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In this series, we explore what it means to be a “Smoke Sister” through interviews with inspiring women that we either know personally or admire from afar. Smoke is a brand of connection,
intentional living, self-care, and uplifting friendships. With each interview, we hope to delve deeper into this culture.

Meet Nikisha Riley, a small business owner and a holistic wellness teacher. We are so honored to call her a smoke sister, and we hope our readers find her mission as inspiring as we do!

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your work, and where we can find you?

My name is Nikisha Riley. I’m a Toronto born, Brooklyn raised around the way girl, with a 17yr old son named Jaden. I’m the business owner of a small batch, all natural skincare/haircare line called Folie (Foh-lee). I’m also a social media influencer and holistic wellness teacher. You can find me on Instagram @nikishariley. You can find my Folie store on Etsy.  

What is an early or favorite scent memory you have? What comes to mind when you imagine your favorite scent?

I remember smelling a vanilla perfume for the first time when I was a little girl. I fell in love with the scent of vanilla ever since. When I imagine my favorite scent, it’s filled with smokey notes of oud and hints of vanilla. It makes me think of a night in a beautiful Middle Eastern setting.

Self-care: What is one non-negotiable self-care ritual that you try to regularly attend to?

Getting good nights of rest between the hours of 1 pm and 7am or so. (Lack of) Sleep is so detrimental to all of us. Especially when you’re dealing with anxiety disorder, ADHD, and depression like I do. Having these things makes my body so sensitive to everything!

Nature: We take great inspiration from travel & nature. What is the most inspiring natural place you’ve ever been to and why?

Big Sur, California. It felt so untouched and otherworldly. I’ve never seen trees so huge in my life! That combined with the ocean and Pfeiffer beach equals magic!

Joyful Presence: Here at Smoke, we believe in fostering joy. We feel that this emotion is a key element in well-being, creativity, resistance, and productivity. How do you cultivate joy in your daily life?

I love helping others. Even if I’m having a shit day, helping another human puts joy in my heart. I also like to crack jokes and act goofy on a daily basis. It always makes me laugh.

And finally: What’s your greatest hope for the future?

That I can continue to teach holistic health and hold space to bring healing to the black community. Especially the teenagers who come from a lower socio-economic background.