April 21 2014

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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Matthew Malin


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


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