NATURAL, LUXURY, HIGH-PERFORMANCE SKINCARE
Meet the Founder
“d’still is my poem to Mother Nature, a thank you for allowing me to harness the real and powerful medicine the earth has to offer, to create a potent, natural skincare collection and to encourage a slower, more mindful approach to self-care/self-love. When we take the time to be present, to be still and breathe deeply, we encourage a reconnection to the earth and to our true selves. We come to better understand our bodily needs and are able to make more mindful decisions to help nurture and heal the body. Reconnection to the earth and to the self is central to the work I do. It offers relief and release from the internal stresses that are the cause for so many of our modern day ailments.”
“When you distill a plant or a flower, you get down to its very essence. d’still prompts and inspires a route back to the essence of our beings through the power of nature and the ritual of applying skincare.”
– Ula Blocksage, Founder d’still
Pictures and text (adapted) from d’still.
Our 5 questions to Ula
3 Words that describe your brand/business
Aside from my daily skincare rituals, another ritual I practice daily without fail is plunging myself into the cold sea waters off the south of England. I live one street away from the beach and so every morning I head to the shoreline with a hot flask of British tea in hand for a dip in the sea. I swim all year round and even had my first swim in the snow in February this year. It is my morning meditative practice. I love how my mind shuts off as soon as my skin touches the cold water. How the chatter in my brain ceases and I am left with only myself and the feel of mother nature moving my body with the ebb and flow of the water. After my swim I sit on the stones, drinking my tea whilst watching the tide rise and fall. In that moment, my skin is tingling, my mind is clear and I am fully present.
Product you can’t live without
I get asked this question a lot and it is so hard to answer as I use all three products in the d’still ritual consistently. All three have been designed to work in succession of one another to truly transform the skin, however, they can each be used individually to achieve magical results. If I had to choose just one product it would be our Calming Cleansing Balm for its multitasking superpowers. It works as a treatment cleanser for both the first and second cleanse of the skin, it can be used as a mask, an overnight treatment and is very good at helping soothe and nourish itchy and inflamed skin conditions such as eczema. The scent is incredibly soothing and grounding and so on a therapeutic level… simply open the jar and inhale deeply anytime, day or night for an instant grounded check-in with yourself.
Best part of your work
I have always known that I was meant to be of service in the lifetime. I love that my formulas have helped many individuals achieve happy, healthy, glowing skin, inner calm and harmony. I love receiving emails, messages and dm’s from customers explaining how incorporating my products into their self-care/skin-care rituals has helped transform not only their skin but also the way the look after themselves. I love this about my work… It reminds me that I am indeed on the right path.
I have moved a lot in this life, both as a child and after I left home to live independently as an adult. I have lived in the countryside, the rainforest, big cities, beachy suburbs, seaside towns and even in the desert. I have lived in three different countries, each one for a period longer than 7 years at a time. I spent a lot of my life searching for the place I love most, the place I want to spend all of my time, a place I thought I would really feel at home. But I have learnt that my favourite place is not a destination, it is a space inside myself where I can feel at ease, happy, connected and at one with nature.
Right now I am totally in love with my life by the sea, whether the sun is shining, the wind is howling or if a storm is brewing, I am forever journeying to that space inside myself where I feel most at home.