‘Take this job and shove it’ isn’t just a lyric in a country song, it’s been the start of great careers as well as many products such as Mad et Len candles. After tiring of their office jobs in Paris, Sandra Fuzier and Alexandre Piffaut started their line of intoxicatingly scented creations in 2007.
Based in the South of France near other artisans in the perfume industry, the pair use essential oils from flowers and wood that are aged in-house to create intense scents like Black Fig, Tobacco and Amber. While the aesthetic is particularly anti-luxury, the scents are quite exhilarating, creating a scent you can feel in the air.
Every aspect of the small-batch manufacturing is done by hand—from the ‘biologist’ who creates each unique scent to the blackened iron packaging handmade by local blacksmiths. And, of course, they only use natural ingredients like soy vegetable wax hand poured over cotton wicks to produce the candles, some of which are even hand-signed with the date of production.
Mad et Len produces limited edition collections and By George Man just received a shipment of candles, including Thé Noir, Lierre des Poétes, Ébene Bois, Encens Olibanum and Black Afghan. Check out the equally mesmerizing perfumes and amber crystals that can be rubbed on your skin.
July 4th is just around the corner so we thought we’d share some of our favorite places that make the Texas heat a little bit more bearable. Whether you prefer a swan dive or a full-on cannonball, you can’t go wrong with any of these local-ish spots.
What better way to celebrate America’s independence than by exploring some of Austin’s not-so-secret swimming holes?
Barton Springs Pool
What a jewel in the heart of the City of the Violet Crown! Located within Zilker Park this 3 acre pool may be man made, but it’s still completely natural and fed from underground springs. With an average temperature of 70 degrees, Barton Springs Pool is ideal for year-round swimming.
It’s just a short drive to the west , but the view may have you thinking otherwise…Formed by thousands of years of water erosion Hamilton Pool is surrounded by a unique natural grotto, canyon and a 50-foot waterfall spilling from the limestone above.
Heading from Dripping Springs towards Wimberly, Jacob’s Well is known for it’s calm surface and clear, bottomless depths. The well is fed from the Trinity Aquifer nearly 140 feet below the surface. Also deep below is an series of caves and passages that form one of the longest underwater cave systems in Texas. Jacob’s Well also has a dangerous reputation as several divers have learned by exploring too deeply into the extensive caves underneath.
This is just the beginning of our adventures…stay tuned for more of our picks for some of the hot spots where you can keep cool this summer.