Maak Lab’s Soaps, Salves and More

Locally sourced, natural ingredients from the Pacific Northwest make for unlikely combinations

Drawing on their vegetation-rich surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Portland-based Maak Lab crafts soaps, salves and candles with natural ingredients. With a focus on experimentation and pushing the bounds of scents and ingredients in such products, the brand lives up to its name. Plants play a central role, and seasonality is key to ensuring that the vibrance of every scent is as apparent in the …

Osmia Organics

The Colorado-based line of skincare products started by a former ER doctor

Just a few months after taking her first soap-making class (and after 10 years of practice as an emergency room physician in Carbondale, CO) Dr Sarah Villafranco decided to pursue the idea of making homemade skincare products—using only organic ingredients whenever possible—and created Osmia Organics. The name “osmia” is a term coined by Villafranco as an antonym to the word “anosmia” (or the loss of …

Juniper Ridge + Fellow Barber Pop-Up

A look at the Californian fragrance makers' temporary Williamsburg shop with architect Claudio Martonffy

Leaving behind the hippie farmers market vibe in favor of greener pastures with a more modern aesthetic, Oakland, California’s Juniper Ridge is becoming increasingly popular for their distinct scents and soaps that have been “wildcrafted” from plants and tree trimmings, and boiled down in a converted whiskey still. Last September we spoke with Juniper Ridge forager and distiller we spoke with Alli Darling, who gave …