In many ways, the California drought has been a slowly moving perfect storm. For over four years, the lack of rain has seriously affected California up and down its coast, leading to government regulations and local panic. As neighborhood lawns turn from verdant green to varying shades of brown, many Californians are trying new ways […]

If you’ve heard of beer soap but never tried it, I’m sure you’re imagining a guy pouring his favorite lager into a batch of concocted ingredients, but that’s not exactly what beer soap is about. When you add beer to create soap, something magical happens. And it’s not something a soap buff (or someone soaping […]

Without lye, there is no soap. Sure, we have heard horror stories about the harshness of lye as a product on skin, but in order to make soap, you have to have lye. Luckily, after completing the soap making process, there is no lye in the finished product. And while some beauty bars and detergents […]

Just like some families use Windex for everything (as in My Big Fat Greek Wedding), my family used olive oil. From dry skin patches to an itchy scalp, soap containing olive oil has been in every one of my bathrooms and near every sink for decades. Olive oil has been around for over 5000 years […]

Things My Mom Taught Me As an adult, sometimes I forget the small little tricks my mother taught me as a child. The childhood memories of proper Oreo cookie and milk etiquette and washing behind the ears fall to the wayside when my job in the big city looms in the distance. The scents of […]

I was talking with a friend about ways to save time during our day. “I hate bathing,” he said. “You get in. You get wet. You soap up. You get out. You dry off. You do it every day. Talk about a time waster. I wish there was a better way to do that.” Unfortunately, […]

If you’ve ever been to your local farmer’s market, you’ll notice there’s an abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables that are just waiting to be tasted. The homey look of a blood orange sliced in segments for the tasting, the big bins of freshly picked raw peanuts, and the local fauna including men sitting with […]

When you walk out the door wearing natural cologne, it’s likely you’ll feel better. There’s a sense of awareness, walking the steps to work, the lengthy miles in the hustle and bustle of unwarranted traffic. But with a touch of that cologne, the grass seems greener, the trees seem fuller, and maybe that girl you’ve […]