Spring Forward with Your Fragrance

03.12.2012 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Products, Advice, Lifestyle

Now that it appears as if spring is here to stay in New York City, I’m excited to change up my daily wardrobe. I shaved the beard I had been sporting all winter, broke out a brightly colored shirt to wear to work and am just looking to generally lightening things up – including my daily fragrance. Wearing a fragrance daily is just as essential to me as is wearing a fresh pair of knickers! However, one can’t wear just any fragrance any time. Just like you wouldn’t wear a wool blazer in the middle of July, you also wouldn’t wear a fragrance with notes such as sandalwood or black pepper.

Spring is an optimistic time. The days are longer, flowers are blooming and as such, your fragrance should feel equally as bright, fresh and uplifting. For me, one go to fragrance from early spring through mid-September is the Lime Tonic by M+G – a crisp and clean scent that feels appropriate to wear no matter how high the temperature goes or whether you find yourself partying on a roof top in the city or hanging with friends at the beach.

The real beauty of the Lime Tonic and every other fragrance by M+G is that while each is distinctly beautiful on it’s own, they can be paired together to create a uniquely dynamic personal fragrance. For day time I love pairing the Lime + Petigrain Tonics; a bright, succulent blend of citrus, woodsy and green notes. When the sun goes down and it’s time to really play, I want a warmer more sensual scent, but never anything that’s going to be cloying or overwhelming. For this, I take the warm and sexy Rum Tonic and lighten it up with a light spritz of Lime Tonic; all coming together to create a truly unique fragrance that definitely draws people closer to figure out just what you are wearing.

Experiment with different blends and see what feels the most authentic and you. The point is to have fun with it!

Brian Lynch,  National Training Manager

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Seasonal Changes + Our Skin

10.14.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Products, Advice, Lifestyle, Skin Conditions

by Brian Lynch, Training Manager

Something I have been hearing a lot lately is how our crazy weather has been wreaking havoc on everyone’s skin!  This is of specific concern for those of us who live in areas with distinct seasons (like New York!)  Fall is a common time of year for break outs – even for those not usually prone to them. Breakouts increase during Autumn as the skin’s oil production adjusts from summer humidity to the cooler October air.  This can create layers of dead skin cell build-up (note: flaky, dry skin). The result is trapped oil and bacteria underneath the surface of the dry, dead skin, resulting in an increase in breakouts.

Any Malin+Goetz less-is-more devotee can tell you: seasons may change but your skin care routine doesn’t have to – if you are using the right products.  When skin issues flare-up, this is the time for FEWER products, not more!  A simple, gentle regimen is really all you need to help calm your skin and bring it into balance.  (Using additional products and active, irritating ingredients can add to the problem and make it worse.)

Keep it simple.  The Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser and Vitamin E Face Moisturizer are our top two sellers – with good reason!  If you’re already using these products, you’re all set to face these volatile highs and lows in temperature.  If not, then it’s definitely time to try them out and keep your skin balanced and healthy as the weather changes.

Grapefruit Face Cleanser—botanical proteins hydrate while natural, anti-bacterial grapefruit helps cleanse and exfoliate.  This thorough foaming gel cleanser easily removes excess dirt, oil and make up and rinses residue-free without dryness or tightness for sensitive or irritated skin.

Vitamin E Face Moisturizer—super absorbent, plant-based fatty acids create an oil-free formula that quickly penetrates and intensely hydrates the skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.  Natural chamomile calms and soothes redness and irritation.  It is a great base for make-up.

Tip: If you are still suffering from flaky, dry skin, you can integrate our Jojoba Face Scrub once or twice per week in place of our Grapefruit Face Cleanser.  This will offer physical exfoliation and additional hydration.  If you still need more intense hydration, a layer of our Replenishing Face Serum before applying the Moisturizer can offer a helpful “boost”.  This is a good first step before reaching for a heavier winter cream (eg. our wonderful Replenishing Face Cream) that can prematurely be too much, too soon and increase your chance of break-outs.

Tip #2: if you do have a pimple, zap it with our over-night Acne Treatment.  Then follow our simple leads above.

Good luck.

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Bob Spotting

07.21.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Lifestyle

In April, our beloved English Bulldog of more than 15 years, died.  It was and is very sad.

About one week after his death, I was walking to my favorite neighborhood (Chelsea) coffee shop, Grumpy’s , and ran into a neighbor and friend–the artist Barbara Sandler.  Barbara often walked her dogs while we were walking ours (Junior, our Frenchie, turned 14 on July 17th).  Barbara asked me about Bob and immediately offered to paint a portrait.

Bob by Barbara Sandler

A few days later, we had an appointment with the General Manager of the new Crosby Street Hotel to discuss our amenity program for their rooms.  Rushing to our appointment (as usual, we were late), we jumped in the hotel’s elevator, and, low and behold, there was a photo of Bob hanging in the center of the car!  We were certain it was Bob–he was standing in front of our apartment building.  The manager later told us that he himself took the photo while wandering the streets of NYC one afternoon.

Bob at the Crosby Street Hotel

Just this morning, another dog-friend-neighbor (Dede the Boxer’s father) stopped me.  He asked about Bob, and, then mentioned that his vet, the Gramercy Park Animal Hospital, has a photo of him in front of our store in their office.  This is again unique since we have never used this veterinarian.

Bob at Gramercy Park Animal Hospital

Maira Kalman, a friend and artist, in 2000, painted a portrait of Bob (and Andrew) as character’s in her children’s book called What Pete Ate A-Z.  Bob’s “ball” is “B”.  Not to be outdone, our friend Seattle based friend and artist, Victoria Haven, created a Bob picture book for us, chronicling her time with him (and us) during a visit she made to NYC many years ago.  Bob has also been featured in Life Magazine for a story about what people eat for breakfast (he was the token dog).  Of course, he has been featured in many beauty editorials with us, including the New York Times and WWD.

Bob and Andrew by Maira Kalman

When we openedthe door to our Chelsea store in 2004, Bob and Junior came to work with us every day.  Junior sat near our desks, waiting for food or a lap to keep him warm.  Bob, by choice, sat in our front window to watch the passersby (no, not greet customers–he couldn’t be bothered).  Before we moved to our offices three years later, he sat in the same spot, every day.  And, without exaggeration, was photographed possibly 10 to 15 times per day, each day he was there.

Barbara just finished Bob’s portrait and presented it to us the other day.  It made me want to cry.  She really did “channel” Bob and entirely captured his essence.  Not only do we have this to remind us of him, but, we have the potential surprise of the thousands of random photos that are awaiting our acknowledgment.  How great is that?


If you have any photos of Bob, we would LOVE to see them. E-mail to

Bob in Chelsea

Erica sent us this adorable photo of bob lounging at our Chelsea store.

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Wieden+Kennedy Pop Up Shop: Skin Advice

06.23.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Products, Advice

andrew goetz and matthew malin with isaora

Matthew Malin purchased this Isaora jacket, modeling here with Marc Daniels and his partner, Karelin (and their dog) at the Wieden+Kennedy Pop Up Shop. Both Marc and Karelin are M+G customers. I asked if I could share the skincare advice I gave Marc and Karelin while at the event.

Karelin–who has nearly perfect skin, was concerned with acne. She has a few hardly noticeable little bumps on her forehead. It is a hot and humid summer in NYC, and, perspiration most likely created some unwanted oiliness near her hairline. I recommended our Grapefruit Face Cleanser which she loved. She doesn’t moisturize in the summer, and, if oily enough, it is fine not to.

Marc asked about enlarged pores. This is a more common question for both women and men. There is a simple answer: as we age, our skin sags and our pores become larger as we loose skin elasticity. As such, it is easier to see clogged pores. While the Grapefruit Face Cleanser is the best every day choice for maintenance, the Jojoba Face Scrub works to dislodge dirt and oil (make-up, etc.) trapped in the pores, giving them a clean and “smaller” appearance.

Please send us your feedback, thoughts and experiences to share with our customers


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Personal Skincare Experiences by Matthew Malin

06.16.2011 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Products, Advice, Lifestyle, Skin Conditions

Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, founds of (MALIN+GOETZ)

As some of you know, I suffer from a variety of skin concerns including rosacea, eczema, seborrhea and fragrance allergies. I’ve been making frequent trips to the dermatologist’s office since my teens and have tried almost every cream, treatment, and Rx out there. What I’ve learned after a lot of trial and error: there is no permanent cure for my skin conditions. But I can find relief by using the right products and ingredients. This discovery actually inspired me and my partner, Andrew Goetz, to create MALIN+GOETZ. Our mission is simple: to make skincare easy and less complicated, and most importantly, to address irritated and sensitive skin needs.

It’s our goal at MALIN+GOETZ to offer you highly-effective daily use treatments that won’t irritate or exacerbate your skin, and complement your prescription skincare routine and procedures, if you’re seeking the care of a dermatologist.

While I’m not a medical professional, I’m often asked for advice by fans of our products about how I cope and care for my skin. So I’ve decided to share some of my personal experiences and research here with you in the hopes that they might bring you some relief and address your top questions. (Please note: We are not making medical suggestions or claims and suggest that you consult a dermatologist about any health issues you might have before making changes to your skincare routine, should you be concerned.)

Topic: Rosacea

What It Is: We know Rosacea as a chronic skin disorder related to blood circulation and characterized by dilation of capillaries, redness and occasionally pustules.  Millions suffer.  Rosacea is most common in people over the age of 30 and first appears as red cheeks and nose.  All skin “types”, dry to oily, can be affected.  Drier skin seems to be more common with noticeable flakiness.  Many afflicted are sensitive and easily irritated.

What Causes It: The exact causes are unknown or unproven and heredity and ethnicity (of fair skin) are theories for origin.  Self-perpetuating, triggers can include exercise, spicy foods, skin care products (yes!), sun exposure, alcohol, stress and temperature extremes.

What I’ve Learned: There is no cure and medications are specific to each person.  It is often trial and error and customized to each individual as recommended by your dermatologist and what is suitable to your skin.  Rosacea can recur as flare-ups even when managed.  And, managing your triggers is important, while the right gentle skincare can be your best friend!  Less is more, in my opinion.  Topical and oral medications, as prescribed, are often recommended as ongoing treatment, even in remission or without a flare-up.   This lessens recurrence.  Laser treatments may help broken blood vessels and redness, in some cases.   Seborrheic Dermatitis (see Seborrhea) may also afflict those with Rosacea, as it does me.

My Personal Triggers:  All the usual suspects like weather changes (I have about four annual flare-ups), exercise (I am a runner), spicy foods, chocolate, red wine.  If I run outdoors, it is with sunscreen and on cooler days, in the morning or at night and I limit myself to a piece of chocolate (EVERYDAY—who can give this up?) and one glass of red wine with dinner.  I don’t deprive myself.

My Skincare Regime: My skin is dry, flaky and ultra sensitive.  Nice, right?  I have a lot of redness and I am easily irritated.  The most important part of my routine is simply to keep my skin clean. I wash every morning and evening with our refreshing Grapefruit Face Cleanser—I find that this brings calm, clarity and evenness to my tone.  The Rosacea is not gone, but tolerable. 

Tip: our Grapefruit Face Cleanser works also as a make-up remover, eliminating another potentially irritating step or product.

My Personal Trick: I only wash with my hands and cool water, never a cloth or sponge.  It is too irritating and creates skin flushing.  I pat my skin dry with a cotton towel—never wipe or tug.  More Personal Recommendations:  We created our Jojoba Face Scrub for my dry skin.  While “scrubbing” can often irritate, ours is gentle, hydrating, and helps with flakes.  Gently massage once/week.  Also, our Detox Face Mask is soothing and hydrating to help reduce redness and add clarity once/week.  It won Allure Magazine’s Best Mask too!

I follow cleansing with our hydrating daily moisturizer, either Vitamin E Face Moisturizer or SPF 15 Face Moisturizer, depending on my needs.  I’ve had luck avoiding heavy moisturizers and pore-clogging oils and sticking with our fatty acid-based botanical lotions, which absorb well and help clear the redness and itchiness.

Dry Skin Tip: When I need more hydration, I integrate our Replenishing Face Serum after washing and before applying my medication or moisturizer.  It helps both to penetrate the skin better and add noticeable clarity to my ruddy skin.

Personal SPF Tip: Unlike a little “good” sun that can help clear my Seborrhea, I do not find the sun a friend of my Rosacea.  I really avoid sun on my face and use SPF 15 Face Moisturizer, wear a hat and walk in the shade.  It is true, ask Andrew Goetz.

My Medications: Check with your doctor about the medication that is best for you and your skin type.  Ask questions.  Many topicals can be quite drying, especially to an already dry and sensitive skin (eg. Metro Gel for me).  Others are more moisturizing and less irritating (eg. Metro Cream or Noritate in my experience).  Currently, I’m using Finacea lotion before moisturizing and after cleansing.  My skin has acclimated to tolerate stronger medications for daily use but starting with a gentle topical has worked well for my personal condition.  I have used various antibiotics as an initial, short term treatment for flare-ups and find that they upset my stomach (eg. Minocin, Oracea, Tetracyciline).  They have helped with general inflammation in conjunction with on-going topical treatment.

Personal Tip: avoid using skincare products that burn, sting or irritate.  Various ingredients are known irritants and we at (MALIN+GOETZ) avoids these and levels of actives or naturals that could irritate: alcohol, peppermint (or any active natural), colorants, AHA’s, astringents, perfumes, pore clogging oils and harsh exfoliators, to name a few.   When in doubt, patch test an underarm area for irritation.   Anyone can be allergic to anything…

What To Ask Your Derm About:

Topical Medication:  One that is right for your personal skin type (see my experiences above).

Oral Antibiotic Therapy:  When or if needed and the side effects like an upset stomach, diarrhea, sun sensitivity, allergic reactions , yeast infections, etc.    It is generally recommended, as I know, to clear an initial flare-up and for short term use.

Laser or PDT (photo dynamic therapy): I am focusing on PDT since I have some personal experience.  It is a medical procedure performed in the doctor’s office, which involves treating the skin with prescription medication Levulan followed by a laser blue light to kill bacteria under the surface and even out your skin-tone. It’s commonly used for acne but my New York City dermatologist, Dr. Soren White, believes it is helpful for rosacea, eczema and seborrhea on the face, back and chest.   I’ve had four treatments over the last two years and have seen positive results.   

PDT prices can range from $300-$3000 based on several factors (like the area treated, doctor, etc).  When your dermatologist says the laser will feel like a rubber band snapping against your face, well, that does not do it justice.  I manned-up for vanity, but, let me tell you, it hurts!  Here’s what happened: An alcohol solution is applied to remove any makeup or oil (I bring my own Grapefruit Face Cleanser to wash my face) followed by a topical medication, Levulan, a photosensitizing agent and activated by the laser’s blue light.  For me, it was left on for about 30 minutes before the laser.  If you have dry skin, you are left REALLY dry before the treatment starts and well after.

The procedure inactivates bacteria, can unclog pores, exfoliate and decrease sebaceous gland production of oil.  It can be an alternative to Accutane (which I took briefly for cystic acne as a teenager).  It is also known to help improve wrinkles, pore size, skin texture, pigmentation, rosacea (yay), sun damage and possibly prevent the development of skin cancer.

Next, the dermatologist applies a cold gel before administering the laser (I think it is to buffer or prevent burning from the laser—as a man with facial hair, you can actually smell the hair burning.  Nice.)  If the freezing cold gel does not shock you into reality, the laser will make you feel more alive than anything.  The procedure lasts for five minutes. For the next three days, my skin is dry and peels—a lot.  The skin is sensitive.  It is red and inflamed. It’s best to moisturize a lot and avoid any sun (per my doctor) during the recovery period.  And, if you’re like me, you don’t really want anyone to see your face! But after three to five days, your skin begins to look really clear and refreshed—and in my case, it stays this way for several months.


For more information on skin conditions, please visit American Academy of Dermatology at

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