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From holiday gift guides and DIY gifting to gift giving etiquette, product launches and introduction to artisan and makers, stay in the know with the Pumeli curated gift box blog. 

Female Founder Spotlight: Cordelia Smith

As part of our Women's History Month series, meet female entrepreneur, Cordelia Smith, founder of Formulary55.

In 1993, in a small kitchen in Seattle, self-taught chemist Cordelia Smith began making small batch soap and beauty products and selling them at her local farmer’s market. Fast forward to present day, Cordelia is now the CEO and creative mind behind Formulary55, modern botanicals for body & home, with products in over 800 stores and 17 countries!

In order to expand Forumarly55 and accommodate her growing wholesale business, Cordelia and her husband/CFO Anthony, relocated the company from Seattle to Pueblo, Colorado. Even in the midst of growth, her commitment to being a handmade company can be seen in each hand-weighed and hand wrapped product they ship each week to both wholesale and retail customers.

Now, with the launch of a men’s skincare line and recent opening of a retail store in Salida, Cordelia continues to innovate and inspire more than 25 years after her humble beginnings as a solo-preneur. She says they’re just getting started and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

Inspiration: Follow her Instagram feed for a daily dose of pretty things. We only wish the internet came with a scratch and sniff feature.

What we love: The beautiful botanical illustrated packaging and her unwavering commitment to products that are certified cruelty free, SLS-free and vegan!

We carry a wide range of both women and men’s products in our curated gift box collection; here are a few of our current favorites:

Oatmeal Facial Scrub: from the gold leaf packaging to the wholesome blend of ground oats, orange peel, and walnut, every encounter with this organic facial scrub is a luxurious experience

Organic Botanical Facial Steam: this organic facial steam medley of herbs and flowers not only calms and moisturizes as you bask, the aroma alone is enough to soothe your senses into relaxation

botanical facial steam

Bath Fizzy Sparkling Tablets: available in several tantalizing scents, each of these pure bath fizzies transforms your tub into a blissful mix of aromatherapy and pleasant oils

bath fizzy

Have you tried Formulary55? Do us a favor and tell us what you love in the comments below!

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As part of our Women's History Month series, meet female entrepreneur, Cordelia Smith, founder of Formulary55.

In 1993, in a small kitchen in Seattle, self-taught chemist Cordelia Smith began making small batch soap and beauty products and selling them at her local farmer’s market. Fast forward to present day, Cordelia is now the CEO and creative mind behind Formulary55, modern botanicals for body & home, with products in over 800 stores and 17 countries!

In order to expand Forumarly55 and accommodate her growing wholesale business, Cordelia and her husband/CFO Anthony, relocated the company from Seattle to Pueblo, Colorado. Even in the midst of growth, her commitment to being a handmade company can be seen in each hand-weighed and hand wrapped product they ship each week to both wholesale and retail customers.

Now, with the launch of a men’s skincare line and recent opening of a retail store in Salida, Cordelia continues to innovate and inspire more than 25 years after her humble beginnings as a solo-preneur. She says they’re just getting started and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

Inspiration: Follow her Instagram feed for a daily dose of pretty things. We only wish the internet came with a scratch and sniff feature.

What we love: The beautiful botanical illustrated packaging and her unwavering commitment to products that are certified cruelty free, SLS-free and vegan!

We carry a wide range of both women and men’s products in our curated gift box collection; here are a few of our current favorites:

Oatmeal Facial Scrub: from the gold leaf packaging to the wholesome blend of ground oats, orange peel, and walnut, every encounter with this organic facial scrub is a luxurious experience

Organic Botanical Facial Steam: this organic facial steam medley of herbs and flowers not only calms and moisturizes as you bask, the aroma alone is enough to soothe your senses into relaxation

botanical facial steam

Bath Fizzy Sparkling Tablets: available in several tantalizing scents, each of these pure bath fizzies transforms your tub into a blissful mix of aromatherapy and pleasant oils

bath fizzy

Have you tried Formulary55? Do us a favor and tell us what you love in the comments below!

Read more


Easy, Vegan Red Lentil Dal

Just lentils, tomatoes, garlic, onion and spices with a splash of lime and cilantro. Done! 

It’s almost hard to believe something this flavorful is so incredibly simple to make. One of the things I love most about this recipe is not only is it easy to prepare, but cleanup is also a snap, which makes this dal perfect for a quick & healthy weeknight meal.

What is dal? Dal is a staple in Indian cuisine and, according to Wikipedia; the term is used to describe “dried split pulse (that is, lentils, peas and beans)” and is also used to refer to “various soups prepared from these pulses.” Every region of India has a variation of dal, and this one originates from West Bengal.

Red Lentils

As a vegetarian, nutrient-dense lentils have long provided a healthy source of protein in my diet as they contain 9 grams of protein per half cup cooked. Prepared with a lively Bengali five spice mix (panch phoran) that you can buy or make with pantry items of your own, ordinary red lentils transform into a creamy, tasty stew that will make you fall in love with South Asian inspired food.

A note about the Bengali five spice: Traditionally, this spice blend is neither roasted nor ground. But if you only have ground spice, use what you’ve got! I regularly use a blend of seeds and ground spices and it still packs a punch.

Bengali Five Spice non traditional

I’ve made this recipe several times, even on those nights when I don’t feel like standing in a hot kitchen and this recipe never disappoints. Plus, it keeps for several days in the fridge and makes a great lunchtime meal too.

Thanks to Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes for turning us on to this incredibly delicious and addictive red lentil dal recipe. 

 

Easy Vegan Red Lentil Dal

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time: 30 min

Recipe Type: Soup

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

1 cup red lentils

3 cups water

3 tomatoes (heirloom or beefsteak)

2 tsp oil

½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped

2 medium garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped and made into a paste

2 tsp Bengali five spice mix or ½ tsp each: black sesame seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds

1 bay leaf

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp kosher salt

1 lime

8 sprigs cilantro, de-stemmed and chopped

Basmati or wild rice, optional

 

Directions

1. Blanch Tomatoes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Score the skin of the tomatoes with a knife in the shape of an “X”. Place the tomatoes in the boiling water and blanch for one minute.

Remove the tomatoes to a cutting board and allow to cool. Once cool, peel the tomatoes and discard the tough ends. Chop or mash the tomatoes and set them aside.

2. Rinse & Cook Lentils. While waiting for your tomato water to boil, pour lentils into a metal sieve and rinse well with cold water.

Add 1 cup of lentils to a medium sauce pan. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until lentils are soft.

3. Sauté onions, garlic & spices. While the lentils cook, prepare your spice mix and chop the onions.

After you’ve blanched the tomatoes, empty the boiling water and before returning the pot to heat add the oil.

Return the pot to heat over medium. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent (2-3 minutes)

Add garlic and cook for about a minute, making sure it does not burn.

Add the Bengali five spice. Cook and stir for about 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf and turmeric. Stir.

4. Add Cooked Lentils, Salt: To the large pot with the onions and spices, add the cooked lentils along with the lentil cooking water. Add salt. Cook for 10 minutes.

5. Add Lime Juice & Tomatoes. Add the lime juice and tomatoes to the pot and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if needed.

Stir in the chopped cilantro and remove with heat. Optionally, use a hand held blender to gently chop up more of the tomato, if desired.

Serve over bed of rice or with naan bread.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know what you think!

Learn more about some of the products used in this recipe:

ILA Olive Oil

Extra-Virgin Spanish Olive Oil by ILA

Rich and smooth with a golden hue, this extra-virgin olive oil is made with hand-picked Andalusia olives cold-pressed on the same day for freshness and flavor.

Turmeric by ILA

Turmeric

Known as “The Golden Spice”, turmeric has been used for centuries in ancient wellness routines.  Its mild citrus and ginger notes add warmth to dishes and make it a staple ingredient in East Asian cuisine.

black sesame seeds by ILA

Black Sesame Seeds

One of history’s oldest condiments, black sesame seeds add a delicate crunch to avocado toast and salads. It also makes a wonderful tahini sauce.

Read more

Just lentils, tomatoes, garlic, onion and spices with a splash of lime and cilantro. Done! 

It’s almost hard to believe something this flavorful is so incredibly simple to make. One of the things I love most about this recipe is not only is it easy to prepare, but cleanup is also a snap, which makes this dal perfect for a quick & healthy weeknight meal.

What is dal? Dal is a staple in Indian cuisine and, according to Wikipedia; the term is used to describe “dried split pulse (that is, lentils, peas and beans)” and is also used to refer to “various soups prepared from these pulses.” Every region of India has a variation of dal, and this one originates from West Bengal.

Red Lentils

As a vegetarian, nutrient-dense lentils have long provided a healthy source of protein in my diet as they contain 9 grams of protein per half cup cooked. Prepared with a lively Bengali five spice mix (panch phoran) that you can buy or make with pantry items of your own, ordinary red lentils transform into a creamy, tasty stew that will make you fall in love with South Asian inspired food.

A note about the Bengali five spice: Traditionally, this spice blend is neither roasted nor ground. But if you only have ground spice, use what you’ve got! I regularly use a blend of seeds and ground spices and it still packs a punch.

Bengali Five Spice non traditional

I’ve made this recipe several times, even on those nights when I don’t feel like standing in a hot kitchen and this recipe never disappoints. Plus, it keeps for several days in the fridge and makes a great lunchtime meal too.

Thanks to Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes for turning us on to this incredibly delicious and addictive red lentil dal recipe. 

 

Easy Vegan Red Lentil Dal

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time: 30 min

Recipe Type: Soup

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

1 cup red lentils

3 cups water

3 tomatoes (heirloom or beefsteak)

2 tsp oil

½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped

2 medium garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped and made into a paste

2 tsp Bengali five spice mix or ½ tsp each: black sesame seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds

1 bay leaf

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp kosher salt

1 lime

8 sprigs cilantro, de-stemmed and chopped

Basmati or wild rice, optional

 

Directions

1. Blanch Tomatoes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Score the skin of the tomatoes with a knife in the shape of an “X”. Place the tomatoes in the boiling water and blanch for one minute.

Remove the tomatoes to a cutting board and allow to cool. Once cool, peel the tomatoes and discard the tough ends. Chop or mash the tomatoes and set them aside.

2. Rinse & Cook Lentils. While waiting for your tomato water to boil, pour lentils into a metal sieve and rinse well with cold water.

Add 1 cup of lentils to a medium sauce pan. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until lentils are soft.

3. Sauté onions, garlic & spices. While the lentils cook, prepare your spice mix and chop the onions.

After you’ve blanched the tomatoes, empty the boiling water and before returning the pot to heat add the oil.

Return the pot to heat over medium. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent (2-3 minutes)

Add garlic and cook for about a minute, making sure it does not burn.

Add the Bengali five spice. Cook and stir for about 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf and turmeric. Stir.

4. Add Cooked Lentils, Salt: To the large pot with the onions and spices, add the cooked lentils along with the lentil cooking water. Add salt. Cook for 10 minutes.

5. Add Lime Juice & Tomatoes. Add the lime juice and tomatoes to the pot and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if needed.

Stir in the chopped cilantro and remove with heat. Optionally, use a hand held blender to gently chop up more of the tomato, if desired.

Serve over bed of rice or with naan bread.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know what you think!

Learn more about some of the products used in this recipe:

ILA Olive Oil

Extra-Virgin Spanish Olive Oil by ILA

Rich and smooth with a golden hue, this extra-virgin olive oil is made with hand-picked Andalusia olives cold-pressed on the same day for freshness and flavor.

Turmeric by ILA

Turmeric

Known as “The Golden Spice”, turmeric has been used for centuries in ancient wellness routines.  Its mild citrus and ginger notes add warmth to dishes and make it a staple ingredient in East Asian cuisine.

black sesame seeds by ILA

Black Sesame Seeds

One of history’s oldest condiments, black sesame seeds add a delicate crunch to avocado toast and salads. It also makes a wonderful tahini sauce.

Read more


Pamper Your Vegan Gift Guide 2016

Finding cruelty-free and vegan gifts may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you're not sure what to look for and you're short on time.  Thankfully, we've put together a list of mindful gifts that anyone and everyone on your list would love.

 Ayurveda Gift Box

Pure Harmony Gift Box

An Ayurveda inspired experience featuring sandalwood and turmeric, known for their uplifting and balancing properties. This luxurious gift box is filled with all natural tastes, textures and scents designed to promote relaxation. 

Essential Oils Fair Trade Candles

Pumeli Travel Tin Candle

Calming essential oils soy blend candles will create a tranquil and relaxing ambience. Our fair-trade candles are vegan, never tested on animals and the sale of each one supports women refugees at Prosperity Candle in the United States. Available in 4 soothing scents. 

Organic Matcha Set

Organic Matcha Starter Set

Matcha Green tea has been used for centuries as a meditative aid and to de-stress, detox and relax the mind & body. Naturally vegan and gluten-free, our Matcha Starter Set contains everything needed to add a bit of Zen to your day. 

DIY Matcha Gifts

DIY Matcha Gifts

One of the safest ways to pick out a gift for a vegan is to know the ingredients used in the gift. And one of the easiest ways to understand the ingredients is to make something yourself. Don’t worry, no special DIY skills are needed to make these pretty gifts using only a touch of matcha powder and ordinary ingredients already found in your home.

Chai & Cinnamon Gift Box

Chai Diary

One can never get enough chai & cinnamon spice during the winter season and this gift box delivers. Not only is it filled with intoxicating, all natural aromas & sustainable goods; it helps support small-scale Kenyan tea farming families and handmade artisans in the USA and around the globe.

Looking for more great gift ideas? Browse through our Holiday Gift Guides and discover something for everyone on your list (including you...we won't tell.)

Read more

Finding cruelty-free and vegan gifts may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you're not sure what to look for and you're short on time.  Thankfully, we've put together a list of mindful gifts that anyone and everyone on your list would love.

 Ayurveda Gift Box

Pure Harmony Gift Box

An Ayurveda inspired experience featuring sandalwood and turmeric, known for their uplifting and balancing properties. This luxurious gift box is filled with all natural tastes, textures and scents designed to promote relaxation. 

Essential Oils Fair Trade Candles

Pumeli Travel Tin Candle

Calming essential oils soy blend candles will create a tranquil and relaxing ambience. Our fair-trade candles are vegan, never tested on animals and the sale of each one supports women refugees at Prosperity Candle in the United States. Available in 4 soothing scents. 

Organic Matcha Set

Organic Matcha Starter Set

Matcha Green tea has been used for centuries as a meditative aid and to de-stress, detox and relax the mind & body. Naturally vegan and gluten-free, our Matcha Starter Set contains everything needed to add a bit of Zen to your day. 

DIY Matcha Gifts

DIY Matcha Gifts

One of the safest ways to pick out a gift for a vegan is to know the ingredients used in the gift. And one of the easiest ways to understand the ingredients is to make something yourself. Don’t worry, no special DIY skills are needed to make these pretty gifts using only a touch of matcha powder and ordinary ingredients already found in your home.

Chai & Cinnamon Gift Box

Chai Diary

One can never get enough chai & cinnamon spice during the winter season and this gift box delivers. Not only is it filled with intoxicating, all natural aromas & sustainable goods; it helps support small-scale Kenyan tea farming families and handmade artisans in the USA and around the globe.

Looking for more great gift ideas? Browse through our Holiday Gift Guides and discover something for everyone on your list (including you...we won't tell.)

Read more