When Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz founded Malin + Goetz in 2004, they didn’t want to create market-driven products (better known as products driven by trends). Instead, the pair saw an opportunity to create a brand based on modernity and simplicity, with a focus on sensitive skin. “Our modern apothecary approach offers the best of tried, true and trusted natural ingredients ― no false claims in what we produce,” Malin tells TZR. This approach is why the best Malin + Goetz products are coveted not just by fans, but are dermatologist-approved, too.
The New York City-born brand, which is still family owned and produced, only offered 13 products in its earlier days. Now, there are about 40 under its name. “The new products come from necessity ― it’s not just because it’s the flavor of the month," Goetz explains. "There were gaps in our portfolio that needed to be filled. And sometimes, new products come about because new technology arises."
But no matter how many new products the brand releases, the modern apothecary approach shines through in each one. “We hired an amazing formulator and told her that we wanted the products scented naturally — we scented them for therapeutic purposes,” Goetz says. And with therapeutic aromas comes natural ingredients that are technologically advanced. Although the co-creators remained tight-lipped about the specifics, rest assured that the ingredients provide gentle and effective results.
Now back to why derms are into them, too: “They’re all multitaskers, pairing proven antioxidants to protect and repair alongside emollients and humectants to soothe and hydrate the skin,” Dr. Rhonda Klein, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of Modern Dermatology, notes. According to Dr. Klein, the products are an excellent match for those with mature skin but also would benefit younger patients who struggle with acne, and those in both groups who face sensitive skin.
Ahead, see the best Malin+Goetz products for your skincare and body care routines that will add an aromatic experience to your day.
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Dr. Klein says this is a great multi-tasking cleanser for all skin types. This formula cleanses, treats, and hydrates.
"B5, also known as pantothenic acid, has moisturizing, soothing and healing properties," Dr. Klein says. Honey is also an ingredient in this moisturizer that contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe the skin.
The Acne Treatment contains zinc oxide, "which is a great sunscreen to use to protect acne skin from scarring," Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, a New York City dermatologist, says.
Eucalyptus oil is an antibacterial and antifungal that eliminates odor-causing bacteria. "Our sweat itself doesn't smell. It's the bacteria that does," Dr. Klein explains.
"I like the peptide ingredient for anti-aging and skin repair," Dr. Gerstner notes.
"This is a good choice for nighttime moisture for those not acne-prone," Dr. Klein notes. The vitamin E is a multitasking antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, which heals and restores the skin.
This moisturizer contains meadowfoam seed oil. "It's very similar to our body's sebum, so this ingredient is great for balancing combination skin that can swing too oily or too dry," Dr. Klein tells TZR.
Dr. Gerstner says that the ingredients in this clay mask are great for every skin type. The mask contains bentonite and kaolin clays that work to soothe the skin. "If your skin is super sensitive, try not to leave the mask on for a long time."
Jojoba is an excellent ingredient that suits most skin types. The cleaner exfoliates your skin while removing bacteria and dead skin cells. It's a good cleanser to use alternating with a creamier cleanser," Dr. Gerstner notes.
Dr. Gerstner recommends, using this treatment three times a week, in the morning. "Acids help with skin texture and evening out discoloration."