RAW CARE STUDIO was created with an intention in my heart — to live a sustainable and meaningful way of life, supporting my community while seeking to inspire a sense of self-cultivation and self-care by turning daily routines into grounding rituals.
In a world that often emphasizes productivity, efficiency, and achieving goals, I believe that self-care practices should be approached with a different perspective. One that transcends results and infuses intention, self-love, mindfulness, and a deep connection with ourselves and something greater than us.
This is the essence of my journey and the guiding principle behind everything I do.
My vision for Raw Care Studio will always extend beyond offering thoughtful products. I hope to create a supportive community space where individuals can come together to learn, share, and grow on their personal journeys while taking care of themselves, others, and the earth.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” - Steve Jobs
Picture this: I am sitting in a crowded class, studying business administration at University, while this speech is being projected on the screen. I am thinking about my “dots” and reflecting on how these dots have led me to this moment. I feel lost, empty, and disconnected from myself.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I finished my university studies and found an office job related to finance and administration. Living in the big city, I felt very disconnected from my true self and nature, and something was off in my life. It was not easy for me to be genuinely happy at that time. I was struggling with different health issues like anxiety, weight, mild depression/fatigue, and self-worth.
Finally, in 2018, I listened to my intuition and made a life-changing decision to leave the city, my monotonous office job, and everything familiar. I moved to Portugal to experience life by the coast, but little did I know that I would find so much more than that.
In a nutshell, I found a job that allowed me to explore my creativity and flow. Multitasking from design to social media, photography, and organizing events. I delved into new realms I had never ventured into before. Who would've thought I had these hidden talents all along? And if that wasn’t enough, destiny had another surprise in store for me—I met my partner, and in a rapid but intense romance, we moved in together a few months later.
But wait, there's more. As fate would have it, the house we decided to call home offered an unexpected surprise - a shared garden with the main house. Shortly after, the local family who shared their land with us introduced me to the magical world of gardening. Alvaro, a master in the art of organic agriculture, took us under his wing, revealing the ancient wisdom passed down through generations.
Before I knew it, my passion for cooking inspired me to grow not only our own foods but herbs too. Each harvest gave me a deep sense of fulfillment and a connection to the earth. However, it was only when I bought my first herbal book written by Rosemary Gladstar - of course, her - that I finally realized that plants are our greatest allies in supporting and healing us. They have always been there for us, but unfortunately, we live in a world/society that makes us too disconnected to realize it.
Driven by an insatiable curiosity and a deep desire to expand my knowledge, I delved even deeper into the realm of herbal medicine. I enrolled in The Herbal Academy and studied herbalism, and other courses such as botanical skincare, herbs for skin health, aromatherapy, and natural perfumery, among others.
Motivated by these transformative learnings and experiences, I felt the desire to make more conscious choices in my daily life. While transitioning to better food was relatively easy, I struggled to find skincare products that aligned with my values and needs. During a quiet, humid winter in Ericeira, the seeds of Raw Care Studio were sown, and nothing could stop me.
I had planned to launch the business in the spring without knowing that a global pandemic was on the horizon. However, when the lockdown measures were implemented and an "end-of-the-world" feeling was palpable, I embraced the mindset that imperfection shouldn't hold me back. So I decided to put myself out there, share my passion, and launch this business in March 2020.
With time, Raw Care Studio organically grew and became more refined, so when the lockdown was over, I made the bold decision to open a physical space in Lisbon.
Although the experience was beautiful and connected me with other like-minded individuals, I wasn't satisfied with merely selling products and transforming my own life—I yearned for something more profound. After two years of running the space, I felt the need to let go, reconnect with my purpose, and follow a new calling.
I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach with the intention of making a difference and empowering others to embrace conscious choices regarding their lifestyle, nutrition, health, and self-care practices.
Over the past five years, my journey has been dedicated to healing and manifesting the life of my dreams. I am driven by a passion not only for the transformative power of plant medicine but also for exploring various ancient wisdom practices, such as Astrology, Tarot, Neural Manifestation, Human Design, and Ayurveda. These profound tools have helped me find alignment, clarity, and joy in life and I would love to share my insights with others.
It is my pleasure to invite you to join Raw Care Studio's community as we embark on a journey of self-love, self-discovery, and transformation from the inside out. Through workshops, mindful gatherings, and thoughtfully created self-care essentials, let us embrace our connection to nature and awaken our innate wisdom to live a more meaningful way of life. We are all in this together.
About our plant-based skincare
Our plant-based skincare is locally handmade in Portugal by me and Cecília Marques, in small batches to ensure quality, effectiveness, and freshness. We use organic ingredients such as herbs, plant-based oils, plant-based butter, and pure high-grade essential oils, sustainably and responsibly sourced from trusted suppliers complying with European Organic Regulations. All formulations are Non-toxic, Sustainable, Vegan, Cruelty-free & Paraben-free.
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