December 27, 2012

BEAUTY Rx: Holiday Fix: Teeth Whitening Remedy


I hope you are enjoying the holidays. I am still away visiting with my family and it has been an absolutely divine time; fun-filled, love-filled, restful and rejuvenating. The holiday has also been filled with sweets and savory treats at every turn! Some of them not so great for the teeth.

You might remember my post about using Tooth Care and Teeth Whitening with natural remedies, Strawberries and Baking Soda blend. Now, I’ve got another excellent way to care for the teeth. I recommend the use of Hydrogen Peroxide, a household antiseptic: It whitens teeth!! Safely, that is. Yes, the name is a little off-putting, (“hydrogen peroxide” doesn’t exactly sound like something you should put in your mouth) but the stuff you pick up at the drugstore comes in 3% form, making it safe to use orally.

We recommend keeping a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide handy at home, see below for its many benefits. 

Here’s how to use it: Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part water and swish around in your mouth for about 30 seconds (or if you think your gums can handle it, take it straight). Spit it out and proceed to brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste. That’s pretty much all there is to it!! Don’t be alarmed, though: Once in your mouth, the hydrogen peroxide will begin to foam up. It' normal, do not get alarmed!
Repeat this every day and you should start to see whiter teeth in about a week. Depending on your teeth you may experience gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, so if either of these occur, discontinue use.
Here’s another great perk of using hydrogen peroxide orally: It helps kill the germs that cause sore throats.
And did I mention it  is very affordable at about a dollar at drugstores, and long lasting? As we enter into a New Year, care for your being, including your teeth! If you start your treatment today, you can have that brighter, mega-watt smile for the pictures during New Years!
- cleaning fruit and vegetables
- helping plants grow
- teeth cleaning and whitening
- against bad breath
- curing allergies
- stopping infections
- combats candida
- overal health boost


December 21, 2012

Did You Know... Yamerra is Relocating from Soho in 2013!

Happy Holidays Dahlings!

As of December 22nd 12 Lions Studio, home of Yamerra Boutique in Soho, will be closing it’s doors. Yamerra will be relocating and looking for a new home, here in New York City!
Former Home of Yamerra Boutique in Soho 2012
A toast to You for your continued  support and look forward to opening a NEW flagship location in 2013. You can visit Us in Soho one last time December 22nd, 11a-8pm.
You can ALWAYS find us, still shop with us online at

A toast to NEW and exciting thing in 2013!!!!
Eco-Conscious and Ultra Fashionable,
Maryam Moma

PS. Please visit our "Store Locations" page (Click here), to find Yamerra Eco-Treats near you as well as NEW locations TBA in 2013!

December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays Beauties! 
We are discussing healthy and delicious winter treats that help maintain skin radiance... Especially as we are gearing up to go home and see those special people in our lives. I know right?!!! All the pressure, to get the right gift, to try to eat right and not break too far away from your regular diet...? And to look graceful, healthy and radiant through it all! Food certainly takes center stage this time of year, but if you’re looking to curb your calories but still want to indulge your senses (and your skin), here are my Holiday beauty product picks!

Fresh Maple? YES....
Not just for pancakes or waffles, there’s something about the scent of maple that conjures up images of the leaves changing colors in New England—and this sweet treat is rich in antioxidants as well. If you want the sensory experience without the waistline-expanding calories, try a highly nutrient Maple and oats facial mask at home.
What you'll need: 1-2oz of fresh dry oats, 2 teaspoons of fresh maple, 1 egg (egg white only). Mix and apply to face and neck. Leave fore 12-15 minutes. Rinse throughly with luke warm to cool water.
More than a culinary treat, pumpkin contains good-for-your skin antioxidants and exfoliating enzymes that protect skin from damage, smooth rough texture and keep pores clear. We recommend a DIY fresh Pumpkin and honey mask that really helps to restore damaged skin, especially with the Vitamin E found in Honey,  your skin will look fabulous for the holidays!
I L.O.V.E Pumpkin Anything!
What you'll need: 1-2oz of freshly blended pumpkin and 2 teaspoons of honey. Mix in a bowl and apply to face and neck. Leave for 12-15 minutes and rinse with luke warm water.
Collect Pumpkin pulp, blend, add honey then apply to face and neck.  Image from

Yummm, apple cider…
When you reach for that mug of apple cider, did you ever think your hair would like to get in on the action? Try a DIY fresh deep cleansing and conditioning treatment for your hair. Add a touch of fresh apple cider to some olive oil and apply to dry hair. Make sure to massage into scalp. Wear a shower cap for about  15 mins, and then rinse. The blend washes away product buildup, while conditioning and softening the hair.

December 12, 2012

Did You know about Yamerra's Special Events?

Beauties, Happy Holidays to you!

Please find Yamerra's Special Holiday Event Times and Locations for this Holiday Season 2012. 

While we will be open at our store location: 684 Broadway & Great Jones, NY 10012, please feel free to join us at any of the locations listed if you cannot make it to the store between open hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-8pm. 

Please feel free to email us directly ( with any questions, or special requests. We are happy to cater to your skin and hair care needs.

Visit Yamerra : 684 Broadway NY 10012 for your Eco-conscious gifts for HIM and HER this Holiday Season! See you soon, xo

12 Lions Studio Holiday Shopping Event
YAMERRA Boutique
684 Broadway & Great Jones
NY NY 10012

DECEMBER 15th + 16th
Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Event
LittleFeild Art Space
622 Degraw Street
Between 3rd and 4th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11271
11am-5pm on both days

Brooklyn Bazaar
149 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Enter on N. 5th St. between Wythe and Kent Aves.)
This is the massive 30,000 sf warehouse
6PM-12AM (Night time event)

Brooklyn Bazaar
149 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Enter on N. 5th St. between Wythe and Kent Aves.)
This is the massive 30,000 sf warehouse
6PM-12AM (Night time event)

December 4, 2012

YAMERRA Champagne Party December 9th, 2012


Happy Holidays to You! Yamerra would like to cordially invite you to our End-Of-Year Champagne Party. Every year, we throw a Champagne Party to celebrate the Holidays, to say a BIG thank you to our clientele, and of course to celebrate You!

Please join Yamerra at our home in Soho. Eat, Drink Champagne, receive FREE Hand Massages and Receive HUGE specials on Yamerra's Affordable Eco-Luxury Treats!

Holiday Gift-Set, $36 Original Price, $30 SAVE $6.00
Enjoy building a Yamerra Gift-Set for friends and family. Receive HUGE specials while you are at it!

WHAT: Yamerra offering FREE Hand Massages, Champagne, Organic Chocolate, and Holiday Specials on Eco-Luxury Treats.
WHEN: Sunday, December 9th, 2012 3:00-8:00PM
WHERE: YAMERRA: 684 Broadway & Great Jones, New York City, NY 10012


November 30, 2012

Yamerra's Special Holiday Shopping Event @ 12 Lions Studio


Happy Holidays to You! Yamerra would like to cordially invite you to our End-Of-Year Special Holiday Shopping Event. Every year, we throw a Champagne Party to celebrate the Holidays, to say a BIG thank you to our clientele, and of course to celebrate You!
Please join Yamerra at our home in Soho. Eat, Drink Champagne, receive FREE Hand Massages and Receive HUGE specials on Yamerra's AffordableEco-Luxury Treats!

Family Holiday Gift-Set, $65 Original Price, $80 SAVE $15

Enjoy building a Yamerra Gift-Set for friends and family. Receive HUGE specials while you are at it!

WHAT: Yamerra offering FREE Hand Massages, Champagne, Small Eats, and Holiday Specials on Eco-Luxury Treats. (Huffington Post, Vevlyns Pen,Gift and Decorative Magazine will be in attendance!!! )

WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2012 3:00-8:00PM

WHERE: 12 Lions Studio: 684 Broadway & Great Jones,New York City, NY 10012


November 18, 2012


Beauties, Happy Holidays to You!

This holiday, Yamerra recommends that you Support Local Businesses- SHOP SMALL this season and beyond... It's sustainable (you SAVE so much on shipping and you get to take your purchases with you on the spot!)

Small Business Saturday is Nov 24th! The weekend between Friday, November 23rd (Black Friday), and Monday November 26th is dedicated to supporting to Small Business in your area. YAMERRA is participating!!!

Support Small Businesses and Local Vendors is Your Area

Visit Yamerra on Small Business Saturday (November 24th) at Our Boutique in Soho (and RECEIVE $5.00 BACK WHEN YOU SPEND $30 AND UP):

684 Broadway & Great Jones
NY NY 10012
Friday-Sun 11a-8p

OR ONLINE at: and receive 10% Rebate on all your purchases (online) Small Business Saturday! We will also have so many specials and Gift-Shopping Saving Promotions. Don't Miss it!  
Snag Yamerra's Nutrient Rich Shea Body Soap... They are so soothing and moisturizing during the winter,and beyond! On SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Purchase any Two and SAVE $6.50 at our Soho Boutique.


November 7, 2012

Did You know about Moringa?

Belles and Beaus, 

This week I decided to write about a NEW and incredibly nutrient rich natural resource, Moringa.

Moringa is one of the richest sources of essential nutrients often lacking in people's diets. Experts agree that the long-term solution to malnutrition is the use of foods rich in the essential nutrients often lacking in people's diets ( Modern scientific research is proving that Moringa leaves are one of the richest sources of such nutrients. 
Find Moringa in Yamerra's NEW Rejuvenating Hair and Body Oil

Yamerra has a BRAND NEW product, Yamerra's Rejuvenating Green Tea Hair and Body Oil, exclusive for the holidays too! Have you tried it? It is highly moisturizing and enrichening with fresh nutrients and herbs such as She butter oil, rosemary, green tea, lemongrass and olive oil. It is a little over eight full ounces (8oz) of luxurious Hair and Body Oil for $49.00. It has a shelf life of 2 years, and long lasting enough to use for about 12-15 weeks and comes with a FREE oil dropper to make sure none of it goes to waste in over application or spillage.

See Yamerra's Green Tea Hair and Body Oil circled in Yellow at our Soho location: 684 Broadway, NY 10012 Th-Su 11a-8p.

Please Stop By to Snag a Jar Soon, it makes for such an Eco-friendly treat for self or loved ones:

684 Broadway & Great Jones
NY NY 10012
Th-Su 11a-8p

The ground Moringa leaves in the product are full of essential disease-preventing nutrients:
  • Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases.
  • Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
  • Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
  • Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.
 Moringa leaves compared to common foods

Values per 100gm. edible portion



Other Foods

Vitamin A
6780 mcg
Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C
220 mg
Oranges: 30 mg
440 mg
Cow's milk: 120 mg
259 mg
Bananas: 88 mg
6.7 gm
Cow's milk: 3.2 gm
from Nutritive Value of Indian Foods,
by C. Gopalan, et al.

October 28, 2012

Where to Find Yamerra This Holiday Season...

Happy Holidays!

Yamerra sends love and light to friends and family this holiday season. We are being hosted by BROOKLYN CRAFT CENTRAL Annual Holiday Market, an exclusive, ultra fashionable holiday shopping event. Yamerra will be one of the few one-of-a-kind, luxurious, yet affordable skin and hair brands in the house.

We will be having huge holidays sales and discounts on all products. Do not miss out on the oportunity to receive our luxurious products at incredible hoilday promotional prices. We promise, as always, only to offer the higest grade of all natural skincare and haircare products from our line that will restore and rejuvanate, love your skin and hair and tittilate your senses! 

Brooklyn Craft Central 
Annual Holiday Market

It's our 5TH Year...Time to celebrate!
December 15/16 
11:00a - 5:00p 
Littlefield in Park Slope/Gowanus


- Different vendors each weekend: come twice
- Best 11th hour shopping in NYC: wait for it!
- Handpicked local designers and food    
- Vendors: the best gifts

October 24, 2012

Special Delivery from Yamerra, I Love You BROOKLYN

For My Brooklynites and friends,

Yamerra has found a new home in Brooklyn, TracyChambers Vintage. 

TracyChambers Vintage, now offering Yamerra, was born out of the love for vintage clothing and treasure hunting, and carry a carefully curated collection of vintage finds that can easily be integrated into your contemporary wardrobe.  

Yamerra's Eco-Luxe Mini's, featured on Huffington Post Best Body Butter List 2012, will be offered there starting today! If you are in the area (Bed-Stuy) Don't be shy! Stop past, snag  Yamerra's affordable and long lasting,  Eco-Luxe Mini's to-go.

Feel free to find a Hair and Body butter there that suits your needs and flair, "...Experience the collection offered at TracyChambers, play dress up, find something for you to treasure and make your own because at TracyChambers Vintage, it's more about style than fashion."


TracyChambers Vintage
216 Jefferson
(Between Nostrand and Marcy Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11216


Thursday and Friday 5-8pm; Saturday 1-4pm; by appointment and for special events.

Directions:  A/C train to Nostrand Avenue, walk four blocks north to Jefferson Avenue and make a right.  You can also take the 25, 26, or 44 buses to Nostrand Avenue.

October 17, 2012

Give Sustainable. Gift Sustainable

I was moved to discuss more sustainable, gift-giving ideas when I traded a sustainable item The Yamerra Kanga for a Double sided Silk woven scarf with a friend and designer, juli raja hand built by Juli Raja.

 juli raja hand built was founded is centered on the handwoven, block printed textiles in luxurious, sustainable fabrics (cotton and oh-so-soft silk thread), was started in 2008 and created by her family's company in Kolkata, India.  
Silk Woven Scarf. Image from
I am absolutely enthralled with my hand woven silk scarf from Juli. Its soft, warm, vibrant in color (you know I love my vivacious colors) and double-sided in all it's gloriousness! 
I'm wearing my vibrant silk woven scarf by Juli Raja. L.O.V.E.!!!
Its a sustainable gift (because manufacturing silk into fabric is sustainable. Silk worms are used to obtain the silk, which is obviously sustainable, as long as silk worms are around.) The double-sided scarves by juli raja (like my own), are made from silk are only produced small batches of fabric, each print a limited edition.

Mackey, Juli Raja and Me all wearing Juli Raja
I encourage you to visit juli raja hand built at:

12 Lions Studio
684 Broadway & Great Jones.  
NY 10012
Th-Su 11a-8p

Cant make it there: Read more about juli raja and purchase a fashionable, well-designed, comforting and comfortable scarf here

Other sustainable gift-giving ideas:

There are many local artists and crafters (in NY) that can help you fill the void. Handmade items from specialty stores and Independent Designer Hubs like 12 Lions Studio offer sustainable, one-of-a-kind gift items. Plus, buying locally contributes to the region’s economy and supports local artists.

Some ideas include:

Give an experience
Take someone to a play or concert (I would recommend FELA on Broadway- it was amazing, but now long gone)! Make gift certificates for a special dinner, pet sitting or house cleaning. Offer your skills at gardening, photography or financial planning. Sign someone up for lessons in music or a foreign language or sport. Better yet, teach someone one of your hobbies – swimming, origami (with reusable paper) or playing the piano, for example. Both the recipient and the landfill will thank you.
Other sustainable gift ideas
  • Promote reuse – give antiques or unique retro items.
  •  Buy carbon offsets for travel. 
  •  Build or buy a compost bin.
  •  Give a native plant for the house or garden.

October 3, 2012

Shop. Fight. Support: Let's Fight against Breast Cancer.


In two weeks, Yamerra and Diosa will be collaborating to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against Breast Cancer. Join Us! YAMERRA and DIOSA will host you, Eco-Conscious friends, in the fight against breast cancer at Yamerra's Mini Boutique in Soho.

Home of Yamerra @ 12 Lions Studio

Come out and enjoy hand massages, and check out our Eco-friendly offerings while you are at it!
Find Eco-friendly Diosa Nail Polish at Yamerra Boutique in Soho: 684 Broadway, NY 10012

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 14th 2012

PAMPER TIME: 4:30-8.00p 

WHERE: Yamerra
                12 Lions Studio 
                684 Broadway, 
                NY 10012

SAVE $4.00 when you Spend $40 to Receive:

A FREE Hand Massage

2 Yamerra Eco-Luxe Minis of your choice

A Manicure with Nail Art  by Kelly B of I_Nailed_it with Toxic Free Eco-Friendly Diosa Nail Poish

 ($20 of your proceeds will go towards supporting the fight for Breast Cancer).

Regular for 2 Eco luxe minis: $24
Regular for Diosa Manicure: $20
FREE HAND MASSAGE by Yamerra: *Priceless*

Come out and support the Fight Against Breast Cancer (Proceeds will go to: TBA Foundation).

Did you Know the Health + Beauty Benefits of Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk is highly nutrient rich and something you might want to consider adding to your diet for its health benefits.

Until recently, coconut milk (not to be confused with coconut water, which is found when you break open a coconut; the milk comes from the white “meat” of the coconut) was considered too high in saturated fat and therefore bad for you. More research has proven that coconut milk not only consists of of minerals such as  Potassium, selenium, zinc, magnesium,  vitamins like B12, but it can actually help you lose weight if that’s your goal.
That creamy coconut milk...? Lap it up! it's so nutritious for you!
Beauty Benefits of coconut milk: Coconut milk contains copper (the mineral, not the metal!) which improves skin’s elasticity. It acts as a natural anti-aging agent.
Stress-Reliver: A healthy amount of magnesium in coconut milk will relax your nerves. Feel free to pour yourself a cold glass of this tropical, highly rejuvenating drink instead.
Coconut Milk L.o.V.e for Hair: Boost hair growth with Coconut! Creamy coconut milk is loaded with proteins that are essential for hair growth, plus it contains fatty acids that make your hair shiny (especially in winter when our hair tends to be more brittle).

Warm up 1/2 cup-1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
owly pour the milk through your hair and scalp
With the pads of your fingertips, gently massage your scalp making small, circular motions
Let it sit for 15 minutes
Then shampoo and condition as usual

Coconut milk is an extremely healthy and undervalued drink that’s actually not just nutrient, but also tasty and refreshing! You can even throw it in the blender with some strawberries, pineapples, and ice (for the naughty folks: toss some rum in there, too) for an even more delicious elixir.