Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist
Heather is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and plans to become a Doctor of Ayurveda. She's interested in all kinds of therapeutic/healing modalities and is one of The Ayurveda Experience's in-house Ayurvedic Practitioners. She lives in Albuquerque with her two cats and loves to cook!
Here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, summer starts early and lingers well into fall. So when I say I can't live without this product in summer, it's pretty much from May to October, and it's a game changer. My Pitta is high for a number of reasons. My main dosha is Pitta, I'm in the Pitta stage of life (adulthood), I live in a hot climate, I'm a full-time student, and I'm approaching menopause. For anyone who isn't sure how all of that ties into having high Pitta or might need a refresher, the qualities of Pitta are hot, sharp, light, liquid, spreading, oily, sour, bitter, and it can take on a fleshy or pungent smell. Pitta is the essence of heat and transformation and is associated with the colors red and yellow.
I'm a little sensitive. (This can be physically or emotionally and can manifest in sensitive skin or feelings)
I can get irritated somewhat easily. (This can also apply to internal or external conditions, like high acidity in the digestive system or being easily irritated in traffic or interpersonal situations)
Others refer to me as bright and brilliant. I have a sharp memory and an inquisitive mind. (Pitta is associated with the sun. Pitta people are often involved in mentally challenging work like IT, engineering, education and the medical field, just to name a few)
I have a strong appetite and can get "hangry" if I don't eat.
My body temperature runs hot and I feel physically hot when emotions run high.
I am prone to having pink or flushed and/or skin irritations and sensitivities such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea.
With all of these going on in the mind and body, wouldn't it be great to get some instant relief to cool and soothe aggravated Pitta?
Even if you can't relate to these in general, scorching heat of the summers does call for a sooothing boost of hydration. And for me, this very product does it and so much more.
Here it is - the product I can't live without in summers.
I actually have one in my bathroom and one that I carry with me everywhere. It's Ajara's Sweetgrass Aloe Refreshing Toner, and the mist is like a portable spa treatment. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs a cool-down in the summer, even if you're not a Pitta-dominant person.
It hydrates, refreshes and gives a pore-perfecting, sublime glow instantly. It feels so gentle that you can feel the natural ingredients loving your skin back.
An uber-gentle toner that has a special, unique fragrance and an even more special freshening property.
Formulated especially for dry/ sensitive skin, this toner gently hydrates your skin, and is also great as a quick refreshing pick-me-up or even as a makeup finishing spray for a fresh, dewy look. Enriched with the goodness of homely, skin-loving ingredients, the effects of this unique toner last really long yet you'd want to re-apply it for its utterly relaxing experience.
There are probably countless situations where people's frustrations and body temperatures run high, but here are some of the times this toner has come in handy for me, besides when I apply it in the morning after cleansing/exfoliating and before applying oils:
I'm sure there are applications for this wonderful product that I haven't even considered, and I would love to hear about your experiences once you try it out!
Also known as manna grass and holy grass, Sweetgrass is considered sacred by many Indigenous people in North America and is used in herbal medicines as well as cleansing rituals as a smudge.
The aromatic herb has been called "the grass that never dies" because it retains its fragrance for long after it is harvested. Sweetgrass is helpful in minimizing the prominent appearance of pores and even-tones and nourishes the skin.
In many traditions, it is known to invite good vibes, cleanse energetic spaces and bring a sense of calm because of its grounding yet energizing aroma. After just one spray of the fine mist, you can feel the calming and soothing properties in the skin and the senses.
Many of us think of plantains and envision them as a sweet side dish or a savory snack, like tostones or patacones. While plantains are delicious, plantain leaf is a completely different plant with a long history of benefits.
It maintains your natural glow and because of its soothing and clarifying properties, it has been used for skin for centuries. One powerful constituent of plantain leaf is called allantoin. It imparts coolness to skin that has appearances of sunburn and acne--it's no wonder that we'd put this wonder herb in a formulation for Pitta-type skin!
This is another ingredient that might not be a household name, but probably should be. It is in the sunflower family and is usually steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is very popular for its fragrance.
It also has cleansing properties, contains several youth-enhancing phytocompounds, is used to reduce the look of scarring, and makes skin appear healthier. It is especially helpful with sensitive, Pitta skin because it reduces the look of irritation and redness. We especially love this ingredient in our toner because it provides a soothing sensation to the skin and promotes a glowing, youthful complexion.
An ingredient that everyone knows and loves! This plant is commonly used in home remedies for its countless benefits, so it's no surprise that it's also used to calm and soothe the look of heat and irritation often found in Pitta skin.
It helps the skin feel physically cooler, softer and more hydrated while also reducing the appearance of uneven spots and fine lines. Aloe is so versatile that people with high Pitta can often drink aloe juice or aloe gel to soothe a variety of ailments, including high acidity in the digestive tract and difficult menses.
Finally, what makes such a big difference in this toner is the absence of alcohol, which dries and irritates the skin and eyes. Instead, the creator of Ajara opted for soy glycerin, which is a great, age-old humectant that locks in moisture and nourishes even the deepest cells. Glycerin also prepares the skin to absorb and assimilate other products better, which is why I insist on using this toner before I apply my favorite oils. Soy glycerin also works in concert with all of the other ingredients in this product to enhance the overall effect of softness and hydration.
So with only 5 natural, organic, vegan, cruelty and chemical-free ingredients, this product goes with me everywhere to help manage and balance my excess Pitta, whether I'm feeling it in my body temperature, my skin, or my moods.
I hope you'll try it and let me know what you think!
"Best Toner Ever, Hands Down!"
“I LOVE THIS TONER! I have never had much use for toners, they have always seemed like an unnecessary step, and burned my super sensitive skin. This toner is completely different, it has such a calming effect and completely takes away any dryness or tight feeling that I get after washing my face. Even with the oils (which I'm obsessed with!) my skin sometimes feels a bit tight. Using this underneath of the oils makes it feel so supple, soft, and calm. Added bonus, it smells amazing and light. I will use this forever! Thank you so much!
- Lauren about Sweetgrass Aloe Toner
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