Shizu Okusa knows the merits of letting go. After ditching her career as a Goldman Sachs broker to prioritize her health, the first-generation Canadian traveled the world to learn the nuances of Ayurveda and blend her Western and Eastern education into a passion project. The resuly: Apothékary, Okusa's beauty and wellness line that bridges the gap between her Japanese roots and farm upbringing. Here, the founder shares her secrets for stunning strands and staying grounded.
"I grew up on a farm near Vancouver, and I find a lot of peace when surrounded by nature. Last year, when I moved to San Francisco, I was so excited to practice Shirin Yoku—Japanese for forest bathing—again, to relieve stress. When I can’t get outside, I love to use my Aroma Om diffuser and Peppermint Pure essential oil from Saje Wellness to create a soothing, clear environment."
"My Theragun has been a savior over the past year or so. I use [it] at night to relax my muscles. Then I’ll use a homemade blend of almond, castor, jojoba, and other grounding oils to massage around stress points, like under the balls of my feet, my forehead, neck, and shoulders."
"[Exercise] is such a great way to release endorphins while also taking the time to focus on caring for your body. Sometimes I’ll do an intense workout, other times I do a slow session of yoga or take a long walk—whatever my body is asking for that day. If at home, I love my mat from Jade Yoga."
"I typically blow-dry my hair, so this primer is crucial to protect my hair from any heat damage. It also smooths my hair and adds shine!"
"I like to start my day with my favorite cleansing oil. It gets rid of any leftover makeup, and is rich in antioxidants and other nourishing ingredients."
"My current obsession is Apothékary’s new mask, which we just launched in June. It’s a superfood herb-to-mask that we carefully formulated using traditional Japanese skincare ingredients. It’s packed with nutrients to brighten and balance skin tone, kick acne in the pores, and the exfoliation factor is amazing. It leaves my skin so incredibly soft."
Recipe for Success: Okusa's Slay All Day Matcha Tea
Make the Tea
Add 1.5 tsp of Apothékary Slay All Day matcha blend to a chado bowl (“the way of tea” in Japanese; I use one of my mom’s ceramics). Add 4 oz water, then whisk with a chasen (a Japanese matcha whisk) in swift, light circular movements before drinking straight. Optional: Add an extra dose of Lion’s Mane, a medicinal mushroom, for focus and brain health.