Photography by Bliss Katherine
Model: Kate Parfet
For this installment of 3-0, photographer and creative Bliss Katherine and model Kate Parfet highlight a trio of Kindred Black Slow Beauty. The mood at first glance is dark – solitude, shadows, a ritualistic preparation. But with focus, the mood lightens, the birds sing as they have always done, and the routine and the purpose of self-care by oneself, for oneself is left to shine.
The Skin Glow Trio is a set of three of our favorite skin refreshing and perfecting pieces from the Slow Beauty line. The set includes Pure Organic Cold Pressed Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Blue Earth Exfoliating Scrub, and our hand carved, pure Teotihuacán obsidian and huizache wood face massage tool.
Blue Earth Exfoliating Scrub is a simple and effective powder cleanser made in collaboration with a collective of Navajo farmers, herb gatherers, medicine men and women. A combination of ground ancestral blue corn, fine white clay, and antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory sunflowers, mix this gentle pale lavender scrub with approximately 1/2 tsp of water, prickly pear, jojoba, or argan oils to make a smoothing and restorative exfoliating facial cleanser. Massage very gently onto face and rinse or wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. Can be left on the skin for two to three minutes for a more moisturizing mask. Can also be used with slightly more water or oil for a full body scrub.
Once skin is properly exfoliated, use 100% virgin, cold-pressed, organic Prickly Pear seed oil to hydrate and seal moisture below the skins surface. Our pure, clean oil is from a women-owned and operated collective in Morocco where the prickly pear is known as "the miracle plant" because of its many medicinal uses throughout the centuries. Rich in protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins E and K this precious, organic oil transforms the skin by refining and tightening pores, reducing redness and inflammation, brightening under the eyes, lightening dark spots, brightening skin tone and restoring skins elasticity. Deeply moisturizing because of its high linoleic acid content, a few drops of prickly pear seed oil will rapidly absorb into the skin to deeply penetrates the layers, nourish and soften.
The Huizache Wood and Obsidian Face Massage Tool is a hand carved instrument for facial massage and distributing facial oils evenly, while increasing circulation and stimulating lymphatic drainage. The solid, deep black obsidian is mined communally in the Mexican state of Hidalgo and worked by hand in a workshop near the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacán. A smooth, glass-like volcanic rock, obsidian has been a tool of healing for thousands of years and is said to counter fear, anxiety, and anger, and to clear negative energy from the psyche. Roll gently in short motions across entire face for two to three minutes per day to relax the facial muscles, stimulate circulation, and calm the mind.
The 3-0 (three zero) series – In numerology the number 30 is sometimes referred to as the limitless 3 – the highly creative and social energy of the digit 3 followed by the unlimited digit 0. This piece is part of the series, collaborations between Kindred Black and some of the many talented female creatives we’ve met along the way. A collection of lookbooks, interviews, conversations, and more highlighting eco-fashion and the Kindred Black sustainability ethos, 3-0 is our way of creating a space for the imagination and creative expression of the women that inspire us.