Thursday, June 30, 2016

Getting Decked Out on July the 4th with Martha Stewart Recipes; Something for the Girls; Something for the Guys.

By Laura Medina

It ain't Summer unless, it's July the 4th when everything is hot and sweaty.

Let's start with something refreshing, Red, White, and Blue Sangria, courtesy of Noble Pig Wine.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 6


1 bottle (750 ml) Pinot Noir wine (I used Pinot Noir for its tartness) 
1-1/2 cups cranberry juice 
1 cup brandy 
juice from one large orange 
simple syrup* 
2 cups fresh blueberries 
6-8 ounces fresh red raspberries 
6 ounces blackberries 
1 large apple (I prefer Pink Lady), sliced very thin


To a large pitcher add wine, cranberry juice, brandy, orange juice and simple syrup.  
Add blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and apple. Chill overnight. 
Fill six glasses 1/2 full with ice and use a slotted spoon to add fruit from the pitcher to each glass. Pour liquid over ice and fruit and serve. 
*For the simple syrup, add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Cool completely.

You can't go wrong with Martha Stewart's recipes.

For a Summer Holiday that's also an All-American Holiday, you gotta use casual, finger-friendly American meals that are All-American.

The simpler, the better, and let's start with something easy, Lobster Rolls...

Lobster Rolls

Top-split buns are the time-honored choice for lobster rolls, but side-split buns can be used instead. Some people like only mayonnaise or melted butter on their lobster meat, but we love the added flavor that fresh herbs provide.  Servings:


1 1/2 pounds cooked, shelled lobster meat (about four 1 1/2-pound lobsters), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives (optional)
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon or chervil (optional)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
Coarse or sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
8 top-split hot-dog buns
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, for rolls

  1. Stir together lobster and mayonnaise. Stir in chives and tarragon (if desired), and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, while preparing rolls, or up to 2 hours.
  2. Heat a large heavy skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot. Lightly brush outside of buns with butter; transfer to skillet. Cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.
  3. Spoon about 1/2 cup lobster mixture into each bun. Serve immediately.
July the 4th is all about using up all of the bounties of fruits and vegetables that are common to America, watermelons and oranges.  Not just refreshing and hydrating, the salty, creamy Feta Cheese counterbalance the over-bearing sweetness of the watermelon and oranges.

Not only are the ingredients plentiful, putting them together then tossing them is pretty easy, while you're sipping your sangria.

1/4 of a small (6-pound) seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 large orange, peel and pith removed, flesh cut into segments
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 ounces feta cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Coarse salt and ground pepper


On a serving platter, arrange watermelon, orange, red onion, feta cheese, and parsley. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

What would this scribe do if throwing a 4th of July party, all in a last minute, let's start simple, easy, bountiful, affordable, ripest, and All-American.  We started the simplest of them all, Lobster Roll, using chilled lobster meat stuffed in an hot dog roll.  Then, we tossed tons of watermelon and oranges and sprinkled feta cheese and called it salad.  Thanks, Martha Stewart.

We can't have a 4th of July party without barbecue.  Hot but simple yet so worth it, especially on an All-American holiday.


For the Ribs

2 racks (2 to 2 1/2 pounds each) Saint Louis-style pork ribs
Vegetable oil, for grill rack

For the Rub

2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons hot paprika
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 teaspoon celery seed

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup bourbon
1 cup strained tomatoes
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup water
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 


  1. Prepare the ribs: Place 1 rib rack, meat side down, on a work surface. With a knife, cut a small slit through the silvery membrane at 1 end of the rack. Using a paper towel, grip the cut portion of the membrane, gently peel it from the rack, and discard. Repeat with remaining rack.
  2. Make the rub: Combine sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, mustard powder, and celery seed in a bowl. (If mixture is clumpy, pass through a medium sieve.) Rub mixture on both sides of each rack. Place ribs on a rimmed baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
  3. Make the sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes and tomato paste, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in bourbon, scraping the pan. Stir in tomatoes, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, water, and sugar, and cook, continuing to stir, until sugar dissolves.
  4. Simmer the sauce: Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced by 1/3, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly. Puree in a blender until smooth. (You should have about 2 cups.) Use immediately, or let cool completely, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  5. Set up the grill: Place a 9-by-13-inch disposable aluminum pan in the center of bottom grill rack. If using a charcoal grill, place a chimney starter on top grill rack, and fill with about 60 charcoal briquettes (about 4 pounds). Stuff newspaper under chimney, and ignite. Heat briquettes until just covered in ash. Wearing oven mitts, carefully lift chimney, remove top rack, and pour coals onto bottom rack along both sides of pan. Top coals with 1 to 2 chunks hardwood or 1 cup wood chips that have been soaked in water for 1 hour and drained. Fill pan halfway with hot water. Replace top rack. If using a gas grill, heat to medium-low.
  6. Grill the ribs: Let ribs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. Fold a paper towel into a thick rectangle, and dip it in oil. Hold towel with tongs, and brush oil on top grill rack. Place both rib racks, bone side down, on top grill rack, directly over pan. Cover, keeping top grill vents halfway open and bottom vents completely open to maintain grill temperature of 275 degrees to 325 degrees. Cook ribs, without turning, until the meat is tender but not falling off bones, and has shrunk 1/2 inch from ends, 3 to 3 1/2 hours, adding 8 briquettes to each charcoal pile every hour.
  7. Baste the ribs: Transfer 1 cup sauce to a small serving bowl. Brush both sides of ribs with remaining 1 cup sauce. Cover, and grill until ribs are glistening and deep mahogany, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve with reserved sauce.

    It ain't July the 4th nor a picnic nor All-American, unless you got friend chicken.  Ask any novice, they'll soon learn that frying chicken is an art and a science unto itself.

    Thank God for Martha Stewart for inventing a quick and easy fried chicken.


    2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 8)
    Coarse salt and pepper
    1 clove garlic, minced and crushed into a paste with the flat side of a chef's knife
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/2 teaspoon fine salt
    1/3 cup peanut oil, plus more if needed 


    1. Season chicken with coarse salt and pepper, then rub with garlic. Let sit 15 minutes. In a large zip-top bag, combine flour, paprika, cayenne, and fine salt. In batches, add chicken and shake well until evenly coated. If you have time, let chicken sit 15 minutes.
    2. In a 10-inch heavy skillet, heat oil over medium until it reaches 365 degrees. The oil is ready when a little flour dropped in bubbles and sizzles steadily.
    3. Shake excess flour off a piece of chicken, then carefully place in oil, skin side down. Repeat, adding just a few more pieces to skillet (do not crowd pan). Adjust heat to keep a steady sizzle and maintain 365 degrees. Cover and cook until chicken is browned on bottom, about 7 minutes. Carefully flip each piece, then cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
    4. Drain chicken on paper towels. Repeat with remaining chicken, replenishing and reheating oil between batches, if necessary.
    Yes, British yet so appropriate for right now.  It's hot.  It's bursting with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries.  You can use store-bought pound cake and anglefood cake that your local supermarket does all the hot baking for you.  Shoot, you can even add layers of ice cream.  Just use Martha Stewart's Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle recipe as your basic dessert.
    This dessert would be right at home at a Fourth of July barbecue. Strawberries can be substituted for raspberries.
    1 1/2 pounds raspberries (5 cups)
    3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 large orange)
    10 ounces mascarpone cheese (1 1/3 cups)
    1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    Fine salt
    20 to 24 ladyfingers (from a 7-ounce package), broken into 1-inch piece
    3/4 pound blueberries (2 1/2 cups)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine raspberries with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and orange juice. With the back of a fork, lightly mash berries to release their juices and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together mascarpone and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until smooth. Whisk in cream, vanilla, and pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.
  2. Cut 1 or 2 pieces parchment 1 inch taller than side of an 8-inch springform pan and line inside of pan. Place half the ladyfingers in pan and top with half the raspberry mixture. With a small offset or rubber spatula, spread half the whipped cream over berries. Tap pan gently on counter to remove air bubbles. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, raspberry mixture, and whipped cream.
  3. Top with blueberries and refrigerate until whipped cream is stiff and cookies have softened, about 3 hours (or, tightly covered with plastic, up to 3 days). To serve, unmold trifle and peel away parchment.

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    What to wear that will go beyond the 4th of July pool party, stylish not skanky.

    Fourth of July is near, along with the Summer Olympics, so it’s time to bump up our team USA spirit. Whether you plan on spending the holiday weekend sweating it out at that yoga retreat or bbq-ing locally and watching beach-side fireworks, athleisure duds are a mandatory must. Luxury activewear boutique Sweat NSK has set us up with a curated selection of Independence Day looks that scream "Team USA" without compromising our fashion integrity. 

    Guys are cool as they are more practical.  They want easy-going, not sloppy, casual yet stylish wear that going to carry them from poolside to the sidewalk.  Okay, think Malibu to Sunset Strip.

    Frank + Oak offers summer styles for men that are perfect for all summer festivities. Frank + Oak is Canada-based, but has stores across the nation. From the variety of on-trend clothing to the stylish accessories, Frank + Oak is the one-stop shop for men this summer.

    Embarrassed to be seen with grubby flip-flops but don't want to ruin your nice sandals by splashing friends?

    FLEEPS has got you covered for the sunny days ahead. These cute and colorful sandals offers a unique design featuring an adjustable cross-ankle strap, smooth-finish toe thong and a lightweight shock-absorbent sole, perfect for strolling on the boardwalk after a long day in the waves.

    Most importantly when you buy a pair of FLEEPS, you change a life. Founded in 2015 by Kael Robinson, global good curator and CEO of Brazilets and Live Worldly, the Denver-based company is dedicated to creating a sustainable yet stylish product that changes the course of poverty through education. FLEEPS’ goal is to sell over one million pairs to send over 10,000 girls to school by 2019. Ten percent of every pair of FLEEPS sold goes to the FLEEPS Foundation providing funding to its non-profit partners committed to the education of girls, including Shining Hope for Communities and Starfish Impact. FLEEPS uniquely designed sandals are classic, versatile, fun and allow women to step into their best selves.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Celebrities are Rock Fans, too. Ricky Schroder Enjoys Catching Chris Daughtry at AT&T AUDIENCE Network's Summer Concert Series.

By Laura Medina

AT&T, the phone/internet provider has jumped into the cable/dish/mobile television network business.  They're also giving PBS' "Live From the Artist's Den," a run for their money, also, by their own concert series, AT&T Concert Series.

This lucky scribe was in for a treat to catch Chris Daughtry concert set.  Beforehand, while very patiently waiting, Mr. Daughtry joked around with this scribe, by asking her to join in a photo shoot at the studio lot.

Lo and behold, this scribe was pleasantly surprised by Ricky Schroder.  We were both standing in the back, catching Chris rocking on stage.

Yes, of course, he pulled strings to see his favorite rocker but this only proves celebrities are just like us.  They, too, are fans.

Another cool surprise was the Green Room Lounge where performers can chill and relax while waiting for the stage to prepped before the hordes of their most die-hard fans show up.

This scribe was amazed and impressed by this Green Room or what she calls, "the Chill Lounge," because that is what it is.

Grips are very ingenious but under-appreciated.  With canvas and clips and T-Stands, they ingeniously sectioned off the soundstage into a Green Room.

They installed cushy restaurant/lounge booths and tables, retro pinball and video arcade games from the Seventies and the Eighties, a bar, and illuminated cafe tables and chairs.

They even had stacks of pizza and boxes of cups and the basic staples of beer and water to replenish in-between shooting clips and warming before the concert.

Not bad living like a rock star, where even celebrities are just like any other fan.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"I'm Good," The Mowgli's were Good Rockin' at The Troubadour...While Flavor of India Fuels Rockers Next Door. Great Summertime.

By Laura Medina

For the past decade, the music emitting from the Golden State had been less than golden, reflecting the environmental, economical, and generational transitions, progressing from what it means to be Californian and others' perception of what it means to be "Californian."

This music freak had witnessed the dark dystopia of worrying Californians of what will become of them in the new century and millennia.

 The Mowgli's rocking at The Troubadour.

One can be dark only for so long.

Out of the doubtful darkness comes the lightness of California Sunniness. 

The dark rockers of System of  A Down and Kasabian, were replaced by popularity, by Fritz and the Tantrums, who burst out of the scene with sunny pop, ironically singing about heartbreak and the relieving release from it.

The sunny California Pop of The Mowgli's, formed by the easy-breezy 60’s Laurel Canyon folk sound and the innocent Beach Boy sugary-pop has been transformed for the 21st-Century, addressing today's millennials values and concerns and the tenacity of accepting of what is today.  

Out of the recession and the housing crisis, comes a new breed of positive tenacity, that comes from no matter how bad the situation, you'll come out through okay.

Tunnel-vision drive has been replaced by relaxed but no less lazy enthusiasm. 

The Mowgli's bright enthusiasm from their "Freakin' Me Out," emerging out of daily disappointments, had a jam-packed concert hopping on their feet and bopping their heads.

The Mowgli's millennial self-acceptance of "If you don't like it, then tough," is reflected in their Power Pop Positivity of coming through alright, no matter how bad the situation.

Their June concert at The Troubadour was appropriate for their crowd-pleasing "Summertime."

You can pull The Mowgli's through dark times but with a beam of sunny disposition from their "Bad Dream," The Mowgli's and their legion of Millennial fans will come out of that dark tunnel, just fine.  They're continuing the mythical yet simple Californian tradition that driving in a convertible, with the top down, in good weather, is a simple cure-all to all your problems.

Prior to any concert at The Troubadour, it's a ritual for any rocker and their fans to fuel up the Indian restaurant next-door, The Flavor of India.

The Pom-Poms, the Mowgli's opening band, were chowing down their dinner before they hit the stage for an energetic set.

It's a modest chain of a mom & pop restaurant offering basic, down-home Indian cuisine.

To newbies, this may be exotic but for Indians and Indian cuisine fans, the Flavor of India is mom & pop home cooking made available to the public.

Being situated next door to a influential rock venue has it's advantage.  The Chicken Tikka Masala is Dolly Parton's favorite pre-Troubadour meal before she hits the stage at the Flavor of India.

But this seafood-loving scribe opted for the Shrimp Tikka Masala instead.  Not a bad choice is the sweetness of the shrimp goes well with coconut milk and saffron in the tomato sauce.

The continuing thread of saffron coordinates well with the Saffron Rice side dish.  Once done with the shrimp, this scribe dumped the leftover Tikka Masala sauce over the Saffron Rice as next day lunch.

Another surprise extra-value dish is the chicken-stuffed Chicken Naan bread, India's answer to Pita Bread.

Unlike Pita Bread, you can stuff naan bread into a quick and easy meal unto itself.  This scribe took this home, too.

One reason this scribe got stuffed beforehand was before this scribe's appetite was spoiled by munching on these puffy, crunchy rice papadam chips.  They're the precusors to the packaged shrimp chips.

No room or time for a dessert, this scribe happily guzzled real, traditional Masala Chai.

Believe it or not, no sugar.  The ginger and cardadom flavored the chai, making it diabetic-friendly.

Just in case you want to spot your favorite rocker in an intimate setting and you need something fun and affordable, chow down at the Flavor of India,, next door to The Troubadour.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrate International Yoga Day with Kimberly Snyder with Her Glow Bio Smoothie, Recipe Included.

By Laura Medina

After cooling your calm with Kimberly Snyder's Yoga DVD series in a safe air conditioned space, you're more than welcomed to cool down and hydrate with her Glow Bio Smoothie.

If you're a Hollywood Hottie living in Mid-Melrose Avenue District, you can drop by her Glow Bio Store at 7473 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046

Or, you can whip your own jug at your convenience and as many times as you want to, anytime you want, following her Glow Bio Smoothie recipe.  It's basically a salad you drink to refresh, during the dog days of Summer.

The Glowing Green Smoothie® Recipe

Author: Kimberly Snyder
Serves: 64 oz
·         1-2 cups very cold, filtered water
·         ¾ pound organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
·         ½ head large bunch or small bunch organic spinach
·         3-4 organic celery stalks, halved
·         1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
·         1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
·         1 organic banana, peeled
·         ½ fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded
·         bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)
·         bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)
1.       Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2.       Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth.
3.       Gradually moving to higher speeds Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Classics, Father's Day gifts at L'Occitane Beverly Hills...with Their Own Barbershop.

By Laura Medina

While checking out and dreaming at tomorrow's Rodeo Drive Concourse d' Elegance exotic car show, swing around the corner to Beverly Hills' L'Occitane.  They're one of the very few with a full-fledged barbershop.

While he's getting a shave, you can pick a few stuff for him to continue his shaving here on out...

Body Soap Trio ($24):  A great gift for any dad under $25, this set includes three 100 g bar soaps - Shea Butter Extra Gentle Milk, L’OCCITAN, and Cedrat for a luxurious shower experience.  

Cade Collection ($65): Boasting masculine, woody notes of juniper and sandalwood blended with spicy pink pepper and rosemary, upgrade Dad’s grooming essentials and show him how much you care with our best-selling Cade fragrance formulated into a full-size Cade Shaving Cream (150ml), Shower Gel for Hair and Body (250ml) and After- Shave Balm (75ml).

 L’OCCITAN Collection ($65): Infused with rich, spicy notes of nutmeg and calming lavender, this coveted fragrance and body care set is tailored for the rugged man in your life. This gift set includes a L’OCCITAN Eau de Toilette (100ml), Shower Gel for Hair and Body (250ml) and Bar Soap (100g).

Cedrat Collection ($65): This vibrant, citrusy fragrance has invigorating notes of lemon, bergamot and nutmeg mixed with undertones of cedar and blue ginger for a great, energizing scent that will keep him feeling clean and refreshed all day long. The set includes Cedrat Eau de Toilette (100ml), Shower Gel for Hair and Body (250ml) and Bar Soap (100g). 

Can't think of anything better, other than beer and cars, on a hot, sweaty day.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stuff to Borrow From Dad, Get Fresh with Jack Black Skincare. Simple. Effective.

By Laura Medina
 Jack Black It's the Balm Lip Quartet

Ask any daughter who had or has a dad, she'll tell ya' she "borrows" a couple of stuff from him.  Whether it's that cool vintage United States Navy cashmere, double-breasted pea coat to his classic button-down shirts, she wears as a "preppy cover-up,"  borrowing from dad is the basis of "Tomboy Chic," preppy androgyny;..and it's a timeless classic...and thriftiness of "share and share alike."  Something dads will appreciate.

Moms will like to "borrow" dad's grown-up flavored Lip Balms from Jack Black Skincare, ranging from gourmand flavors: Vanilla & Lavender, Mango & Mandarin, Black Cherry & Pomegranate, Natural Mint & Shea Butter in Jack Black's Lip Quartet Gift Box.

Fresh is luxurious enough for both mom and dad.

From left to right:
Shaving Cream, $23 - A brushless, daily formula that delivers the ultimate shave, prevents razor irritation, and helps to protect the skin with a luxurious cream's whipped texture soothes and nourishes the complexion
Umbrian Clay Purifying Toner, $35 - Absorbs excess oil on the skin’s surface without stripping away essential moisture, mattifying and softening the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores
Skin Soother After Shave, $39 - A lightweight formula that instantly calms, balances, and hydrates the skin while relieving razor irritation
Soy Face Cleanser, $38 - An extra-gentle gel cleanser that instantly whisks away everyday impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture while also working to tone, soothe, and soften the skin for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion

Industrial Strength Hand Healer with Vitamins A & E
 "Martha Stewart" moms would love to borrow dad's Jack Black Industrial Strenght Hand Healer with Vitamin A & E, after gardening and doing "home crafting home repairs"...and the cooking.
This rich, non-greasy formula helps heal and soothe dry, chapped, cracked hands.
Road-tested by golfers, carpenters and chefs, this hard-working hand cream repairs tough, calloused skin and cuticles, providing lasting relief. Especially effective for those who wash their hands a lot or spend time outdoors in rugged temperatures; because the palms and back of your hands have the fewest and smallest oil glands, they tend to get the driest.
 Vitamins A & E to condition and soften skin and cuticles.
 Macadamia Nut Oil to soften and moisturize skin.
 Eucalyptus, a natural antiseptic, to refresh.
Allantoin and glycerin to soften and lubricate dry skin.
Most husbands are happy to share with their wives for relief...and to save money, "share and share alike" budget...
"My wife has problems with her hands drying out in fall and winter to the point where they crack and bleed, but when I bought this for her it quickly became her new favorite. She shared it with her Dad who has the same problem and now they are both hooked, just another awesome product from a company I plan to do business with for a long time."
Deep Dive® Glycolic Facial Cleanser with Kaolin Clay & Volcanic Ash
Father's Day falls on the first day of Summer when everybody starts to get oily, greasy, sticky, and grimy then the pimples pop out, resulting in irritating acne scars.
Do what dad does and make a preemptive strike with Deep Dive® Glycolic Facial Cleanser with Kaolin Clay & Volcanic Ash.
It's an oil-soaking clay mask that turns into oil-dissolving scrub.
A powerful, multi-functional cleanser, Deep Dive® washes away dead skin cells, pore-clogging oil and build up. Skin emerges fresher, smoother, firmer. For deep down cleaning, this 2-in-1 cleanser can also be used as a purifying mask when left to dry on skin. Recommended for normal, combination and oily skin. Safe for sensitive skin. Dermatologist tested. Fragrance-free. Paraben-free. Vegan.
Dads...and moms...and the tween/teen/young adult kids will like that this a double-duty skin fixer that saves money and space.
Use morning and night as a cleanser. Apply a nickel-size amount to wet hands, work into a creamy lather and apply to slightly damp face using a circular motion. Immediately rinse. The unique combination of Glycolic Acid, vitamins, plant extracts and minerals gently but deeply cleanses and exfoliates while soothing and smoothing skin.

For deep down cleansing, switch this cleanser to a purifying mask. Apply a nickel-sized amount to dry face and evenly apply using a circular motion, avoiding eye area and lips. Allow to dry approximately 5 minutes. Rinse. 
Glycolic Acid - A highly effective chemical exfoliant removes dead skin cell build up for noticeably softer, firmer, clearer skin and also helps to prevent ingrown hairs.

Volcanic Ash - Packed with high concentrations of over ten natural,antioxidant minerals that work to restore, repair and smooth skin and help regulate moisture levels.

Kaolin Clay - A natural clay that draws out skin impurities, oil and dirt, plus helps control oiliness due to its natural absorption properties.

Oatmeal - A natural exfoliant that removes dead skin cells, soaks up excess oil, and soothes skin.

Vitamin E - A powerful antioxidant, it also soothes skin and provides natural moisture necessary for overall skin health.

Panthenol - Pro Vitamin B with healing properties

Willowherb - Clinically tested, natural anti-irritant soothes and calms skin and helps to treat razor irritation.

Aloe Vera and Arnica Extract - Provides soothing, skin healing properties

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant

Another clay mask that soaks up the grease then scrubs away the residue, Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant for normal to oily skin gently polishes away and dissolves dead skin cells and impurities to instantly reveal a healthy-looking, clear complexion. The purifying formula further works to refine skin texture, absorb excess oil, and regulate sebum production for perfectly balanced skin.

Umbrian Clay, Fresh’s proprietary ingredient, has a uniquely high-mineral content that works to neutralize acidity, absorb oil, and refine pores to purify the complexion, while natural bamboo and olive exfoliants gently polish away dulling, dead skin cells. The formula is further enriched with meadowsweet extract, known to regulate excess sebum production to control oil and shine; lemon fruit extract, which helps promote cell regeneration for a brighter, more radiant complexion; olive leaf extract, which helps to restore suppleness and protect against free radicals; and chamomile flower and lavender water, notable for their soothing properties. 

Fresh Umbrian Clay® Purifying Treatment Bar

Dads would love the simplity yet the multiple use out of this simple bar that delivers so many uses.  Easy for him to use.

A purifying treatment bar for the face and body, made from 100 percent Umbrian Clay.

This versatile essential can be used as a deep cleanser, an instantly detoxifying mask, or a spot treatment to heal blemishes and irritation. Umbrian Clay, a proprietary ingredient to Fresh, has supreme anti-inflammatory and absorbent properties. Thanks to its high mineral content, Umbrian Clay absorbs toxins, soothes irritations, reduces breakouts, and aids in the regeneration of healthy skin cells.

Save some money and some space by "borrowing" Jack Black and Fresh Skincares for him and from him.