Go ahead and play with your food: Adina Grigore wants you to. That’s because after years of suffering from a slew of nagging health issues (we’re talking migraines, stomach aches, full body rashes, the works), the Boca Raton-bred holistic nutritionist found that the only salvation to 99% of her problems was turning to good ol’ pantry staples like coconut oil and apple cider vinegar.
Her most successful kitchen-cabinet concoction? A homemade, sensitive-skin-friendly cream made from a pretty-dang-simple combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil that she developed in 2007. “I definitely felt crazy and kind of crunchy mixing it together, but I was so desperate for relief,” she says. Turns out, Adina wasn’t the only one looking for a way to deal with skin ailments. The mixture turned out to be so effective for friends and family with similar issues that she began teaching DIY beauty classes and launched S.W. Basics two years later—after she perfected that heroic moisturizer of hers.
Now Adina has a whole line of skincare products—including a rosewater cleanser and an oat flour exfoliant—each made from no more than five ingredients, and she recently penned the book Skin Cleanse to share her ethos (and recipes!) with those who want to go deeper. As for the future? Expect more problem-solvers made from everything near the kitchen sink. —monica freeman