Briar grew up in Washington State where her early experiences out of doors and in the garden inspired a continuing desire to live in harmony with the earth. After a decade spent in the pastry kitchen in New York City, she felt called to take her skill in sourcing and creating with exquisite raw materials in a new direction, channeling the energy in her work towards supporting health and well-being in the world.
She believes that there is a real kinship between the apothecary and the kitchen. Much of her work with Marble & Milkweed is informed by her culinary work (especially the intense focus on working with beautiful, pure botanical materials), the alchemy of scent, as well as by years of self-guided research in plant-based skin care.
The most rewarding part of her work is helping clients discover the endless potential for beauty and harmony in the relationship between skin, spirit, and the natural world. She strives to share this connection through the conscious choices in philosophy, ingredients and packaging that bring Marble & Milkweed to life.
When she's not at the studio, she can be found tending her community garden plot or walking in the city in search of inspiration.
about Marble & Milkweed
Marble & Milkweed is inspired by the poetry inherent in any well-crafted thing. It's also brought to you by the cool, smooth skin of my clawfoot bathtub in the kitchen on Rivington Street, in New York City's Lower East Side, where the healing powers of water serve both as refuge and as muse.
The scientific name of milkweed's genus is Asclepius, named after the Greek god of medicine and healing. In Hindu mythology it is believed that the universe was created by a god drunk on the milky white juices of the plant. Today, milkweed is the primary source of food for the monarch butterfly. It's my hope that the precious nectars you'll find here will likewise nourish you into winged resplendence!
Disarmingly analog and made carefully by hand, Marble & Milkweed products are designed to simplify the way you care for yourself. Our deep commitment to sourcing organic and fair-trade ingredients sets us apart in a market increasingly crowded with so-called "all-natural" options. Our products are gentle and contain no harsh synthetic additives or artificial scents. We are conscious of the impact our packaging has on the environment and strive to reduce unnecessary packaging. We use glass bottles and jars, and compostable paper packaging, all of which can have lives beyond their first use. Taking good care of yourself truly goes hand in hand with caring for the planet.
Marble & Milkweed is proud to support the work of Butterfly Project NYC with a portion of our profits.
A little love from our clients:
"What lovely things Briar makes! I feel like i'm taking great care of myself when I use Marble & Milkweed products." - L., NH
"You will always be pleased and feel special with these products, so clearly created by an aesthete and a thoughtful person." - B., CA
"This is hands down the most amazing lip balm I've ever used and as usual, the packaging and ordering process just add to the joy of the experience." - E., NY
"What a wonderful serum! In just a few days, I saw a lot of improvement in my skin. It is obvious that Briar has a passion and knowledge of herbs and plants, in general. The formulas she creates are evidence of this." -T., France
"Perfection in a bottle! Goes on smoothly and absorbs beautifully. My skin glows all day long and I attribute that to a powerhouse of natural, organic ingredients. Nobody does it like mother earth!" L., FL
"These are by far the best cleansing grains I've tried. So many others feel rough on my skin, but these are soft and feel gentle. And I love the faintly rosy smell!" - E., KS
"This is a miracle jar. Winter has been so dry this year our wood steps and cutting board split, even with pots of water put out, and my sensitive skin was a flaky parched disaster. ONE application, and it is transformed- soft, healthy, supple. Please make this forever. xo" - L., NM