Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty knows a thing or two about clean beauty and wellness. She's one of our go-to blogs to learn about the most luxurious yet effective and safe products and we love getting a behind the scenes look through her IG @barebeautyblog to see her favorite Charleston spots. Below Jessica lets us in on her top Charleston wellness recommendations so you can feel good from the inside out.
Basic Kitchen speaks the language of foodies and health nuts, alike. While this spot is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, (they even do takeout!) it’s definitely not your typical health food restaurant. Basic has a full bar, the ambiance is very west coast, and it’s definitely sexy enough for a date night. They also have a sweet little patio out back if you’d rather eat among some plant friends.
Quite possibly the most inviting little spot in town for breakfast and lunch. Everything is made from scratch, in house, from locally sourced, whole food ingredients. This cafe offers both gluten-free and plant-based baked goods, (the bars are insane), salads, and tartines as well as great coffee, wine and beer. It’s so cozy, many Charleston freelancers and professionals set up shop there for the whole day. You might find me indulging in the quiche and green salad while typing away on my laptop. Come say hi!
If you’ve been wishing you could shop the best of clean beauty all in one place, look no further. Every product AILLEA carries is Bare Beauty-approved. Not only are all the products sophisticated and effective, but they are also free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, endocrine disruptors and other toxic chemicals, and nothing is tested on animals. No exceptions. AILLEA also just opened their own spa room, where you can book a nontoxic facial or sugaring appointment. I can (and do) spend hours here!
Charleston’s first organic concept salon is here, and it’s everything you’ve always wanted your salon to be. This fume-free zone uses less toxic hair color formulas than traditional salons, but don’t think you’ll walk out looking like you went to a henna party. The color, cuts and styles are current and fashion-forward. The shampoo bowls are attached to beds, which takes the hair washing process to a whole new level. And, while your stylist is giving you a scalp massage at said shampoo bowl-bed, you’re hands are wrapped in aromatherapy oils and a hot towel. You’ll never want to leave.
If you want to sweat so much that you feel like a new person at the end of 75 minutes, take a heated vinyasa class at CPY, as the locals call it. Their hot flow yoga classes push you to your physical limit, but also help you break down old, ineffective thought patterns. Also, these classes are for everyone and every body. You will practice with people who are both beginners and veteran yogis, men and women, and all body types. Everyone is welcome. I leave this studio feeling refreshed, accomplished and ready to take on the world, and the community they’ve created over the last nine years is beautiful to witness.