West Elm came to our studio for a visit recently and took these photos of us during production, doing our thing. Click over to hear about a typical day in our studio, and what inspires us.
One chilly night a couple of months ago, the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi came by our studio to get a crash course in perfume making. Tazo is debuting a new chai tea latte and who better to be their spokeswoman than Padma, who grew up drinking her grandmother's chai every day. We smelled everything from Japanese yuzu citrus to fresh jasmine together, talking about how flavors and scents meld to concoct fragrant recipes. Take a peek at our video above!
We'll be showing for the first time ever in Las Vegas during Market Week as part of the Elements beauty section at Capsule. If you are a retailer, please come say hello. We are excited to represent on the West Coast!
CAPSULE / The Venetian Ballroom / Feb 15-17
Register to attend at capsuleshow.com / Drop by or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment
If you are a retailer, please come visit us starting this Sunday at NYNOW, at the Javits Center in NYC to see our full line of perfume, oils, and candles. We will be exhibiting alongside our friends Dealtry scarves, BDB ceramics and Odette NY jewelry.
NYNOW / Booth 4237 in the Accent on Design Section
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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.
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."