At a very young age, Jersey Shore-based artist and designer BethKaya knew that art, ancient culture, and holism were elements in life she couldn't live without. Years spent studying jewelry design and gemology at the Fashion Institute of Technology while nurturing a career in corporate marketing inspired her to begin creating unique crystal infused fragrances, soaps, and other spirited home goods for her own full-time business, an entrepreneurial endeavor she was finally able to actualize once she gave birth to her son.
With an uncanny knack for pairing scents, BethKaya possesses the ability to smell and taste colors and sounds, a “superpower” called synesthesia. “This crossing of sensory wires grants me the ability to cross-create new products, like a perfume or lotion, that recreate a moment in time for someone on a 360 degree level, with a specific energy,” shares BethKaya with a sparkle in her cocoa-colored eyes.
For several years, BethKaya’s found much success growing her business via Instagram and Etsy. But, coming soon, Jersey Shore residents and vacationers will have an opportunity to visit her new sacred retail space, Self Care Cafe, for snacks, sundry items, and sanctuary.
Whether it’s a hemp and honey soap bar with lavender, sweet orange, and tulsi leaf paired with calcite and dusted with 22kt gold mica or a cannabis flower and fig fragrance with peridot, citrine, salvia, and echinacea, her loyal customers cannot get enough of her mystical offerings. Obsessed with everything BethKaya creates, MAGNETIC asked the intuitive artist to share one of her favorite sacred summertime beauty secrets for our readers. She describes her recipe for Coffee Mint Body Butter as “a revitalizing, soothing protectant for sun-kissed skin.” Apply liberally after a long day basking in the sun’s rays or dancing at one of the remaining festivals of the summer like Outside Lands in San Francisco, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Electric Zoo in New York City.
Coffee Mint Body Butter
1/2 ounce botanicals, dried mint leaves and calendula petals
1 bottle of coffee essential oil
1 bottle of peppermint essential oil
4 cups of olive butter
8 - 12 2 oz glass jars, amber or cobalt colored to protect product against UV light
1 heat-resistant, silicone glove (I like The LoveGlove)
1 filter bag (I like Purify Filters)
1 glass Mason jar, large or large pouring Pyrex measuring cup
1 popsicle stick or tongue depressor
1 MagicalButter botanical extractor machine
Place the olive butter and dried mint leaves and calendula petals into your MagicalButter machine, and secure the head. Press the Temperature button, and select 160°F/71°C; then press the 2 Hours/Butter button. Sterilize storage containers by boiling them for 10 minutes. When complete, using the glove and filter, strain out the plant matter and pour the hot material into large heat safe glass. I use a 4 cup and Pyrex pouring measuring cup, which makes decanting easier. While your mixture is hot, add 25 drops of peppermint essential oil. Then, add 25 drops of coffee essential oil. Stir until mixed well with a clean, sterile wooden stirrer. Transfer the body butter into the sterilized containers. Allow the body butter to cool completely on a room temperature countertop at 70 degrees before securing the lids.
- Alternate your plant matter! You can use rose petals, roman chamomile, or hibiscus petals.
- Experiment with different essential oils. Add eucalyptus and tea tree oil. Or switch out peppermint for spearmint.
- Nix the coffee oil for a natural vapor butter.
- In the autumn, create a fall butter that evokes warmth, using spiced tones like citrus, clove and cinnamon.
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