Wellness products

Rice is known for promoting cell growth, stimulating blood flow, and assist keeping your skin smooth and bright.

Melotti Farm is one of the top rice production farms in northern Italy. They have introduced many byproducts. So, it wasn't a surprise that rice skincare products could be found in their store.

The Cream is a outstanding lightweight form formula for all skin types.  It's hydrating and calming to the skin without a sticky and heavy feel. Hand cream is perfect to heal dry skin.

spoon or chopsticks

How do you eat rice? Do you use chopsticks or a spoon?  Your answer depends on the type of rice, its preparation, and your culture.

Short grain rice is common in China and Japan. It is sticky and clumpy and easy to eat with chopsticks.  Etiquette requires that you elegantly lift your bowl of steaming, sticky, rice near your mouth with chopsticks in hand.  They are the only utensils used for the rice and the entire meal.

In Korea,  short grain rice is usually eaten with spoon and the rice bowl never leaves the table.  As food is eaten quickly, and portions are small, little time is spent in putting  utensils down.  When finished eating, the spoon is placed on the rice bowl, or soup bowl.  Then, chopsticks are used for eating the other dishes. At the end of the meal, the  chopsticks can never be left sticking out of the rice bowl, as this resembles the way rice is offered to the dead and would bring bad luck.

South East Asian or Middle Eastern cultures eat Basmati; a slender, long grain rice, which is light and fluffy. It is easier and more commonly eaten with a spoon.

 

 

New Starts

Photo Credit:  livescience.com

Photo Credit: livescience.com

Throwing rice at a newly married couple is a very old tradition that may date back to ancient Rome or Egypt. Grains such as wheat and rice were thrown over the newlyweds to bring good luck,fertility and abundance. Throwing rice is also believed to help keep evil spirits away from the bride and groom.

While tossing rice became  popular in America, many countries have had their own traditions. In Morocco, figs, dates, and raisins are thrown to encourage a "fruitful" union. Italians shower with sweets and sugarcoated nuts. In Korea, the groom's father tosses red dates to bring fertility. In France, wheat greets the happy couple. European countries throw eggs at newlyweds. Even an old Irish tradition has the couple being pelted with pots and pans in their new life.

In America today, rice has gradually been  replaced with confetti or flower petals because of a concern for birds possibly getting ill from eating the grain. However, this theory proved to be unfounded by a University of Kentucky study done in 2002. Birds don’t have a problem eating the rice but people might have trouble walking on it!

Rice Water

Rice, the most popular edible grain in our lifetime , is also a grain for skin  healing and rejuvenation. The  byproducts of ”rice water”, the water that rice is soaked in,  are rich in ferulic acid and allantoin. Ferulic acid is a wonderful antioxidant which works as a sun protection factor. When combined with allantoin as an anti-inflammatory factor, applying rice water will help protect the skin from sun burns. Also, washing the face will enhance fair skin.  

In Japan, Geisha used this” rice water”  in the bath for soft, smooth and luminous skin. The effects of rice(rice water) are further enhanced if it is fermented. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, B vitamins, vitamin E, and traces of ‘Pitera’, a substance produced during the fermentation process. Pitera has ability to promote cell regeneration, helping skin stay young and beautiful. The nutrients in fermented rice water are believed to shrink pores, reduce fine lines, and tighten and brighten your skin. Today, you can find major cosmetic company products which contain rice/fermented rice water. Rice bran, which is produced when brown rice is milled to white rice,  has also been used to wash hair, dishes, and even natural wood floors.

Sawami Aoki who is soaper has worked with LiveRice and exclusively supplies White Rice Soaps on our shop.

Soap dish made by ceramic artist EunYoung Sebazco

Soap dish made by ceramic artist EunYoung Sebazco