GROWING UP IN SINGAPORE to parents of South Indian, Nepalese and Chinese heritage, a beauty regimen that consisted of using flowers and natural oils to nourish my hair, skin and nails was customary. They were practices incorporated into my daily routine to provide crucial nutrients to my body as a child.
My mother lathered my hair with various rich, aromatic oils. She treated my skin with natural oil mixtures of turmeric, coconut, argan, jojoba, frankincense and tea tree oils. It was a kind of spiritual experience, all while preserving natural beauty. In the end, her concoctions left my skin insanely soft, supple and most importantly, blemish-free!