April 27, 2017

kyoto in the spring

It had been five years since our last trip to Japan so Katie and I packed our bags and boarded a plan, this time with my 4 year old son in tow! I'm so nostalgic for our childhood in Japan - evening festivals to celebrate the fireflies, picnics with rice balls and calpico, and riding the bullet train. We timed the trip for cherry blossom season, and even though it was crowded, it renewed my appreciation for flowering trees. They are so beautiful, and it's as if the whole country takes a two week holiday to indulge in the soft pink petals blooming everywhere.

The highlight of our trip was an overnight to the island of Naoshima. Epically sized installations by Tadao Ando, James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama and Walter de Maria dot the laid-back landscape like some kind of art treasure hunt. It's about a three hour trip from Kyoto and a seven hour trip from Tokyo but I can't recommend it enough.


February 11, 2016


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 katie@mcmcfragrances.com to make an appointment

August 01, 2014

myrtle & sage

So...LA was amazing. One of the highlights was a twilight hike at Runyon Canyon. As the sun set, the tiny buildings and houses and cars began to light up and we could see the city stretch for miles underneath. While I don't see myself leaving NYC any time soon, California does have that Californication appeal.

As we walked the dry brush emitted sweet, herbal smells. I stopped to pick sage leaves, crushing them between my fingers and releasing their scent. There was another bush; I think it was myrtle. I love myrtle, with it's fruity, almost apricot note.

To see more of what we did in LA, check out our instagram.

We ate: Pine and Crane, In-N-Out, Blockheads Shaved Ice, Sweet Rose Creamery, Axe and Sugarfish Sushi.

We shopped: Clare Vivier, Dream Collective, MyrtleBroome Street General, Tradesmen, General Store, Tenoversix, Mohawk General Store, and Tortoise General Store.

We chilled: Runyon Canyon, Point Dume, and Korean karaoke.

Thanks to Jennifer for the photos above.

July 22, 2014

see you in LA!

July 16, 2014

we're coming to la!

Please save the date! We're coming to the land of palm trees for a trunk show alongside fellow Brooklyn designers Odette NY and Samantha Pleet. Sip on champagne while shopping rare treats including the MCMC x MOCIUN perfume oil and all of your favorite MCMC scents.


8425 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

Thursday, July 24th, 5 - 8pm

 Photo: Jennifer Sarkhilahti

Art Direction: Re Jin Lee

June 30, 2014

mcmc in greece

Our lovely friend Kyra traveled to the Greek island of Hydra and took along her collection of MCMC perfume oils. They're the perfect travel companion!

Thanks to Cydney Wixon for the photos.

June 09, 2014


We're closing early today, as we're off to Paris for a research and relaxation trip. All orders placed while we are away will ship Friday, June 20th. Thank you so much for your patience.

In the meantime, we'll be blowing up instagram with baguettes, a rainbow of macarons, exquisite perfume shops, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. Follow us @mcmcfragrances.

Photo by Laurent Dequick

May 07, 2014

the mociun fragrance: inspired by sicily

1photo-3 copy 2photo-3 copy 3Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 4.15.55 PMphoto-3 copyThe MCMC x MOCIUN perfume oil is inspired by the designer's trip to the southern Italian island of Sicily. Trailing bougainvillea flowers along rocky coastal beaches, long seafood lunches served with crisp wine, and a lifestyle of subtle luxury and relaxation define the Mediterranean sea town.

Taking cues from Mociun's jewelry line, we worked to create a fragrance you could wear everyday that felt special, like her signature of delicate gold bands decorated with unusual combinations of diamonds and rare stones. The combination of bright and bitter Italian neroli flowers with warm, skin-enhancing amber and clean white musk are unmistakable yet very wearable.

Photos above by Caitlin Mociun from Sicily, 2013.

March 21, 2014

maui part 3

waterfalldetailmeilifernsfammeili2africantulipThis is my last set of photos from our trip to Maui in January (see parts 1 + 2). Perhaps one of the most vexing things about Hawaii is the grand scale of the world. I'm used to being in Brooklyn, looking out my small rectangular living room windows onto a brick building across the street. From my roof I can see the sky, yes, but between buildings and clothing lines and fire escapes. The lady in the photos is my best gal friend MeiLi. She's as adventurous as they come and together we explored hidden waterfalls, dark caves, and secret beaches. 

February 18, 2014

maui, part 2

1234567One of the best parts of being on vacation was being able to spend so much time with my son. At nine months, he's so fun! He doesn't talk yet, but is totally interactive. To be able to see the wonder on his face when we were hiking through a bamboo forest, or the delight he had playing in the sand, was so restorative for my own soul. I was able to experience those things with the freshness he has. There is so much fresh produce in Hawaii, and I loved having him try papaya, passion fruit, mountain-grown strawberries, and even seaweed. It's funny to me that where you live geographically can impact your life so much. New York is such a driven city. It's hectic and fast-paced and brusque. It's home, but I can't deny that I wondered what it would be like to move to paradise.
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