February 08, 2012

january press round-up

We are always thankful for the press we receive.  Here is a round-up of what appeared in January: MAISHA MAGAZINE - The Japanese interiors magazine featured me and my husband's home in their debut issue. RACKED NY, MISS MOSS, FOR ME FOR YOU - Featured the Odette NY x MCMC Valentine's sets. NEW YORK TIMES T MAGAZINE - We were thrilled to learn the actress Hannah Ware wears Noble! TERRIFIC MAGAZINE - Wrote a terrific article.  All puns aside, I do like this interview. SCENTHIVE - A review of Hunter.

February 05, 2012

rainbow orphanage

A volunteer location has been confirmed as the inspiration trip for the Humanity Fragrance Second Edition. In late March, I'll be traveling to the Siem Reap area of Cambodia with my husband José, his sister Karina, my sister Katie, friend and photographer Harry, and friends Meili and Dave to volunteer at the Rainbow Orphanage. We'll be putting our hearts into it, and I hope to come out the other side with a rich experience with which to make our next fragrance.

Founded and staffed entirely by locals, the Rainbow Orphanage cares for thirty-six children, while providing English classes to an additional 250 in neighboring schools. They are working towards a model of sustainability by implementing various farming and husbandry techniques. Our group will be helping out with all of these things. We've planned an additional week or so to travel around the country. It's been a dream of mine to see Angkor Wat, and the time has come!

In researching the ideal volunteer location for our group, I cam across many other organizations that are also doing wonderful things to help their communities. I'd like to take a moment here to recognize them: Sunrise Children's Villages New Hope for Cambodian Children Mango Tree Garden Sareka Cambodian Children's Arts.

February 05, 2012

Dude No. 1 at Myth and Symbol

Photo of our Dude No. 1 beard oil courtesy of soon-to-open Houston boutique Myth & Symbol.
February 02, 2012

african tulips

Giant African tulips, fallen on the damp earth in Hana.
February 02, 2012

elements showcase wrap-up

Earlier this week I participated in the third Elements Showcase, a tradeshow for niche perfume. Believe it or not, it's actually the first of its kind in the US (in Europe there are several niche perfume shows every year). I like doing Elements because it's a chance for me to get out and meet the community. I love chatting with the other small lines and comparing notes, meeting perfumers at the big companies that are coming to take a peek at what us small guys are doing, talking to the bloggers and enthusiasts who support MCMC, and of course connecting with new shops!

I was really happy to get the last shot of (from left) Yosh, Oliver and Ineke. Yosh, founder of Yosh, was one of the first people I reached out to when I became interested in perfume. She was kind enough to have many a coffee date with me and coach me through those first few years as I decided to move to Grasse to study and eventually start my business. Oliver runs the natural men's skincare line Ursa Major along with his girlfriend Emily. We had the best time hanging out at the show and I'm hoping to visit them in Vermont soon, where they're based. Ineke is the founder of Ineke, and she and her husband Bill have been so kind to me, helping when I have some inevitably boring question about shipping or labeling.

After a whirlwind two days, I'm excited to get some rest!

January 28, 2012

mcmc x odette valentine's gift set

Jennifer and I have teamed up this Valentine's Day to bring you a special MCMC x Odette gift set.

The limited edition gift set contains an Odette NY Arrow Ring in Brass and MCMC Fragrance's LOVE Perfume Oil, packaged together in a drawstring pouch. Available for a limited time through Feb 14th or while supplies last.

ARROW RING // First carved from wax by hand, then cast in solid Brass. One size, slightly adjustable. Fits sizes 6 - 8 approximately

LOVE PERFUME // Intense and spicy top notes of Japanese yuzu citrus, French sweet basil and magnolia grows into the burning intensity of ancient templewood and gunpowder. 9 ml LOVE Perfume Oil roll-on.

Available here for $99 ($120 value).

January 15, 2012

announcing the humanity fragrance second edition

I'm so excited to announce that 2012 marks the year that the Humanity Fragrance Second Edition will launch. A project near and dear to my heart. And we're going to Cambodia!

Just as a little background: in November of 2008, my now-husband José and his partner Seth were launching Trust Art, a crowd-funding platform for art projects that live in the realm of social good.  At the time they asked me to be part of their ten inaugural projects.  The Humanity Fragrance was conceived of as a yearly act of volunteerism.  From this experience, a fragrance would be created that sought to evoke a sense of compassion.

For the Humanity Fragrance First Edition, six of us travelled to the Casa de los Angeles in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  We volunteered with children of single working mothers and orphans at a well-run center.  We visited the botanical garden, a local medicine man, and the weekend market.  From all of this inspiration gathering came a fragrance housed in a botanical-heart shaped glass bottle, and even a perfumed fountain here in McGolrick Park, so that my own neighborhood could also experience the scent.  I led free aromatherapy workshops at the site of the fountain, and collaborated with the perfume company Robertet on an all-natural Horchata version of the scent for the fountain, which ran for four months on solar energy.  You can see photographs, video and more from the Humanity Fragrance First Edition here.

Anyway, like I said, yay Second Edition!  It's time.  The project was originally conceived of as a yearly project, and the first volunteer trip took place in September of 2009.  The fragrance launched in 2010, and somehow 2011 slipped through my fingers.  Now we're in the planning stages of a volunteer trip to Cambodia.  Like last time, I'd like to get a dedicated group of friends on board.  It's surprisingly not easy planning a trip like this.  Most places like to have longer-term volunteers (totally understandable) unless there is a natural disaster that calls for helping hands immediately.  We've got a couple of options lined up though, and as soon as one is confirmed, I'll let you know here. The plan is to travel to Cambodia for 2-3 weeks in March. We'll come back, I'll create a fragrance based on the experience, and we'll launch it in October.  So many factors go into the creation of the fragrance. What grows in Cambodia? Are there any special spiritual rituals involving fragrance?  Mostly I ask myself: What is the scent of compassion? STAY TUNED.

Top photograph by Claire Benoist.

December 31, 2011

reflections on turning 30

I turned 30 yesterday!  And oddly enough...it was hard for me.  It doesn't matter at all to me what age other people are and I have friends from all over the spectrum. But for some reason, as my own 30th birthday started to approach, I started feeling this dread. THIRTY.  No going back!  No more crazy 20s.  I'm a REAL adult.

But I had a really lovely day yesterday, and today I really am 30, looking forward to this new year and all of the exciting things 2012 will bring. I went to the El Museo del Barrio uptown with my husband and saw an amazing show there (and skipped the huuuge line at the Guggenheim!) followed by dinner with friends at Momo Sushi Shack. The whole dinner situation was sort of indescribably epic and wonderful. There was endless sushi, endless sake, and they even turned all the lights off in the whole restaurant to sing happy birthday to me. Go there!

When I was 25, I was having brunch with my friend Jessica outside at some cheesy East Village restaurant.  We shook hands and promised each other we'd have our own businesses by age 30. We've both accomplished that, and for that, I am grateful.

December 28, 2011

holidays

It's been amazing to have a few days off after what was a very busy December.  I've slept in every morning and seem to be catching up on a little laziness. We spent Christmas eve with Jose's family which was epic to say the least.  He has a very big family compared to my side, so get-togethers with them means copious amounts of food, drink, dancing (merengue!  At that point I usually have to run from the room with my half asian/half white self), kids, and the whole nine. It's always fun to meet new cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces.

It was wonderful to spend Christmas day just chilling and I loved the gifts I got this year. Jose gave me a Japanese knife (the one on the left) from Love, Adorned (my favorite store!) with turquoise and mother of pearl inlay. Along with the small hand-carved one I got in Kyoto last year, I now have a little collection going. I also got lots of new jewelry this holiday season, and I'm proud to say that most of them were trades. And that's just a small selection above!  

From left: a braided necklace I learned to make in Erin Considine's class at the Textile Arts Center, a glass amulet from Emily, a talon necklace from Katrina, small heart studs from Addie, and glass earrings from Jane. I love that the glass earrings look like caramelized sugar.

December 18, 2011

cookies

My husband doesn't like chocolate (whoa) so I'm always on the lookout for non-chocolate dessert recipes.  I came across this one for cranberry almond white chocolate cookies by Lola's Cookies on Design*Sponge the other day and tried it.  So delish!
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