Lotus Wei: Current Elixir Collection + Flowerevolution book

Ever since Lotus Wei founder, Katie Hess, was 7 years old, she wanted to transform the world in a very big way. When people ask her why she has devoted her entire life to creating flower essences, she gives a simple and straightforward answer: “because they work.” (I love that).

In 3 decades, Katie has trained internationally with flower essence practitioners and studied meditation and mindful-awareness techniques with many Tibetan Buddhist masters, including The Dalai Lama, The Karmapa (Tibet’s next generation leader) and Ayang Rinpoche, a master of compassion death and dying. All Katie ever wanted to do was to alleviate any suffering, as much as she could and as quickly as possible. It is safe to say that she has done just that.

In 2000, Katie, who is originally from Minneapolis, decided to share her custom-blended flower remedies with a handful of private clients. And now, in almost 2017, her flower elixirs are sold in in 12 countries, at some of the world’s leading hotels and transformational spas, and of course to people like you and I. The word ‘wei’ has two meanings: “transformative action” and “for the benefit of all.”

The entire company is rooted in flower alchemy. Flower alchemy is nothing new. It is just another way of receiving the nourishing and healing properties of plants, by taking in the pure essence of the flower. These essences are literally liquid energy that transform your mood and mind through your acupuncture meridians. Flower alchemy is based on the premise that your body operates like a finely tuned instrument. Sometimes instruments play perfectly, and sometimes, they need to be tuned. Flower essences act as a natural, plant-based tuning fork, bringing your body back in tune with a subtle electrical vibration. You can find the elixirs which work for you, based on your desired outcome. And just as life events and stresses shift from day to day, week to week, etc., so would your usage of these powerful and healing essences.

I love the ethos and mission of this company. I have had a very rough year and a half as far as a health battle I had been struggling with, and I got a sample set of Katie’s mists, and instantly fell in love! Of those mists I tried, the Quiet Mind was the one that I was constantly spritzing day in and day out. It definitely calmed and soothed me instantly. I loved the idea of a super potent elixir under the tongue, so I reordered the Quiet Mind in the elixir form, and I cannot live without it! I also just recently ordered (of her limited edition elixirs), the Bamboo, Lilac, Papaya Flower and Peony. Below is a bit more on the above elixirs shown:

Bamboo: Dissolves an “I can’t do it” attitude, impotence, fears, feeling small, lack of follow-through, stamina or determination. It gives and magnifies strength, determination, power, persistence, tenacity, focus, clarity, and the relationship of daily actions building to larger goals. It helps you make the seemingly impossible possible.

Quiet Mind: Contains Bird of Paradise, Passionflower, Angel’s Trumpet, Dandelion, Pink lotus and Kyanite gemstone. It dissolves a busy mind, mental chatter, restless sleep, physical tension (especially neck + shoulders), and over-analyzing. It gives you clarity, focus, a relaxed body, quiet mind, sound sleep and the ability to take breaks and be more effective.

Lilac: Dissolves the desire for things to be a certain way, expectations of a person, place or condition, rigidity or control and believing there is only one way. It magnifies flexibility, freedom from rigid or fixed structures, acceptance of things and people as they are and the ability to embrace change.

Papaya Flower: Dissolves hardness of character, envy or refusal to accept help. Helps to heal past trauma with mother or mothering, discord within a romantic partnership, confusion regarding sexuality or sexual orientation and fears about pregnancy, breastfeeding, motherhood and/or menopause. It magnifies the balance of feminine and masculine aspects, collaboration, receptivity, community-mindset, compatibility within relationships, harmony within relationships between mother and children, clarity regarding sexuality/sexual orientation.

Peony: Dissolves shame, embarrassment, shyness, perception of lack and habit of overextending. It magnifies abundance, prosperity, ability to magnetize, gratitude, appreciation, contentment, elegance, gracefulness and innocence.

I’ve noticed a huge difference in my overall mindset and how I feel when I alternate all of these elixirs together. I love all of them and I mix and match depending on what is going on. I love to keep these by my bedside and take a few of them in my purse to put under my tongue throughout the day. I notice now if I am not doing any of the LW elixirs. I highly recommend checking out this beautiful and life changing brand!

Poethique Visionary Beauty


Gayatri Pradhan, the founder of Poethique Visionary Beauty, is much like myself: her two great loves are travel and skincare. She decided to combine those two loves to create her luxurious, plant-based line. Also like myself, Gayatri is of Indian heritage, and that of course made her even more cognizant of Ayurveda, which deeply values natural ingredients to heal the skin.

She has traveled all over the world and learned more and more about how each country and culture has its own beauty rituals and secrets. Her unique, globally-minded formulations are the culmination of 2+ years of passion to find sustainably sourced, plant-based ingredients from all over the world.

All of her products are free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, phthalates, silicones, PEGS, synthetic dyes and fragrance. They are also cruelty-free and do not test on animals, ever. All product packaging is 100% recyclable as well. Poethique is also partnered with 1% for the Planet, which means they have pledged to donate 1% of their annual sales to non-profits that support sustainable initiatives around the world. You can read more about 1% for the Planet and their mission here: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

The stunning product shown above is the Radiance Boosting Serum with Wild Plum & Caviar Lime.  Sourced from the rainforests of Australia, this highly effective serum is powered by caviar lime and three varieties of wild plum. The alpha-hydroxy acid in the caviar lime gently exfoliate the skin while the wild plum balances and protects the new skin cells. As you continue to use this, you can visibly see brighter, more glowing skin. This also layers beautifully under SPF and then makeup. I highly recommend this serum! The smell of this is uplifting as well!

W.ANT Skincare Giveaway

want skincare giveaway

So I am kicking off week 1 of my ‘5 Giveaways in 5 Weeks’ Series with a brand I LOVE: W.ANT Skincare! This Singapore-based brand is ethical, sustainable and conscious. By purchasing products from them, you are contributing to communities of marginalized women in cooperatives in Bali, Indonesia and Benin, Africa. When the lovely Winona on their team reached out to me about their products, that was one of the main reasons I was so drawn to them. Of course helping as many women around the world in general is always amazing in my book, but last year, I was living in Bali for about 8 months – so that really hit close to my heart and I loved that they were able to reach and help women there!

W.ANT Skincare provides, non-toxic, multi-tasking skincare to prevent free radicals. This is especially helpful and beneficial for those living in big cities or who jet set a lot. W.ANT’s products are formulated from pure botanical oils and minerals and are free of synthetic ingredients, preservatives, colors and fragrances. And most importantly, they are cruelty free!

In week 1 of my giveaway, I will be gifting one lucky winner the following:

Beet This Honey CleanserThis uber gentle cleanser is made with over 60% raw honey! It is non-foaming and non-drying, so it will clean your skin without stripping the natural oils from your skin. This has a blend of jojoba, apricot kernel and bergamot oils to cut through makeup too! An added bonus is that this can also be used as a hydrating and soothing face mask!

Ginger Clay Scrub MaskWho doesn’t want a clean slate? This scrub/mask hybrid is chock-full of antioxidants that stimulate blood circulation and renews skin cells. It is able to do this with only four ingredients: evaporated coconut blossom nectar, bentonite clay, french green clay and ginger. Impressive, no?

The Face OilThis is a true, no-nonsense oil. Hydrate your skin with vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids found in the cold-pressed kukui, rosehip, baobob, and tamanu oils to get an instant glow that’s non-greasy. This is fast absorbing while providing moisture all day night long. #theradianceisreal

Orange Cocoa Lip Saver: It’s starting to get into the colder months, and now is an even better time to stock up and find an amazing lip balm or lip treatment. This orange cocoa balm smells heavenly and moisturizes lips without any toxic ingredients or irritating, artificial fragrances. The base of this balm is cocoa butter, beeswax and jojoba and safflower oils.

So how do you enter my giveaway? Just head to my Instagram here: @theyatraproject and go to the W.ANT Skincare post (same photo as above) to see the official rules on how to enter. Good luck to all you lovely people!

P.S. Don’t forget to follow W.ANT Skincare on Facebook and Instagram as well! Happy holidays! I can’t wait to give these lovely goodies to someone to enjoy soon!