“I feel cooking is my zen practice,” says Jun Lee. “My meditation.” Jun is the surfer, cook, and environmentalist who founded the beauty line Eir NYC. Several years ago, while recovering from a surfing injury, she started cooking in a monastery in Upstate New York and learned how to be present and still in the kitchen. During her time there, she started making healing oils and balms and came up with the idea for Eir. Jun talks about her monastery experience; her childhood, which took her from Korea to South America to Queens, N.Y.; to her mom’s kimchi and miso paste DIY projects.

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