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Mociun-Wlliam-Chan- 04-1Please join us for a launch event for the new MCMC x MOCIUN perfume oil. We’ll have mimosas and champagne to sip on while you smell precious raw ingredients like Italian neroli essential oil and ambroxan, and of course you can purchase the scent (while browsing at beautiful jewels!).

Sunday, May 18th  Sunday, May 25th
12 – 2pm
MOCIUN, 224 Wythe Ave in Brooklyn, NY

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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.

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.

waterfalldetailmeilifernsfammeili2africantulipThis is my last set of photos from our trip to Maui in January (see parts 1 + 2). Perhaps one of the most vexing things about Hawaii is the grand scale of the world. I’m used to being in Brooklyn, looking out my small rectangular living room windows onto a brick building across the street. From my roof I can see the sky, yes, but between buildings and clothing lines and fire escapes.

The lady in the photos is my best gal friend MeiLi. She’s as adventurous as they come and together we explored hidden waterfalls, dark caves, and secret beaches.

bamboofeetbamboo2jumpkulashellsalohadogandsurfThis week I’ll be sharing photos from our trip to Hawaii. In January, my little family (that is, my husband, 9 month old son, and I) decided we’d try this big experiment. I own my own business and my husband is a Community Organizer at an art museum so our schedules can be pretty hectic – working at night, working on the weekends, etc. I never did get a real maternity leave, though I can’t complain as I have the freedom to create my own schedule. Anyway, if there’s one time during the year when things slow down juuust a little, it’s January. And with the record snows this year, we made the leap and decided to leave for a whole month. My beautiful friend MeiLi has a daughter just a few weeks older than our son, and we had the amazing luck of staying with her in Kula, on the slopes of the volcano Haleakala. The sweeping views down to the ocean every morning still haunt me. 

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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Name: Jen Altman

Occupation: Purveyor of Talismans and Potions at Cisthene. Photographer and writer.

Hometown: Heartland, USA

Where do you currently reside?: Asheville, North Carolina

Favorite MCMC fragranceLOVE and KEPT – I’ve been wearing one on each wrist and behind each ear.

When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: At 16 my mother bought me a bottle of Trésor by Lancome. Whenever I smell it today, I think of hockey games and boys, and high school and happiness…

If you were a plant, what would you be?: My nickname is Juniper for Donovan’s “Jennifer Juniper” so that would have to be it.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Highland Gaelic Ale, Irish Cheddar and homemade Black Rose Jam

Three words that describe you: Myth, love, fire

whitneybickers10-1Whitney opened the boutique Myrtle in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2011 and has been an avid supporter of MCMC ever since. With a focuses on female designers, the shop carries brands like Ermie, Mary Meyer and Samantha Pleet. I’m hoping 2013 is the year I get to visit LA and if so, Myrtle is on my list!

Name: Whitney Bickers

Occupation: Shop Owner, Myrtle

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Where do you currently reside?: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite MCMC fragrance: On myself I like HUNTER, but in the air, I love LOVE! I frequently add a drop or two to the water when I’m steaming clothes here at the shop.

When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: The first fragrance I remember having was a wax perfume that came in a plastic locket with a Barbie doll; I loved it and always wanted something like it. I finally tracked down a grown-up version in Narciso Rodriguez’s For Her, which really makes me laugh. The first perfume I ever bought for myself was Red Jeans at the Versace store in Venice, Italy. I was in high school and I felt SO sophisticated!

If you were a plant, what would you be?: I am one of three girls and when I was a kid, we had three trees in the front yard. The Bradford Pear was “mine” and that’s probably fitting because the fruit is tiny.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Butter and eggs (I love to bake) and leftover pizza (bf’s fave)

Three words that describe you: Night-owl, clothes-horse, worry-wart