About Jane

Jane Balshaw "Facial"
Jane, the master esthetician

My interest in skincare began in my teens when my own skin sensitivities could not be addressed with standard products or mainstream advice. This led me to research the cosmetic and natural remedy industry where I discovered that most products were either toxic or terribly congesting to the skin. I then began making my own pure, homemade kitchen concoctions to remedy my own skin, which has morphed over the years to my present day products and services that embrace the science & technology of modern skincare while adhering to the principles of holistic health.

Career milestones:

– A pioneer in Holistic Cosmetic Dermaceuticals since 1970
– An industry leader in Paramedical Esthetics since 1980
– Founder of the California based Dom Ivana Skin Remedy Center and developer of Dom Ivana skincare products; sold business in 2002.
– Spa Consultant & trainer for multiple spas including Napa Valley 5-star Auberge du Soleil.
– Referenced in media; Aromatherapy Journal, Departure Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, New Hampshire magazine, talk radio and others.
– Active clients across the United States

Jane, the aromatherapist

Some of my most joyful memories as a child were when I was in the trees or in the grass or roaming a garden. There is a reason for this: the aromas that plants emit affects the way we feel when absorbed into our bodies through our noses and skin. Native cultures knew this and used plants for medicine. Even now in our modern world, the importance of being in nature is recognized. (National Geographic Magazine, January 2016). Throughout my career as a Master Esthetician and Aromatherapist, I have used the essence of plants, known as essential oils, to guide my skin therapies and to enhance lifestyles with incredible results. (Read more about Aromatherapy below.)

Career milestones:

– Featured in Aromatherapy Journal magazine as a national expert.
– Developed formulas that have replaced traditional medicines for the cure of conditions such as psoriasis, acne, rosacea and chronic dermatitus.
– Coached life-style improvements with the use of custom blended essential oils.

Jane, the colourist

Coming from a family of 3 generations of artists, I have always been aware of color. It is part of the filter through which I see the world. In the 1980’s when I began work as a make-up artist and Personal Color Analyst, it was only natural that my own perspective on color developed into a methodology which veered me away from the standardized 4-color seasonal theories. What I discovered instead was an astoundingly accurate method of categorizing color with 3 entirely separate wheels. This method, which I call The Triadic Color Theory System©, utilizes the Fibonacci Number Sequence and has held true for me all these years in both my customized make-up artistry and my textile artwork. (Read more below.)

Career milestones:

– Make-up artistry for stage, video and film
– Color consultant for the architectural industry and interior design
– Taught theory to estheticians and artists
– Artwork hanging in corporations and homes across the United States
– Featured in media; magazines such as Yankee, New Hampshire and NH Home.
– Juried member of League of NH Craftsmen
– Featured in the film “A League of Our Own; New Hampshire and the American Craft Movement”

Please visit my art website here janebalshaw.com


Recent Posts

Summer recipe for your skin

I am writing mid-way through summer when the heat is peaking and here in the New England humidity we perspire just by blinking.  Most of us know that when our body dehydrates we need to replenish lost minerals and salts—think Gatorade™ and the plethora of sports drinks on the market.  But what we often fail to understand is that our skin also looses vital elements when we sweat and only 15% of what we put on our mouth ever directly makes it to the surface of our skin.

Demineralized skin develops lines more easily, is prone to rashes & irritations and tends to flatten.  Besides the use of good quality moisturizers that help restock these losses (like my Glow serum), here is a simple recipe you can make at home that will replenish some of the lost elements while reducing irritation and cooling the skin down to prevent capillary damage.

In a 2 cup measuring cup place:

  • one silver dime, washed
  • one copper penny, washed
  • one chamomile tea bag
  • one peppermint tea bag

Pour over this 2 cups of boiling water.  When water is cool, remove bags and coins and stir in:

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp oat flour or colloidal oatmeal

Refrigerate this and use as a cold compress saturating a cotton wash cloth when skin is overheated.  Keeps up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

NOTE: Trace amounts of copper and silver from the coins are released in the boiling water. Both of these elements are noted for their ability to heal & stimulate tissue regeneration, are anti-bacterial and therefore anti-aging.


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