the ultimate vegan soap concoction from brooklyn-based mixologists

photos by liz riccardi

lather up.

There are two kinds of beauty-product lovers in the world. First, you have your die-hard fans of the same perfumes and soaps, who swear by their go-tos for life. Then, you have the people who start browsing for a totally new product as soon as their bottles, tubes, and cans get semi-close to being empty.

I'm definitely the latter, but after trying out so many different types of washes and scrubs, you'd think I would have a mainstay by now. Nope--because even though some brands say that their formula will clear your skin, smells great, or is all-natural, none have ever been the end-all be-all in my hunt for new things to fill my vanity with.

However, the vegan soaps made with ingredients like coconut oil, sage, and grapefruit from one apothecary in Brooklyn actually do sound like they might cure my problem of walking down drugstore aisles in the hope of finding something life-changing. Plus, with a name like Meow Meow Tweet and packaging that looks like it's straight out of a bathroom in a Wes Anderson film, you can bet that this NYC small batch soapmaking brand provides goods unlike any other. The good news? You can find out for yourself by shopping their soaps, bug sprays, and candles online right here.

But first, read my interview with founders Tara Pelletier and Jeff Kurosaki below to see how the brand got its name, what inspires its art, and why it uses beer as an ingredient. Oh, and if you're interested, (and you so should be), the duo behind Meow Meow Tweet not only specializes in mixology, but they've also got a band called The Tammys (listen here).

Was there one defining moment that made you want to create a specifically handmade, vegan apothecary?
When we first got turned onto handmade soap it felt like a whole new sensory experience. We were so excited about what a simple pleasure it was to use every day and how moisturizing it is compared to other soaps. Our first bar was actually goat’s milk soap. As vegans, we set out to make a plant-based alternative, so Meow Meow Tweet sprung quite naturally from our lifestyle.

How did you first start testing out your concoctions to figure out which ingredients worked best?
From the beginning, we wanted to use kitchen ingredients. We are pretty conscious of what we eat, so this made us question what we were using on our skin. Tara had managed restaurants in Southern California and was really inspired by the local food movement. We felt like there was a way to take those ideals and apply them to natural skincare. Her approach to recipe development is a blend of research, technique, and improvisation. There’s a lot of testing and trial and error. She has pages of notes about each oil and botanical that she uses and she is very cautious about using ingredients that we wouldn’t consider eating, and those that are as close to its plant source as possible.

Your packaging makes your products feel like they would be around a home in a Wes Anderson movie. Where do you get most of your inspiration for the illustrations?
Jeff makes all of the drawings. Sometimes they're random, but most of the time they're depicting something specific that we have a joke about, like: silly things our cats do, pigeons stealing clean laundry from rooftop clotheslines, and interspecies love affairs.

What kind of beer is in you beer shampoo bar and why did you want to add beer as an ingredient?
We use Peak Organic Ale from Portland, Maine. We like it because it’s organic and delicious. The beer shampoo bar was prompted by Tara's grandmother. When Tara was a kid, she taught her a lot of natural remedies and “kitchen" body care recipes; hair masks with mayonnaise and hair rinses with beer. Remembering this, when we set out to make our shampoo bar, we decided to substitute the water in the recipe with beer. The malt and hops in beer has proteins and nutrients that strengthen hair and make it shiny.

What's the story behind your brand name?
Our two cats, Chester and Mochi, and Jeff's bird, Beans, back in Hawaii. We also wanted something fun that didn't sound like a typical skincare company name.

If someone were able to bring three of your products in their bag to a weekend-long music festival, which three should they bring?
We like products that can each be used in more than one way, so definitely our insect repellent. Aside from being a bug spray, you can use it as a deodorant, a body mist, a hand sanitizer, and a foot spray. You could probably get through a wild weekend of non-stop dancing, while still smelling and feeling pretty fresh with just this. You could also bring one of our bar soaps. We actually always carry around a sliver of the bar soap in our bags so that when we're in a pinch, we can break off a small bit to wash our hands. This works well for Porta-Potty and public restroom situations. Third, it’s a toss up between one of our lip balms and our deodorant cream. If there’s a lot of dancing, you may need the extra bit of help from our deodorant, and we always have one of our lip balms inside every pocket and bag.

Black Walnut Sage Bar - $10
Made with olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil, shea butter, black walnut hull.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.