N8iV Beauty Harnesses the Power of Acorn Oil

The first-ever regenerative skincare brand to utilize the potent healing properties of acorn oil, N8iV Beauty celebrates the rich history of indigenous cultures. The brand was founded by Ruth-Ann Thorn, a registered tribal member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño/ Payómkawichum Indians in Southern California. Thorn learned from her elders about botanicals and natural ingredients used in ancient times. They shared with her the secret potency of the acorn, what they considered to be the best ingredient containing the best nutrients for skin regeneration. The elders taught her Mother Earth’s natural approach to skincare, and Thorn's skincare philosophy echos that approach. N8iV Beauty is derived from the idea that Mother Earth’s gifts enhance beauty, renew skin tone, and most importantly bring balance to the spirit. 

Ruth-Ann Thorn, founder of N8iV Beauty

Acorn oil is renowned for its ability to revitalize and replenish the skin at its core, making it suitable for all skin types. Acorn oil boasts an impressive nutritional profile; it has essential fatty acids, tocopherols, polyphenols, and sterols, all known for their ability to improve overall skin health. It contains trace amounts of tannic acid, which aids in breaking down skin protein, allowing the beneficial properties to penetrate more deeply for better and more permanent results. According to Thorn, acorn oil helps reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, repair and regenerate skin, and deeply nourish and hydrate at a cellular level. 

A visionary Native American gallerist and entrepreneur, Thorn utilized her deep understanding of acorn oil's power in starting N8iV Beauty’s. “Acorn oil’s power to rejuvenate skin and harness inner and outer light inspired me,” said Thorn. “For our products, we harvest Black Acorn Oil from tribal soil and formulate it with other potent natural ingredients for our serums and creams which are meticulously formulated in small batches to ensure the highest quality and efficacy. I created these products to encourage everyone, whether they are of indigenous background or not, to embrace the Native American belief that we can celebrate each other for our uniqueness, and celebrate our individual traits, as Mother Nature intended.”

N8iV Beauty’s current products include Daybreak Moisture Cream, which stimulates collagen production, soothes and calms, and promotes skin rejuvenation and cell turnover, the deeply hydrating Starlight Regenerative Cream which combats signs of aging and helps repair and rejuvenate skin overnight, and Starlight Regenerative Serum which firms, smooths, and plumps. Thorn will soon expand the line with a sunscreen, a facial cleanser, an enzyme mask, an eye cream, and additional items. 

“Native American beauty secrets are ancient traditions rooted in wisdom, and intimately tied to nature and tribal land,” added Thorn. “Embracing these ancestral secrets not only fosters diversity and inclusion in the beauty industry, but also offers a holistic approach to wellness that celebrates the rich history of indigenous cultures.”

Photos courtesy of N8iV Beauty

Fran Endicott Miller

Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury focused freelance feature and travel writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites, editor-at-large for, senior contributor to Napa Valley Life Magazine, and a California editor for luxury travel concierge service Essentialist, specializing in the Napa Valley. Prior to her journalism career she held positions in the fields of politics, te...(Read More)

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