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1234Some weeks ago we got together with the lovely and talented Alpha Smoot and Lisa Przystup to shoot a Spring editorial of our perfumes. Lisa recently started a floral design company, James’s Daughters Flowers and picked out these blooms early in the morning from the flower market. You may have noticed that we’re slowly transitioning from silkscreened bottles to the new stickered ones in the photos above. We think it looks just a tad bolder and hopefully you like them just as well!

studioWe have so many projects going on right now. We’ve got three collaborations coming out (you’re going to love these and I can’t wait to announce them soon!), we’re working out new products, and I’m writing a book about perfume. I’m happy it’s Spring and it doesn’t feel so daunting to go into the studio on a weekend. In fact, the sun is pouring through the windows and there’s nothing like exercising my nose.

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetDobbin11Dobbin17Dobbin10Dobbin19Dobbin1Dobbin24Dobbin12Dobbin21Jennifer, our resident photographer, took these photos from last weekend’s holiday party and pop-up shop at our shared studio space in Greenpoint. This is the third holiday party that MCMC has been a part of, and each year I’m reminded of how grateful I am to share a workspace with such kind, creative, smart women (and Warren, our one male studiomate!). Thank you to everyone who came out and had a glass of champagne with us. Hope you found some goodies for your loved ones.

Photos via Odette NY.

UnknownThis Friday and Saturday we are hosting our annual holiday party and pop-up shop with our studiomates. Please join us for drinks and merriment. Find special deals on beautiful gifts including jewelry, ceramics, perfume, candles, scarves, wreaths, baked goods and more.

Featuring: MCMC FragrancesOdette New YorkBailey Doesn’t BarkErica WeinerFay AndradaTalonNicolette Camille Floral, Jane Durand, Ben Plimpton, Carol KangDana McClureHelen Dealtry, and more.

Dec 6th: Opening party and shopping 6-9pm (sponsored by Baeza Wine Connection)
Dec 7th:  Shopping hours 12-5pm

50 Dobbin Street between Nassau and Norman Aves, Greenpoint/N.Williamsburg

More details and RSVP here.

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 3.23.01 PMAmerican Express has been running  these small business commercials on TV and actually, several of the stores MCMC is sold in are in it, including Fellow Barber and General Store in San Francisco. I’ve seen this commercial a hundred times, but today (during a little YouTube break at the studio – we may or may not have been watching the Bound 2 parody) I noticed that our Dude No.1 Beard Oil makes an appearance.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 7.11.02 PMbredvad_20120111_34279Picture 1Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 7.16.52 PMOne of the funnest parts of owning a business is seeing which of the things you put out into the world really take off. A few years ago we released our Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. I had originally made this scented oil as a Christmas gift for my husband. He’s not into spraying fragrance on, so I made a spicy wood scent and put it in a fat roll-on bottle. Soon his friends wanted some, and eventually they convinced me to release it as part of my line. Together we came up the name Dude No.1, which is of course totally tongue in cheek. The Dude No. 1 Beard Oil totally took off, sparking the whole category of beard oil (which didn’t exist before!) and getting press in GQ, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Cup of Jo, Nylon, you name it. Seriously, it astounded me.

One of the things I kept hearing is how much people loved the fragrance – men and women! Finally, finally, three years later, we’re releasing our Dude No. 1 Cologne. Based on our wildly popular beard oil, it’s blend of three woods – Virginia cedarwood, creamy sandalwood and smoky Haitian vetiver – accented by spicy ginger and pink peppercorn with a heart of Moroccan rose.

Enjoy : ) xoxo

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123456789We are so excited to announce that the Humanity Fragrance Third Edition is under way! Each year I volunteer with a different organization, and based on my experience create a fragrance to reflect the people and place, and feelings encountered during the process. The Humanity Fragrance series was born out of the desire to create fragrances that mean more to the wearer and maker.

This year I am working with a community organization in my very own neighborhood of Brooklyn (last February I was in rural Cambodia, and the year before in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). El Puente is a non-profit organization that services the south side of Williamsburg. I am working with their summer youth leadership program by offering a perfume apprenticeship to 15 young women in the program over the course of six weeks.

This past week, I worked with the girls to write a brief, or the inspiration for their fragrance. I asked them to think about a person, place or experience that’s been important in their life. From there, we will choose ingredients to represent the various aspects of their story.

In the end, I hope to find my own inspiration from who they are and create the next edition of the Humanity Fragrance. So far I’ve met Stephanie, whose name means Crowned in Victory; Leidy who wants to become a tattoo artist; and Alba, who wants to create a fragrance based on the flowers of her hometown of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.

Stay tuned…

Picture 1I’m honored to have an interview on The Raw Book blog. Alicia wrote me with questions and it’s really great sometimes to tell people what I’m all about and where my love for perfumery comes from. Also, this is the first time I’ve used my married name publicly! It’s been 2 1/2 years since José and I decided to go the hyphen route and I’m slowly integrating it in.

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