Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2017 we reflect on the past. We faced some great challenges and difficulties. Yet we came out triumphant and made great progress. On a personal level we all had to face some loses we might not ever fully recover from and opened our arms and our hearts to new loves….

Lead in makeup. Can cosmetics manufacturers avoid it?

The short answer is NO. The long answer is more complicated than that. As manufacturers and formulators of cosmetic products, we completely depend on the ingredients other manufacturers make, synthesize or formulate. Although we have an incredibly large array of suitable and highly effective ingredients to use and trillions of combinations based on science and…

Ferragosto: Origins and Traditions of our Italian Festivity

Celebrated on August 15th, Ferragosto is synonym of summer time for all Italians, not only in Italy but around the world; the time for the country to close and go for vacation, which usually means to the beach! Ferragosto dates back to the Roman emperor Augusts’ time, one of the most loved emperors in Ancient…

Dear United States Postal Office a.k.a. USPS …

My business lost another client because of you. Thank you. I’ve been doing business using your services to deliver my goods since 1999. Yet it baffles me at how, despite the amazing new technology we count with these days which is supposedly helping you do a better job, you’ve managed to make it worse, much…

Homemade Fiocchi di sale – Salt Flakes

Fiocchi di Sale in Italian, “Fleur de Sel” in French or “Salt Flakes” in English (somehow it doesn’t have the same ring to it) is nothing more than crystals or clusters of crystals of salt used in cooking as a decorative touch. Salt flakes are formed by the action of the wind on salt marshes….

Focaccia al Rosmarino, burro e olio d’oliva

The Focaccia, (pronounced fo·cac·cia | \fō-ˈkä-ch(ē-)ə\) from the latin focus – fire – is a flat, rustic, but delicious bread originally from Genoa, in the region of Liguria northern Italy, made with very simple ingredients – flour, salt, sugar, water, olive oil and yeast – and cooked over a fire, from where its name derives…