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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.

 
photo by Christine Han

photo by Christine Han

about the creator

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 seeking out 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 sourcing 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 the city in search of inspiration.