Vanilla Body Scrub, a Dream Clawfoot, and the Healthiest Hair
founder of C & The Moon, doula, and cochair of the Natural Resources Defense Council Los Angeles leadership council
Hauling a clawfoot tub outside to create a little open-air spa enclave was one of the first things doula Carson Meyer and her boyfriend did when they moved to Topanga Canyon just a few months before the quarantine order. “It’s been the dreamiest gift to myself, especially right now, when our time outdoors is limited,” says Meyer, who also cochairs the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Los Angeles leadership council (NRDC is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group). The mornings she spends steeping out there, gazing up at the sky, surrounded by giant fronds and potted herbs, are a beautiful kick-start to days spent helping clients prepare for birth. “My work is all about educating people on the physiological process of labor and the choices and tools we have in promoting a healthy birth and postpartum experience,” Meyer says. “During labor, I provide physical and emotional support through breathwork, advocacy, and massage.” Since the COVID epidemic, most of what she does is virtual. “It’s still a very intimate level of support,” she says, “but I’m looking forward to seeing my hospital birth clients face-to-face again soon.”
Meyer’s own skin issues were the inspiration behind her cult-hit C & The Moon body scrub. “I mixed it up in my kitchen a little over ten years ago for my very sensitive, very dry skin,” she says. “The friends and family I gave it to loved it, so I turned it into a business. The organic oils in it really cling to your skin, so it’s super moisturizing, and it smells incredible.” The luscious blend of brown sugar swirled with certified-organic oils and food-grade vanilla does in fact smell heavenly and leaves your entire body silky-smooth and gleaming.
Meyer’s been making her own clean products since she was a teenager. “My mom’s the reason,” she says. “She’s been advocating for the environment my whole life—she once grounded me for doing my nails in an unventilated room. She’s worked with the NRDC for over twenty years; she’s the reason I joined. Recently, we lobbied for a regulation bill banning chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide linked to brain damage, which meant a lot to me. That bill passing was a huge win for California.”
She’s still advocating for NRDC, working as a doula, and running her company, so Meyers’s days are pretty full. But the start of each is about as fantastic as it gets.
9 a.m.: I like to think of myself as an early riser, but ever since the stay-at-home order, I’ve been honoring my body clock and sleeping in. The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a glass of the skin superpowder from goop. In addition to being so good, it has vitamin C and grape seed. I brush my teeth, then do twenty minutes of Transcendental Meditation. Lately I’ve been getting interrupted by some sweet finches knocking at our window. Spring is in full swing out here.
9:30 a.m.: My boyfriend is religious about his coffee-making process. It’s my job to start the kettle, and he takes it from there. We drink it Bulletproof-style, with grass-fed butter, collagen protein, and coconut oil. I wish I had a healthier relationship with my phone, but I’m usually glued to the screen scrolling through Instagram and returning emails by this point.
10 a.m.: I converted my office loft into a quarantine yoga studio. I also bought a mini trampoline, a jump rope, and some hand weights. I spend at least thirty minutes moving and stretching, and it drastically improves my day.
10:45 a.m.: Getting outside to feel the sunshine always boosts my mood, too. After working out, I wash off in the bath. I start by giving myself a head-to-toe lymphatic massage with my body scrub, then rinse it off.
11 a.m.: My hair is on the dry side, so I don’t shampoo often, but I condition every day. Rahua is one of the first clean hair brands I knew about that actually worked and left my hair soft and feeling healthy. Everything they make is great and smells really fresh. And twice a week, I do the goop scalp scrub. I have to admit, when I first heard of it, I was like…why? Who would want to put scrub in their hair? But after trying it once, I understood what all the commotion was about. It’s the best primer for a perfect hair day.
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11:20 a.m.: I get out of the tub and dry off. If I need some extra hydration (my scrub is often enough to leave my skin moisturized all day) I smooth on MUTHA Body Butter, which feels like you’re smoothing a stick of grapefruit-scented butter all over your body. I understand that might not sound appealing to some people, but trust me: You will never turn back. If I don’t need as much moisture, I love the Body Luminizer from goop. It’s this subtle, gleamy lotion—seeing my skin literally sparkle is just instant happiness.
11:30 a.m.: Ever since we started isolating, I don’t wear much makeup, just the occasional tinted moisturizer. I’ve also been spending more time treating my face to gua sha massages with the Best Skin Ever face oil from Living Libations; I love that brand because the formulas are so pure and thoughtful.
11:45 a.m.: I’m off to work filling C & The Moon orders and meeting with clients!