We’re super excited to have found a great home for MCMC Fragrances at Rockstar in Singapore. Their new flagship at Orchard 22 looks awesome, and they carry lots of other goodies, like Baggu, Common Good, and Toms Shoes.
Susannah came by my studio last year wearing an awesome large brimmed hat and told me about Freda, the new shop she opened in Marfa, TX. I’ve always wanted to visit Marfa and then she told me about all of the hot springs in the region – sold! A special piece of trivia: there is only one perfume brand sold in all of Marfa, and it’s MCMC at Freda.
Name: Susannah Lipsey
Occupation: Shop Owner, Freda
Hometown: Bryan, TX
Where do you currently reside?: Marfa, TX
When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I started wearing perfume when I was in Junior High. I think it was Happy by Clinique and then Calvin Klein’s CK1. Mall purchases – yikes!
If you were a plant, what would you be?: These days, probably a yucca.
What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Marfa Maid goat cheese, avocados, eggs, and Oregon Chai latte
Three words that describe you: Honest, expressive, perceptive
A bit belated, but when Hurricane Sandy hit the NY area last month, it wreaked havoc on the Ananda Harvest. 150 trees fell across the entirety of the property, damaging fences, and creating huge clean-up and restoration expenses. The GARDEN fragrance was created to benefit the Ananda Harvest, and since Sandy, MCMC has donated $1,200 to their relief efforts.
The Ananda Harvest is a farming initiative upstate, in the town of Monroe. Run by a loose organization of friends, anyone is invited to visit, learn about farming and sustainability, and lend a hand throughout the growing season. A variety of vegetables are grown in the garden – sugar snap peas, kale, garlic, lettuce, hot peppers, tomatoes. Local high school kids have been invited to visit and learn about farming and nutrition, and the goal is for the garden to sustain a local ashram and yoga center.
On a related sidenote, NY Heartwoods has been using trees felled by Sandy to fill a demand for local wood products.
Sarah and Eric, founders of flower shop Saipua in Red Hook, bought a 100+ acre home and farm upstate and are slowly but surely restoring the land. It looks so beautiful! Their aim is to grow unusual flowers for their business and others, and one day establish Worlds End, as they’ve fondly nicknamed it, as a place to come and learn about botanicals. Check it out here.
Imagine the way all of those roses smell when the bags have been opened. The sweet honey smell must be so utterly overwhelming!
Bulgarian rose is one of the main ingredients in MAINE. We use an absolute – a thicker, more concentrated version in which the oil gives it a waxy texture. There are some lemon-y top notes to the Bulgarian rose and I prefer this rose to others because of the powdery finish and soft trail it leaves.
Being a perfumer, there are many days I come home and want little to do with scented products. If all of the bath products I had were unscented, that’d be fine with me. But despite my tired nose most days, I can’t help but think that fragrance is just the ultimate luxury – an invisible puff of air that just smells good. Lately I’m into extremely powdery scents. Vanilla and tonka bean laced with incense and patchouli to cut the sweet, lingering and full and reminiscent of older times.
Michelle is the owner of Pretty Mommy, an online boutique which carries covetable goods from lines like Odette NY and A Peace Treaty, bags from Claire Vivier, and unique home furnishings. She’s been a strong supporter of MCMC since her shop launched, and sweet as pie during every interaction. The thing I like most about working with Michelle and Pretty Mommy is her instagram feed – her kiddos are impossibly cute!
Name: Michelle LeBlanc
Occupation: Boutique Owner of Pretty Mommy
Hometown: Austin, TX
Where do you currently reside?: Minneapolis, MN
Favorite MCMC fragrance: NOBLE – I love that somehow it is light & complex all at the same time.
When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I remember sneaking sprays of my Mom’s Anais Anais but my first bottle was Liz Claiborne in those big, bright triangle bottles.
If you were a plant, what would you be?: Poppy!
What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Figs, bacon, yogurt, pellegrino pomelo sodas, champagne & beer
Three words that describe you: Leo, short, mama
I received this email from a customer today and thought I’d just answer it here for all of you others possibly interested!
Hi. I live in Montreal and love Dude #1. Do you sell it here? Want to get it for my bf. He doesn’t have a beard though. Is that what beard oil really is for? Do you make an aftershave or cologne in that scent? My guy friend says the scent from the beard oil does not stay that long. Do you have another form of Dude #1 that does? I just can’t get enough of it! Worst case, do you ship to Montreal? Extra cost? Thanks – Marigny L.
I’ll address the international shipping concerns first. Yes, we do ship internationally! You’ll find that question and answer on our FAQ page. We ship flat rate international USPS to almost any country in the world for USD$16.95. We currently do not have any stockists in Montreal, but we do have a few throughout Canada – check them out on our stockists page.
Now, as to the questions specifically on the product. I created the Dude No. 1 beard oil for my husband as a gift several years ago. Being kind of a…dude, he’s not typically into traditional spray fragrances (he wears MCMC now though!). I created an organic jojoba and hemp seed oil based formula rich in natural essential oils to lightly moisturize and scent his beard. The concentration of fragrance is 10%; lower than most fragrance products as I was aware he’d be wearing it close to his nose. Even if you don’t have a beard, you can rock Dude No. 1. Simply roll onto the pulse points on your wrists and neck. I know many ladies who love the scent and use it. Lastly, we offer a Dude No. 1 Candle and an eau de cologne is in the works for early 2013.
And now, the holiday soiree we are most excited about – the one at our own studio! Please join me and my studiomates this Friday evening for drinks, nibbles, and shopping. We’ll have extended shopping hours on Saturday afternoon if shopping while partying isn’t your thing…Hope to see you there! xo