Tammy Fender's first beauty memory was more like a premonition—as a preteen, she was scavenging ingredients from the kitchen or her backyard to make face masks. Now, she has a holistic skincare line made entirely of botanical ingredients, as well as a Palm Beach spa where she treats the likes of Melania and Ivanka Trump with her natural regimens. Here, Fender talks holistic healing, beauty hacks, and the power of essential oils.
What’s your first beauty memory?
Making homemade masks with my cousins in the kitchen at my aunt’s house, at my house or wherever our sleepovers took us when we were 10 or 12 years old. We’d go to the kitchen and mix together anything and everything we could find, put it into a bowl and slather it onto our faces. Once we even mixed up a batch of wet dirt with red clay from the creek bed. We were trying to act like grown ups, but we were also just kids, experimenting with whatever textures felt good and cooling from the fridge.
What was your worst beauty blunder?
About ten years ago, my friend (and my hairdresser at the time) thought it would be a good idea to color the base of my hair, and I was willing to give it a try until I quickly reacted to the ammonia in the formula. Eyes tearing, skin burning, dizzy from the smell, I just couldn’t take it. So I asked her to remove the treatment long before the process was finished and ended up with hair the color of artificial macaroni and cheese.
What beauty products are currently in your purse?
Other than a few of my own formulations—a travel-size Roman Chamomile Tonic and my Quintessential Serum—I also carry two Burt’s Bees lip balms, in Smooth and Starry Night shades. Lately I’ve also started carrying a few of my favorite essential oils, like rosemary–putting a drop on my hands every now and again for an instant pick-me-up, clarifying the senses.
What’s your 5-minute morning beauty routine?
I am such a minimalist. A quick spritz of Roman Chamomile Tonic or Bulgarian Rose Water and a press of Quintessential Serum. Literally, that's it these days.
If you had an extra 10-15 minutes in your routine, how would you spend it?
I would probably spend it in my garden with my bees. I’m so fascinated by their culture, and the ways in which they communicate.
What’s your beauty hack?
The best all-natural pedicure is to walk barefoot on the beach and let the sand polish and soften skin. Tried and true.
Which beauty trend do you just not get?
Face needling, which causes trauma and inflammation while supposedly stimulating anti-aging benefits. From a holistic perspective, treating skin with respect and tenderness reflects how we treat ourselves on the deepest levels—emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Face needling might offer some quick fix, but long-term results come from consistent holistic care.
Is there a beauty professional you can’t live without?
Helya Burgeon! She is a reflexology master who performs her work in our West Palm Beach holistic center. The healing she conveys through her hands is remarkable.
What’s your beauty peeve?
Trying everything while looking for quick fixes, and wearing too much makeup. I think bare skin is beautiful!!
What are you currently obsessed with?
Dance and ecstatic dance. For me nothing compares with the power of movement in dance, which is so invigorating. Dance dissolves stress—it’s great for the body, the skin and everything else.