Name: Jacqueline Johal
Bio: Founder of Sarisha Beauty, obsessed with French language films, disco music and anything floral.
Social links: @sarishabeauty
We know that as a business owner, you wear many hats. If you could give yourself a fun & unique job title, what would it be? Amateur Botanical Mocktail Mixologist
Where are you a local (city/cities)? Toronto / Paris
What are your favourite spots in that city?
Toronto: I love how diverse this city is. I also feel like it's quite easy to meet new people. To me, everyone seems quite open to sharing their story and making new connections, which is great. It's not like that everywhere.
Food- Hello 123, Paris Paris, Rickshaw Bar
I like eating out, but I also really like cooking and knowing exactly what goes into my meals.
Drinks- Lately, Bar Koukla for their oysters and Greek wines/cocktails. Also, for inventive cocktails, Mother is great!
Art/Culture- AGO / ROM dates are so fun but not that unique? Whenever a French movie is playing at TIFF Lightbox I go, they play real classics like films by Godard. There’s also this app called Artery that hosts really intimate events around the city. Before COVID, I went to this vegan dinner and it was amazing. The hosts were so sweet and open. One shared a film project she's been working on with us. I was alone with complete strangers, but once we started to pour the wine, we all began to share our life stories and by the end of the evening, it felt like we knew each other for years. Actually, based on that night, I decided to book a trip to Colombia! Luckily two friends decided to join me and it ended up being one of my 2020 highlights- so far.
Where do I start? Can I list 10 places per category haha! Well I actually haven’t been to Paris this year, due to COVID, which is slightly strange because I normally go at least once a year and try to update myself on the new places that have opened up.
Food- Brunch @ Sunday in Soho, Raw Vegan Cakes @ Sweet Rawmance
+ so many others. I feel like everywhere I eat is good in Paris. Especially vegan spots, which is surprising to most.
Paris also does coffee culture really well right now. The architecture and interior design of the cafes are so beautiful. Many have charming terraces too. Peonies is stunning, Hardware Société, Fragments, Ralph's,
Drinks- Candaleria, Little Red Door, Faust Terrace, Perchoir
Honestly though, Paris really does Speakeasy bars right in my opinion. This is something that I miss while in Toronto. I feel like even the “hidden bars” here don’t actually feel hidden. There’s something really special about a night out in Paris. I definitely feel more of a cozy vibe while here in Toronto. I’d rather have dinner or drinks at home or a friend’s place vs going out. But when I’m in Paris, there are so many places to explore and discover, I can definitely be more of a night owl.
Art/Culture: Musee d’Orsay is my all time favourite museum, I can spend a whole day there. There are a lot of smaller galleries as well that focus on single artists and you learn a lot. I actually am not a big fan of the Louvre. It might be my stubbornness, but I try to avoid the cliches when I go somewhere. This can be a blessing or a curse, because sometimes I end up finding hidden treasures, but other times I just end up missing out on the reason why most people travel somewhere (like not going to see Machu Picchu while in Peru… woops!)
Besides museums and art galleries, all the parks! Jardin de Luxembourg is my favorite, because when I first moved to Paris, I lived right across from it and it was my first introduction to Parisian parks.
What does your self-care routine look like?
Wake up and set a timer for 20 minutes to read. I’ll do some oil pulling with organic sesame oil during this time. Then after brushing my teeth and doing skincare (Gua Sha if I have time!), I’ll make myself a matcha latte with oat milk & write in my 5 minute journal. I’ll do some pilates / stretches and start my work day. At around noon i’ll take a break to do a workout and try to take breaks throughout the day to make sure I’m moving and eating healthy foods, especially if the day calls for sitting at my computer for hours.
Evening- I definitely notice that the days where I don’t get much cardio, I have a difficult time falling asleep. So I make sure to go for a long walk every evening if possible. I have all my little potions and elixirs that are a part of my day as well.
CBD - June Herbals
Medicinal Mushroom Elixirs - Rainbo
Hair, Body + Face Oils by Sarisha (duh!)
I really like having caffeine-free tea before bed, hibiscus is my favourite. I don’t drink coffee, but I drink tea throughout the day. I love tea. I try to take time with my beauty routines, because I truly feel my best when I am taking care of myself. In the evening, before showering I’ll use a dry brush for a quick lymphatic massage. Once a week I’ll make a body scrub and also a hair mask, usually on Sunday. I try to stay home on sundays and just make that a day for me.
What has been one of the most challenging aspects of starting and growing your business? Knowing when to take the leap, leaving my day job and going full time with my business has been difficult. When do you know if you’re ready? When you’re making x amount of sales? How can you get there if you’re not giving it your all?
What is one of the most rewarding things about being a business owner? The fact that other people LOVE the things I create and that these products become an essential part of their self-care routines is so humbling. It makes me realize that I am doing something outside of myself. Although these products can arguably be reduced to material objects, people do develop emotional bonds to their beauty routines. They help us feel our best and encourage us to take a moment to care for our bodies.
What are you loving right now?
Latest purchase- So I’m a bit late to the game and finally got one of those Alexa speakers and it’s been a game changer for me. The fact that I don’t have to touch my phone for small tasks while working, like asking for the time or setting alarms/reminders, has really helped with my productivity. I also am obsessed with music while working, so having easy access to my Spotify is great. The only downside is that I now misplace my phone quite often throughout the day because I am not constantly reaching for it.
Song- Hmm very hard to pick one right now but here are my current tops:
Easy Like Before- Crystal Murray
Spooky- Dusty Springfield
Emma- La Belle Vie
This changes daily and probably will be different tomorrow. There is a song that I have been obsessed with for months though, it's just perfectly cheesy and pulls on my heartstrings: Moonlight - Dhruv
Also- anything by Poolside, Bon Entendeur & Emma Peters is on repeat right now. I’m obsessed with French music + Disco. I’m always making playlists so check us out on Spotify!
The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook- Sarah Kucera: Currently diving deeper into learning about my Indian heritage and Ayurvedic wellness is super interesting.
Vibrate Higher Daily - Lalah Delia: I just finished this and honestly finding a way to vibrate higher in moments of low energy has been such a great strategy for living in a way that’s more meaningful and balanced. Sometimes we don’t realize the effect people, activities or habits can have on our overall well being. Just being more connected to your intuition and knowing when it’s time to either change tasks or focus on your self-care is really important, especially if you’re someone like me who could easily work all day and take no breaks.
Pilgrimage-Paulo Coelho: I’m a big Paulo Coelho fan, and so I am trying to read all his work, even if the book description doesn’t seem like something I’d be into, I always gain so much knowledge from his words. I’ve only read a few chapters so far, but I love how all his books truly bring you along on the characters' journey and you feel like you’re there with them. You feel connected to them. I can't stand books/shows/movies where you don't feel connected to the characters, to me that's everything! All his books are great though. If you haven’t read The Alchemist, do it! Hippie & By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept are both gems as well. Not light reads though…
Also- I highly recommended the work of this spiritual couple, Luna & Sol. I feel like everything I've read from them has significantly reduced the fog of life and made things far more clear for me.
Podcasts- I listen to a lot of podcasts, each serving their own purpose:
Spiritual / Self-Growth:
The Awake with Jake Show
Red Wine Talks with Damon Dominique
Eat Burn Sleep
The Doctor’s Farmacy
How I Built This
Femme Studios (by Francesca Morfini who I love!)
Although for business and entertainment combined, I’ve been loving the Midday Squares- UNCENSORED Podcast. Sofia, a close friend of mine, started working with them and introduced me to it, and it’s hilarious but also quite insightful in terms of business advice.
What are you most grateful for today? My healthy mind + body always. And the people in my life. And Sarisha.
What is your favourite SARISHA product? The OG Green Goddess Glow Oil! But to be honest, I'm obviously not the most impartial person to be answering this, as most of my beauty routine is Sarisha when it comes to skin, hair and body care.Anything else you want our readers to know about you or your business? Well I think everyone reading this is pretty family with it ;) But I thought it would be cool to start off the community series with myself, before introducing you all to the people who inspire me on a daily basis. We’re currently working on updating our packaging and I can’t wait for it to be ready!