Boy Smells has been a cult favorite for their divine candles since 2016, and the LA-based brand just released their first line of personal fragrances. The five scents are intended for all genders (or are “genderful,” to use the brand’s term) and calling them Cologne de Parfums reflects that intention. The diverse scents range from woody to fresh and zesty. Our pick is VIOLET ENDS, which exudes a dazzling and puzzling blend of top notes including bergamot, black pepper and violet; a base of white birch, leather and smoked papyrus; and a heart of black tea, tobacco leaf and orris. This scent will please incense enthusiasts immediately, but it evolves and softens throughout the day. For those unsure about which of the five Boy Smells fragrances to choose, the Exploratory Set ($20) contains a 1.5ml pump-spray bottle of each scent to test before committing to one—or two.
Made to order in Brooklyn, Octave Jewelry’s pieces explore contrasting shapes, colors, textures and styles. Ope Omojola—founder and lead designer—hand-cuts every stone to suit its individual shape and character, and above all wants her jewelry to be worn and enjoyed. Inspired by the corona around the sun, Octave’s AURA Hoops feature a geometric Mother of Pearl stud above a blue and white asymmetric borosilicate glass circle. Striking but understated, these lovely earrings are lightweight for everyday wear.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK, this “Suffragette City” teapot is made by Plinth in collaboration with the Mayor of London and Bella Freud. Made from fine bone china, its gold rims mean it’s not dishwasher-safe. More importantly, a portion of the proceeds go to the Fawcett Society, which works for gender equality and women’s rights. Price is in Pounds.
Working with Spanish perfumer Jordi Fernandez, Parisian fragrance brand EX NIHILO created their sublime “EXPLICITE” scent. Top notes of pink pepper and nutmeg are balanced by florals including peony and lily of the valley, while sandalwood and amber add a rich weightiness to the fragrance. Fernandez took inspiration from Spanish landscapes for the perfume, and the result is summery and sultry. Price is in Euros.
Crafted from leather and canvas, Ganni’s bright green bag comes adorned with a few bold, contemporary touches. For instance, the watery moire finish and tortoiseshell acetate chain-style handle make it all the more eye-catching. It also features an extra detachable strap, so it can be worn on the shoulder or as a crossbody. Inside, it’s fully lined with linen and boasts two card pockets for keeping valuables safe.
Donnie and Joe Emerson’s superb love song “Baby” is even more romantic on this red, heart-shaped vinyl. Recorded for the brothers’ album Dreamin’ Wild, in 1977, the song finally received the attention and admiration it so deserved 33 years later. Now the album’s standout song, the lo-fi, soulful ballad, has been covered countless times, but the original is available on this kitschy limited edition seven-inch.
A rug unlike any other, the Magic Carpet (created from scratch by F Taylor) is not only soft, flexible, UV stable and phthalate-free, but entirely biodegradable. Transparent eco-friendly plastic, made in the USA, composes the surprisingly opulent piece, accented with dynamic patterning and hand-knotted fringing. Complete with non-slip beads, this intriguing addition to any room adds personality without covering up existing floors.
From Groover Spectacles (founded by Masataka Nakajima), the Baryon Sunglasses combine retro tinges with contemporary touches for a silhouette and style that’s charming and bold, but wearable. Made in Japan, these shades are crafted from a high-quality acetate whose subtle transparent colorway is offset by lime green lenses—which are, of course, UV protective.
Made with high-quality shade-grown, stone-milled Japanese matcha and Belgian white chocolate, Kettl’s Matcha Chocolate boasts complex flavors and aromas. There are 2.5 servings of matcha in each bar, which contributes to the chocolate’s rich green coloration, too. It’s available individually or in a box of six.
This special collaboration between Parisian perfume brand Ex Nihilo and LA-based visual artist Reine Paradis is a reimagining of the glorious “Lust in Paradise” fragrance. Each 100ml bottle of the refreshing, radiant perfume comes in bold, limited edition packaging, along with a signed and numbered A4 print from the artist’s 2019 series called Midnight. The perfume’s notes include white peony, lychee and solar blossom, balanced by pink pepper and woody undertones. This lovely set is limited to 10 pieces. Price is in Euros.
Based on the Chinese Medicine technique, facial Gua Sha tools are meant to be used in a gentler manner. This smooth-edged, black obsidian iteration from Alder New York is perfectly shaped to work over the various grooves of your face—from your chin and jaw to cheeks and forehead. After cleansing and applying oil or serum, simply work the tool gently over your face from the center outward. The outcome should not only reduce puffiness and wrinkles, but also accentuate the angles of your cheekbones and jawline. It can also be useful in relieving aches and tension caused by TMJ. Black obsidian itself is believed to help release negativity and offer protection.
One of three bowls in Case Studyo’s collaborative collection with French artist Jean Jullien, this Skate Bowl features skaters in various positions on the inside, while the exterior is a plain, muted, concrete gray. The limited edition piece is made from porcelain and measures 23cm in diameter, and holds approximately three liters. The other two serving bowls in the collection are decorated with Jullien’s illustrations of fish. Each comes in custom packaging. Price is in Euros.
Meticulously made to order from nine-karat gold and differently shaped pieces of tourmaline, hydrothermal emerald and tsavorite garnet, Seb Brown’s Green Signet ring can be crafted in any size necessary. The Melbourne-based designer’s delightfully off-kilter take on the traditional signet ring can be worn by all genders. Price is in AUD.
This limited edition release of Dan Deacon’s Mystic Familiar album comes on silver vinyl, and with a double-sided poster featuring the record’s cover art by Cristina Daura. As for the music itself, these tracks are unmistakably Dan Deacon: from songs that are dizzyingly buoyant, to those that are unbridled in their energy, chaos and joy. Experimental but accessible, the Baltimore-based artist’s latest album will thrill fans and those new to his music alike.
From the three-piece Love Collection by Boy Smells (founded by Matthew Herman and David Kien), the Jade Vert all-natural coconut and beeswax candle comes housed in a jade-green glass tumbler. As for the fragrance, it’s refreshing but soft; boasting notes of mint, fig, daffodil and mediterranean cypress, as well as juniper berry, tarragon and basil. While herbaceous, it’s a delicate and elegant scent that gently permeates, but doesn’t intrude, as it burns.
Handmade in Beacon, New York, this five-inch-tall glass bowl features three gentle spikes to keep it balanced and upright. It’s delicate (though dishwasher safe), semi-translucent and big enough to hold snacks or a handful of jewelry. Cast and sandblasted, the object’s distinct near-orange color glows from beneath a soft matte finish.