Info

Handmade fragrances from Brooklyn, NY. www.mcmcfragrances.com

Lab2Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 2.42.15 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-19 at 2.43.31 PMIt’s been a while but we’re back with another installment of the Perfumery Lesson series (here are lessons 1, 2 and 3). We’ve had so many requests for classes and we’re hoping to host some later this year. I think I may have found a venue! In the meantime, someone asked:

I am starting to build a “library” of perfumery materials. What do you recommend in terms of building a good base of natural raw materials?

A lot of perfumers can agree that natural materials are the starting point and inspiration behind a fragrance. Perfumes are always described in terms of their natural ingredients, and copywriters rarely romanticize synthetic ingredients (have you ever heard anyone wax poetic about calone or ethylene brassylate?).

Building your own library of materials is a hobby akin to collecting. I think it’s nice to gather materials a few at a time, smell them and live with them, and then purchase more and repeat this process. Each natural ingredient is so completely different and remember too, that the country of origin or species can be a huge factor (take as examples Haitian vetiver vs Indonesian vetiver, or cedarwood from Virginia, Texas and Morocco). It’s important to be able to distinguish the subtle nuances between each smell, as this familiarity with the raw materials is what starts you on the path to becoming a perfumer.

My advice would be to get your hands on as many natural ingredients as you can. Eventually you will have your own particular palette, culled from your favorites. But keep in mind too, that beyond the initial gut reaction of “I like” or “I don’t like,” that each ingredient is a tool, and can be used in your formulations to enhance, spike and change an overall impression.

Here are some raw materials to get your mind jogging: vanilla absolute from Madagascar, French basil, birch tar oil, Iranium galbanum, Indian jasmine, cinnamon from Ceylon, Brazilian pink pepper oil, ginger CO2, Australian sandalwood, lemongrass, lime essential oil, Bulgarian rose, American peppermint, Iris butter, Italian neroli, Egyptian geranium, coriander seed….

Top photo: MCMC Fragrances studio
Bottom two photos via Strange Invisible Perfumes

Advertisements

momHappy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there. Until I had my very own little guy just over one year ago, I had no idea what an all-consuming role and treasure motherhood was. I now appreciate so much every woman who is on the journey and have an all new love and appreciation for my own mom (on the right in the photo above.)

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.

1397911699922Ever since designer Caitlin Mociun opened her eponymous Williamsburg store, she’s been a big supporter of MCMC. From day one you could find our whole range of perfume oils, candles and men’s offerings on display next to her (really incredible) fine jewelry.

Last summer we got to talking, and as it turns out, for years everyone has commented on her scent. Sadly, her scent was a hippie musk that was no longer in production. Caitlin had bought one last big bottle of the stuff and was preciously and slowly using it (though she admits she kind of bathed in it). It was time to make her a new fragrance.

Inspired by her recent trip to the southern Italian island of Sicily, we drew inspiration from the bright and bitter scent of Italian neroli flowers coupled with an essential oil of the stems of the same tree, called petitgrain. We added a warm, rich, and long-lasting amber and clean white musk to finish it off. The 9ml perfume oil comes packaged in Mociun’s signature jewelry box.

Available at the MOCIUN store, 224 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn, NY and online at www.mcmcfragrances.com.

Photos and styling by Bailey Doesn’t Bark.

Mothers Day-8Mothers Day-3Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 11.47.34 AMMothers Day-5Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 11.48.09 AMMothers Day-6Mothers Day-7Mothers Day-10Mothers Day-11Mothers DayLast week our friends Carrie and Britt from Half Hitch Goods were in town from San Francisco. We met at the park and it was the first time Carrie and Britt had seen Jennifer and I with our babies. What a difference a year makes! With Mother’s Day coming up, Carrie asked us how we were doing: how we were juggling motherhood with running our businesses. Hop on over to the Half Hitch Goods blog to see the full convo.

Many thanks to Britton Caillouette for the beautiful photos.

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!

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.25.43 PMScreen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.18 PMOur sweet friends Diana and Donna of The Jewels of NY invited us over for brunch this past weekend. We shared with them our Grandma’s recipe for Lemon Pound Cake and they served a delicious asparagus and gruyere strata and a colorful carrot and beet salad with yogurt dressing.

Click over to see our interview where we discuss what ingredients inspire us to make perfume this Spring, and what we look forward to cooking.