Caitlin is the designer behind MOCIUN, a jewelry line based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her custom diamond cluster rings are coveted by brides-to-be everywhere. Her creativity knows no bounds from clothing, to store design, and she has a great curatorial eye for small items like ceramics and knives, which she also carries in her flagship store. We've collaborated on two fragrances so far, and the process of unraveling what another designer has in their olfactive imagination has been rewarding for me too.
Name: Caitlin Mociun
Hometown: Nevada City, California
Where do you currently reside: Brooklyn, NY
When did you start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I started when I was young but the first one I really started wearing the repeat bought was an Issey Miyake perfume called Le Feu D'Issey.
If you were a plant, what would you be?: A bitter orange tree.
What's in your refrigerator right now?: Not much, I'm on a trip to Italy.
Three words that describe you: Passionate, intense, silly
Following the success of our first run of MOCIUN #1 perfume oil, we decided to rerelease it in it's own unique packaging. Same great fragrance, brand new case. With notes of neroli flower, petitgrain, and layers of amber and white musk. Available here.
On a recent trip to Denver, I stopped into the new Sub Rosa Mercantile in the Sunnyside section of town. I hit it off with the owner of this small shop and now MCMC Fragrances is available in Denver! In fact, this is our first Colorado stockist so for all you out there, please visit this wonderful shop.
We will be offering 20% off our regularly priced perfumes and candles. We'll be joined by our jewelry and ceramic maker friends who will be offering up to 60% special items. Get it!
This is such an exciting day for us, as we are able to officially debut three new fragrances: CROWNED in VICTORY, MONOI de TIARE, and AMERICAN BEAUTY. They are available for purchase at Anthropologie stores nationwide and online.
If you've been following us for a while, you've probably heard about the Humanity Project, a series of fragrances whose inspiration comes from volunteer experiences with community organizations, locally and abroad. A portion of the perfume sales is then donated to the organization.
For this Third Edition, we partnered with El Puente, a community organization in Brooklyn, NY. We taught a six week perfume making class to twelve young women as part of the Youth Leadership Program. Starting as a series of interviews uncovering their personal stories, each woman conceived of a custom fragrance and learned over 75 ingredients to blend with.
These three new fragrances are inspired by this experience.
Confession: I read A Cup of Jo every day. So when Joanna asked me to contribute my career tips (and be amongst these other fab ladies I look up to), I jumped at the chance. Here are three lessons I've learned since starting MCMC Fragrances:
Just show up. Every day.
Owning your own business, sometimes it feels like there's just too much to do. There are these big goals, and there are a million little steps to get there. But you just have to show up. Every day.
Sometimes people ask me how MCMC Fragrances got to where it is today, and I shrug and I say, "luck." Maybe I don't want to sound too proud, or too boastful, but the truth is, it took work. It took showing up every day and just doing a little bit at a time. I like to keep an actual handwritten list. I update it every few weeks. I have one column on the left that's for longer term tasks, and on the rest of the page I write down every thing I need to do that comes to mind. As I do them I strike them off with a big pink marker for satisfaction.
I don't let fear get the best of me.
When you have your own business, there's so much you don't understand how to do. How do I get a barcode for my product? How do I make my blog link to my website? Can I even pull off this big project? I usually just say yes first, and figure it out later. I don't let any opportunity slip away. I study hard and learn to do it, even if that means learning the hard way.
On balancing life and work.
What I've learned is that there's never going to be a perfect balance. There's only the balance of right now. When I first started MCMC Fragrances I was 28 years old and unmarried. I worked all day, all night, and all weekend - and I loved it. Now I'll be celebrating my five year wedding anniversary and I have a 2 year old. I work 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday, and it's never enough, but I cherish the time with my family, cooking dinner for them and watching my toddler grow up. Soon this schedule will change again, and there will be a new balance. When I feel behind at work, I tell myself, "Everything in due time."
So honored to be in Glamour Magazine this month along with a kick-butt group of women beauty entrepreneurs. Below is an excerpt. Check out pages 160-162 of the March issue for the full article.
"I loved my interior design job but felt unfulfilled," explains Brooklyn-based McClain. "I randomly signed up for a natural perfume making class one evening and just fell in love with it." From there she got serious and enrolled in the prestigious Grasse Institute of Perfumery in the South of France - but when she announced her plan to start her own fragrance line, she got blank stares from her class; many of her peers had come from storied perfume families in which scent-making is a passed down tradition, not something you just pick up. But McClain was undeterred: "I just wanted a perfume to match my style."