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our first limited edition collection October 03 2014, 0 Comments

 

Next week, the stunning book from our favorite New York City bar, Death & Co , is officially on sale. (You can pre-ord er here  it now). 


Inspired by the book, we’re going to release our first-ever limited edition collection of lip balms—a collaboration with Death & Co’s founder and owner, David Kaplan.

Stay tuned for more details about the collection, and in the meantime, enjoy this recipe from Death & Co. Happy Friday and cheers!

 

Photograph by William Hereford. Courtesy of Ten Speed Press. 

 

From Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes.
Courtesy of Ten Speed Press. 


by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day

APERITIVO JULEP
Alex Day
 
Here’s an example of what great a cocktail should be: a whole that’s much better than the sum of its parts. Anytime a bottle of something new or foreign shows up at Death & Co, we taste it and keep it in mind for creating new drinks. The afternoon the deliciously bittersweet Amaro CioCiaro showed up, Alex had a sip that lingered in his head through that  night’s service. At some point he was mixing a drink made with Massenez Crème de Pêche, and a whiff of that heady peach liqueur synced up with the amaro and Dolin dry vermouth, another new favorite at the bar. Bartenders often scoff at low-alcohol drinks, so he thought it would be fun to serve this drink in a vessel that usually indicates a boozy concoction—the julep tin—and give it an oxymoronic name.
 
2 ounces dolin dry
Vermouth
¾ ounce amaro ciociaro
1 teaspoon massenez crème de pêche peach liqueur
Garnish: 1 mint bouquet
 
Put all the ingredients in a julep tin. Fill the tin halfway with crushed ice. Stir with a bar spoon, churning the ice as you go, for about 10 seconds, holding the drink by the rim so the entire tin can eventually frost up. Add more crushed ice to fill the tin two-thirds full and stir until the tin is completely frosted. Add more ice to form a cone above the rim. Garnish with the mint bouquet in the center of the ice and serve with a straw.


want more kissable lips? September 18 2014, 0 Comments

You know how, sometimes, no matter how much balm you apply, your lips are still dry and flaky? That's because, just like other parts of your body, you need to exfoliate them. Unlike other skin, lips need special treatment. They're sensitive and must be handled with care. 

To combat this problem, we're thrilled to introduce our very first lip scrub, which we call Mint Julep.

To make it, we blend organic sugar, oils and butters with vegetable glycerin so it's ultra-moisturizing and delicate enough for lips. Then we scent it with mint, cedar and black pepper, so the experience of using the scrub is invigorating, much like its namesake cocktail. And that's a fantastic way to start the day, don't you say? 

 

 


our new look August 11 2014, 0 Comments

Are you thinking, "Hey wait a minute, did you do something different with your hair?" We did indeed. After three years with the same site, it was time for a refresh. We hope you like our cleaner look that will really let the beauty of our products shine.

a store that just gets us June 02 2014, 0 Comments

 

We’ve been hearing about a new shop called Joinery for a while now, and luckily, a recent brunch excursion to Williamsburg left us just around the corner with some time to kill. Spoiler alert: we killed our wallets a bit too. Unlike many of the super minimalist boutiques popping up in New York’s trendier neighborhoods, Joinery, more than anything, feels cozy and warm, in every sense of the word. 

It’s a brightly lit, cedar-scented space that nails the “welcome to my fabulous apartment where everything happens to be for sale” vibe. Joinery sells a mix of home goods, womenswear and menswear, from enamel Reiss cookware to Rachel Comey clogs, the ultimate cool-girl clompers.  One of our favorite things about the space is that while it has a great boutique vibe, it’s not so overwhelmingly styled that your average dude would feel uncomfortable browsing around (with good reason too—founder Angela Silva’s significant other owns the fantastic Williamsburg menswear shop Hickorees Hard Goods). 

As if we needed more convincing, the amazing girl who rang us up insisted on gift wrapping the soap we bought just for ourselves; Joinery just gets us. Without further ado, some of our picks from their online shop below!

This surprisingly comfortable chair, for staining whichever color you like, piling with cute pillows or hauling outside to your porch, should you be lucky enough to have such a thing. 

This fantastically unexpected tie, for standing out in a crowd. Wedding season is upon us! 

These minimal earrings, which are somehow both delicate and warrior-like. 

This stylish keyring, to clip onto your belt loops or beach bags. 

perfect thank you note! Because you never know when you'll need one.


ingredient spotlight: cocoa butter April 23 2014, 0 Comments

 

In honor of all of the Easter candy still lying around and the end of Passover, we decided to pay tribute to one of our all-time favorite Stewart & Claire ingredients: cocoa butter. A longtime beauty staple that makes up the base of our Bare balm, cocoa butter is the rich oil pressed from roasted cocoa beans. While it contains the name “butter”, cocoa butter is actually a vegetable oil. If you’re interested in learning more about the process and where cocoa beans come from, the awesome crew at Brooklyn’s own Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory have some great videos about their suppliers and farms.


As a beauty balm, cocoa butter has a lightly woodsy and warm chocolate scent that makes it feel especially luxurious, and like coconut oil, it’s solid at cooler temperatures but melts in your hands, meaning it absorbs quickly into skin. Basic cocoa butter is available everywhere, but if you really want to get the best, look for products made with raw or cold pressed cocoa butter, which is extracted at low temperatures to keep the cocoa butter’s natural antioxidants in the mix.  One of the coolest DIY uses we’ve come across lately is this totally luxe milk bath. We took the liberty of listing some of our favorite Brooklyn-based treats below that use sustainably-sourced cocoa. Order one, mix a milk bath and erase away all those waxy, overly sweet Easter Bunny memories for good.

Mast Brothers Sea Salt Bar

Nunu Chocolates Caramels

Liddabit Sweets Snacker


tiki night in brooklyn March 12 2014, 0 Comments



One of the best things about our Tiki balm is the ability of its fruity mandarin orange and coconut scent to mentally transport us to a beachside luau, mai tai in hand. That said, nothing beats the real thing. While nowhere in New York will every truly be tropical, one of Brooklyn’s best bars, Ft. Defiance in Red Hook, hosts a weekly Thursday tiki night with various themes (like Forbidden Island and Sunken Harbor Club), and it’s not to be missed. Though it’s a bit of a trek to get to Red Hook on the South Brooklyn waterfront, the former fishing port has some of the last remaining cobblestone streets in New York, and it feels more like a quirky small town than a New York City neighborhood. In other words, it’s the perfect place to down some crazy cocktails like the Honi Hioni, a play on a classic mai tai with Irish whiskey, orgeat, blue curacao and lime, or the boozy Samoan Fog Cutter with rum, gin, cognac, lemon, orange and sherry, all created by Ft. Defiance’s resident tiki fanatic, Zac Overman. The kitchen gets in on the theme, serving kitschy drinking food like fried won tons and a short rib soup with egg, shiitakes and hot peppers. Think of it like your own tropical island, accessible from the B61 bus.