About Hero

Hi, I’m Jana


When we learn to pay attention to the natural world, we can access beauty in all it’s many forms and feel a deep kinship with all forms of life.

I am an herbalist, artist, entrepreneur and passionate educator about plant-based beauty who follows my nose and nature to create products and potions for personal care and spirit.

I love to share my writing, recipes, tips and tricks and hope they inspire you and become part of your rituals. My writing is inspired by nature, spirit and my own journey in life. The recipes I create are easy and economical staples and seasonal recipes inspired by the intelligence of nature. I am the mother of two children and the recipes and crafts I share are for children of all ages.

I am also the founder of Captain Blankenship, a green beauty company based in New York’s Hudson River Valley that makes haircare products with organic ingredients and sustainable packaging. Social and environmental responsibility are at the heart of the company, which is a B Corp, MadeSafe approved, Leaping Bunny Certified and part of 1% for the Planet. Captain Blankenship was born out of my desire to create organic beauty products that create a direct link with nature.

I am the author of Wild Beauty, a holistic primer for green beauty rich in practical wisdom, anecdotes and 45 DIY recipes for natural perfumes, skincare, hair care, body care, teas and tonics. My next book is coming out in spring 2023 and I can’t wait to share it with you.



The inspiration for

Captain Blankenship

After many years of playing alchemist in my kitchen while balancing my work as a full time curator, Captain Blankenship was born in 2009. From the moment my passion project evolved into a brand, I felt compelled to help pioneer a new standard in beauty and business. Through our formulas, I hope to free people from conventional ideas of beauty, guiding them into a deeper connection with nature where they can find their inner wild. Because it is through this inextricable, limitless connection to the world around us that we begin to see beauty in all its forms.

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