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."
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
A couple of years ago my beautiful friend Jenny Gordy moved to Iowa, making all of us here in Brooklyn who knew her so sad. She's quirky and witty, as well as talented and kind. Today she shares her beauty routine and tips on Cup of Jo and it makes me smile to think of her far away but wearing NOBLE on dates, and borrowing her husband's sweaters for the hint of Dude No.1 Beard Oil.
See her full Beauty Uniform here.