Boy Smells Founder Matthew Herman on Scent and Gender

Reimagining personal care products in a more fluid and inclusive manner

Despite its name, LA-based Boy Smells—founded by David Kien and Matthew Herman—makes underwear and candles that aren’t intended for one gender; rather the brand is a purposeful amalgamation of masculinity and femininity and everything between. Conversation around personal care products typically being hyper-gendered led Kien and Herman to experiment within the space. They made candles in their kitchen with the mission to explore the dismissal …

Sleeping Cooler in the Bedroom

How to go from restless to restful during summer, beyond an A/C or fan

For those who live above the Equator, the worst is yet to come: the hot and humid dog days of summer, when every night feels like an epic battle for good sleep. Chances are you’re already maxed out on your A/C and your fan’s not cutting it. It’s not easy to shake off the night sweats, despite drinking as much water as possible, sleeping naked …

Aromatherapy With Vitruvi’s Essential Oils

For taking deep breaths in stressful times

‘Tis the season for stress, guaranteed—especially for those of us who haven’t been able to sleep soundly after 8 November. A few mindful changes to our everyday routine have helped us stay grounded, whether it’s taking a self-imposed break from social media, dancing the anxiety off, or taking moments to focus. Facilitating the latter? Essential oils, which you can pick up from your local Whole …