When I think of my version of nirvana, it's inevitably always relaxing on a tropical island, listening to music, and smelling the sweet scents of coconut and sunscreen everywhere I go. That, and the incredible people-watching: Women who live on the beach have a certain way about them—glowing, healthy skin being the most noticeable character trait of all.
So when I caught wind of Marley Natural, a body-care line that offers one-of-a-kind formulas from Jamaica, I had to find out more. It was created by the family of the late great reggae king Bob Marley and, as such, it's all about good vibes and the healing and transformative properties of one ingredient in particular. Each product contains cold-pressed hemp seed oil from an extraction process that captures its nourishing, nutrient-rich benefits in their purest form. The oil is blended with Jamaican botanicals, including greater burdock, lemongrass, turmeric, ginger, bitter kola nut, bitter melon, and guinea hen weed.
After trying the line in its entirety—it's incredible—I caught up with the brand's own Berrin Noorata to go over everything from the brand's mission, views on beauty, and even a few unknown Jamaican beauty secrets we all should know. Keep reading to find out how to effortlessly look like a goddess on the beach and everywhere else you may go.
"It's not unusual for dry, dehydrated skin to plague even the most avid beauty connoisseurs during the summer months. However, there is a unique oil that can give the driest skin a dose of moisture: hemp seed oil."
Noorata explained, "Our mission is to help make the world a better place by championing Bob's voice and his insight to help people realize the many benefits of cannabis for the mind, body, and spirit. No need to worry about these products giving you a buzz—there are no hallucinogens, so slather away!"
She adds, "We want this brand to be a brand that does good." I asked about what beauty means to them—a question we're constantly discussing at Byrdie HQ. She responds, "We embrace natural beauty and believe in the importance of taking care of our bodies inside and out with natural products. Beauty is within."
With that beautiful sentiment, we got into a few secrets worth spilling. Noorata relayed a ton of really great (easy to follow) advice on how to keep your body, skin, and hair healthy.
1. Mix Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee ($9) with sugar for a special DIY scrub. It will detox and relieve your body of toxins.
3. Apply coconut oil (our favorite is Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, $16) before and after showering to thoroughly moisturize your skin. It will never be the same!
4. Smooth on aloe vera oil (try Jason Soothing Aloe Vera Organic Oil, $6) before and after going to the beach to protect and restore sun and salt water-exposed skin.
5. Blend sea salt and mint together into a tingly scrub to exfoliate dry skin.
6. Keep your hair lustrous, healthy, and hydrated with a mixture of beeswax, coconut milk, and shea butter.
Keep scrolling for a closer look at a few of my favorite products from Marley Natural.
Reduce stress, promote deep relaxation, and balance your mind and body with this special blend of marula, grape seed, and hemp seed oil, as well as bergamot, geranium, and chamomile.
This super-rich emollient practically melts into your body as it naturally restores your skin from daily exposure to the elements. It's a combination of hemp seed and coconut oils, ginger, and cerasee leaf extracts, and it's balanced by notes of rosemary and peppermint.
With an warm mixture of rhubarb, bergamot, and patchouli, this cannabis-scented candle is the perfect accompaniment to your nighttime beauty routine.
Which product are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments below.