We were super grateful this week to virtually chat with Aviva Skye Tilson from Apis Apotheca & Farm. Aviva has spent a decade healing herself through working with plants and animals, and has always had an obsession with skincare. Through much trial and error, her beautiful skincare line represents her combined years of field experience, academic research, and endless experimentation. The result is beautiful, “farm to face” skincare– we’re huge fans of the AlcheMist Spray and the Golden Milk Cleansing Balm. Aviva will be offering a virtual learning event, “Grow Your Own Victory Garden,” on Saturday, April 25th. Sign up here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m from NYC and knew nothing about plants or farming until I was exposed to a friend’s mother who was an organic farmer when I was 19, which blew my city-kid mind. I was very sick growing up, and didn’t understand why, and this was a big ‘aha!’ moment.
How did you come to developing Apis Apotheca and your practice?
This revelation that farming even existed as a career coincided with being diagnosed with celiac disease and together these factors pushed me towards a path in the healing arts, centered by a practice of growing plants. My skin has always been my emotional achilles heel, since lifelong digestive problems took their toll on my skin, so my skincare line was born from years of figuring out what really worked and was also sustainable.