Ode to Self puts the care in skincare. Founded to help increase awareness about being conscious of your mental health, the entire line is based on the principle of taking time for yourself. Addressing dryness and hyperpigmentation with intentionally simple formulas, Ode to Self was created with black and brown skin in mind.
Founder Kimberlee Keitt’s intention when creating Ode to Self was to develop a line that would act as a reminder to be kind to yourself. Gentle, yet effective, she wanted her line to represent the power of living your truth, celebrating the best version of you and remembering to take care of your emotional and mental wellbeing. That means these products are more than powerful, golden elixirs for your skin. They’re meant to accompany you as you go through your journey of coming back home to your most genuine self.
About a year ago, we happily stumbled upon this inspiring line. We love that they’ve made it their mission to help women feel beautiful in their skin, inside and out, by creating a deeper relationship with themselves. Dedicated to spreading the importance of taking care of your mind and mental health, this is truly skincare that goes beyond the skin. Each time you apply one of their products, you’ll be reminded to stop, take a second and simply check in with yourself. Their carefully curated collection of wellness essentials features accessible prices and gorgeous, minimal formulas - and we can’t wait for you to try them!
We asked Kimberlee some questions so that you can get to know a little more about Ode to Self’s admirable mission. Below, there’s a special offer for you (plus, details on our giveaway!). Read on to get inspired and to get glowing!
Since launching Ode to Self, what has been your greatest achievement?
The fact that we've impacted so many people in small ways I think has been our greatest achievement. Whenever we send out packages to our customers, I include a handwritten note to each person. I get customers telling me that they're touched by that or even the amazing customer service I provide. Being able to reach people like that and make a slight difference, to me, is my greatest achievement.
How has skincare played a role in your wellness routine and mental health?
When you're using skincare, or have a skincare routine, it allows you to slow down because we're in this everyday phase of "go, go, go" - instant gratification if you will. Slowing down with skincare not only helps you to create a more effective routine (like washing your face for 60 seconds, actually using toner AND moisturizer!), but it helps to reduce anxiety and gets you to be present. I think a lot of us, including myself, get lost in our minds where we're always ruminating on past and future occurrences rather than just being still.
Can you share with us your favorite customer review?
Omg, my favorite customer review is one by this sweet customer, Natalie, who emailed me to rave about the products first, then she went to leave a review entitled, "Ooh Lord!". It reads, "I'm a fan! My skin is glowing and feels moisturized all day without feeling greasy or caked on. A little goes a long way. And the bottle is so pretty. It's refreshing to find a Black-owned business that knows our community’s needs in beauty and self-care. I'm learning a lot from the "Notes" section on this site. Very happy with my purchase and highly recommend. Thank you!"
What impact do you hope to make with Ode to Self?
I just want to cultivate a community with women, even men, loving themselves the way that I have grown to love myself. To get people to understand what it's like to be truly free once you're developed a relationship with yourself and live by your own volition. And, to get people, especially Black women, to be honest about their truth and mental state of being. Because, I don't think that gets talked about a lot, especially amongst families. And because of this, it's harder for people to heal when they can't address it with people they love because their family is not at that place yet. I understand this because I lived this. I want people to understand that it's okay to set boundaries and know your limits–when to push yourself and when to leap. That's why I believe Ode to Self exists in the first place.
That’s not all! We’ve teamed up with Ode to Self for a giveaway. For one lucky winner, there’s a chance to get your hands (and skin!) on their DUSK Body/Hair Oil and our Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool.
For extra entries: (5 for each) post about this giveaway in your stories (be sure to tag us), sign up for our newsletter, and/or leave a comment letting us know which Ode to Self product you are most excited about!