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We are so excited to share a new project Tara has been working on!

STILLLIFE perfume is a story told in a certain place and time with a particular sound and mood. Each scent is inspired by and named for a story, poem or song that I love, that conjured an atmosphere, that I interpreted through olfactory aesthetics.

STILLLIFE perfumes are hand blended in teeny batches in my studio in Brooklyn, NY. They are absolutely all natural, purely plant derived and contain no synthetics. The scents are created using essential oils, extracts and absolutes from botanical ingredients that are harvested from the earth, such as: flowers, fruits, sap, seeds, bark, leaves, roots and wood of certain trees. Each plant isolate is ethically sourced and of the highest quality. I blend each scent with certified organic jojoba oil and package it in a roll-on bottle with a recyclable paper pouch. Each 5 ml bottle is $50.

The brand launches with a portfolio of five complex and varying scents. Dreamtiger, with citrus, ylang ylang and vetiver and named for a short story by Jorges Luis Borges, is at first sweet and floral transforming to reveal a woody, mysterious tenor.

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The fresh and wild outdoors is captured in the balsam and sage Macondo, named for the remote village in 100 Years of Solitude.

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The allure and floral abandon of Wild Heart, like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, captures the essence of Stevie Nick’s song of the same title.

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Argonaut recalls the intrigue of Patti Smith’s poetry with violets, clary sage and patchouli to create a fresh, bright and herbaceous floral scent.

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Finally, Green Cockatoo, named for the specter of paradise in Wallace Stevens’ poem “Sunday Morning”, is a warm, sweet reminder of the fragrant, rural South with notes of tobacco and vanilla.

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Created as a side project of Meow Meow Tweet, an all natural, vegan skincare company that I co-founded, STILLLIFE is a natural perfume studio free of toxins and synthetics and full of plants, rhythm and poetry.

Find out more here: http://itsastilllife.bigcartel.com/

WE LOVE HEMP SEED OIL. Seriously, it’s our favorite. This glorious, grassy-smelling, deep green oil is incredible. Not only is it anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and moisture-balancing, it reduces the size of pores and helps clear up blackheads and acne.

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Hemp seed oil is an edible oil expressed from the seeds of Cannabis sativa. (No, you can’t get high from it.) It’s a “dry oil”, meaning it’s non-greasy and readily absorbs into the pores. Ours is cold pressed and virgin, meaning it’s barely processed from it’s initial seed state.

Why is hemp seed oil such a warrior for blemish prone skin? It’s 57% linoleic acid. When our sebum (the oil in your skin) is deficient in linoleic acid it becomes hard and dry and easily gets stuck in the skin causing comedonal acne. By adding linoleic acid to your skin (and to your diet), you create softer and smoother sebum that will more easily flush out.

Try in our face oil, most recently reviewed at kimberlyloc.com

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When following a vegan diet, it is important to be sure you are getting all vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. Nutrients, such as B vitamins, are of the most essential to sustaining life. This complex of 8 water-soluble vitamins: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12) play a critical role in many important bodily functions.

Why are B’s a big deal? Many of these B vitamins are partners in our body’s metabolic pathways, which give you your daily energy! They also deliver important messages within our cells creating proteins and fats that are needed for optimal skin cell production. Jojoba oil, present in MMT’s Face Oil , is rich in B Complex which allows it to retain moisture when used on the skin or hair. It is also beneficial in smoothing the skin, decreasing the appearance of lines and evening out skin tone.

Since all B vitamins are water-soluble, the body does not store them in great quantities meaning we must include them in our daily diet. Luckily, most B vitamins are widely distributed throughout the food supply. They are found in fortified whole grains and cereals, some in legumes, nuts, and seeds, and even in dark green leafy vegetables. A lack of cobalamin (B12) can be a concern when following a vegan diet since the only natural source is animal products. Luckily, it can be easily attained by eating foods fortified with B12 or to by taking a daily supplement.

A deficiency in any of the B vitamins can be damaging to overall health. So keep eating your “B’s” for healthy skin, hair, muscles, and to keep your brain and nervous system properly functioning!

This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.

For many of our loyal MMT’ers our deodorant cream is a daily staple in their body care regime. Our all-natural, non-toxic cream is effective and the ingredients are recognizable; it’s a win-win right? Well, throughout the years, we’ve taken note of the few customers that have loved the deodorant but weren’t able to use it because of baking soda sensitivity. And we listened.

Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a chemical compound that can be mined naturally as well as commercially produced. Due to it’s salty, alkaline properties, it’s great for inhibiting the growth of bacteria but it can also be a bit irrritating for sensitive skin. 

In the R&D to make an effective, natural, alumnium-free and baking soda free alternative to our original recipe, we utilized magnesium hydroxide. My grandmother had told me a story about using Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) as a teenager. Not having enough money to buy deodorant for her and her four sisters, my great-grandmother had the girls put Milk of Magnesia on their underarms. It turns out, magnesium helps to balance PH and so can be highly effective to keep you fresh throughout the day. 

Our new recipe uses dietary magnesium, a mineral supplement required by every cell in the body for various metabolic processes. Magnesium is not the only star here. Combined with nourishing plant oils and butters, arrowroot powder and citrusy essential oils, a pea-sized amount under each arm keeps you smelling fresh throughout the day.

We tested this recipe for the summer of 2014, riding our bikes, doing yoga, hiking and braving the concrete urban jungle of Brooklyn- and we can confidently say that our new baking soda free deodorant is just as effective as our classic recipe. Try it here.

By relaxing muscles and connective tissue, massaging the face softens expression-induced lines around your eyes, lips and brows, helps expel acne-causing toxins and de-puffs and brightens the eye area. It also increases circulation, oxygenating the blood and encouraging the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells.

1. Start on the cheeks. Draw big circles using your fingers or knuckles, moving upward.

2. On one side of the face at a time, rub from the midjaw to the cheekbone with long upward strokes, pressing firmly for a moment at the top.

3. Work smile lines with upward strokes, from the corners of the mouth to the corners of the nose.

4. With your fingers, lift and hold both brows to open up the eye area. Rub in a circle around the eye socket out to the temples, eventually expanding to include the forehead.

5. To plump lips, use thumbs and index fingers to quickly pluck all across the top and bottom lip, which stimulates blood flow.

[From the WSJ]

Fat-soluble vitamin A is best known for its role in vision…but when it comes to this essential vitamin, there is more than meets the eye! Collectively known as the retinoids, there are three active forms of vitamin A critical for proper growth, reproduction, immunity, and cell differentiation.

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So, why look for vitamin A in your skin products? A large proportion of the body’s vitamin A supply is used to fully develop the millions of cells that cover and protect the external and internal surfaces of the body: your skin! Vitamin A allows for skin cells to constantly be destroyed and replaced by new cells preventing a rough, dry, or scaly appearance.

In addition to preventing the build up of skin cells, retinoic acid (one of the active forms of vitamin A) is the most commonly prescribed treatment to reduce the formation of acne! Shea butter contains high levels of vitamin A, and has shown to be extremely effective in naturally improving a number of skin conditions. You can find shea butter in a number of Meow Meow Tweet’s products, from their soap to their repair balm and cocoa skin cream.

Vitamin A can also be found in numerous vegan sources within your diet! A category of fruits and vegetables know as the carotenoids is an excellent source of dietary vitamin A. Carotenoids include the “dark-green” and “yellow-orange” fruits and veggies.

So if you’re looking to maximize the many benefits of vitamin A, it’s simple! Snack on carrots and fresh cantaloupe, throw some raw spinach in your breakfast smoothie and be sure to try my favorite daily moisturizer, Meow Meow Tweet’s Cocoa Skin Cream!

This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.

Ever wonder what lies beneath the bright geometric patterns and quirky animal drawings of our sweet smelling bar soap? We got [them] undressed and here’s the reveal:

Each bar is chock full of organic and natural botanicals, seeds, nuts and grains that color and provide the unique look of the soap. We also LOVE exfoliating, so they all have a different level of exfoliation from light to super scrubby. Poppy seeds, cornmeal and walnut hull are featured in our scrubbiest soaps, while mint leaves, oats and lavender buds are in our mild bars. They are ordered in the above photograph according to their scrubbiness (left to right, least to most).

dog shampoo, beer shampoo, fennel orange, citronella fir, tea tree eucalyptus, grapefruit mint, lavender lemon, black walnut sage, rosemary lime, tangerine basil

All soaps are made, cured, hand-cut, and wrapped, one-by-one, by us, in small batches in our Brooklyn studio.

We are loving this easy vegan coconut sorbet recipe from Domaine.

http://www.domainehome.com/coconut-sorbet-recipe/

And if you don’t have an ice cream maker, here’s how we do it without one:

Making Ice Cream Without A Machine from DavidLebovitz.com

1. Prepare your ice cream mixture, then chill it over an ice bath.

2. Put a deep baking dish, or bowl made of plastic, stainless steel or something durable in the freezer, and pour your mixture into it.

3. After forty-five minutes, open the door and check it. As it starts to freeze near the edges, remove it from the freezer and stir it vigorously with a spatula or whisk. Really beat it up and break up any frozen sections. Return to freezer.

4. Continue to check the mixture every 30 minutes, stirring vigorously as it’s freezing. If you have one, you can use a hand-held mixer for best results, or use a stick-blender or hand-held mixer. But since we’re going low-tech here, you can also use just a spatula or a sturdy whisk along with some modest physical effort.

5. Keep checking periodically and stirring while it freezes (by hand or with the electric mixer) until the ice cream is frozen. It will likely take 2-3 hours to be ready.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/making-ice-crea-1/