Resources – Kavanaskincare


"Beauty is living in harmony with who you are."  

Here are some resources that have informed my philosophy, values and Kavana skincare formulations!  Enjoy and please share.


AFTEL, Mandy: Essence and Alchemy

ATKINS, P.W: The Periodic Kingdom                                                         

BENYUS, Janine M. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.           

BURR, Chandler: The Emperor of Scent.

CHEUNG, Theresa: Androgen Disorders in Women: The most neglected hormone problem.             

CHOPRA, Deepak: Perfect Health.                                                           

CLARK, Demetria: Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Healing.     

CRENSHAW, Theresa L.: Love and Lust: How our Sex Hormones Influence Our Relationships. 

DAVIS, Patricia: Aromatherapy A-Z                                                           

DEACON, Gillian: There's Lead In Your Lipstick                                       

ELLENA, Jean-Claude: The Diary of a Nose.  

ELLENA, Jean-Claude: The Alchemy of Scent.                                    

GASCOIGNE, Stephen Dr.: The Chinese Way to Health.  

GLADSTAR, Rosemary: Herbal Healing for Women.

GLADSTAR, Rosemary: Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing HErbs to know, grow and use.

GLADSTAR, Rosemary: Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System. A Storey Basics Title.

GOTTFRIED, M.D Sara: The Hormone Cure.   

GOTTFRIED, M.D Sara: Women, Food and Hormones;  A 4-week plan to achieve hormone balance, lose weight and feel like yourself again.

GUNTER, M.D Jane:  BLOOD: The Science, Medicine and Mythology of Menstruation.

GUNTER, M.D Jane: The Menopause Menifesto; Own your Health with Facts and Feminism

HANDA, Parvesh: Ayurveda for Health & Beauty.                                     

HAMPTON, Aubrey: What's in Your Cosmetics?   

HAVER, M.D Mary Claire:  (April 30, 2024 release date:) The New Menopause; Navigating Your Path Through Hormonal Change with Purpose, Power and Facts.                             

HERZ, Dr. Rachel Sarah: The Scent of Desire: Discovering our Enigmatic Sense of Smell.

HICKMAN- BRYNIE, Faith: Brain Sense: The Science of the Senses and how we Process the World Around Us.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN PUBLISHING: Medicinal Plants and Herbs.

JOSEPH, Leigh: Held by the Land; A guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness. 

LEIBA, Elizabeth: Protecting My Peace: Embracing Inner Beauty and Ancestral Power (African American home Remedies).

LEMBKE, M.D Anna: Dopamine Nation Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.

LICHTERMAN, Gabrielle: 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about your Love Life, Mood and Potential.

MALKAN, Stacy: Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.     

MCKIBBEN, Bill: The End of Nature.   

MOSCONI, M.D. Lisa:  The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and prevent Alzheimer's disease.

MOSCONI, M.D Lisa: Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power.

MOSCONI, M.D Lisa: (March 12, 2024 release date) The Menopause Brain: New Science Empowers Women to Navigate the Pivotal Transition with Knowledge and Confidence.

MOORE, Niamh:  The Changing Nature of Eco-Feminism: Telling Stories from Clayoquot Sound

NEWSON, Dr. Louise: The Definitive Guide to Perimneopause and Menopause     

ODY, Penelope: Essential Guide to Natural Home Remedies.                   

POLLAN, Michael: The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, Cooked, In Defense of Food.

RATAN, Ravi, Dr. : Handbook of Aromatherapy.                                       

ROMM, M.D Aviva: Hormone Intelligence: The Complete Guide to Calming Hormone Chaos and Restoring Your Body's Natural Blueprint for Well-Being. 

ROMM, M.D Aviva: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution; A proven 4 week program to rescue your metabolism, hormones, mind and mood. 

ROSENTHAL, Dr. Sara (PhD): The Thyroid Sourcebook, 5th edition.

RUBIN, Rick: The Creative Act; a way of being. 

SHIVA, Vandana: Eco Feminism 

SIMARD, Dr. Suzanne Finding the Mother Tree: discovering the wisdom of the Forest.

STAMETS, Paul: Mycellium Running

STRATHERN, Paul: Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements

TISSERAND, Robert L. & YOUNG, Rodney: Essential Oil Safety A Guide for Healthcare Practioners.

THAYER, Samuel: The Forager's Harvest                                                 

WINTER, Ruth M.S: A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients 

VASIL, Adria: Ecoholic Body and Ecoholic Home      

VITTI, Alisa: In the Flo: Unlock your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life.   

WORWOOD, Valerie Anne: Aromatherapy for the Soul; Healing the Spirit with Aromatherapy and Essential oils.

WORWOOD, Valerie-Anne & STONEHOUSE, Julia: The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program: A Complete Self-help plan for Improving Helth and Well Being.


TED TALK: The Toxic Baby with Penelope Jagessar and Tyrone Hayes
TED TALK: Endocrine disruption, environmental Justice and the ivory tower, Tyrone Hayes
TED TALK: The Most Polluted Generation


MYERS, Pete: Microplastics Revealed in the Placentas of Unborn Babies
BRIGHTEN, Jolene Dr.  When is the Best Time to Test Hormone Levels
BRIGHTEN, Jolene Dr. Reduce Your Stress Today for Better Hormones
BRIGHTEN, Jolene Dr. What Causes Hair Loss and How to Stop it


Dr. Aviva Romm The Natural Health Podcast

Dr. Mariza

Commune Podcasts: Your Hormones Are a Superpower