Your Purpose is Beauty brings you eco/organic, luxury, and niche beauty product reviews and critique, as well as intellectual discussion about the beauty and alternative health industries. Hosted by independent beauty journalist and PhD sociologist Mercedes Lyson, this podcast will also explore why people have chosen beauty as their profession or passion through interviews with brand founders, beauty professionals, bloggers/influencers, and creatives. Exclusive episodes of this podcast are available at Patreon.com/lamouretlamusique, and Mercedes' 6 years of eco beauty video content can be found at Youtube.com/lamouretlamusique/videos.
Ciao for 2021: Baby Deux Maternity Leave Details, Moving to Kentucky + End-of-Summer Eco Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites
A temporary goodbye for now! I’m taking the rest of 2021 off (Sept – Dec) to give birth, mother, and move out of state – big changes for Family L’Amour! In this episode I share details about all this, as well as how you can access lots of archived work I’ve done in case you don’t want to go 4 months with no new L’Amour content. I will be back on YouTube, this podcast, and my main Instagram account (@lamouretlamusique) in January of 2022, and will continue to share spontaneous content on Patreon, the Patreon Instagram stories feed, and newsletter over the coming 4 months. The second half of this episode is beauty chat because that’s always a good note to end on.
A Two Year BOXWALLA Beauty Box Retrospective Review | In Depth Product + Curation Talk, June 2019 – June 2021
While beauty box unboxings, initial tests and first impressions are an integral part of beauty social media, a longitudinal review (similar to an empty products review) is usually much more valuable to beauty enthusiasts. I’ve had the pleasure of receiving and testing The Boxwalla beauty boxes – which are sent every two months – for just over two years now and finally had a chance to put together this retrospective review which covers 13 boxes. If you like in depth product discussion and curation musings, settle in and enjoy! And please see below for a special Boxwalla shop discount offer for Your Purpose is Beauty listeners for the rest of this month!
Dr. Mariano Spiezia, Inlight Beauty: Only Nature Respects the Nature of Your Skin
I’ll always remember when I was first introduced to Inlight Beauty – a 100% organic UK beauty brand – because it was just about a week or so before I gave birth to my first baby in early November of 2018. Inlight products went on to have a foundational place in my postpartum beauty routine. I felt such a deep connection to the formulas, the textures, the experience of the products which continues to this day. I had the immense pleasure of speaking with Inlight’s Founder and Formulator, Dr. Mariano Spiezia last month and I’m so excited to bring you this conversation. I hope you find it as meaningful and healing as I did.
In this episode Dr. Spiezia and I cover:
*His formative influences around nature, health, and healing
*How an interest in skin/skincare developed from other health interests and work (particularly detoxification protocols)
*Why Inlight relies on oils in their formulations, and how they act as carriers and holders of plant information
*Dr. Spiezia’s insight into an essential ideal skincare routine that relies on respecting the skin
*A bit about the inspiration behind Inlight’s Supreme Collection and the role gemstones play
And of course more! Please head over to @lamouretlamusique and @inlight_beauty on Instagram to let us know what you thought of this episode, or if you have any questions, comments, or feedback.
All the (Eco) Body Care, Hair Care, Dental Care, Sun Care + More I Finished Over the Past Year (aka EMPTIES)
In March of 2020 I did a HUGE Collective Empties video on YouTube. Since then I’ve done a number of empty skincare and makeup videos and/or podcast episodes but here we are again – over a year later with everything I’ve finished beyond skincare and makeup. I had a giant overflowing box in my office and I cannot TELL you how good it feels to have recorded this, been a little awed that I went through FIVE Osmia Naked Body Mousses in that time, and move on. Hope you enjoy and find this useful!
Lisa Mattam, Sahajan: Experiencing the Science of Life through Ayurvedic Beauty
I first remember coming across Pratima Raichur’s book Absolute Beauty on Ayurvedic skincare probably 15 years ago, if not more. At the time there was really nothing else out there easily accessible to North Americans about Ayurveda and beauty, but that has certainly changed. Enter Sahajan, currently the only Ayurvedic skincare line with clinically proven results. While I have always felt there is so much more to products than what a particular test or trial can show, after trying many of Sahajan’s products myself I can attest to their efficacy – especially the Nourish Crème Riche which I tested extensively during 2020. I’m so happy to bring you this conversation with Sahajan’s founder, Lisa Mattam so you can learn a bit more on the Ayurvedic perspective on beauty she is bringing forward and what makes Sahajan unique.
In this episode Lisa and I cover:
*Her experience growing up in Canada with South Indian parents and natural Ayurvedic home remedies
*Lisa’s tenure as a pharmaceutical exec and how she brings rigor from that world into her brand
*A deeper look at some of Sahajan’s best selling products and their key ingredients, as well as a glimpse at Lisa’s personal skincare routine
* “Clean” versus “Conventional” beauty paralleling “Traditional Healing” versus “Science”
*The universal working mom struggle and words of support and encouragement to fellow beauty entrepreneurs
Please head over to @lamouretlamusique and @sahajanskincare on Instagram to let us know what you thought of this episode, or if you have any questions, comments, or feedback!
Donagh Quigley, The Handmade Soap Company: From Ireland, With Kindness
Today I’m very pleased to welcome Donagh Quigley of The Handmade Soap Company, based in Ireland, to the podcast. Donagh and I had a chance to record the day before St. Patrick’s Day, which given the brand’s Irish heritage felt fitting and special. This brand came from humble beginnings a decade ago and has grown into an international green beauty brand with #kindnesscomesnaturally as a guiding motto.
In this episode Donagh and I cover:
*The ride of green beauty in Ireland/the UK versus the US
*Parallels between the farm-to-table/natural foods movement and the green beauty movement
*A tour of the brand and the inspirations behind their scent collections
*An in depth discussion of the ANAM range, the latest addition to the brand with a focus on packaging sustainability and aesthetic beauty
*Donagh’s favorite wellness practices and inspirations
Please head over to @lamouretlamusique and @thehandmadesoapcompany on Instagram to let us know what you thought of this episode, or if you have any questions, comments, or feedback!
A Breath of Fresh Air
I find Mercedes and her content to be informative, intelligent and a breath of fresh air in a saturated industry. Her content has been the impetus for me to do many deep dives, not only on skin care and beauty ingredients, but broader scale health issues. Although I am several decades older than Mercedes, I still find commonalities with her experiences and appreciate her insights. Thank you Mercedes!!
Not so nice
I’m surprised it has taken people so long to notice the snark and meanness coming out of Mercedes’s mouth. I first loved her content when she was in Boston, but never thought she came across as a nice person. Nonetheless, I thought her beauty and lifestyle recommendations were amazing, so I stuck with her. But her attitude towards others and the fact that she started charging for beauty recommendations… well, no. I’m not paying someone to hear their thoughts and feelings on beauty products. I recently found her podcast and I can’t get past her holier-than-thou attitude - she is *clearly* smarter than everyone else, so if anyone disagrees with her in any way, she’s on the attack. I’m sorry, but she’s not someone I can let into my life in any way anymore.