Hi! I'm Maya, the founder of Kavana, thanks for popping by.
Did you know that 80% of women struggle with a hormone imbalance in their lifetime? From P.M.S symptoms to menopause, acne to cysts, infertility to hot flashes, depression to breast cancer, women's hormone imbalances can run the gamut from subtle to dramatic and can cause subtle to dramatic health problems. While this is true, women's hormone issues, are for the most part still ignored or largely dismissed, a silent pandemic.
About 20 years ago, I realized that my PMS symptoms were a sign of serious hormone imbalances and made the connection to the toxic fragrance soup and beauty products I was constnatly exposed to at work, as a professional makeup artist and skincare specialist.
At the time, clean skincare and fragrance were the rare exception and hard to findand my concerns weren't taken seriously. As the daughter of a teacher and an engineer, I set out to learn what I could about these toxins, and DIY my own clean makeup, fragrances and skincare.
Fast forward 20 years, and after studying aromatherapy at the Canadian Institute of Aromatherapy and skincare and fragrance formulating online and at Toronto's Annares Apothecary under Tracey Tief, I began to give DIY workshops to test my formulas out. Researching hormones and hormone health, especially via female endocrinologists, as well as learning about the ancient traditional medicine and philosophical approaches to healing via Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed. After many years of still ongoing research and development, and even more yeas of trial and error, Kavana was born.
Aside from Kavana's non-toxic, hormone-safe and plant powered product offerings, I'm also proud to offer women the opportunity to feel heard and cared for. I host a weekly Instagram episode called "Question Peri.d", where I welcome audience questions, around periods, skin, skincare, hormones and so much more! I have also been an invited guest on Radio Canada in French, to talk about toxins and microplastics and how they affect our hormones. This is a topic I am somewhat obsessed with and love learning about, and the Kavana blog is a reflection of that.
It is such a thrill for me to serve women in these ways too, and I truly am grateful for the growing Kavana community, whom I am always learning from too. If you'd like to join the fun, intentional beauty gang, please do @kavanaskincare