The goop Beauty Closet Questionnaire: Nyakio Grieco
The Beauty Closet Questionnaire

Her Face Oil Is Epic; So Is Her Skin.
We Had to Know More

Jean Godfrey-June Megan O'Neill

goop beauty editors Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill love to ask—and answer—questions. On their podcast, The Beauty Closet, they’re doing both. To familiarize you with each week’s guest, we came up with a goop beauty (and life) questionnaire.


Nyakio Grieco,
founder of Nyakio

Nyakio Grieco was eight years old when beauty first popped up on her radar. Her grandmother, a farmer in Kenya, taught her to crush coffee beans and sugarcane and use them as an exfoliant. This glowy-skin tactic is one she still uses today, and it informed her vision for a clean, sustainable beauty line, which she tells us all about on this week’s episode of The Beauty Closet.


As one of the most successful Black clean beauty founders, Grieco has seen a lot in the twenty years since she founded Nyakio, but this summer’s uprising over racial injustice—which rippled through every corner of our lives, including the beauty industry—has the mother of two reflecting on her early struggles to find funding and a foothold with retailers. “I remember thinking, Please, god, let me be successful so that I can help other women that look like me do this,” she says.

Her success has been major, and her beauty is unstoppable—so we had to get her to fill out the goop beauty questionnaire.

First job?

Babysitter! I sharpened my problem-solving skills when three kids locked me out of the house and laughed at me through the window from inside.


My greatest mentor is my mother—she approaches everything in life with integrity and grace.

How often do you exfoliate?

Twice a week I do a DIY Kenyan face scrub based on a recipe from my grandmother, who taught me how to make it using Kenyan coffee beans and sugarcane from her farm.

Go-to great-hair-day trick?

After shampooing and conditioning, I always add my Nyakio Maracuja & Yangu Rescue Oil to damp hair to seal moisture and bring out shine.

  1. Nyakio Maracuja & Yangu Rescue Oil
    Nyakio Maracuja & Yangu Rescue Oil goop, $40

Currently in your goop shopping cart?

GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter, a Natalie Martin dress, and the Maya x Kio Rise Up Necklace.

  1. goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing
    Repair Body Butter
    goop, $55/$50 with subscription
  2. Natalie Martin Dress
    Natalie Martin Dress goop, $445
  3. Maya x Kio Necklace
    Maya x Kio Necklace goop, $325

goopiest moment so far?

Making it through twenty-one days of the CLEAN cleanse…and I’ve never felt better.

Wouldn’t leave home without?

My Sara Happ Dream Slip Lip Balm, giant sunglasses, and my Space Mammal Apparel sweatshirt with a built-in mask.

  1. Ray-Ban Sunglasses
    Ray-Ban Sunglasses goop, $154

Instant glowy-skin trick?

I mix highlighter with my Nyakio Maracuja & Yangu Rescue Oil and apply to my cheekbones for a warm glow and definition.

  1. goop pick

    RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
    RMS Beauty Living Luminizer goop, $38

Go-to weeknight recipe?

I’m an expert at sheet pan meals, which are always enhanced by cook-time shenanigans with my kids and two dogs.

  1. Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set
    Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set goop, $38

Blow-dry or air-dry?

Both, depending on how I wear my hair. I love my curls as well as great blowout.

  1. goop picks

  2. Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control
    Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control goop, $26
  3. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000
    Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 goop, $249

Bath or shower?

Both, depending on how long I need to escape for.

  1. goop picks

  2. goop Beauty Nurse! Under the Weather Bath Soak
    goop Beauty Nurse! Under the
    Weather Bath Soak
    goop, $35
  3. Nécessaire The Body Wash
    Nécessaire The Body Wash goop, $25

Best breakout fix?

I spot-treat with a custom sulfur mask made by my aesthetician Shani Darden.

Quarantine date-night makeup look?

I wear Beautycounter Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation, Jones Road Cool Gloss in Boysenberry, and Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara, along with a snuggly Khaite sweater and Madewell jeans.

  1. Khaite Sweater
    Khaite Sweater goop, $1,380

Last time you wore sunscreen?

This morning. I wear it every day religiously.

  1. goop pick

    The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF 50
    The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection
    Sun Cream SPF 50
    goop, $69

Favorite beauty ritual to do with your kids?

Masking is part of family time.

  1. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask
    Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask goop, $95

Favorite book?

Right now I’m loving Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

  1. Glennon Doyle Untamed
    Glennon Doyle Untamed Bookshop, $26

Preferred form of exercise?

I’m a devotee of FRMATION workouts by Justine Kennedy.

Proudest moment?

Giving birth to my two children, as well as birthing a beauty brand.

Perfect Sunday afternoon?

A family Malibu beach day.

goopiest thing you’ll never try?

I’m not counting anything out. I’m always open to a new adventure for the sake of wellness and beauty.

What would you put on your neon sign?

In bloom.

How often do you recharge your crystals?

Once a month under the full moon when I’m making all my wishes.

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