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July 23 2014

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10 posts tagged "Malin + Goetz"

A Dog Shampoo You’ll Want to Use on Yourself

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“The cobbler’s children always go barefoot,” was the expression Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz (the founders of namesake skincare line and apothecary Malin + Goetz) used to describe the previous gap in their line and the product they designed to fill it: dog shampoo. Inspired by their rescued pug, Mr. Greenberg (shown here), as well as their other beloved canine children, Junior and Bob (all of which have their silhouettes featured on the bottle), the pair developed a sulfate-free, neroli-scented wash devoid of synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. And similar to the brand’s products for pet owners, this particular soap laced with hydrating amino acids is unisex and perfect for pampered pooches with sensitive skin. It appears that dirty dogs everywhere are having their day, but what about cats and rabbits? We can only hope the duo expands their offerings to cover all of our fashionable four-legged friends.

$28, malinandgoetz.com

To see Mr. Greenberg get his first bath in two (yes, two!) years and witness the euphoric results, watch the video, below.

Nice To Meet You, My Good Fellow

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BarberBack when he cofounded the original F.S.C. Barber in the back of Freemans Sporting Club on the Lower East Side, Sam Buffa was ahead of the curve on men’s growing grooming fascination. Most guys had a barber; few had one who was still prepared to offer a straight-razor shave or a tin of mustache wax. (Their grandfathers might have.) An empire rose. The original F.S.C. begat offspring in the West Village and San Francisco, and Barber & Supply in Williamsburg. Now, having split with his original partner, Taavo Somer, Buffa has opened the latest link in the chain, Fellow Barber by F.S.C., in Soho. It offers the same cuts, trims, and shaves as the other branches, in the same twenties-vintage barber’s chairs, but with a more pared-down, less urban-lumberjack vibe, and an important new twist: It now stocks an apothecary’s worth of men’s grooming products. “We’re going a little more modern,” Buffa said, gazing at the shelves lined with Malin + Goetz hair products, Geo. F. Trumper fragrances, Japanese Cool Grease pomade, and Santa Maria Novella soaps. “The idea is putting the apothecary on the same level as the barber services.” (The West Village and San Francisco F.S.C. Barber outposts will now go by Fellow Barber as well; the original L.E.S. space will transition to Freemans Sporting Club retail.)

In an earlier, more foolish era, such an emphasis on creams, oils, and unguents might have been branded metrosexual. But more and more, it seems, guys are ready to pay for products that work (and smell) better. “We’ve seen our guy grow with us,” Buffa said. “When we first opened, he shopped at Duane Reade.” Not to be found there: fragrance sprays and incense from the California foragers at Juniper Ridge, Japanese Binchotan-charcoal toothbrushes, and the just-shy-of-parody staples such as Dr. Dittmar mustache wax and Prospector Co. beard oil. In the service of all of these products, Fellow will have a full-time grooming guide to offer guidance and pilot an “essentials” program to note customers’ favorite products and redeliver them, automatically, at agreed-upon intervals. To start, this service will be limited to a ten-block radius only. Yes, almost all of its products are now available for sale on the shop’s Web site, fellowbarber.com. But once the spacious backyard is completed—one that, tantalizingly, connects to the back patio of like-minded neighbors, Saturdays Surf—a visit to the brick-and-mortar pile shouldn’t be too hard a sell.

Fellow Barber is now open at 33 Crosby Street, NYC.

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Andrew Goetz

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Andrew Goetz, cofounder of (MALIN+GOETZ).

The Product: “My Proustian beauty moment is always triggered by Noxzema. My mother always used the Cleansing Cream on us if we got too much sun—it really cooled my sunburn. And when I graduated to shaving, I used Noxzema shave cream, as did my father. Just thinking about it, I am transported back to the seventies and my parents’ cluttered bathroom, with piles of Cue New York magazine and The New York Times, not to mention Playboy. Although it was a pretty robust decade for hair, I probably did not do a lot of shaving in the seventies, as I was still in high school. The scent had top notes of refreshing coolness, middle notes of summer, and base notes of cleanliness. But it really does smell like my parents’ bathroom most of all!”

Photo: Courtesy of Noxzema

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Matthew Malin

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Matthew Malin, co-founder of (MALIN+GOETZ).

The Product: “When I was a young boy—old enough to remember—my mother would sit at her vanity. She would apply makeup and dress. She used an aerosol Secret deodorant that smelled of roses and musk—not an expensive, complex French perfume but more of a simple, single note scent. I have always loved the simple rose-musk fragrances, and distinctively recall the smell of Secret in the air after my mother showered. As we developed our [(MALIN+GOETZ)] eaux de toilette, the one created for me—Synthesized Lotus Root—was based on this idea. When I first moved to New York and was living in the East Village, there was a street vendor selling inexpensive perfume oils at my corner. The Egyptian musk was the floral Secret deodorant all over again. It came in a small glass roll-on vial and smelled similarly to Secret. It was this floral rose-like musk that inspired the idea of Lotus Root. It’s intended to be a sophisticated and subtle interpretation of the Egyptian musk oil and Secret, and it’s now my go-to scent for the summer.”

Photo: Courtesy of Secret

Malin + Goetz’s Skincare Sidekick

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Honest and hardworking are two words that describe both Malin + Goetz’s streamlined skincare assortment and the brand’s founders themselves. Since the inception of their apothecary in 2004, Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz have been busy producing natural beauty products that, refreshingly, say exactly what they do. The hit Vitamin E Face Moisturizer is a perfect example; the fact that it’s a “residue-free moisturizer that scientifically synthesizes natural antioxidants, vitamins E and B5, and soothing chamomile with absorbent fatty acids to gently and effectively hydrate and ph balance all skin types” is literally printed on the front of the bottle. It also happens to be the inspiration behind the duo’s latest endeavor, a much-anticipated companion treatment product. Aptly named the Replenishing Face Cream, the rich salve dials up the hydration quotient of the Vitamin E moisturizer with added botanicals like avocado and jojoba to stimulate cellular renewal and reinforce the skin’s protective barrier. A combo of chamomile and panthenol (a provitamin) provides a soothing finish, making this the ideal night cream to its lighter predecessor and a restorative face mask for anyone who’s enjoyed a bit too much fun in the sun this summer.

Photo: Courtesy of Malin + Goetz