If you aren’t familiar with January Labs, let’s start off by saying – go try the cinnamon enzyme peel, now. It’s good. The results will give you butterflies. Perhaps, even stars in your eyes. Then, move onto the brand’s lactic tonic mist, which exfoliates, smooths and brightens just by misting, people! By that point you’ll be on our level and, like us, the obsession will be real. To learn more about the brand we recently had lunch with the bubbling founder and California native, January Olds, as she took us through her insanely healthy morning routine. We’re talking waking up at 4:45am, working out every day, moist paleo banana bread and the best matcha latte recipe ever. Read on for some serious morning inspiration.
“I wake up every morning at 4:45am. I don’t eat a big dinner. I’ll have little snacks and graze throughout the day, so I always wake up starving. Every morning I make a matcha latte. I used to be addicted to coffee but it was more ritual. I used to love a huge espresso triple shot almond milk latte. It would make me feel kinda sweaty and jacked up. It felt good at the time and was probably the least healthy thing that I used to do, but then I realized, okay, I probably should stop this.
When I decided that I wanted to switch to matcha lattes I literally tried every single matcha green tea out there, since no one can obsess the way I can. The one that I use every morning for my green matcha latte is a ceremonial grade tea. It’s so vibrant and it has no bitter taste. It’s amazing. I probably do double the amount that you’re supposed to do, so two scoops of matcha and then a scoop of vital protein collagen powder, a scoop of coconut butter, hot water and almond milk. I blend it in my Vitamix and it becomes frothy and creamy. It’s just delicious. I actually crave it. I do that and then I usually see what’s going on in the world: read the news, check out daily mail and just kind of wake up. I need an hour in the morning to just do my thing. It’s not like I’m meditating or doing anything spiritual, but sometimes I’ll read some uplifting stuff, something to get me into the right mindset and then I’ll do a workout. I do a pilates class at 6am or I’ll go to hot yoga. Then I’ll come back and do the peel, take a shower and do my skincare routine. I use my enzyme peel in the mornings three times a week. I’ll put it on for about ten minutes before I hop in the shower. I like to do it in the day because your skin feels so wonderful afterwards. I use the mist and then I’ll use the Revitalizing Day Cream and the Moisture Balancing Lotion. The Moisture Balancing Lotion was one of the first products I made. It has squalene, which is really hydrating. The texture of it is really light, but it’s more emollient than it feels at first. Makeup artists love it. You can use it on top of the day cream to seal all the moisture in. It has essential oils and avocado oil in it. It’s also great for someone who might want a less active, more basic moisturizer.
My whole line is very simple, but with powerful active ingredients. And the whole idea of my brand is not to strive to look younger, but just strive to look good for your age. There are all these creams out there that say, oh, if you use this, you’ll look twenty again. And it’s like, um, no. No one liked themselves at twenty anyway! It’s about feeling good now and looking good now.
Once I’m done getting ready, I’ll do some cooking. I love cooking. If I wasn’t in skincare, I would for sure be a chef. I’m really into making healthy food. I’m currently obsessed with making this paleo banana bread. All it is is eggs, almond flour, bananas, some cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s so moist. I make homemade almond milk and take the leftover mill from making that and use it in the bread. The banana bread is not overly sweet. It’s a good morning food because it keeps you full.
For the almond milk I make, I soak over two nights the almonds. Some people do one night but I like it really soaked. Then I’ll put them in the Vitamix, throw in a few dates and cinnamon and blend it. I’ll squeeze the blended mix through a cheese cloth baggy. It makes about 24oz and I’ll use it for my lattes or put it in smoothies. It lasts me about four days.
I like to have everything personal done by 10am before I dive into work, which means I have to go to bed pretty early, but I’m in this weird season of my life where I’m enjoying my routine. I just want to be in a constant state of flow. I socialize, but when I was younger I would force myself to make or keep plans even if I didn’t feel up for it and now I don’t make plans. I just like to see where the day goes and see what I feel like doing each day. It’s really set me free.”
January Olds’ Morning Matcha Latte (serves 2)
Ingredients: (can be found on amazon)
Pour all ingredients into Vitamix (or blender). Blend for about 40 seconds. Pour into a mug, and enjoy right away.
January Olds’ Paleo Banana Bread
2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix together almond flour, ground cinnamon, and baking soda in a bowl. Beat two eggs in a bowl. Mix in water, almond extract, agave syrup, mashed bananas, and vanilla bean paste. Add banana mixture to almond flour mixture; mix until no dry areas are visible. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake banana bread in the preheated oven until brown and crisp aroundthe edges, about 45 minutes.
-as told to BOND EN AVANT
Photographed by Amy Chang