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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.

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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.

When we launched AMARA and SAVANN, the two fragrances from the Humanity Project second edition, we included postcards in all of the packaging (yes, we stamped 5,000 postcards!) addressed back to our studio. We asked you all to wear the perfume and tell us of any moments of compassion you may experience. The fragrances AMARA and SAVANN were inspired by our volunteer trip to Cambodia and we wanted to see if we were able to convey that through the fragrance.

Thank you so much to everyone who sent their postcards back! Sincerely, thank you. Here are 11 of our favorites.

We recently added a limited number of AMARA to our online shop. The Special Edition Glass Heart bottles are also available in both scents.

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1234567One of the best parts of being on vacation was being able to spend so much time with my son. At nine months, he’s so fun! He doesn’t talk yet, but is totally interactive. To be able to see the wonder on his face when we were hiking through a bamboo forest, or the delight he had playing in the sand, was so restorative for my own soul. I was able to experience those things with the freshness he has. There is so much fresh produce in Hawaii, and I loved having him try papaya, passion fruit, mountain-grown strawberries, and even seaweed.

It’s funny to me that where you live geographically can impact your life so much. New York is such a driven city. It’s hectic and fast-paced and brusque. It’s home, but I can’t deny that I wondered what it would be like to move to paradise.

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. 

Humanity_AmaraSavannAMARA is back! We have a limited number of the 40ml eau de parfum available in our shop – ON SALE (now $58). The silkscreen label on the bottle is slightly damaged.

An ancient Hindi word for roots, Amara draws from the mysterious spiritual nature of Angkor Wat and the amazing sight of trees overtaking ancient temples.

This fragrance is part of the Humanity Fragrance Second Edition, inspired by a volunteer trip to the Working For Children Rainbow Orphanage in rural Cambodia. To learn more and view photos from our trip, please visit the Humanity Project page.