Stylish, sophisticated and incredibly intelligent, our good friend Wendy is truly one of a kind. After coming to America from Vietnam at the age of 8 and growing up in the foster care system, Wendy graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and an intense determination to make better for herself.
She worked in banking for 5 years and quit to launch Wendy's Lookbook, a widely popular fashion and lifestyle blog. All the while, she suffered from PTSD and pelvic floor muscle spams from childhood abuse. She tried everything to help, and eventually wanted to try something natural. Enter CBD.
Soon after, she opened Artemis in September 2019, an impeccably curated CBD shop in NYC's West Village, and the only minority, female-owned CBD shop in New York.
We met the dashing, darling Francesco Clark last month, but it already feels like we've known him a lifetime. He‘s the founder of skincare brand Clarks Botanicals, and his story has left us so deeply inspired that we wanted to profile him in our Saint Series.
After suffering a severe spinal cord injury at 24, he has dedicated his life to helping people...Both through his beautiful skincare line, and his involvement in The Christopher Reeve Foundation. His mission is to give hope and positivity to others facing spinal cord injuries and researching a cure. He believes he will walk again and we do too. He‘s our Superman.
Meet Shenell Malloy. She’s kind, beautiful, genuine and an amazing mother to her two young kids. Diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor in February, Shenell was determined to heal. She went through 42 days of combined radiation and chemotherapy. Now, she’s transferring her positive energy into helping others. She raises money for The San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation and delivers clean Healing Care Packages to adults and children in treatment. Read Shenell’s inspiring Saint Series below.
We first met the duo of Humble Bloom, Danniel Swatosh (left) and Solonje Burnett (right) at our Luxury Body Serum launch back in June. Ever since, we have been so inspired by the ingenious ways in which they work to democratize and de-stigmatize cannabis for the better.
Fresh off their 2-day cannaclusive experience, The Humble Bloom Field Trip, we spoke with these two powerhouses about their passion for CBD, self care and breaking down barriers.
1. What is Humble Bloom and what inspired you to start it?
Solonje Burnett: Humble Bloom is a cannabis experiential marketing firm that curates the culture of cannabis, breaking stigma, elevating brands with integrity, forging partnerships with thought leaders and experts, providing consultative support to humanize growing brands, and connecting diverse communities through plant education, advocacy and inclusive immersive experiences.
Building bridges between communities through experience is something I’ve done for years. Whether it has been in the entertainment and nightlife space, through startup company culture diversity and inclusion work, producing conferences, doing creative activism with groups like Brick x Brick or uniting humans publicly through the power of song with the Resistance Revival Chorus. I live for connecting people to each other and themselves. Cannabis touches on everything from racial inequity, to social justice, regenerative agriculture and access to medicine. We saw an opportunity to make an impact as the industry grows by working to educate - creating conscious consumers who care.
Danniel Swatosh: Humble Bloom is here to disrupt,connect and collaboratively curate the culture of cannabis through immersive purpose driven experiences that elevate brands and thought leaders with integrity while connecting them to consumers and those who are curious. Our goal is to elevate conscious consumerism in order to build and equitable, fair and regenerative cannabis industry.
My path into cannabis is made of a web of many experiences that at the center is connected to a love of people, plants and the planet. Starting in non-profit arts, identifying talented students with financial need to receive scholarships and exhibition opportunities. This work culminated in launching an artist-in-residency program in a storefront of the The World Financial Center. Inspired to be healthier during my pregnancy with my daughter I began studying plants for their ceremonial, nutritional and medicinal purposes. As a little girl, I grew up on a farm surrounded by nature, foraging, raising animals and hanging out in tree stands while my dad hunted, but had since lost touch. My interests lead me from foothills of Appalachia, to jungles in Colombia and deserts in Peru, learning the practices of local herbalists, shamans and mambos, and eventually opening a juice shop with a cult-like following called Heartbeet Juicery.
Whether it was connecting a curandera to a hydroponic farmer to start a neem tree program to support her clinic or designing the interior of a terminal illness ward of children’s hospital or simply just being there, holding space and advising on steps one can take in order to feel a little more happy, healthy and human; helping people has always been at the core of my purpose.
Now, I use cannabis as a conduit for larger conversations, taking a once in a generational opportunity to flip cultural, environmental, political and social paradigms.
2. What advice do you have for other women looking to get into the cannabis space?
SB: My advice is to just do it. Whatever skill set you have can be transferred into this space as it opens up internationally. But be reasonable. Although it’s a new industry with an estimated millions of jobs created and over 80 billion in tax revenue expected nationally by 2025, it’s still federally illegal. Being an entrepreneur is already challenging. Imagine doing it in a space that’s growing, shifting and changing every day. From payment processors that ban you, to traditional social marketing not being available to you, cannabis is not for the faint of heart. We’re here because we believe in the power of this healing plant and want it available to all. Do it for a tangible reason. Make sure your passion and purpose intersect if you’re going to join the movement.
DS: Show up, collaborate, don’t compete and know that anything you’ve done can apply to this space. Also, as a serial entrepreneur that’s a women who knows how hard it is to start a company, have staff, raise money and scale. Launching something in cannabis is harder, the stats are against us, there are many barriers to entry and the landscape is always shifting. It’s a real challenge.
3. What's the best beauty advice you've ever received, and who/where was it from?
SB: Give your body what it needs and stop eating so much cheese. I only listened to the first half. Sorry mom.
DS: Charlotte Palermino is my beauty geru these days. Best advice, put your cream on first and then your favorite CBD oil (like Saint Jane's Luxury Beauty Serum) to lock in the moisture. I love all of Saint Jane’s products. The smell of the botanicals is beyond alluring. They are so natural and well balanced—you can shut your eyes and literally visualize the field of flowers and the individual essence—which is a healing and spirit lifting experience in itself. The Lip Gloss is my newest obsession...I use that or my Chanel everyday.
4. How do you incorporate CBD into your daily routine?
SB: CBD is spread out all over my day. I start with Lab to Beauty Balancing Face Wash and Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum. I have dry skin so I then cover my entire body with shea butter and either Saint Jane Body Serum or CocoCanna. Throughout the day touch up problem areas like my elbows and feet with Dogwood Botanicals. My favorite is the Lip Gloss; I never leave home without it! And if I’m singing or speaking, I will take a few drops of TONIC OG or New Highs. It doesn’t end there. Sexy night time vibes must include Quim. Literally can’t imagine life without cannabis!
DS: I mainly use CBD for my beauty routine and if life is more stressful as a supplement to move through transitions with grace. Your skin is your largest organ and CBD has been the best innovation for treating inflammation. I wash my face with Lab to Beauty and love how it gently cleanses my skin. When I get out of the shower, CocoCanna goes all over my body as a base which I also use on my children.Then I use Saint Jane, which makes me feel good and glow from the inside out. I haven’t found a great CBD face cream yet and like to use Kiehl’s with 50 SPF (hello product development) and then Saint Jane to lock it all in. I always have a bottle of Tonic OG or New Highs in my bag.
5. What does your winding down/bedtime routine look like?
SB: One of my favorite places is my bed. If I’m not out hosting nightlife or networking for Humble Bloom, I’m pretty much a homebody. My routine includes smoking a joint and doing all the things I shouldn’t do like staring at screens indulging in instagram or Netflix.
DS: My evenings are a hustle after work. I pick up my kids from school and then it’s dinner, homework, bath, reading and bed and meditation for them. After, I generally bang out a couple more emails, smoke a joint, meditate, read and bed. If things are stressful and I need to ensure a deep sleep a dose of CBD right before I shut my eyes.
6. If you were to be anointed into sainthood for something, what would it be?
SB: I’m certainly Solonje, Saint of Cheese. It’s an addiction I’ll never give up. I would literally incorporate it into all my meals, snacks, and will find all other opportunity to inhale it.
DS: Saint Open Heart, like an open window for the birds to freely fly in.Continue reading
Sarah Gibson Tuttle is a jack of all trades. After leaving NYC for sunnier days out west, she ditched her former life as an equity sales trader for a career as a business owner and entrepreneur. In 2013, she opened Olive and June, a nail salon for the mani-obsessed. Seven years later, Sarah's a working mom, Olive and June is beloved by editors, influencers and celeb clientele alike, and both are on a mission to make the at-home manicure better for good.
1. If you could sum up OLIVE AND JUNE in one sentence, what would it be?
Olive & June is a nail brand on a mission to democratize the at-home manicure so that women everywhere can live their best nail life.
2. What was the initial goal for Olive and June and how has it since evolved?
Before opening our Beverly Hills salon in 2013, I worked for ten years as an equity sales trader at JP Morgan & Morgan Stanley in New York City. Quality of life and 345 days of sunshine a year wooed me out west. When I arrived, I realized Los Angeles had everything I wanted except for the perfect nail salon. Seeing the opportunity to create a pretty space where women could expect and enjoy expert nail care on a regular basis and spend time with their friends, I opened Olive & June.
After more than five years in the nail salon business and almost two years of learning everything about at-home nails, we have created an at-home line that is truly innovative. We looked at what was missing in the market, specifically for the majority of the country without offerings like Olive & June, so that we could fill the void. With the massive shift in culture to do-it-yourself everything, the time is right for Olive & June to empower every woman to do her own nails.
3. You're a working mom and company founder. What are 3 tips you have for achieving (or trying to achieve) a better work/life balance?
4. What's the best bit of beauty advice you've ever received? And what's your favorite mani color and/or color combo?
My mother told me not to bite my nails /cuticles and now I not only don't bite but I also don't pick. Thank goodness for her foresight! tend to wear the neutrals more often then the bold shades we have but I just had on one of the reds (SC!) from our Fall Polish Collection and I miss it already.
We know our Luxury Beauty Serum can be truly transformative, but it always brings a smile to our faces when a client writes us with a review. Below, read Ekstraordinarily's gorgeous review...
"I originally got the idea to try Saint Jane Beauty Serum because I was looking for a very luxe product that would really show me results, and so I consulted one of my favorite skincare gurus, The Gothamista. She had great things to say so I knew i had to get my hands on it at Sephora...
It reallyyyy hits nicely with that 500mg of US-grown hemp CBD. I mean this is better than my CBD gummies! I was SO impressed by that alone that I had to mention it first.
As far as the skin benefits, let me begin by saying that I used this product when my skin was TERRIBLY inflamed and dry. I mean my whole face was beet red and I was freaked out. This serum claims to be jam packed with 20 botanicals and a lot of calming-yet-radiance enhancing ingredients like Sea Buckthorn, CBD, Roseship, Calendula, etc...
When I say my entire face calmed down I mean I went from stop-light-red to my normal skin color over the course of TWO NIGHTS! I don't know how else to put it except by using the word “miraculous.” There are so many luxury products out there and often times the results are very lack luster. I can 100% say that this has become a staple in my routine. Although this is an oil based serum, it soaks in super fast and just leaves your skin baby soft.
I'm absolutely LIVING for the skin results I’ve seen and I would recommend it to anyone in their 30s or over. Hell, go grab a sample at Sephora! Do what you gota do but please try it. Oh! I didn’t even mention that the earthy scent helps so much to calm me right before bed. At $125 I dare say it’s worth it! Xoxo 🖤"Continue reading
Kinfolk magazine veteran and Canadian native Anja Charbonneau knows a thing or two about impeccable design (just look at her Instagram). So after years of working as photographer and art director, Charbonneau ventured out on her own to launch Broccoli; an industry-defining work that's aesthetically and editorially beautiful, and celebrates a simple fact: badass women can love cannabis.
1. What is Broccoli magazine?
Broccoli is the international magazine for cannabis lovers, made by women who love weed. The magazine takes a curious and thoughtful look at weed through a distinctly feminist lens, highlighting many important voices as cannabis culture evolves. Cannabis touches so many parts of life, from personal to political, and it reflects a lot of our other passions. So, we use the pages of our magazine to discuss weed, but also to make space for stories that intrigue us, whether it’s diving into the life of a fascinating woman from history or learning about a weird Swedish plant’s mystical properties. This kind of storytelling is important for cannabis because it connects the plant to the rest of life, and helps to normalize weed on a global level.
2. The magazine has a distinct and beautiful aesthetic – what was the inspiration behind the look and feel of the publication?
I love unusual delights–things that waver between beautiful and strange. Broccoli’s visual universe is broad, it’s a mutli-dimensional space where a lot of different styles can be expressed. We work with a lot of talented artists with wildly unique visions, but there’s an essence of playfulness and imagination that ties everything together.
3. How can cannabis lovers become cannabis activists?
Activism starts with awareness, and I'd recommend checking out these groups who cover different areas of focus, whether it's the criminal justice system, medical access, or legalization: the Women's Prison Association, Brooklyn Bail Fund, Equity First Alliance, NORML, Americans for Safe Access. Our friends at Nice Paper and Cannaclusive do a great job of rounding up important initiatives, and often break down important details about things like upcoming elections and how your votes may influence cannabis related legislation.
Broccoli has done a few community-supported fundraisers in order to make donations, but as an independent company our financial impact isn't as big as I wish it could be. In that sense, our platform has more power, bringing awareness to the myriad of issues that surround the cannabis space. The stories we share help our readers become more informed and empowered to contribute, whether that's through dollars, votes, or by giving their time to organizations who need it.
4. What does your winding down/bedtime routine look like?
If I’m on my best behaviour, I’ll spend some time stretching–especially hip opening stretches because I hold a lot of tension in my lower body and it can mess with my sleep if I have restless legs. I love to read before bed, right now I’m reading Dawn by Octavia Butler. If I’m stressed and worried about getting a good night’s sleep, I’ll take a cannabis tincture on top of the usual routine because it almost always does the trick. It doesn’t cure the cause of my stressors, but getting a full night’s sleep makes a big difference in tackling that stuff the next day.
5. How do you take care of your skin?
I love the Luxury Beauty Serum, it includes two of my all-time aromatic favorites, rosehip and geranium.
6. If you were to be anointed into sainthood for something, what would it be?
I asked my best friend and we were joking that I could be the Patron Saint of Waffles. I make waffles almost every weekend and I also waffle a lot on a lot of decisions, probably because I run my business solo. I have to play all sides!Continue reading
You've probably heard about this ultra-buzzy ingredient, but what's the deal with CBD in beauty? Read on to find out.
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes and nutrients found in cannabis, and can be extracted from marijuana or hemp. Hemp has naturally high levels of CBD with naturally low levels of THC, which is the molecule that gets you “high”.
At Saint Jane, we only use US-grown, hemp-derived CBD in our products.
Both are forms of the cannabis plant, but marijuana contains up to 35% THC while hemp has less than 0.3% THC (the chemical that gets you “high”). There are hundreds of terpenes (also known as essential oils) and cannabinoids and in cannabis plants, and THC and CBD are just two of them. But the main difference is that hemp naturally has high concentrations of CBD, which counteracts any effects of THC. That means it’s virtually impossible to feel any psychoactive effects from CBD. The U.S. farm bill legalized the cultivation of hemp and hemp products, and the TSA has said it is safe to fly with CBD products. Marijuana is not included as of yet.
Full-spectrum CBD is also known as “whole plant CBD”, meaning the entire plant is used. When using the entire plant, you get all of the incredible benefits from the hemp plant, including those hundreds of terpenes, cannabinoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Full spectrum has less than 0.3% THC if it's derived from hemp. Full-spectrum CBD is scientifically proven to provide more nutrients and benefits than CBD isolate, producing something known as “the entourage effect", which means the more of the cannabis plant you use, the greater the effects of CBD will be.
CBD isolate is the “purest” form of CBD, meaning the CBD is extracted from the whole plant, so all that's left is the singular cannabidiol cannabinoid.
At Saint Jane, we extract our CBD oil via super-critical CO2, which is the cleanest way to protect the integrity and benefits of the plant (think of it like cold-pressed juice).
Speaking of which...will CBD get me "high"?
No! CBD is all about what you don’t feel, as opposed to THC which is all about what you do feel. CBD has no psychoactive effects on its own--you only get high when it is combined with THC.
CBD is known for being a true powerhouse botanical for a variety of needs. It's also more potent than vitamin C and vitamin E, and thanks to its tiny molecular structure, can easily penetrate the skin barrier for maximum effectiveness.
All of our products are made with US-grown hemp, and are 4x tested (triple the industry average!) and supercritical co2-extracted to ensure maximum potency and effectiveness. We then partner our CBD with a concentrated, curated blend of botanicals known to boost CBD’s soothing and balancing mission.
After ditching her day job as a high-powered lawyer, New York native Batsheva Hay launched herself into a somewhat accidental second career as a pattern-making, puff-sleeve-obsessed fashion designer. Today, the badass entrepeneur has outfitted everyone from Aidy Bryant and Selma Blair to Karen Elson, and she's picked up a few tips along the way.