2015, the year of the goat is a Yin energy, a symbol of peace, harmonious co-existence and tranquility. That is the primary and fundamental mood for this year.
Happy New Year! Yes, yes, we’re a little late here but with good excuse. We were taking a break. 2014 was a wonderful, challenging and teaching year for MMT and we needed a little time to recoup, take a step back and scheme for the new year.
Here are some highlights from 2014 in no particular order… we made a crap-ton of deodorant, lip balm and soap, met and became friends with a handful of inspiring green beauty bloggers and owners of peer companies, collaborated with our friends at Brooklyn Grooming on a beard and shave soap, launched in Canada, were featured in O Magazine, Elle, W, Good Housekeeping and Byrdie, made a cross-country road-trip, introduced our effective and revolutionary new baking soda free deodorant, made a demo album of new music, made our first essential oil scratch and sniff, got too big for our space, moved, got new retailers in Minneapolis, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Oregon and California (to name a few), launched a natural perfume line and got our Leaping Bunny certification.
Reflecting on these things and our overarching goals for MMT, we’ve made a plan for the new year that reflects our personal needs, company ethics and goals.
As we proudly and often proclaim, we craft all of our products by hand in small batches in our Brooklyn studio. This year, we will move production of our classic (baking soda) deodorant and lip balms out-of-house to a small U.S. manufacturer. Outsourcing our production will allow us to produce more, provide better quality control and add more scents to those lines. It will also allow us to lower the price on our lip balm (whoa-yea!) and hopefully someday the deodorant will follow suit. We realized after months of struggling to keep up with demand that our skills, inspiration and experience are better utilized on creative projects, new formulations and spreading the word about MMT.
We’ve been working with the manufacturer over the past few months to source ingredients and train them to make the product. Rest assured, the same standards for ingredient sourcing and production will be in place. It’ll just be like MMT got a much bigger studio, with much better equipment, and awesome new teammates.
In the same breath, you’ll notice that we have discontinued our candles, dog shampoo and liquid soap. We are streamlining the line to concentrate solely on our personal care products, limited edition seasonal products, and a new collection that we’ll be launching in the Spring.
In addition to new stuff, we will be hitting the pavement to bring MMT into more brick and mortars in more cities so that you can buy locally! Make sure you write us a note if there’s a store in your area that you want to stock us.
As always, we owe a HUGE thanks to you! This relationship is symbiotic and we know it. Thank you for your continued support, patience, kind notes, ecstatic reviews, spreading the word, and overall charm. Cheers to the year of the goat!
Tara, Jeff and the Cats.
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.