Where in the world is M+G… Merz Apothecary, Chicago

09.17.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Locations | No comments

Anthony Qaiyum from the historic Merz Apothecary, a Chicago landmark with 140 year experience.


What was it like growing up in Merz Apothecary?
Hah, It was really cool for us. My parents were always so busy that we got to really explore and do some things we shouldn’t do. We would discover the books from the 1800’s with formulas so it was kind of like having a Harry Potter dungeon. We felt like we had a secret place that no one else was able to experience.

Will the beard be making a comeback soon?
I’m itching for it! I’m kind of in the mood for a beard again. I would say most likely before the holidays. I’m not sure if it will be as big but it will make an appearance.

What’s a Qaiyum family thanksgiving dinner like?
We usually do it with my parents, my brothers, all of the wives, kids, 20 something cousins and 4 sets of Aunts and Uncles. It’s pretty wold.. It usually ends up drinking lots of Underberg bitters so that we’re not feeling TOO tired. A lot of joking and catching up.
The Q Brothers Underberg video:

If you could take a vacation right now, where would you go?
I would go scuba diving somewhere in the south pacific – maybe Indonesia. I want to find the craziest little creatures.

When you were 10 years old, where did you see yourself now?
I was a type A personality kind of kid. I’m don’t know if it was when I was 10 but I remember watching the movie Wall Street. I don’t think I really got the lesson of greed but I loved gambling. I thought I would be a stock broker or a successful trader type of guy. As I got older, that seemed like the most boring thing but at the time I saw myself wearing a suit and doing something like that. Then probably a magician.. Cards and coins. I’m not sure if I ever thought of that completely professionally but I spent a lot of my free time learning magic, studying magic and practicing.

Pick your poison – what’s your drink of choice?
Gin. In a second. As a cocktail a Negroni is probably my favorite thing but I do prefer a mix of gin, soda, bitters and lime. It’s not sweet at all.. It’s like the “beer” of cocktails. For me, I can enjoy them over the course of an afternoon and not feel awful.


Deserted island album pick?
Ahh, that’s tough.. I have a hard time with this one because I have so many favorites but I would probably have to go back to “Doolittle” by the Pixies and live with that.

What’s your Chicago neighborhood of choice?
LINCOLN SQUARE! It’s the best. I have 20 of them on the 2nd place list. I grew up here because of the store but I hadn’t actually lived here until the past year. I feel like I’m finally home and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.

What’s the first website you hit in the morning?
New York Times. I don’t watch the news and I don’t spend a lot of time staying on top of everything but it’s my morning and evening routine to make sure I know what’s going on in the world. I make sure to get a viewpoint that doesn’t seem to be antagonistic or annoying.


Beauty/wellness trend you could do without?
I would say in the wellness side of things, anything weight loss oriented seems to be sort of missing 3/4 of the equation – better lifestyle, eating better, etc. It can seem to be false hope for people but in general I know that it’s hard to make the right decisions but it’s key to being health.

Beauty/wellness trend you couldn’t do without?
I will never go back to shaving with a cartridge razor. Shaving with a double edge razor and a shave brush is an old trend that’s now big again but I think that it’s here to stay. I don’t think that there’s any way I could ever go back. I’m a guy with thick whiskers who never enjoyed shaving and it changed everything for me. I love shaving now..

Describe your approach with Q Brothers and in 1 sentence.
The best products from around the world for your body – from the inside out. That’s a simplified description of the approach we take.

Introducing our new…Drumroll…Clarifying Clay Mask!

08.04.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Products, Skin Conditions, Skin Stories | No comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager


I’m so excited for the newest addition to our face category – the Clarifying Clay Mask. I have an oily/problematic skin type, so breakouts for me are inevitable. This gentle and hydrating clay mask uses kaolin clay to draw out impurities, while arnica and witch hazel calm and balance oil production. Personally, I love that afterwards my skin doesn’t feel completely stripped and tight, which is never a good sign. I’ve recently discovered that I have a heavy hand while applying masks, so I give it 10-15 minutes to dry before I then, BUFF IT OFF. That’s right; this guy has pumice in it too, so it serves as a scrub. To paraphrase, we now have an all-in-one Cleanser + Scrub + Deep Pore Cleanse.

It’s obvious why this product fits easily into my regimen, but dry/sensitive skin types can benefit from it as well.



Matthew has sensitive skin, and enjoys this mask’s deep cleanse and hydrating properties.


Pam has dry skin, and uses the masks as a clarifying deep pore cleanse once a month.


Jared has normal/combination skin and loves the balancing aspect of this mask.


Mr. Greenberg just enjoys the luxurious and soothing experience after a long day in the office. (Just kidding, the Clarifying Clay Mask is for human use only.)


Whether it’s from heavy makeup use, intense workouts at the gym, or hot NYC summers, all skin types suffer from congested pores and need a good deep cleanse every once in awhile. Thanks to the hydrating properties like sunflower extract, your skin will feel supple and soft.

MALIN+GOETZ & John Robshaw Hit the Road

07.31.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products | No comments

Matthew and Andrew and their friend John Robshaw share their summer travel tips and essentials.

SP15_MALINGOETZShop Matthew and Andrews top picks:

SPF 30 Face Moisturizer: here

Essential Kit: here

Citron Vert EDT: here


How do you gel?

06.22.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Products | No comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager


How do you gel?

That is the question…

A modern interpretation of the “old school” styling gel, our Firm Hold Gel complements our hair care assortment for women and men with sensitive skin and scalp concerns. If you are looking for a firm hold with maximum control and sculpting, look no further.

This is ideal for transforming natural texture (i.e. curly to straight) or sculpting in a shape.

We asked our staff how they use it and what they love about it…

Sarah G.

My hair is usually very straight, but that changes when NYC humidity kicks in. The Firm Hold Gel tames the frizz and adds volume without drying my processed locks. I work a quarter-sized amount through dry hair, and I am good to go for the entire day.




I have a lot of hair, so I apply a liberal amount in three sections after towel blotting. I love it because it defines my curls with no crunchy feeling.



I use the Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Hair Conditioner in the shower, leaving the Cilantro Hair Conditioner in for texture.  I put in the Firm Hold Gel when I still have a wet head and then blow dry my hair to a light dampness.  I then comb my hair and head out for the day – 12 hours later, my hair’s still in place.



The Firm Hold Gel however gives me a more polished look for when I’m dressed up formally and am looking for that all day hold with a healthy shine. After washing my hair, I towel it dry but leave it slightly damp. Then I’ll run a little over a dime sized amount of the gel and work it through my hair. I’ll also blow dry everything in place if necessary.


Hostess with the mostest…softest skin.

05.20.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products | No comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager


Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer – woo! I’ve been so distracted by the cold that I forgot what all Spring and Summer bring… Warmer weather means rooftop bars, beach days, picnics and…weekends out of the city. Who doesn’t love running full speed ahead out of this hot concrete jungle?

Mini vacays equal packing (ugh) and if you are going to stay with friends or family, it also means hostess gifts. Thankfully, I have a plethora of beautiful gift ideas at my fingertips so I’m never without ideas, but not everyone has that pleasure so I’m here to help!

Here’s my list of foolproof gifts –

Rum Hand and Body Wash + Vitamin B5 Body Lotion + Dark Rum Votive Candle ($72)


Rosemary Body Wash + Peppermint Body Scrub + Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer ($92)


Bergamot Body Wash + Vitamin B5 Moisturizer + Peppermint Shampoo ($146)


Candles: Dark Rum + Mojito + Otto + Neroli ($208)


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