I'm delighted to be sharing my new venture, Beauty by Bayari, with you all. For the past couple of years I've been very drawn to the loving rituals of self-care through bathing, massaging, and luxuriously deep pampering.
It became a theme when I met friends - they'd ask what bath I was into that week, or what oil I'd created, and I'd reveal in detail (and often share on Facebook, too!). Sometimes they'd ask me to make up potions - and I'd create a few to share at events and retreats.
And so it came to me one day to offer this on my FB page and wow, the response was amazing! I was so chuffed to be sharing something I absolutely love creating - and so...it's early days, but Beauty by Bayari has its own life. And here we are - the very first newsletter with my debut and Christmas range: all of which are available to order. The range will be kept at these special introductory prices until the new year.
“I had the most gorgeous bath using your wonderful potions. The love and care that is in them is palpable.” Avanti Shivpuri, spiritual healer and teacher
14th December, 7 - 10pm, Highbury
You're all warmly invited to a one-night-only Christmas Boutique Bazaar. I'll be showcasing the potions plus other unique beauty offerings. I'll be joined by friends, Aradhana Kaur of Beautiful Heart Raw Kitchen, who'll be selling her magical raw chocolates - she's creating an aphrodisiac range, too - divine. And Monty Ma of Amalawear, with some very special handmade yoga, dance and party wear made with a totally ethical chain from Thailand to the UK.
The event is free to attend - you'll receive a mocktail or cocktail on arrival then there's a selection of herbal tea concoctions for you to enjoy. Do come and bring a friend, too! Oh - and you can pre-order any of these potions and collect them on the night. We'll have a beautiful "elf" who'll even do your gift wrapping for you (extra charge applies). Join us!
A few months ago I booked a hermit-retreat to a friend's hacienda in Spain, not realising that I'd have this beauty project to work on.. and not only that, but that it would provide the perfect inspiration for the Christmas beauty range. Even on the flight over, I was travelling with BA and came over all British and fancied a G&T... I was enjoying this immensely, and, flicking through the in-flight mag, I started reading about artisan gins and all the gorgeous ingredients... I felt my senses alive from the aperitif and the descriptions and wondered... what if we could bathe in this? And so...
No-Sin Tonic was born; an enlivening combination of crushed juniper berries, pink grapefruit and pine essential oils... the perfect pick-me-up before a party or cooking Christmas lunch. It also has Sanguinaria flowers, sourced in Spain, which are great for the back and circulation. And if you have a cheeky G&T whilst bathing, your secret's safe with me...
"One could get addicted to the stuff!" Reverend Fulgoni
No-Sin Tonic £8
Ambar Whilst I was in Andalucia, I met a beautiful gypsy who made the most exquisite Naranja oil... so that got me musing on how to blend that into a Christmassy potion. Inspired by the Spanish sunset over Las Alpujarras, this potion came to life. We can bathe in the warmth of the sun with added neroli (the oil of Egyptian queens), bergamot and blood orange essential oils. I've added strands of calendula for skin softening... this is warming, soothing, but with a gentle kick to the system... bueno!!
Ambar, Limited Edition £9
Submerge had been swirling about for a while and made itself known in the form of wild mallow (deeply soothing properties), French lavender and blue Thai flowers... this potion has the incredible Rainbow Blessings oil for the throat chakra (blue), so after submerging in it, it'll enhance our clarity. I've also added silky coconut oil to ensure smooth skin afterwards.... a little like being on an island retreat.
Bewitched! This Christmas
Part of my debut range, Bewitched! is a deeply cleansing potion that has ceremonial sage & rosemary from a beautiful farm in Lincolnshire, Cabourne Parva...plus an alchemical blend of oils. It's been given a Christmassy twist with pine & comes with a mini-bottle of organic apple cider vinegar which deepens the cleanse and tones the skin. Folks who've felt poorly have reported this re-energises them... and it has the added bonus of making your bathroom smell super-fresh and inviting!
Bewitched! This Christmas £9
I'm keeping my debut potions available for Christmas, too, due to popular request (am over-the-moon to say!)
Awaken the Wild Heart was created for a women's gathering, Magic of Shakti, with my dear friend and colleague Kimaya Crolla-Younger. It has ceremonial sage, red rose blossom and a heart-opening blend of essential oils, including rosa damascena - symbolic of beauty and love.
"I can feel the love poured in and the artistry. The bath I took with your potion was fantastic and Giles jumped in after me because it smelled and looked so gorgeous." Katrin, artist, Magic of Shakti attendee
Awaken the Wild Heart £9
Exotic Moon Bath was inspired by witnessing a full and luxurious moon, whilst smelling the jasmine, on my roof terrace. It contains sacred jasmine flowers, comforting Ylang Ylang, and a touch of Sandalwood - blessed in the Giza Pyramids (thank you, dear Barbara, for this gift).
"What an amazing creation!" Jai Kartar, musical artist
Exotic Moon Bath £8
Serenity came to me in a moment of searching for calm, a pause, in life. With Scottish heather (from my homeland) Greek lavender (from my spiritual home) and damask rose... this 'lil potion offers respite from modern living.
As Geraldine Brennan, actress, said (on the day Trump was elected) "In the darkest hour of civilisation, I reached for Serenity. It looked so lovely in the water and I was soothed."
The lowdown: how to order
For now, if you'd like to order any of these potions, simply reply to this email with what you'd like and whether it's for now (as soon as possible) or for Christmas (in which case I'll post after the Bazaar on the 14th - unless it's international. So far they're winging their way to Malaysia, Switzerland and Finland... and a hand-delivery to Australia, woo hoo!)
Collecting: pre-order & collect at the Bazaar on Wednesday 14th
Posting: as a guide, it works out around £5 to post two potions in the UK
Paying: is straightforward. I'll send you PayPal or bank transfer details.
Website: My dearest friend and flatmate, Dave, is busy working on a website for me and that'll be released asap.
The next newsletter has news of more products (I have body scrubs, massage oils and aura sprays in the pipeline) and - with some luck, work and magic - my website.
Let's soften into life* and create an earthly paradise!
Big love, Bayari xxx
* With thanks to Angelic Celestial Colours for her channelling
Heaven on Earth: Beauty by Bayari