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How To Transition Your Skincare Routine To All Natural

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Jessica Morelli is the founder and creator of Palermo Body, a Brooklyn based natural skincare collection. She began making her products in 2008 and her interests range far and wide but at the center of it all is natural skincare. Jessica enjoys helping support her network of female entrepreneurs, and her hobbies include knitting, ceramic, and going to music concerts any chance she gets. At the core of Jessica’s spirit, she genuinely loves helping others grow and learning from them as well.

How to Transition Into A Clean Skincare Regime

As the founder of a natural skincare brand, I’m a huge proponent of using natural skin, beauty, and cleaning products. But I also understand that transitioning into a clean skincare regime can be a pretty daunting task. With so many brands vying for your business — and many use fear as a marketing tactic —  it’s difficult to know where to start!

I’ve compiled some helpful tips to make the switch more approachable.  

  1. Don’t Throw Everything Out

Doing a complete overhaul of the products you use is overwhelming — not to mention expensive. The easiest way to switch your skin care routine is to slowly replace products once you run out of them. Take note when a product is nearly finished and begin scoping out which natural alternative you’d like to try first!

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  1. Find The Right Fit

The most common opposition for natural products I hear is “they don’t work the same.”  But that’s not true. It just takes time to find the right product. You probably tried 158 types of mascara before finding the right one, so it may take a while to find your favorite natural products.

Thankfully, there are a lot of natural options.  So if the first natural product you try doesn’t meet your expectations, don’t give up!  

  1. Get To Sampling

If you’re not sure which brands to start with, try stocking up on samples. It can be challenging to figure out which ingredients will suit your skin best, so sampling different products is a great way to become familiar with what works best for you.

Many clean beauty shops offer trial sizes so you’re able to test the waters before making the investment in the full sized product. At Palermo, we offer our Facial and Body Discovery Kits for that exact reason!

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  1. Make A Big Impact

There are some areas where you can make a big impact with just a few products, for example shampoo.  The parts of your skin that are densely concentrated with hair follicles are actually even more absorbent that other areas of your skin. One of the first switches I made over 15 years ago was my shampoo. . I’m always on the lookout to test something new to try to rein in my unruly mane, and I switch between natural brands all the time, but having piece of mind about what my body may be absorbing from the products is totally worth it.

Soap is another great place to start, because your skin is your largest and fastest growing organ. Bar soaps can get a bad wrap but it’s my mission to change that with Palermo’s beautiful face and body soaps. It’s actually a great way to swap out the product you use to cleanse your entire face and body with a low price commitment.

  1. Makeup

Makeup was the last thing I switched over. I don’t wear makeup everyday so I don’t go through products quickly. Additionally, the quality of natural makeup, in my opinion, has only recently started to rival that of conventional options. Seeing colors, textures and testing efficacy in person is paramount with makeup. So for this swap I recommend seeking out a trusted retailer near you where you can stop in and test everything in person. Some of my go tos are  Follain and Shop Good and Credo. They have lots of different options and because they only choose products that are all natural, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re choosing clean and natural options.

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These little changes can make a big difference and it’s important to remember that it’s a process and not something that has to be done in a day. I’d love to connect if you have any questions, contact me via the Palermo Body website, I’m happy to help!




032: How to Create Community with Radha Agrawal


I am so grateful to be chatting with Radha Agrawal on the podcast today. She is the co-founder, CEO, and chief community architect at Daybreaker (the best morning dance party ever). She is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded THINX and LiveItUp, and the author of Belong. I could go on and on about these incredible titles, but let’s dive into who lies beneath all of that. We talk all about what her journey to motherhood has looked like and how she has worked to create community in everything she does.

The Journey to Motherhood

  • She waited 36 years to find the love of her life. She remembers questioning whether she wanted to have children, but she met her husband and realized she wanted to create life with him.
  • When they tried to have children, she got pregnant right away. Unfortunately, she miscarried right away as well.
  • “You go from this anticipatory experience- the excitement, the waiting- and then the miscarriage, you’re asking yourself, ‘is it too late?”
  • A month and a half later, she got pregnant again. Today, she is seven months pregnant with a baby girl.

“The birthing process is just such a miracle… I have such a deep appreciation for what it means to be human.”



  • “I’ve never felt a deeper sense of belonging to another being than I do having a being growing inside of me.”
  • Her book explores the idea that we are all looking to belong. However, as a country, we are lonely and isolated.
  • “The single most important thing we can do as human beings is to create community for ourselves and for others. It is the most generous act we can do.”
  • She recognizes that the sensitivity of rejection keeps us from reaching out and building community.
  • “That’s the hardest part of belonging: being the first person on the dance floor dancing.”
  • She talks about the fear surrounding leadership on all levels, whether that leading a team as a CEO or reaching out to a friend to see if they want to hang out.


  • We talk about the importance of community, and a community of many people. We can’t put the pressure of serving every role on just one person.
  • She remembers not feeling connected to the friends she had in her twenties.
  • “I woke up at 30 and looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘my light is dim’.”
  • From that moment forward, she made the changes she knew she needed.
  • “Belonging starts with yourself. You have to know who you are first.”
  • She explores the struggle of labels. The labels we place on ourselves hold us back from growth.

“You have all of the power to decide what type of life you want to lead. You have all the opportunities at your fingertips to be able to do that.”



  • Imagine your typical wild Saturday night out. But replace the alcohol with breakfast treats.
  • In the early hours of weekday mornings, Daybreaker gives people the place to be who they are, whether they want to be social or want to keep to themselves.
  • It involves yoga, dancing, and is all you can eat and all you can drink. Pretty much the greatest experience ever.
  • “We’re creating space for people. We need a place to self-express.”
  • “How do we gather? How do we create and design experiences? How do we make friends?”
  • She addresses the fact that technology has the power to distance us from each other.
  • “You have all of the power to decide what type of life you want to lead. You have all the opportunities at your fingertips to be able to do that.”

Don’t you just love Radha? I did not want to end our conversation! To keep up with her and her work, head over to to order her book. You can also find her at and at her website Send this girl some love.

Thank you so much for joining along with podcast journey with me. Every DM, comment, and share means the world to me, my team, and my guests. None of this would be possible without you. Head over to the podcast app to subscribe so that you never miss and episode. I also want to invite you to rate the podcast and leave a review while you’re there! Thanks for the support and love.

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031: How to Confront Transition + Unexpected Change with Sara del Monte


You guys, this is a pretty important episode. You may know her as Tutti del Monte if you follow her on Instagram or Sara del Monte if you know her in real life. She is one of my best friends, so I call her ‘sissy.’ This episode has quite a few inside jokes and a whole lot of laughter. I wanted to share this with you because Sara inspires me so much with her femininity, grace, patience, and humility. She has gone through a major transition in life this past year and has done so with such grace, even when plans fall to pieces. I look up to this woman for a million and one reasons and am so excited to be sharing her story with you.

Where It All Began

  • Sara met my ex at a housewarming party and he left the party knowing that we would be best friends. We met later at a photoshoot collaboration and It was love at first sight and we’ve been friends ever since.
  • “If the only reason he was in my life was to meet you…” “I certainly believe that.”
  • This time last year, Sara was single, taking time for herself, working out, and focusing on her work with her photography business Boudoir by Tutti.
  • Our entire friend group felt a change coming, but we weren’t sure what it was going to be or who it was going to be for.
  • “There was a shift happening and we were in it.”

The Graceful Transition

  • She became pregnant unexpectedly while living in New York. Though this wasn’t part of her plan, she recognized that this was something she has always wanted.
  • “It took me my community and it took me some time to understand what this would mean for my life.”
  • She was determined to stay in New York and raise the baby among friends. “I wanted my life to continue the way it was plus a baby.”
  • After doing some research and determining what it would actually look like to have a baby in New York, she decided to move home to Florida.
  • “What keeps me sane is ‘what is the bigger picture here?”

Confronting Expectations

  • “I always thought being pregnant was going to be with a partner by my side experiencing every little kick of the baby, every appointment at the doctors, every mile stone.”
  • Not being in a committed relationship with her baby’s dad, she experienced moments of loneliness and sadness. But she got to share those moments with friends, family, and community.
  • “I still have those things, it just feels so different.”
  • Though she was tired through pretty much all of her first trimester, she enjoyed the experience of being pregnant.

“I always thought being pregnant was going to be with a partner by my side experiencing every little kick of the baby, every appointment at the doctors, every mile stone.”


Faith + Friendship

  • We have spent a lot of time together doing devotionals and discussing our faith. She isn’t afraid to ask questions and dig into her faith.
  • “God has really showed up in my life in the way of you.”
  • Now that she is a mother, she experiences God through her sweet baby boy.
  • “I feel very grateful that doors have been closed when they have been and doors have been opened when they have been.”
  • We talk about how there are so many people praying for her baby.

The Last Moments of Pregnancy/ The First Moments of Motherhood

  • Going in to labor, she knew she didn’t want any epidurals.
  • “I wanted to experience birth, I just wanted to completely experience it.”
  • After going to a doctor appointment after her due date had passed, she was told she needed to have labor induced.
  • “Everything I had planned would from the very get-go be different.”
  • Packed for a trip to the beach, she instead took a trip to the hospital to give birth.
  • “Plan something and God up there is laughing.”
  • She reflects on the pain and beauty of going through labor and letting go of her plans.

“That moment you first see your child is otherworldly.”


I’m going to end this with some advice Sara would have given herself a year ago; I think it’s probably something a lot of you need to hear right now. “Experience the process. There is going to be light at the end of the tunnel.” You can keep up with Sara, her work, and her journey of motherhood on Instagram and at her website.

This episode is brought to you by my free PDF guide “How to Slow Down: 6 Ways to Reset” It is so easy to rush through life. I have been challenged over the year to pause, slow down, and reset. This guide will help you to interrupt the chaos and actually find time to do more things. Go to to check it out.


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