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Picture 1While at Henri Bendel this past weekend for our Trunk Show (p.s. thank you to all those who came out to support!), I ended up falling in love with two fragrances…

Eight and Bob is my dream fragrance for my dream man. It smells like crisp, clean cotton T-shirts fresh out of the laundry. There’s just the slightest top notes of citrus and a hint of spice, but the overwhelming scent is the powdery warmth of detergent – kind of a lingering, light musk. I imagine that on a guy’s skin this would translate into actually quite a manly smell. There’s a quite elaborate story that goes along with the fragrance identifying it as the one JFK wore. You can read the lore here.

Fracas, an over-the-top feminine floral, was first launched in 1948. It’s super heady; tuberose being the dominant floral note. Tuberose is a wonderful flower, but its scent can be an acquired taste. It’s heavy and has a creamy aspect almost like coconut. The word fracas means promiscuous, and it is said that this is the only fragrance Marilyn Monroe wore, and that Madonna is also a fan (lots of name-dropping in this post, I apologize!). When I wore it I felt like I was on a tropical vacation one moment, then ultra sophisticated the next. The whole time I had it on I was aware of it. I wanted to smell my wrist over and over, and it made me self-conscious but in a good way.

I suppose I’ll make this a tradition. Here is last year’s holiday fragrance wishlist.

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.

I had the pleasure of sitting recently with the perfumer Yosh Han, who read my aura as part of a feature with Bergamot (Yosh’s Ginger Ciao is featured in the October box, Indian Summer). I went into it so casually, thinking what a fun morning it would be. Yosh really shocked me by being so dead on with the things going on in my life right now! A true clairvoyant. Thank you Yosh : )

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