Who doesn’t love their Nana? It’s hard not to. And it’s hard not to smile at this topical’s playful illustration with Nana’s look of approval on its label and emanating such a nostalgic aroma. Carter Lash – Emerald Cup winner and owner of Carter’s Aromatherapy Designs – created a topical with a scent and vibe reminiscent of the menthol-laced VapoRub, or ‘Vivaporu’ every Latinx or ‘90s baby recalls their very own grandma rubbing on their chest during cold winters to aid breathing during flu season.
With a twist open, Nana’s Cooling Greaze sends you back to that favorite medicinal memory of the woman in your life who took good care of you at your most vulnerable – it’s there when you need it most. On your lower back after a five-mile trek, tense shoulders after a long drive home, or to soothe inflamed finger joints on a brisk and rainy November, that icy/hot type cooling effect penetrates in less than 10 minutes – letting you know it’s working. It’s not just a topical, but a potpourri of aromatherapy with eucalyptus that will surely open up your lungs after one deep inhale, with the peppermint providing a quick pick-me-up.
Its consistency is thick and a bit lumpy at first, but melts in smoothly once it reaches your skin, leaving no visible residue. The mango butter and coconut oil base beautifully provide an organic moisturizer as well. It’s a product that feels like it should live in your medicine cabinet for multiple uses. Rub this on after a lavender and epsom salt bath during a nice myrcene strain hit, like I did, and have the ultimate relaxing night at the crib. Or give your girlfriend a massage during an old Charlie Brown episode for a classically soothing experience.
Since 2014, local Lash went from creating topicals to aid his Nana’s own personal ailments in Vermont, to bringing that same love cross-country to California – even making it into the hands of rapper Wiz Kalifa. This 1.9-ounce jar of love is small enough to fit in a backpack for travel, top shelf in the home for those chilly months ahead, and an ideal stocking stuffer for future CBD enthusiasts in the fam. Not to mention a great way to incorporate THC into your holistic regimen and support a cool small biz.
This article was originally published in the November 2020 issue of California Leaf.
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