June Staff Picks: Patrick & Marcia

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Patrick O., who has been working at the Co-op as a merchandiser in the Bakery since August 2015. Patrick chose Hubert’s Lemonade because he was actually a big soda drinker until he started working at the Co-op and became aware of the many healthier beverage options.

He no longer drinks soda, but he still frequently likes to enjoy something besides water, and the Hubert’s Watermelon Lemonade is one of his favorite options. He says it has a very refreshing flavor and is a nice balance of sweet yet tangy. Patrick says that instead of turning to caffeine in the afternoon when he is losing steam, this juice seems to give him just the little jump of energy he needs.

The foundation of Hubert’s Lemonade was laid quite some time ago. In 1935, Hubert Hansen decided to fill his truck full of his homemade natural juices and drive around the California film studios and sell his delicious drinks to thirsty workers and celebrities on the sets, under the Hansen name. In the 1970s, the grandson of Hubert developed a variety of sodas and juices, which he also sold under the Hansen’s label. The company became Hansen’s Juices, and later changed their name to The Fresh Juice Company of California.

After filing for bankruptcy in 1988, the company was acquired by the California CoPackers Corporation and renamed Hansen Natural Company, which later became Monster Beverage Corporation. The Monster Energy Drinks generate the lion’s share of revenue for the company (Wikipedia, 2016), but they still offer a diverse range of products, including Hubert’s Lemonade, which comes in a variety of flavors, including original lemonade, mango, strawberry, raspberry, and watermelon (Patrick’s personal favorite).

A quick scan of the ingredient list on the bottle shows that this drink is sweetened with a mix of cane sugar and Stevia extract, which helps to make the 70 calories per serving quite a bit lower than other commercial lemonades that don’t contain Stevia.

The next staff person I spoke with this month was Marcia Z., who has been working at the Co-op as a cook for two years. For her pick, Marcia chose the Andalou 1000 Roses Heavenly Night Cream for Sensitive Skin. She says it is literally the first moisturizer she has used that doesn’t irritate her skin. She finds that she can use it as a night cream or a day cream, and that this product just fits her routine nicely. She also says it has a very nice smell that is not overpowering.

I will add that I too have complicated combination skin and have had very good luck with this brand (different product line). Andalou Naturals was founded by Stacey Kelly Egide and Mark A. Egide, who both worked in the skin care and beauty industry for over two decades before setting out on their own. A relative newcomer on the scene, the company was founded in 2010, out of Novato, CA. Their goal was not only to offer their customers a wide range of organic products, but also to do so in a way that was socially responsible. Their products are all 100% Non-GMO Project Verified, which is a rigorous certification standard that required the company to confirm that over 200 source ingredients, as well as the complete manufacturing process for each ingredient, did not include GMOs of any kind.

In 2011, they became the first personal care brand to achieve this certification on every product in their line (Andalou Naturals, 2016). The company has successfully wedded their ethical base with a solid scientific base. They utilize plant stem cells in their products, which are undifferentiated cells found in the meristems of vegetation. These plant stem cells are cultured in labs segregated from pollution and pesticides, giving their scientists more control over the quality and quantity of the repairing and anti-aging properties of the particular plants being used. The active ingredients in plant stem cells “often contain a concentration of antioxidants that is 1,000 times great than other botanical extracts,” making them more potent than traditionally extracted raw materials (Andalou Naturals, 2016).

Andalou Naturals. (2016, May 15). Our Choices. Retrieved from Andalou Naturals: andalou.com/our-story/about-us
ikipedia. (2016). Monster Beverage. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster Beverage