Category: The Story

We talk a lot around here about good, clean fun. And normally, by good, we mean our products are exactly that—good. (We’d actually say “great,” but “great, clean fun” isn’t a saying.) Everything is crafted with integrity by world-class perfumers given the freedom to practice their olfactive art.

Of course, good can also mean doing good, and that’s what we want to talk about today. If you didn’t know, we give $5 to the International Union for Conservation of Nature for every bottle we sell. (Well, except for anything Olmsted & Vaux—we give that $5 to the equally worthy Central Park Conservancy instead.)

What does that money do? Well, this year, it helped the IUCN assess and reassess around 1,400 species (!), which means each of those species was evaluated for its overall health and the health of its habitats. This monitoring helps the IUCN determine which species are threatened or endangered, so the IUCN can take care of the plants and animals that need it. In other words, thanks to your support, the IUCN was able to make huge progress in its important (and ongoing) mission to preserve wildlife across this planet we all share.

So thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you. The IUCN couldn’t have done it without you, either. We can’t wait to bring more joy to the world in 2019.

We know fragrance—now. But not so much when we started, which is why we turned to experts like Anne Serrano-McClain and Chandler Burr, amongst others, to help us get our bearings.

And now, as we explore new realms beyond fragrance, we’ve sought out expert assistance yet again. Folks who had deep knowledge in different product categories, and who shared our beliefs and values—and of course have a good sense of humor.

Well, as luck would have it, good folks were just down the road—our fellow Austinites at Texas Beauty Labs. They know deodorant, body wash and body lotion. And as it just so happens, we’re getting into the business of making deodorant, body wash and body lotion. (More on those in a minute.)

In fact, they created the Internet’s best-selling natural deodorant, so they know a thing or three about crafting great-smelling products that are also made with integrity. And since that’s sort of our whole thing, we thought we should get to know each other better. Here’s what we’ve learned.

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Hello, and welcome to our first guest post on Out of the Blue. It comes from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the leading organization for identifying and protecting threatened and endangered species. We are proud to support the IUCN’s mission by donating a portion of the proceeds from every bottle of fragrance we sell, and we are also proud to welcome them to our blog with this timely post.

The paradise islands of Hawaii are famous for their beaches, volcanoes and rich biodiversity. Over 10,000 species of plants, animals and fungi are found only on these islands—nowhere else on earth—and they play a major role in generating an annual $10 billion in annual income from the tourist industry.  

Hawaii’s native species are also a valued part of traditional life, where they are used for medicine, ceremonies, tools and jewelry. Despite the economic, social and environmental importance of these species, current estimates indicate that as much 50% of all species found on Hawaii are at risk of extinction.

An astonishing 83% of the 433 Hawaiian plant species listed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ are facing a risk of extinction in the wild. Fifty-two percent of the Hawaiian plant species are classified as Critically Endangered (CR).

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When we first founded our business, one of our first decisions was that we would be a values-based organization—one that always takes into account all of our stakeholders when making any decision. This means that we consider the perspective of our clients, our partners, our team, our investors and our planet, with everything we do.

This might seem like the obvious thing to do, but unfortunately it’s not a common one, as many businesses make decisions only through the narrow lens of short-term profitability. By instead considering all stakeholders, we believe we will make thoughtful and balanced decisions that will, in turn, create the best outcomes for all of our stakeholders—including, most importantly, you.

Happily, we’re not alone in adopting this approach. In fact, there is a  wonderful organization dedicated to helping businesses focus on creating what many call “conscious capitalism.” That organization is B Lab, and we’re thrilled to share that we’ve just been certified by them as a B Corp.

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Welcome to the latest installment of Meet the Team, where we interview members of our team to get their insights on fragrance, candles, and life itself. Next up: Amanda Klohmann, who leads our Customer Experience team.

We spoke with her about her favorite fragrances, her scent memories, and her favorite places to go in Austin…

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Today, we’re introducing a new series in which we interview the members of our team to get their insights on fragrance, candles, and life itself. We call it… Meet the Team. (Clever, right?)

First up: Shawn Freeman, who as our Chief Operations Officer keeps us running a tight ship, whether he’s overseeing all the orders we send every day, or assembling Ikea furniture for our upcoming pop-up shop. (Shh… you didn’t hear it from us.)

We spoke with him about his favorite fragrances, his scent memories, and (of course) his miniature golden doodle, Dixie.

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Eric Korman, PHLUR
Hey, it’s our boss.

Our friends at Glossy recently interviewed our founder and CEO, Eric Korman, for their namesake podcast. Among the topics: sustainability, transparency, and the fragrance industry at large (including what it means to buy a fragrance with a fashion designer’s or celebrity’s name stamped on it).

Hear the full conversation after the jump.

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