Frida Kamau, Artist

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"I’m an artist. I was trained as a painter, but I’m transitioning into design. My partner and I are also trying to expand our little boutique hospitality group; we have cabins for rent in Montauk, and we’re trying to get a motel or some old camps up there, as well. We want to create close getaway experiences for people living in New York and Brooklyn—more of an 'adults' thing, I guess. [Laughs]

This is [my daughter] Safi. She’s in the 18th percentile for height, but she’s on the skinnier side. She loves iPhones.

My beauty philosophy is very natural. I only use pure castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s, which is vegetable-based. I avoid aluminum, which most soap has, because my skin is so sensitive. I make my own skin oil from raw Shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E. I just make a big batch in a blender and it lasts me forever. I also love essential oils, like sandalwood and amber.

My hair is natural, too. I don’t really use any products in it, and I don’t do much to it at all, aside from braiding it. I keep it braided most of the time. It’s easy—I’m a braids person."

—as told to ITG

Frida Kamau photographed by Emily Weiss in Tulum, Mexico on December 30, 2013.

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  • rosanegra

    Simply beautiful.

  • Anna

    She is incredibly beautiful ! Wow

  • Stephanie

    Beautiful woman and baby!

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    They are both utterly gorgeous.

  • SR

    Beautiful woman!

  • Kitty Catbiscuits

    If safis mum is any indication - she is going to be stunning when she grows up! Super cute bub.

  • Sarita

    They both are so beautiful!

  • Vivdarkbloom

    What are the proportions for this skin oil?

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Absolutely stunning, and so natural!

  • Katy

    "She loves iPhones," made me laugh a lot.

  • Hasnam Erasa

    Im a girl and she is my dream chic…as in bffs lol

  • Amanda

    Dear lord she is literally GLOWING. Why don't I look like this when I slather myself in coconut oil? Is it because I forgot the shea?

  • personagem

    She is so radiant

  • Helena

    What about her nail polish?? Love the color.

  • Nicole B.

    Wow, she is so beautiful!

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Super beautiful.....I love natural beauty.:-)
    http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

  • Riley

    Stunning. Such a simple and natural approach to beauty. Always here for more women of color on ITG!

  • http://afrolafemme.blogspot.com/2014/01/diy.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FGWPXi+%28Afro+La+Femme%29 Tresia M Biagi

    Amazingly beautiful, and cut adorable baby!

  • Ashleigh

    Her skin is gorgeous

  • Veronica

    I wish this was longer, I'm so curious about her! She is gorgeous!

  • 1Alouette

    Stunnning woman and stunning baby. I cryy. So beautiful.

  • 1Alouette

    I want a TOP SHELF from her! I'd like to see what her moisture mix looks like, what she keeps in her bathroom cupboard, what she eats, what she wears...everything without looking creepy because her skin is perfect. LOL!

  • Alejandra

    So gorgeous

  • Shawna

    I keep coming back to look at this article. From the beachhead background to the beautiful mama and daughter, it's fantastic! I kind of want to try her oil mix for my body. I'm too acne-prone to try it on my face, but it sounds wonderful!

  • Naana

    Skin so perfect. Literal meaning of 'I woke up like this'. Shea butter is really that good. Thanks ITG.

  • Nina

    Beautiful Mommy!

  • siptofix

    She is radiantly beautiful both inside and out, just as her mother is.

  • equestrienne

    Love this! What a beautiful woman and a beautiful approach to skincare. I too love raw Shea butter. I mix a bit of Shea butter and a few drops of argan oil in my palms to moisturize my face, neck and décolleté. SO good.

  • Neta

    Where are her cabins?! Need to stay there.

  • Steve

    Her Parter is Jason Goodman of 3rd Ward fame. Why did she or Into the Gloss never mention this?

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Dr. Bronner's
Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap
Nourish
Nourish Organic Raw Shea Butter
Spectrum Naturals
Spectrum Naturals Unrefined Coconut Oil
Nature Made
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