For years, sriracha was the eminence grise (thanks to Cathy Horyn, I learned a new phrase) in Asian cooking: The mysterious bottle at street food stands, the behind-the-scenes key ingredient in most Asian sauces, and largely impossible to find state-side. Since blowing up (and now seen on Momofuku tables everywhere) it’s become the status symbol for foodies. Etsy shop Loveofjojo started making custom batches of the zingy sauce in Brooklyn. You’ll note the shop is currently empty—because she handmakes every batch and once they are sold out, they’re gone. Each custom batch differs slightly in hotness and sweetness, drawing flavors from pepper crops of scotch bonnet peppers, wiri-wiri, and the intimidatingly named Trinidad Scorpions.
Much like the naturally flushed look your lips might have post-Sriracha consumption, Mark has a malleable, smooth lip crayon aptly named Hot Sauce that’s a flattering mix of red and orange. Bite’s high pigment matte pencils are new to Sephora and have an intriguing lipstick/pencil hybrid texture. The color goes on seamlessly, and each pencil contains the same amount of resveratrol (an anti-aging oxidant) found in five glasses of red wine. The color payoff is vibrant—not for wallflowers or those who don’t like their colors (and tastes) spicy. The Zinfindel and Poppy look particularly hot.