5 Minutes of Self Love

By JUARA Co-Founder, Metta Murdaya

February 14 is supposed to be a day of love, but really, wouldn’t it be great of it were all days of love? I personally think taking care of thyself comes number one – because from there we are in a better position to love others – and be loved. Often we take ourselves for granted and that “we can do it!” as we run through the day, attending to others’ needs, getting our job done, and the next thing you know, we’re too tired to even wash our face before passing out! (*Gasp* says the skincare line founder, moi.)

So – 5 minutes…It feels like forever when you’re waiting for someone to leave a parking spot, or like a second when spending it with a loved one about to board a plane. It’s all about what you make of the time. And if you think you’re worth it, then 5 minutes is almost nothing to spend each day – especially if broken out into small intervals. Try some of these 1 minute rituals and see what they can bring to your day. Do all or repeat what resonates with you 5x a day, or make up your own. (Then please share! I want to know what works for you!) I know that for me it helps me feel a little more grounded and glad.


This is clearly not an original suggestion, but still worth noting to practice. Taking 60 seconds of space helps clear your mind and ground you – allowing for the space to mentally regroup, reflect, and also re-oxygenate. I find that even smiling when I breathe (or even imagine yourself smiling if it’s less appropriate to be doing a solo-grinfest) helps lift mood. Counting breaths also help – believe it or not, I find it easier to count down vs count up if becoming distracted mid-count is an issue.

Say Those Three Words.

No, not I Love Me (hehe, of course.) Take a moment for a mini-reflection of your feelings or mood. State 3 words that describe how your feel. This small practice of being present and grounding yourself in the moment helps you feel clearer of mind, perhaps even ready to tackle what’s next. Even if the emotions feel negative, at least you’re aware of them and not just reacting to them, and constantly being reactive can feel very draining.

Mini Facial Massage.

We have many pressure points on our face – and some are easily accessible for low-maintenance self care. Using thumbs to give these points a firm-yet-gentle press can help release tension and increase circulation, which in turn also brings fresh nutrients from the blood into our facial area. I like pressing in on my temples for a few seconds and repeating a few times. Pressing upwards on the inner parts of my eyebrows, as well as across the cheekbones feels nice too. Doing gentle massage circles at the jawline and outside the side edges of your mouth is surprisingly relaxing – especially for those of you who grind your teeth, clench a lot, or well, talk a lot too. Give that jaw some TLC.

Spice It Up.

I like to have Ginger powder, Turmeric powder, and Cinnamon powder ready within reach in my kitchen. Take a second to add a pinch of spice into your anything you eat or drink, like cinnamon in your coffee, turmeric on your eggs, ginger in the stir fry – just a little smidge each day still gives health benefits and that special touch of gourmet. Because hey, we’re special.

Vibe Good Mojo at Someone.

Take a moment to think about someone you care about – whether in your daily life of someone you haven’t seen in a while, and why you’re grateful for their presence (or input) in your life. This should be a positive feeling. Then reach out (or make a mental note to), call, email, or even just text a hello. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Studies show that longevity is correlated to having strong social bonds and connections, so taking a minute a day to reflect on your social bonds can be a reminder to keep investing in healthy friendships and living longer!

Happy Lovin’!

Let’s Avocado All Over, Inside & Out

Did you know there are hundreds of types of avocadoes in the world, and that they’re actually a fruit, not a vegetable? And not are they just super tasty, but additionally extremely nutritious so here’s to a moment of celebrating an ingredient that we can all love and be creative with, as seen in cultures all over the world. Like in the US, they are super delicious as a guacamole – but in Indonesia, common uses include drinking them as a juice, and also putting it in your hair… Curious? Read on.


Avocados are a good source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. They are are full of beta sitosterol, a chemical that has been shown to have a beneficial impact on the blood levels and helps reduce inflamation. Research shows that avocados are rich in oleic acid, which is a fatty acid associated with reducing the LDL (bad cholesterol), improving the ratio between good and low-density lipoprotein… all in, this is a super heart healthy fruit we should all enjoy!
The great thing about avocados is its ability to be utilized in a wide range of dishes. A simple sandwich with avocado and a little lemon juice sprinkled on top can be a fantastic snack and keep you feel full and satisfied for very long, and you can always enhance with anything from sundried tomatoes to hummus. Avocados are also a great addition to any vegetable salad. Make certain to include avocados in the daily eating routine. My dad makes it a habit to eat 1/2 an avocado every morning with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to maintain his youthful 77 years young!


I like to think the centuries of its use has given us a lot of time to get creative with it…
IN A JUICE: Blend 1/2 an avocado with ice, water (or coconut water), 1 tbsp of condensed milk, and 1/2 tsp of instant coffee. Makes 1 cup. It has a sweet, delicious Avocado flavor with just a touch of a coffee aroma and flavor to make it a touch more aromatic and flavorful. For an decoration, you can squirt some chocolate syrup on the inside of the walls of a transparent glass cup before pouring in the juice for extra festive appearance! Here’s a fun recipe.


IN YOUR HAIR: Yes, seriously. In your hair. An avocado’s fats and rich texture makes for a great hair conditioning treatment and nourishes your scalp. In our traditional Indonesian “cremebath” treatment, you go to a salon to get a 45 min head, shoulder and arm massage (aka mini piece of heaven) while receiving a deep conditioning treatment with a natural hair mask. For dry skin, we use Avocado. You can make your own hair mask by mashing an avocado and mixing in an egg yolk if you have dry hair, or a banana if you have dull hair. You can give yourself a hair massage if you want then put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse with water or light shampoo.


ON YOUR FACE: There are DIY masks, but then there is our Java Plum & Avocado Nourishing mask that has all the yummm without the mess. Nourishing avocado is mixed with skin firming Java Plum and mild fruit acids to smooth and hydrate skin in this leave-on mask. We love avocadoes for skin so much we decided to make a mask with it!

Deliciously Soft, Juicy Skin with this Quick & Easy DIY Mask

By JUARA Co-Founder, Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo

“OMG, you have to check this out, I can’t stop touching my skin!”  That was my chat message to my partners Metta and Jill, after I experimented with a new DIY face mask recipe to help with my winter-parched, rough skin.

I love to experiment when I cook.  No matter how specific a recipe is, I can’t help but tweak it somehow, even if in small ways, just to see what happens to the flavor.  Same thing with skincare.  I am constantly experimenting with products, not only with what I use, but also how I use them.  That’s how I stumbled across this easy and quick DIY face mask that left my skin soft, supple, almost juicy…simply yummy.

What makes this so easy is the fact that you are combining 2 actual products, JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Radiance Vitality Oil, with 2 readily available food ingredients:  brown sugar and honey.  This mixture together makes for a luscious treatment that polishes, hydrates and smooths skin immediately.  The toner is packed with hyaluronic acid, tamarind seed extract and soothing green tea, white tea and black tea extracts.  The face oil nourishes skin with 7 different omega fatty acids (3, 5, 6, 7 & 9) and Vitamin C.  Sugar acts as a polish but together with honey also acts as a wonderful humectant.  This recipe is so quick and easy, you can do this mask any time of the day, as a quick pick-me-up or as part of a relaxing ritual.

Ingredients & Directions:   

Brown Sugar  – 2 teaspoons

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 2 pumps

Radiance Vitality Oil – 1 dropper-ful (not just 1 drop!)

Honey – Big Drizzle, 0r up to 1 teaspoon


Gather all ingredients.  Add all ingredients in a small glass bowl and mix with a spoon.  Add more of the ingredients to get the right consistency.  As the sugar starts to melt, it will become a slushy consistency, that spreads easily on the skin.

Apply all over face massage lightly in circular motion.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes.  I even leave it on for an hour or so, while I do all kinds of household chores and other work.  Rinse off with lots of tepid water and pat dry.  You can follow with a moisturizer for added dewiness, if you like.  For my normal to dry skin type, I usually don’t.

Enjoy smooth, supple skin!

Renewing Myself Inside & Out

By JUARA Co-Founder, Jill Sung

There’s something about the winter holiday busyness that makes me want to snuggle in, drink hot chocolate, and watch the snow fall. After all the family entertaining and year-end parties, it’s nice to take some time off for oneself or find some quiet away from the kids. I talked my husband into taking the kids for the next few hours, and I plan to INDULGE. Thankfully, pampering oneself these days can be healthy and delightful, on my mind because new year resolutions are prime in my mind right now.

Since moving into our new home, I have yet to submerse myself in our new bathtub, unlike my bubble loving girls. I have had plans, though, since laying eyes on the tub. The girls and my husband just left. Cue music. Cue fiction from the likes of Margaret Atwood, call me old school and a fan of the Hulu revival. A large cup of curried hot cocoa from Cocoa Cravings in Chicago that has an amazing cocoa, cardamom, cinnamon and clove powder mix.

Fun fact for all you health ingredient junkies like me! If you did not know, when consumed in normal amounts, clove, ginger, rosemary and turmeric allow one’s body to reduce inflammation (produce less TNF) compared to someone who has not consumed those spices. Watch this video to learn more.  I don’t stop there, because I do anti-inflammatory self-care inside and out. Do you?

So to round out the curry theme, I’ve got our Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask on. My skin is thanking me for this creamy leave-on mask to detox from winter heaters and too much partying. Plus, I’m also indulging in a detox bath soak of 1/3 cup of himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, epson salt and lavender essential oil. Right at the end of the bath, I take ten minutes of meditative breathing as recommended by this NYTimes article.

I’m a gratitude-filled, calm and ready to conquer the world and new year woman!

#womanstrong #holiday #selfcare

Spice up leftover Eggnog for health!

So the holidays are over, and now you have extra eggnog! What to do? One way to spice up (literally) a yummy but rich and indulgent beverage is to add a hint of spice that not only adds a zing, but also health benefits! Surprise your guests with a new take on a traditional drink, or enjoy it yourself. Antioxidant rich turmeric, spicy ginger, and a smidge of pepper, (which brings out the benefits of the turmeric) marry together to add an exotic twist to your post festivity recovery, inspired by the Indonesian herbal health tradition called Jamu. How’s that for a mix of the best of the east meets the best of the west?

Jamu Eggnog

Easy Spice Blend (serves 2 3/4 cup servings):

1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
1 pinch Black Pepper
2 tbsp water

1 1/2 cup eggnog (in a carton from the supermarket is fine.)


Blend together the Turmeric Powder, Ginger Powder, black pepper and water in a small pan and heat on med/low until mixture thickens, but not boils. Let the liquid cook for approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour eggnog into 2 cups (3/4 cups each.) Blend in up to 1 tbsp of the spice mixture, or to taste. Start with 1 tsp and add more until desired flavor of grassiness with a little bit of spice is desired. Decorate with a cinnamon stick and/or a pinch of cinnamon.

Voila, a new original recipe based on 2 traditional drinks – and you’re in the know!

Recipe by JUARA Co-Founder Metta Murdaya








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Ingredient Spotlight: Candlenut

Oh the Candlenut. Also known as Kemiri in Indonesian, Kukui in Hawaii, and a staple in food, beauty, and health treatments. Also known affectionately as “the poor man’s macadamia nut” in Indonesia, we love this ingredient for not only its variety of uses but the benefits it has! Here are some popular uses in Indonesia:


  • Crushed into bits, the soft candlenuts can create a beautiful exfoliating and hydrating scrub – the soft nuts gently slough off dead skin cells while the dry oils of the candlenut moisturize your skin at the same time.
  • Candlenut oil is an extremely popular choice for a deep conditioning/head massage treatment called the Cremebath, for making hair healthy and black, with a silky shine.


  • A staple in Indonesian cuisine, Candlenuts are often cooked into curries, giving dishes a delicious, lightly nutty and savory flavor.
  • Toasted whole, it tastes like a lighter, crunchier version of a macadamia nut – bon apetit! (Note: Candlenuts must be cooked before eaten.)


  • The oil from roasted candlenuts can be massaged into a babies’ head as a treatment for cradle cap. The dry oil penetrates skin gently and deeply, without any greasy afterfeel (hence its signature velvety feel), leaving skin healthy and not covered in oil.
  • Candlenut (aka Kukui nut) oil is also great for giving relief to eczematic skin due to its high skin penetrability, allowing moisture to enter while also letting skin breathe.

Candlenut Oil  is very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA).  In fact, the oil is 69% EFA, which puts it up there with Flax Seed Oil and Chia Seed Oil (71% and 70% respectively).  Almond Oil has 17%, Avocado has 10%, Rice Bran Oil has 36%, just to give you perspective. Why is this important?  Application of EFA is key in strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier which is why, for example, Evening Primrose Oil (81%) is often prescribed for Eczema Patients.

It also contains glycerides of linoleic, oleic and various linolenic acids, which are essential to skin health.

We love the oil so much our cult classic product, the Candlenut Body Creme, is based on Candlenut oil! As the product that started it all for JUARA, it has become a love-at-first-sight product for countless JUARA customers, celebrities and beauty editors. An ultra-nourishing complex of velvety Candlenut Oil, firming Rice Bran Oil, redness-reducing Avocado Oil and rich Illipe Butter give you long-lasting moisture without the greasiness… definitely more than just a “feel good” product, but one that’s good for you. Curious? Learn more here.

Candlenut Body Creme

Likewise, our popular Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel is a sulfate-free, delightfully foaming body cleanser infused with candlenut oil that takes you to the tropics with our signature Candlenut fragrance, while leaving your skin supple, clean, and soft. Encased in an elegant bottle, this shower gel is as pleasing to use as it is to the eye in the beautiful batik-inspired bottle and easy-to-use pump. Curious? Learn more here

Sleeping Beauty: The Do’s and Don’ts of Skin Saving Slumber



Ellie Saab collection at Harrod’s inspired by Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty…

You may think that you have heard it all before, how important “beauty sleep” is and about getting seven to eight hours of per night blah blah blah. Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow you a super long night’s rest or you’re a night owl or early bird. Many of us just can’t get in the recommended amount of sleep, and feeling tired all day is definitely no fun.

But did you know that the sleeping position you choose can trick your body into feeling like it has gotten way more sleep than it has? So, stop counting sheep and try out these different sleep positions!

The Cold Hard Truth

Here at Juara we promise you the truth and nothing but the truth, so here it is: getting a good night’s rest is pivotal for not only our skin, but your health, mental state, and mood (you don’t want to be asked if “you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.”) 

Below we have put together a list of the best and worst sleeping positions to help you optimize your hours of beauty sleep to stay healthy. Founder and editor in chief Helen Sanders of Health Ambition, (which provides easy to understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact,) has some great information on healthy sleeping positions too! 

Your PM  Poses

1. On your back

Sleeping on your back makes it easier on the head, neck, and spine. This position aligns the body straight, keeping it in a neutral position. If you have lower back pain, sometimes it may help to place a pillow underneath your knees to alleviate the discomfort from being on your back for too long. 

2.  Starfish

Another good position for your back, and prevents facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. Research has also proven that sleeping on your back can combat acid reflux. In the starfish position, you are lying on your back with both arms around the pillow. It is important to note that this position can cause snoring!

3. On your side

Sleeping on your side is the second best position and especially beneficial for those who have sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side opens up the oropharynx and elongates the spine to alleviate back pain (please include source and source link). However, there is a good and bad to everything! Side sleeping could lead to unwanted skin aging since placing one side of your face on the pillow can cause wrinkles, and could even lead to the breasts sagging quicker (and we definitely don’t want that!). If you are already a side sleeper and experience have back pain, try placing a pillow in between the knees to help alleviate pressure.

Your PM  Pose-Nots (aka the worst sleeping positions)

1. On your stomach

Sleeping on your stomach is not advisable since it does not support the natural curve of the spine and can lead to overarching. When you sleep on your stomach, there is added pressure to your joints and numbness resulting in pain.

2. The fetal position

It may seem like the most comfortable but sleeping on your sides with you knees drawn up to your chest can lead to neck/ back pain, sleep lines, and wrinkles. Whenever you sleep on your side, the side or front of your facial skin will be pulled or stretched. If you are sleeping on a high pillow, your head is slightly down and a double-chin gradually appears after a long time.

You sleep with your whole body, and the position you choose affects everything from sleep quality to premature aging. Sleeping positions are greatly related to Your skin (and body’s) metabolism is regulated at night, so making sure you get enough beauty sleep really does impact your beauty!

Beauty Maintenance 24/7

Don’t forget – we also experience evaporation of moisture from our skin when we sleep, so to look even more glowing and rested in the AM, the right skincare prep before bed can also do wonders. Let’s not neglect the evening hours are opportunity for skin TLC, treatment, and reset that may undo the damage from the day – especially when the concern is dehydration, pollution, or sun exposure! It’s important to make sure your skin is clean and moisturized before sleeping – and a to have a simple, easy to follow JUARA skincare ritual is always beneficial to undo the stressors of the day. A simple 4-Step to Cleanse, Tone, Treat, and Moisturize process that takes less than 5 minutes with visible results in the AM. Enjoy!



Summer Readiness – Here We Come.

Summer is the season for sunshine!  With beaches, dining al fresco, summer fridays (read: buh-bye office walls!), and generally being outdoors, you can easily be more prepared than you realize! You’ve heard repeatedly to never leave the house without sunblock, reapply several times a day (as its effectiveness reduces with light exposure, or just from coming off from sweat/daily activities), but there’s a few extra tricks up our sleeve to keep your skin summer fresh and healthy. Being inspired by Indonesia, a tropical country with sun all year round, JUARA knows what a doozy rays near the equator, eternal sun and humidity can do, so here’s our faves to tackle common sun related skin situations!


Oops. Didn’t we say slather up the SPF? Well, it happens to the best of us… the sunburn. Sunburns are caused when skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays and can happen in as little as 15 minutes, but can take 2-6 hours for the symptoms to appear. Some symptoms of mild sunburn include redness and tenderness, and for that, our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner is a great skin soothing treatment. It contains rice bran extract, which specifically reduces redness and irritation, hyaluronic acid and tamarind see extract to moisturize and cool – without oil or alcohol, and triple tea extracts packed with anti0xidants. It really is instant relief. (For serious symptoms including blistering, fever, chills and nausea, we suggest going to the doctor!)



Does summer weather and humidity put your skin into a tizzy? Does your skin range from “well, it’s rather shiny” to “a greasy mess?” Our Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer is oil-free, yet contains Kombucha, our anti-aging fermented black tea complex, plus ginger and cinnamon that reduces sebum production. This means the moisturizer does not only reduce oil-induced shine at the moment, but it also means that the more time you use it over, the less “shiny” your skin will naturally become!

Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer

Another anti-shine darling? Our Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. Also with our Turmeric infused Radiance Complex, this oil-free serum serves as excellent hydration with seaweed, while containing skin firming ingredients including palm peptides, clove flower, and goji berries. Like an exotic fruit cocktail for your face – just less messy, and way more immediate in its firming, skin-smoothing results!

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum


Once you’ve been exposed to a day of rays, it’s always good to refresh and rejuvinate your skin! Counter sun, travel, or pollution exposure with our Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask, which contains our potent Turmeric extract which neutralizes free radicals and brightens for a healthy “I am so HEALTHY!” glow. And we like to get our sexy natural radiance on – ready for the next day. This mask also contains Kaolin Clay is blended with Candlenut Oil to purify skin, absorbing impurities, while also keeping it moist and not overdried. Great for all skin types, just make sure you take it off when you leave the house because it just feels THAT GOOD on after 10 minutes! (Or just do what we do for a super treatment – apply a thin layer and leave on overnight. Wake up to the morning glow. Literally.)


And of course, we remind you to stay hydrated, make sure your sunglasses have a UV filter on them, try out a sun parasol if you’re feeling particularly stylish like some do in Asia, and keep smiling! Got any sun tips to share? We’d love to hear it!

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Simple and Inexpensive Ideas to Make Mom Feel Extra Special

As the daughter of a mother who has always put the needs of others above her own, I am always in search of gifts that would show the love and appreciation I feel for my mom.  Wellness and self-care are high on my list, but I also know that spending time together is a big thing for my mom.  Interestingly, as a mother of 3 little kids, I crave me-time and catching up on sleep.  My mother, on the other hand, as I know a lot of mothers of grown kids do, values few things more than spending QT with her kids.  Here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to combine a beauty gift with time together.


1)  Give Mom a Hand Treatment

Who doesn’t love a great hand cream!  Hand Creams are amongst the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas, but you can turn a simple hand cream into a super relaxing experience for Mom.  Next time you see her in person, sit down with her and give her a 5-minute massage.  There are a ton of how-to’s online, including this one on Wiki:  Want to take it even further?  Prep your mother’s hands and lower arm with a gentle cream scrub you can just wipe off before following with a hand cream.

Suggested Products:

Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)

Candlenut Body Crème ($35, 7.5 oz/ 213 g)

Candlenut Body Polish ($35, 7.5 oz/ 213 g)


2)  Found a Great Mask? Mask & Relax Together!

There is something incredibly relaxing about putting on a mask, maybe because it forces us to slow down a bit.  Why not take a 10 minute break with you Mom, apply the mask and sit down with her with a cup of soothing herbal tea!

Suggested Products:

Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)

Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)

Rose Willowbark Purifying Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)


3)  Enjoy a Home Made Jamu with Mom

What’s good for health and wellness is also good for outer beauty.  Jamu, the ancient Indonesian herbal tradition goes back centuries, but you can easily re-create a simplified Jamu drink at home and enjoy with your Mom.  Pour boiling water over a few slices of fresh turmeric and/ or ginger.  Add lemon, honey and a dash of black pepper – voila!  If fresh turmeric is hard to come by, just mix some turmeric powder with honey to create a paste and drop into a cup of hot water.

Check out this detailed recipe for a quick-and-easy Jamu!


4)  Try Some Beginner Yoga Moves Together (or Tai Chi, Pilates, Stretches, etc.)

Perhaps your Mom already does Yoga.  Maybe Tai Chi is more up her ally – It does not really matter, as long as it is simple for both of you and creates a shared experience that allows you to be present in the moment without any of the usual distractions.

Check out these beginner poses from Health Magazine.

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Happy Mother’s Day!