, making it perfect for the thicker skin on your feet. Especially your heels! At the end of a long day, our feet can often feel the most exhausted. Give them some extra love and attention to reset for the next day. 

How-to: After a bath or shower, apply 2-3 pumps of Luxury Body Serum on your feet and massage into the skin until absorbed. Put on a pair of cozy socks (this will lock in the moisture while you sleep!) and wake up with soft skin.

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Upgrade Your Hand Cream

Try swapping your hand cream for Luxury Beauty Serum. The unique blend of botanical oils are super moisturizing and absorb quickly to keep hands hydrated. The serum helps to lock in moisture leaving your hands softer for longer than a standard hand cream.

How-to: When hands are feeling dry, apply 2-3 pumps onto the palms of your hands and massage into your skin, in-between your fingers and wrists.

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A Soothing Soak

It’s no secret how much we love a luxurious bath. It may be our top choice when we have some time for self-care. Luxury Body Serum is a big part of our bath routine. Not only do we slather it on damp skin after, but we love to add it to our bath water and have a deep soak. The botanical oils permeate the water and allow for deep absorption, leaving behind silky soft skin and relaxed muscles. Heavenly.

How-to: Run a warm bath and dispense 4-6 pumps directly into the water. Soak for at least 30 minutes (or longer depending on the day you’ve had!).







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Why We Celebrate Women

 

Saint Jane was founded with women in mind. Starting with clean, sacred botanicals to empower your skin but our mission is so much more than that. 


Our namesake Saint Jane de Chantal was an incredible woman anointed into Sainthood for healing women that society wouldn’t touch...the sick, unwed mothers, and the shunned. Her life’s work was founding the Order of Visitation that accepted women that were rejected. When heavily criticized for her unusual approach, she famously replied, “I’m on their side.” She was the patron of forgotten women, widows, and those who are separated from their children. Saint Jane empowered women and is our inspiration to do the same in everything we do.

Women are incredible beings. We work hard, we get things done, and we overcome impossible obstacles every single day. We are mothers, care-givers, nurturers, innovators, independent thinkers, makers, doers and so much more. We deserve to be celebrated, uplifted, and championed at every step and in every facet of life. We are meant to have a seat at the table, to be at the front of the class, and most importantly to lead. 


That is our mission at Saint Jane. To empower women in every facet, starting with skin wellness and harnessing that power into other areas of life. We want to use our platform and our voice to give a voice to others, to uplift each other and to champion each other.


Our giveback mission is female-centric. Some of the incredible organizations we support with our dollars and with voices are Lipstick Angels, Girls Crushing It, Humble Bloom, and the Loveland Foundation. These organizations help women directly whether they are fighting illness and in need of joy, cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, de-stigmatizing the CBD industry or helping minority women overcome trauma. Their missions are powerful and we are so grateful to lend our support.


Our passion for the female spirit is present even when we source and harvest our botanical CBD. In every formula we infuse Whole-Flower CBD that is cultivated from the female-side of the hemp plant. We do this because the female side of the hemp plant is resilient, is more desirable and produces more concentrated benefits. It mirrors everything that a woman represents and is an important, holistic part of our ethos. 


We hope that you join us in our mission. Starting with self-care and self-love as a strong woman and radiating that strength to other women. We are stronger together, always.

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The Female Side of CBD

 

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Women are incredible beings. We work hard, we get things done, we empower everything around us. Uncoincidentally, so does the female side of the hemp plant. From plant to bottle to your skincare routine, we empower women at every step. Every formula is infused with nutrient-rich CBD sourced and harvested from the female side of the hemp plant full of benefits for the skin.

So why do we use the female side of the hemp plant? It’s simple. When we started our journey into discovering CBD for the skin and harnessing its transformative power, we knew that only the highest, purest concentrations would do. Unlike its male counterpart, female hemp plants produce more desirable flowers, the cannabinoid-rich blooms with the highest level of CBD, ideal for skincare benefits. 

The female flower has a higher number of trichomes which protect the plant from environmental stressors. When female hemp plants begin to produce flowers in the wild, they often become vulnerable. They start to attract various insects and animals, and are exposed to harmful UV rays and damaging winds. It’s the over abundant amount of trichomes on the plant that protect the flower from harm and allow it to thrive in the wild.

The strength of a woman is universal, even in nature. The female side of the hemp plant is resilient, thrives in harsh situations and is a survivor. It spends its life protecting itself, and when harvested and extracted, is a nourishing powerhouse. The true embodiment of the female spirit. 

A plant with the ability to protect itself in its natural environment, imagine what it can do for your skin. That protective instinct is deeply rooted in its DNA, and translates beautifully to empower your skin to its very best form. The cannabinoids from the female flower carry the same protective benefits, and when used in highly concentrated serums like Luxury Beauty Serum, Luxury Body Serum and The C-Drops, can help protect and nourish your skin barrier and balance your complexion. The positive impact CBD can have on your skin goes even deeper.

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CBD, especially when combined with other skin-saving botanicals, can be incredibly calming for acne prone skin, sensitive skin, and even for common skin irritations like rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. The key benefit here is balance, CBD can help regulate oil production and its hydrating properties can combat dryness/dullness. So no matter your skin type, CBD is a beautiful balancing act and universally transformative.

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Sacred Botanicals: Helichrysum "The Everlasting Flower"

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In every drop of Saint Jane serum, every jar of eye cream, and every swipe of lip treatment are sacred, trusted botanicals that have been used for centuries to treat and transform the skin.

Of the 20 potent botanicals found in our award-winning Luxury Beauty Serum, Helichrysum is one we harness for its concentrated antioxidant potency and historical healing powers. This powerful botanical, also known as “Everlasting” or “Immortelle”, impresses with its extreme gentleness and high efficacy. 

Some of the first known uses of Helichrysum comes from the time of the Ancient Greeks, as it was known and used for its wound healing ability often used after the frequent battles of that time period. 

Helichrysum appears countless times in Greek mythology, most notably in Homer’s epic poem when the hero Oydsseus returns to the Pheonician coast and meets the divine Nausicaa, the beautiful daughter of the king. It is told the secret of her beauty is the extraordinary oil of the “flower that never fades, even when it is picked,” earning its name...Immortelle.

In addition to its rich history, this everlasting flower really shines when it comes to benefits for the skin, as the ancient women of history discovered. The renewing oil is an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic...the list goes on. The esters found naturally occurring in the oil are known to help reduce the appearance of acne and have a calming effect on the skin. The presence of naturally occurring chemical components make up the unique structure of this oil that’s powerful enough to balance oily and dry skin, but gentle enough for sensitive skin, especially when mixed with other botanicals (like the 19 others in Luxury Beauty Serum).

Helichrysum oil can be incredibly moisturizing, even for oily complexions and its powerful renewing properties have been shown to slow and even visibly reverse signs of aging. The high concentrations of antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties help to repair and restore skin cells, revive dull skin and combat fine lines and dark spots. 

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When selecting and sourcing our botanical blends, those that have the ability to calm skin stress are close to our hearts. Helichrysum is both antibiotic and antifungal and an effective treatment for so many skin irritations. Using a serum like Luxury Beauty Serum, with concentrations of Helichrysum can help combat skin stress like breakouts, eczema, psoriasis and other skin concerns. Our love for this everlasting flower and it’s healing history runs deep and infusing its sacred benefits into every golden drop will empower your skin to find balance and calm. 



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Powerful Skin Stories with Luxury Beauty Serum

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Infused with 20 sacred, nutrient-rich botanicals and calming CBD, Luxury Beauty Serum is a powerful serum / oil hybrid that has ingredient concentrations to balance, calm and nourish the skin while locking in moisture and protecting the delicate skin barrier. The soul of our hero-serum is transformative and results-driven to address a multitude of skin concerns like dryness, dullness, redness, irritation, and skin-stress. In every golden drop is a wealth of omegas, antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients to amplify and restore the skin's natural balance and boost radiance. 

These powerful testimonials speak for themselves. In sharing your stories of praise for this skin savior and the transformative results so many of you have experienced with Luxury Beauty Serum, our mission comes full circle. To transform the skin through 100% clean, sacred botanicals and empower your complexion to its very best form. Our holy grail of skincare has now become yours and we are so grateful.

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“My holy grail oil and  favorite product I have ever used on my face. I waited to write this review until I really used this long term. It’s been over a year and I have no desire to change or try a different product. It helps with my breakouts while hydrating my skin at the same time. I recommend this to everyone! I use it on its own at night or mix a few drops with my moisturizer.”

- Sephora Client

“For me skin care is about slowing down, winding down, and taking the time to just enjoy smells, textures, and pamper myself if even for ten minutes before bed. This serum introduced me to this new practice of mine and I love it. Added benefit: my skin has never felt softer.

- Sephora Client

“This is a beautiful face oil. I would give it 10 stars if I could. I purchased the full size after finishing up a sample I received. I've been using this for about 3 weeks and it's definitely made a difference in my skin. I see a reduction in fine lines, redness and an improvement in moisture level. It sinks right into my skin leaving no residue behind. The smell is divine. After pressing it into my skin I hold my hands up to my nose and inhale. It's a very light and relaxing scent. I will continue to purchase this product given the results I've seen in a short period of time. I would also like to give a shout out to the Saint Jane team. They are so friendly and extremely helpful. It makes me feel good supporting a company like that.”

- Sephora Client

“Love this product!  Luxurious packaging and experience applying this serum nightly. Finally a CBD line that hits the mark for clean and luxury beauty. After a month of use it has helped calm the redness and irritation my skin acquired after having my second child. I am now a fan and will be purchasing again!”

- Sephora Client

“This serum is heaven in a bottle. Such a beautiful product, in every sense. As for the serum, it’s lightweight, has a slight scent to it but it’s pleasant, and made my skin feel good. With continued use, my skin felt more hydrated, my areas of texture decreased, and my skin had a glow to it. I feel like this serum improved the overall look of my face and skin.”

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Have you tried Luxury Beauty Serum and experienced transformative results? We would love for you to share your story. You can share here or here.



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Is It a Serum or a Facial Oil? Our #1 FAQ About Luxury Beauty Serum

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We get asked this all the time...is Luxury Beauty Serum a facial oil or a serum? We have an answer but first let’s start with the difference between a serum and a facial oil. If you find yourself unable to tell the difference, you aren’t alone. The term “serum” has become a general skincare category for any kind of treatment that targets various skin concerns with formulas that vary in texture.

A serum is traditionally a super concentrated, lightweight product that is applied after cleansing/toning but before moisturizer. Because of their fluid or gel-like textures, they absorb easily into the skin to powerfully target skin concerns with concentrated active ingredients. Serums can be formulated to boost hydration, brighten, detoxify, fight signs of aging and so much more. 

When it comes to facial oils, they are quite a bit different from serums. Oils are richer in texture, and act as an emollient moisturizer. Because of their impenetrable properties, they are designed to seal in moisture as a final step in your skincare routine after serums and moisturizers. Moisture escapes our skin so easily because of both environmental and genetic factors, so the use of a rich facial oil can protect your skin barrier and prevent moisture loss.

So which category does our award-winning, multi-purpose hero product fall? Luxury Beauty Serum is...BOTH. When we were developing this product, we wanted it to be truly multi-purpose and act as both a serum and facial oil (and moisturizer too!). The unique formula is infused with concentrations of rich botanicals like Sea Buckthorn, Calendula and Rose to boost radiance by gently detoxifying the pores. The 500 mg of Whole Flower CBD in the formula has a small molecular structure which, when combined with the other botanicals, absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin, unlike traditional oils. Your skin is not only receiving deeply intense concentrations of nutrients, but also a boost of hydration and barrier protection. The lightweight concentration of a serum with the skin drenching hydration and protection of a rich oil. 

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The result is skin that is nourished, stress-free and radiant. You can use Luxury Beauty Serum in your A.M. and P.M. skincare routine after cleansing and toning to target skin concerns like redness, acne, dryness, dullness or sensitive skin. Your glow is unmatched.



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The Best Clean Lipgloss and Why It's Worth the Switch

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Lip gloss is one of the most toxic products found in a makeup bag. We’ve all heard and read about the harmful ingredients found in some lip products on the market like lead, carcinogens, mineral oil, and synthetics but what makes these even more toxic is that we put them on our lips. Any product you put on your lips, will be gradually ingested (that’s right, we eat it!) not purposefully, of course, but it’s unavoidable. If you are like us, you swipe on a gloss, balm or lipstick almost daily and re-apply multiple times a day. All this usage can add up to a significant amount of consumption and absorption into our bodies. Your lips are also a thinner tissue so some toxins are absorbed straight away.

When nutritionists and doctors tell us to try and eat natural foods, and to avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce—shouldn’t that also apply to what we put on our skin? The largest organ of our body? We think so. We know it’s hard to part with your cult favorite products and going full non-toxic can be a challenge. If you are going to start somewhere, start with your mouth. Clean beauty has made incredible strides in creating lip formulas that are not only safer, but truly perform. 

That’s why when we launched our first lip product, Luxury Lip Shine in 2019, it was essential that the formula was meticulously clean, with good-for-you, results-driven ingredients that were rigorously tested...and that we could pronounce. We turned to powerful botanicals to infuse every swipe with skin-loving nutrients that act more like a lip treatment, but are still comfortable on the lips, non-sticky, and provide a sheer wash of color.

We are proud to say that our Luxury Lip Shines have 8 non-toxic, simple but high-performing ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Whole Flower CBD, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis, Chamomile Extract, and Grapefruit Seed Extract. These antioxidant-rich ingredients make up our high-shine, silky gloss that glides on effortlessly. Each botanical serves a purpose as skincare for your lips. Sunflower, Chamomile and Aloe are calming while Shea and Jojoba are deeply nourishing. 

 

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Beauty editors rave about these special glosses. Luxury Lip Shine was named “Best Clean Lip Gloss” by Women’s Health. “This CBD-spiked gloss glides on easily—no goops or globs, promise—and sticks to your lips (instead of your hair). Ingredients like aloe and sunflower act as a softening treatment too.” 



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The Saint Series, Vol. 13: Marisa Acocella

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A powerful force for empowering women through her art, her words and her actions, Marisa Aocella is today’s feature for our Saint Series. Marisa is the New York Times best-selling author of the graphic novels The Big She-Bang and Ann Tenna, the graphic memoir Cancer Vixen, and Just Who the Hell is She, Anyway? She is also a cartoonist for The New Yorker and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, and O, The Oprah Magazine. A breast cancer survivor, she is the founder of the Marisa Acocella Foundation, which, through a grant from Bloomingdale’s, funds the free Marisa Acocella Empowerment Program that includes holistic therapies and journaling classes and more for women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors at the Mount Sinai Best Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Welcome to Sainthood, Marisa!

 

1. Congratulations on your new book!  It’s about Saints, female empowerment, and the feminine divine...subjects that are close to our heart too.

Thank you! Congratulations on creating my favorite beauty and makeup line ever! Saint Jane, we are so in sync in our hearts and our souls! Furthermore, I think Saint Jane the Saint needs to be profiled in the sequel of The Big She-Bang! 

 

2. Can you tell us about The Big She Bang: The Herstory of the Universe According to God the Mother and why you decided to write it?

I’d love to. Saints have always been a huge part of my life. My family always had Icons of Saints all over the house. I have always been obsessed with the lives of Saints. I wanted to know who they were, what they did, and how they became Saints. I was also that young girl who always questioned, questioned, questioned everything, many times to the point of exasperating everyone. And my biggest question was “how could a Male God, God the Father, give birth to all this? What happened to God the Mother? Where is SHE?”  

Then, flash forward from my childhood to when I was twenty-nine. I had become an advertising executive, and I was unfulfilled. I knew in my heart was meant to do something else with my life, but what? Now, every New Year’s Eve I have a ritual. I sit down with my journal and write down my goals for the year. And December 31,1990 was no exception. Only this time I lit a candle. I called in Mary, Jesus, Joseph and all the Saints in Heaven for Divine Intervention. And guess what — They did not let me down! 

Instead of writing down my goals, I drew a blonde bombshell I’ve drawn ever since I could remember (see below for that story) with a gun in her mouth with the line SHE was a little upset during the meeting…

It was my AHA moment. Excited, I leaned into my journal, forgetting about the candle and my hair caught on fire. So, not only did I have a new career - I got a new hairstyle - a shag! 

A year later, SHE became a monthly comic strip in the great women’s magazine Mirabella. I always saw SHE as an archetypal single woman who was a searcher. SHE questions everything. And while I developed SHE, the title The Big SHE-Bang popped into my head. There again was THE question. What happened to God the Mother? Where is She? I knew I had to write Her Story. The Big She-Bang has been my passion project for over 25 years — I just felt I needed the life experience to write it. And the more research I did, the more I found out about not just God the Mother (She was “Holy Ghosted!”) but about all the other Saints, Goddesses and Shevolutionary Divine Females who have been scapegoated (Eve), marginalized, minimized, maligned (many of them) sidelined (Saint Thecla), slut-shamed (Saint Mary Magdalene—did you know she was a Princess?) and unnamed (Noah’s wife, who, when she was mentioned in the Bible five times no less—she was unnamed. Her name Norea means “beautiful fire”, and believe me, that story is lit!) Back to Eve, did you know that she was the divine spark? Adam was an inanimate lump of clay and Eve gave him life. In The Big SHE-Bang, all the women wrest their origin stories and we hear from them directly. Because history is just that, “his story”. But when we hear from Her, Her story changes history…forever!

 

3. Your first graphic novel came out in the ’90s when the genre wasn’t so popular as it is today.  What initially attracted you to the medium?

In 1994 I published my first book Just who the hell is SHE, anyway? And back then, not many people knew what a graphic novel was. My publisher at the time didn’t know how to sell it. To be honest, I knew and loved Maus, but the genre was even new to me. I wrote it on instinct. When The New York Times compared my book to a Japanese manga, I had to look that up.

What attracted me to the medium is this: drawing and writing is how I love to tell stories. I love envisioning a world and then seeing it come to life on the page. When you’re a graphic novelist, it’s all you—you’re the creator of your own universe! You’re the director. You’re the cinematographer. You’re the casting director. You’re the character designer. You’re the set decorator. You’re the costume designer. You’re the script girl in charge of continuity. Can I tell you know many times I wanted to fire that script girl because a shirt on a main character would miraculously change from one panel to the next in the same scene! Continuity! But I couldn’t because who else was I going to hire? I’d just be firing myself!

 

4. Besides your graphic novels, you are a celebrated cartoonist for publications like the New Yorker, Glamour, and Elle – to name a few.  Who or what inspired your interest in drawing/ cartoons?

So, going back to my childhood. My mother, Violetta, was the shoe designer for Delman. One day at her office, she received a phone call. From Jackie Kennedy. She needed shoes for a very important event. My mother, in disbelief, nearly hung up on The First Lady! In her whispery voice, Jackie told my mother that it was impossible for her to find shoes, she was a size 11 1/2! Violetta, in her New Jersey accent confided “I’m a size 11 1/2, we can commiserate!” Guess what the very important event was—JFK’s Inauguration! At that time my mom was pregnant with me and Jackie was pregnant with John-John. After my mother gave birth she worked from home, designing shoes. She’d do these trend reports of fabulous women wearing her fabulous shoes, and three-year-old me would imitate her and I’d draw those fabulous women. Then, when I was about eight, we had our first real vacation that wasn’t the Jersey Shore—it was Bermuda. We stayed in a pink elephant of a house, and in that house were drawings with captions on them. The pink elephant was James Thurber’s house! The legendary New Yorker cartoonist! Seeing those drawings, I thought to myself, the women in my drawings could talk! Then later, I forgot them, and went into advertising. And you know what happened after that.

 

5. Your organization, Marisa Acocella Foundation, and your Marisa Acocella Empowerment Fund are truly wonderful for those with Breast Cancer and survivors too.  Can you tell us about the mission and how your own experience with breast cancer inspired you to give back?

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, I didn’t have health insurance. That double-whammy combo sent me into a downward spiral. It was one of the lowest points in my life. How can you fight when you already feel defeated? At that time I had a monthly cartoon in Glamour magazine. When I told my editor, Lauren Smith Brody, she asked me to write about it. Later, my friend Bob Morris, who is a writer, asked me what I was going to title it my story. And then he looked at me, his eyes narrowing. “What’s with you? You’re a mess! Ratty sneakers? Aren’t you the daughter of a shoe designer? You look like a victim!” (I did.) Then he said “where’s the vixen?” And it was Bob who named my piece for Glamour, which later became a book, Cancer Vixen. I went home and drew myself as a cancer kicking Vixen, and in that cancer year, and I became one. See it. Believe it. Achieve it. I didn’t want to see myself as a victim, and I didn’t want to anyone who was going through breast cancer to see themselves as a victim, either. I wanted to give women tools to empower themselves. Today the Marisa Acocella Empowerment Program (funded by a grant from Bloomingdale’s) funds holistic therapies, guided imagery, journaling and more. My motto has always been “no breast left behind.”

6.   We understand you have quite a fabulous shoe collection.   Do you have a favorite pair?

My favorite pair of shoes are a pair I’ve never walked in—Alexander McQueen pumps with a purple lucite heel strewn with purple roses. They’re on my dresser. They’re a work of art. Other than that, I love wedge. I love a lug heel. I have a wedge lug heel from Robert Clergerie that are on their last legs, but they’re so comfortable, I can’t give them up.

 

7.     What are your secrets to self-care and balance? 

 I make myself organic coffee every morning. Then I start with a my manifestation ritual—I write down what I want my life to be, then I pray to all my Saints for guidance, to keep me in the light and on mission of service for humanity. Later in the day I’ll go for a walk, or a swim. Vitamin D from the sun lifts my spirits and prevents cancer. I take vitamins to maintain a healthy immune system. My father, Tony, is a pharmacist and has a PhD in nutrition and I’m on his anti-covid, anti-cancer vitamin protocol. And staying connected to the people I love. I talk to my parents several times a day. That keeps me grounded.

8.   If you were to be anointed into sainthood, what would it be? 

You mean I would be “beautified”? Isn’t it ironic that’s what the process is called to become a Saint! 

The Patron Saint of Panic Attacks Who Somehow Alchemizes them into Power.


Bonus Q: What's your favorite SAINT JANE product and why do you love it?

 THIS IS THE HARDEST QUESTION OF ALL! I love your lipsticks — so creamy and cbd-dreamy AND the Vitamin C-Drops—for which I must thank you Saint Jane for your Divine Feminine Intervention—my skin has never looked brighter or better!

 Also, I see you’ve asked for my daily mantra. I wrote this for myself whenever I have moments of self-doubt: I always make the right decision because I am a woman of vision. 

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