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Meet Nadine Artemis of Living Libations in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadine Artemis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My fascination with plants started when I was child. I would play for hours in the woods with plants, leaves, sticks, and mud. This joy was further developed in 9th grade when I came across a book at the library as I was preparing for the science fair. The book was full of ancient Egypt-style cosmetics and perfume recipes using essential oils. My mom and I drove to the city to the health food store and bought a handful of essential oils. I was euphoric from the new found aromas, and I recreated L’air du Temps by Nina Ricci from those oils. It was an exciting project and my first success in the world of botanical science.

Later, when I was in university, I was shocked to discover that some of my favorite products, like cucumber face toner, did not contain any cucumber in it at all. It was just a bottle of synthetic chemicals! I knew that there was a pure botanical world out there, so I started making pure perfumes and some skin care items. To be ensorcelled in the scents of sandalwood and jasmine, surrounded by decanters and bottles of botanicals… I was in heaven. Within months of graduation, I opened Osmosis, North America’s first full-concept aromatherapy store. Yet I longed to live in nature, and craved a pause in life to think and to re-create, so after a few years I closed the store.

Then I met Ron. Upon our meeting, I was compelled by Ron’s life force and the crazy wisdom of his playfulness. Some nights we would stay up till dawn, imbibing essential oils, drinking exotic elixirs, and sinking into a world of luscious libations. It was on a night like this that Ron became impassioned about working together. So we did. We started making yoga truffles and chocolate bars, and co-created new perfumes and blends together. And the beginning of Living Libations bloomed.

Has it been a smooth road?
A few years ago, our home and business headquarters burned to the ground in the middle of the night. My family escaped the fire, but we lost everything else. It was scary and deeply devastating to experience so much loss. Soulful and embodied living took on a brand new meaning and depth after that.

While beyond devastating, it was amazing to witness the strength of our Living Libations team and business. The kindness and generosity of all the people who love Libations was profoundly felt. We learned that our team is resilient and that our business is agile and organized. We were amazed that we could rise out of the ashes so quickly and strongly.

Through all of this, I learned even more about trusting life, about the glory of gratitude and counting your blessings – and blessing life back. Appreciation is a true lifeline and rose-colored glasses are an essential accessory.

And, going through something so momentous makes the mundane stressors feel completely irrelevant.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Living Libations is a breath of fresh air in a present day reality where beauty is parched.

Living Libations helps people reclaim their self-care so that their health and beauty are in their own hands and guided by their own intuition. As society becomes more aware of issues with synthetic chemicals, people are beginning to understand that each drop of what they are applying to their beloved body must contain boundless, bioactive, botanical beauty. When nature provides such exquisite and effective elements to graciously attend to our skin, we must see the use of synthetics as the definition of insanity. We make Living Libations to be the finest beauty attendants for the body.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
This City of Angels is an awesome place for a business like ours beyond the intriguing eccentrics, creatives, artists and healthy home makers this area is also an international hub and we have many clients the proximity to LAX helpful.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Living Libations Beauty Boutique
    8 Brooks Ave. Venice, CA 90291
  • Website: livinglibations.com
  • Phone: (310) 399-7472
  • Email: venice@livinglibations.com
  • Instagram: @livinglibationsvenice
  • Facebook: livinglibations
  • Twitter: @livinglibations

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