5 minutes with natural beauty, Marta Cabrera


One of the things I love about the place I live is the people who also live there. Bangalow and The Byron Shire is full of beautiful, creative, happy, friendly people. In a world that has swung the other way to a disconnected state of being – where we keep our heads down, dare not smile at a passing stranger, and never in a million years consider engaging in a face-to-face conversation with an actual human – I do love to push this boundary. Travelling as much as I do, it’s one of the things I find most fascinating … the reactions people give when I instinctively smile or say hello. I don’t seem to have an ‘off button’ for this kind of thing. But back to Bangalow … there I was sitting in my favourite cafe, Woods, and sitting beside me on the next table is a girl called Marta who was asking for someone to check her copywriting, as English isn’t her first language. I couldn’t resist. And so begun my discovery of Marta’s beautiful brand – LUA Botanicals.  Her candles are divine and have become my favourite addition to each new and full moon ritual that I love to create and indulge in at home. As for Marta, her natural beauty and desire for encouraging people to listen to their bodies and connect with the Earth is a shining example of the beautiful change that is happening in our modern society. Hooray for more of this.

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT … the freedom of choice, nature, art, photography, traveling and love.

I RELAX BY … waking up early and going for a run, or practicing yoga. If I have a very hard day going to the beach and swimming in the ocean can reset my mood and my day. Listening to music, dancing, and enjoying a good dinner with and a glass of wine with some friends.

I LIKE TO … create and learn new things, take photos, spend time with my friends and the people that I love, walk in nature and go out for breakfast on my day off. 🙂

I THINK BEAUTY IS … when you learn to accept and be at peace with yourself. When you take care of your body and your mind, such a difficult thing in this time!


MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREATMENT THAT LEAVES ME LOOKING AND FEELING NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL IS … When I feel that I need to pamper myself I like to prepare a clay mask, a body scrub, a body oil and a face serum. It’s a beautiful ritual that helps me relax and feel naturally amazing. I always change my recipes. It depends what I have at home and what my needs are, but I always use pure essential oils and raw ingredients that nourish my skin and smell delicious. Just setting the mood with some good music, lighting a candle and spending time with myself, to be myself.

MY NUMBER ONE BEAUTY TIP IS … to choose simple and pure ingredients to put in my body and on my skin, a good diet, and moving my body. It really makes a difference.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PEARL OF WISDOM THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD BROADCAST TO THE WORLD? As inside, so outside. It’s very easy to blame others about the things that don’t work in our lives … but I really believe the first step is changing ourselves. Thinking differently, going out of our comfort zone and trying new things. Then everything starts changing around you. It’s not always easy, but it’s very rewarding.

WHAT IS IT INSPIRES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? The belief that we don’t need all these chemicals in our bodies. I’m a pharmacist who did not believe that standard practice was taking us in a good direction, so I decided to change my path and live a life more natural. I still learn a little bit every day.

LUA Botanicals website

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