abundance + gratitude

Saturday, July 19, 2014




We harvested the first of our honey this week. It was so beautiful. When we began keeping bees last year in a garden in Brooklyn, we got a late start and didn't harvest honey last fall in order to leave the bees enough to get through the winter. After an exceptionally hard winter, only a handful made it and we had to start fresh this spring. A blessing in disguise, the community garden in Brooklyn wasn't able to host our bees this season, so we moved them out to a farm on Long Island where we had a connection through M.'s work. They have been so happy and productive there, and it has been such a joy to see them thrive. We've been going out to do bit of farm work there, too, when we can. It's a magical place, and tasting the honey made there this week was a reminder of the sweetness and abundance of this season, and all the things we have to be grateful for.

In that spirit, I want to say an enormous thank you to all of you that continue to support my work here. I feel so lucky to be able to do this, and to be able to share the fruits of my labor with you. It's my pleasure to offer 20% off orders in the main shop this weekend only (Saturday until midnight on Sunday EST) with the code GRATITUDE.

Wishing you the most beautiful heart-of-summer days ahead. Get out into the garden and breathe deeply!

p.s. We'll be taking a little break later this month to travel back to the Pacific Northwest, so please note that orders made between July 25th - August 5th will ship when I return, beginning August 6th.

summer is here!

Monday, June 23, 2014




The Summer Getaway kit is here! One of my favorite collections yet, this set includes everything you need for a luxurious summer day or two out of town (or for a peaceful moment at home):

// summer nourishing body oil (limited edition, 7.4ml)

// rose & chamomile cleansing nectar (15 ml)

// rose + tulsi facial tonic (limited edition, 10ml spritz)

// nourishing facial balm (8g)

// rosy green glow elixir tea (limited edition 10g / enough for 5-6 cups)

// one piece rose quartz

// one organic cotton terry cleansing cloth

+ a coupon for 15% off refills on kit items (body oil, cleansing nectar, tonic, nourishing balm and tea) valid until August 31, 2014.


I'm also delighted to mention that select Marble & Milkweed products are now available in a few more shops (all in California!), including Little Paper Planes (SF), Half Hitch Goods (SF), The Floracultural Society (Oakland), Atomic Garden (Oakland) and Strange Invisible Perfumes (LA). See our full list of stockists here.

p.s. Would you like to see Marble & Milkweed in your favorite local shop? Put us in touch, and I'll send you something lovely.

Hope you're soaking up these beautiful long days!

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bits and pieces from this week:

this rosy cake

now that the market is bursting with green abundance, some wholesome breakfast inspiration

an argument on behalf of messy Common Milkweed

a simple strawberry tart

despite my general aversion to contemporary fiction (I know!), this book left me breathless


spring things

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Spring is taking its sweet time here in the Northeast this year. Even on the cusp of May, I'm hunkered down in my studio with my Icelandic sweater and a cup of hot tea, though I know we'll be longing for cooler days again soon enough.

The shop is finally stocked with spring things, including our long-awaited Spring Getaway Kit, which includes a few beautiful limited-edition treats for the season. The small-batch yarrow and rose geranium hydrosols in this season's Spring Tonic Spritz (from our friends at Wildroot Botanicals) are particularly exquisite, and I hope you'll feel inspired to try including this blend in your own spring beauty rituals.

The garden at 6&B is also beginning to come alive with spring ephemerals, and this year I'm looking forward to sharing more of what's happening there, especially in regards to our native plant collection that's being nurtured into fruition by the devoted ladies of the Horticulture Committee. The past week or so has seen the blossoming of the periwinkle-hued creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), the native bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia), a patch of golden Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora), as well as a quick jaunt to the Rock Garden Society's plant sale that yielded two native Heuchera villosa. Be sure to follow along here for the latest. If you're in town, we'll be hosting our annual Plant & Bake Sale this weekend (May 3rd & 4th, 11am-6pm both days). I'll be bringing some of these, and a few other treats, as well.

A few other bits of sweetness from this week:

Yoke Quarterly has launched, and I'm so delighted to be a part of it!

If you're looking for the perfect handmade offering for Mother's Day, take a peek at Madesmith's gift guide.

Marble & Milkweed is now a proud supporter of Butterfly Project NYC!

just before spring

Wednesday, March 12, 2014



I've been reveling in pre-spring rituals these last few weeks, both at home and at the studio. A lovely visit to the Orchid Show and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at NYBG is always on our list at this time of year. A trip there is a little glimmer of hope that warmer days are not far off, especially after the intense winter we've had. Floratherapy, if you will. We also made the time to sit for a few hours over a gaiwan of oolong yesterday at Tea Drunk, which was a rare and wonderful treat, indeed.

I've been lucky enough to have some delightful guests in the studio lately to brighten these late winter days, including Ashley from ABJ Glassworks, Jess from Witchin' in the Kitchen, and Jill & Vanessa from the forthcoming Yoke Quarterly. It's been so inspiring to connect with these ladies and to talk about our lives and work.

After a very bustling beginning to the new year, it's been good to take a few days to deep clean and make plans for the coming months. You'll notice a few shifts around the shop in the next little while, including new formats for a few items. Our Repair Balm will soon be offered in a slightly different formulation and format, and only a few tins of the current version are still available (and on sale!) in the shop. You'll also notice that our botanical fragrances will only be available in the main shop from here on out. A few more new projects are in the works, as well, (including our Spring Getaway Kit) so stay tuned...

Wishing you a very joyful transition into Spring!


the garden in winter

Saturday, January 4, 2014




Greetings for the New Year! 

We've been enjoying a very wintry few weeks here, and I've finally been able to spend some time cozying up and recovering from a very bustling holiday season. I've been reflecting with much gratitude on 2013 and looking forward to what the year ahead will bring. 

One goal of mine for this space in the coming year is to share a bit about my budding interest in native plants, in the hopes of cultivating a similar interest in my readers. Being involved with the native plant project at our community garden this past year continues to be an engaging exploration, and has turned much of what I thought knew about gardening on its head. I would love to be able to pass along an enthusiasm for native plants, not only because gardening with them is ecologically responsible, but also because they are truly beautiful and interesting, and are another one of the many ways in which we can connect with a sense of place here on our earth. Stay tuned...

A quick bit of housekeeping around the shop - orders placed after Monday, January 6th in both shops will not ship until after we return from our sojourn to the Pacific Northwest. I'll begin shipping again on January 24th. Thank you so much for your patience! 



a few good things from this week:

the soak // inspiration for the bath


and mint tea, of course



Wishing you many warm baths and hot cups of tea for the chilly days ahead!

- Briar

holiday musings

Saturday, November 30, 2013



I hope this post finds you all all well and rested after the holiday weekend. I've been doing a bit of thinking about the month ahead and I just wanted to share a few bits and pieces with you.

All the shopping-related noise of this weekend makes me uneasy.

Even as a small business owner who stands to benefit greatly (in the financial sense) from the attention that small businesses get at this time of year, part of me worries that even the "shop small" movement, however well-intentioned, is just another cog in the wheel of the overconsumption machine that steamrolls the holidays.

I know I must sound like a total bore.

Supporting your local small businesses, and buying products that are made with love by people you know are really important things. This enables people like me to support themselves doing what they love, it strengthens communities, among so many other good things. The longer I work by hand with plant material, though, and spend time observing the garden and the rhythms of the natural world, even here in the middle of the city, the more unnatural the hectic rush surrounding the holidays feels to me.

Philosophically, I've come to think of Marble & Milkweed as a way for me to share a connection to the wisdom of the natural world. All of nature is at rest right now in preparation for the renewal of life in the springtime and I don't think that seeing ourselves as an exception to this part of the natural cycle is productive or healthy. In my own life, I've made some choices about the way I spend my time, energy and resources at this time of the year that haven't always been well-understood by those around me. My partner and I support organizations whose work we admire in honor of our family and friends, and give gifts handmade in our kitchen during warmer days that can be savored and then remembered fondly. I also devote an enormous amount of time to making sure that the shop runs smoothly and that I'm able to share what I make with as many of you as possible. It brings me great joy to provide beautiful handmade gifts for you and your loved ones at this time of celebration, and throughout the year.

Your choices may be different, of course, but I think there is much to be gained in stepping back for a moment, and thinking about how to spend these dark and cozy days in the way that feels most true to you.

Wishing you a peaceful month ahead, filled with whatever it is you need most.


p.s. Rena's words here, here and here over the last few days have really resonated with me.

{photo: prayer flags at 6 & B on Thursday}


a giveaway: our autumn getaway kit!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013



“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds."

-Rainer Maria Rilke

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UPDATE: the winner is Juliette L.! Thanks so much to everyone who commented with their favorite scents, reading through all your entries was such a lovely indulgence!

We're giving away one of our new autumn getaway kits this week! They are currently available via pre-order in the shop, shipping beginning Friday, October 4th. Simply comment below telling me your favorite scent of the season, and a winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, October 4th at 9pm EST. Be sure that there is an email address associated with your comment, so that I'll be able to reach you!


the set includes:

// Nourishing Serum (3.7ml)
// Autumn Body Oil (limited edition, 7.4ml)
// Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Grains (.5oz)
// Rose & Chamomile Facial Tonic (10ml)
// Rosy Lip Tint (.5oz)

Packed in a lovely muslin bag, this collection is perfect to take with you on an autumn weekend out of town. Featuring small sizes of a few essential luxuries, this kit will change with the seasons, continuously offering the chance to try something new.

I can't wait to hear about what scents you love most at this time of year!

xo Briar


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