You absorb up to 64% of what you put on your skin, make sure you know what is in your products!

Who wants to wash their hair every day? Not me!

Why?  Well, several reasons.  For one thing, it is a waste of water and resources.  On a typical day I don't get dirty enough to require daily washing.  Second, it is not great for my hair.  It strips our natural oils and makes it dry, frizzy and if it is colored, reduces its longevity.  And I am lazy!  Any additional time I can have to sleep in the morning, I will take (as long as I still look good!)!

  So how do I avoid it?  There are a couple of tricks I use that work really well.

•  In the evening, I brush it thoroughly using a boar hair brush like Mason Pearson.

•  I use a good dose of dry shampoo.  There are nice brands out there, but of course I use Olio Caldo's because I want to be sure of exactly what is in it and where it came from.  Plus I can customize it for my exact hair condition.  People are nervous about using dry shampoo, so I have made a YouTube video showing good technique.

•  I pile all of my hair up onto the top of my head with a velvet scrunchie (think Pebbles from the Flinstone's).  I know it sounds weird, but it makes all the difference.  It gives you root volume and keeps your blowout straight or your curls curlier.  All of my friends I have given this tip to swear by it!

Follow this routine and you can go shampoo free for two, three, maybe even four days depending on your hair type and level of daily activity.  Go gorgeous!


Fun at the Farmer's Market

Our healthy lifestyle goes beyond our cosmetics!  Learning how to cook elegant food that is whole - and delicious - is a big goal!  So I took a cooking class last night with friends.  It was called Forage and a renowned chef, Alan Tangren of Chez Panisse, took us out into our local Farmer's Market, showed us how to choose the best produce available, and to immediately go to your kitchen and make an amazing dish from it.  Right now that vegetable is squash, and apparently the shinier the skin, the fresher it is.  Who knew? 



In a large salad bowl -
Several of any type of squash in thin strips (use a vegetable peeler or spiralizer) - avoiding the seeds in the middle
Peppers cut into strips - we used Marconi, but you could use Red Bell or Serranos, whatever strikes your fancy
Basil, torn into strips
Toasted Pine Nuts, chopped
Orange infused Olive Oil
Olive Oil (Alan recommended mixing the two so you don't overwhelm the salad with the taste of orange)
Juice of 1 lemon
Kosher Salt, and Fresh Cracked Pepper, to taste
Any other vegetables that look good - heirloom tomatoes, ??
Toss and serve

So simple, but everyone was amazed at how fresh and delicious it tasted!  All of the flavors complemented each other so well!  And as my friend Jay said this salad gave her a new appreciation of squash!  Maybe there is something to this Foraging!



Dealing with acne - what works!

Acne - uggghhh!  We thought we were done with it when we were teenagers!  Unfortunately the surge of estrogen that happens in our teenage years can also cause acne in our later years (peri menopause).  You might deduce from this statement that women are more likely to have adult acne, and you would be right.  But stress has also been proven to be an indicator for adult acne, so no one is immune.  Let's look at a few ways you can help heal yourself, regardless of whether it is an occasional break out or a long term problem.

It isn't about dirt - it is about blocked pores.  Skin cell turnover is your best friend!

Step 1.  Washing your face too often or too vigorously can make the problem worse.  You strip your skin of its natural oils, making your system overcompensate by producing more oil, which can cause more blocked pores and breakouts.  Use a gentle cleanser, like our Face Wash, and use it only twice a day. 

Step 2.  Be gentle with your treatments.  You want to do two things: unclog pores and kill bacteria. A gentle anti bacterial like Tea Tree Oil or White Willow Bark, and an exfoliant like Lactic Acid or Glycolic Acid, can be added to our Face Oil.  It will also help balance your oil levels by making sure your skin is hydrated and doesn't need to produce additional oil.

Step 3.  Use physical block sunscreens.  Zinc Oxide may kill acne causing bacteria according to studies.  And is very gentle on the skin, reducing inflammation that can be caused by sun exposure, which breaks down collagen.  Collagen is the building block of our skin, keeping your pores small and strong.  Zinc also doesn't cause cancer or contain endocrine blocking ingredients like chemical sunscreens.

Step 4.  If you use makeup, make sure it is non-comedogenic, or use the newer mineral powder makeups.

Step 5.  Lifestyle - watch your stress!  High Cortisol levels and High Blood Sugar are both contributors to adult acne, causing hormonal imbalances and inflammation that lead to eruptions.  Lifestyle choices can make a big difference:

•  Yoga

•  Meditation

•  Healthy Eating

•  Managing health issues like Diabetes

Even small changes can make a big difference.   Let us know if you have any questions or if you want to customize a product to help deal with this real beauty issue!



Lips - Avoiding chapped, dry lips and creating a perfect canvas


What do people see when they talk to you?  Your eyes, your lips.  The lips become the focus as you speak.  How do you keep them amazing (even you men!  imagine trying to start up a conversation, or leaning in to kiss a woman and she sees your cracked, dry, flaky lips!)?


First step is to regularly exfoliate.  You can use Body Scrub if you are gentle, leave it on for a little while and let the sugar do its work.  The product is so safe it is edible, so no worries if a little gets in your mouth (besides the fact that it tastes amazing.  However we are not recommending it be eaten!).  Or use a washcloth and gently rub it back and forth to remove dead skin (don't forget the corners of your mouth).

Use a balm or Lip Butter at night.  When you sleep, you will most likely breathe through your mouth for part or all of the night.  This can really dry out your lips.  Keeping it well moisturized during this time will go a long way to keeping your lips in good condition throughout the rest of the day, whether you wear product or not.  This one change has kept me from having chapped lips for over 5 years.

Use sunscreen on your lips during the day.  The skin here is very thin and can't protect itself.  Sunscreen will prevent further aging and line development.  If using lipstick or gloss, this can be a one step process.  And since your lips are a smooth canvas, you won't have any trouble with application.

If you want to "plump" your lips, Cinnamon Oil can be added to our Lip Butter.  It smells, tastes, and feels amazing!  The Butter can be used alone, under your color, or on top of the color for shine. 

Let us know if you have questions or want to customize a product for your special needs.




Oil is going mainstream!

People are finally discovering oil - again!  Mainstream media has been obsessed with it lately - and I for one am glad.  It helps bring to light what we have known all along, that natural ingredients, and especially oils, are essential for healthy skin.  The problem is that many of these "oils" also have unhealthy ingredients in them - so please be a label reader!  

Case in point:  An expensive Japanese brand, the product is labeled as a "Hair Cleansing Oil", and these are the ingredients - 

Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth sulfate, Mipa-Laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, Glycerin, Peg-18 Castor Oil Dioleate, Propylene Glycol, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Persea Gratissma Oil/Avocado Oil, Laureth-5 Carbocylic Acid, PPG-5- Ceteth-20, Sodium Benzoate, Laureth-2,Polyquaternium-53,Salicylic acid,Limonene, Alcohol, Linaool, citronellol, Safflower Glucoside

The first oil listed is the 7th ingredient, and I can assure you it is not a large quantity!  After all the sulfates and the propylene glycol, I am not even positive it is safe.  

Be your own advocate and know the companies, and their ingredient lists, that you are using.  Don't rely on often misleading titles and labels.  And if you have any questions about our products or ingredients, contact us at any time.  


Our family grows!

On November 27th my life changed forever - we had an addition to our family!  My grandson was born at 24.5 weeks gestation.  If you are aware of the normal length of a pregnancy, you know that this was very early.  The last 3 months have been a roller coaster ride and a learning experience in soul wrenching fear, patience, love, perseverance, and a renewed belief in prayer and good thoughts of all kinds.

This whole process has affirmed my commitment to the Earth and to living the healthiest life I can, including the products I use on my body, hair and face.  I want to be around!  And I want my children and grandchildren to have access to healthy products.  So you will notice a new category  - and some new products on the website.  Baby Oil is the first, with more to come.  With Joseph in the NICU, and everything he has gone thru, I noticed the severe dryness and peeling of his skin.  I can't wait to use the baby oil on him!

And because we also love our pets, you will soon notice all natural, organic pet products as well.  Tick and flea deterrent will be the first.  These will be made by my sister-in-law, who grows many of the ingredients in her giant green house.

Family is precious.  And mine is growing.



Winter Sunscreen?

All the talk of whether Sunscreen causes cancer or not has me a bit worried.  For a primer, read this article by Dr. Hart.

I know sunscreen is a huge factor in keeping my skin youthful - keeping damage from accumulating.  But if it could cause cancer, should I limit its use?  At least in the winter months when I am outside very little?  Is there a natural solution? 

In Dr.DeVita's book Saving Face she says, "Certain natural vegetable oils 
and essential oils have been found to provide some protection against the sun. Sesame oil can block or reduce about 30% of the burning rays; coconut and olive oils about 20% and Aloe Vera inhibits about 20%. Helichrysum has been researched for its ability to effectively screen out some of the sun's rays."

She gives the following formulas for sun block, and sunscreen lotions. Sun block: Mix 3-6 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum Italicum) with 100 drops of sesame oil or olive oil. Apply on skin every few hours. Sunscreen: 1 ounce sesame oil, coconut oil or olive oil, 10 drops Helichrysum, 5 drops Lavender and 3 drops Chamomile. Mix and apply.


So for the Winter months I will try Dr. DeVita's solution, and in the Spring and Summer I will look for a healthy alternative with micronized zinc oxide.  Or perhaps I will make one…another product in the Olio Caldo line?

Olio Caldo chosen to participate in the Emmys!


Olio Caldo Announces Product Inclusion in the Prestigious Emmy Gift Bags


September 23, 2013 Cedar Ridge, California – Olio Caldo announced its product inclusion in the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy gift bags.

“We are excited to be a part of this time honored organization and to have had our products chosen” said Mondae Hott, President of Olio Caldo.  “As a small, Nevada County company, it is indeed our privilege to share our organic, 100% natural beauty products with the Emmys!” 

This year's Award Show will be held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, on October 1, 2013.  Guests will include 800 of the most influential people in television and internet news media.Each guest will receive The Official News Emmy Gift Bag as they depart Rose Hall.This gift bag program is exclusive to The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Based in Cedar Ridge, CA and founded in 2012, Olio Caldo creates and blends custom beauty products after free consultations with clients to address their specific beauty concerns.  Learn more at


Press Contact:

Mondae Hott



or for more information from the Emmy Gift Bag organizer:

Val Wilson, Producer 

Official Emmy Award Show Gift Bags/Talent Lounge

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences





5 minutes to gorgeous!

Mother of young children, busy professional, whatever your situation, you might not always have time to complete a full makeup routine, or maybe that isn't your style.  Perhaps you need a quick afternoon pick me up?  Here are 5 steps to gorgeous - in 5 minutes max! 


1.  Face - Dewify your face for a youthful glow.  Put a few drops between your fingers and pat under your eyes and around your cheeks, anywhere you need it (It is OK to do this over makeup you may already have on).  Wait a moment.  Face Oil, $40,  

I know you already put your sunscreen on...that goes without saying!


2.  Undereye - Concealer makes a huge difference in that wide awake look.  Dab on dark circles, spots, etc.  Make sure not to rub, pat to blend!  Organic choice: 100 percent Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer, $16      Traditional choice:  Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $28


3.  Cheeks - A rosy glow says health and vitality.  Try a gel.  Organic Choice:  100 percent Pot Rouge Blush in PInk Nude,   $15  Traditional Choice:  Tarte cheek stain in Blissful, $30


4.  Eyes - Mascara makes your eyes look wide open and much larger.   Organic Choice:  100 percent Fruit Pigmented Mascara, $18    Traditional Choice:   Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, $16   


5.  Lips - Choose a flattering tone that you can use no matter what your outfit.  Organic Choice:  100 percent Perfect Naked Berry Creamstick, $15     Traditional Choice:  Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15


All Organic items available at, and Traditional items at

Shaving and waxing - and how to avoid ingrown hairs, bumps and dark spots!

What a great title!  Sounds so sexy...not!  However, it is a real problem and several of our clients have asked us for advice, so I thought it might be good to share that information with everyone.  And we know it isn't just women who face this problem - Men this is for you too!


The most important factor is exfoliating, which helps to desensitize the area and keep hair follicles clear and open.


1.  Exfoliate two or three times in the week before your scheduled wax or before shaving (do nothing in the 24 hours before, which could cause irritation and bigger problems).  Use a product like Body Scrub for the job.  If it is the first time you have ever waxed, you may want to shave a few times first.  


2.  After the deed is done, do not wear any type of elastic (underwear, bathing suit), or tight clothing (skinny jeans), against the affected area to avoid irritation - for at least 24 hours.  It is a really bad idea to get a wax or shave the day you are going to a party or the beach!


3.  Afterwards, use a product like Body Oil to soothe the skin and keep it soft. (I also use Body Oil as a shaving cream on my legs.  As long as the hair isn't too long, it works great and leaves my skin incredibly smooth and shiny, i.e. not scaly and dry like when I use regular creams).


4.   Maintain your smooth skin and clear follicles by exfoliating twice a week from here on out.  It is a great idea to exfoliate your whole body twice a week to keep your skin glowing and problem free!


These steps should really help eliminate problems over time and keep your skin looking as healthy and luscious as possible.  I really struggled with ingrown hairs for years, and following this advice I have been able to get rid of those issues, and the dark spots they created.  I am no longer embarrassed to wear a bathing suit!


Let us know if you have any questions.  We are always here for you with free consultations and advice!  Contact us