Way back before I was one half of Meow Meow Tweet… heck, long before I even thought about soap or skin care… I cooked food at The Linkery restaurant; owned and operated by my friend Jay Porter. It was the last restaurant I ever worked in before I left California for grad school in Michigan. My experience there served as a spring board for MMT, and the inspired approach we take to making soap and skin care with recognizable, honest, and whole ingredients.
Jay has a new love project called the Ensenada Olive Oil Company; small batch, single orchard olive oil from Ensenada, Mexico. I’ve been romancing a bottle from Lot #1, a barrel that Jay personally picked up and drove over the border in his car. Thereafter, he bottled and labeled the oil in San Diego.
The oil is so simply pure, with faint notes of citrus and pepper, I could literally drink it straight out of the bottle. Not only that, but there is no reducer spout, so use your finger to stop the pour if you’re aiming to drizzle- and of course, you should then rub your oily finger over your face, elbows, and hair to moisturize. Olive oil has vitamin E and oleic acid, which promotes elasticity and softens the skin. What’s good for the inside…
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.