How We Get the Job Done: Brightland's Aishwarya Iyer

Aishwarya's premium olive oil is up against stiff competition from cheap, low-quality products, but she's not discouraged by that. "Live your biggest, boldest life," she says.

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Aishwarya Iyer of Brightland (Aishwarya Iyer)

Meghna Rao


March 6, 2019

Cheap olive oil (priced as low as $5 on Amazon) is often mixed with lower grade oils and can make consumers sick. Brightland’s Aishwarya Iyer is hoping to change that. Her premium olive oil is priced at $37 a bottle and comes in flavors like “Alive” and “Awake.”

“Take a whiskey glass or a big spoon and just pour some [olive oil] onto it. Taste it straight,” Aishwarya tells me. “If it’s rancid or tired, it’s not a good product. It may taste a little flat like plastic Play-Doh.” If it’s pure, “it’ll have a grassy fresh green robust taste.” Sadly, mine tastes like Play-Doh. And so begins the story of Brightland.

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