Malin+Goetz & The Laundress

11.05.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Lifestyle, Locations, Products | No comments

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Here at Malin+Goetz we pride ourselves on being family owned and from New York City. Since like attracts like, we have had the pleasure of befriending the owners of the Laundress, who are also independently owned and work just a block away from us. Just like Malin+Goetz was created to simplify skincare, The Laundress was founded with the goal of taking the chore out of laundry.

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We wanted a chance to share the love of each other’s products with our loyal customers. This month we are delighted to have partnered with them for a fun sampling opportunity. While supplies last, all online orders will come with a bonus sample provided by the Laundress. Enjoy their Stain Solution and a special opportunity to receive 10% off when you shop their site Because clean skin deserves clean clothes.


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.

Where in the world is M+G… Life:Curated, Williamsburg

08.20.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Lifestyle, Locations | No comments


Life:Curated proprietors Sarah Meyer and Ryan Thomann both grew up in the Midwest and even attended the same college together in Georgia, but didn’t actually meet until they both found themselves living in Brooklyn. After quickly realizing they had similar taste in just about everything, the two decided to open a boutique in Williamsburg, and in 2010 Life:Curated opened on Grand Street, in an area that was decidedly not a shopping district.
Five years in and the neighborhood and its demographic have changed drastically, bringing new challenges as well as some unexpected surprises. We sat down with Sarah and Ryan to discuss their store, philosophy, and journey so far.



MG: You guys started Life:Curated together and as equal partners. What does each of you bring to the table?
Ryan Thomann: We decided to go into business together because we more or less have exactly the same taste and we pretty much agree on everything, which is probably why we work so well together, but we each have a different skill set. She has a fashion design background and I’ve got more of a graphic design, art direction background.
MG: And why did you decide to open a store?
Sarah Meyer: I went to school for fashion design and spent some time working in that industry, but when the economy collapsed the company I was working for was kind of on the outs. Ryan and I had been talking about doing something together for a while, and when everybody got laid off at the company I was working for¬—
RT: It seemed like a sign.
SM: Yeah, it was just like, I’m on unemployment, let’s start planning this out.

 041“We basically wanted to have everything you’d need for your daily life.”

MG: One of the things you notice right away is that there’s such a broad range of products here—everything from clothing to dishes to greeting cards. What did you have in mind when you started Life:Curated?
SM: We basically wanted to have everything you’d need for your daily life, hence the name. As far as the curation, we initially wanted to present everything like a museum or a gallery.
RT: Kind of like a conceptual thing.
SM: It was a little too conceptual. We just want a very unique selection; things you can’t find in the neighborhood, or in New York.


01“Things you can’t find in the neighborhood, or in New York.”

MG: So how do you choose which products you bring in?
RT: When we started we thought a lot about our lifestyle and our friends’ lifestyles and what they were going to wear or put in their home or wash their hair with. A lot of it is just our personal taste.
SM: We like things that are really good quality. Nice fabrics, really amazing design details, things that possess a quality that will set them apart. We say products with character, which is kind of our mantra.

05We say (we carry) products with character, which is kind of our mantra.”

MG: You were an early arrival to the neighborhood, right? How long have you been here now?
SM: Five years.
MG: And how have things changed since you opened?


RT: Well the neighborhood has changed drastically. When we opened Grand wasn’t really a retail destination and more and more it’s becoming that way. There’s a lot of bigger companies coming in now too, which changes things. Also, tourism has become a huge part of our business, and we never really expected that.
SM: It’s a little strange seeing so many new faces after having sort of the same cast of characters for so long, but I love it. It’s great.
RT: Yeah, completely unexpected.
MG: Ok, one final question. What’s the most overrated fashion trend going on right now?
RT: Stupid hats really annoy me. Lots of people wearing stupid, stupid hats these days. The last tradeshow we were at there were all of these hats with really wide brims that were just… costume-y. Not into it.
MG: Anything else you’d like to say for yourselves or the store?
RT: Thanks for coming and hanging out!
MG: Thanks for having us.

07“We have more or less the exact same taste, which is probably why we work so well together.”

Where in the world is M+G… Best Barber, New York

07.09.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Lifestyle, Locations | No comments

MALIN+GOETZ works with so many interesting and unique partners worldwide. We are excited to pull back the curtain a little and share some of their stories. This month we are highlighting Best Barber located right here in New York. The owner, Boswell, is a longtime supporter of ours, and didn’t hesitate to bring our brand into his very own barbershop. Read on to hear more about Boswell and his shop.


  1. Your hair philosophy or mantra is…

The solution to most of life’s problems can be found by listening. This is true of hair too. Your hair will tell you everything you need to know about it if you just listen. If you don’t know how to speak the language, a talented barber/stylist can translate for you.

  1. If you weren’t a barber, you would be…

I would be an interior designer. Since I was a child I have always had the impulse to redesign almost any space I enter.  Efficiency being my most valued design attribute.

  1. Your all-time favorite restaurant in NYC…

El Almacén in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s a family owned and operated Argentinian joint. Get a table in the backyard or sit at the bar, order anything on the menu and be delighted.


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  1. In a busy city like NY, you unwind by…

Taking day trips! One of may most often taken day trips is to Beacon, NY. It’s home to one of my favorite art museums, Dia:Beacon. There is also shopping and dining on Main Street, great hiking, and camping at Malouf’s Mountain. Fire Island isn’t bad either.


(Photo via here)

  1. Who should get their hair cut at Best Barber (describe your customer)?

Literally anyone who wants a great barbered haircut. I have assembled a team, that collectively, can do anything!

  1. Whiskey or Wine?

Whiskey! Followed by a chaser of pickle brine, a/k/a Pickleback.


(Photo via here)

  1. Describe your ideal day off in the city.

Brunch at Nights and Weekends in Greenpoint, sunbathing in McCarren Park with a copy of New York Magazine, then a movie at NiteHawk Cinema.

  1. What’s the craziest/most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever rocked?

As someone born and raised in Florida, I “rocked” a rattail for quite some time.

  1. What’s your sign?

Capricorn: responsible, patient, ambitious, resourceful, loyal and practically perfect in every way; like Mary Poppins.

  1. Ok, we have to ask, the M+G product you can’t live without is…

Rice Bran Eye Moisturizer! As a small business owner (and someone over the age of 25), an effective eye cream is absolute priority.


M+G Down Under

05.15.2014 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Locations | 2 comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager


I was recently lucky enough to travel to Australia to train our partner Mecca on all things M+G. Mecca Cosmetica stores house the most sought after brands in color, cosmetics, skincare, bodycare, haircare, and fragrance all under one roof.  MALIN+GOETZ can be found in over 30 Mecca stores in Australia.
It was my first trip down under and I was blown away. Australia is seriously beautiful, seriously big and seriously far away. I visited Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and took something from each city. First of all, Aussies are so nice. They welcomed me with open arms and were just as entertained by my accent as I was by theirs.
Here’s a list of my favorite things from down unda –


  • The. Coffee. It’s liquid velvet. I was over-caffeinated all weekend.
  • Street art. They love their graffiti and devote areas of the city to it. It’s hard not to be happy while surrounded by such vibrant colors.
  • Sunshine. It was sunny and 74 when I stepped off the plane. I only spent 22 hours here, but the palm trees alone made me happy.
  • One word: Brisvegas. That’s the city’s nickname. Statues are perched on large purple light boxes jazzing up the town.
  • This is predictable, but the Sydney Opera House. I’ve seen pictures of it since I was a child, but seeing it in person is overwhelming. It’s massive and absolutely beautiful.
  • Koalas. My goal was to meet a koala while there, and I did. See me and Silvia below. She loves me.
Until next time!


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