The other day I received an email with the subject line "Happy New Year from a MAINE fan." A friend of a friend, Sarah Krasley told me about the very important role our MAINE candle plays in her New Year's ritual.
Every New Year's Day, amidst the pieces of confetti on the floor that came home with me from the festivities of the night before, I buy a bunch of the whitest tulips I can find, play that song from Graceland that goes "Somebody say 'hello, hello, hello'" and pull out a pristine white paper canister that holds MAINE. The clary sage in the fragrance mix clears out any lingering juju from the year before and overall it is just a perfect, clean scent for a fresh start. The scent has a teeny sharpness to it, like the cold air piercing the winter sky all wrapped up in flowery kindness, the well-needed reminder of what will come in a few months...Spring.
Please join us this Saturday for our annual Dobbin Mews holiday party. We will have sips + bites while you shop for gifts from the many talented designers we share a space with.
Recently David Plotz from Slate came by to interview me for another installation of his series "What do you do all day?". I was nervous to listen at first (isn't it nerve-wracking to hear your own voice?) but I have to say, I'm proud! I kept my cool. Thanks Slate for coming in and asking such interesting questions about small-batch perfume making. Give a listen below:
GQ recently published an article called How to Grow a Beard for the First Time featuring yours truly, our Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. The article has proven to be been wildly popular, and lived on their homepage for several weeks as one of the Top 5 reads and we have been seeing tons of traffic to our site because of it. So, I thought I'd share their tips + tricks here for those of you in need of some beard growing, grooming, and styling tips.
1. Have Patience
It'll take most guys about a month to grow out a full beard. Resist overshaping it in those early days till you can see what's really going on. Though, do use a trimmer to give the hair an even look.
2. Accept the Itch
New beard hairs can feel like a cactus poking your skin (sorry fellas!). The prickly sensation goes away after about a week so stay strong.
3. Wash That
It's hair, so you need to clean it or dirt can get trapped underneath. You can just wash it with shampoo about twice a week, when you're showering.
4. Soften It Up
Here's the important step: use Dude No.1 Beard Oil! Hair that's supple will lay flat and won't itch your girlfriend. Plus the subtle herbs and wood scent is sure to woo her.
5. Avoid Hard Lines
Your beard look is really customizable, but a natural look is in right now. AKA, a beard shouldn't end at your chin. Let the hair grow naturally up to about an inch or two above your Adam's apple, then allow it to fade using a few different settings on your trimmer.
6. Shape Your Face
Christian Olvera, from LA's Baxter Finley barber shop says," Everyone should aim to trim in tighter on the cheeks and leave hair a littler longer where a goatee would be."
Article edited and condensed from GQ's How to Grow a Beard for the First Time / Photo by Nathaniel Goldberg for GQ
To celebrate the coziness of the upcoming Fall/Winter months, we are introducing two new candles into our lineup: NOBLE and GARDEN. These candles are hand-poured in Brooklyn, using a blend of soy, vegetable and beeswax, with a 100% cotton wick. The burn time is approximately 50 hours. Candles make a wonderful gift item!
Alpha Smoot / photography
Lisa Przystup / floral design