Brightland // Aish Iyer
Brightland brings you extra virgin olive oils that are consciously handcrafted in California, have a high smoke point and are perfect for cooking, baking, drizzling and more. Founded by Aishwarya Iyer, Brightland offers two distinct products — “Awake” and “Alive” custom blends — featuring heirloom Arbequina and Arbosana olives harvested from a single family farm in California’s Central Coast and milled on-site through organic methods. This new California-based olive oil has a mission to champion authenticity in the American olive oil industry and make the glowiest product possible. Pristinely packaged in UV-protected opaque glass bottles, Brightland is quite possibly the most gorgeous olive bottle in the world! What’s even better is that they make your kitchen and countertops even more beautiful than ever.
Filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and more, olive oil is a potent superfood that we truly believe in. Fats are absolutely crucial for optimal health, but high quality fats are key. Thanks to Brightland, we can count on receiving the endless benefits of good quality olive oil. High quality olive oil is worth the investment for your health and beyond.
A graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Aishwarya started her career in L’Oreal’s luxury products division at Lancôme, which sparked her interest in the definition of luxury and passion for building memorable consumer brands. In 2017, inspired by her personal entrepreneurial vision to bring new energy and change to the American olive oil industry, Aishwarya began conceptualizing and building Brightland, with the mission to craft premium, custom-blended extra virgin olive oil that is nourishing for the body, heart and soul. We couldn’t love her product more. They make for the perfect give for yourself or anyone you love.
how they glow
Aish (pronounced ASH)
Founder and CEO of Brightland
Where did you grow up:
Where do you live:
West Adams, Los Angeles
When you're eating healthy, what is typical...
BREAKFAST: Greek yogurt with honey and pistachios
LUNCH: A salad from Sweetgreen
DINNER: A cauliflower rice bowl with chickpeas, babaganoush, arugula, lots of Brightland, and hot sauce.
SNACK: Almonds and a banana
What are your favorite spots/restaurants to eat healthy?
Sweetgreen // Café Gratitude // Woodlands – Authentic south Indian food. It’s nothing fancy, but they serve terrific, healthy vegetarian food.
What is your favorite indulgence?
Dessert!!!!!!! And decadent cheese plates.
What are your favorite spots/restaurants to indulge?
Nacho Fries from Highly Likely // BS Taqueria // Bombay Frankie Company
What would be your last meal on earth?
My mother’s authentic south Indian food.
What is the best dish you cook / your favorite recipe?
I make pretty stellar enchiladas. But right now, my favorite recipe is the best olive oil cake I have ever had made by renowned chef and food writer Charlotte Druckman with Brightland: https://brightland.co/blogs/field-notes/brightland-creations-the-best-olive-oil-cake-created-by-charlotte-druckman.
Where do you grocery shop?
I’m a bit ashamed to say this, but lately I’ve been doing Prime Now to get Whole Foods delivered to our doorstep. Usually I like Larchmont Village’s Farmer’s Market.
Top 3 items you always have in your kitchen?
1. Chobani plain yogurt
3. Lots of veggies: kale, carrots, onion, potato, tomato.
What is your fitness regimen? (how often & what you do)
I jump rope for 15-20 minutes 4-5 times a week.
What is your skincare routine? (Products, facials, etc.)
Aesop face wash and lotion, True Botanicals mist, Palermo Body face mask.
What are your favorite makeup/natural beauty products?
Palermo Body, Linne, True Botanicals are my current favorites.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 products would you take with you?
1. Very sad to say this, but my phone.
2. Water bottle
3. A Swiss Army Knife
What professional beauty/health/fitness/spiritual gurus do you swear by?
I’ve been listening to Sadhguru lately. Oprah, always.
Top 3 favorite songs?
1. Play It Again – Luke Bryan
2. You Gotta Be – Des’ree
3. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Most life-changing book?
Let My People Go Surfing - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22155.Let_My_People_Go_Surfing
In LA: Individual Medley
In New York: Bonberi in the West Village and CAP Beauty
In general: Need Supply
Coolest place you've ever visited?
Daikanyama in Tokyo.
The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage // Leela Palace, Chennai // The Bowery Hotel, NYC // The Canary, Santa Barbara
What is the best gift you've ever received?
Life from my parents.
Most profound healing experience you've ever had?
I worked with a life coach, and together we mapped out how fear had rooted itself into my psyche over the years. I also rang in the new year in a quantum lite breathwork and south bath session, which was incredibly healing and altered how I began 2018…it moved me in ways I would have never imagined.
Who are your most trusted healers?
My life coach, my family, myself.
What is the biggest learning experience you've had to face and what did you take away from it?
You cannot care so much about what other people think and you cannot focus on pleasing other people; it’s your one life, and you have to live for yourself.
Describe your perfect day.
Wake up, meditate, take my dog for a walk, do a 45 minute workout (jump rope and yoga), eat a savory breakfast (homemade, healthy leftover pizza), do a face mask, shower, go to LACMA with my husband. Get lunch at Woodlands, take a two second jet to New York, spend the afternoon at McNally Jackson (RIP), my favorite bookstore in Soho, have drinks and dinner at Bombay Bread Bar, take a 1 second jet to Houston, TX, hang with my parents + drink bedtime tea with them. Another 1 second jet back to LA, and go to bed.
What is your most valuable glow tip/secret?
Drink lots and lots of water.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
What are you grateful for?
Life, having all 5 senses, my limbs, ability to jump, run and climb, creativity, my family, my husband, LA weather.
What makes you glow?
Beautiful, simple, everyday moments with nourishing food.
Photography by: Julie Stotz + Melissa Gidney